Startup SF Motors announces two EVs; up to 1000 hp, 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds

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and China facilities, enabling them to share data and learnings in real-time to improve production and maintain quality standards. SF Motors, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle (EV) startup and subsidiary of Shanghai-based Sokon Industry Group ( earlier post ), announced its latest technological advances and a new line of intelligent electric vehicles at an event at its Santa Clara headquarters.

2018 78

Audi Q8 makes debut in China; 48V mHEV system standard

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All drive systems are enhanced by the standard new mild hybrid technology (MHEV). The suspension with damper control is standard. The Audi Q8 made its debut at the Audi Brand Summit in Shenzhen, China.

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Successful run across the US on 37.6 gallons of 100% NEXBTL renewable diesel; 66.7 mpg w/ average speed 67.7 mph

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Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is a low-carbon, clean burning diesel fuel that meets the requirements of ASTM D-975 (the US fuel standard) as well as the CARB diesel requirements (The Californian fuel standard).

2015 94

Updated Audi Q7 SUV has 48V MHEV as standard, new PHEV option

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Audi’s updated Q7 SUV will have the company’s 48V mild-hybrid system (MHEV) as standard. mph), the Audi Q7 recuperates energy, rolls in idle or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. mph).

2019 97

Calls for an international 48V electrical standard for vehicles; looming WLTP implementation

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Such a standard will be necessary for the global automotive industry to achieve the economies of scale demanded by original equipment manufacturers. mph] and potentially to provide torque assist at other road speeds including during engine-off coasting. 48V Hybrids Standards

2014 115

Lexus Safety System+ now standard equipment across the 2020 Model Year lineup

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The Lexus Safety System+ will be a standard feature in all US Lexus vehicles starting with the 2020 model year. If an inadvertent lane departure or potential departure due to swaying is detected at speeds above 32 mph, the system attempts to alert the driver with audio and visual warnings and steering wheel vibrations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were nearly 6.5

2019 75

New 8th-generation Audi A6 features 48V mild hybrid system as standard

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Audi unveiled the eighth generation of its successful A6 full-size sedan; all engines feature Audi’s 48V mild-hybrid (MHEV) system ( earlier post ) as standard equipment. mph); the engine is restarted from standstill predictively. mph) in 5.1

2018 98

Audi continues rollout of standard 48V mild hybrid system with new A6 Avant

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Audi has launched the new Audi A6 Avant station wagon equipped with a standard 48V mild hybrid system (MHEV) for the four- and six-cylinder TDI (diesel) and TFSI (gasoline) engines. mph); the start-stop already kicks in at 22 km/h (13.7

2018 85

Second-generation Audi A7 Sportback features standard 48V MHEV system with gasoline or diesel engines

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The drive system features a new mild-hybrid system (MHEV) as standard. mph) in 5.3 mph) in 5.7 The optional sport differential actively distributes drive torque between the rear wheels, complementing the standard quattro all-wheel drive.

2018 98

Ridekick introduces power trailer for standard bikes

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It blends the design of an electric bicycle with a bike trailer, letting a bicyclist (on a conventional bike) ride at speeds up to 19 mph (31 km/h) without pedaling.

2012 106

Ford making FlexFuel system standard on Transit Connect van

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Among the changes Ford is implementing for its 2016 Ford Transit range, the flexible-fuel vehicle system will be standard equipment on 2016 Transit Connect vans with 2.5-liter I-4 engines destined for non-California emissions states. All 2016 Ford Transit vans and wagons will include a rearview camera and trailer hitch assist technology as standard equipment. Speeds already can be limited to 65 mph and 75 mph on 2015 Ford Transit models.

New Audi A7 Sportback features mild-hybrid system as standard; V6s with 48V system

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All engines used in the A7 Sportback come standard with a new mild hybrid system (MHEV) for greater comfort and efficiency. mph), the four-door coupe can coast in freewheeling mode with the engine deactivated and then restarted comfortably via the BAS.

