The battle for the electric vehicle market is prompting manufacturers to release more affordable models. If Tesla at one time tried to lower the bar to $ 30,000, then the plans of Mitsubishi Motors, which the source said, look much more aggressive. The Japanese manufacturer is said to intend to launch an electric vehicle at a cost of about $ 18,000. This is supposed to allow it to catch up with Chinese competitors making cheap electric vehicles.
Mitsubishi plans to launch a low-cost electric vehicle in fiscal 2023. As a result, the company is investing approximately 19 billion yen in the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Thailand. The novelty will be addressed to buyers in Southeast Asia. The Japanese automaker plans to produce about 10,000 new electric vehicles a year. The source clarifies that the cheapest Mitsubishi gasoline-powered model in Thailand costs about $ 15,000.
The price cut will make the Mitsubishi Minicab-MiEV electric vehicle, used primarily for commercial purposes, one of the cheapest electric vehicles available in Japan. To reduce the price, the automaker plans to replace the battery with a cheaper one. It is expected that the range without recharging will be 150 km. The second factor in reducing the price for consumers in the Japanese market is subsidies offered by both the central government and the municipal level.
Flying “car” LEO Coupe will have over 200 propellers
LEO Flight, formerly known as Urban eVTOL, has revealed an alpha version of its LEO Coupe (LX-1) flying vehicle. It is alleged that the novelty will be able to transport three people at speeds up to 400 km / h.
The prototype is currently equipped with 72 duct fans to create lift. The final version will receive more than 200 propellers, which will allow the vehicle to take off and land vertically. According to the developers, this is the most efficient way to fly in this mode.
In addition, the LEO Coupe will be equipped with box-shaped wings, but they will provide lift at speeds of about 200 km / h, so at low speeds you will have to rely only on propellers.
Using a large number of small propellers instead of a few large ones will save battery power. Also, small fans reduce the dimensions of the machine. It is alleged that the LEO Coupe will be able to sit in a regular parking space.
A proof of concept in action is expected as early as August this year. But the timing of the appearance of the finished machine is not reported.
Earlier in Brazil, Eve received an order for 100 vertical takeoff and landing electric aircraft.
Tesla workers cannot return to offices, as Elon Musk ordered. There are not enough slots and parking spaces, and the Wi-Fi signal is very weak
In early June, Tesla CEO Elon Musk ordered remote employees to return to their offices, and they obeyed. Only, as it turned out, Tesla itself was not ready for this. At least – her facility in Fremont (California). Workers faced a shortage of tables, parking spaces and even Wi-Fi!
During the pandemic (more precisely, since 2019), the number of Tesla employees has doubled to 99,210 people. And although Musk himself has already recognized hiring as redundant and announced the dismissal of 10% of the staff, the problem of shortage of space in offices will still have to be dealt with somehow.
The lack of parking spaces is what was waiting for Tesla workers outside, but there were simply no empty spaces inside. Tesla has reportedly repurposed some of the space during the pandemic, and of course, this did not take into account the return of the overgrown staff back to the office. It is noted that the shortage of tables was so great that managers still asked some employees to work from home. And those who had enough tables and space complained about a weak Wi-Fi signal.
All in all, Musk’s plan to get employees back in the office was not without flaws.
496 hp, all-wheel drive and HarmonyOS. Huawei’s first electric car will be presented on September 12 – along with Huawei Mate 50
Judging by the rumors that circulate in the Chinese (and not only) media and relate to the premiere dates of new Huawei products, the company has revised its announcement strategy. If earlier car premieres did not intersect with other devices, now it is the other way around: cars are presented on the same day as smartphones. And so it will be with the company’s first electric car, the Aito M5e.
Recall, the other day it became known that the premiere of the nova 10 series smartphones will take place on July 4, and on the same day, Huawei will present its second car, the large Aito M7 hybrid crossover. It is possible that the car, smartphones and other novelties will make their debut on the same stage. And now the same is being said about Huawei’s first electric car, the Aito M5e. Its premiere is scheduled for September 12, and on the same day, Huawei is rumored to introduce the Mate 50.
There are no official details about the Aito M5e, but the car has already been listed in the Chinese regulator’s database, which has revealed key details. So, Aito M5e will receive two electric motors: 224 hp. on the front axle and 272 hp. – on the back. That is, the crossover will be all-wheel drive. The capacity of the traction battery will be 72 kWh. There is no data on the mileage on a single charge, but you can count on about 500 km.
Aito M5e is a mid-size crossover, its length, width and height are, respectively, 4785, 1930 and 1620 mm. But at the same time, it will be spacious inside, since the length of the wheelbase is 2880 mm. Weight Aito M5e, depending on the capacity of the traction battery, will be 2235 or 2350 kg. Externally, the Aito M5e will repeat the Aito M5 hybrid crossover, the first Huawei car. The interior will also be about the same as the Aito M5 – with a large screen in the center and a multimedia and entertainment system running HarmonyOS.
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