David submitted All-Electric IONIQ-6 Streamliner Sedan is Unveiled to News.
The second model in Hyundai's IONIQ all-electric lineup brand is revealed to be the Electrified Streamliner IONIQ-6 sedan. Aerodynamically sculpted and uses innovative sustainable materials reflecting todays EV customer values is characterized by clean, simple lines and a pure flowing form described by Hyundai designers as "Emotional Efficiency".
Ethical Uniqueness is Hyundai's customer-centric commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility for the new era of electric mobility. To quote SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center:
“IONIQ 6 connects an emotional convergence of functionality with aesthetics,” “The distinctive streamlined design is the result of close cooperation between engineers and designers, with obsessive attention to detail and customer-centric values at the core. We have created the IONIQ 6 as a mindful cocoon that offers personalized place for all."
Hyundai's mindful interior design has allowed them to hit the following five bullet points for the IONIQ-6 Streamliner Sedan:
Hyundai choose to take a human-centric design that looks to keep diverse lifestyles in mind rather than a one-style-fits-all approach. This they believe will ensure that you have cars and suv's for all with a mindful personalized cocoon interior for each person unique personality.
Hyundia's E-GMP or Electric Global Modular Platform was created to enable and empower the designers in stretching the interior, front and rear, to create optimized legroom and spaciousness that lets passengers stay comfortable in the vehicle. The platform allows a true flat floor giving an expansive feeling.
The User-centric interior was designed to be ergonomically easy to use and located to reduce distractions, spur safe intuitive driving through the use of a 12-inch full-touch digital cluster and a 12-inch infotainment display with a generous in-car storage via the bridge-type center console.
Interior Dual Color Ambient Lighting provides overall illumination for the IONIQ-6. Users can choose from a 64-color spectrum and six dual color themes that have been designed by color experts to help drivers and passengers feel relaxed and comfortable. The steering wheel incorporates a 4-dot interactive pixel lights enabling easy communication between the driver and vehicle.
Removal of all buttons from the front doors provide more breathing room and storage, accentuating the sense of spaciousness and uniqueness.
Sustainability in the use of eco-friendly materials is applied to various touchpoints. From recycled pigment paint, eco-processed leather, recycled PET fabrics, bio TPO skin for the dashboards to recycled fishing net carpet is just a small listing of the quality eco-friendly approach Hyundai is taking with their EV product line.
Emotional Efficiency has been sculpted into the silhouette of the sensuous curves of the IONIQ-6. An ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.21 is complimented by its low nose, active air flaps at the front, wheel gap reducers and optional slim digital side mirrors with interior screens (available in select markets where approved).
IONIQ-6's enviable aerodynamics is achieved by full coverage of the undercarriage, optimized deflectors and reduced wheel-arch gap. From the lower front air dam, up and over as well as under the car, every detail is designed to optimize the ultra-low coefficient.
Integrated into the IONIQ-6 is over 700 Parametric Pixels from the headlamps, rear combination lamps, front lower sensors, air vent garnishes and the center console indicator reinforcing the IONIQ brand's identity.
The rear wing's Parametric Pixel High-Mounted Stop Lamp delivers an eye-catching light execution with the brakes are applied
Full specifications including the electrified streamliner's features and advanced technologies will take place at the world premier July 2022.
For more information on IONIQ-6, visit the campaign page: https://ioniq6.hyundai.com/
Since the 70's Ford has had at least one SuperVan each decade leading up to the 21st Century. Yet Ford then went into a dry spell on SuperVans as the market changed in what customers wanted. Now Ford has revisited the SuperVan with a very modern 21st century twist in the AWD E-Transit SuperVan.
First let's take a walk down memory lane in the history of the Ford SuperVan with the 1971 SuperVan, a van that many in the US never saw, but a Transit that started it all.
We then move onto the next Ford SuperVan from 1984. Another European Van that was popular for Ford and much bigger.
1995 Ford SuperVan continued a full-size affair in Europe and this time tied up with Cosworth
Then we had a dry patch as it took 27 years to bring us the next crazy insane version of a Ford SuperVan and this time it is an AWD Electric E-Transit as Ford Pro moves back to the mini-van format. To quote the Ford press release:
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan fully utilizes the potential of electric performance and enhanced connectivity to achieve the highest performance of any Ford van ever and underscore the company’s huge commitment to electrification.
