Latest Electric Cars of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi

Over the last few months, we experienced one of the highest numbers of electric car reveals. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi released a substantial number of electric vehicles to market, and here is a list of them.

Mercedes EQA (electric version of GLA), EQB (electric version of GLB), and EQS (electric version of S-Class). Soon to be EQE (electric version of E-Class).

BMW iX (electric version of X5), iX3 (electric version of X3, with only rear-wheel drive) and iX4 (electric version of 4-Series Gran Coupe, coming soon).

Audi RS e-tron GT (Audi version of Porsche Taycan), Q4 e-tron & Sportback (electric version of Q4 and based on VW platform with rear drum brake), and soon to be A6 e-tron (Electric version of A6).

Don’t worry; it’s not the end of the internal combustion engine, but the end is within sight. As far as I can tell from the press releases, VW Group, Daimler, and BMW will not be developing new internal combustion engines, and they will revise their existing ones. Honestly, this is a great way to improve the internal combustion engines (ICE); these engines are efficient, and improving them will help to increase efficiency levels.

Mercedes-Benz’s electric car range is a carbon copy of their existing ICE cars. Audi and BMW are following the same strategy. This means one thing: we will be moving from petrol to electricity without even noticing. The range anxiety is still here, but the ranges are getting better than better. Mercedes-Benz offers a 770-km range for a single charge, and that’s good. Also, we have many charging points.

The only issue is that electric cars are expensive, but their prices will go down eventually.

Recently, Rory Sutherland mentioned how cool electric cars are, noticing that they have motivated people to talk about their cars again. Honestly, if you own a petrol/diesel-powered car and talk about it all the time, it makes you a bit weird nowadays. The era of car-based status or showing off is gone, but if you buy an electric vehicle, you have a brand-new experience that people would love to hear about. I feel like electric cars will make cars cool again.

Will I buy an electric car? Yes. I am especially interested in the Mercedes-Benz EQS.

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Renault Commercial Vehicles at the CV Show 2014

Renault commercial vehicles at the CV Show 2014 featured wide range of electric vehicles. I have never expected to see this wide range of electric vehicle on commercial range. Of course, the electric vehicles were not the vans or trucks. There was a Twizy commercial version with a missing rear passenger seat. And electric version of Kangoo Van Z. E.


New BMW X5 eDrive | xDrive 40e

BMW X5 eDrive, xDrive40e. BMW recently revealed their concept plug-in hybrid BMW X5. And soon to be on production, like next year. Personally, I really admire the BMW’s ambition to introduce new electric and hybrid vehicles to their range. Unfortunately, we cannot see this ambition with Mercedes and Audi.

Why I liked the BMW X5 eDrive? Because, it is a new technology, you will consume less fuel, less tax, probably no congestion charge for London and enjoy the same performance of a larger engine. And the experience of electric engine on a full size SUV.

The BMW X5 eDrive is powered by a 2-lt petrol engine with 245 HP and 350 Nm of torque. The electric motor is 95 HP and 250 Nm of torque. In total, the output of BMW X5 eDrive is 340 HP and 600 Nm of torque. And also you can charge at work, at home, at shopping centre, at your annoying neighbour’s house and more. Electric mode drive the X5 up to 32 km and up to 120 km/h of speed.

Basically, BMW X5 eDrive is the coolest SUV or SAV you can have.

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BMW i3 is Official Now

Details of BMW i3. i3 was a bit mystery, it was the BMW’s first step to enter to electric world with a brand range of vehicles. BMW named the range with “i”. And i-Series does not share any designed or infrastructure similarity with the existing BMW vehicle range. It is a brand new range with a brand new perspective. 
That’s why everyone was curious about the BMW i-Series, hopefully BMW released the official details of the i3 today. BMW i3 shares the same 50:50 weight distribution like all other BMWs. i3 is made the passenger cell from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). It is powered by a 50-kg, 170 HP / 250 Nm electric motor. Zero to 100 km/h acceleration is only 7.2 seconds and the range of electric driving is around 130-160 KM. BMW i3 also features a tiny on-board generator to avoid running out of charge. 0.65-lt two-cylinder engine is placed at rear axle for better weight distribution and it produces 34 HP to charge the batteries and extend the range up to 300km. 
The interesting feature of BMW i3 is the single-pedal concept. According to press release, there will be only one pedal acts as throttle and brake at the same time. As I understand, when you leave your foot gently, BMW i3 will be coasting. Basically, if you leave your foot from the pedal gently, it will be coasting; if you leave your foot very rapidly it will be braking and someone will crash you from the rear. Because, we always leave the throttle very rapidly. This feature was never used at any type of vehicle and hinders potential accidents! I am definitely sure, BMW will remove the single-pedal drive concept. This system may sound very efficient on paper but when you consider the average drivers, it will be a huge disaster!
Anyway, BMW opened a new chapter in premium electric car market with i-Series!

