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Old 26 Jul 2020, 20:39 (Ref:3990922)   #61
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Above a certain speed (can't remember what it is) tyre noise becomes louder than engine noise. In urban environments (where speed is lower) then engine noise (or lack thereof) is a greater factor.

There's a clip online somewhere of Opel testing an electric Corsa rally car - the noise it makes is depressing. It's all irritating whine and tyre squeal (like Formula E). Please, please can someone find a way of making an electric car sound good. There must be a way to make the airflow over/under/through the body produce sound.
Our roads here must be in a worse state, as even in city, I hear road noise only. Just a week or so ago an i3 drove by me and I was surprised at the amount of noise the tyres were making.
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Old 26 Jul 2020, 23:46 (Ref:3990943)   #62
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What’s up with the roads? Cracked? Potholes? Better inform your councils, although that’s easier said than done. Although maybe the I3 is just harder on it’s tyres lol
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Our roads here must be in a worse state, as even in city, I hear road noise only. Just a week or so ago an i3 drove by me and I was surprised at the amount of noise the tyres were making.
The road noise might be a potential solution to the issue of EVs being quite near pedestrians. I know certain road surfaces are designed to cause vibration in a car to warn the driver of lane departure or approaching hazards - could the same be possible outside the car?

If the road surface was designed to deliberately cause noise - it would make no difference what vehicle was travelling on the road, the noise would be a warning to pedestrians nearby?
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Nissan are the focus of a couple of stories at the moment.

The experience from the Leaf has meant that the Ariya may have an advantage of rivals in the development stakes.

“The Ariya is massive for us,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan Europe’s vice-president of marketing for digital customer experience and connected cars. “Historically, we’ve been strong when challenging what’s around us. With the Qashqai, we punched above our weight as a Japanese challenger brand in Europe, and we’ve done the same with the Leaf.

“They brought people to the brand and take notice of us. Combining those two things into one, while showcasing our commitment to electrification and sustainable mobility, will help position us and clarify to customers in Europe what we really stand for. The Ariya is the perfect vehicle for the perfect time in Europe. And the broader need to bring customers to zero-emission vehicles is where our focus is.


Whilst a larger still SUV is being planned:



Nissan Europe’s EV boss, Helen Perry, hinted at the large SUV, saying: “The platform will be used for other cars in the future. The C-SUV and D-SUV segments are due to grow about 300% over the next three years, so we will look to use the platform in growth segments in the next few years.”

Nissan has pledged that 50% of its line-up by 2023 will be electrified, but Perry wouldn’t divulge if the next EV will arrive by that date.
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'This Prototype Ford Mustang Mach E Has 1400bhp And Seven Motors'
As expected, it didn't take long before footage of Ken Block behind the wheel was published:

'Yes, but it doesn’t sound like any beast we’ve ever heard, those seven motors whining away like a horde of ethereal spirits being tortured by listening to the worst performers on Pop Idol.

Despite admitting his brain couldn’t ‘calibrate’ to the throttle, the big man does his level best – while keeping the world’s best poker face – to set each and every tyre on fire.'


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For those looking at a larger, family-friendly EV. (Or taxi use).

Start of Sales for the new Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer



'The new Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer takes over the look of the Vito with combustion engine. However under the front sits the electric powertrain (eATS), which drives the front wheels with a peak power of 150 kW. The energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery in the underbody of the vehicle, whose deep and central arrangement has a positive effect on the driving behavior of the eVito Tourer. The top speeds of 140 km/h in series and 160 km/h as optional equipment ensure a rapid advance even away from urban traffic.'
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Is that a variant of the upcoming EQE? There are two planned versions, or so rumours suggest:




That looks GLA-sized.
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That looks GLA-sized.
It's a lot bigger than that - maybe the 'camouflage' works?



It's using the same MEA platform of the EQE saloon and EQS, and is a similar size to the Tesla Model X.
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For comparison:
EQE, EQS saloons and EQB, EQA SUVs -

Note the presence of the indicators in the mirrors on the EQA/EQB models.
The larger EQE SUV does not have this feature.
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It's a lot bigger than that - maybe the 'camouflage' works?



It's using the same MEA platform of the EQE saloon and EQS, and is a similar size to the Tesla Model X.

Is it just me, or is there a desperate irony in camouflaging a box.
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We have a whole host of EV News today.

Firstly, Fisker may be about to enter Extreme E



'The Ocean is set to go sale in 2022, with up to 300 miles of range, over 300bhp and a vegan-friendly interior. It’s about the same size as a Tesla Model Y, and in the US should cost less than $30,000 (taking Federal Tax Credits into account). The highest-performance version claims 0-62mph in less than three seconds. '
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In the world of resto-mods, there are a couple of potential offerings:

Electrified Aston Martin DB6
'Aston Martin Works has turned a petrol DB6 Volante into an ion-fuelled one – and it could be the first of many electric classic Astons'



Mystery Volvo P1800 prototype could be reborn EV version
'Volvo appears to be testing a disguised prototype version of the classic P1800 coupé, leading to speculation that an electric restomod version could be produced in time for its 60th anniversary next year. '

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Whilst on the current/future model front:

New MG 5 electric estate headed to UK
'MG Motor will introduce a new electric estate model in the UK later this year, named MG 5, to sit alongside its ZS affordable EV. '



Next-generation BMW 5 Series and X1 to gain electric versions
'The next-generation BMW 5 Series and BMW X1 will be available with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric powertrains as part of BMW's ambition to introduce 25 electrified models by 2023. '

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS drops disguise for best look yet
'Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan and next-generation Jaguar XJ with its plush new EQS electric saloon, and fresh spyshots of a lesser disguised prototype have emerged. '

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Not bad. It's good to see more manufacturers trialing out the EV route. We'll see how many pick them up on it. I still think it's a while before we see EVs dominate the car market place if at all
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Deloitte has predicted that a third of all new cars sold globally will be electrified by the end of the decade, citing a radical shift in consumer sentiment.

One of those cars is likely to be a Kia.




'It will be one of 11 electric Kia models on sale within the next five years, following the e-Niro and Soul EV - both of which are based on combustion-engined cars - to market. '
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