Production Mercedes-Benz EQC Spotted Out In The Wild: Video

Mercedes-Benz EQC caught in production form out in the wild.

Mercedes-Benz EQC was unveiled and right after that, some were lucky enough to spot the EQC out on a public road. This marks the first time we’ve laid eyes on the production version, without camouflage, out in the wild.

It’s the white, Electric Art version (there is also an AMG-Line version) with cool black wheels and a tow hitch. Overall, its appearance is very similar to conventional Mercedes SUVs.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • more than 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)
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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Global Electric Vehicle Market To Top $419 Billion By 2024

Within several years, the BEV market is predicted to grow to $419 billion

According to one of the latest forecasts, the plug-in electric car market is going to expand to $419 billion by the end of 2024.

While most of us we mere humans have trouble with imagining such a pile of money, we tried to estimate how many plug-ins would need to be sold to achieve such market value:

  • 12 million at an average price of $35,000
  • 8.4 million at an average price of $50,000

The paid report is available here: “Electric Vehicle Market, Volume Global Analysis by Cars, Countries and Companies”


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Road Test: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0L AWC Limited Edition

Mitsubishi’s Entry-level Compact Crossover

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is attracting buyers with a low entry price, sharp styling and an excellent warranty. But in the hot compact crossover segment, the Outlander Sport has not made much a dent in its competitor’s sales. There are various reasons for this, so what does Mitsubishi’s smallest CUV have to offer?

Drivetrain

The all-wheel control, not all-wheel drive, of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine. The 87-octane gasoline engine puts out 148 horsepower with 145 pounds-feet of torque, driven through a Sportronic Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters.

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A little long-in-the-tooth, the Outlander trails in the compact crossover MPG pack

The EPA fuel economy rating of 23 city/29 highway/26 combined mpg is mid-to-low for this category (going with the 2WD version buys you one more mpg in each category). Ratings for key competitors to the Outlander Sport include the Subaru Crosstrek at 27 city/33 highway/30 combined; the Jeep Compass 23/32/28; and the Honda HR-V at 28/34/30.

Over 469 miles of 75-percent highway/25-percent city driving Clean Fleet Report averaged 26.4 mpg. In an all-freeway run of 204 miles with the cruise control set at 65 mph, we averaged 29.1 mpg. On a long road trip, the 15.8 gallon fuel tank could get you about 450 miles down the road.

Fuel economy reported by Clean Fleet Report is non-scientific and represents the reviewer’s driving experience. If you live in cold weather, high in the mountains or spend time in the city or stuck in rush hour traffic, then your numbers may differ.

The engine and transmission combination was not as smooth as others in the category, not terribly powerful and was noisy. The paddle shifters helped a bit by holding the CVT in a power band for more pull. In a few 0-to–60 runs, we averaged a so-so 8.9 seconds. Once up to freeway speeds, it cruised along nicely. Note: The Outlander Sport has a 2.4-liter engine as an option, which has 20 more horsepower and better torque numbers. The fuel economy numbers remain about the same.

Driving Experience: On the Road

At 3,252 lbs. the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE AWC feels just right for its dimensions. Our test Outlander had the Limited Edition Package that included 18-inch, black painted wheels and 225/55 Nexen N-Priz RH7 tires that delivered solid driving stability on the freeway and around curves. Cornering, especially when selecting the AWD Auto driving mode, responded nicely to modest directional changes. The suspension consists of front independent MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar, and multi-link with stabilizer bar at the rear.

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Rocking the Vasquez

The electric power-assisted steering was a bit light in town, but there was good feeling when on the highway. The short turning radius was greatly appreciated when whipping a U-turn to avoid the dreaded three-point turn maneuver. Stopping was straight and true with no fading from the four-wheel disc, ABS system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, and stability and traction control.

Driving Experience: Exterior

The small/compact SUV category is crowded, so standing-out with a different design is important. The Outlander has had some freshening-up over the past few years, but with the same basic design since 2011, means it is long overdo for a complete makeover.

However, for 2018, the Outlander Sport with the Limited Edition Package is a pleasant-looking crossover. Clean Fleet Report ventured to the Vasquez Rocks, famous as the backdrop for hundreds of movies, television programs and commercials. We wanted to show the Outlander Sport in its element, where its smooth lines are contrasted by the dramatic rock formations.

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It’s been around awhile

The front end has a downward lean to it with more chrome than most crossovers. The high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, fog lights and LED running lights meshed well into the front fascia and grille.

