Rolls-Royce will only produce electric vehicles by 2030. The luxury car maker announced it today, following other premium brands such as Volkswagen Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover to set a timetable for the transition to electric power.
The BMW-owned brand said in a statement that its first all-electric vehicle, called the Specter, will hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2023. Testing of this machine should begin soon.
“With this new product, we have marked our ability to fully electrify our entire product portfolio by 2030,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce.
“By then Rolls-Royce will no longer be manufacturing or selling internal combustion engines,” he added.
BMW did not give a date to end production of fossil fuel vehicles, but instead set a goal to bring the share of electric vehicles to 50% of total production by 2030. Mini, a BMW subsidiary, expects to be fully electric by the end of the decade.
Jaguar, owned by Tata Motors, plans to fully switch to electric vehicles by 2025, and Bentley Motors, owned by Volkswagen AG, by 2030. The same term is called by Mercedes Benz, a division of Daimler, making a reservation that this will be done “if market conditions permit.”
Apple could hardly have thought of this: AirTags are heavily used by car thieves.
Apple AirTags, which allow Apple owners to track their belongings, are increasingly being used to target car thefts in Canada, according to local police.
In a press release from the York Regional Police, investigators have identified a new method used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles using AirTag. More precisely, conventional methods are used when stealing, but AirTag allows you to accurately track a premium car until the moment it remains unattended on the street and is easy to steal.
Since September 2021, police officers in the York region alone have investigated five incidents in which suspects used Apple AirTags to steal expensive vehicles. Thieves target any high-value vehicles they find in public areas and parking lots by placing the AirTag so that the owner of the vehicle will not find the gadget. To do this, use the inside of the bumper or the place behind the fuel tank / charging flap.
We started to notice a new trend in the car theft industry. It is these devices that use GPS and Bluetooth technologies for marking. Attackers use them to install them on various cars that they want to steal. Using the iPhone, they can always determine where the car is. They can almost wait and steal later at night.
Detective Jeff McKercher
Most sought after by hijackers in suburban Toronto today are Lexus, Toyota and Honda crossovers, as well as Ford F-Series pickups.
It’s Lada Vesta after all! Huge Tesla-style screen and new details
The network has new details about the new model Lada Vesta, also known as Lada FL (facelift). They were shared by the thematic resource “Lada.Online” with a link to one of the dealerships.
According to the source, the digital dashboard and the screen of the multimedia system of the new “Vesta” will receive a diagonal of 10 inches. These characteristics are published in the presentation of AvtoVAZ for official dealers. It is noted that for the first time such a dashboard will be installed on the Lada Vesta right at the factory. In addition, it is the largest multimedia system in terms of size, while Lada Vesta is limited to 7 and 8 inch models.
Also, the source published a clearer live photo of the multimedia system screen – made in the style of Tesla electric vehicles, in an upright position. Previously, a lower quality photo of the media system leaked to the network along with a photo of the digital dashboard.
According to preliminary data, the start of sales is scheduled for March 2022.
Electric vehicle solid-state battery maker Factorial Energy receives investment from two more automakers
American solid-state battery developer Factorial Energy has announced that it has received investment from Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis. Each of the automakers intends to work with Factorial Energy to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, following the lead of Hyundai and Kia, which invested in Factorial Energy in early November.
According to Factorial Energy, its specialists have succeeded in making a breakthrough in solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, capable of increasing mileage on a single charge by 20-50%.
The proprietary FEST (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) technology, which features a solid electrolyte, provides a safer and more reliable operation of a large-capacity cell at the same price as traditional lithium-ion batteries. The development has already been implemented in cells with a capacity of 40 Ah, operating at room temperature. The production of such batteries can be mastered at most of the existing industries engaged in the production of lithium-ion batteries.
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