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Brand new electric Renault Megane presented

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Renault introduced the electric Renault Megane, which was officially named the Megane E-TECH Electric. The manufacturer says the vehicle is a hardware platform that houses the latest software and optimized connectivity to deliver new experiences.

The brand new Megane E-TECH Electric, like a smartphone, fits seamlessly into the digital ecosystem of its user. It’s a high-tech car that’s always ready to go, thanks to a new OpenR display and a new Google-developed OpenR Link infotainment system based on Android Automotive OS, complete with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play. And the processors are supplied by Qualcomm.

The all-new Megane E-TECH Electric will be available in six attractive exterior colors: Rafale Gray, Schist Gray, Midnight Blue, Flame Red, Diamond Black and Glacier White. For a more personal touch, it is also available in a two-tone finish with roof, pillars and – depending on the chosen finish – side mirror grilles in Schist Gray, Diamond Black or Glacier White, allowing for 30 possible combinations.

Other distinctive features include a warm titanium color on the front and rear bumper and side vents. This gives the new Megane E-TECH Electric character and sporty character. The car received 20 “wheels (18” for the entry-level model). All wheels have the new Renault logo in the center.

Brand new electric Renault Megane presented

This is the first of eight new electric vehicles that Renault promises to unveil by 2025. The car received screens with a diagonal of 9 or 12 inches, combined into one curved black panel with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Megane E-Tech Electric has become a crossover with a length of 4210 mm, a width of 1780 mm and a height of 1500 mm. It has a 110mm battery that’s 40% thinner than the Zoe battery. The center of gravity of the Megane E-Tech is 90 mm lower than that of the Megane hatchback on the internal combustion engine.

Brand new electric Renault Megane presented

Buyers will be offered 130- and 218-horsepower engines with a torque of 250 and 300 Nm, respectively. The older version will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.4 seconds. Rechargeable batteries with a capacity of 40 and 60 kW • h will provide a cruising range of 300 or 470 km, respectively.

If after 8 years after the purchase, the residual capacity of the battery is less than 70%, the manufacturer will change it free of charge. The car supports DC charging with a power of up to 130 kW. The electric car received four modes of regenerative braking and four modes of driving.

Brand new electric Renault Megane presented

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric production will begin in early 2022.

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Tesla’s autopilot makes drivers inattentive. MIT study results published

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has conducted a new study to find out if drivers become inattentive when using partially automated driving systems.

The basic premise of the study is that the safety impact of systems such as autopilot is unknown until there is evidence of how visual behavior of drivers changes when automation is used. The researchers studied the direction and duration of the gaze of the drivers.

The researchers found that drivers stared anywhere but at the road longer with the autopilot active than when it was inactive. The team also found that the frequency of distraction from the road was lower when using autopilot than when driving manually.

Most often and for the longest time, drivers look down or to the center console, while in 22% of cases this lasts more than 2 seconds. The researchers concluded that visual behaviors change with and without autopilot. When autopilot was engaged, drivers looked less at the road and paid more attention to non-driving areas.

Yesterday it became known about another fatal accident involving a Tesla Model 3 car, which was moving in autopilot mode.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV battery release resumed

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General Motors (GM) has outlined a comprehensive plan of action to address the Chevy Bolt EV problem that has caused it to cease production and recall more than 73,000 vehicles.

LG’s battery factories in Holland and Hazel Park, Michigan have resumed production. Moreover, LG is expanding production to increase the supply of GM cells. New battery modules will begin shipping to dealers in mid-October.

The reason for the fires, which GM reads 10, is called a rare combination of two manufacturing defects in one cell.

LG is said to have implemented new manufacturing processes and, with GM, has revised and improved its quality control programs. These processes are planned to be implemented in all enterprises that will supply GM cells.

In the meantime, GM will inform owners of Chevy Bolt EVs and EUVs that are most likely to be defective about the availability of modules for replacement. New batteries will be covered by an extended warranty of 8 years or 160,000 km (whichever comes first).

In about 60 days, GM will begin releasing new advanced diagnostic software. It will be designed to detect certain deviations that could indicate battery damage in Bolt and EUV electric vehicles by monitoring its performance. The software will notify users of any detected anomalies and allow prioritizing replacement of damaged battery modules. GM hopes that over time, the diagnostic software will allow it to return to 100% charging (currently the maximum charge level is limited to reduce the risk of fire). The installation of the new software, which will be provided to all Bolt EV and EUV owners, is the responsibility of the dealers.

For now, GM recommends setting the charge limit to 90%. You can do this by your dealer or by following the instructions at chevy.com/boltevrecall. It is recommended to charge the car more often and, if possible, avoid discharging below the level corresponding to approximately 110 km. It is recommended to park the car outside the garage immediately after charging, and do not leave the car charging indoors overnight.

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NTSB considers Tesla’s approach to self-driving traffic “irresponsible and misleading”

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Tesla is about to make the beta version of Full Self-Driving (FSD) software available to a wide range of Tesla electric vehicle owners.

This step was preceded by testing with a small group of users. However, Tesla’s actions are being challenged by US regulators.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last month announced an investigation to assess the operation of the Tesla Autopilot feature and its possible link to 11 road accidents involving Tesla electric vehicles and ambulances and rescuers.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also putting pressure on Tesla. This agency has already investigated accidents involving Tesla electric vehicles. It is likely this experience allows the NTSB to characterize Tesla’s approach to self-driving as “irresponsible and misleading.”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, NTSB chief Jennifer Homendy said Tesla should delay release until security flaws are addressed.

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