Human Horizons Technologies has finally shown the final, that is, the commercial version of the HiPhi Z electric car – perhaps the most extraordinary electric sedan in the world.
You can compare it with the Batmobile, and Renault Vel Satis (HiPhi Z is just as avant-garde for its time), and, for sure, with some other cars that were ahead of their time, at least in terms of design. And HiPhi Z evokes associations with cyberpunk – these notes can be traced not only in the exterior, but also in the interior. Only one central screen, suspended on a robotic mount, is worth it.
The HiPhi Z is available for pre-order in China, with prices ranging from $89,500 to $119,400. That is, this is approximately the level of the flagship Tesla Model S. There is evidence that about 2,500 cars have already been ordered.
HiPhi Z sits on huge 22-inch wheels for a sedan and is equipped with rear-facing killer doors – they open against the direction of travel.
The car is equipped with a keyless entry system – the doors open themselves as soon as the driver approaches the car. There are two power plant options. The first is with one 300 hp engine. on the rear axle, the second – with two engines with a total power of 600 hp, the drive, respectively, is full. The capacity of the traction battery is 120 kWh, the declared range is 705 km in accordance with the measurements according to the NEDC method. By the way, a curious detail: the chassis of the electric car is fully controlled. The rear wheels, depending on the situation, can turn in the same direction as the front wheels (or vice versa, in the opposite direction) at an angle of up to 13.2 °. And there is also a semi-autonomous driving system with 34 different sensors and sensors (the lidar is very clearly visible, towering above the windshield in the center).
The steering wheel with touch keys looks like the steering wheel of a spaceship. There is no traditional instrument panel, instead there is a large projection screen. Atmospheric LEDs are scattered throughout the cabin and even integrated into the roof lining.
The large central screen is suspended from a robotic arm and can be rotated and rotated in different directions. The system is called HiPhi Bot, and it responds to voice. So, if the driver pronounces any command, the screen turns in his direction. The screen can also move in time with Meridian Audio’s 23-speaker sound system.
In general, HiPhi Z turned out to be interesting. This is the most extraordinary electric car in China and probably in the world. At least until the release of Cybertruck.
NASA’s Martian “vehicle fleet” returned to service after a long radio silence
The American Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA gave the latest news about its missions to Mars. Spacecraft are again operating at full capacity after a forced pause taken during the conjunction of Mars with the Sun.
The agency did not send commands to its Mars explorers from November 10 to November 25, while Earth and the Red Planet are on opposite sides of the Sun.
Sending commands to missions is suspended during this period because hot ionized gas ejected from the solar corona could potentially affect radio signals sent from Earth.
NASA’s Perseverance rover team reported that they are looking forward to continuing the sample collection process. And the Ingenuity helicopter team talks about its 67th flight last weekend, when the device covered 393 meters in a little more than 2 minutes.
Perseverance and Ingenuity are not NASA’s only Mars probes. The Curiosity rover has been exploring Gale Crater since August 2012, and three NASA probes are studying Mars from orbit: Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and MAVEN.
BMW X3, X4 and X5 recalled due to exploding pumps
Several hundred BMW X3, X4 and X5 models need to be repaired in the United States because they are equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators that can rupture.
The company reported that 486 of its vehicles were equipped with a Takata PSDI-X pump, which may have a manufacturing anomaly. On November 6, 2023, BMW received a customer complaint from the owner of a 2014 X3 whose airbag ruptured. Initial reports indicate a manufacturing error at the Takata plant in Monclova, Mexico, is to blame.
The recall involves 457 units of the 2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i manufactured between February 22, 2014 and March 7, 2014, one 2014 X4 xDrive35i manufactured on March 3, 2014, and 28 units of the 2014 X5.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified of the recall beginning January 16, 2024, and dealers have already been informed. Owners will be invited to BMW dealerships for a free replacement of the driver’s front airbag. Any owner who has already paid to fix the problem will receive a refund.
“We don’t want to give up,” Toyota won’t give up on combustion-powered sports cars. They can find new life thanks to hydrogen
Toyota believes sports cars with internal combustion engines could get a new lease of life by switching to hydrogen. The announcement of new Toyota electric vehicles does not mean that the internal combustion engine is on its last legs.
Gazoo Racing manager Masahito Watanabe told Autocar that creating an all-battery car line is not the company’s ultimate goal, as zero emissions can be achieved with hydrogen. He recalled that the GR Yaris and GR Corolla have already become hydrogen-powered racing cars, while retaining their three-cylinder turbocharged engines.
“We continue to believe that the internal combustion engine has some potential, and in doing so we will of course endeavor to comply with all applicable regulations depending on the region in each country. But we don’t want to give up. It’s not over yet because if you look at the internal combustion engine, there’s still hydrogen combustion that could be part of that zero-emission line, so I think the development of such models will continue.” – Masahito Watanabe
However, Watanabe acknowledged one big obstacle: the existing charging infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles like the Mirai is “severely insufficient.” Consequently, Toyota realizes that there is currently no point in selling ICE vehicles powered by hydrogen.
That said, Watanabe believes hydrogen can eventually gain traction in Europe, the US and Japan.
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