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Audi A3 e-tron from $60,000 - proving green is the new black

Added by admin 25/08/14

THE future has arrived for Audi. From March (2015) the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will arrive(in Australia), marking the beginning of alternative fuel options for the fast-growing luxury brand.
Priced from about $60,000, the A3 e-tron will be armed with the latest plug-in hybrid technology in what will be the first of a new Audi breed.
This dynamic little hatch loses nothing in performance, but can travel about 50km purely on electric power and also has a turbocharged petrol engine which delivers a range of nearly 1000km.
Using pure petrol power it will sprint from 0-100kmh in less than eight seconds, but combine electric and petrol sources and the A3 will achieve the same feat in under five seconds. Enough to make some dedicated sports cars blush.
Throw it into a corner and the e-tron also feels remarkably capable despite gaining about 300kg - and even better than your run-of-mill A3 (which itself is pretty impressive).
Fuel efficiency is rated at 1.5 litres for every 100km, and the lithium-ion battery can be recharged from your standard household power point within five hours for about $2.20 - less if you charge in off peak.
Plug-in hybrids are not new in Australia. We've had the Holden Volt around for a few years, while a few months back Mitsubishi launched the Outlander PHEV.
Electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV have also been on the market for several years with limited success. The latter was withdrawn from showrooms due to a lack of uptake.
But now the luxury marques are getting in on the action and it seems going green is the new black. BMW is just about to launch its i3 electric vehicle, which is also available with a small combustion engine to extend its range, along with the $300,000 plug-in hybrid i8 sports car.
Mercedes too has its range of diesel hybrids quickly spreading across its line-up.
Audi's launch of the A3 e-tron this week sparked plenty of interest on Hamilton Island, and there's has already been steady interest from prospective buyers.
"The A3 e-tron is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from Audi, and importantly, it gives our customers an innovative and extraordinarily efficient mobility solution, without compromising on any of the versatility that has made the new A3 Sportback such a success," Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle said.
"You can commute each day in pure electric mode, up to 50km, and you only need to charge the battery overnight.
"If you want to drive a longer distance, then the combination of the electric motor and petrol engine together gives you the kind of range that people are accustomed to. It's an easy concept for customers to understand, which is why we've already seen such strong interest."

Model: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
Details: Five-door front-wheel drive plug-in hybrid hatchback.
Engine: 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol generating maximum power of 110kW @ 5000-6000rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 1600-3500rpm and an electric motoring powered by a Lithium-ion battery generating 75kW and 330Nm. Combined output is 150kW and 350Nm.
Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Consumption: 1.5 litres/100km.
CO2: 35g/km.
Performance: 0-100kmh in 7.6 seconds, 4.9 seconds in electric mode. Top speed 222kmh in hybrid mode, 130kmh electric.
Bottom line: $60,000.

Photo shows the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron at Hamilton Island last week.

                                                   Story and image courtesy: NewsMail


WORLD FIRST: Electric Racer beats field of petrol powered cars.. twice

Added by admin 18/08/14

With less than 4 weeks to go until the inaugural FIA Formula E race in Beijing China, an electric race car in Australia has already made history.
In what is believed to be a world first, a battery powered Radical SR8 entered by ELMOFO in the NSW SuperSports State Championship has become the first electric car to win a race against petrol vehicles in a sanctioned race event. To prove it was no fluke, it won twice!
Not only did the EV win two of the three races comprising round four of the championship, held 17th August at Wakefield Park Raceway, the ELMOFO Radical, driven by Garth Walden, also set the fastest lap time for the entire meeting (57.6870 sec) beating all other categories which included Formula 3 and Sports Sedans.
The ELMOFO Radical is similar in concept to the current Nürburgring EV lap record, the TMG EV P001 built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH and the TMG EV P002 modified by TOYOTA Racing Development U.S.A. to tackle Pikes Peak in 2013.
The race winning electric Radical SREV was built by Newcastle based Solar PV systems firm Solar Power Australia. The car delivers 280 kW (375 hp) and 570 Nm (428 ft-lbs) of torque almost instantly from its twin sequential BLDC motors. Power is controlled by dual Rinehart Motion Systems inverters which are fed voltage from a 37 kWh lithium ion battery pack controlled by a Batrium BMS. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a single speed limited slip differential. Performance specs for the all-electric racer, built on a Radical SR8 chassis, include 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph).

                                                   Story and image courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Tesla Model S Drive Unit now has Infinite Mile Warranty

Added by admin 17/08/14

Following recent negative reports about Tesla Model S drive unit reliability, Tesla has increased the Model S drive unit warranty to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, the most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit. There is also no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period. Moreover, the warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced.
The drive unit is now covered under the same provisions as the existing battery warranty, so owners with an 85 kWh battery will benefit from eight years of coverage with no mileage restrictions, while 60 kWh owners have up to 125,000 miles.
The drive unit issue, described as a grinding or “milling” noise that increases over time, was picked up by Motor Trend Magazine who reported that they had to have a drive unit replaced in their Model S. The issue really hit the headlines when Edmunds reported they are on their 4th drive train.
Tesla had transmission issues with the Roadster. The two-speed transmission designed for the Roadster by Magna International proved not to be durable so in 2008 Tesla Motors selected BorgWarner for the production of a single-speed gearbox.
While the single speed BorgWarner fixed gear (8.27:1 ratio) transmission in the Roadster was reliable, anecdotal evidence suggests the BorgWarner eGearDrives supplied for the the Ford eTransit Connect has quite a high failure rate. The source of the current 9.73:1 gearbox in the Model S is not known but because the transmission housing is integrated with the AC Induction motor enclosure and without knowing which components have failed, it's too early to attribute blame for the design fault....

                                                   Story and image courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Brammo Expands into Australia and Welcomes ELMOFO to Dealer Network

Added by admin 13/08/14

Brammo has announced the appointment of ELMOFO (Electro Motive Force) as their importer and distributor for Australia.
Brammo is excited to partner with ELMOFO, who have a deep understanding of the Australian EV market and the challenges associated with building premium electric vehicles.
Commenting on this latest appointment, Founder and CEO of Brammo Inc., Craig Bramscher, said, “Our vision continues to be to bring our world-class motorcycles to leading global markets. This partnership marks a significant milestone in our expansion. We look forward to being part of the Australian EV market and working with ELMOFO.”
"Over the past two years, ELMOFO has been searching globally for the best two wheel EV company to provide electric motorcycles to the Australian market. Brammo offers award-winning, leading-edge technology that will bring a real world impact to Australian riders," said Brett Sutherland, CEO of ELMOFO.
ELMOFO have been racing a battery powered Radical, the current electric lap record holder and the only electric powered vehicle in a field of petrol powered cars in the NSW SuperSports State Championships...
                                                   Story and image courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


New Tesla Roadster coming in 2017

Added by admin 9/08/14

According to a recent report, Tesla could launch up to four new models by 2018.
While we already know about the Model X and the Model 3, Autobild is reporting the company is considering a compact city car.
Little is known about the vehicle - which has been dubbed the Model C - but it would be smaller and more affordable than the Model 3 which is expected to cost approximately $35,000.
The magazine goes says a new roadster - dubbed Model R - could arrive in 2017. This seems to contradict statements from Tesla CEO Elon Musk who has previously said an all-new Roadster is at least five years off. However, the wait could be worth it as Tesla's vice president of sales, George Blankenship, has previously suggested it could accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and have a range in excess of 200 miles (322 km).
                                                   Story and image courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


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