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    Toyota Prius Second Generation XW20 Open Group

    XW20 Presented at the April 2003 New York International Auto Show, for the 2004 US model year, the Prius was completely redesigned. It became a mid-size liftback, sized between the Corolla and the Camry, with redistributed mechanical and interior space significantly increasing rear-seat legroom and luggage room. The second generation Prius is more ...environmentally friendly than the previous model (according to the EPA), and is 6 inches (150 mm) longer than the previous version.

    Its more aerodynamic Kammback body balances length and wind resistance, resulting in a drag coefficient of Cd=0.26. The development effort, led by chief engineer Shigeyuki Hori, led to 530 patents for the vehicle.

    Production commenced in August 2003 at the Tsutsumi plant in Toyota, Aichi, supplemented in October 2004 with the Fujimatsu plant at Kariya, Aichi.

    The Prius uses an all-electric A/C compressor for cooling, an industry first. Combined with a smaller and lighter NiMH battery, the XW20 is more powerful and more efficient than the XW10. In the US, the battery pack of 2004 and later models is warranted for 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 10 years in states that have adopted the stricter California emissions control standards, and 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or 8 years elsewhere. The warranty for hybrid components is 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or 8 years
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    / #Porsche-Mission-E-Cross-Turismo / #2018 / #Porsche-Mission-E / #Porsche / #Electric-Car

    With an 800 volt electric architecture, the big news here is the Mission E Cross Turismo is capable of recharging using the new Ionity 350kW chargers, offering 250-miles range in 15 minutes. 590bhp allows 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and 124mph in under 12 seconds. Porsche says its latest EV is already “road ready”.
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    Long Term Test Living with a… Kia Niro Hybrid Our on-going long term test – we return from the continent. #2018 / #Kia-Niro-Hybrid / #Kia-Niro / #Kia / Kia / #Hybrid

    Having reached Italy, it soon became time to turn around and leave. Ultimately, it was an adventure to look forward to with no fewer than 80 tunnels to pass through before reaching the Italian Lago Maggiore in the northern Alpine foothills. It’s a stunning location with past grandeur and an enduring beauty that shall long outlive the civilisation that’s been built around it. The lake is host to magnificent palaces, once built to entertain and dine the world’s rich and famous, but now a tourist trap with old-world charm.

    Meanwhile, the Niro had become our ever-dependable companion. Always ready and never skipping a beat. And, despite my previous comment to the contrary - “it wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding” - I had also discovered the joys of the Sport mode with optional manual gear shift. This function transforms the car and offers what feels like twice the pulling power of the car in regular driving mode.

    The Niro Hybrid is particular scant of driver options, so, actually, it’s pleasantly easy to live with and understand in comparison to other cars that feature a dozen options. Sport mode serves up the electric torque in combination with the petrol engine, and in combination there’s the full 147Nm available. While that still isn’t very much, especially in a car of this size, it’s enough to ensure a smile can be had and, more importantly, a mountain can be climbed.

    However, this is at the expense of fuel consumption, which quickly tumbles to mid-40s while climbing a hill. Of course, downhill is a different story and the Niro recuperates its battery reserve while also managing to remain in electric mode for the majority of a downhill stint. Unfortunately, this is marred by the interruption of the petrol engine that chips in unnecessarily and while the gearbox is still in a low gear.

    The resulting whine is enough to make anyone with any mechanical sympathy wince, as the revs soar and it sounds like it’ll go ‘pop’. It doesn’t, by the way. This oddity aside, I’m impressed by the Niro’s ability up a mountain where a non-assisted petrol engine would typically struggle. The electric oomph certainly helped and, frankly, I wouldn’t have wanted to be without it.

    Moving along from Italy and into Switzerland via the Grand St Bernard Pass, there was yet more stunning scenery to behold and more mountains to climb. Average fuel economy had now averaged out to around 55mpg - less up hill, more down hill.