2017 78

Audi introduces new A4 Avant g-tron; Audi e-gas offered as standard

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Additionally, Audi is now offering e-gas to power the A3 Sportback g-tron as standard; customers will pay only the regular natural gas price. When the new A4 Avant g-tron and the A5 Sportback g-tron come on market later this year, the e-gas offer as standard will apply to these models as well.

2017 90

VW launches new Sharan MPV; up to 14.3% more fuel efficient; stop-start, battery regen standard

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The entire engine range (115 to 220 PS) meets the Euro-6 standard. The TSI engines deliver 110 kW / 150 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS (a gain of 20 PS) respectively, with the 150 PS version consuming, in combination with the standard manual transmission, 6.4

2015 103

2018 Mazda CX-5 in US features as standard 2.5L engine with new cylinder-deactivation technology

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Cylinder deactivation is more effective at low speeds, improving fuel economy by approximately 20% when driving at a constant 40 km/h (25 mph), and by approximately 5% at a constant 80 km/h (50 mph). All CX-5 models sold in the US come with a standard 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, paired to a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and Sport mode.

2017 60

New Audi A8 comes with 48V mHEV standard; plug-in e-tron model with wireless charging

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quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard in the new Audi flagship model. mph) takes 4.9 It uses map data plus a new standard of real-time traffic information, and adapts energy management to reflect the route ahead. mph), or the combined power of the electric motor and TFSI.

2017 78

2014 Sprinter van for US standard with new 2.1L diesel; new driver assistance features

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The new MY2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van for the US now features a 2.1L, 4-cylinder diesel with a t-speed automatic transmission as standard. Collision Prevention Assist is operational from a speed of approximately 12 mph (19 km/h). 20 mph (32 km/h). 2014 Sprinter.

2013 132

20 automakers commit to make automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles no later than 2022; faster than regulatory process

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auto market to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on virtually all new cars in the US no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year, which begins 1 Sept 2022. AEB will be standard on virtually all trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,501 lbs.

2016 90

Volvo Car to make Gen 2 Pilot Assist standard on new S90 sedan

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Volvo Car is introducing an advanced version of the company’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist software on the new Volvo S90 sedan and will make it standard on all S90s sold in the United States. Pilot Assist was first introduced on the 2016 Volvo XC90 and allows the vehicle to accelerate, decelerate, come to a complete stop and steer in road conditions with clear lane markings based on the car in front up to speeds of 30 mph (48 km/h).

2016 60

BYD’s “5-4-2” performance standard for New Energy Vehicles; 3 models over 3 years

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Using the recent Beijing Auto Show as its stage, BYD introduced its new “5-4-2” New Energy Vehicle performance standard and a series of cars designed to meet it. “5” 5” represents the maximum time in seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds) in future car models. “4” The Tang, the Han for 2015 and the Ming for 2016 will all meet the 5-4-2 standard.

2014 89

Volkswagen unveils the new Gen 6 Polo; standard start/stop and regeneration; 1.0 TGI natural gas engine

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In addition, there will be a choice of four gasoline and two diesel engines, all equipped as standard with a start/stop system and regenerative braking mode. In the new Polo, it comes as standard in even the Trendline base version.

2017 78

Mitsubishi slashes prices of 2014 i-MiEV by 21% ($6K), offers more standard features

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MMNA) is reducing the price of the MY 2014 i-MiEV battery electric vehicle by 21% ($6,130) from the previous 2012 vehicle and delivering an expanded standard equipment package with it. This electric motor is capable of producing its peak torque of 145 lb-ft (197 N·m); the i-MiEV has a top speed of approximately 80 mph (129 km/h). Newly added items that are now standard equipment at no charge to the consumer include: Driver and front passenger heated seats.

