Weekly News Roundup - 14/12/18
- Audi will be releasing its updated A4 next year to compete with the already-updated BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. The current A4 has been on sale since 2015 and the next version is expected to resemble the new A6 and A8, as well as include the latest dual-screen infotainment system featured in all newer Audi’s.
Whilst Audi are aiming for an electric variant of each of their cars by 2025, it is not known whether this next A4 will feature an electric model in its lineup.
- Birmingham City Council has published the charges for its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which is due to be implemented in 2020.
The CAZ will cover all roads within the A4540 Middleway ring road, with vehicles not meeting nationally set engine emissions standards being charged to enter this area. Private cars, taxis and vans will pay £8 per day, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 per day.
- Euro NCAP have announced its annual ‘Best in Class’ winners this week:
- 2018 Mercedes A-Class (Small Family Car)
- 2018 Lexus ES (Large Family Car)
- 2018 Lexus ES (Hybrid & Electric)
- 2018 Hyundai NEXO (Large Off-Road)
To define the Best in Class, a calculation is made of the weighted sum of the scores in each of the four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist. This sum is then used as the basis for comparison of each car.
- Aston Martin has released performance figures for its upcoming petrol-electric hypercar, the Valkyrie.
The car will feature a 6.5-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine which produces 1,000bhp and is described by Aston Martin as ‘an absolute masterpiece’. At its top speed, the Valkyrie will reach a maximum rpm of 11,100 – a figure never before seen in a naturally-aspirated, emissions-compliant road car.
Only 150 Aston Martin Valkyries will be built, with 24 track-only editions (Valkyrie AMR Pro) set to follow soon after. The price for the road-going Valkyrie will be somewhere between £2,000,000 and £3,000,000.
- BMW and Porsche have developed a prototype 450kW FastCharge unit which can give an electric vehicle up to 62 miles of range in just three minutes.
Comparing this to the charging units available today, a home wallbox can deliver electricity at 3.6kW to 22kW and most of the rapid public chargers deliver electricity at 50kW. Tesla’s Superchargers delivers 120kW.
Using a 50kW charger, Nissan says its Leaf will take around 60 minutes for its batteries to go from 20 to 80 per cent, while a Tesla Supercharger can provide a similar charge in around 40 minutes. The BMW i3 used with this prototype went from 10 to 80 percent in 15 minutes.