With two very different zero-emission cars about to go on sale, Hyundai is one of the most progressive manufacturers in the industry. The Korean company is at the forefront of both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology – but which one provides a more convincing answer for motorists now, and in the future? We test Hyundai's visions for sustainable mobility – EV and FCEV – back-to-back. Hyundai Kona EV – what is it? The Kona EV will go on sale in August, with prices starting at £29,495 and deliveries expected to begin in the autumn. The Premium trim level – which has a 512kg, 64kWh lithium-ion battery and a 300ish-mile range – is anticipated to be the most popular choice, while the entry-level SE offers a 39kWh battery with commensurate capacity. Both cars are based on the largely unremarkable internal combustion Kona, a small crossover-style hatchback that starts at £16,000. It's a … [Read more...] about Hyundai Kona EV vs Hyundai Nexo – should I buy an electric or hydrogen fuel cell car?
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BEIJING (AP) — BMW Group and the biggest Chinese SUV brand, Great Wall Motor, announced a partnership Tuesday to produce electric MINI vehicles in China as global automakers ramp up development under pressure from Beijing. The companies said they signed an agreement Monday during an event in Berlin attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. BMW and Great Wall said their venture, Spotlight Automotive Ltd., also will make electrics for the Chinese partner’s brand. Great Wall put total investment in the venture at 5.1 billion yuan ($770 million) and said it is aiming for annual production of 160,000 vehicles. Automakers are pouring billions of dollars into creating electric models for China, the biggest market for the technology. Beijing is using access to its market as leverage to induce global automakers to help Chinese brands develop battery and other technology. Auto brands in China are required to make electric vehicles at least 10 percent … [Read more...] about BMW to make electric MINIs in China
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is easily the most important vehicle to come out this year. (It’s debatable whether the Tesla Model 3 is really “out” yet.) An American icon is being replaced, and fans have been nervous. Is the new Wrangler still a serious off-roader worth worshipping, or has it been watered down like almost every other SUV? After a day on the rocks with this thing, I’m happy to say: we’re in good shape. ( Full Disclosure : Jeep wanted me to drive the 2018 Wrangler JL, so they flew me to Tucson, Arizona, and shuttled me to a fancy hotel whose nightly rate is more than the cost of a used four-liter inline-six. I also helped engineer the new Jeep—don’t worry, I was well supervised.) “Death by a thousand cuts” was a warning I heard a lot while working as an engineer on this new Wrangler, known as the “JL.” Those “cuts” represented engineering compromises, and death was a metaphor for the dilution of … [Read more...] about The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Didn’t Get Soft, It Got Much Better
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: EPA Reportedly Wants To Take California’s Fuel-Economy Power The battle between California and the Trump administration has been a long one already, and it’s hard to imagine it’ll get better anytime soon. Basically, California, a state known for cleaner-vehicle incentives, wants to keep rising fuel-economy standards set by the Obama administration around so we don’t all destroy the Earth, and the Trump administration wants to freeze them. Not only is California a huge car market, but more than a dozen states follow its regulations, so it has a great deal of power here, and has for decades. California has even said it’ll keep the Obama-era regulations even if the new administration makes changes to them, according to Bloomberg. They’re not getting along. It sounds … [Read more...] about The EPA May Try To Take Away California’s Power Over Fuel Economy Regulations: Report
Autocar Professional’s Two-Wheeler Industry Conclave 2018, held on January 18, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi, proved to be a melting pot of this dynamic vehicle segment, one where key industry stakeholders, representing OEMs, component suppliers, dealers and also a premier R&D and testing agency of the government took centre-stage, discussing and debating a host of challenges and even more opportunities.The day-long event drew a packed house, comprising delegates from all sections of the automotive industry – OEMs, component suppliers, dealers, financial analysts, software and hardware developers and even start-up founders. The Conclave’s lead sponsor and technology partner was Siemens while the silver sponsors were Continental and Infineon Technologies. Supporting the event as association partners were apex industry bodies ARAI, FADA, SMEV and SAE India, while Roland Berger was the technology partner. The first Two-Wheeler Industry Conclave … [Read more...] about India’s 2-Wheeler industry targets sustainability, merges focus with vision