Automated EV concepts: Audi’s booth at the IAA will include two concept EVs with autonomous capabilities of level 4 and 5. The SUV show car is based on the e-tron Sportback concept with three electric drives. The other study in self-driving settles in the D segment and got four electric motors and a said range of 700 – 800 kilometres. Nothing has been issued regarding production plans.
Mazda reaffirms electrification: Japan may soon lead the electric evolution as even Mazda confirms plans to jump on the fuel-free drive train. Though EV options across the whole range are only due by 2035, mild hybrid will become the norm from 2019, the same year a first Mazda EV is expected together with a rotary REx. From 2021, plug-in hybrids are to join the line-up as well.
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E-mobility by ElringKlinger: The German component maker has made electric vehicles its focus at the current IAA, where it presents battery systems and lightweight solutions. Also on display is an eAxle alongside a fuel cell stack ready for integration.
Funding for extra fast-charging: The US Department of Energy wants to support the development of EVs and/or batteries with extremely fast-charging (XFC) capabilities. The aim is to charge twice as fast a current fast-charging systems. The actual funding proposal has yet to be released.
Excellent is different: Chevy’s Bolt, this time as Opel Ampera-e has got a four star rating in the EuroNCAP crash test. The inspectors found fail with the rear’s resilience and also wanted passengers sitting in said back to be automatically reminded to put their seat belts on.
autoevolution.com, euroncap.com (results), youtube.com (crash test)
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