    Switzerland is a true wonder. It’s breathtaking combination of seemingly unspoilt mounts combined with the hauntingly peaceful echo of cow bells is simply bewildering. In addition, houses appear not to have boundaries and are instead placed at the edge of large open fence-free fields. This adds to the sense of freedom and the people are welcoming too. However, there’s a rather large caveat here and that is everything is ten times more expensive than we in the UK are used to. A mid-size bag of crisps in a nondescript supermarket in a small town, for example? That’ll be the equivalent of £4.50 thank you very much. Because of this, we wisely fuelled up the Niro in Italy before leaving its borders. Sadly, the expense of Switzerland grated a little, and having been put off by the €180 cost for two persons to travel up a ski lift to see a glacier that was covered by cloud, we soon left and made our way back to France where prices aren’t so exorbitant. A classy Swedish meatball feast from IKEA later and we were back on familiar territory.


    We filled the Niro with goodies in France too, including twenty or so bottles of wine, as well as many foodie gifts for people back home. This really put the Niro’s load capacity to the test but it managed to swallow up all our three-weeks’ worth of luggage, shoes, coats, food and drink with relative ease. The under-boot floor storage proved useful, although some of the divisions provided were limiting rather than helpful, being a touch too narrow for anything more than a small bag of coffee beans. However, that’s not to say the overall package isn’t practical - it is - and that’s one major benefit of having the crossover styling. One thing is for certain, boot capacity is far superior to that of a Toyota Prius, which is arguably this car’s closest rival, excepting the Hyundai Ioniq.

    After a 400 mile cruise, the Niro managed its way back to Blighty. Overall, we’d averaged a fairly healthy 55mpg, which is especially good considering the 80mph speeds we travelled at for most of the French motorway stint. My hope is this should improve with local use, but we shall soon see.

    ABOVE The forever changing MPG of the Niro while going up and down mountains appeared to level off around the mid 50’s.

    ABOVE At one point near the Italian ‘Cinque Terra’, the Niro was given a thorough inspection by a family of wild boar!

    Specification 2018 Kia niro ‘2’ Hybrid
    Max speed: 101 mph
    0-60 mph: 11.1 secs
    EV Range: ~1 miles
    Drive: 1.6l petrol + e-motor
    Transmission: 6-speed #DCT
    Power: 104 bhp
    Torque: 147 Nm
    CO2: 88 g/km
    Economy: 74.3mpg avg.
    Battery: 1.56kWh Li-ion
    Weight: 1,500 kg
    Price: £23,680
    Fully comp. ins. quote: £360.48 (e-sure; male, 30, no points, AL4)
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    Lucid Motors Unveils Stunning ‘Air’ Concept / #Lucid-Air / #Lucid-Motors / #Lucid-Air-Concept / #2017 / #Electric-Sports-Saloon / #Electric-Vehicle / 3EV /

    LUCID MOTORS’, LUCID AIR HEADLIGHT

    Using an array of micro-lenses, the Lucid Air electric sports-saloon requires just 50% the energy typically used by a single LED headlamp. The idea came from looking at how insect eyes work.

    While #Faraday-Future might have nabbed most of the headlines, Lucid Motors has quietly come into the limelight despite being able to trace their roots as long ago as 2007.

    The Lucid Air is the first car to come from the company and it looks like a stunning blend of technology and ambition.

    Highlights include an aluminium body, 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, up to 1,000 horsepower, and a range of around 400-miles from a single charge. Batteries are supplied by Samsung SDI and are said to have, “breakthrough tolerance to repeated fast-charging.”

    A standout feature is the headlights, which use an array of micro-lenses a bit like an insect’s eye. The purpose is to improve energy efficiency and Lucid say the lights are 50% more efficient when compared to standard LED lights. Packed with Mobileye gadgetry Takes care of autonomous functions, as is fast becoming the norm too. Lucid expect to deliver first production Airs’ in late #2018 . Although the pricing may alter considerably, Lucid predict a retail price of more than $100,000 for, “well optioned“ cars while a more humble model will cost around $63,000.

    Lucid have also partnered with McLaren and Sony to provide Formula E batteries for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.
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