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August 22 2018

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Hyundai Kona Electric: 258 Miles of Range EPA, 120 MPGe

The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric has a real-world driving range of 258 miles, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA published its economy findings for the Kona Electric this week, rating the fully electric compact crossover at 132 MPGe city, 108 MPGe highway and 120 MPGe combined. It also claims the vehicle will travel 258 miles on a single charge – slightly less than the 310 miles that the European test cycle rated the Kona Electric at.

These figures are for the 64 kWh long-range version of the Kona Electric. This version also has a more powerful motor making 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.6s and top out at 104 mph. The short-range version, which will have a 39.2 kWh battery pack and less powerful 133 hp motor, is not on sale yet. Hyundai predicts the 39.2 kWh version will be able to travel 182 miles between charges – so it should have an EPA-estimated range of around 150 miles.

SEE ALSO: Hyundai Kona Electric Pre Orders Open in Canada

Pricing figures for the US-spec Kona Electric are not yet available. In Europe, the crossover starts at 39,000 euro for the long-range version, which is equivalent to $45,000 USD. This is probably not far off from how much the long-range Kona Electric will cost once it becomes available to US buyers. The vehicle may be hard for buyers to get their hands on even when it does go on sale, with high demand in Europe causing a backlog at the factory.

The Kona Electric will expand Hyundai USA’s EV lineup to two vehicles when it arrives on dealer lots in the coming months, joining the Ioniq Electric.

A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com

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Report Says Tesla Model 3 Production Is Now Stabilizing

Model 3 production has been a headache for Tesla since the start, but a new report shows it may be better news than once thought.

According to FT Alphaville, Tesla Model 3 production is beginning to stabilize and the production process is improving. Additionally, the fourth general assembly line (GA4), which exclusively builds all-wheel drive Model 3s, is making a significant contribution.

The report comes from automotive analysts Eversource ISI Research in London, which Tesla invited into the factory in early August. According to the team’s findings, the overall process is smoothing over, but rough patches are still present. Specifically, Tesla reportedly still has issues with the highly automated general assembly line number three (GA3).

SEE ALSO: Audi S5 Gets A Tesla Model S Powertrain Swap

GA3 appeared to show frequent teething problems and shutdowns related to equipment calibration. The good news is tweaks to the machines’ calibrations is not a capital-intensive fix. With the issues, the line built a Model 3 every 65 seconds. Tesla has also replaced its conveyor belts from a floor to the main assembly with human workers as the parts’ weights would often trip up the belt. 120 workers now haul and unbox the parts manually.

Outside at GA4, the tent assembly, the line is making roughly 20 percent of all Model 3s. Production at GA4 was reportedly smoother since it requires a quarter to a third as many steps as a regular production line. As mentioned, the line only builds AWD Model 3s, which makes for fewer steps in the process.

After reviewing the processes, the team said Tesla should be able to build 7,000 to 8,000 cars per week once calibration issues are totally sorted.

[Source: FT Alphaville]

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Porsche Taycan Captured on Video Lapping Nürburgring

Porsche’s first electric car is nearly ready for prime time, but ahead of a debut sometime next year, new video shows the car testing at the Nürburgring.

The Taycan, formerly called the Mission E, was caught on video lapping the famed German circuit still done up in plenty of cladding and camouflage. But, we can begin to see the electric car’s overall shape and some production cues peak through.

As for specs, one Taycan variant will produce at least 600-plus horsepower and boast a range of more than 300 miles on a charge. Porsche confirmed the specs last month and said drive will come from a permanent magnet synchronous motor at each axle. Mashing the accelerator will see the Taycan sprint from 0-62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds before reaching 124 mph in just 12.4 seconds.

SEE ALSO: Porsche Taycan Will Have 600 HP and 310 Miles of Range

Porsche’s Taycan won’t only birth the brand’s electric-car era, but it will also usher in new charging technology. The electric car will incorporate 800-volt charging capability, which will juice the Taycan to an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes at applicable stations. Thinner cables in the 800-volt system also helped Porsche save weight when engineering the Taycan.

We should see Porsche’s electric car debut sometime next year before production and deliveries begin in late 2019. Check out the Taycan romp around the ‘Ring in the video.

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Liquid Battery Could Enable EVs to Recharge in ‘Seconds’

A liquid-based battery developed by scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland could enable electric vehicles to recharge in seconds, a report from the BBC claims.

The battery uses a type of metal oxide that interacts with a liquid to produce a charge. The battery could be instantly recharged using a nozzle that would draw the spent liquid out of the battery pack and replace it. Prof. Lee Cronin, who spoke to the BBC about the technology, said laboratory tests of the technology have gone positively, but they are now tasked with scaling it so it could work on a passenger vehicle.

“It will certainly be a game changer if we can make sure that the prototype scales as we expect,” Cronin said.