Four electric motors, a 50 kWh liquid-cooled battery and a bespoke control system produce approximately 2,000 PS for sub two-second 0-100 km/h acceleration. Performance from a purpose-built, track-ready chassis including components from the recently unveiled E-Transit Custom 1 – the first fully electric version of Europe’s best-selling van 2,3 – is complemented by Ford’s SYNC in-cab touchscreen technology 4 from road-going Ford models, as well as additional functionality to control the Electric SuperVan’s unique capabilities.
The enhanced connectivity keeps the driver informed and enables real-time data transmission for remote vehicle management and optimized performance, just like the integrated services that can accelerate the productivity of over 125,000 Ford Pro customers across Europe. Selectable drive modes and regenerative braking technologies similar to those on Ford production electric vehicles also feature.
The striking, all-electric demonstrator vehicle was developed in secret by Ford Performance and electrified rally and racing specialists STARD in Austria, with exterior design by the Ford Design team in Cologne, Germany.
“We’re bringing SuperVan into the 21st century with 2,000 PS of all-electric power for unmatched excitement and unmistakable styling inspired by the new E-Transit Custom. But performance isn’t all about horsepower – the Electric SuperVan’s processing power means engineers can use real-time vehicle data to optimize its performance, just like on a top-level racing car,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
Ford’s first SuperVan was revealed in 1971 and featured a mid-mounted engine taken from the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 to create a Transit Mk. 1 unlike any other. The formula was taken further for SuperVan 2; a Glassfiber version of the Transit Mk. 2 body was draped over the monocoque and 590 PS Cosworth V8 of Ford’s C100 racing car. This vehicle was later reborn as the facelifted Transit Mk. 3 lookalike SuperVan 3, powered by a screaming 650 PS Cosworth HB engine shared with Formula 1 cars of the era.
“Ford Pro is all about accelerating productivity for our customers – so why not create a new Electric SuperVan that proves the power of electrification and connectivity,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “This incredible demonstrator vehicle takes E-Transit Custom’s advanced engineering and distinctive look to a whole new level, and is high-speed proof of the power of Ford Pro’s connected services ecosystem.”
For those that might not understand Europe performance numbers, here are the translated info:
- Zero to 62 mph in under 2 seconds
- 4 electric motors good for 1,972 HP or 2,000PS as they state
- Based on the All-New, All-Electric E-Transit
The bullet points of this 21st century SuperVan:
- Ultra-high-performance Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is an all-electric demonstrator inspired by new E-Transit Custom to showcase Ford Pro digital and EV capability
- Motorsport-spec suspension and brakes meet a 2,000 PS powertrain; SuperVan also features Ford SYNC connectivity, bespoke drive modes and regenerative braking
- Must-see van makes its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK, driven by Le Mans racer and electric record-setter Romain Dumas
The Ford Pro team of Europe turned the customization up to an 11 with the 21st century SuperVan. They had the following to say about this SuperVan.
“The chance to be part of the iconic SuperVan story and reimagine what it could be in the 21st century was a dream opportunity,” said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “The fourth chapter of the SuperVan story is designed to be the fastest, most extreme yet while keeping the Transit DNA. The proportions are a more dramatic version of what we developed for the E-Transit Custom and the front light bar creates a futuristic expression, making the Electric SuperVan the absolute pinnacle of Transit design language.”
The demonstrator vehicle’s motorsport-spec construction marries the E-Transit Custom floorpan with a steel spaceframe and lightweight composite body panels. A bespoke 50 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack is mounted for optimum weight distribution and a low centre of gravity and can be fully recharged in approximately 45 minutes using a standard electric vehicle fast-charger. The driver can access charging and battery insights via the in-cab touchscreen.
Four electric motors together deliver approximately 2,000 PS through an all-wheel drive system – enough to propel the incredible van to 100 km/h in under two seconds and making it comfortably the fastest SuperVan ever, as well as the cleanest.
Like any good van, the Electric SuperVan features a loadspace behind the driver; a door in the bodyside makes loading and unloading cargo easy, and Ford is developing a secure electromagnetic release system controlled via the SYNC screen.
A suite of onboard cameras can immerse audiences around the world in the action during SuperVan’s impressive high-performance runs. As on the Ford E‑Transit, the driver can pull camera feeds onto the in-cab screen and switch between them to help position the vehicle.
Ford Performance and STARD’s motorsport input is immediately obvious; the dramatically sculpted body’s front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser would be at home on a racing car, while the radical rear design’s cutaways and dorsal fin flow into the rear wing to generate downforce and push the Electric SuperVan into the track for more grip.
The racing influence continues under the skin with unequal-length double wishbone suspension at each corner. Motorsport-grade front and rear subframes, uprights, and brakes deliver the braking and steering capability to match the enormous straight-line go.
