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GAC and Huawei create luxury electric vehicle brand. The first car of the new company will appear in 2023, and it will be an SUV.

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Huawei has a ready-made solution for the construction of electric vehicles in its portfolio: it includes a platform, power plants, batteries, control electronics and software. The company is already working with three Chinese car manufacturers (BAIC, GAC and Changan), which will present their cars on the Huawei platform within individual brands. BAIC Polar Fox Alpha S will be the first production car on such a platform – it will go on sale before the end of the year, and, for example, the GAC plans to launch a joint luxury car brand with Huawei.

One of the current GAC electric vehicles – Aion V

The GAC Group participates in the project through its subsidiary GAC Aian New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. It is used by Huawei’s platform to build three cars. The first in 2023 will be the AH8 SUV (judging by the index, it will be a large model), and a little later, a minivan and a sports coupe will be released on the same platform. This was stated by GAC representative Aian Gu Huinan (Gu Huinan). The GAC Group is investing $ 121 million in the project.

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Large electric sedan Mercedes-Benz EQS was cheaper than the gasoline S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz today announced the cost of its large EQS sedan, which is an electric version of the flagship S-Class. And, I must say, the price was somewhat unexpected, because the EQS turned out to be cheaper than the gasoline version.

The EQS will go on sale in the US this fall, and the basic version of the EQS 450+ is priced at $ 103,360. And that’s not including the $ 7,500 federal subsidy. The second option, EQS 580 4MATIC, is more expensive – $ 126,360. For comparison, the cost of a gasoline S-Class in the US starts at $ 112,150, and there are no subsidies.

The power of the single-engine version of the EQS (that is, the basic EQS ​​450+) is 329 hp, the power of the all-wheel drive version (EQS 580 4MATIC) is 516 hp. The claimed acceleration time to 100 km / h is about 4 s, the maximum speed is limited at around 210 km / h. The cars are equipped with traction batteries with a capacity of 90 and 107.7 kWh, in the second case, the declared mileage on one charge is 770 km (according to the WLTP cycle, in reality it will be less). In both cases, the proprietary multimedia system MBUX is provided, but the screen diagonal in the EQS 450+ is 12.8 inches, and in the EQS 580 4MATIC a 56-inch “hyperscreen” is installed.

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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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