SEE ALSO: UK Research Firm Invests $59 Million Toward Solid State Battery Research

Flow batteries, like what the BBC report is describing, are often used in stationary power grid storage applications due to their size and weight. This could also be a major issue with scaling a battery pack of this type, although it’s hard to say for sure without knowing more about the University of Glasgow’s technology. The experts behind the tech seem confident, though, with Cronin saying a battery that allows for such short refuelling times could help to enact “a big kind of cultural inertia,” in regards to EV adoption.

While research is still being conducted, Cronin and his team say the scaling of the battery tech is going to plan so far. It will be interesting to see whether the liquid battery or the solid state battery play a larger part in helping the masses to adopt EVs going forward. For what it’s worth, Cronin’s hedging his bets on liquid, saying he could see the technology coexisting with gasoline for quite some time.

[Source: BBC]

A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com.

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Saudi Wealth Fund May be More Interested in Lucid Motors Than Tesla

When Elon Musk tweeted that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share with funding secured, he was banking on a cash injection from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) to make it happen.

Taking Tesla private would require a multi-billion investment. Musk surmised that about two-thirds of Tesla shareholders would hold onto their stock if the company were to go private. Buying out one-third of shareholders at $420 a share would cost the PIF about $23.6 billion, it has been estimated – a sizable investment by any reasonable measure. It’s understood the PIF is looking to modernize its portfolio, though, hoping to diversify its investments and rely less on oil. Unfortunately for Tesla, the fund may have found a way to do this that is much cheaper than paying for Tesla’s transition from public to private.

According to Reuters, the PIF is currently in talks to make an investment in privately held American electric automaker Lucid Motors. The deal is rumored to kick off with an investment of $500 million, followed by two subsequent $250 million investments that hinge on Lucid reaching preset production milestones. If a deal is reached, it would give the PIF majority ownership in Lucid.

SEE ALSO: Daimler’s Successful Citaro City Bus to Join the All-Electric Fraternity in 2018

An investment in Lucid could allow the PIF to diversify its portfolio without spending billions of dollars. The PIF is believed to have limited resources due to several recent major investments, making the $1 billion Lucid deal more realistic for the fund than the Tesla deal. Reuters reports the Lucid deal is still being laid out and may not go through, however.

Lucid Motors was founded as Atieva in 2007 by former Tesla board member Bernard Tse and former Oracle Group executive Sam Weng. The company unveiled a prototype for what will be its first production model, the Lucid Air, in 2016. The Air gained some notoriety after a specially prepared test vehicle hit 235 mph at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio, a feat that was achieved thanks to its 1,000 hp electric powertrain. Lucid has yet to put the $100,000 Air into production and hasn’t sold any vehicles, but it just may be able to get the ball rolling with a little extra capital from the PIF.

[Source: Reuters]

A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com.

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Watch the 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQ C Test in the Desert

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch its pure electric EQ C crossover in 2019.

The German automaker has released a video documenting a portion of the heat testing it has conducted for the EQ C. Mercedes took prototypes for the vehicle out to the Tabernas desert in Andalusia to test the EQ C’s electric powertrain in severe heat. This is just one portion of the extreme weather tests Mercedes will conduct with the EQ C – it will also test the vehicle in the extreme cold, snow and other inclement weather conditions before its release.

Rumors suggest the EQ C will feature a 300 kW rear motor, with all-wheel drive models featuring the same 300 kW rear motor in addition to a 90 or 150 kW front motor. Range should sit at around 310 miles and will be aided by a regenerative braking system. The EV will tap Mercedes’ EVA platform, which is an evolution of the MRA platform currently found in the C-Class, GLC and other products from the luxury brand.

SEE ALSO: Mercedes-Benz EQ C Electric Crossover Will Have About 300 Miles of Range

Prices for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQ C are expected to start at $110,000. It should debut sometime later this year, either at the 2018 Paris Motor Show or the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, so we won’t have to wait much longer to get all the official details on this highly anticipated Tesla Model X competitor. Stay tuned for more details and in the meantime, be sure to check out the video embedded above.

A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com.

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1,888 HP Rimac C_Two California is Ready for Fun in the Sun

Croation electric automaker Rimac has unveiled a specially prepared C_Two that it plans on bringing to Monterey Car Week 2018 this month.

The C_Two California is a one-off, special edition take on the electric hypercar that’s tailored specifically to the tastes of Southern California. With two six-liter champagne bottles, crystal champagne flutes and a bright blue paint job, the special edition C_Two is ready for a week of fun in the sun. The vehicle also features a brown leather interior and five-spoke centerlock wheels.

SEE ALSO: Rimac C_Two Will do 0-60 MPH in 1.85s and Top Out at 258 MPH

Rimac claims the C_Two makes 1888 hp and 1696 lb-ft of torque from its pure electric powertrain. It can allegedly accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.85s, from 0-100 mph in 4.3s and top out at an incredible 258 mph. The 120 kWh battery pack will also enable an estimated driving range of around 404 miles.

Monterey Car Week attendees are invited to come check out the C_Two California at The Qual on Friday, August 24th or at Exotics on Cannery Row on Saturday, August 25th. Who knows? Maybe they’ll give you a swill of that champagne if you stop by.

A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com.

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