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Renault Twizy in Dubai Police Fleet

Renault Twizy in Dubai Police. During last few weeks, Dubai Police department revised their police fleet for car speed chases. As you all know that, the fleet is revised with Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes SLS AMGBentley Continental GTAston Martin One-77,Lamborghini Aventador. After the Bugatti Veyron, I was expecting to see a F35 jet fighter inside this fleet but Dubia Police decided extend the range with electric Renault Twizy. 
Renault Twizy is powered by a 20 HP electric motor with 57 Nm of torque. The top speed is 75 km/h, thus there is no 0 – 100 km/h acceleration. And the range is 100 KM with a 3-hour charge with 220 Volts.


How to Charge an Electric Car for Free? Free Electricity?

How to charge your electric car for free? This is one of the biggest question silently goes around everyone’s head, who are planning to buy an electric car. 
Some of the electric cars come with on-board generator like Opel Ampera, so you don’t need to find a socket to plug your car. But you will still use petrol to charge your car, that’s the problem. And some electric cars come with nothing more than batteries and no generator on-board. So, you have to find a plug to charge your car. 
Using electricity to charge your car might be cheap in UK, but there is a global perspective. In many countries electricity is very expensive and people try to reduce their electcity consumption in many different ways. For those people, charging their own car from their house is not a very brilliant idea! If someone is trying to reduce electricity consumption by replacing light bulbs, you cannot sell them an electric car! This is the ugly truth.
So what to do? There are couple of tricky ways to charge an electric car for free. You can visit your friend and plug your car to their socket and you will be the loneliest person on this planet surrounded by six billion people. This option is not very plausible and a bad attitude. Another option is to visit a university campus and try to charge your car for free. In some universities they offer free chargers but not in every university so keep in mind. There are some other ways to charge an electric for free but you may end up in police station very quickly.
The fundamental solution to charging an electric car for free is to have a solar panel installed at your home. Sun is free and solar panels transfer the sun light into electricity. Of course they do have limitations; solar panels provide the best efficiency at 25 degrees Celsius. Extreme hot and extreme cold reduce their performance but still you will have the free electricity. 
You may find solar panel instalment is a very good solution but it is not cheap as well. When you invest a serious amount of money to an electric car, you will not be happy with the price solar panels. 
My suggestion, automotive industry should create funds to provide free solar panels to customers who buy electric cars. However, creating a fund for solar panels is not easy. There should be a government incentive and automotive industry should be motivated as well. I have some doubts about that, because automotive industry is designed to take money not to cash-back to customers. Finance industry does this very well, give money and take it back ;)
But the solar panels are one of the most fundamental parts of the electric cars. Without providing free electricity, why people should buy electric cars?
Another solution is, automotive industry can manufacture solar panel but it won’t go well.
Back to basic, make a contract with solar panel companies and provide them for free to customers. Thus, motivation to buy an electric will dramatically increase. I don’t think anyone will say no to free electricity :)
Will it come true?


Vauxhall/Opel Ampera: Electric Cars with Generator

Vauxhall Ampera or Opel Ampera, I was waiting for this car for quite long time. I know, I do sound a bit funny, why I should wait a Vauxhall/Opel? Actually, Ampera is the electric car of the Vauxhall/Opel, that’s right they made an electric car that looks like a proper car and with an on-board generator.
You might be thinking there are plenty of electric cars why Ampera is different. Most of the electric cars do not have an on-board generator to charge the batteries, but Ampera does have one. And do not confuse with hybrid technology. In hybrid technology, petrol engine is also connected to wheels but with Ampera, the petrol engine is not connected to wheels and is only designed to charge the batteries when they are out of charge.
The most fundamental problem of electric cars is the charging for long journeys and with the Ampera, you don’t have to worry about this. You can drive as much as you want, until your tank is empty. Or you can charge the Ampera with any electric socket, board computer shows you the estimated charging time.
Today I had opportunity to drive the Ampera with pure electricity. And it was a bit different than the normal driving experience. First of all, when you start the engine there are no engine noise at all. Ampera is more silent than many laptops! 
Driving the Ampera is no different from an automatic car, just move the gear lever into Drive position and depress the throttle. As soon as you depress the throttle, you will feel the torque instantly. The electric motors have an advantage, they can deliver their maximum torque instantly. Ampera accelerates much better than many other cars, consumption is nearly to nothing. Interior comfort is much better than any other Vauxhall/Opel vehicle, sorry to say this. And Ampera features two screens, one for instrument panel and one for navigation. And both them offers very clear image, this is really important with screens.
Honestly, I was expecting a dull driving experience with a senseless steering wheel but it was totally the opposite. I had so much fun! Even though, I don’t like to drive car. Ampera is the future, until we have the hydrogen cars. You experience the electric power without worrying about the battery, this is what customers want!
However, there is a minor problem. Button on the central console are touch sensitive and it makes your life very hard while driving. With touch sensitive button, there are feedback from the button and you cannot be sure whether you pressed it or not. And also, accidental touch is unavoidable.
In general, I couldn’t find anything really annoying with Ampera. If I had the money, I would definitely ordered one today. It is fun, it very economical, it looks very good and it does offer a better experience than any other Vauxhall/Opel. You might be thinking, what about Fisker Karma? Fisker Karma is a luxury electric car with on-board generator and yes it does look better than Ampera and at them same time, more expensive.
Ampera is powered by a 73 PS electric motor, fuel is electric but you need to fill up petrol for generator. Fuel consumption is 1.3 lt/km (217.3 mpg) for extra-urban, 0.9 lt/km (315.9 mpg) for urban and 1.2 lt/km (235.4 mpg) for combined. And CO2 emission is only 27 gr/km.
Ampera Electron features;
Driver’s and front passenger’s airbags
Front seat side-impact airbags
Full-size curtain airbags
Driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with traction control and Emergency Brake Assist
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
CD/MP3 CD player with stereo radio
DAB digital radio
USB connection with iPod control
Aux-in socket
Hands-free mobile phone system with Bluetooth®
Multi-function trip computer
Electronic Climate Control (ECC)
Cruise control
Automatic lighting control
LED daytime running lights
Electric parking brake
Electrically operated front and rear windows
Electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors
17-inch five-Y-spoke alloy wheels with aero covers
Remote control security alarm
Leather seat facings with electrically heated front seats
Leather-covered steering wheel
Front and rear parking distance sensors
Rear view camera
Sat nav/DVD player
Sat nav system with voice activation
‘Pseudo 3D’ street level mapping for 20 European countries
Audio/video DVD player
Hard Drive Device (HDD) with 30GB music file capacity
Bose® ‘Energy Efficient Series’ sound system with six high-performance speakers and single subwoofer


