Elon Musk opened Tesla’s factory in Austin, Texas, with pomp last week, and today the factory-assembled Model Y electric crossovers are shipping to customers. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that these Model Y are equipped with so-called “biscuit batteries” – cells of the 4680 type. Back in February, the company reported on the production of a million of these batteries, and now cars with them are already entering public roads.
The 4680 format cells have replaced the 18650 and 21700 format cells. The energy density of traction batteries based on 4680 cells has been increased to 300 W / kg, they provide a range of 16% more than previous generation traction batteries.
Interestingly, Tesla started deliveries with the standard versions of the Model Y, while the company typically ships the Long Range versions first, with longer range and more power.
48 hp, range up to 300 km and price from $5900. China unveils Letin Mengo, a four-door electric car designed for people with a monthly income of about $150
In China, they began to take orders for another low-cost electric car Letin Mengo. The novelty is interesting because at the price of the unconditional local hit Wuling Hongguang MINIEV (or the same Lingbox Uni), it is noticeably larger.
If Hongguang MINIEV is a three-door model, then Letin Mengo has four doors, and four people can fit inside in addition to the driver. The car is equipped with only one 48 hp electric motor. (peak torque – 125 Nm), but there are three options for the capacity of the traction battery: 11.52, 17.28 and 29.44 kWh. Accordingly, the power reserve is 130, 185 and 300 km.
Dimensions Letin Mengo – 3622 x 1607 x 1525 mm. The wheelbase length is 2442 mm, half a meter more than the Hongguang MINIEV. The car is well equipped: there is a large 9-inch screen on the central panel, 5G, air conditioning, driver assistance systems.
The cost, depending on the version, is 5900-8900 dollars. This car was specially designed for people with a modest monthly income of about 1,000 yuan (about $150). There are hundreds of millions of them in China. However, Letin Mengo will be sold not only in China: deliveries are planned to Cambodia, South Korea, Panama, Peru and Brazil.
27 hp, top speed of 100 km/h, range of 140 km and nice design for $5800. Another ultra-cheap electric car appeared in China
The segment of three-meter three-door electric vehicles in China is growing by leaps and bounds. Wuling Hongguang MINIEV, Cherry QQ Ice Cream, Fengguang MINIeV and Changan LUMIN are already on the market, and now Lingbox Uni is also out. More precisely, it has not yet been released, but is already available for order: you can reserve a car for only $ 75. And we are not talking about blind sales: both characteristics and prices are known.
Lingbox Uni (created by a company called Jemmell New Energy) is priced at $5,800 in the base version. In the configuration of such a car – a lithium-iron-phosphate traction battery with a capacity of 11.52 kWh, providing a range of 140 km. The top version of the electric car uses a battery with a capacity of 15.97 kWh, on a full charge of which Lingbox Uni is able to travel 201 km.
The car is driven by a single engine with a capacity of 27 hp, but the torque is decent – 86 Nm, so there should be no problems with starts from a traffic light. The maximum speed is 100 km/h.
The dimensions of the car are 2930 x 1517 x 1620 mm, the length of the wheelbase is 1940 mm. The interior, like the exterior, looks pretty, except that the mechanical hand brake is knocked out of the general range.
The car is cheap, but not spartan: there is a tire pressure monitoring system, seat belt warning, Isofix mounts, power windows, an audio system with Bluetooth (although there is only one speaker), a USB port for charging a smartphone, a 12 V socket, rear parking sensors , rear view camera, uphill system, air conditioning. The front passenger seat, which provides access to the rear row, leans forward electrically.
Volkswagen ID electric vans introduced. Buzz in the style of “Star Wars”
As part of their ongoing collaboration, Volkswagen and Disney have decided to celebrate the release of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series with the release of two special editions of the ID van. buzz.
This year’s Star Wars Celebration, which takes place in Anaheim May 26-29, shows visitors the ID vehicles. Buzz Light Side Edition and ID. Buzz Dark Side Edition. They were also shown at the premiere of the new series.
Based on the passenger version of ID. Buzz, the Light Side Edition combines beige trim inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s tunic with blue to symbolize Obi-Wan’s lightsaber and a high-gloss chrome on the upper, nodding to Star Wars spaceships and droids. . The windows are translucent blue. The car is equipped with 21-inch wheels and has Alliance logos.
ID. Buzz Dark Side Edition is based on the truck version of the car. It is painted in black and red, the latter color being inspired by Darth Vader’s lightsaber and also featured on the headlights, window surfaces and side lines. The car also received 21-inch alloy wheels with the logo of the Empire.
Volkswagen has no plans to sell Star Wars-style electric vans. They were created as part of the series’ marketing campaign.
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