Search for: "electric vehicle"

How Do Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries Work?

How Do Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries Work?

What is an Electric Vehicle?

In modern times, electric vehicles (EVs) are an up-and-coming transportation option. So, this may lead many to wonder – what is an electric vehicle? Well, let’s begin with some basic information. Firstly, an electric vehicle, or EV, is an automobile that runs on electric power. Depending on the type, it can be a hybrid or strictly electrical. The hybrid versions use electric motors in combo with a gasoline engine. On the other hand, strictly electrical vehicles use only batteries and electric motors. These vehicles were questionable years ago but are the way of the future. Using only electricity, these cars are faster and more efficient than conventional vehicles. So, moving forward, this knowledge may lead to the next question – how do electric vehicle (EV) batteries work?

How Does the Battery Work?

So, you’re wondering how do electric vehicle (EV) batteries work? Or, maybe you’re not. Either way, let’s take a dive into the concept. The purpose of any battery is to store energy within a chemical compound inside a physical container. Basically, this begins with an elementary particle – the electron. The electron is a charged particle that allows the movement of energy. Electrons allow for the building of voltage potential; hence a charged battery can motion power to the vehicle. As electrons depart, the battery power dissipates until it can no longer operate at the requested level. To charge a battery, simply plug it into the grid using the correct adapter by the manufacturer.

So, how does the battery relate to the electric motor? Well, the battery stores the energy for the electric motor. But it begins with a control scheme. With a full battery, the battery can turn on the controller, which controls power dispersion in the vehicle. The controller determines how much power to send to the electric motor(s), this allows for control of acceleration and velocity of the vehicle. Without the controller, the battery would most likely be sent into full throttle every time the gas pedal is set downwards. So, obviously, a controller allows for proper voltage and current to produce power. Do note, voltage multiplied by current is equal to power. So, an ampere and a volt combine to create a watt of power!

EVs are the Future of Transportation

How does an Electric Car work ? | Tesla Model S – Learn Engineering – YouTube

In the future, EVs will be a normal visual statement on the streets worldwide. A statement of the modern age, of a cleaner future. Obviously, EVs are environmentally friendly, but nothing that exists is free of some type of pollution. For instance, battery production doesn’t help improve the environment, but the lack of gasoline fuel exhaust does. So in the end, the battery’s life and usage will probably outweigh the alternative. Many manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are working toward electric futures. Either way, hopefully this article helps with an understanding of EVs and their battery operation. In the end, can you now answer the question – how do electric vehicle (EV) batteries work? If not… read again!

Note: The featured image is of a 2009 Nissan Leaf EV battery layout as shown on display at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The picture is from Tennen-Gas of Wikimedia.

BMW M Models to Release as Electric Vehicles (EVs)

BMW M Models to Release as Electric Vehicles (EVs)

An Electric Future for BMW M Models

“For sure, all M vehicles will be electrified by the end of the next decade.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

In recent years, auto manufacturers are moving towards electrifying their lineups. Not surprisingly, BMW must hop on the bandwagon at some point. BMW M models will release as electric vehicles at some point in the next decade. The quote above is a statement from Frank van Meel at a press conference to CarAdvice journalists. So, expecting an electrified M2 or M5 may not be a crazy thought. Either way, electric vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future. So, hopping on board is a requirement for most manufacturers at some point.

A Step-by-Step Process for BMW

2018 BMW M2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Below, a quote by Frank van Meel can be seen discussing a step-by-step process. For BMW, the BMW M model lineup will change with the right technology. Currently, BMW is working on its own hybrid technology. Astonishingly, BMW is designing its own electric motor, gearbox, and platform, from scratch. This is occurring while BMW is working on its fifth-gen architecture that’ll include powertrain options. But, BMW M is not in a rush to electrify the lineup. The BMW M division will await its own “better” technology.

“That’s going to happen step-by-step. The important question is the timing question – what’s the right time for that? If you’re too late then you’re too late, but if you’re too early then you don’t have the ‘straight to the point’ technology.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

Dissatisfaction with Electrical Components

2018 BMW M4 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M4 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

One of the main reasons that the BMW M model lineup is not electrified is the components themselves. Below, Meel can be seen showing disappointment with electrical components. From his perspective, they are quite heavy which will effect weight and power-to-weight ratios. This will obviously lower the overall performance of the vehicle… but maybe not. BMW should look to Tesla for an understanding of EV technology. Why? Because Tesla has a sedan that can reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds. That is faster than most sports cars, including Ferrari and Lamborghini. So, electrical component weight is a poor reason for not advancing the fleet.