The touchscreen also enables control of the selectable drive modes that tailor the Electric SuperVan’s torque maps, regenerative braking and control responses to suit different driving scenarios:
· Road – for rare cases of “normal” driving
· Track – for balancing speed and cornering on track with racing slick tyres
· Drag – for maximum acceleration on drag strips while using drag racing radial tyres
· Drift – for spectacular drifting, agility demonstrations and snow driving
· Rally – for optimum performance on tarmac and gravel rally stages with special tyres
Further performance fine-tuning is delivered by an electronics package that includes traction control, launch control, a pit-lane speed limiter and three-stage regenerative braking to return energy to the battery – similar to the L Mode function on E-Transit. At low speed, ECO Mode keeps the motors at optimal efficiency, turns the regenerative braking up to maximum and cuts drive to the rear axle. For maximum speed, an E‑Boost button puts a temporary power and torque boost at the driver’s fingertips.
A Tyre Cleaning Mode can deliver exhilarating driving displays; this new feature fully brakes one axle while spinning the other, creating impressive burnouts on the front or rear axles that help clean and warm the tyres before performance runs.
Just like a modern racing car – and Ford’s hard-working vans – the Electric SuperVan can send real-time data to software for remote vehicle management. Businesses can use Ford Pro E‑Telematics 7 or FordPass Pro 8 to track the health and security of their fleet; similarly, Ford Performance trackside engineers can monitor the Electric SuperVan via dedicated management software that translates live data into insights on speed, lap times and vehicle systems.
Beyond demonstrating Ford’s advanced electric vehicle and connectivity know-how, the Electric SuperVan is also a high-speed science experiment. Its demanding driving scenarios and unrestricted design concept allow Ford to push the boundaries of electric vehicle engineering and connectivity to improve its future race cars and road-going vehicles, software and services.
So now that the Electric SuperVan is here, that leaves only one question to be asked, Who is ready for a Custom SuperVan themselves?
This brings back memories of corvette Summer and the custom vans in that movie as well as all the custom vans we saw at auto shows.
Could this SuperVan be the start of the next custom auto revolution?
David submitted BrightDrop Advancing FedEx Electrification of Fleet to News.
GM started BrightDrop as a decarbonizing last-mile delivery company. FedEx working to deliver on their corporate goal of zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040 choose only a couple months after BrightDrop's commercialization of the Zevo 600, the fastest all-electric vehicle to market in GM's history as the corner stone in FedEx's conversion from Diesel/Petrol last-mile delivery fleet to an EV fleet.
To quote Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), FedEx: “At FedEx, we have ambitious sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of our roadmap to achieve carbon neutral global operations,” “In just under six months, we’ve taken delivery of 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s for our parcel pickup and delivery fleet. In today’s climate of chip shortages and supply chain issues, that’s no ordinary feat and a true testament to the collaboration between FedEx and BrightDrop.”
The first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s have been delivered throughout Southern California FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. With an estimated range of 250 miles per full charge, the Zevo 600s built on the Ultium Platform is part of a larger agreement with FedEx and BrightDrop where 2,500 Zevo 600s will be incorporated into the FedEx fleet over the next couple years.
FedEx starting in California where they have installed 500 charging stations across the state in support of the Zevo 600s is working with utility companies in evaluating and determining capacity needed from the electrical grids to support their state/national charging infrastructure as well as investing/expanding on-site generation and procurement of renewable energy at their facilities.
Mitch Jackson CSO states the following: “For FedEx to successfully achieve our sustainability goals, it will require collaboration across the public, non-profit and corporate sectors,” “Our ongoing collaboration with BrightDrop is a perfect example of what is possible when two organizations come together and work toward achieving similar goals in pursuit of a better world.”
FedEx is pleased with their advocation of being a better steward of the planet as they started in 1994 using some of the first available lead-acid battery powered vehicles where possible. In 2003 they were the first delivery company to start using hybrid vehicles for pickup and delivery.
Today, Travis Katz, president and CEO of BrightDrop had this to say: “This shows how BrightDrop is delivering sustainable solutions at scale to customers today, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of FedEx’s sustainability journey,” “Our Zevo 600 has been a record-setting vehicle from the start. From a record-setting time to market, to delivering one of the largest fleets of electric delivery vans on the road today, BrightDrop is showing the world what sustainable delivery looks like.”
BrightDrop is not only rethinking how they build sustainable last-mile delivery vehicles, but also looking at all aspects of safety and ease on the body with built in grab bars, low deck industry access for the Zevo 600s and so much more.