Audi A4 and A5 now available to order as g-tron in Europe; Audi e-gas for 3 years as standard

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Over the standard cycle the A4 Avant g-tron with S tronic uses 3.8 mph) in 8.5 mph) (A4 Avant g-tron: 223 km/h (138.6 mph)). Audi offers this fuel for three years as a standard feature to customers ordering a g-tron model by 31 May 2018.

2017 78

Volvo introducing Pilot Assist II semi-autonomous drive tech as standard on MY2017 XC90

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Among a wide range of updates for model year 2017, Volvo Cars will introduce its latest semi-autonomous drive technology, Pilot Assist II, as standard on the XC90 in selected markets. With generation two of Pilot Assist, the system now offers semi-autonomous driving functionality up to 130 km/h (81 mph) and no longer needs a lead car. Volvo’s standard collision avoidance system, City Safety, also receives an update with Large Animal Detection added on 90 Series cars.

2016 65

GM makes eAssist standard on the 2013 Buick Regal; new SAE paper coming at World Congress

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GM is continuing the deployment of the eAssist light electrification system ( earlier post ) as a standard across its platforms. Starting with the arrival of 2013 models, eAssist will be standard on the Regal with the discontinuation of the 2.4L For the 2012 model year, eAssist became standard for the larger Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan. Acceleration matches the manual with an estimated 0-60 mph time of 6.7

Ford introduces new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with standard Start-Stop on new EcoBoost and diesel engines

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The models offer significantly improved CO 2 figures and for the first time feature as standard Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop technology on EcoBoost gasoline and 2.0-liter TDCi diesel engines. New C-MAX offers the latest system that now operates at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph), up from 30 km/h (19 mph). In the case of moving objects Active Braking works in a similar way to Active City Stop but with a vehicle speed range of between 8 km/h (5 mph) and 180 km/h (112 mph).

2014 78

Toyota and Lexus making automated braking standard on nearly every model and trim level by end of 2017; 4 years ahead of NHTSA/IIHS target

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Twenty-five out of thirty Lexus and Toyota models will include Lexus Safety System+ or Toyota Safety Sense as standard equipment. Model-specific target dates for offering these advanced, active safety packages as standard equipment will be announced at a later date. Models that will not offer the systems standard by the end of 2017 include Lexus GX, Toyota Mirai, 4Runner, and 86 (jointly developed with Subaru), and Scion iA (developed by Mazda).

2016 65

Chevrolet makes Stop/Start standard on base 4-cylinder in 2015 Impala; 5% improvement in city fuel economy

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Stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC engine, an addition that improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5%, or one mile per gallon. The Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, which currently accounts for more than 30% of Impala retail sales. For the 2015 model year, the Impala will be available with two powertrains, a standard 2.5L

2014 76

Audis A1 to Launch With Four Engine Options; Energy Recuperation and Stop-Start Standard

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The standard six-speed manual transmission bumps the time for the sprint to 9.2 The 16-valve engine accelerates the A1 through the standard sprint in 10.8 mph) while consuming an average of 3.9 mph) and offers fuel economy of 3.8 The Audi A1. Click to enlarge.

2010 90

New A-Class to offer radar-based collision prevention assist as standard along with array of other advanced safety options; fuel consumption down by up to 35%

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The A 220 CDI (available from December 2012) already meets the Euro 6 emission standard which only comes into force in 2015. All engines of the new A-Class feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. Collision Prevention Assist is standard on the new A Class.

2012 107

Land Rover to demonstrate ZF 9-speed automatic transmission; up to 16% fuel savings over standard 6-speed automatic

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ZF suggests that the 9HP can provide fuel savings up to 16% compared to a standard 6-speed front transverse automatic transmission.) mph), the 9HP reduced fuel consumption by 12% in a gasoline-powered SUV and by 16% in a diesel-powered SUV.). The ZF 9HP 9-speed. Source: ZF. Click to enlarge. At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover will announce the first 9-speed automatic transmission for a passenger car; Land Rover is the lead partner on the project, working together with ZF.