Looking from the side view, the front-to-rear upsweeping belt line creates a pleasant flow, with smooth but sculpted doors. The near-flat roof has a shark fin antenna and ends in a small, integrated spoiler over the rear hatch window. The rear LED combination tail lights are connected by a chrome strip, with the Mitsubishi three diamond chrome badge centered below the rear windshield wiper.

Driving Experience: Interior

The interior is basic and shows its design age. The materials are mostly hard plastic with only a small amount of the desired soft touch materials. If you can get over not being in the most modern interior, the dash layout is simple with clean with easy-to-find controls. Clean Fleet Report staff are big fans of volume and channel selection radio knobs. The climate control wheels were a different size than those of the radio and were located away from the radio to eliminate any confusion. This may not seem like a big thing, but it is when reaching for these very different controls in the dark–regardless of your familiarity with the dash layout.

As mentioned, the simplicity of the dash layout made reading gauges, with black faces and white numbers, easy on the eyes. The Outlander Sport with the Limited

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Nice, but ready to move beyond hard plastic

Edition Package comes with a 7.0-inch touch screen with navigation and a rear view camera. The 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system, with nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer, has a built-in equalizer, which was greatly appreciated to dial out the booming bass. I listen to many sound systems and this was very nice to the ears and extremely easy to program and operate. The system came with SiriusXM (three-month trial subscription), digital HD AM/FM/CD radio, MP3, USB port with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks, Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free telephone. The rearview mirror was autodialing and Homelink equipped.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can seat three adults on the 60/40 split bench rear seat, but for longer trips two adults would be more comfortable, as would redesigned seats. Storage was good with the rear seat up, but much improved when folded flat. Where the Outlander Sport shines is on seating access height, resulting in easy access for loading and unloading children or for drivers and passengers that find getting into a low sedan to be a bit of a challenge. The cargo load-in height is low, too. These are real world selling points that Mitsubishi should tout.

Both the driver eight-way power adjustable and the front passenger four-way manual adjustable seats are heated and were easy to adjust, but lumbar adjustments would be greatly appreciated. A driving position conducive to long road trips was possible by adjusting the leather-wrapped, tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

Other nice interior features are the rear seat folding armrest with cup holders, rear heater floor ducts, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, heated and power outside mirrors, center console with slide-adjustable arm rest, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 12-volt accessory outlets, one each front and rear. The black leather-covered steering wheel, gear shifter and emergency brake handle had contrasting red topstitching.

Safety and Convenience

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came with convenience features, including cruise control, remote and passive keyless entry, rear cargo tie-down hooks, rear floor heat ducts, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, remote engine start, and an anti-theft security alarm and anti-theft immobilizer.

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Big thumbs up in the knob  & sound departments

Either as standard or optional equipment, active and passive safety features are available on the Outlander. These include seven air bags, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation and rear park assist sensors.

Pricing and Warranties

Clean Fleet Report’s 2018 Outlander Sport 2.0L LE AWC had a base MSRP of $23,995. With the rear cargo tonneau cover ($150) and carpeted floor mats ($125) options, the price came to $24,270. All prices do not include the $940 destination and handling charge.

In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the 2018 Outlander Sport received four stars (five stars is their highest rating), while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Outlander Sport Good and Superior ratings for crashworthiness and front crash prevention.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain    10 years/100,000 miles
  • Basic   Five years/60,000 miles        
  • Corrosion Seven years/Unlimited miles

Observations: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE AWC

Mitsubishi has positioned the 2018 Outlander Sport LE AWC as a well-equipped small crossover under $25,000. The features, design and warranty make this a very tempting package. With the right price and good utility, the Outlander Sport is compelling.

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The Outlander Sport has got some good selling points, but also has a lot of catching up to doThe main drawback on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is that it was introduced new in 2011, and except for a few minor changes and styling upgrades, it is essentially the same car. The drivetrain is not as refined as its competitors and the fuel economy is on the low side. It really isn’t a bad CUV, but with so many competitors that offer more power and better fuel economy, it is important to do cross-shopping among brands to see what you like.

Our hope is that Mitsubishi is getting ready to announce that an all-new Outlander Sport will be coming soon. In the fast-changing compact crossover segment, seven-plus years is a long time to be squeezing-out every last drop before launching a new model. The Outlander’s plug-in hybrid variant and the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are good signs.

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Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!

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Disclosure:

Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition, we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.

Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class, which leads us to emphasize electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and diesels. We also feature those efficient gas-powered vehicles that are among the top mpg vehicles in their class. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.

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Borgward Establishes US HQ In Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the place to be these days.

Following the path of other Chinese startup automobile manufacturers like Faraday Future, BYTON and Lucid Air, Borgward has chosen California’s Silicon Valley to locate their North American headquarters.

