Huawei already has two hybrid vehicles, the Aito M5 and M7, and today the company introduced its first electric vehicle, the AITO M5 EV. Already by the name it is clear that the novelty is a purely electric version of the hybrid. In terms of design, there is no difference between a hybrid and an electric car, but the characteristics are, of course, different.
Aito M5 EV in the base version is priced at $41,585. This is a 2-wheel drive version with a range of 620 km (according to the CLTC measurement methodology) and acceleration to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The top variant is slightly more expensive at $46,100. There is already all-wheel drive (power plant power – 496 hp), acceleration to 100 km / h in 4.5 s and a cruising range of 552 km. The capacity of the traction battery in both cases is 80 kWh.
Aito M5 EV received an all-aluminum body and independent suspension: double-lever front and multi-link rear. There is also proprietary technology for dynamic torque distribution, which works in tandem with an automatic recognition of road conditions. The weight distribution along the axes is 50:50. All this speaks in favor of the fact that the control of the Aito M5 EV will be easy, understandable and predictable. By the way, there should be no problems with braking either: according to official data, the braking distance of the Aito M5 EV at a speed of 100 km / h is only 35.3 m.
The developers did a good job not only on the driving performance of the car, but also on aerodynamics: there are handles hidden in the body, a short spoiler over the trunk lid and 20-inch aerodynamic wheels. This, as well as careful study of body contours, made it possible to reduce the drag coefficient to 0.266 Cd. It is less than that of the Mercedes-Benz EQC and BMW iX3 (0.29 Cd in both cases).
Since Aito M5 EV is a full-fledged electric car with a traction battery in the base, it turned out to be quite spacious: with dimensions of 4785 x 1930 x 1620 mm, the wheelbase is an impressive 2880 mm. Curb weight – 2235 or 2350 kg, depending on the version. Trunks – two. One with a volume of 80 liters under the hood, the other behind is a full-fledged one.
The infotainment system of the car runs on proprietary HarmonyOS 3.0. In terms of software, the Aito M5 EV can give premium cars a head start. Of the additional amenities, there are two (!) 40-watt wireless chargers, three wired chargers that deliver 66 watts of power, and another one that delivers 18 watts. There is a large media system screen in the center of the front panel, and a projection screen, and a panoramic cover. There are so many options in the Aito M5 EV that even BMW owners can envy.
Deliveries of Aito M5 EV to customers will begin this year, mass test drives in China will open on September 24th. Given the price-performance ratio, there is no doubt that Huawei with its Aito M5 EV will bite off a piece of the pie for Tesla and other automakers. The great public interest in the new product is evidenced by the fact that today, in just a few hours, 30,000 pre-orders were issued for the car.
With the release of the Aito M5 EV, Huawei has become a full-fledged competitor to Tesla – both sell electric cars. Soon, the shelf of IT companies engaged in the production of electric vehicles will become larger: next year, Xiaomi should present its “train”. There are also rumors that Apple has stepped up work on its electric car.
Presented crossover Ford Territory
Ford has introduced a new Territory crossover, which is a shortened version of the Chinese Equator Sport, but their equipment and engine range are different.
The Ford Territory comes standard with cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a 12-inch infotainment system display and a 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as push-button start, keyless entry and six airbags.
In the older version, a rear-view camera, wireless charging, power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic VistaRoof and automatic high beams are available.
All versions received one 1.8 EcoBoost turbo engine with 187 hp. with 320 Nm of torque. Gearbox – 7-speed “robot” with two clutches, front-wheel drive only.
The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.
Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi
Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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