Weekly News Roundup - 08/03/19
- Audi has revealed the ‘Q4 e-tron’ concept, a compact four-door SUV, which uses the modular electrification platform (MEB) from the Volkswagen Group. With a range of 279 miles, the production version will be launched at the end of 2020, at which point the Q4 e-tron will be Audi’s fifth electric model. Audi expect to have twelve cars on sale with all-electric drive by 2025.
- Volvo are going to be limiting the top speed on all its cars to 112mph from 2020. This plan is part of the company’s ‘Vision 2020’ initiative, which aims for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. As well limiting top speeds, Volvo is also investigating how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology could automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals in the future.
- Jeep has announced that the Renegade and Compass will become the brands first electrified models, with plug-in hybrid versions to be offered by the end of next year.
The new JEEP PHEVs will have ‘electric all-wheel-drive’ technology (eAWD) and an electric range of approximately 31 miles.
- Alfa Romeo are also breaking into the electric car world, with their new Alfa Romeo Tonale concept. This will be the first plug-in hybrid for Alfa Romeo, as well their first mid-size SUV. With a release date of 2021, the Tonale is expected to start at prices around £30,000.
- Tesla has introduced the third-generation version of its Supercharger system, which is now being tested in a public beta program. The new system uses a completely new architecture and supports peak rates of up to 250kW per car. Tesla say that at this rate, a Model 3 Long Range can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. Based on Tesla’s own fleet data, the new superchargers are expected to cut the amount of time customers spend charging by an average of 50%.
- Koenigsegg has revealed the world’s first 300mph car, the Koenigsegg Jesko. Named after the father of the companies CEO, the Jesko uses a modified version of the Koenigsegg Agera’s 5.0 litre V8 and can produce up to 1,578bhp. Prices start at $3 million and deliveries will start in 2020.
- Honda has unveiled a revised prototype of the 2017 ‘Urban EV’, now known as the Honda ‘e Prototype’, which is said to be 98% of what the final production vehicle will be.
Positioned as an urban commuter, the car features a range of over 124 miles per charge and a ‘fast charge’ functionality providing 80% range in 30 minutes. Honda has also announced its ambition to make 100% of its European car sales electrified by 2025.
- Fiat has also shown off a concept for their electric city car, the Fiat ‘Concept Centoventi’. What could be a reinvention of the Panda, the Centoventi has been described by Fiat as a "blank canvas". Produced in just one colour, it can be "painted" by the customer using the "4U" program, with a choice of 4 roofs, 4 bumpers, 4 wheel covers and 4 external wrappings. Fiat also envision the car being available with modular battery packs, allowing drivers to extend the range from 62 to 310 miles simply by buying or renting additional battery units.