The Nissan LEAF is the first electric car to surpass 400,000 sales. It would have cost almost double that price had Hyundai imported these cars from Korea. Instead, it has chosen to assemble the cars locally—so duty is reduced. It is also likely to benefit further if Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recommendation to the GST (goods and services tax) council goes through and excise duty on EVs is slashed. Consider the fact that Hyundai is taking an obvious hit to push the EV agenda to its benefit (let’s call it a marketing cost), and that price is indeed attractive.
Volkswagen’s ID. electric car line-up will soon include a coupe SUV called the ID. Crozz. It’s set to be the next ID. model to be put on sale after the ID.3 hatchback, which is due later this year. The range is expected to be 250 miles on cheaper models, rising to almost 375 miles on top versions. Fast-charging and semi-autonomous driving capability will also be included.
Interestingly, the new Leaf is the first Nissan car to get projector headlamps with dual, direct-lens low and high beams, white 912 led bulb fog light. Other design highlights include floating roof, integrated rear spoiler, underfloor, a black roof spoiler, a raked rear windshield and a diffuser-type rear bumper. The unique design of the rear bumper not only reduces drag and zero lift but improves vehicle stability as well. The aero-design wheels also help to achieve reduced drag.
The IMQ is an all-new vehicle that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” according to a statement released by the firm. It’s powered by a hybrid powertrain built around a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Nissan quotes a system output of 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, figures that make it more powerful than any crossover the brand currently sells. The IMQ is fitted with ProPilot Assist driver-assistance technology that can take over in cities and on highways, and it packs the invisible-to-visible technology Nissan introduced during CES 2019. I2V makes driving similar to playing a video game; it also gives motorists traveling alone the possibility of spawning a 3D, augmented reality avatar as a passenger, Nissan noted.
In a separate post, we previewed a fresh fleet of all-new EVs that’s expected to arrive at dealer’s showrooms beginning for the 2020 model year and beyond, with virtually all automakers joining the market or expanding their electrified lineups. In the meantime, we’re charting the changes to the fleet of full-electric cars for 2019 in the above slideshow. The available selection is expanding this year, with fresh new models coming from Audi, Hyundai, Jaguar and Kia and a much-longer-range Nissan Leaf coming later in the calendar year.
Instead of a traditional instrument panel, TeRRA is equipped with a dockable electronic tablet that also acts as the SUV’s Intelligent Key. When docked, the tablet displays speed and performance indicators and serves as the hub for the entertainment, navigation, and communication systems. Outside of the vehicle, the tablet performs just like other popular portable devices, keeping you connected wherever you go.
The all-electric SUV is expected to be priced around the USD 40,000 (Rs 27.45 lakh) and Fisker will begin testing of the SUV by the end of 2019. Fisker Inc. was formed in 2016, succeeding the bankrupted Fisker Automotive Company, which was best known for making the Karma electric sedan. That car was redesigned and is now sold by Karma Automotive as the Revero since 2011.