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Renault K-ZE launched in China for 61,000 Yuan – The electronic version of Kwid

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Renault K-ZE launched in China for 61,000 Yuan

Renault has released K-ZE electric crossover production version in China. K-ZE is the abbreviation for the electronic version of Renault Kwid. The electric vehicle will cost around $9,000. The electric Kwid is a look-alike of the upcoming Kwid facelift in India, which will be launched in September 2019.

The French manufacturer in collaboration with Dongfeng has developed the Renault KZ-E. Its sale in the global market will start soon. It is manufactured by eGT New Energy Automotive Co, a Joint Venture with Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan.

Renault K-ZE launched in China for 61,000 Yuan

Renault K-ZE China

The range of the vehicle is 250 km from its 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The range is tested according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The real-world range is expected to be 190 km. The highest speed of the RenaultCity K-ZE is rated at 105 km/h. Apart from the range, it is furnished with a 33 kW electric motor that limits the top speed at 105 km/h (65 mph).

Renault K-ZE launched in China for 61,000 Yuan

Renault K-ZE Electric Car

Alternate Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) charging is supported by the lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle can be charged fully within 4 hours from a 6.6 kWh power source. The batteries could be charged up to 30 to 80 percent in half an hour using DC charging.

Renault K-ZE launched in China for 61,000 Yuan

Renault K-ZE launched in China

The new vehicle production has started in China and its retail price starts at ~$9,000 USD. The Renault City K-ZE will have three variants. The base variant is priced 61,800 yuan, which is roughly equal to Rs 6.22 lakh while the top variant is priced 71,800 yuan.

Renault has not incorporated many features in the City K-ZE. It has a manual air conditioning. It has a PM 2.5 air quality sensor and also a tire pressure monitoring system. A touchscreen infotainment system with an 8-inch display and 4G WIFI connectivity to support online music and remote vehicle telemetry accessible through smartphone is also integrated with the vehicle.

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Audi unveils the Q4 Sportsback e-tron : ~$45,000 worth sleek electric SUV

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Audi unveils the Q4 sportsback e-tron : ~$45,000 worth sleek electric SUV.

Audi, on July 7th, unveiled the Q4 Sports back e-tron concept vehicle whose model will be based to design the new ~$45,000 worth sleek electric SUV. A virtual preview of this electric vehicle was released last month according to electrek and it says that the design is very similar to the Audi Q4 e-tron concept unveiled last year.

The Q4 e-tron has two motors, and a power output of 225kW. Audi claims that it will have acceleration from 0-100km/hr in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 180km/hr. The battery with an output of 82kWh will power the vehicle for up to 450km.

Audi unveils the Q4 sportsback e-tron : ~$45,000 worth sleek electric SUV.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

Low powered versions with a low battery will also be available, which will consist of a single motor. This will let the Q4 sportsback to release at lower prices.

Although they have just released the concept model, the exterior designer Amar Vaya says that, the product version of Q4 sportsback e-tron will be very similar to this.

The car will have a length of 4.6 meters and height of 1.6m which is just slightly shorter than Ford Mustard Mach E and Model Y which might be potential competitors for Q4 sportsback e-tron. Audi claims that the product version of Q4 sportsback e-tron will hit the markets by late 2020.

This might be one of the best looking Audi vehicle in the market with its aggressive and classy design.

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Hyundai Venue to get the clutchless manual transmission

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Hyundai Venue to get the clutchless manual transmission

Hyundai has announced that they are introducing a new clutchless manual transmission in their new Venue Compact SUV. It is called the intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT. The engine will be designed with a 120hp, 1.0L, direct injection turbo petrol engine and the company claims that the gearbox will be the first in the market to combine the power of manual and automatic transmissions.

The iMT system is a two-pedal clutch system where the driver can change the gears manually according to his wish without having to use the clutch. The functionality of the clutch pedal is automated.

The system uses an intention sensor, where the gear lever will inform the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) if the driver has any intentions of changing the gear. The TCU, then signals the hydraulic actuator, which will engage and disengage the clutch plate when the driver shifts the gears.

Hyundai Venue to get the clutchless manual transmission

Hyundai Venue to get the clutchless manual transmission

With the iMT/ the two-pedal system, the need to manually operate the clutch is eliminated while the driver gets the full driving experience by being able to shift the gears himself. This will relieve the stress of driving in the city traffics. Hyundai says that the efficiency of the vehicle is improved using iMT without compromising fuel efficiency and performance.

The Hyundai Venue is currently offered with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT auto box with a small capacity turbo power plant. The 1.0 liter turbo engine with manual transmission is available in S, SX and SX(O) which is priced at 8.46-10.95 Lakhs. The DCT automatic is available in S and SX+ at the rate of 9.60-11.51 lakhs.

The iMT technology might be a game-changer in the market and Hyundai will probably beat its sister company Kia in bringing the technology to Indian markets. Kia had announced that their upcoming Venue fighter, the production version of sonet compact , SUV will debut with an iMT gearbox.

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The first modern electric car – EV1 Electric

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The first modern electric car - EV1 Electric

There are lots of confusion regarding which one is the first electric car in the world and people often come to the conclusion that it might be Tesla or Nissan Leaf. But. According to the latest reports published by Interesting Engineering, the first modern age electric car was launched in 1996 and is the EV1 by General Motors.

The history of electric cars goes back to 200 years even before the launch of the first combustion cars. Professor Sibrandus Stratingh of Netherlands, in 1834 made the first electric car along with his assistant Christopher Becker. The car was basically, a four-wheeled cart with non-rechargeable batteries. In the U.S a chemist, William Morrison from Des Moinus, Lowa made tan electric wagon 1890. It was a 6 passenger vehicle with a top speed of 14 miles per hour.

The British inventor, Robert Anderson developed the first crude electric engine. It was in the late 1800s or the second half of the 19th century that the first useable electric cars came on to the roads.

The first modern electric car -  EV1 Electric

EV1 Electric

In 1996, General Motors released the first mass-produced electric cars of the modern era, EV1. It was a two doors subcompact coupe with a drive train. The General Motors EV1 was designed based on the model of the Impact electric concept car which was exhibited by GM in Los Angeles Auto Show in 1990. They received positive responses from the experts for their model and later mass-produced the EV1 vehicle following the same concept. The company stopped the production of this car in 1999.

GM EVI was a 2 door coupe as mentioned earlier, and measured 4310mm in length, 1770 in width. It had a height of 1280mm. The vehicle was not just the first to use electric power in the era but also the first to use Aluminium for chassis. The body panels were made of plastic instead of metals and wheels had magnesium alloys. This reduced the overall weight of the vehicle. The drag coefficient of the vehicle was 0.19 which was very low and made it more efficient.

This electric car had a three-phase AC induction motor and the electric motor could produce 137BHP and a torque of 149nm. The car was front-wheel drive electric vehicle with single-speed reduction transmission system. General Motors had also fitted the car with an Anti break locking system, traction control system, and low rolling resistant tires.

 

Although the EV1 was a technological trendsetter, it was a failure in the commercial market. The demand for the electric vehicle was not as big as that for other vehicles. Therefore, the production of GM EV1 was stopped in 1999 and they ended the project in 2003, the same year that Tesla came into existence. They released their first electric car in 2008 which was powered by Lithium-ion batteries.

The launch of Tesla Model S in 2012 had changed the face electric vehicles and their market.

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