New Mercedes-Benz B-Class to feature new gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions; start/stop standard

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The simultaneous development process enabled easier coordination of engines and transmissions, for example, with regard to implementation of the ECO start/stop function which features as standard on all B-Class models. New M270 gasoline direct injection engine. Click to enlarge.

2011 101

BAIC to introduce EV with battery swap in China in 2011; anticipating China standard for battery swap

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Currently, the Chinese government is planning to standardize a method of replacing EV batteries and set up stations for replacing batteries. The C71 EV, due to be launched in 2011, features a water-cooled permanent-magnet three-phase synchronous motor with output of 60 kW and torque of 160 N·m; maximum speed is 160 km/h (99 mph). TechOn.

2010 76

Downsized 5.5L V8 Biturbo in S 63 AMG Delivers 25% Fuel Savings Compared to Predecessor; Stop-Start is Standard

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Other highlights include an all-aluminum crankcase, four-valve technology with adjustable camshafts, an air/water intercooler, generator management and the standard stop-start function. seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

2010 90

smart Introduces High-end fortwo Model; Start-stop Standard on 52 kW Variant

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The microhybrid drive (start/stop) in the 52 kW variant shuts down the engine as soon as the driver brakes and the vehicle’s speed falls below 8 km/h (5 mph).

2009 78

2010 BMW 1 Series Offers Two Additional Engine Variants; Brake Energy Regeneration and Start Stop Standard

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seconds and offering a top speed of 224 km/h or 149 mph. seconds and reaches a top speed of 210 km/h or 130 mph. Both new variants of the BMW 1 Series Coupé come as standard with a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as Brake Energy Regeneration, an Auto Start Stop function, a gearshift point indicator and ancillary units with on-demand management and control.

2009 60

Audi A6 allroad returns to the US in 2020 with 48V mild hybrid system

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The 2020 A6 allroad is standard equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI engine and Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology that work in tandem to efficiently produce 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

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2019 Audi e-tron SUV is the first BEV to earn 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

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The e-tron also earned a “Good” rating with its standard Matrix Design LED headlights and “Superior” with standard automatic emergency braking as part of Audi pre sense front.

2019 140

Hyundai NEXO fuel cell SUV earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award; first production fuel cell to be crash tested by IIHS in US

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Its standard front crash prevention system earned a superior rating. The vehicle avoided collisions in 12 mph and 25 mph track tests and has a forward collision warning system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

2019 97

ORNL researchers quantify the effect of increasing highway speed on fuel economy

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One tip is that drivers should obey the speed limit since the fuel economy of most vehicles decreases above 50 mph [80 km/h]. Vehicles were tested in dynamometer laboratories at steady speeds from 40 to 80 mph [64 to 129 km/h], with the proper road-load applied. 50 to 60 mph.

2013 139

Two new V6 engines with 48V mild hybrid system for Audi Q8; gasoline and diesel

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mph) in 5.9 mph) in 7.1 mph), the Q8 can coast for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off when the driver lets off the accelerator. Both Q8 variants are fitted with 19-inch wheels with 265/55 tires as standard.

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Seeing the Nissan Leaf in Person

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The 100-mile range of the Leaf is based on a profile called LA-4 which is mostly stop-n-go city driving around 25 MPH. The one on the left takes a 440V 50A input while the plug on the right takes the standard J1772 plug that the EV industry has been trying to settle on for years.

UNECE Adopts Type Approval for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles’ Electric Safety Requirements; Applies in 41 Countries

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The new version of the regulation offers car manufacturers the legal instrument to put into the market passenger and commercial vehicles with greener standards, reducing the costs and delays associated with multiple approvals in various countries. Tags: Electric (Battery) Europe Fuel Cells Hybrids Plug-ins Policy Standards Generic format of the approval mark pursuant to Regulation No. 100. “1”