GM/BrightDrop is working with FedEx to help them achieve a carbon neutral goal for the global company and a better quality of life for all.
GM has announced that they will invest $81 million into the Global Technical Center for building the CELESTIQ.
CELESTIQ using defining design, technology and performance will challenge the ultra-luxury auto space. Helping to achieve this will be the use of GM's extensive additive manufacturing capabilities and supplier network, featuring 3D printed parts, the most used in any of GM's vehicle programs to date.
Since 1956, GM's GLobal Technical Center has been the heart of the company's engineering and design efforts and will now host vehicle production with the hand built CELESTIQ, Cadillac's Flagship sedan signifies a new, resurgent era for the brand per Mark Reuss, president of General Motors. Mark Reuss had this statement to say about the CELESTIQ:
“Each one will be hand-built by an amazing team of craftspeople on our historic Technical Center campus, and today’s investment announcement emphasizes our commitment to delivering a world-class Cadillac with nothing but the best in craftsmanship, design, engineering and technology.”
The CELESTIQ will be built on the Ultium Platform that is at the heart of GM's EV strategy. CELESTIQ embodies Cadillac's commitment to reimagine what's possible and sets a new standard for the artful integration of technology.
- CELESTIQ roof is expected to be the first to feature a four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass. With this Smart Glass, each occupant of the vehicle can set their own level of roof transparency.
- The driver and front-seat passenger will enjoy a pillar-to-pillar freeform display with active privacy to help mitigate driver distraction
GM Global Technical Center Campus has allowed Cadillac to establish itself at the forefront of functional and aesthetic 3D-printed components in the auto industry. Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V were the first autos to benefit from additive manufacturing with parts that included the shifter emblem, transmission components and HVAC ducts.
Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and sustainability had the following to say:
“This investment is a great example of our commitment to GM’s EV transformation as we apply our manufacturing expertise to a one-of-a-kind, ultra-luxury vehicle for the Cadillac brand,"
“The advanced manufacturing technology and tools we are utilizing on CELESTIQ will help our team deliver the highest quality vehicles to our customers.”
With the teaser image released on June 8th, Cadillac will release additional images throughout the summer leading up to the cars debut.
It would seem that Cadillac is returning to their original roots of "Standard of the World" which meant luxury and prestige.
Drew Dowdell submitted Chevy Blazer EV Full Reveal set for July 18th to News.
Chevrolet announced today that July 18th will the day they drop the curtain on the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer EV. This will be an all-new, all-electric midsize crossover built on GM's Ultium platform. Ultium is a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions to provide flexible battery and powertrain solutions for any size of vehicle. Ultium was initially released in the GMC Hummer pickup.
The Blazer EV is set to go on sale in Spring of 2023. That same year, Chevy will also launch the Silverado EV and Equinox EV while Cadillac is launching the Celestiq ultra-luxury sedan.
In addition to the Blazer EV trims, Chevy is planning an SS version to rival the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. While we don't yet know the specs, expect a target near the 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque the Ford has.
Cadillac has revealed their Project GTP Hypercar, third generation prototype race car for the American Luxury brand. 2023 Cadillac will contest the IMSA WetherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA Word Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After 20 years, Cadillac will return to the worldwide racing stage allowing Cadillac to demonstrate their capability, craftsmanship and technology.
Codeveloped by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and Dallara, Project GTP Hypercar incorporates key Cadillac brand design characteristics. From the brands vertical lighting and floating blades that are presented throughout, Project GTP Hypercar is not only the future of Cadillac but also holds the heritage of where Cadillac has been.
By competing against the very best internationally and in the world's toughest race, Cadillac aims to prove their legacy is strong as they move forward in the 21st century.
The Project GTP Hypercar will be powered by an all-new 5.5L DOHC V8 paired to the LMDh common hybrid system. This commitment to performance is embodied in the V-Series portfolio that one can find at a Cadillac Dealership covering the Escalade V, CT4 V, CT5 V as well as the Blackwing editions.
This race car will begin summer testing as they focus on getting ready for the first race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2023.
While there is much excitement to be had with this race car, it does bring up a number of questions.
- Why an all-new DOHC 5.5L V8 and not use the outstanding DOHC V8 from the CT6 Blackwing?
- What are the Horsepower and Torque ratings for this auto?
- Is this an AWD or RWD race car?
- LMDh common hybrid system paired to a V8, why not a 4 cylinder with a stronger hybrid system?
- Why not use parts from the Ultium platform system to deliver an even better cutting-edge Hybrid system?
