The prestigious car brand Jaguar has been one of the first ‘premium’ brands to bet on ECO cars, where they offer a purely electric model with considerable autonomy and with excellent finishes at the level of the brand. However, and to complement their range, they also do so through other models than hybrids and plug-in hybrids, which among all are the best options in the house to move around the city.
Jaguar has very well positioned ECO cars
Jaguar’s has always been defined as one of the most important and proprietary brands in the automotive world, not for nothing its origins date back to 1922. In those, throughout all these 100 years, the British firm has been kept in a good place more like a luxury or ‘premium’ brand in the sector, although that has not prohibited it from entering the large area of technology.
It is so now, positioning itself in a great way in everything that has to do with the ECO and Zero cars, both 100% electric and hybrid and plug-in hybrids, Jaguar has been seen with vehicles of great presence, some of which are heading among the best in their class, such as the EV I-Pace (here its technical data sheet).
In fact, and focusing in this direction, in the next five years the group together with Land Rover will welcome six purely electric variants, with a plan full electrification with dates of 2025. Along these lines, the firm has long been developing possibilities to extend the autonomy of its battery electric cars without touching the mechanics, but it will not be the only technology they promote. Hence, among electric, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids, cars with the ECO and Zero label of the Jaguar brand are today such protagonists.
The top of the most interesting
In this sense, and showing itself as clear bets to be efficient and sustainable vehicles, we can count on Jaguar towards models for the city that will be all advantages for the driver when moving between urban environments. Because if; Although the 100% electric I-Pace is the spearhead of its variant, there are ECO cars such as hybrids that take on great importance.
These are, for example, the Jaguar F-Pace, which mounts a technology plug-in hybrid, or the F-Pace, who rides a mild hybrid system. These are two cases that accompany the EV very well, but that are by no means less performance options or lower performance.
Wearing the badge Zero environmental Due to its purely electric technology, the firm has in this i-Pace one of the most defined and outstanding vehicles of electrified mobility. However, it represents a total revolution in the British firm. It is characterized by being a five-seater car, belonging to the segment of the Compact SUV, smartest in the Jaguar range.
It is the starting point of a revolution for the British manufacturer. It is daring and innovative, with a wide range of technologies that aim to improve the driving experience of its drivers. With a range between 400 and 450 kilometers autonomy, a regular user could charge their batteries only once a week. Charging is quick and easy, with 80% charging in just 90 minutes and 100% in just over two hours with a 50kW DC outlet.
Its great attention lies in its propulsion system, which consists of not one but of two electric motors, one on each front and rear axle, with which they offer a combined power of 298 kW (the equivalent of 400 hp).
Jaguar F-Pace (plug-in hybrid)
And if the i-Pace is one of the most attractive in the 100% electric compact SUV category, we also have the F-Pace, this being a plug-in hybrid that takes the form of ECO cars but with the Zero environmental mark.
It is one of the few vehicles to have won the ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Design of the Year’ awards at the World Car Awards. For its part, it confirms the brand’s philosophy of avant-garde design and contemporary elegance.
This works using the same scheme used in other models of the group: a 2.0 four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 143 hp electric motor that, combined, deliver a total of 404 hp power. The electric motor is powered by a 17.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that allows an electric range of 53 km to be approved.
F-Pace (mild hybrid)
The next of these Jaguar cars is the F-Pace, which is called the same as the plug-in hybrid, although this is given with a light or mild hybrid version (not rechargeable). What this technology does is intelligently recover energy that is usually lost when slowing down and uses it to improve the performance and efficiency of the combustion engine.
As it does? Well, it intelligently combines Jaguar’s efficient 2.0 diesel or Ingenium gasoline engine with a powerful battery mounted on the underside of the vehicle that allows for a rest to the combustion engine when driving without accelerating, when braking or with the vehicle stationary.
In his case, he uses a starter generator (BiSG) to recover energy during deceleration and braking, which is stored in a 48 V battery. This allows to slightly reduce fuel consumption and polluting emissions, leaving the F-Pace diesel micro-hybrid 163 hp Jaguar with a consumption of 6.2 l / 100 km and being one of the cars that carry the ECO badge.
E-Pace (mild hybrid)
Also equipping the mild hybrid technology (non-rechargeable), Jaguar counts the E-Pace among the ECHO to move around the city in an efficient and sustainable way. It is a fairly high performance model with very good characteristics for those looking for the best combination of technology and sustainability.
With the latest update, the British manufacturer has worked to improve such important aspects in a premium firm such as the finishes, adjustments and materials used, in addition to setting up an offer adapted mechanics perfectly to what customers demand today.
With 163 hp, all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission, it also mounts a 48-volt battery that reduces emissions and consumption. It is also done as one of the more affordable proposals of the family.
Presented crossover Ford Territory
Ford has introduced a new Territory crossover, which is a shortened version of the Chinese Equator Sport, but their equipment and engine range are different.
The Ford Territory comes standard with cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a 12-inch infotainment system display and a 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as push-button start, keyless entry and six airbags.
In the older version, a rear-view camera, wireless charging, power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic VistaRoof and automatic high beams are available.
All versions received one 1.8 EcoBoost turbo engine with 187 hp. with 320 Nm of torque. Gearbox – 7-speed “robot” with two clutches, front-wheel drive only.
The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.
Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi
Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.
Many companies have been developing flying taxis in recent years. They are often battery powered and fly by an electric motor, as this reduces noise, eliminates harmful emissions and greatly simplifies the maintenance of engines and transmissions.
Now Vertical Aerospace has tested its version of the air taxi. The engineers were so confident in the design that the first test flight took place in manned mode. During it, the prototype only slightly lifted off the ground, and therefore the company did not publish a video. The VX4 eVTOL is a tiltrotor – that is, it takes off vertically like a helicopter, after which it turns the propellers and continues to fly like an airplane.
In total, 8 propellers are installed on the experimental tiltrotor, of which 4 are used only during takeoff and landing and are folded in cruising mode. Vertical Aerospace claims a top speed of 325 km/h and a range of over 161 km. Thus, the tiltrotor will not only be able to fly around the city, but also allow you to travel in a small region, and is also capable of performing some light regional duties. The developer claims to have received more than 1,400 conditional pre-orders from a range of airlines, tour groups and other operators. This is a lot: for comparison, only about 1,000 civilian helicopters are produced per year.
BMW XM supercrossover unveiled – the first ever M-hybrid
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BMW M division, the German manufacturer has unveiled the new BMW XM hybrid super-crossover. This is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid with the M prefix.
The new BMW XM is built on a hybrid platform, which consists of a 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine with 489 hp. with 650 Nm of torque and a 196 hp electric motor. The car received an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission.
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 250 or 270 km / h, depending on the configuration. The battery with a capacity of 25.7 kWh allows the crossover to drive on pure electricity up to 88 km.
The BMW XM is a full-size luxury crossover with a length of 5.1 meters and a wheelbase similar to the BMW X7 (3.1 mm). In the exterior of the new model, the emphasis is on golden details: rims, glass edges, grille trim and other body elements.
The interior of the car has a five-seater configuration (2 + 3). The BMW M multifunctional seats are upholstered in real leather and feature ambient lighting. A total of four trim options will be offered to choose from.
Production of the BMW XM will start in December this year, and in the spring of 2023 it will be available from dealers around the world. The main markets for new items will be the United States, China and the Middle East.
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