Audi R8 e-tron in Nürburgring Video

Audi R8 e-tron is the electric version of the Audi R8. For many people, electric powered Audi R8 is not something exciting or special, they want to feel the excitement of the petrol engine. I understand them very well and sometimes I agree with them.
However, world is changing so rapidly. A decade ago, mobile phones were no more than texting devices. Now, no one uses text messages, because we use our mobile phone like a computer! This rapid transition of the mobile phones and our ability to adapt this change shows that, electric powered sport car is not something far away and we will get use to them.
Audi R8 e-tron is a concept car powered by four individual electric motors. In total, R8 e-tron produces 308 PS and 4500 Nm of torque, needs only 4.8 seconds to reach 100 kph (62 mph) with 245 km (154 miles) of range.
And during February, Audi R8 e-tron manages to go around Nürburgring 8 minutes and 9 seconds. I never talk about Nürburgring lap times, because they are a bit senseless. You would never have opportunity to push those limits in everyday. However, this lap times is achieved by an electric car and shows that even the electric cars can go really fast.
Audi recently released the video of Audi R-8 e-tron’s lap in Nürburgring.
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BMW i Store in London with i3

BMW i Series started as a concept vehicles, moved to production and now there is a dealer for i Series. Couple of months ago I visited the BMW dealer in Park Lane, actually I couldn’t visit because it was under construction. I was thinking, BMW will refurbish the dealer and open again. However, it did not happen like that! BMW opened the first i Series Store in Park Lane, London.

Now, you have the opportunity to see the future of mobility by BMW in Park Lane, London. BMW i3 and i Pedelec bicycle. BMW i3 is powered by an electric motor with 170 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque with the top speed of 150 kph (95 mph). And BMW i Pedelec produces 250 W of power with 20 Nm of torque with the top speed of 25 kph (16 mph).

If you want to see more, visit the BMW i Store in Park Lane, London.

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Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma is the first electric car with on-board generator. Electric car story started long time ago, during the end of 1800s, electric cars were more popular than petrol powered ones. As the electric cars were easier to drive and creates no smoke, people tend to like them more. However, things did not go as planned. As the years passed, electric car passed out and we end up with petrol power!
Since last two decade, there is always an electric car rumour. However, they could never resolve the problem of charging. With the present technology, charging takes long time and batteries cannot mobilise you for long journeys. So, there are several options for electric cars; have a very long charging cable or carry an generator or don’t drive or place a generator inside the vehicle.
The best option is the last one, hopefully Fisker thought the same. And, Fisker Karma is built on this concept. Fisker Karma is an electric car with a generator inside the car. Basically, 2-lt turbo petrol engine (260 PS) is there to generate electricity. There are no physically connections between the petrol engine and wheels of Fisker Karma. 2-lt petrol engine in Fisker Karma only charges the batteries if necessary.
Unlike other ugly electric car, Fisker Karma has a state-of-art exterior and interior design. Two electric engines provide 1300 Nm of torque from the stand still. This means, Fisker Karma accelerate more aggressively than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, because Karma has more torque! Fisker Karma also has a limited-slip differential, 47/53 weight balance similar to Lamborghini, very high quality interior, Brembo brakes, pedestrian warning system (Karma warns pedestrians while going around the city), pressurised petrol tank to avoid any evaporated petrol to escape, ABS, traction control, stability control. The range of Fisker Karma is 50 miles / 80 km with pure electricity and with generator, 300 miles / 483 km; the roof is a solar roof to charge batteries. And the top speed of Fisker Karma is 125 mph / 200 kph.
Fisker Karma is really worth to buy car, it is not like other cheap looking electric cars. Karma offers a proper GT experience with contemporary technology. I am sure in future we will see cars like Fisker Karma more.

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