The grille for the BMW iX us a circuitous abstraction that includes anchored ADAS sensors. (Image: BMW)
The kidney-shaped grilles appropriate of BMWs go aback to the BMW 303 of 1933. Rather than annihilation akin a animal organ, the chrome grille on that car was like a set of angular aggressive Tylenol capsules positioned ancillary by side.
As years accept passed, the appearance has morphed. And while it already served a action of absolution air into the agent compartment, with the BMW iX electric vehicle, the component’s primary purpose is to assure cameras.
So. . .
The iX grille is a closed, caked artificial molded component.
There is a heatable, anatomic blur that’s back-molded with polycarbonate, and flood coated with polyurethane. This is an admission that’s been acclimated for autogenous components. And now the exterior.
“This is the aboriginal time that accumulated blur aback bang abstraction and polyurethane calamity is actuality acclimated in the alternation assembly of anatomic apparatus on the exterior, area they are apparent to decidedly aerial stress,” said Michael Fischer, Head of Business Development Technologies at ENGEL AUSTRIA. ENGEL is the arrangement supplier for the assembly corpuscle bearing the grilles.
Because there are electronics anchored in the grille the abstraction assignment is performed in ISO chic 7 cleanroom conditions.
While the iX grille is absolutely a accomplishment of engineering and manufacturing, design-wise it resembles article like Thor’s armor added than it does a brace of kidneys.
A Porsche Taycan in the Eagle Abundance in arctic Michigan. Because you never apperceive aback you ability be 1,774 anxiety beneath sea level. (Image: Porsche)
Speaking of German electric vehicles. . .
A Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has set a record—officially accustomed by Guinness Apple Records—for accepting gone from the everyman point in the U.S. to one of the highest.
It seems that producer/director J.F. Musial, who has formed on abundant automotive blur projects, anticipation it would be absorbing to go from low to high.
For the aerial allocation they collection up Pikes Peak.
For the low portion, they could accept gone to the Badwater Basin in Death Valley, 282 anxiety beneath sea level.
But they capital article deeper.
So they went to Eagle Abundance in Michigan’s high peninsula. It is a nickel and chestnut mine. It happens to accept a admission for mining accessories that the Taycan could readily handle (4WD).
“It was applicable to accept the Porsche Taycan drive to the basal of our nickel and chestnut mine, as both elements are capital to electric vehicles. Afterwards abundant accident assessments, assurance discussions, and abundant planning, our abundance accession was up to the challenge. We are appreciative to accept formed with Porsche to cautiously assassinate and complete a new apple record.”– Darby Stacey, Managing Administrator for Eagle Mine
The Taycan descended 1,774 anxiety beneath sea akin in the mine.
It ascended 14,115 anxiety at Pikes Peak.
And it collection the 1,402 afar amid the two.
(We’re not abiding how this is activity to advice move added EVs in the market, but it allegation accept been absolutely an adventure.)
And while on the accountable of big-ticket vehicles. . .
Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist and Senior Administrator of Industry Insights at Cox Automotive, fabricated an absorbing ascertainment at the Federal Reserve of Chicago’s 28th Annual Automotive Insights Symposium.
While discussing agent prices—which, he noted, were at $47,077 in December, according to Kelley Blue Book—and how in 2012 54% of the cartage on action were accessible for beneath than $30,000 and now that bulk is 19%, he acicular out:
In 2012 Mercedes was the baton in the $50,000 class in agreement of cartage sold.
Mercedes had 18.3% of that high-end bazaar in 2012.
The baton in the $50K bazaar in 2021?
Ford. (That is not a typo.)
It had 19% of the lux market.
Mercedes in 2021? 5.9% of the lux market
And in 2012 Ford had 4.3%.
It is about a balanced cast of the lux share.
“Maybe we allegation to alpha rethinking luxury,” Chesbrough speculated. “Is it cast or price?”
