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Audi unveiled A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro plug-in hybrid

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Audi has introduced a new version of the A7 Sportback car. The new vehicle is called A7 Sportback 55 Turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) e Quattro. The vehicle will be available for sale in Germany at 77,850 euros ($85,950). Audi hasn’t confirmed about the sale of A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro in the United States of America (USA).

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro has plug-in hybrid technology. It is equipped with 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine rated at 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The gas engine is accountable for spinning the vehicle’s front wheel. The rear wheels are powered by the car’s 7-speed S Tronic gearbox. Therefore, the name electric Quattro design.105 kW is the permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) and 350 NN·mm (258.1 lb-ft) is the peak torque of the vehicle.

Audi unveiled A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro plug-in hybrid

2020 Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro plug-in hybrid

The total output of the system is 361 HP. The maximum torque of 368 pound-feet is available from 1,250 rpm. The A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro accelerated at 0- 60 km/hr in approximately around 5.7 seconds. The top speed of the car is 155 mph.

Also Check: Honda E electric car announced, price starts at $32,000

The electric range of the Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro is more than 25 miles. The speed in the battery power alone is 84 mph thus making driving emission-free. The plug-in hybrid model has been subjected to the lower tax rate in Germany due to its low emission and efficiency in electric mode.

Audi unveiled A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro plug-in hybrid

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro plug-in hybrid

Located under the luggage compartment floor 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro’s electric motor. There is no space crunch and the vehicle has the same cargo room as the standard A7, claims Audi.

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e Quattro has three driving modes, EV mode, Hybrid mode and Battery Hold mode. The EV mode is the default mode when the vehicle starts. It means that the car will be driving automatically in EV mode until the driver changes the mode. The hybrid mode can be activated by the driver using the operating mode button or it is automatically activated according to the route in the navigation. In Battery Hold mode, the drive management system holds battery capacity at the current level so that a defined distance can later be covered fully electrically.

The Audi A7’s battery can be charged fully in 2.5 hours. It requires around 7 hours for a full charge on a 230 Volt source. Bookings are open now in Europe from today.

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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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