Autocar India Gets Exclusive First Look At Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron is making its debut all over the globe.

As we await the actual launch of the Audi e-tron in the U.S., which is planned for mid-2019, we begin to see an influx of reveals and reviews from various locations. This particular installment is the e-tron’s first review in India, where charging infrastructure is nearly non-existent.

The reviewer discusses the fact that Audi stuck to a traditional ICE-car-like facade for its new SUV. It looks very much like any other Audi SUV, or really any SUV for that matter. He says Audi’s research proved that this is what people want. Thus far, the e-tron has racked up about 10,000 reservations, which is nothing compared to that of the nearly 500,000 for the Tesla Model 3, but still good for an electric vehicle that isn’t even available.

It’s our understanding that Audi doesn’t plan to produce or deliver the e-tron in any massive quantities, at least initially. This is much like the situation with the Jaguar I-Pace. Nonetheless, the automakers are pushing the vehicles to signify that this is the direction of the future. Hopefully, no too far down the road, these and other brands will produce more compelling EVs with plans to make and sell them in quantity.

Let us know what you think of Autocar India’s first look in the comment section below.

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Audi e-tron electric SUV | First Look Preview | Autocar India

The e-tron is Audi’s first production electric vehicle and the statistics are impressive. With the equivalent of 408hp and 664Nm from its two asynchronous electric motors, it’s capable of 0-100kph in 5.5sec and also 400km of range. Nikhil Bhatia breaks it down for you.

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Next-Gen Kia Soul EV Might Have Niro EV-Like Range

New spy shots hint at more than just styling.

Spare a thought for the Kia Soul EV. The first all-electric Kia that, outside of Korea, has been carrying the battery-powered flag for the marque since 2014 when it showed up at the Chicago Auto Show sporting a 27-kWh pack. Though it’s been upgraded to hold a 30-kWh battery since then, it may have begun to feel neglected recently, what with all the attention being focused on its new big brother, the Niro EV. This could soon change as more details come out about the all-new 2019 version, seen above with significantly less disguise since its previous spotting. For instance, it could offer over 250 miles of range.

Now, some new spy photos indicate this will indeed be the case. And it makes sense, seeing as it will be built on the same platform as its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Kona Electric, as is the larger Niro EV. One shot, in particular, is revealing and shows a range reading of 437 km (271.5 miles) on the display with 92 percent of a full charge. Putting two and two together, we imagine the Soul should score at least as high on the EPA test as the Kona Electric, which was given a 258-mile rating.

The spy shots also give us the best idea yet about the appearance of the next-gen Soul EV. It certainly seems to retain many of its former styling cues and should be pretty recognizable as a Kia Soul EV. If, as is rumored, it comes with an all-wheel-drive option, then it may actually become a pretty hot commodity. At least, it will if priced right and built it in large enough numbers.

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Autocar Tests 64-kWh Hyundai Kona Electric: Offers Verdict

For Autocar, the Kona Electric is a ground-breaking electric car.

The success story of Hyundai has been one of the most compelling events in motoring history. Rising from the manufacturer of cheap and not-so-appealing cars to one of the biggest and most lucrative carmakers has been stellar.

The recent introduction of first all-electric models from the South Korean carmaker further solidifies the company on the automotive map of the world. With almost all recent test drives coming out positive for the Kona, we’re even more inclined to consider it as one of the best electric crossovers on the market today. However, it always makes sense to learn what the experts think.

Recently, Autocar thoroughly tested the Hyundai Kona electric. According to the site, the Kona Electric is claimed to rewrite the range versus cost equation that has dogged the early EV debate.

Ground-breaking, high-spec electric car offers 300 miles of range for less than £32,000

Hence, with the Kona, you get both a price-point appealing entry-level EV, but you get the range you need, too.

For just under £32,000, this 64kWh model promises a maximum potential range of 300 miles on official test cycles, all wrapped in an on-trend crossover bodyshape. On the fastest charge, its battery can go from 0-80% charge in 54 minutes. It’s worth noting, too, that lower-range, lower-cost versions are available.

There are many advantages to the Kona. This is especially true when it comes to the driving experience, materials, design and more, where Kona delivers a decently polished performance aspect, all without breaking the bank. Furthermore, the Kona brings a relatively affordable range, dramatically widening the pool of potential customers whos lives could be bettered by an entrance of an all-electric crossover.

Please find the full Autocar review (teaser, Kona Electric gets 4 out of 5 stars) right here. Enjoy!

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Renault Makes Belle-Île-en-Mer France’s First Smart Island

Belle-Île-En-Mer will take advantage of EVs, solar electricity and ESS

Renault is joining forces with Morbihan Energie, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis to turn Belle-Île-En-Mer into France’s first smart island under FlexMob’île programme. The other island that also will be electrified is Portugal’s Porto Santo.

The idea is to make energy transition to electricity through three core activities:

  • sharing of electric vehicles
  • stationary storage of solar energy
  • smart charging

From 2019, residents and visitors will be able to use car sharing system with Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. electric cars. The island will get charging stations located close to the main attractions. As the island measures just 17 by 9 kilometres (10.6 by 5.6 miles) it would be smart to electrify it entirely and get rid of combustion engine cars.

The charging stations will be configured to use surplus energy produced by solar panels installed on the roofs of the island’s main public buildings.