Magna has developed drive systems that acquiesce the development of 3/4- and one-ton electric pickups. (Image: Magna)
“Pickup trucks are at their acme of acceptance and one of the aftermost segments to become absolutely electric,” said President of Magna Powertrain, Tom Rucker.
As for the popularity, in 2021:
That’s a absolute of 1,815,166 units.
And the acknowledged non-pickup in 2021 was the Toyota RAV4, which came in at 407,739. Or 112,035 beneath than the third-place truck.
The Ford Lightning is imminent. The Chevy Silverado EV is advancing in the bounce of 2023. And the electric Ram is reportedly advancing in 2024.
Addressing the Influx of Trucks
Magna has developed a band-aid for OEMs who ability appetite to advance an electric pickup.
It has developed a array electric 4WD powertrain arrangement for auto trucks and ablaze bartering cartage that its alleged “EtelligentForce.” It is engineered for the advanced of the vehicle. Then the company’s “eBeam” tech is adapted at the back.
The aftereffect is a 4WD arrangement that provides ability of 180 kW from the advanced and 250 kW from the rear or a absolute aiguille ability of 430 kW.
While this is a turnkey system, it raises a question:
What abroad ability be bare to accept an electric pickup?
So we asked Magna.
And abstruse that there needs to be things including a allegation point, on-board charger, DC/DC converter, array pack, electric drive accessories (e,g,, for the HVAC, cooling pumps) and authoritative agent controller.
It is account acquainted that some of those things can be sourced from LG Magna or Magna Electronics.
A Vitesco 800-volt inverter for electric vehicles. (Image: Vitesco)
One billion euros is a lot of money. While the cardinal fluctuates, it is about $1.1 billion.
Vitesco Technologies appear aftermost anniversary that it had accustomed an adjustment from “a above North American” OEM of added than one billion euros for 800-volt inverters with silicon carbide technology.
For those of you who aren’t electric agent engineers (if you are, skip this). . .
An inverter converts DC from the high-voltage array to AC for the electric apparatus and carnality versa.
But what about 800 volts?
Apparently, nowadays 400 volt inverters are the norm, and by activity to 800 volts, the bulk of time bare to allegation a array is abundantly reduced. Perhaps to 80% in beneath than 20 minutes.
What’s more, it enables college output. It improves the ability of the electric drive.
And because Vitesco alleged out silicon carbide, that has to accept some importance.
So we asked what that means.
And abstruse from Vitesco that “SiC technology” leads to a cogent ability admission so that for a accustomed range, the admeasurement of the array can be decreased.
The accumulation in the array “are college than the add-on costs in the inverter and electric machine, which leads to all-embracing accumulation for the 800-volt agent system.”
Vitesco credibility out, “There are cartage on the bazaar that awning 800-volt inverters with IGBTs.”
Or insulated-gate bipolar transistors.
“Those systems do not account from the advantages of 800-volt systems with SiC can have.”
Vitesco maintains that activity advanced SiC will be the admission for 800-volt inverters.
The Civic Si is a auto that you can booty to the grocery abundance (in case you allegation an altercation on account of accepting one) and on those arced anchorage you’re attractive at abstraction (the absolute acumen you appetite one). (Image: Honda)
The Honda Civic Si is a action bunched sedan. Honda has been alms the Si alternative of the Civic back the mid-80s, so there is article to be said for bendability in bearing a achievement alternative of the Civic.
What is notable about the ’22 Si is that it has exoteric modifications that are functional—as in accepting a detached addle-brain in the advanced and a gloss-black addle-brain on the bend of the decklid—without actuality anime exaggerated.
The autogenous has such things as action seats that are both cosseting and adequate and action pedals—three of them because there is six-speed manual. Only a six acceleration manual.
You anchor the leather-wrapped council wheel. You appoint the aluminum about-face nob.
And you go.
One of the things that is abundantly abnormal about the Si is that the manual strikes me as one that those who (a) are alien with manuals or (b) not all that chuffed about active manuals would acquisition to be a surprise.
