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Winter test ID.4 in winter 2022/2023

Minus 8 degrees, 15 cm of fresh snow - VW ID.4 Pro in the winter test

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?

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Goodbye Borgward - The demise of a brand

According to the statistics portal Carsalesbase, which refers to figures from the CAAM association, the Borgward brand, which is owned by the driving service provider Ucar, was only able to sell a few units of the BX2021, BX7 and BX5 models in 6. Borgward thus achieves a minus of over 80 percent compared to the previous year. With a market share of 0,02 percent, the brand has practically disappeared from the market. In the very dynamic market in China after the Corona crisis, Borgward is a conceivable takeover candidate by one of the global high-tech brands in China. We take a look back at the last few years in Germany.

View of the battery of the body of an electric car. Copyright Patrick P. Palej @ fotolia.com

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.

Volkswagen IDR Pikes Peak - Copyright Volkswagen

Milestones in electromobility - Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak

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.

TOP-5 new registrations Italy - © Antonio GAUDENCIO - stock.adobe.com

Fiat 500e faces competition for new BEV registrations in 2023

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.

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LFP batteries conquer the world market

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).

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