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.
361.622 cars with purely electric drives, plug-in hybrids or fuel cell drives have been approved so far with support from the environmental bonus. The rewards chosen by the auto peaks for the purchase of new electric vehicles have pushed the demand for electric cars.
BMW has continuously expanded its portfolio with electrified drives in recent years. The BMW iX3 can currently be configured in the "Inspiring" and "Impressive" versions. Production takes place at the Chinese production site in Shenyang of the joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive and is also produced there for worldwide export.
The entry into purely electric mobility began with the MINI SE. With the new model generation of the MINI in 2023, the model range will once again be significantly expanded in the electric area. According to the manufacturer, a crossover model is planned in the small car and in the premium compact segment. But even in the new generation, gasoline and diesel engines will continue to be used as drive units. According to the company's own forecasts, the proportion of all-electric new cars will account for 2027 percent of MINI's total worldwide sales by 50.
Two years ago, almost no manufacturer could be without an electric vehicle concept at the IAA 2017. And so BMW Mini also presented a purely electric design study in Frankfurt: The MINI Electric Concept was intended to give a foretaste of the purely electric series model of the MINI, which was presented in 2019. Now the Mini has been presented with the new facelift since March 2021 with a 135 kW / 184 PS electric motor and extensive standard equipment including LED headlights, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, heating with heat pump technology, auxiliary heating, electric parking brake and connected navigation.
The condition of the battery in used e-cars is crucial for a reliable used car purchase. So far, mileage and durable thermal management for the battery were mainly criteria for used electric cars. The Munich start-up Twaice is campaigning for more transparency in the evaluation of used batteries. In a short interview with Lennart Hinrichs (Commercial Director of TWAICE Technologies GmbH) we take a look at the projects for evaluating used batteries.