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The creators of the hit $4,500 Wuling Hongguang Mini EV have developed a new electric vehicle, the AirEV. It will also be inexpensive.

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Wuling Motors has registered its new electric vehicle, the AirEV, with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The local regulator always publishes live photos of objects entered into the database, and this provides a good opportunity to understand what AirEV is all about.

The creators of the hit $4,500 Wuling Hongguang Mini EV have developed a new electric vehicle, the AirEV.  It will also be inexpensive.

This is what a four-seater Wuling AirEV looks like

As you can see, this is still a compact electric car, in the spirit of the Hongguang Mini EV. Wuling AirEV will have two versions – with a wheelbase of 1635 and 2010 mm. Accordingly, in the first case, the electric car is designed for two people, in the second – for four. In the “stretched” version, additional windows appear at the back. Accordingly, the dimensions of the short version are 2599 x 1505 x 1631 mm, the “long” version is 2974 x 1505 x 1631 mm.

The creators of the hit $4,500 Wuling Hongguang Mini EV have developed a new electric vehicle, the AirEV.  It will also be inexpensive.

And this is what a two-seater Wuling AirEV looks like

Power reserve has not yet been reported, but there is data on power. The short version uses an electric motor with a power of 41 hp, in the “long” version – 68 hp. You might think that the top version on a single charge will drive at least 200 km, like the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Gameboy.

The creators of the hit $4,500 Wuling Hongguang Mini EV have developed a new electric vehicle, the AirEV.  It will also be inexpensive.

There are no prices yet, but you can think that the cost of AirEV will be about the same as the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV.

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Tesla autopilot caused crash, driver charged with murder

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Tesla autopilot caused crash driver charged with murder

There was a new incident involving a Tesla car with autopilot on, which resulted in the death of two people. A Tesla Model S passed through a red traffic light at 119 km/h and crashed into a Honda Civic, killing the occupants of the last car.

The investigation confirms that the autopilot function was active in the car at the time of the accident. However, in the report, the judicial department believes that the fault lies with the driver and has nothing to do with the autopilot.

According to the Los Angeles District Court, the owner of the car was charged with “manslaughter in a vehicle.” By definition, vehicular homicide is the crime of causing death by gross negligence. This may involve drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding.

Tesla autopilot caused crash, driver charged with murder

The punishment for this varies greatly. For example, if minor speeding results in death, it carries a prison sentence of up to one year. However, if the driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs, the punishment will be much more severe. Based on the description of this charge, there is evidence that the driver was grossly negligent while driving.

A Los Angeles court said there was enough evidence to charge the Tesla driver with murder. However, the trial in this case has only just begun.

As we have already reported, Tesla has created a department dedicated to responding to litigation within the company. It includes both passive response and active pursuit. Elon Musk says this new department reports directly to him.

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Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

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Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

Skoda presented the finished car Skoda Afriq, created at the company’s Academy in Mladá Boleslav. For the first time, we wrote about a sports crossover, which was created by a group of students, in November. Now it has become a reality.

With the name Afriq, the concept car pays homage to the legendary Dakar Rally, and technically it is similar to many other rally cars. The students were actively assisted by the Skoda Motorsport factory team participating in the rally on Skoda Fabia hatchbacks.

Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

Externally and in size, the Skoda Afriq is similar to the Kamiq crossover. The distinctive sides were welded rear doors, enlarged wheel arches and an increase in overall length from 4241 to 4362 mm. The rear wing, ventilation system and almost the entire interior, including the steering wheel, instrument panel, seats, seat belts and intercoms, were transferred from the Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo racing hatchback.

Skoda Afriq received transmission from Skoda Octavia 4×4. We are talking about a 2.0-liter 190-horsepower turbo engine, a seven-speed DSG “robot” and an all-wheel drive system with a clutch on the rear axle. To install the latter, the Czechs had to shorten the driveshaft and literally make the entire exhaust system from scratch.

The gas tank for the Afriq was also taken from the Skoda Octavia 4×4, and for independent suspension, the students completely redid the bottom of the donor Kamiq. The mass of the car was only 1350 kg, and in the back of it fit a portable water generator capable of producing drinking water from moisture in the air.

Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled
Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

The car was created in a single copy.

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Elon Musk called the month of the appearance of fully unmanned Tesla

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The Tesla CEO visited Brazil on Friday. The reason for the trip was a partnership with the local government to launch a program to connect Amazon regions to SpaceX Starlink satellite internet.

Speaking to reporters, Elon Musk said that in a year (in May 2023) Tesla will already have cars with an unmanned driving system that does not require the presence of drivers behind the wheel. It is worth noting that Elon Musk has repeatedly made such statements in the past, but he has always been wrong in his predictions.

He previously claimed that there will be a million Tesla robot taxis on the roads in 2020. This year, Musk changed the goal to 1 million Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta users, which is a big difference.

Elon Musk called the month of the appearance of fully unmanned Tesla

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta version has the features of the autonomous driving system, but they sometimes fail, requiring the driver to be constantly behind the wheel, aware of the situation and ready to take control.

Tesla continues to improve the Full Self-Driving system and collect data to train its neural networks. Tesla hopes that with enough improvements, its FSD system will eventually be secure enough to be used without driver oversight.

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