BorgWarner acquires Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing to form Cascadia Motion supplying specialty EV applications

Automotive supplier BorgWarner has acquired two Oregon-based companies specializing in EV technology: Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing. The two newly acquired companies will be merged into a single company called Cascadia Motion.

Cascadia Motion will target customers with low-volume, specialty EV applications. Before the acquisition, Rinehart Motion Systems developed propulsion inverters and controls for EVs, and AM Racing designed single- and dual-core electric motors and gearsets. Both companies served market segments including professional motorsports, motorcycles, specialty road cars, buses, and heavy-duty vehicles.

“Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing are two established companies in the specialty  electric and hybrid propulsion sector,” said BorgWarner CTO Hakan Yilmaz. “Bringing them together as Cascadia Motion will allow us to offer design, development and production of full electric and hybrid propulsion systems for niche and low-volume manufacturing applications.”

 

Source: BorgWarner


Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Rivian has several undercover F-150 electric pickup trucks driving around as test mules

In order to bring its own electric pickup trucks to market, Rivian has installed its electric powertrain inside several undercover F-150 electric pickup trucks driving around as test mules in its development program. more…

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New Teasers Of Kia’s Special EV Concept Reveal Insane Interior

Kia put 21 individual ultra-high-resolution screens on the dashboard!

Kia presents two more images of its upcoming all-electric concept car, which reportedly brings an unorthodox approach to electrification. The four-door concept – still without name – will debut in Geneva.

According to the press release, the new EV is “intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille”. As with other manufacturers, Kia is playing with light, creating “a bold new illuminated ‘tiger mask’ that encircles the headlamp units to create a distinctive and recognizable lighting motif, one which instantly marks this out as a Kia for the 21st Century”.

The other features are:

  • a single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof (yeah, it’s hard to see it on the images right now)
  • team fully exploited the chassis architecture of the powertrain’s all-electric layout to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior
  • In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.

Press blast:

“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer. We believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is powered by electricity,” says Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe. “That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing, but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.”

This human-centric attitude is perfectly aligned with Kia’s attitude on automotive design, as Guillaume explains: “When they talk about their electric cars, many carmakers promote the same empirical data-driven messages as they do with their internal combustion engined cars, such as range, economy and performance criteria.”

“Kia prides itself on its power to surprise, which is why we wanted to move away from the rational and focus on the emotional, and embrace a warmer and more human approach to electrification. After all, electricity is found within every atom – it’s the energy that flows within us and around us on our planet. Harnessing its potential has propelled us from one innovation to the next,” says Guillaume.

A visual embodiment of its desire to move forward into the exciting world of electrification, this concept is the company’s first pure electric four-door passenger car. Intentionally designed to not sit within the industry’s predefined vehicle categories, it coherently draws together elements of a muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family saloon and a versatile and spacious crossover.

Intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille, the concept features a bold new illuminated ‘tiger mask’ that encircles the headlamp units to create a distinctive and recognizable lighting motif, one which instantly marks this out as a Kia for the 21st Century.

A single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof, flowing from the base of the A-pillar and over the cabin to create a vast sky-window, before tapering into a double-bubble over the rear passenger compartment. The rakishness of the car’s high shoulders and narrow glasshouse is further enhanced by an illustrated dynamic streak that draws the eye from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

Guillaume and his team fully exploited the chassis architecture of the powertrain’s all-electric layout to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior. In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.

“I believe that our unorthodox approach to electrification fired our collective imagination,” says Guillaume. “It enabled us to envisage a future where engaging and dynamic cars like this were an integral part of our transport requirements. And its message is clear,” says Guillaume “It’s time to free your imagination, to stop wondering and to start driving!”


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Apple confirms Project Titan layoffs in new filing, engineering positions most affected

Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple had dismissed over 200 staff members from its Project Titan self-driving vehicle department. Now, in a new filing with the California Employment Development Department, Apple has offered more detail on those layoffs.

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Polestar 2: Diving Into The Electric Car’s Details

 

Deposits, the configurator, and tying up loose ends.

The Polestar 2 was released this morning to much fanfare.  We’ve posted the main points and shared the livestream presentation, but there are lots of details we thought we could share that may have been overlooked. After watching the reveal video and going through the now-live configurator, this is what we’ve learned.

First off, let’s talk availability. In the U.S., the 2 will be available first in California. The company has targeted July of 2020 to begin deliveries. Other regions that will receive the first cars are China, Canada, Sweden, Norway, UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. We imagine deliveries to other states and European countries will begin not too long after that, though no timeframe has yet been given.

About that price: during the reveal presentation, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said “At launch, Polestar 2 will start from 39,900 euros. And at launch, we’ll be offering our all-wheel-drive 300-kW car for 59,900 euros…” This would make it seem as though there will be various trim levels available from the get-go. However, the official press release states, “For the first 12 months of production, guide price of the launch edition is 59,900 euros.” 

We reached out to Polestar for clarification and have been told that for the first 12 months after production begins in February 2020, the factory will only produce the Launch Edition. The lower-cost cars will then go into production early 2021, and the exact specifications and features of these editions will be made known closer to that time.

