In Turkey, mass production of the first national electric car, the TOGG crossover, has begun. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in the opening ceremony of the plant in Gemlik (Bursa province).
Recall that the first prototype of the TOGG electric crossover was introduced back in 2019. A little later in the same year, the Turkish brand patented a second model in Europe – an electric sedan, the release date of which is still unknown.
Having one of the longest wheelbases in the segment (2.8 m), the TOGG electric crossover should enter the market in two versions: with a 200-horsepower electric motor on the rear axle or with two motors (one per axle) with a total capacity of 400 horsepower. The single-engine version will be able to gain a “hundred” in 7.6 seconds, and the twin-engine version will be 2.8 seconds faster.
The power reserve of the TOGG crossover on a single charge will be from 300 to 500 kilometers, and it will be possible to charge the battery by 80% in just half an hour. In the future, the model will be equipped with a third-level autonomous driving system and cameras instead of side mirrors, displaying the image on special screens in the cabin.
TOGG general director Gyurjan Karakash told reporters that it is planned to produce about 100,000 cars a year, although the plant’s actual production capacity allows increasing production to 175,000 cars.
It is assumed that the cost of TOGG will vary from 43 to 54 thousand dollars (the manufacturer has not yet disclosed the exact prices, referring to international practice).
Official sales of TOGG in Turkey will begin in March 2023 and will be conducted only in the home market for the first year and a half. In the future, it is planned to supply these machines to Germany, France and other EU countries.
Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot
The Teslascope team, who understands Tesla software updates, found something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect devices designed to simulate hands on the steering wheel while the autopilot function is in operation. If such devices are detected, the system will disable the autopilot.
In order to use the beta Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, Tesla requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. That being said, the automaker regularly asks drivers to apply some torque to the wheel in order to continue using autopilot.
This prompted some people to use some tricks. Someone just put a water bottle under the steering wheel rim, and some companies even tried to mass-produce special steering wheel pads that fool the Tesla computer.
Because the technology is still in beta and undeniably dangerous if drivers aren’t in control, Tesla is trying to get drivers to take the wheel regularly to be ready to take over.
Tesla is also increasingly using a cab-facing camera for driver attention monitoring, which can detect when drivers are not looking at the road.
The well-known manufacturer of electric vehicles Nio will release its own smartphone. The head of the company is not satisfied with the limitations of the iPhone
The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the well-known Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, William Li, has revealed that the company is going to introduce its own smartphone in 2023. He spoke about it at the opening of Nio’s office (called “Nio House” by the company) in Dongguan.
According to William Lee, the company does not intend to compete with traditional smartphone manufacturers, instead Nio will try to make a device with a unique design. Naturally, it will be integrated into the ecosystem – with its help it will be possible to drive the company’s cars. The new model will be released annually.
William Lee stated that one of the reasons for the release of his phone was that the iPhone is limited in millimeter wave (mmWave) support, but this technology is used in Nio cars. It is expected that the cost of “mobile Nio” will not exceed $ 1,000.
Tesla Semi truck weighing more than 36 tons traveled 800 km without recharging
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the developers confirmed in a real experiment that the Semi electric truck can travel 800 km on a single charge in real conditions.
The Tesla team just drove 500 miles (804 km) in an 81,000 lb (36,741 kg) Tesla Semi.
In early October, it was reported that the company was finally manufacturing its Semi electric truck and plans to start shipping it to Pepsi as early as December 1, 2022. The soft drink company ordered 100 electric vehicles in December 2017, just a month after Tesla first introduced the world to its new brainchild.
Tesla promises that the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h mph in 20 seconds even when “fully loaded” and maintain “the same speed as on the highway, even on steep climbs.” Elon Musk also promises that you can charge your battery up to 70% in just 30 minutes.
Tesla Semi was first introduced in 2017, and the release of the serial version was postponed several times. Tesla offered a slight update to the production version last summer, but the automaker is expected to release more details, including pricing and specification details.
Tesla has already confirmed that it is going to hold an event dedicated to deliveries of the first Tesla Semi on December 1st.
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