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Audi E-tron S and E-tron S Sportback » Audi’s electric SUV and coupe-SUV gain flagship S models powered by three electric motors and priced from £87,000

Dan Mihalascu » Carscoops »

Audi has revealed the first photos of the e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback, along with full details about the three-motor performance EVs.

Based on the regular models, the S-badged Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are billed as the first volume production cars to use three electric motors. Two motors are fitted to the rear axle and one is found upfront.

The result is a system output of 370 kW (496 HP / 503 PS) and a system torque of 973 Nm (717 lb-ft). Mind you, the peak torque is only available for eight-second boost periods. Still, that’s enough to enable a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

Lawrence Allan » Autocar »

The trio of motors don’t just improve straight-line pace but are also used to provide an electric torque-vectoring function. In normal driving modes, just the rear motors operate and torque is sent to each wheel via a single-speed transmission.

In dynamic driving modes or when full power is requested, the front motor activates. It can also predictively activate when slip is detected and decelerate the inside front wheel on a bend to prevent traction losses. Audi claims the S models can perform “controlled drifts” due to a more rear-biased power delivery than the standard car.

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VW’s Zwickau factory switching to producing only electric vehicles

The last vehicle with a combustion engine left the assembly line on Friday at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh generation Golf R Estate with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced for a customer in Germany.

From now on, only electric models of the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands will be produced in Zwickau, Germany.

ICE cars have been built in Zwickau since 1904. Initially, Horch and Trabant cars came off that production plant. In May 1990, Volkswagen started production at this plant and over the past 30 years, a total of 6,049,207 Volkswagen Polos, Golfs, Golf Estates, Passat Saloons, and Passat Variants have been produced there.

Reinhard de Vries, Managing Director of Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen » “The trend towards electric mobility will continue to pick up speed. We will meet this demand from Zwickau: we have already created the capacity to build 330,000 vehicles next year.”

1.2 billion euros is being invested in the conversion for electric mobility at this plant. Production of the VW ID.3 1st Edition started at this site in November 2019. Conversion work on the remainder of the plant will allow the the start of production of the VW ID.4 later this summer. Another electric SUV from the sister brand Audi is also planned for Zwickau. By 2021, six different models will be built under the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands in Zwickau by 8,000 employees, all using the modular electric toolkit (MEB) platform which was developed specifically to take maximum advantage the unique characteristics electric vehicles have to offer.

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Dodge and Kia named #1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study » Tesla is last, confirming the EV maker’s ongoing long documented quality problems

Dodge Durango SRT

FCA’s Dodge Durango SRT

Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.

This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.

Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.

Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.

The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.

While Tesla has focused on being first to market, the short term, it has created long-term problems. The company has a long documented history of severe quality issues. (CNBC » Build fast, fix later: Speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say)

That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.

Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.

Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.

If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.

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16 electric cars that may be introduced in India in 2020 and 2021

Bala Natarajan / ElectricVehicleWeb.in »

The year 2020 would be remembered as the one that gave vitality to the electric vehicle revolution in India. The Auto Expo 2020 saw the birth of dozens of EVs of different sizes and prices from a wide section of automakers. Let’s have a look at the upcoming electric cars of India to be launched in 2020 and 2021.

  • Audi e-tron
  • Ford Aspire EV
  • Haima Bird Electric EV1
  • Haval Concept H
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Mahindra Atom
  • Mahindra eKUV100
  • Mahindra eXUV300 Electric
  • Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV
  • Mercedes EQC
  • MG ZS EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Renault Kwid Electric
  • Tata Altroz EV
  • Tata HBX Electric
  • Tata Nexon EV
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Audi’s all-electric E-tron GT has been spotted in disguise; expected to be unveiled at the 2020 LA motor show

Autocar »

The EV grand tourer, a sibling to the Porsche Taycan, isn’t set to hit showrooms until early 2021 after the unveiling. While the physical LA show itself hangs in the balance due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new model should still be unveiled then.

It appears that the design of the original 2018 concept will be largely retained for production, with the camouflaged test mues sharing the same lines and proportions. Notable differences include the presence of door handles, which were absent on the concept.

Predictability was a priority over peak power for the Audi e-tron

Bengt Halvorson  / Green Car Reports »

As Audi has previously emphasized about the E-Tron SUV and E-Tron Sportback, the maximum charging rate isn’t as important as the charging rate that the vehicle can maintain over time. It’s the latter that makes your highway stop predictable.

Other electric vehicles, Audi claims—and it hasn’t said which ones—typically only reach their charging peak power for a short time and then drop to a tapered approach for the rest of the session. If the driver doesn’t plug in for the right portion of the battery’s state of charge (SOC), they miss the fastest charging—or anything close to the claimed miles recovered per 10 minutes.

Audi A6 50 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is now available to UK buyers from £52,790

Blagojce Krivevski / Electric Cars Report »

Supplying 299PS via quattro drive for compelling performance and agility, and suppressing fuel consumption and CO2 output through extensive electric-only driving range capability and the use of intelligent predictive drive management for perfectly harmonised interaction between the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and powerful 105kW electric motor. Available to order in the UK now in Saloon form, with an Avant version to follow later, the A6 50 TFSI e doesn’t compromise its executive class credentials in the pursuit of this parsimony – its luxury and in-car technology are as optimal as its efficiency, thanks to the fully digital cabin employing the latest MMI Touch operating concept, and to four sophisticated specification options, including the particularly unstinting Vorsprung.

In the new A6 50 TFSI e responsibility for the most economical mileage coverage possible falls to a 2.0 TFSI engine with 252PS of output and 370 Nm (272 lb ft) of torque coupled with a 105kW electric motor delivering peak torque of 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft). In unison, the pair provide 299PS of ‘system power’ and 450Nm of ‘system torque’.

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Germany unveiled sweeping incentives for electric cars while penalising heavy SUVs with polluting ICE new staggered taxes

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Buyer incentives for passenger cars, including a lowering of value added tax (VAT) to 16% from 19% were included as part of a 130 billion euro ($145.74 billion) stimulus but analysts said it would not be enough to significantly boost car demand.

Germany included a 6,000 euro incentive for battery electric cars costing below 40,000 euros, bringing consumer incentives for electric cars to 9,000 euros once a 3,000 euro manufacturer stipend is included.

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Ford doesn’t believe low fuel prices will annihilate the electric car segment, claiming motorists buy EVs because they’re great

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports »

Ford’s global director of electrification, Mark Kaufman »

“Ford’s perspective is in order to meet that demand, you’ve got to really come up with a compelling reason for the customers to buy—so exciting products, great capability, new functionality that you can’t quite get with a conventionally powered vehicle for us are all ways that we can help manage that transition to the end of the decade.”

And that’s why Ford doesn’t see the success of its EVs like Mach-E as being tethered to the price of gas, he said.

“We think…people are buying them because they’re great products first and maybe that cost of ownership on some products, like the commercial van, might be a little bit more of a consideration,” he said. “If you were only relying on cost of ownership as your main reason for purchase, this (very low gas prices) could be quite disruptive.”

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