Hyundai has unveiled its new rear-wheel driven Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform which will serve as the core technology for Hyundai Motor Group’s next-generation BEV line-up.
The platform will not only underpin a range of new Hyundai BEVs like the Ioniq 5; but also Kia’s first dedicated BEV which is coming in 2021.
Customers will also be able to choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations as models with the latter can be equipped with an additional motor.
The all-wheel drive system includes an EV transmission disconnector that can control the connection between the additional motor and front wheels, and switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive modes to enhance efficiency by offering the ideal level of power or performance for current driving conditions.
Designed exclusively for BEVs, the E-GMP platform provides various advantages compared to the Group’s existing platforms that have each been engineered predominantly to accommodate internal combustion engines. Benefits include increased development flexibility, powerful driving performance, increased driving range, strengthened safety features, and more interior space for occupants and luggage.
According to Hyundai, the E-GMP platform is engineered to offer improved cornering performance and driving stability at high speed. This is due to optimal weight distribution between front and rear, a design that enables a low centre of gravity thanks to its low-mounted battery pack, and the adoption of electric motors located in the space previously occupied by an engine.
The high-speed electric motor raises the driving performance of E-GMP vehicles with a five-link rear suspension system that is typically used for mid- and large-sized vehicle segments, and the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA), that combines wheel bearings with the drive shaft to transmit power to the wheels, enhance ride comfort and handling stability.
The platform also promises to maximise interior space through its long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and slim cockpit module. With the battery pack mounted beneath the floor, the E-GMP creates a flat floor for the cabin. This provides more legroom for passengers, while enabling various arrangements for the front and rear seats.
As far as charging goes, the E-GMP comes with 800V charging capability as standard and enables 400V charging without additional components or adapters. The multi-charging system is a world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and the inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.
A BEV based on E-GMP is capable of a maximum range of over 500km with a fully charged battery. It can high-speed charge up to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes and can add up to 100km of driving range in just five minutes.
The new V2L function can supply up to 3.5kW of power and operate a mid-sized air conditioner unit and a 55-inch television for up to 24 hours.
By the end of 2021, 100 McDonald’s restaurant outlets across Italy will have 2 electric vehicle charging points each.
The move is in line with McD’s efforts in facilitating the transition towards electric mobility, which is going to be the future of the automotive landscape worldwide.
A new partnership between McDonald’s Italia and energy transformation specialists Enel X was established yesterday, which will see the installation of 200 charging points for electric vehicles inside the 100 McDonald’s car parks across Italy.
It is said that the charging stations will offer a new service to customers, allowing two vehicles to be charged simultaneously with available power of up to 22 kW in AC for the “JuicePole” charger and of at least 50 kW in DC for the “JuicePump” charger.
With the latter, an average of about 30 minutes will be sufficient to “charge up” with electrical energy, the equivalent of the average time it takes McDonald’s customers to have a meal inside the restaurant.
It is said that the charging points working at maximum output will lead to a net saving of over 1,800 tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, a figure that corresponds to the CO2 absorbed by over 100,000 trees in one year.
“We are the biggest restaurant chain in the world and we feel we should get directly involved in some of today’s more urgent social and environmental challenges,”states Tommaso Valle, Corporate Relations and Sustainability Director at McDonald’s Italia.
The decision to implement this project strengthens McDonald’s commitment towards sustainability, the cornerstone of the entire company strategy and which develops right through the entire supply chain, from the field to the tray.
“The agreement with McDonald’s enables people to easily and consciously approach the world of electric mobility, the only real option for travelling with due regard for the environment,” stated Federico Caleno, Head of e-mobility Italy for Enel X.
On the basis of available figures, the number of electrical vehicles in the world is over 7.7 million, of which over 2.25 million were sold in 2019 alone.
To date, Enel X has installed over 10,500 charging points in Italy and expects to reach a total of 28,000 by 2022.
Thanks to Enel X’s e-Mobility Emission Saving tool it has been calculated that the charging services provided using the connected infrastructures have enabled its customers to travel over 100 million km on electricity and saving the environment over 12 million kg of CO2, equal to the quantity absorbed by about 670,000 trees in one year.
Well done, McDonald’s Italia. Let us hope that the franchise does something similar in Malaysia as well in the near future in an effort to save the world and the environment.
Volvo Car Malaysia today announced that the S60 T8 PHEV is now available as Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) version in Malaysia. The car was launched in CBU form back in October 2019.
Assembled in Volvo’s plant in Shah Alam which also happens to be the oldest car plant in the country, the price of the S60 T8 remains unchanged at RM295,888 on the road without insurance.
Specs wise, things remain largely the same except for the addition of the Park Assist Pilot system and a powered boot which now come as standard. It is also worth mentioning that the 12V socket and netting in the boot which was there in the CBU version, as well as the Birch Light exterior colour option, are now gone.
Anyways, here’s how Park Assist Pilot works:
Power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre twin-charged petrol engine that drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and an electric motor which sends power exclusively to the rear wheels. Total system output stands at 407 PS and 640 Nm of torque, which translates into a 0-100 km/h run in an impressive 4.4 seconds.
The hybrid battery on the other hand, is an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion unit which offers an electric driving range of up to 49 km. It can be fully charged in about three hours using a 3.7 kW outlet.
While key exterior features include the R-Design kit, Thor’s Hammer LED DRL, LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch wheels, twin mufflers, and blacked out wing mirrors, interior highlights include Charcoal Fine Nappa Leather upholstery, a tailored dashboard, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and the Sensus Connect infotainment system that is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On the subject of safety, the Volvo S60 T8 CKD offers City Safety with Autobrake technology, which assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions and is the only system in the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world-first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
The Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130km/h – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance.
The Volvo S60 T8 CKD also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The Cross Traffic Alert further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car designed to detect traffic crossing behind the car when reversing.
The world’s first fully electric light-duty truck to enter series production, the FUSO eCanter represents a major advance in the battle to improve air quality in towns and cities.
The FUSO eCanter, which is scheduled to go on general sale via the Mercedes-Benz Dealer network in 2020, offers cost savings worth up to 1000 Euro for every 10000 kilometres covered, compared to a diesel-engined truck.
Powered by six 420 V and 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries, its electric drivetrain with permanent-magnet motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. The truck offers a body and payload allowance of up to 4.5 tonnes, and a single charge allows effective operating ranges of more than 62 miles (100 km).