- Is the engine a true mid-engine layout?
- Why no information about the interior?
- Is the instrumentation from the LYRIQ in this race car?
- Will this all-new V8 go into any future Cadillac or GM auto?
- Cadillac focused on an all-electric future, by this V8 powered mild hybrid system?
As with any questions, research or at least searching is needed to find answers and right now more questions than answers are available except for question 10, seems IMSA does have a detailed web page on the LMDh Hybrid system.
For those that are wanting more details in a simplified layout, check out this post: 13 things to know on Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh classes (a-e.li)
David submitted Sila bringing revolutionary lithium-ion chemistry to market and scaling it for electrical everything. to News.
There is a war that has just started in the auto industry, and this is the transformation from ICE or internal combustion engine autos to EV or electric vehicles. The battle ground will be as much in the variations of the EVs that come from the global auto companies as will it be the power train and especially the battery packs.
Sila the material solutions company spent the last 10 years perfecting their material science to move away from rare earth elements as much as possible and to increase density of today's lithium-ion battery packs. To move into the next decade as a material solutions company, Sila has purchased a 600,000-square-foot warehouse in Moses Lake, Washington home to Carbon fiber manufacturing used by Boeing and BMW. Moses lake can now add lithium-anode battery materials to their manufacturing portfolio.
Sila HQ is based in Alameda, CA, but like all things, they wanted as green as possible production of their new lithium-anode battery materials and was attracted to Washington state due to the abundant hydropower. Here Sila will manufacture their silicon-based anode battery material that will allow them to produce enough material yearly to power 500 million mobile phones and up to 500,000 EVs yearly with growth on-site to produce enough material to power up to 10 million EVs per year.
Depending on the size of the cells, power density will be increased greatly as the next-gen batteries and the Sila Lithium-Anode battery material drops straight in to replace old graphite anode battery material without changing the process or equipment battery cell manufactures have in place, enabling battery suppliers to increase density and factory output without any real downtime.
Due to density improvement with Lithium-Anode material, the batteries get smaller while keeping the same power or if size is perfect, the density allows the small batteries to get more powerful. Best part is this new Lithium-Anode material allows all batteries to charge quickly as it is compatible with current DC fast charging technology up to 800V.
Gain to all industries that use this new anode material, but especially to the auto industry where longer range is achieved in the same battery footprint, faster charging performance equaling efficient charge times and lower cost batteries due to material drop into existing production systems helping to push down the cost per kWh.
Example of the gains made is in the WHOOP 4.0 personalized digital fitness and health coach wearable devices and the first to use the Sila Lithium-Anode material. The gain made for this device (WHOOP 4.0 Press Release) was a 17% energy density improvement in a smaller battery, 33% reduction in device size, 5-day battery life with a waterproof battery pack for on-the-go charging and more.
Sila Lithium-Anode material is in wear-able products and will soon be on the market in mobile phones, they talk about EVs, but who will be their first customer?
Mercedes-Benz has chosen Sila as their Lithium-Anode material supplier for the production EQG electric G-Class SUV giving this SUV their most advanced battery pack with more than 800 Wh/I at the cell level.
The testing of the Sila Lithium-Anode battery material made headlines in the real world road test of the VISION EQXX cover here earlier by Cheers and Gears.
Per Mercedes the G-Wagon will be available for sale mid-decade, so around 2025 or so. The Sila Lithium-Anode battery technology while starting in the EQG electric G-Wagon will eventually get pushed into all of the EQ product line as Mercedes uses this to replace their current battery cell tech that is being sold in the first release of their EQS sedan.
Mercedes has stated that as their principal Lithium-Anode supplier, depending on model of the EQ product line, their EVs will have up to a 40% increase in power density depending on model chosen.
Sila has committed to America global leadership in the transition to new energy storage era as this new production facility sits on 160 acres of land close to rail lines for convenient and efficient shipping to all types of companies wanting to buy their material solution. This gives them plenty of long-term growth as the initial 600,000-square-foot facility will support up to 50 GWh of cell production with the production line coming online in the second half of 2024 with full production by the start of 2025. This site has the ability to grow up to 750 GWh of production depending on use allowing this American based company to excel in both innovation and manufacturing of silicon lithium-anode battery material for global consumption.
For those that are wondering if Sila is getting any federal government help as the current U.S. administration has made climate change and ramping up of U.S. battery manufacturing a focus point, Sila CEO Gene Berdichevsky has state Sila is NOT receiving any federal help for this new factory and the production of Silicon Lithium-anode material that will replace the graphite currently used in Lithium-Ion cells.