“Look at today’s electrification components, they are quite heavy and, for us as a motorsports company, overall vehicle weight and power-to-weight ratio is key.” – Frank van Meel (BMW’s M Chief)

The EV Future of BMW

Why BMW is Going All in With Electric Cars – Bloomberg – YouTube

In the future, within a decade, BMW M models plan to release with electrification. Regardless, by 2025, BMW plans to offer 40% electric powertrain models to the market. Electric vehicles are a growing trend and the way for the future. The beautiful sound of engines will be missed, but just as everything else, things change. It is time for the world to accept the future of the automobile. Performance and respect to the environment are both obtained with EVs. In conclusion, BMW is joining the ever-growing EV market with its models, one by one.

2018 BMW X2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW X2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E: The 1st Fully Electric Aston

Aston Martin Rapide E: The 1st Fully Electric Aston

The Aston Martin Rapide E is Fully Electric!

For Aston’s 1st all-electric model, the company chose the Rapide. Hence, the birth of the Aston Martin Rapide E came to be. This fully electric vehicle is a beast, regardless of not including the typical V12. The company engineered the Rapide E with an 800-volt battery system. So, it definitely does not lack in capabilities. And, to make it even more stunning, the company enhanced the exterior with optimal styling and newly designed aluminum wheels. Furthermore, this Aston includes all three driving modes: Agile, Controlled, and Beautiful Balanced Drive. So, even though the V12 spirit may be missing, it still drives the same! (At least, theoretically!)

Aston Martin Rapide E - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

800-Volt Battery System & Electric Motors

Aston Martin Rapide E - Powertrain Diagram - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Powertrain Diagram – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The AM Rapide E sports an 800-volt battery setup with two electric motors at the rear. Firstly, the 800-volt battery system boasts carbon fiber and Kevlar casing. Furthermore, it has a 65-kWh capacity. And, where there used to be a V12, there’s now over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells in a bespoke battery pack. Now, as per the electric motors, there are two rear units. Combined, these offer a beastly 604 horsepower and 701 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Rapide E to reach 155 mph top speed.

Aston Martin Rapide E - Charging Battery - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Charging Battery – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Electric Future is Coming!

Aston Martin Rapide E: Goodbye V12, Hello EV | Carfection 4K – Carfection – YouTube

With Aston Martin joining the fully electric realm, the auto industry moves even closer to an EV future. Beforehand, many companies already have vehicles planned for the next decade, changing the car world forever. These companies include Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and more. But, the AM Rapide E is an absolutely amazing EV. Although the roar of the V12 may be missed, the car will have the same sports car spirit. And, the electric motors produce a ton of torque, way more than the V12 was going to provide. Overall, the Rapide E is Aston’s entry into the electric car realm.

Aston Martin Rapide E - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

A Fully Autonomous EV Concept by Audi

As with the recent trend, Audi is continuing its path towards the fully autonomous EV future of the auto industry. For the current ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, the Audi AI:ME made its debut to the public. Specifically, this car is targeting “megacities” where large populations live in vast cities with high traffic. Being fully autonomous, electric, and customizable, this car is pretty cool. But, no one will technically own one of these cars. The goal for Audi is to market these vehicles as shareable and short-term rentable. In reality, not only will less vehicles on the road benefit city traffic, it’d probably keep a lot more money in people’s pockets. Parking garages in major cities in the U.S. can easily charge a few hundred dollars to park monthly.

Audi AI:ME - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

168-Horsepower Electric Motor with 65 kWh Battery

Audi AI:ME - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Audi AI:ME will sport a 168-horsepower electric motor. This will work in conjunction with a 65-kWh battery. Not surprisingly, this is the same as the Volkswagen I.D. that will be releasing as well. And, to the disappointment of possibly many, this car is built to travel between 12 and 47 mph. Yep… that was read correctly. This is because most major cities are so dense with traffic, that these speeds aren’t far off anyway. Heading on a road trip won’t be optimal in this car but getting around a “megacity” shouldn’t be a problem.

Why not kick up your feet and take a ride? It sounds a lot better than sitting in the driver seat doing absolutely nothing anyway but waiting. Most people in busy areas know how it is… gas, pedal, gas, pedal, gas, PEDAL! Why’d that guy slam the brakes! Jeez!

Audi AI:ME - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Commuting in a Relaxing Environment

Audi AI:ME – could this car spawn an all-new A2 EV? – carwow – YouTube

As with most fully autonomous vehicles, the steering wheel and pedals aren’t necessary to get around. So, to no surprise, the Audi AI:ME’s steering wheel and pedals retract away for additional space. To top it off, a picnic type table pops out for use during the journey. Depending on the passengers preferences, the lighting and seat config can be altered for max comfort. This includes power retraction of the rear seats. Furthermore, this car has active dampers for a comfortable ride.

