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Auto Watch – Lucid Air : Unparalleled experience

Auto Watch – Lucid Air : Unparalleled experience

Lucid Air: Unparalleled experience

By combining forward-looking design with ground-breaking technology, the all-electric Air from Lucid Motors transcends perceived limitations of space, energy, and time. The Lucid Air’s standard rear seating provides superb comfort for up to three adults with class-leading legroom. Inspired by an executive jet, the Air offers optional executive rear seating with 55 degrees of recline, affording moments to stretch out and relax.
The Lucid Air’s pure electric drive-train delivers an unparalleled experience for driver and passenger alike. Its power-train technology unleashes breathtaking performance with world-class range and efficiency. Developed entirely in-house, this integrated system delivers the ultimate EV driving experience.
The proven world-class battery technology and highly efficient power electronics enable over 400 miles of range. Hitting top speeds or hugging tight corners, the Lucid Air’s perfectly calibrated air springs, advanced damper technology, and low center of gravity deliver precision handling and a smooth ride.
Lucid’s seamless intelligent technology serves to make best use of your time. The Air becomes a natural extension of your connected lifestyle. (Photo: lucidmotors.com)

Polestar: Volvo’s premium plu-in

Polestar is Volvo’s new dedicated brand of premium plug-in electric cars. The brand’s first offering is the Polestar 1, which begins production in mid-2019. It’s a high-performance, ultra-luxe plug-in hybrid providing more than 90 miles of all-electric range. With that amount range, the Polestar 1 would effectively drive like an all-electric car on most days. But for longer trips, the Polestar 1 will deploy a hefty combination of its 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged engine, two 163-kW motors, and a single 35-kW integrated starter/generator to produce more than 600 horsepower.
The company also has unveiled online the Polestar 2. An avant-garde, all-electric statement of purpose, the Polestar 2 is the next step in our journey, says Volvo
Polestar

It is a 5-door fastback, packed with distinctive design flourishes; a hollow, hexagonal gear shifter with an illuminated Polestar in the centre; rear lights which stretch the entire width of the car.
A front radar unit, a windshield-mounted camera, and two rear radar units mean that the Polestar 2 is very spatially aware, and takes preventative measures whenever something encroaches on its personal space. Everything from pedestrians to the majestic moose can be noticed by the Polestar 2, which then warns the driver (via a brake pulse, audio warning signal, and visual warning signal in the driver display) and then brakes automatically if needed. Automatic pre-braking, steering support, and incrementally-tightening seatbelts also come into play, maximising safety for the occupants.
Both AC and DC charging work with the Polestar 2, meaning that a charge is always within reach. Use AC when at home or at work, use DC when road tripping or otherwise out and about when time is of the essence (up to 150 kW).
The Polestar 2 is the first car to come with embedded Google services, including the Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store in addition to a full suite of downloadable apps. These will be displayed at maximum resolution on both the 12.3 inch progressive digital driver display, and the 11.15 inch centre stack display. There’s also voice control with natural speech recognition for hands-free operation, as well as a 360° camera (Photo: Alexander Migl – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org).

Porsche Taycan: Excitingly new-wave

Porsche Taycan, which was introduced two years ago as the Mission E concept, is among the most exciting of new wave luxury, performance electric vehicles. Its two motors produce more than 600 horsepower to provide acceleration to 60 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 155 miles per hour with a driving range expected at around 300 miles.
“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom,” explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. The oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche. Porsche announced the name for its first purely electric series as part of the “70 years of sports cars” ceremony.
Two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 600 hp (440 kW) accelerate the electric sports car to 100 km/h in well under 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance, and the vehicle’s maximum range is over 500 km in accordance with the NEDC (Photo: motor-monthly.co.za).

Mercedes-Benz EQC: Avant-garde looks

EQC, the first vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz sub-brand of EVs dubbed “EQ,” goes into production in mid-2019. It is built on the platform of the GLC-Class SUV.
With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW (Photo: mercedes-benz.com).
As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive. To reduce power consumption and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm. The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh supplies the vehicle with power.
The power consumption and range of electric vehicles depend very much on the driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programmes, each with different characteristics. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve powe, plays an important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.

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