Renault has unveiled a modern electric version of its iconic city car, the Renault 4, at the Paris Motor Show. With the premiere of the 4EVER Trophy show car, the French marque will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual 4L Trophy, a humanitarian rally across the Moroccan desert.
The Renault 4 is the second iconic model to be rebooted this year on an electric platform. In September, the French showed the R5 TURBO 3E electric drift show car, thus marking the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5.
As for the 4EVER Trophy, it is a compact electric SUV with the outlines of the original model. It is expected that he will “go” in the series in 2025 and will repeat the show car presented in Paris with an accuracy of 95%. It is planned to be produced at the Renault plant in the commune of Maubeuge, in northern France.
The 4EVER Trophy is built specifically for off-road use with flared fenders, a reinforced lower body, wide 19-inch wheels, a shovel behind the rear window and a spare tire on the roof. The length of the car is 4160 mm (slightly shorter than the Renault Captur), and the width and height are 1950 mm and 1900 mm, respectively. The wheelbase is 2570 mm.
The successor to the Renault 4, as in the case of the Renault 5, is built on the CMF-BEV modular platform. The 4EVER Trophy is powered by a 100 kW (136 hp) electric propulsion system and is powered by a 42 kWh battery.
Power reserve up to 400 km, power 95 hp and price from $12,500. Chery introduced an inexpensive electric car QQ Wujie Pro
Chery has a budget electric car with the parameters of an inexpensive gasoline passenger car. For Chery QQ Wujie Pro in China, they will ask from $ 12,500, while the characteristics are quite decent. So, even in the basic version, the promised power reserve is 301 km, and in the top version it is already 408 km.
With a length of 3.4 m, one could be generous with five doors, but alas, there are only three of them in QQ Wujie Pro. The wheelbase is 2160 mm, the wheels are quite adult – 16-inch. Door handles are made in a modern manner – they are hidden in the doors themselves.
In the interior – a minimum of physical buttons and a screen with a diagonal of 12.9 inches on the front panel. The instrument panel also has a 7-inch display. The car can be equipped with a panoramic roof and artificial leather seats.
The basic version of QQ Wujie Pro has a 75 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 28.86 kWh, in the top one – a 95 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 40.3 kWh. From the fast charging terminal, you can replenish the capacity by 50% (from 30% to 80%) in 30 minutes.
If you want faster, pay: Mercedes will introduce a subscription for $ 100 per month to accelerate electric cars a second faster
Mercedes-Benz announced that it will introduce an additional charge for the rapid acceleration of electric vehicles Mercedes-EQ EQE and Mercedes-EQ EQS. It is reported that the function “Fast acceleration” is implemented by increasing the engine power by 20-25 in a purely software way.
The subscription cost will be $1200 per year or $100 per month, so far such an original service is available only in the USA. At the same time, it is possible that in the future Mercedes will have other options, as well as expand the lineup with similar proposals. After payment, the machine will be remotely updated with the firmware, which unlocks additional power.
In technical terms, the Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 will have an increase in power from 292 to 354 hp. s., which will reduce the acceleration time by a second – up to 5.1-5.2 s when accelerating to 100 km / h. On more expensive versions of the Mercedes EQS 350, power will increase from 354 to 449 hp. s., which will allow the car to accelerate to “hundreds” in 4.7-4.9 s instead of 5.3-5.8 s.
This is not the first such project. Previously, BMW offered paid heated seats in the autumn-winter period. And Tesla made a similar option for the steering wheel.
Xiaomi plans to produce more than 10 million cars a year: “The only way for us to succeed is to enter the top five”
CEO Lei Jun has high hopes for the automotive business. He previously stated that this is his last big project, and recently said that Xiaomi plans to ship more than 10 million machines annually.
When the electric vehicle industry matures, the world’s top five brands will have over 80% market share; the only way for us to succeed is to be in the top five and deliver more than 10 million vehicles a year.
At present, the Xiaomi car research and development team has more than 1,800 people.
A couple of days ago, Xiaomi published its third quarter financial report, which showed revenue of about $10 billion, down 9.7% from last year, and a net loss of $200 million, while the company made a profit of 110 a year earlier. million dollars.
The company said investments in innovative businesses such as smart electric vehicles totaled $115 million, up 35.68% from the second quarter. In the first three quarters of this, Xiaomi has invested $260 million in car production.
Regarding investor concerns, Wang Xiang, president of Xiaomi Group, stressed that the company is on track and preparing to start mass production in 2024. He also said that the scale of Xiaomi’s investment in the automotive industry will not have a serious impact on the entire company.
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