In the middle of December we finally have another onset of winter in the real north. In front of the door is the ID.4 with the 80% charged battery, we start the first winter test for a day in the middle of a dense snow flurry. A hand’s breadth of snow has already spread over the ID.4 like a coat. So first scrape the windows and then take a seat in the cool seat. With that, the trip into what feels like the first real winter for years begins in December. How does the ID.4 fare in the winter endurance test?
There are currently various reports circulating about an extinct volcanic crater on the border of the US states of Nevada and Oregon, which apparently contains the world's largest lithium deposit. Current estimates range from 20 to 40 tons of lithium, although even higher amounts may be possible. Does this discovery solve the problem of lithium supply for electric cars?
Paradigm shift at Subaru. The traditional manufacturer of all-wheel drive cars with boxer engines, in cooperation with Toyota, is launching a robust all-wheel drive vehicle equipped with 2 electric motors and a total output of 218 hp. At first glance, the Solterra falls into the traditional Subaru schema with a rugged exterior appearance and prominent wheel arches. The plastic surrounds and the underbody protection also give an idea of the typical properties for robust off-road use. We tested it intensively in the field.
The Renault Zoe as a trendsetter for entry into electromobility at Renault already has a small tradition. In the last NCAP crash test from December 2021, the base model Zoe "Zen" did not get a single star in the overall rating. The shock at Renault must have been very deep, because the first test in 2013 was still a full 5 stars. However, the revised safety standards in the crash test now make the basic model look significantly worse. Renault reacted to this with the current revision of the price list.
The battery is the Achilles' heel of electric cars because it supplies the motor with the necessary energy and determines how long the range is. Various battery technologies have established themselves on the market in recent years and technical development is progressing rapidly.
At the moment you still have to make your way through a large new building area in Roskilde to the innovative Ragnarock Rock Museum. But then you walk on a long red carpet like a rock star towards the gold-colored cube, the golden box and the entrance. And here a mobile loudspeaker with the sounds of various well-known rock songs is waiting for you at the entrance.