During the 2022-2023 winter season, startup Recurrent collected data on the battery health and range of 10,000 electric vehicles to analyze how freezing temperatures affected their range. Analyzing 18 electric vehicle models in the US, they found that the average observed winter range (taking into account real-world variables such as climate, terrain and driving habits) was 70.3 percent of their normal range.
Among the electric vehicles analyzed, the 2021-2022 Audi E-Tron, renamed the Q8 E-Tron starting in 2023, had the smallest range drop at 0°C. Its winter range was only 16% lower than normal. The E-Tron was one of the first electric vehicles to feature a heat pump, which can capture up to 3 kW of electricity by converting waste heat from the engine.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf also saw a relatively small decrease in range. He lost 23% of his range. Note that older Leaf models were more susceptible to varying temperatures due to passive temperature control compared to newer models that can be used with battery warmers. Notably, some Alaska drivers are extremely happy with their Leafs, according to Recurrent.
Finally, Tesla’s thermal management looks quite impressive. Model 3, Model Y and Model X lost their range by an average of 24% in the winter. In 2021, the brand introduced its patented heat pump, which seems to have incorporated several innovations such as “super collector” and “octo valve” to improve the efficiency of the heat pump. Features such as battery preconditioning also help reduce range loss in winter.
It’s worth noting that in colder regions the range may be even shorter.
The car didn’t even have back seats. Oddities of the base 2024 Toyota Tacoma
Yesterday we talked about the Toyota Tacoma 2024, which entered the US market, and today details appeared about its simplest version – the SR. It turned out that with a one and a half cabin there are no more seats in the back. At all.
The current Tacoma with the exact same body has seats. Even though they are folding, they are there. The Takoma 2024 doesn’t even have reclining seats: all the space behind the seats can only be used for transporting things. But this solution looks rather strange for a one and a half cabin.
At the same time, the Tacoma SR 2024 received an improved media system with an 8-inch screen and support for wireless (!) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto protocols, and the database already has a set of security systems Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (for comparison, for its analogue in Chevrolet Colorado has to pay almost 2.5 thousand dollars extra).
The most important innovation is under the hood: replacing the 2.7-liter naturally aspirated engine with 159 hp. came a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 228 hp. The dynamics have become better, but you will have to operate the manual transmission: in the basic version it is a manual transmission.
Prices in the USA range from 33 to 38.5 thousand dollars. The top-of-the-line 2024 Tacoma SR will have a full cab with a back seat, all-wheel drive, and even a 270-horsepower engine. (still the same 2.4-liter), but the gearbox is still manual.
This is the BMW X3 2025 with different nostrils. The new product was shown in high-quality images
The German automaker has been criticized for the design of its cars in recent years, and according to spy photos of the 2025 BMW X3 that surfaced this fall, the manufacturer has changed some elements.
The following images were created by Sugar Design based on photos of the prototype. There are fewer lines visible on the body of the new model, and the handles are located flush with the body.
The front grille may be perceived differently by fans. The nostrils will become larger, and they will abandon the traditional vertical slats in favor of glossy black plastic. The fenders and headlights have changed, which are similar in shape to the headlights of the X1 and the new 5 Series.
A test prototype has revealed that the new X3 will feature LED taillights that are radically different from the current model’s taillights, and Sugar Design has shown what they could look like.
Powered by petrol and diesel engines (for markets outside North America), as well as hybrid powertrains, the model is rumored to continue using an updated version of the current CLAR architecture. The all-electric iX3 is expected to ride on BMW’s Neue Klasse platform.
The next-generation X3 is expected to be unveiled in mid-2024.
Toyota abandoned the corporate logo, replacing it with a blue dot on cars equipped with hybrid powertrains
Since 2009, Toyota has used a blue halo on its T badge on vehicles equipped with hybrid powertrains. The new Camry doesn’t have that badge, despite being a pure hybrid.
Instead of a blue accent on the badge, the Toyota Camry gets a blue dot on the trunk next to the letters HEV. Toyota confirmed that the new circle is intended to symbolize “the happiness of people living on earth and the desire to pass it on to the next generation.”
The new blue circle will replace the previous prominent badge on new Toyota hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, a company representative who spoke with Motor Trend confirmed. Those changes start with models like the Camry, Crown and the automaker’s best-known hybrid, the Prius.
Other electrified cars like the RAV4, Venza and Corolla have retained the blue badges, but only because they haven’t been updated yet. Soon a blue dot will also appear on them.
It’s all part of the automaker’s “Beyond Zero” marketing campaign, which involves using electrified vehicles to “go beyond carbon neutrality with our products” and “have a positive impact on our planet and society.”
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