As per the final notable attribute, this car has a body of aluminum, plastic, and steel. Yes, plastic! As long as its safe, this car will be awesome for the city people.

Audi AI:ME - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 Fully Electric SUV: Announcement Expected Q4 2019

Volvo XC40 Fully Electric SUV: Announcement Expected Q4 2019

Volvo is Ready for the EV Market!

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

During the 4th quarter of 2019, Volvo is expected to announce a major electric vehicle. The Volvo XC40 fully electric SUV will most likely be the star of this unveil. With the manufacturer’s goal to reach 50% of sales in the EV market by the mid-2020s, this will be a grand start for the company. Volvo is aiming to sell the Polestar 2 beginning in 2020. So, this car may go alongside it, or slightly after it… only time will tell. Currently, a plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 is already in production. But, to take it to the next level, a fully electric version is in the works.

Specs of the Plug-In Hybrid Version

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

So, before diving into the fully electric version, let’s take a look at the Volvo XC40 Plug-In Hybrid model. This version sports a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower. Furthermore, there is an electric motor boasting 82 horsepower. In combo, the hybrid sports 262 horsepower. But the electric motors are known for torque, leading to 313 lb.-ft.! Wow! For the torque to touch the ground, there is a 7-speed auto transmission. To back up this setup, there is a 9.7-kWh lithium-ion battery to store power. This version of the car can reach 60 mph in only 7.3 seconds. Lastly, on battery alone, this car can cover around 34 miles.

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

50% of Volvo Sales in EV Market by 2025

The 2019 Volvo XC40 Is the Coolest Volvo in Decades – Doug DeMuro – YouTube

By 2025, Volvo is hoping to have 50% of its sales in the EV Market. That is quite a goal, and a smart goal at that. The Volvo XC40 fully electric SUV will have zero emissions and be purely electric. It will use the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the Polestar 2. For those that don’t know, Volvo’s parent company is Geely. Geely also owns Lotus and Lynk & Co. Hence, some of these subsidiary companies share architecture and parts. With the XC40 being the 2019 European Car of the Year, this car has a great opportunity to allow Volvo to enter the EV market smoothly.

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-In Hybrid SUV – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition with 2,304 Electric Motors

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition with 2,304 Electric Motors

Life-Size LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Front Corner - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Front Corner – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

LEGO, known for typical store products as well as large-scale designs, has done it once again. This time, the LEGO Technic design team built a fully functional Bugatti Chiron. Yes, a LEGO automobile that is fully operational! Even furthermore, one that looks exactly like the Chiron sports car. This 1:1 model includes drive functionality via Power Function motor tech from standard LEGO products. Yes, those little electric motors work together to move a full-size vehicle! Although this car would most likely be highly unsafe at any speed, it is quite an amazing feat.

LEGO Technic Design Team

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Headlight - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Headlight – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition was a project given to the LEGO Technic team in Kladno, Czech Republic. Here, the LEGO Technic team works on complex models for LEGO stores and LEGOLAND parks. But, making a functional Chiron out of LEGOs was even a test for them. Beforehand, Aurelien Rouffiange and the rest of the design team recently completed a 1:8 scale Chiron for $349.99. So, it was time to step it up to the next level. With 16 specialists ranging from design to mechanical to electrical fields, this project was tackled with 13,438-man hours. Phew! That is quite an investment of labor and time!

Facts & Specifications

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Rear Corner - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Rear Corner – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

The Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition includes over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements. This includes 339 different types of elements for the build. Surprisingly, absolutely no glue was used in the assembly process. With a total weight of 3,307 pounds (1500 kg), this weighs as much as an actual car! So, moving a car like this requires a lot of power, even for low speed.

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Rear Spoiler - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Rear Spoiler – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

“Under the hood”, the Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition has 2,304 Power Functions motors. Yes, it really does! Next, there are 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels. Furthermore, the car fits 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles. Theoretically, the motors work together to produce around 5.3 horsepower. But, on the other hand, the torque equates to 68 lb.-ft. (92 Nm). That torque is how this vehicle gets going. To make it even more insane, the car has a functional rear spoiler and speedometer, both entirely of LEGOs.

An Engineering Feat for LEGO

The Amazing Life-size LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron that DRIVES! – LEGO – YouTube

Overall, the Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition is quite an engineering feat. At the actual 1:1 scale, this car is quite the spectacle. With LEGO pieces in and out, no one expects to see it roll down the track. Although it may not be fast, it is functional. But, for everyone’s interest, these will not be sold due to liability. Life only knows how many people would try “stupid” stunts while driving one of these. For now, it is best to keep cars like this to the company itself. In conclusion, the LEGO Chiron is beautiful and deserves the utmost respect.