In any case, what we do know is that, if you go to the Polestar 2 configurator (now live), the base price in the U.S. will be $63,000 ($69,900 in Canada), with taxes, title, registration and destination charges extra. This is for the higher spec version with 300 kW, the panoramic roof, pixel LED headlights, vegan seats, and Harmon/Kardon premium stereo.

Interestingly, the Chinese version of the configurator doesn’t offer a price yet. It does, however give a deposit amount of 8,000 yuan ($1,196 at today’s rates). In the U.S., the desposit, which can be placed now on the Polestar website, is $1,000 after you complete a configuuration.

Speaking of the configuator, there are a couple interesting points revealed here. Although the the reveal presentation only mentions the vegan interior, there is also an option for ventilated Napa leather seats. You can also upgrade to a performance package which gives the car  a set of Öhlins DFV (dual flow valve) track-worthy shocks, Brembo brakes all around, and 20-inch wheels, along with gold-colored seat belts and gold valve caps to remind you and others that you’ve splurged. If you forgo that upgrade, you can still get the 20-inch wheel option.

There are three different interior color packages to choose from, though some exterior color choices may limit that to two. We expect that as more information about other editions are made known, the configurator will offer different choices. We also note that noo prices are yet available for the different options, including any of the six color choices.

Yes, the Polestar 2 has a rear hatch.

There are a few other points we would like to bring to your attention. While the big headline says the 0-to-100 kph (62 mile-per-hour) figure is 5 seconds, they are actually targeting 4.7 seconds. Also, like the Tesla Model 3, your phone is your key and there is no start button. Approach the car with your personal device and the car wil unlock. Sit down in the driver’s seat and it turns on.

There is not a lot of information yet available about the extent of its driver assist functions. We do know, however, that it wil offer some help. Its pilot assist system uses radar and cameras to monitor the environment around you. The safety system includes driver alert, collision avoidance using both braking and steering, run-off mitigation, and evasive manoeuver assist. It also has cross-traffic alert and rear collision warning/mitigation.

Finally, it appears as it may not have a front trunk (frunk). If it does, it will be on the small size. It does, however, feature a rear hatch opening with autoclose in the rear, which will no doubt be appreciated by many.

We will, of course, be closely following the Polestar 2 here on our main site, as well on the PoleStar section of the InsideEVs Forum. If you’re a prospective buyer or just a fan of this new all-electric sedan, drop by there and share your experience with our community.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Honda e Prototype Video Roundup: Cute, Tiny, Probably Pricey

Is it the new, most-wanted small electric car on the market?

Honda already unveiled the 95% production-ready Honda e Prototype to lucky media outlets, who were able to see the car and talk with the design team and managers.

This car is going into production and sales in Europe will begin in 2019 (Japan will follow), but don’t expect affordability. The Honda e Prototype is small, but a higher-end subcompact with a lot of tech, quality interior, frameless windows, etc. We guess it must have some effect on the pricing. The practicality of this cute EV also needs to be proven as a quick look already revealed the lack of rear legroom. Another thing is the awkward position of charging inlet.

We start the video roundup with Fully Charged, which released the best overview, but feel free to check out a few more videos below. Public presentation is scheduled for Geneva Motor Show in March.

“By far the most captivating and talked about concept car of the last 5 years was Honda’s little pearlescent white Urban EV. That was 2017. This is now. Confusingly the perfectly descriptive ‘Urban EV’ name has gone and instead been replaced by ‘e Prototype’, only this isn’t really a prototype. This is a 95% finished EV Honda that goes on sale this year, and which Honda hopes will recapture the company’s mojo. Does it deserve to? Jonny finds out with a secret tour of the vehicle from its Japanese designers.”

Honda e Prototype specs:

  • over 200 km (125 miles) of range in undisclosed test cycle
  • battery cells supplied by Panasonic
  • rear-wheel drive
  • fast charging to 80% in 30 minutes

More videos:

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Green Deals: 24-pack Sylvania Non-dimmable LED Light Bulbs $23, more

Amazon offers a 24-pack of Sylvania A19 Non-dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $22.70 Prime shipped. As a comparison, this bundle originally had a $40 value but it’s trended around $25-$30 at various retailers recently. The big news here is that today’s offer equates to $0.95 per bulb, which is amongst the best offers we’ve ever seen. Switching to LED light bulbs has a number of perks, including lower costs per month and longer lifespans. In fact, you can expect up to 11,000 hours of use per bulb. This bundle is a #1 best-seller at Amazon with over 640 reviewers leaving a 4.3/5 star rating.

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“Hey Alexa, mow my yard…” The new Husqvarna 435X robotic lawn mower sports AWD, more

While robotic mowers are not new to the scene, this is still a growing category in the United States. Far more popular in Europe, brands like Husqvarna are just beginning to expand their robo-presence in the United States. The latest release comes out of Mobile World Congress where we are getting our first look at the Husqvarna 435X robotic lawn mower.

Thanks to compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, users will be able to call up various features on the Husqvarna 435X with their voice. While smart home-grade features are welcome, it’s the unique design with all-wheel drive performance that has us particularly interested in this model.

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