However, that’s where the similarities between Borgward and the others mentioned above ends. Unlike the others, Borgward isn’t an entirely new brand. The brand was revived in 2015 after 54 years of inactivity. Borgward previously made automobiles in Germany from 1919 to 1961, and was actually the third largest automobile manufacturer in the country for a while. They also maintain their global headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Another difference is that Borgward has been making and selling cars since 2016, and has already delivered over 100,000 cars. Neither Faraday Future, BYTON, or Lucid Air have actually delivered a single car to a consumer yet. Borgward’s cars, however, all have internal combustion engines. Borgward’s first electric vehicle, the BXi7, isn’t due to hit the showrooms until 2019. Those showrooms will be in China, Europe, and other markets, but not the United States, since Borgward isn’t planning to enter the US market for another “two to three years”.

Borgward’s President & CEO, Jason Yang, was on hand to speak to InsideEVs at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco, California.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Borgward President & CEO, Jason Yang and ask him why Borgward chose to first develop internal combustion vehicles, and then introduce electric models to their product line when many of the other Chinese startups are going straight to selling only EVs. Yang told me that it was necessary, to begin with internal combustion vehicles because they could bring them to market quicker, and the profits from the sales of those vehicles will fund the necessary R&D for their electric vehicles. Yang also said he believes there still needs to be advancements in battery cost and energy density before electric vehicles will be fully competitive in the marketplace.

Borgward’s Joe Xing, Director of Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Driving, presenting at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco on 9/7/18

“No autonomous automaker has been able to deliver a safe and reliable product. This is in part because the industry’s reliance on real road testing cannot generate enough data to predict human error or other risks at a rate sufficient enough to ensure a reliable response.”

“Our AI platform aims to solve this problem, not just for Borgward’s products, but for the AD industry so that all communities can benefit from safe self-driving cars.” – Joe Xing, Borgward

Borgward is also looking at autonomous drive (AD) differently than the competition. Instead of relying mainly on sensors and field testing, Borgward is developing artificial intelligence technology that predicts risky behaviors and integrates those learnings back into their product development. At last weeks O’Reilly Artificial Conference in San Francisco, Borgward’s Joe Xing, Director of Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Driving presented their work with regards to predictive automotive driving behavior. Xing also noted that Borgward would like to share their findings with other OEMs, to help improve the reliability of autonomous driving for all vehicles.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on Borgward, especially as more details of their all-electric SUV, the BXi7, become available.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

435-Mile BMW Vision iNext CUV Spotted Boarding Airplane: Video

Our first-ever look at the real BMW Vision iNext out in the wild before it boards an airplane for its in-flight reveal.

Courtesy of our friend at BMWBLOG, we catch a video glimpse of a covered Vision iNext before it goes aboard the airplane for a never-done-before type of in-air debut. The BMW-focused site states:

We spotted the BMW iNEXT while being loaded for its world tour. Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage!

Check out the BMW Vision iNext below:

Starting today, BMW will present the Vision iNext in four cities during a ’round-the-world flight.

No concrete details are known in connection with the iNext at this time, but our best guess says, the iNext — if it continues to carry that moniker — will be crossover-shaped and boast a range of 435 miles. It will carry what BMW refers to as the automaker’s fifth-generation electric powertrain.

You can check out some BMW’s most recent Vision iNext teaser video below:

Source: BMWBLOG


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Compared: Mercedes EQC, I-Pace, Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, BMW iX3

The Germans are coming for Tesla, and it may not be long before a hard-fought battle begins.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ line is finally brought to life thanks to the reveal of the fully-electric EQC crossover. The segment, although in its early stages of life, promises big things for every car maker. Some of the competitors for the EQC are the newly revealed Jaguar I-Pace, the Audi e-tron and the upcoming BMW iX3. Certainly, none other than the Jaguar have actually been released to the customers, but all of these vehicles are supposed to enter production and arrive on the market in the next 24 months or less.

Even though it’s a bigger car and might not strictly fall under it, the segment is currently controlled by the impressive Tesla Model X. However, with the advent of some new competition from some old carmakers, it makes sense to do a short comparison between these. After all, they are all similarly high priced exert high levels of performance and fall into the luxury utility category.

Below, you will find a chart showcasing all the specifications for these direct competitors. Mind you, the Audi e-tron data is collected from the bits and pieces revealed either through official company statements or simply by quoting the upper echelon people from the German car maker. You’ll also notice the absence of the BMW iX3 in the specifications sheet. That we understand and we will update the chart with the BMW iX3 data once it becomes available.

