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Audi’s first EV set for Belgian
production in 2018
Added by admin 28/01/16
21 January 2016 - By RON HAMMERTON
is preparing to shuffle production locations for several of its
European-built models to accommodate its first all-electric
vehicle, a large SUV called the E-tron Quattro in its concept
form, at its Belgium plant in 2018.
The German company will also make electric vehicle batteries for
the entire Volkswagen Group at the Brussels plant, which
currently builds the baby of the Audi range, the A1.
In a game of automotive dominoes, A1 production will be shifted
to Audi’s Martorell plant in Spain, while Q3 SUV production will
be transferred from Spain to Hungary’s Gyor factory.
German automotive unions are not thrilled about Ingolstadt’s
decision to build the EV outside of its home country, but Audi AG
chairman Rupert Stadler said the model redistribution would
protect jobs, enhance production efficiency and strengthen all of
the sites involved.
“It will allow us to utilise further synergies within the
Volkswagen Group and to bundle key competencies,” he said.
The name of the final production version has not yet been
confirmed, with Audi saying only referring to it as an
electric-driven SUV that will sit between Q5 and Q7. The Q6
moniker has been bandied around by some journalists.
Revealed in concept form at the 2015 Frankfurt
Motor Show in September, the
production version of E-tron Quattro will be powered by three
electric motors packing up to 370kW of power that can propel it
from standstill to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Power will be drawn from a 95kWh lithium-ion battery packed flat
in the floor, giving it a theoretical single-charge range of up
Audi also promises quick battery charging in the production
version, but there was no mention of the wireless induction
charging featured in the concept.
Audi Australia has already expressed interest in the production
version of E-tron Quattro for this market, although the vehicle
is more than two years away from showroom introduction.
Senior product communications executive Shaun Cleary said the
success of the plug-in A3 Sportback E-tron that was launched in
Australia last August had whet the company’s appetite for more
He said about 60 of the petrol-electric hybrid hatchbacks had
been sold in Australia since launch – a rate that Audi regarded
as a great success.
The E-tron Quattro is likely to be Audi Australia’s second
electrified vehicle to market, as the upcoming R8 E-tron is
likely to be made only in left-hand drive and in limited numbers.
Further down the track, Audi is exploring hydrogen fuel cell
power. This month at the Detroit motor show, it unveiled the H-tron
Quattro with such a powertrain capable of 100kW of power.
Based on the E-tron Quattro, is said to have a range of 600km
from 6kg of hydrogen held at extreme pressure in three composite
Unlike the E-tron Quattro, no production plans have been
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Hyundai reveals details on IONIQ Hybrid
ahead of Detroit
Added by admin 12/01/16
AARON TURPEN - JANUARY 10, 2016
Hyundai IONIQ will debut at the North American International Auto
Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week, but the company has already
released information about the car beyond its looks and design
generalities. The IONIQ will be the first production vehicle to
be offered with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric
powertrain in one model.
The choice of electric, plug-in, or hybrid powertrains will be
the first thing setting the IONIQ apart from others on the
market. The first version of the platform to be offered will be a
dedicated hybrid model, for which Hyundai has released full
information. It is expected that information on the plug-in and
electric options will be released closer to or during the show in
The hybrid IONIQ will use a 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine with 40
percent thermal efficiency. This engine was developed exclusively
to power hybrid vehicles and mates to a permanent magnetic
electric motor. The engine produces 105 ps (103.5 hp, 77 kW) and
the motor produces an additional 43.5 ps (43 hp, 35 kW).
The engine has a split design for the block and head to optimize
cooling and fuel is delivered through a 200-bar high pressure
fuel injector. Power for the motor is provided by a lithium-ion
polymer battery, which is recharged from the engine and
regenerative braking. The engine and motor turn a dual clutch
transmission designed for the hybrid as a variant of the dual
clutch found in the all-new Hyundai Tucson. This new transmission
has a power efficiency of 95.7 percent.
The body of the Hyundai IONIQ is built with 53 percent high
strength steel which has been combined with aluminum. The new
model saves 45 percent of its potential weight by using cast
aluminum non-structural bodywork (hood, tailgate, etc.).
Hyundai has teased renderings of the IONIQ already and now more
substantial visual offerings are being made ahead of Detroit.
Gizmag will bring more information on this car as it becomes
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Ehang 184 drone could carry you away one
Added by admin 08/01/16
Ben Coxworth January 6, 2016
might be expected, there are a lot of drones on display this week
at CES. Almost all of them have one thing in common, however:
people can't ride in them. We say "almost all," as there is one
exception. Ehang's 184 AAV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle) is
designed to carry a single human passenger, autonomously flying
them from one location to another.
Ehang CEO Huazhi Hu began designing the one-seater electric drone
a couple of years ago, after two of his pilot friends were killed
in plane crashes. He decided that people needed a form of
short-to-medium-distance personal air transport that didn't
require them to have a pilot's license, and that took much of the
danger out of low-altitude flight.
The idea behind the Chinese-built 184 is that users will simply
get in, power it up, select their destination using a 12-inch
touchscreen tablet display, then press the "take-off" button. The
drone's automated flight systems will take over from there,
managing tasks such as communication with air traffic control and
other aircraft, obstacle avoidance, and of course navigation – it
will always choose the fastest yet safest route between its
present location and its destination.
Failsafe systems will reportedly take over in the event of
malfunctions, plus passengers can get the drone to stop and hover
in place if needed.
The current incarnation of the 184 features a carbon fiber/epoxy
composite body, an aerial aluminum alloy frame, and eight motors
putting out 142 hp/106 kW to eight propellers – those props are
divided into four groups of two, each pair located on the top and
bottom of one of four arms. Those arms can fold up when the drone
is parked on the ground, allowing it to take up less space.
Charging of its 14.4-kWh battery pack takes four hours in trickle
mode or two hours in fast-charge, with a full charge reportedly
being sufficient to keep one passenger airborne for up to 23
minutes at sea level. The whole thing weighs 440 lb (200 kg), can
carry up to 264 lb (120 kg), has a maximum speed of 62 mph (100
km/h) and can reach a maximum altitude of 11,480 ft (3,499 m).
And yes, it also has a trunk for storing things like a backpack
or delivery items. Other features include full interior and
exterior lighting, air conditioning, a 4G internet connection,
and gull-wing doors.
According to the Ehang rep we spoke to, the 184 is already fully
functional, with a worldwide series of demo flights scheduled to
begin soon. They claim that it should be commercially available
later this year(!), priced somewhere between US$200,000 and
It can be seen in actual flight (as opposed to animated flight),
towards the end of the following video. And 184, incidentally,
stands for "one passenger, eight propellers, four arms."
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