General Motors has unveiled two new electric vehicles at once – the updated Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback and the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover. The abbreviation EUV stands for Electric Utility Vehicle – electric crossover.
Both Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are designed for a youth audience, so the design is appropriate – futuristic, and the dimensions are small – just right for people who have not had time to start a big family. The wheelbase of the hatchback is 2600 mm, the crossover is 2675 mm. Moreover, in the latter case, the increase fell on the second row of seats, so the rear in the Bolt EUV should be much more spacious. In terms of length, it is 4145 mm and 4306 mm for the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, respectively.
Chevrolet Bolt EV Chevrolet Bolt EUV
The cars share one platform, so they hardly differ in terms of performance. Both the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV use a 65 kWh traction battery and are powered by just one 200 hp electric motor on the front axle. There is no all-wheel drive and never will be. However, is it needed in sunny California, which accounts for the lion’s share of electric vehicle sales in the United States? And outside of the United States, new items will not be officially delivered. At least, nothing has been said about this yet.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV
The declared autonomy of the Bolt EV is 415 km, the Bolt EUV is 400 km (the crossover is 40 kg heavier). The charger supports connection to terminals with voltage of both 120 and 240 V. In 30 minutes of connection to the network, the traction battery is charged by about 40% (for 150 km of run).
The Chevrolet Bolt EV has an updated interior with a floating center console and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an 8-inch screen in the dashboard. There are also new seats and a steering wheel, the switching of driving modes is carried out by buttons on the central tunnel. The Bolt EUV does not differ from the hatchback from the inside.
Chevrolet is not Tesla, so there is no autopilot here. The basic equipment is the Safety Assist system (auto braking, lane keeping, etc.), and for an extra charge – adaptive cruise control Super Cruise.
And now the most important thing is the prices. Surprisingly, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is $ 5,000 cheaper than its predecessor (despite the fact that the car itself has become better, and the traction battery capacity has even increased slightly) – the price starts at $ 32,000. The crossover is a little more expensive – from $ 34,000. However, a wide range of additional equipment easily drives the price over the $ 40,000 mark. New items will go on sale in the US this summer.
Vegan leather, Parisian nails and BMW colors. iQOO 11 posing in high quality images
The iQOO 11 smartphone will be presented tomorrow, but now we have the opportunity to look at high-quality images in different versions.
The Legend version is made for BMW fans. And in this case, three branded stripes are engraved with the Clous de Paris pattern, also known as “Paris nails”. It is usually found on expensive mechanical watches and consists of small pyramid-like squares.
The base of the body is fiberglass. It is covered in what the manufacturers call vegan leather. The manufacturer also coated the material with some kind of dirt-repellent coating.
The Alpha version is more traditional. Here you can see the usual black color, and the back cover is made of glass. True, there is some engraving on it, which makes the glass rough.
According to early reports, iQOO 11 will feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, Samsung E6 144Hz screen, 50MP camera and 120W charger.
The Chinese are preparing their own fleet to deliver cars around the world
According to Bloomberg, China’s two largest automakers are keen to establish a stable supply of their cars around the world, for which they decided to buy their own cargo ships.
BYD ordered at least six ships in October, each carrying 7,700 vehicles, for $710 million. The state company SAIC Motor has announced a tender for seven new vessels, each of which can accommodate 8,900 vehicles.
China recently overtook Germany to become the world’s second largest car exporter, shipping nearly 2.6 million vehicles overseas in the first 10 months of 2022, surpassing 2021 volumes. Even the unexpected drop in demand for Chinese goods in October didn’t stop the trend, with car exports up 60% year-over-year to 352,000 units over the period. As a result, the turnover amounted to a record 7.1 billion dollars.
China exported more than 852,000 electric vehicles in the first 10 months of this year, up from almost zero a few years ago. More than a fifth came from Tesla electric vehicles produced at a gigafactory in Shanghai.
The shortage of ships is further stretching the car supply chain. Daily rates for ships that can carry up to 6,500 vehicles have risen to about $100,000 per day as of October, more than ten times the 2020 level and the highest on record (from 2000 to according to Clarksons).
Under such conditions, some ships that are nearly 30 years old are still in service rather than being retired, increasing the risk of accidents.
Avtotor showed an electric car of its own design. Yantar production may start in 2023
After BMW and Hyundai-Kia ceased cooperation with Avtotor, the company began negotiations with three other partners, one of which is the Chinese BAIC. However, Avtotor is also working on its own projects, one of which is shown in the pictures below.
This is a promising compact electric car, which is still called Yantar. The car is designed for a youth audience. The Yantar body panels are planned to be made of polycarbonate and polypropylene, and the weight of the steel body frame will be 106 kg.
Like Chinese ultra-compact electric vehicles like the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV, Geely Geometry M2 and Chery QQ Ice Cream, Yantar is designed for four, but has only three doors. One of the pictures suggests that the traction battery will be placed in the base, which will provide a low level of gravity, as well as a positive effect on handling and stability.
The slides say that the most expensive components of Yantar are the traction battery (it will account for 37% of the cost) and the body (21%). What engine will be used in the car is not reported, but Chinese counterparts use motors with a capacity of 30-40 hp. And they allow a car of this size to accelerate to 100 km / h.
How much “Yantar” will cost is not reported. Its production at Avtotor may begin as early as next year.
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