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Kia EV6 GT Line 2022

Kia EV6 GT-Line in the 2022 travel test

Sportier and as a coupé also an eye-catcher, the EV 6 presents itself as the more potent brother of the Ioniq 5. Kia is finally giving the Stromer the qualities that make it the ideal travel companion on long journeys. In addition to the large battery pack and the powerful engine, the 800 volt on-board electronics are particularly interesting for a very fast charging process on the superchargers. That was reason enough for us to subject the EV6 to an extensive travel test. What qualities does the electric coupe offer as a tourer?

Renault Megane E-TECH EV60

Renault Mégane E-TECH EV60 – the long-distance station wagon

Renault is rapidly pushing ahead with the expansion of electromobility under the “ZE” label. This year the compact five-door Megane E-Tech Electric was presented with two engines. The basic model is offered with 96 kW/131 hp. We extensively tested the more powerful version with 160/218 hp and the large battery pack in the summer. The station wagon can be used as an all-rounder for long tours and varied leisure activities.

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Volvo XC40 achieves top ranking in Sweden

Since July 1, 2018, Sweden has been running its own funding program for cars and light trucks / buses with CO2 emissions of a maximum of 60 g / km. These vehicles receive a climate bonus of 60.000 Swedish kronor (around 5.900 euros / June 2021) when they are newly registered. However, the upper limit of the climate bonus may not exceed 25% of the vehicle's value.

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The history of the electric motor as an automobile drive

The history of the electric motor does not begin in the technologically advanced modern age: the first electric vehicle was presented to the public as early as 1881. Gustave Trouvé equipped his “Trouvé Tricycle” - a three-wheeled, electrically powered vehicle - with 2 electric motors, which obtained their energy from 6 lead-acid batteries. The vehicle reached a top speed of 12 km / h.

Nissan Qashqai e-POWER Tekna+

Full hybrid Nissan Qashqai e-POWER Tekna+ in winter test

With the expiry of the premiums for plug-in hybrids, the full hybrid variants are not only becoming more interesting in terms of the purchase price. So it's no wonder that the manufacturers are adding a few nuances to the full hybrid theme. The new Qashqai and X-Trail as "e-Power" versions rely on the drive via the electric motor. Electricity is produced continuously via a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which continuously charges the drive battery. Is the surcharge worth it compared to the pure combustion engine?

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A look into the future of battery technology for electric cars

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.

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