While the market is gradually moving to electric cars, scientists have learned that these cars are more like dogs.
Daniel Mills, professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at Lincoln University, and the British company CarGurus conducted a study to understand which cars are more comfortable for dogs to ride in. It turned out that in electric vehicles, but there is a nuance.
We know that most dogs will travel in a car at some point in their lives, if not every day. However, as electric vehicles are becoming more common among motorists, there has been no research into their effects on dogs so far. Our results clearly show that dogs appear to be more relaxed in electric vehicles, especially when looking at behavioral traits such as anxiety.
The study was not the most voluminous, but still, scientists took 20 dogs and rolled them for 10 minutes in electric cars and cars with internal combustion engines. True, in the second case, for some reason, only cars with diesel engines were chosen. Specialists tracked the behavior of dogs in general, and also took biometric data. It turned out that in electric cars, dogs were 50% less likely to get up from a lying position than in diesel cars. In addition, in electric vehicles, dogs had a 30% lower heart rate, which is very, very significant. Scientists suggest that this means that in ordinary cars, dogs get more motion sickness.
In addition, a survey of dog owners showed that they also believe that their pets are more comfortable in electric cars. So 39% of owners whose dogs were in both types of cars said that dogs prefer electric cars and behave more calmly there.
True, there are nuances in this study. First, the difference is thought to be related to the vibrations generated by the diesel engine, but it is not clear why the study did not include gasoline vehicles, which have less vibrations. Secondly, at least in the case of the huge difference in heart rate mentioned, this only affected a small number of dogs. Which one is not specified, but there were only 20 of them in the study, so we are probably talking about two or three dogs. Although the results are still worth attention. Third, in fact, 66% of the dogs didn’t care what car they were in as long as they were with their owner.
Mazda is preparing another flagship seven-seater crossover. Mazda CX-80 will receive an in-line 6-cylinder engine
Mazda just a few days ago declassified the CX-90 crossover – and now the web has already appeared details about the next flagship model, the CX-80.
If the CX-90 is the flagship, how can the CX-80 be the flagship? It’s simple: the CX-90 is a model for the US market, but the CX-80 will be the top model in Japan and Europe. He, as the name implies, will replace the CX-8. The CX-80 will be 4950mm long and the new model will be 25mm longer, 45mm wider and 10mm taller than the CX-8. Inside there will be three rows of seats.
The base for the CX-80 will be a 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine. There will also be a 3.3L inline-six diesel engine, a “mild” diesel hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain borrowed from the CX-4.
The premiere of the Mazda CX-80 is expected this fall.
This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds. Zeekr X quality images
The Chinese resource Autohome has published high-quality images of the Zeekr X compact electric crossover (Zeekr brand is owned by Geeky). It will be the brand’s third model after the Zeekr 001 premium hatchback and the Zeekr 009 minivan.
The Zeekr X has some things in common with the Zeekr 001, but in general the crossover has received an individual look. Of the features – the absence of door handles, frameless windows, “muscular” sidewalls and a straightened roofline for more headroom for rear passengers.
The Zeekr X will be based on the Geely SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform, which is also used by Volvo. Despite its compactness (dimensions – 4450 x 1836 x 1572 mm), the car will be quite spacious inside, as the wheelbase is 2750 mm long. For comparison, the current Hyundai Santa Fe with a length of 4785 mm has a wheelbase of 2765 mm.
What will be the traction batteries and electric motors – one can only guess for now, but Geely has already officially announced that the Zeekr X will accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.
Chery’s latest flagship. Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live
Chery has published official photos of the flagship crossover Chery Tiggo 9 in white, which is undergoing winter testing.
Despite the fact that the formal presentation of the novelty has not yet taken place, the company has already revealed almost all the details about the car, which will become Chery’s largest crossover.
Dimensions Chery Tiggo 9 will be 4780 x 1920 x 1700 mm with a wheelbase of 2800 mm. He will receive a large radiator grille with vertical slats, retractable door handles, parking sensors on the front and rear bumpers, a solid rear lamp.
Salon can be 5-and 7-seater. Chery compares the interior of the Tiggo 9 to that of a Mercedes-Benz. The car will receive a dual screen, consisting of a 12.3-inch full-featured instrument panel and a 12.3-inch central control screen. The new car will be equipped with a steering wheel with touch buttons, an electronic gearshift mechanism, an independent climate control system for rear passengers, heated rear seats, side vents, a rear sun visor and other options.
Chery Tiggo 9 will be equipped with two types of motors. The 254 hp SQRF4J20 is installed in the Tiggo 8, Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 8 Plus. The second motor, numbered SQRF4J20C, has a power of 261 hp. and installs Exeed TXL, VX and LX.
In China, the car will go on sale in May at a price of $21,800.
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