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition - Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio - Rear - LEGO Manufacture Picture - EuroDrift

Bugatti Chiron LEGO Edition – Life-Size 1-to-1 Ratio – Rear – LEGO Manufacture Picture – EuroDrift

 

Fully Electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at the Royal Wedding

Fully Electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at the Royal Wedding

Fully Electric Jaguar E-Type for the Royal Wedding

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were officially married at Westminster Abbey in London. Royal weddings are very important milestones in British history. Due to the marriage, Prince Harry became the Duke of Sussex. As it was a very special occasion, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works built a unique car. At the end of the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove off in a fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This car was built by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works with Rimac engineered tech. From the interior to the exterior, the E-Type Concept Zero is an amazing modernization of a car from the past.

XK330-4 Electric Motor with Zero Emissions

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Electric Motor - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Electric Motor – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero sports a XK330-4 electric motor with zero emissions. Exact details on power are not readily available due to an NDA between the manufacturer and JLR. On the inside, there is modern tech throughout. Firstly, there is a carbon fiber console and dash with digital gauges and a touchscreen display. The touchscreen seems to offer music as well as info about the electrical system. Complementing the carbon fiber is a metal and wood steering wheel. Furthermore, there is leather seats as well as a modern shift knob on the console. Lastly, the car wears LED headlamps, a touch of modernization on the exterior.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Electric Motor Bay - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Electric Motor Bay – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Quote by Mike Goodbun (Global PR Manager)

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Dashboard - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Dashboard – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The following statement is by Mike Goodbun, the Global PR Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The statement discusses the cooperation between Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and Rimac.

“Our Classic Works team built this car and engineered in conjunction with Rimac Automobili in Croatia, for some of the electrical expertise. So, we supplied them a brief, and have worked with them to develop this driveline in a way that meets our intensions for the reversibility of the conversion. It gave us the performance we needed, and builds on kind of the best of both, really: our expertise with classic cars and their experience with electrification technology.” – Mike Goodbun (Global PR Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations)

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

A Tragic Ending & A New Beginning

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart Windsor Castle in classic open-top sports car – The Royal Family Channel – YouTube

Overall, the fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero is an amazing vehicle. Unfortunately, there is a tragic story about the previous owner. A Jamiroquai musician previously owned the vehicle and recently passed due to cancer. After death, the car was sold by the widow. But, a new beginning sprout from this as the car is now in possession of the Duke of Sussex. The car’s value is approximately £350,000 ($468,989.85 USD). In conclusion, modern tech in old cars may have initially seemed like a bad idea, but this proves otherwise.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Gas Tank Mod for Charger - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Gas Tank Mod for Charger – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

 

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen’s Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

After 31 years of not participating, Volkswagen is taking aim at the Pikes Peak hill climb record. To do so, VW is building an electric race car with hopes of accomplishing this goal. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place at Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs. The 2018 hill climb event will occur on June 24, 2018. By this date, VW hopes to build a car that will defeat any and all competition.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

In the year 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began taking place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At a length of 12.4 miles, this hill climb takes drivers up a total of 4,700 feet in height to reach the peak. The summit of Pikes Peak is slightly over 14,000 feet above sea level. Back in 2016, the hill climb record for a modified electric vehicle was 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds. For this record, driver Rhys Millen drove a e0 PP100 vehicle. In the same year, the Tesla Model S set the record for a production vehicle climb at 11 minutes and 48.264 seconds.

Statement by Dr. Frank Welsch of VW’s Board

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races,” stated Dr. Frank Welsch, a VW board member. “It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technology.”.

VW Sets Target for Electric Vehicles

This statement by Frank Welsch is a signal that VW is aiming to leap forward in vehicle technology. By succeeding at Pikes Peak, VW would improve their reputation in the auto community. This is definitely a necessary requirement after the entire diesel emissions fiasco. Welsch hopes that the Pikes Peak program will provide VW with a gain of knowledge in the electric vehicles realm. Volkswagen aims to release an EV crossover in 2020 as well as revive the Microbus as an EV for 2022.

Volkswagen is Determined to Win


Overall, Volkswagen is aiming to obtain the Pikes Peak record. A victory like this would prove beneficial to a company that had a dip in reputability in the last few years. The fiasco may have injured VW’s reputation but a leap forward into the electric cars could prove beneficial. If VW is able to make competitive EV vehicles, it will join in on the competition of the future. Brands such as Mercedes already have major goals for electric vehicles meaning. In June 2018, the world will have their eyes set on VW as they attempt to obtain the Pikes Peak record.