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MSRP $TBA $70,495 $79,500 $95,000 (German Pricing)
Motor Dual motors Dual motors Dual motors Dual Motors
Battery capacity 80 kWh 90 kWh 75 kWh 95 kWh
All-electric range 279 miles (NEDC cycle) 240 miles – EPA Est 247 miles 249 miles (WLTP)
Length 187.4” 184.3” 198.3” 192.1″
Width 82.5” 84.2” 81.5” 76″
Height 63.9” 61.3” 66” 60.6″
Wheelbase 113.1” 117.7” 116.7” 114.6″
Curb weight (lbs) TBA 4,784 lbs. 5,307 lbs. TBA
Drive configuration AWD AWD AWD AWD
Performance 402 hp, 564 lb-ft 394 hp, 512 lb-ft 328 hp, 387 lb-ft 355 hp, 414 lb-ft
0-60 mph 4.9 sec. (est.) 4.5 sec. 4.9 sec. 5.9 seconds
Top speed (mph) 112 mph 124 mph 130 mph 124.3

With similar power, performance and range, these present a rather interesting dilemma for most would-be electric SUV/Crossover buyers. All of these come with dual motors. In several categories, you’ll note that the differences are so close it’s like splitting hairs. And, of course, if you’ve got the extra cash and want to spring for a higher level Model X, then that vehicle will outperform all of the others listed, but it’s unfair to include the far more expensive versions of the X here.

Count in the vast Supercharger network and the advanced Autopilot, and it’s hard to beat all the positive aspects of the Tesla Model X, but perhaps it’s styling isn’t to your liking. That’s fine, as there will soon be lots of other highly capable options in the luxury utility segment. And choices are always a welcome addition to the world of electric cars.

It may not be long before some different or more powerful and range-happy versions of these three (four if you include the BMW iX3) competitors, take the Model X down from the throne. Clearly, the German onslaught is brewing and we wouldn’t be surprised if some of the upcoming models from the Big German Three actually shuffle things around fully. It’s bound to happen, the only question is when?

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Rolls-Royce unveils marine battery system

Rolls-Royce has released SAVe Energy, a Li-ion battery system designed for ships. Rolls-Royce has provided energy storage systems since 2010, but it previously depended on third parties for the battery packs. The new system is liquid-cooled and modular to accommodate different vessel classes and requirements. Along with The Norwegian Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX funding, several companies including Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company have partnered to develop SAVe Energy. The system was recently approved by DNV GL, and it is intended for use in battery-powered and hybrid vessels as well as for peak shaving and spinning reserve needs.

“The electrification of ships is building momentum. From 2010 we have delivered battery systems representing about 15 MWh in total. However now the potential deployment of our patent pending SAVe Energy in 2019 alone is 10-18 MWh. Battery systems have become a key component of our power and propulsions systems, and SAVe Energy is being introduced on many of the projects we are currently working on. This includes the upgrade programme for Hurtigruten’s cruise ferries, the advanced fishing vessel recently ordered by Prestfjord and the ongoing retrofits of offshore support vessels. As a system provider we can find the best solution considering both installation and operational cost,” says Rolls-Royce Executive Andreas Seth.

 

Source: Rolls-Royce


Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Word-Of-Mouth Sells Tesla Model 3, Says Musk

According to Musk, lack of paid advertising and endorsements don’t hinder the success of the Model 3.

We can all argue whether Tesla uses subliminal messaging or other marketing tactics to promote the Model 3, but the fact remains: the Model 3 sells like hotcakes these days. According to Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, this is all done without any direct paid advertising or endorsement campaigns. Before everyone jumps in on the Musk bashing wagon, the CEO did claim no ads or paid endorsements. Items like selling expenses, fancy launch events or similar were not part of his tweet.

Unlike other (mostly legacy) car maker, Tesla does take a different approach to marketing. Elon Musk, the company CEO, makes a big impact on Tesla’s visibility. And yes, word of mouth helps sales tremendously. However, this couldn’t be possible without having a product worth telling others about. This is where Tesla excels.

Furthermore, Tesla owners – as most early EV adopters – are tech savvy. Most have social media accounts and are well-versed in the online ecosystem. Additionally, most Tesla Model 3 customers pre-ordered the vehicle thanks to the hype that surrounded the “entry level electric car” even before the first units rolled off the production line. To be fair, no other carmaker was able to do the same. Ever.

When the legacy carmakers finally produce a viable competitor to the likes of the Model 3, Model S and the Model X – things might change dramatically. Until then, word of mouth seems to be enough to move product.

Source: Twitter


Source: Electric Vehicle News