Tesla wants as many electric vehicle owners as possible to use Supercharger charging stations. And now the company has an additional incentive to implement this idea.
The bottom line is that the US has recently committed billions of dollars in funding for EV charging infrastructure, but charging stations must be open to EVs from more than one manufacturer to access the funding. Therefore, Tesla can only qualify for government subsidies if its charging stations are available to everyone.
The company some time ago already announced such an initiative, but so far it is being gradually implemented only in Europe. The fact is that in Europe Supercharger stations use the CCS connector, which is used by many other automakers, that is, technically Tesla does not need to do anything anymore. But in North America, Tesla stations use a proprietary connector, that is, you need at least an adapter. Musk has previously said that such connectors will be placed directly at the stations.
Apparently, the project should be completed before the end of the year, but Tesla has already applied for funding.
This is Geely’s first electric pickup: Radar RD6 details
Radar (Rational Alone Discovery Accompany Romantic), which is a Geely sub-brand, has revealed details about the Radar RD6 electric pickup truck. Recall that it was introduced about a month ago.
The Radar RD6 is a unibody pickup truck built on the reinforced modular SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform that previously formed the basis of the Zeekr 001 and smart #1 models. He received a wheelbase stretched to 3120 mm, a battery installed under the cabin floor and an independent suspension of all wheels.
The car has dimensions of 5260 x 1900 x 1830 mm, the length of the loading platform is 1525 mm, the volume is 1.2 cubic meters, and the “passport” load capacity is 755 kg. The cabin has a large touch screen multimedia system, a push-button climate control unit, a fully digital dashboard, leather seats with electric drive, a panoramic roof.
The car was equipped with four 220-volt outlets for household appliances at once, the total maximum power of which reaches 6 kW. To accommodate small luggage, sealed compartments are provided under the hood (70 liters) and the rear sofa (48 liters). The list of options includes a tent, a refrigerator and other accessories for outdoor activities.
Initially, Radar RD6 will receive only rear-wheel drive with a single 272-horsepower electric motor and a traction battery with a capacity of 85.9 kWh. Later, all-wheel drive twin-engine versions will be added, which will be able to accelerate to “hundreds” in the promised 6 seconds and drive more than 600 kilometers on a single charge.
Sales of electric Radar RD6 pickups will begin in China in the fourth quarter of this year, pre-orders are already being accepted, although prices have not yet been announced.
578 hp, 680 km range, HarmonyOS, 34 sensors, 14 speakers and 3 screens. Avatr 11 electric car introduced
This week, the new smart car Avatr 11 was introduced, which is a joint effort of Changan New Energy, CATL and Huawei.
The Avatr 11 received a 578 hp powerplant, 680 km of CLTC cycle and a starting price of $51,800 in China. The first deliveries will begin in December this year.
This is an all-electric mid-size crossover coupe built on the EP1 platform. The exact dimensions are 4880 x 1970 x 1601 mm with a wheelbase of 2975 mm. It is close in size to Voyah Free and NIO EC6. Avatr 11 has a 4- and 5-seat layout.
The car received two electric motors with a capacity of 265 and 313 hp. with a total torque of 650 Nm. Acceleration Avatr 11 from zero to 100 km / h takes 3.98 seconds. As for the maximum speed, it is limited to 200 km/h.
The battery of the basic version has a capacity of 90.38 kWh and is designed for 555 km. As for the top configuration, it has a 116.79 kWh battery, which is enough for 680 km. Avatr 11 also supports 240kW charging. As a result, it can be charged for 200 km in 10 minutes.
The Avatr 11 is equipped with the AVATRANS intelligent driving system. It includes 34 different sensors, including 3 laser rangefinders. The computing power of this system reaches 400 TOPS. Avatr says the intelligent driving system supports lane change assist, pedestrian detection, traffic light recognition. Some features require a subscription.
The main display has a diameter of 15.6 inches, the multimedia system runs on Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system. As for the instrument panel and passenger screen, they have a diagonal of 10.25 inches. The central tunnel has a huge area for wireless charging of two phones and hidden cup holders. The sound system consists of 14 speakers and a 12-channel amplifier.
The older version of the car is priced at $88,865.
Jidu robots will be a generation ahead of Tesla
Baidu’s electric vehicle maker Jidu Auto said it will be one generation ahead of Tesla in terms of autonomous driving technology.
“Our understanding of smart vehicles is that being electric is the semi-final and being smart is the final,” Baidu chief executive Robin Li said yesterday.
Jidu plans to deliver 800,000 of its smart cars (called “robots”) by 2028, as well as launch its second model into mass production in 2024. In June, Jidu unveiled its first Robo-01 concept car, which has no door handles and can be fully controlled by voice control, with the model planned for mass production in 2023.
In addition to equipping the car with Baidu-based autonomous driving software technology, the Jidu “robots” will have two laser rangefinders (lidars) and 12 cameras. At the same time, Tesla does not use lidars.
Tech companies around the world are competing to develop smart cars following Tesla’s success in commercializing electric vehicles. We should see Xiaomi smart car next year.
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