Additionally Renault will provide some second-life batteries to enable use of solar electricity after the sun goes down.

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“In association with its partners the Belle-Île-en-Mer Community of Communes, Morbihan Energies, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis, Groupe Renault – a major player in the world of electric ecosystems – is delighted to unveil a brand new joint project known as FlexMob’île. The aim of this smart electric ecosystem is to facilitate the energy transition on the French island of Belle-Île-en-Mer which lies off the coast of southern Brittany. This initiative follows in the footsteps of the innovative Smart Fossil Free Island programme which has been operational since last February on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo in the Madeira archipelago.

For the next 24 months, Groupe Renault and its public and private partners will be developing a smart electric ecosystem that has been conceived to reduce the island’s carbon footprint and increase its energy independence.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Belle-Île-en-Mer Community of Communes, Morbihan Energie, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis on this project which is unprecedented in France. Our goal is the same as with Porto Santo. That is to say the implementation of global solutions that meet local needs using both tried-and-tested and more recent technologies. It will be possible to carry over the Belle-Île-en-Mer system not just to other islands but also to cities and suburban areas,” says Gilles Normand, SVP, Group Electric Vehicle Division.

Frédéric Le Gars, who presides the Belle-Île-en-Mer community of communes, added: “When Morbihan Energies CEO Jo Brohan explained the project to me, I knew that, along with Renault, we needed to be a key player in this innovative scheme to build a new sustainable mobility ecosystem.”

Electric mobility and renewable energy to optimise energy consumption

From 2019, Belle-Île-en-Mer residents and visitors to the island will have access to a fleet of electric cars by means of a self-service hire programme featuring Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. These vehicles will be powered thanks to a network of charging stations located close to the island’s main attractions.

This new carsharing service will take advantage of surplus energy produced by solar panels installed on the roofs of the island’s main public buildings. “The smart charging system will let us activate electric car charging whenever a building produces more energy than it actually needs,” explained Gilles Normand, SVP, Group Electric Vehicle Division. For instance, solar panels on the school’s rooftop provide heat and lighting for classrooms during the week, while the energy produced at weekends or during school holidays will be used to charge the cars.

The energy transition boosts the local economy

By promoting the use of locally-produced renewable energy, FlexMob’île will offer the island’s economic stakeholders enhanced flexibility while at the same time promising substantial savings.

For example, Groupe Renault plans to provide second-life electric car batteries for the island’s largest holiday residences facility. These batteries will be used to store energy produced during the day by solar panels for use in the evening, chiefly to heat the bungalows. This should allow the centre to extend its season which until now has been restricted by central heating costs.”


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Here’s how this solar powered electric bicycle traveled 12,800 km in 64 days from France to China

A self-sustained vehicle powered by the sun is something of a holy grail for electric vehicles, but is difficult to achieve due to the limited surface area and high power requirements of full size cars. However, a smaller EV such as a solar powered electric bicycle has an advantage here due to its drastically lower energy demands.

Over the last few months, a group of solar powered e-bikes raced nearly 13,000 km (8,000 mi) from Lyon, France to Guangzhou, China. Electrek caught up with Jack Butler, who placed 6th in the race, to hear how he succeed on such an extreme trip.

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Hyundai Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 138% In August 2018

Hyundai Kona Electric sales decreased to below 1,000 though.

Hyundai is producing and selling more plug-in electric cars than a year ago – in August, manufacturer’s sales amounted to 3,243, which is almost 138% more than in August 2017.

However, the result is almost 1,000 lower than the peaks in June and July, so the plug-in share out of overall volume decreased to 2.3%.

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Sales by model:

  • IONIQ Electric – 1,657
  • IONIQ Plug-In – 623
  • Kona Electric – 956
  • Sonata Plug-In – 7

We should be especially disappointed by the Kona Electric number – 956, compared to 2,196 in June and 1,775 in July. The main question is why the production/sales decrease when there are so many orders and the car was well received in the reviews?

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You Can Now Buy A Discounted Tesla Model 3 Demo Car

The time has already begun to partake in a used Tesla Model 3.

Some of us have been eagerly awaiting the day that we can buy a used Tesla Model 3. While the reality is that it may be years before there is a wealth of used Model 3s at discounted prices, you can already get your hands on a demo Model 3 with a decent deal in many markets. One might assume that these cars are only popping up in California, but that’s not really the case. We suggest scouring the internet on a daily basis if this is something you’re interested in pursuing.

As CleanTechnica has exposed, you should surely reach out to your local Tesla Service Center. Apparently, Tesla is doing everything it can to sell every Model 3 they have on hand. This includes any demo units, which seem to be discounted some $1,500 to almost $3,000. CT discovered these cars in Florida in the Tampa/Sarasota area, but further research proved they are available throughout the U.S.

It’s important to note that CleanTechnica was informed by a Tesla salesperson that you can’t apply a referral code to get free supercharging on a Tesla Model 3 Long Range, however, you can do so if you buy a used Model 3 Performance.

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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

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2019 Jaguar I-Pace, California electric-car rebates, and latest Elio Motors plans: Today's Car News

2019 Jaguar I-Pace, 3-day test driveWe spend three days with the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace for a real-world review. California considers upping its electric-car rebate. Elio Motors ditches plans to build its own engines. And electric cars may not be so innocent when it comes to parking in designated charging spots. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. GCR spent three days in the real…
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