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7 seats, four-wheel drive, 225 hp and a range of 500 km for $30,000. GAC Aeon V Plus electric crossover unveiled

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GAC timed the announcement of the Aeon V Plus crossover to the Chengdu Motor Show. The car is interesting due to a combination of several factors. It is designed for seven, is a pure electric vehicle and costs only $30,000. Usually in China, this is how much they ask for hybrids that can only drive about 150 km in a purely electric mode. Immediately on a single charge, the car covers a distance of 500 km – and this is in the basic version. In the top range, the power reserve increases to 720 km.

7 seats, four-wheel drive, 225 hp  and a range of 500 km for $30,000.  GAC Aeon V Plus electric crossover unveiled

GAC Aeon V Plus is a mid-size crossover by European standards. Its dimensions are 4650 x 1920 x 1720 mm, and the length of the wheelbase is 2830 mm. At the same time, the space inside is organized very correctly. So, for example, the second row seats not only move back and forth, but can also be fully folded. If you also fold the rear seats, you get a cargo platform with a volume of 1563 liters – you can transport surfboards or, for example, equip a bed for spending the night.

7 seats, four-wheel drive, 225 hp  and a range of 500 km for $30,000.  GAC Aeon V Plus electric crossover unveiled

In the cabin, as in any modern electric car, there are a couple of screens: one as part of a digital dashboard, the other in the center of the front panel. There are also driving assistance systems under the general name ADiGO PILOT, including, for example, an automatic valet.

7 seats, four-wheel drive, 225 hp  and a range of 500 km for $30,000.  GAC Aeon V Plus electric crossover unveiled

Interestingly, the GAC Aeon V Plus is an all-wheel drive vehicle: electric motors are on both axles. The power plant capacity is 225 or 272 hp. There are four options for the traction battery – 71.8, 72.3, 80 and 95.8 kWh. Power reserve, respectively, 500, 600 and 702 km (in accordance with the NEDC measurement methodology).

7 seats, four-wheel drive, 225 hp  and a range of 500 km for $30,000.  GAC Aeon V Plus electric crossover unveiled

The electric car starts at $27,600. The most affordable seven-seat version is priced exactly at $30,000. Well, the most expensive version of the car is estimated at $ 39,200.

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Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

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Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.

Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

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.

Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

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.

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BMW XM supercrossover unveiled – the first ever M-hybrid

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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.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

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.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

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.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

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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Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

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Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

Japanese automaker Suzuki is investing in SkyDrive, a company that develops flying cars and cargo drones.

The partnership between SkyDrive and Suzuki was first talked about in March 2022. The companies plan to cooperate in the financial, scientific and technical fields, joint participation in the development of a flying car and further business development.

Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

Suzuki will not only invest in SkyDrive, but will also provide its own technologies, including the latest successful developments in weight reduction and electrification. At the same time, the company plans to develop business in various international markets, including India.

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