June 24, 2018 - Volkswagen's reorientation towards electric drives in the passenger car sector has been given a sporty look: The IDR Pikes Peak is considered to be the forerunner of the new, all-electric ID family. In the USA in Colorado, the legendary hill climb to Pikes Peak, the so-called "Race to the clouds", has been a traditional race that has been held since 1916. The racetrack is 19,99 km long (12,42 miles) and includes exactly 156 curves.
In Italy there is a strong auto industry, in addition to Fiat, the brands Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati are at home. Accordingly, after the severe economic consequences of the pandemic, the budget law provides for high subsidies for the purchase of new vehicles in 2021. A total of 250 million euros are earmarked for incentives to buy vehicles with gasoline and diesel engines and 120 million euros for electric cars.
New drive concepts need completely new platforms for electric cars to optimize range and driving performance. In recent years, for example, numerous newly developed platforms from global vehicle manufacturers have appeared for the coming generations of electric vehicles, from pre-series production to production readiness. We take a look at the special requirements for emission-free bodies.
By equipping the basic version of the Tesla Model 3 with batteries, there is already a global order for CATL. The special feature of the current batteries, which have been in use since the end of 2021, is the composition of the cathode material. CATL supplies lithium iron phosphate cells for the manufacturer. They can be recognized by the abbreviation LFP, where the letter F stands for Ferrum (iron).
The Dacia Spring is currently one of the cheapest electric cars on the German automotive market. Dacia remains true to its philosophy and offers simple and solid vehicles at a reasonable price. Simple solutions are not always good solutions and limits quickly become apparent in driving practice. A summer test shows the Spring's strengths and weaknesses relatively quickly.
The Evetta meets the zeitgeist. The inventors of the XBUS from Electric Brands plan to restart in autumn 2022.