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Electric cars with lithium-ion batteries will always be more expensive than cars with internal combustion engines. Honda thinks solid-state batteries will make a difference

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As the popularity of electric vehicles continues to grow, the cost of buying is becoming more comparable to ICE vehicles, especially in Europe where gasoline-powered vehicles have become increasingly expensive in recent years.

However, many entry-level electric vehicles still cost much more than their combustion engine equivalents. Dave Gardner, Honda’s vice president of business and sales for the Americas, recently commented on the situation.

“We [Honda] do not really believe that the current lithium-ion technology is a long-term solution. Solid state batteries will be a game changer for us,” he said.

Electric cars with lithium-ion batteries will always be more expensive than cars with internal combustion engines.  Honda thinks solid-state batteries will make a difference

Dave Gardner believes that solid-state batteries will allow entry-level electric vehicles to descend to the level of ICE cars. However, he also acknowledged that solid-state batteries are still a long way off and will not be used in the brand’s upcoming Prologue crossover. Honda is committed to the development of solid state batteries and recently announced a $310 million investment in this area.

Honda’s first mass-produced electric car, the urban Honda E, was not a big success in terms of sales. Last year, only 3,752 cars were sold in Europe, despite a planned sales volume of around 10,000 units.

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Avtotor will release new car models this year

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Avtotor will release new car models this year

The Kaliningrad Avtotor plant announced the start of work on reconfiguring the conveyor and preparing to launch the production of new brands of cars. The release of several new models will begin this year.

As part of the reconfiguration of the conveyor, the plant plans to reconfigure robotic and electronic equipment, manipulators and test benches for electronic systems. The equipment of individual sections of assembly lines will also be replaced, including the section for assembling power units.

Avtotor will release new car models this year

At the end of September, Avtotor completed the production of Hyundai and Kia cars, which were recently produced from components left in warehouses. Previously, BMW was also assembled in Kaliningrad, but their production was suspended in early March due to the geopolitical situation and problems with logistics.

In 2023, Avtotor plans to open and put into operation seven new plants for the production of electric vehicles and auto components. It is planned to produce electric cars, robotic vehicles and various types of auto components at the new sites, including electric motors, traction batteries, inverters, subframes, wire harnesses, plastic products, plastic components, as well as ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the production of bumpers, seats, exhaust systems, driver assistance systems and other automotive parts will appear.

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Notifications about the need for car repairs will be sent to the “Gosuslugi”

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Notifications about the need for car repairs will be sent

Car owners will receive notifications about recall campaigns through the State Services portal. The corresponding service was launched by Mintsifra and Rosstandart.

Notifications about the need for car repairs will be sent to the

A service has been launched on the Gosuslug portal that will inform citizens about car recall campaigns. If a manufacturing defect is found in the car, a notification about this will automatically come to the personal account of the owner of the car at the State Services. The notification service was launched by the Ministry of Digital Transformation together with Rosstandart“, the official statement says.

The service, as noted, will send notifications to car owners registered on the State Services. “You no longer need to search for information yourself to check if the car is in a recall notifications will be automatically sent to the “State Post” section“, the ministry added.

To receive notifications, the user must have a verified account on the “Gosuslugi”, verified by the traffic police data about the car in his personal account.

The reason for the revocation will be written in the message that will come to your personal account on the “Gosuslugi”. These can be defects in airbags, defective parts, etc. It will also be written who to contact for free repairs or advice.“, the ministry explained.

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Toyota solved the issue of falling wheels and a new problem with curtain airbags in the bZ4X crossover

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Toyota solved the issue of falling wheels and a new

Toyota Motor Corp said it has found a solution to the problem that forced it to recall 2,700 bZ4X electric crossovers in Europe, the US, Canada and Japan.

Recall that the Japanese company in June announced that it was recalling the first mass-produced bZ4X electric vehicles due to the fact that their wheels could fall off on the move. The reason for the recall was poorly tightened wheel hub bolts, which could loosen due to frequent sharp turns and braking. At best, they made themselves felt with a characteristic noise, and at worst, the wheels could simply fall off while driving.

Toyota solved the issue of falling wheels and a new problem with curtain airbags in the bZ4X crossover

For safety reasons, regulators have advised owners of “problematic” crossovers to temporarily stop operating them until a “permanent solution” to the problem is found.

Now there is such a solution. Toyota has promised to replace the wheel bolts on all recalled crossovers and tighten them properly, Japan’s Ministry of Transportation told Reuters.

The company also said it had identified and fixed a potential problem with the car’s airbags by making sure the curtain airbags, designed to prevent head injuries in a crash, were properly installed. This issue has not been identified before.

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