The clamp and the abbreviate throws amalgamate to actualize article that is conspicuously drivable for the amateur (less acceptable to arrest it) as able-bodied as the agnostic (the job gets done with little fuss).
(This is somewhat ironic: If you were teaching accession how to drive a stick, you’d apparently anticipate that a car like the Civic Si would be the aftermost affair you’d use. Yet the manual in that car is so acceptable that it is apparently the best affair you could use because the likelihood of blockage is beneath than in added manuals.)
The manual is akin to a 1.5-liter turbocharged four that produces 200 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque at from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. The barrier weight is 2,952 pounds and the anatomy acerbity numbers are up 8% for torsional acerbity and 13% in angle rigidity, so for those who like alive and who like active a action bunched auto as a action bunched auto will acquisition the Si absolutely up to snuff.
Honda has begin that the Civic is awfully accepted with Millennials and Gen Z, so the accepted Civic is absorbed with a faculty of active appearance (sporty afterwards sacrifice). The Si amps that up. And there is a acceptance that amount and amount are considerations for buyers of a bunched auto overall, and alike for those who are attractive for a achievement variant.
So the Honda cadre aimed at affordability with the Civic Si. The abject MSRP sticker is $28,300. The agent as apprenticed was coated with the alternative Morning Mist paint, $395, so all in, including $995 for destination and handling, and it was still beneath $30K ($29,690). Absolutely affordable.
And fun. (Yes, cars can still be fun.)
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel on their GR DKR Hilux T1 afterwards acceptable the 2022 Dakar Rally by an all-embracing 27minutes, 46 seconds. (Image: Toyota Gazoo Racing)
“A car is an accession of abounding parts. Each allotment can decidedly adapt the performance, the feel, and the drive. In contest and rallies, abounding participants body their cars to accompany a distinct goal, bigger their cartage and advance the technologies forth the way.
“Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Group companies will abide authoritative anytime bigger cars through their motorsports activities.”
That’s Akio Toyoda, afterwards the cessation of the 2022 Dakar Rally.
Toyota Gazoo Racing took the all-embracing win, and had teams with top bristles and top 15 finishes.
It is account acquainted that Toyoda, in accession to active the company, races, so allowance are the aggregation is absolutely committed to the undertaking.
Using the EMPOWER accelerated charger system—powered by hydrogen—EV charging stations can be readily accustomed afterwards the allegation for a massive, abiding basement body out. (Image: GM)
Batteries and ammunition beef are complementary, says Charlie Freese, GM controlling administrator of its HYDROTEC business. That’s the company’s ammunition corpuscle technology operation. Ultium is the GM array brand.
As for the complementarity, Freese:
“Our eyes of an all-electric approaching is broader than aloof commuter cartage or alike transportation.
“Our activity belvedere ability with Ultium agent architectures and propulsion apparatus and HYDROTEC ammunition beef can aggrandize admission to activity beyond abounding altered industries and users, while allowance to abate emissions generally associated with ability generation.”
GM is now alive with a Utah-based company, Renewable Innovations, on the development of fuel-cell-based generators.
These generators—with outputs from 60 to 600 kW—have the abeyant of replacing gas- and diesel-burning generators in a array of applications, from advancement activity for barrio to accouterment in-theatre ability for the U.S. armed forces.
They’re calling it the “MPG”: Mobile Ability Generator.
Demonstration programs are actuality conducted on the MPGs from organizations alignment from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Agent Systems Center to the California Activity Commission.
One absorbing application:
Electric agent charging.
HYDROTEC and Renewable Innovations accept developed a accelerated charger arrangement that permits accelerated charging of up to four cartage at 150-kW afterwards the allegation for a build-out of abiding electrical infrastructure.
This agency the EMPOWER accelerated chargers could be placed at absolute account stations or delivered to locations area they ability be acclimated for a acting aeon of time.
No, you’re not activity to be able to get one of these generators for your home.
(At atomic not yet.)
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