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept: An All-Electric SUV

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept: An All-Electric SUV

2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept

In the second half of 2018, Jaguar will introduce an all-electric SUV into the auto market. Currently labeled the “I-Pace Concept”, this vehicle is the ultimate electric performance SUV. Back in early 2016, Jaguar filed trademarks for the “I-Pace” and “I-Type” designations. In the fall of 2016, the 2018 Jaguar I-PACE Concept was revealed to the public. This comes after Jaguar’s vision to move forward into the upcoming electric auto era.

400 Horsepower & 516 Lb.-Ft. of Torque

The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is a preview of the upcoming production of an I-Type series within the company. As Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, it has specifications that won’t disappoint. Jaguar states that the car will have around 400 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of instant torque. This will allow the electric SUV to hit 60 mph in only roughly 4 seconds. That is pretty quick, even faster than a handful of V8s currently on the market by other manufacturers.

Next-Generation Technology

Within the Jaguar I-Type, there will be next-generation technology. Jaguar’s intention with technology is to make a vehicle that is intuitively connected. This will allow drivers to keep attention on the road while handling other tasks. There will also be four screens within the car. This includes two center console infotainment touchscreens and a screen behind the steering wheel. The last screen is considered a full-color heads up display that reveals key information to the driver via the windshield.

Zero Vehicle Emissions

On top of this next-generation technology, there will also be zero vehicle emissions from this SUV. Yes, a powerful SUV that can outrun a V8 and produce no emissions. The only constraint is that the I-Type will need a recharge after about 220 miles. This isn’t a terrible amount for a usual daily commute, but on a road trip it may be a hassle. Regardless, Jaguar makes a sprint into the next realm with this SUV.

Buy the Jaguar I-Type in the Second Half of 2018


Overall, the Jaguar I-PACE Concept is a look into the future of the upcoming I-Type. In the second half of 2018, Jaguar enthusiasts will be able to own this modern feat of technology. With a 0-60 of 4 seconds and 400 horsepower, this SUV doesn’t hold back. The instant torque is sure to throw you back in your seat while full out accelerating. In the end, this is just the beginning of Jaguar’s foothold in the electric auto market.

2018 BMW i3 & i3s: “It’s Electric!”

2018 BMW i3 & i3s

The i3, BMW’s small electric car, is receiving an overhaul for the 2018 model year. The first major part of the news is that there will be an i3s model with additional power and a sportier styling. Secondly, the vehicles will both be offered with a mileage extender. On top of this, the BMW i3 and i3s will have the new iDrive 6 system with Apple CarPlay. This may not seem like much but it is a step forward for the i3 electric car.

125 kW Electric Motor with 168 Horsepower

The BMW i3 sports a 125 kW electric motor producing 168 horsepower on the base model. The i3’s base battery option is a 21.6-kWh (Kilowatt Hours) lithium-ion battery pack. There is also an optional battery pack of 33.2 kWh to increase range by 33 miles. The base battery has 60 Ah while the larger battery has 94 Ah (Amp Hours). This causes the 60 Ah range to be 81 miles (130 km). For the 94 Ah, the range is 114 mi (183 km), a 33 mile difference. If the range extender is opted for, the i3 base battery mileage drops to 72 miles while the 94 Ah drops to 97 miles. The difference is made up with a 0.6-liter twin cylinder engine known as the range extender.

2018 BMW i3 Base Model

For the BMW i3, it has been 4 years since its introduction. Now, the i3 has 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the i3 can complete 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of this model is 93 mph. The base model MSRP is $44,450 while the range extender package ups the bill to $48,300.

2018 BMW i3s

For the BMW i3s, it is a brand new version of the i3 to be introduced for the 2018 model year. The i3s has 184 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. This leads the i3s to hit 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base i3. The top speed of the i3s is 100 mph, 7 mph faster than the base i3. The enhancements that place the i3s over the i3 include modified motor controls, tapered roller bearings, 20” wheels, sports suspension, and the Driving Dynamics Control System. Both the i3 and i3s are equipped with the iDrive 6 system integrated with Apple CarPlay.

BMW i3 is the New SMART Car

The 2018 BMW i3 and i3s are a step forward for the electric model. The four year old i3 had an overhaul while the i3s was introduced to the market. The i3s should attract customers looking for a cheap, sporty electric vehicle. Some may say it isn’t the prettiest car, it is BMW’s version of the SMART car. Overall, the 2018 BMW i3 and i3s should benefit BMW’s placement in the electric car market.

Pin It on Pinterest