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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

AUDI 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 to 500km.
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 alternative-energy vehicles.
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 tanks.
Unlike the E-tron Quattro, no production plans have been announced.

                                                   Story and image courtesy: GoAuto.com



Hyundai reveals details on IONIQ Hybrid ahead of Detroit

Added by admin 12/01/16


The 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 Detroit.
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 available.

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Ehang 184 drone could carry you away one day

Added by admin 08/01/16

Ben Coxworth January 6, 2016

As 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 $300,000.
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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