2020 Kia Niro: 50-mpg hybrid gets upgraded interface, sharper look

2020 Kia Niro HybridThe Kia Niro EV, with its 239-miles of electric range and sub-$40,000 price before incentives, has brought the Niro lineup a boost over the past year. It’s worth remembering, however, that both the Niro EV and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid are only offered in a limited number of states. The Niro model that’s widely available is the Niro…
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Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk says it might ‘not need key at all’

Elon Musk hinted that the new Tesla Roadster might “not need a key at all” as the prototype is equipped with an interesting door system. more…


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Tesla launches new ‘Gemini’ wheels for Model 3 Performance

Tesla has launched its new ‘Gemini’ 19″ wheels for Model 3 in the US after only making them available in China. more…


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Zero wants you to ride its electric motorcycles – no motorcycle license needed

Zero Motorcycles is running a program to get people onto its electric motorcycles so that they can experience the thrill. Even if they don’t have a motorcycle license.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC starts at just over $60k in the US after incentives

Mercedes didn’t have any new electric vehicles to show off at the LA Auto Show, but they did give us pricing for their upcoming EQC.  The car will start at $67,900 in the US, or $60,400 after taking the $7,500 federal tax credit into account.

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BYTON will give its customers two years of free 30-minute DC fast charging

BYTON, the Chinese EV maker, today announced a collaboration with Electrify America that will give its owners in the U.S. complimentary unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for two years.

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Morris Commercial relaunches iconic Morris van as an EV

Brits of a certain age may wax nostalgic for the Morris J-Type delivery van, which was produced from 1949 to 1960. Now Morris Commercial has announced that it will produce a new electric edition of the iconic van.

The Morris JE features a carbon fiber chassis, a 60 kWh battery
pack, a 200-mile range, a 1,000 kg payload, 5.5 cubic meters of load space and
a 2.5-ton gross weight. Top speed is set at 90 mph. The van can fast charge to
80% in 30 minutes.

The Morris JE’s retro styling is expected to be a major selling point (to say nothing of the cool name), but Morris says it is not a replica of the old classic Morris J-Type, but rather a new interpretation of the design. The JE is based on a new modular platform that Morris Commercial hopes to use for future variants such as a pickup, minibus and campervan.

Morris Commercial is an all-electric brand: “We will never
make a vehicle with an internal combustion engine.” It has backing from unnamed
UK and European investors, a design and engineering facility in Worcestershire,
and a strategy to produce a “UK-sourced” electric powertrain.

The new Morris JE e-van recently made its debut at the
London Design Museum, and is scheduled to go on sale at the end of 2021 at a
price of around 60,000 pounds. Morris has not indicated whether it plans to export
the vehicle to other markets in Europe.

BorgWarner’s new dual-clutch system enables torque vectoring with a single motor

BorgWarner has developed a system that can enable EVs to use torque vectoring with just one electric motor instead of the traditional two. The Michigan-based parts supplier says its solution is cost-effective, light and compact. The company will start producing the system in the first half of 2022 for an unnamed auto manufacturer.

Traditional torque-vectoring systems require two e-motors, but BorgWarner’s Torque-Vectoring Dual-Clutch unit features two clutches – one inner and one outer – that replace the conventional differential in an electric driveline.

The Torque-Vectoring Dual-Clutch system commands torque independently, distributing torque to the left and right wheels from its position on the rear axle. The system connects to a single electric motor and features two reversible GenVI actuators (one per clutch) to transfer the torque. The system has a capacity of up to 2,600 Nm per clutch. To reduce energy losses and increase range, the system can also disconnect the rear axle when all-wheel drive isn’t needed.

“Our new Torque-Vectoring Dual-Clutch system, which minimizes wasted torque, conserves energy and requires fewer components, exemplifies how our existing internal combustion engine and driveline expertise complements our work with electric vehicles,” said Stefan Demmerle, BorgWarner President and General Manager.