13 of 80 EVs suitable for long-distance driving

The largest European automobile association, ADAC, tested more than 80 electric vehicles and showed that only 13 of them are suitable for long-distance driving.

ADAC first tested vehicles with a range of over 750 kilometers. The best results were achieved by the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with a 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive, and a range of 931 kilometers with one stop and an additional short charge. The Lucid Air achieved the second best test with 859 kilometers, the BMW iX traveled 835 kilometers, the Mercedes EQS achieved a range of 825 kilometers, the EQE SUV achieved a range of 806 kilometers and the Polestar 2 traveled 801 kilometers.

After that, vehicles with a range between 500 and 750 kilometers were tested (42). These vehicles are considered to be suitable for long distances or vehicles suitable for long distances with a slightly longer charging time.

Also, 14 vehicles with a range of 400-500 km were tested, and vehicles with a range of less than 400 km, such as the Fiat 500e with a 23.8 kWh battery, which had a range of 233 kilometers despite additional charging.

The measurement was carried out with the battery charged to 90 percent, which is the case in most situations, because drivers usually go on the road with a deviation of up to 10 percent. The test also included the additional autonomy that can be achieved after charging on a fast charger during a 20-minute break in ideal conditions.

In conclusion, when purchasing an EV, buyers should pay attention to battery size, power consumption, and charging time.

Source: ADAC, Photo: Authors’ Union Mobility/ADAC/Ralph Wagner

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut holds four speed records

In July 2021, Koenigsegg revealed the first pre-series production Jesko, and only 125 units are planned to be produced. Recently, the Swedish company presented a special version of this model, Jesko Absolut, which became the owner of several records, including the fastest production car that reaches a speed of 400 km/h.

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is powered by a 5.0-L bi-turbo V8 engine with 1,622 hp (1,209 kW) and 1,106 lb-ft (1,500 Nm) @ 5,100 rpm (on E85). The engine is paired with a 9-speed Koenigsegg Light Speed ​​​​Transmission (LST). Unlike its Jesko sibling, the Absolut was fitted with a cage and seat from a Koenigsegg One:1.

This version is built primarily for speed racing and does not use active aerodynamics. The car was tested at an airport in Sweden, where it set four world speed records. It is now officially the fastest production car to reach a speed of 400 km/h (18.82 seconds), and the fastest car to go from 0 – 400 km/h and back to 0 km/h, in 27.83 seconds (almost a second faster than Koenigsegg Regera). It also has the fastest acceleration from 0 to 250 mph (19.20 seconds) and the fastest car to go from 0 – 250 mph and back to 0 mph (28.27 seconds).

It should be noted that the car was driven by Markus Lundh, and after setting the record, founder Christian von Koenigsegg said: “This record confirmed the accuracy of the Jesko Absolut’s simulated and calculated performance, which gives us great confidence in its ability to be the fastest fully homologated production car in the world .”

Source: Koenigsegg

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Geely developed a battery that can ensure driving of one million kilometers

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, commonly known as Geely Holding, has produced a battery that can ensure driving of one million kilometers with minimal impact on range, and retains more than 90 percent of its capacity at temperatures below -30 degrees Celsius. It is an LFP (lithium-iron-phosphate) battery with a density of 192 Wh/kg.

The new battery charges faster and takes 17 minutes and 4 seconds to charge from 10 to 80 percent. It also manages to retain 90.54 percent of its capacity at a temperature of -30 degrees Celsius, and can be charged up to 3,500 times. The secret is in its construction. It contains doped electrode materials in its composition in order to reduce the speed of the internal chemical reaction.

Geely tested the battery with a large number of tests, including the extreme ones. They pierced the battery with eight 5 mm steel needles and left it in that condition for an hour. Next, a 5.8 mm round was fired into the battery and failed to ignite it. After that, it was submerged in seawater, thrown into a fire, and even run over with a 26-ton roller. None of the tests caused significant damage.

This would definitely be a revolution in the development of batteries, and the company did not announce when production would start.

Source: Geely

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