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Honda goes small with first all-electric car

27th August 2020
"The Honda e, however, has a battery capacity roughly half that of the Model 3, driving just 280 kilometres per charge."

As many automakers bet on sedans and SUVs in the switch to electric vehicles (EV), Japan's Honda Motor Co Ltd has decided smaller is better for its first-ever all-battery car.

The Honda e, released in Europe earlier this month, is a compact model meant solely for city driving. That contrasts with Tesla Inc, whose Model 3 sedan dominates the battery EV market and others such as Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Co that have focused on SUVs with long driving ranges.

High battery costs have kept EVs at the premium end of the car market, and many automakers are developing bigger, all-purpose models, some of which can drive as far as 570 kilometres on a single charge.

The Honda e, however, has a battery capacity roughly half that of the Model 3, driving just 280 kilometres per charge.

"Most EVs use large capacity batteries, but often, much of that capacity goes unused during city driving," said Tomofumi Ichinose, chief engineer of the Honda e, told reporters earlier this week.

"We question whether larger vehicles are appropriate for urban areas, and believe that smaller is a better option for cities."

With a retro, ultra-compact design evoking Honda's classic N360 and N600 models from the 1960s, the two-door Honda e is intended as an upmarket city car, whose price tag of around $39,000 is higher than Renault's Zoe ZE50, which is roomier and has a longer driving range.

Ichinose said Honda engineers had prioritised accurate and sharp handling to enable easy u-turns in narrow streets. Side mirrors have been replaced with interior displays to avoid bumps and scrapes during parking.

The model will only be sold in Europe and Japan, where it goes on sale in late October. Honda expects annual sales of only around 10,000 in Europe, and 1,000 at home, where it will also introduce the model into its car-sharing fleet.

The automaker said it had no plans to market the car in North America or China, its biggest markets where SUVs dominate.

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Source: Reuters

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Renault investing in electric vehicles?

18th July 2019
"The deal is off After a few days of intense excitement, FCA and Renault will not be coming together thanks to ‘political conditions in France’"

Renault SA will contribute €128.5 million ($144 million) for a 50 percent stake in a venture with Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) to create electric vehicles in China.

The entity was made in 2015 and as of now holds affirmation to fabricate battery-electric traveler vehicles, as per an announcement from the French carmaker on Wednesday. It intends to develop rapidly and become a conspicuous player in the Chinese market, it included.

“This partnership in electric vehicle business with JMC will support our growth plan in China and our EV capabilities,” Francois Provost, head of the China region at Renault, said in the statement.

Renault, which has had a limited presence in China, is pushing ahead with an electrification strategy that includes a new battery-powered car that will go on sale in that country along with a plan to make hybrid versions of three of its existing models.

 

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BEST AUTOMATIC CARS AVAILABLE IN NEPAL WITH PRICES

23rd August 2020
"Automatic cars does not require the driver to shift gear manually."

If you look at the new version of cars in the streets nowadays you can see most of the cars are automatic. The automatic cars use Automatic Transmission. The reason behind the high increase in automatic cars Nepal is because automatic cars do not require the driver to shift gear manually. Not only that, strength and acceleration of automatic transmission are more powerful than manual transmission and Its safer. It is really easy to use an Automatic Car than a Manual one and its fun to drive an Automatic car. You can feel the power of the car once you start driving.

Here, we have listed 5 best automatic cars that you can buy right now. If you are unfamiliar with specifications of the cars then, we got you covered.

5. Hyundai Venue 

The Hyundai Venue has 1 Diesel Engine and 2 Petrol Engine on offer. Hyundai Venue is one of the hottest SUV in the market.

hyundai-venue

Key Specification Of Hyundai Venue  

Mileage   18.15 kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     998
Max Torque ([email protected]  [email protected]   4000rpm
Seating Capacity     5
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity       45
Body Type  SUV
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  [email protected]

The Hyundai Venue is priced at NRs. 4,996,000 for 2020 model.

 

4. Skoda Octavia

With clean-cut design Skoda Octavia very well-rounded family sedan that's well equipped and well the looks say it all.  


Skoda_Octavia

Key Specification of Skoda Octavia 

Mileage    15.1kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     1798cc
Max Torque 
 [email protected]   5000rpm
Seating Capacity     5
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity        50
Body Type  Sedan
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power 
 [email protected]   6200rpm

The car is priced at NRs. 9,100,000.

 

3. TOYOTA RAV4

RAV4 is designed to be the ultimate all-round SUV. The advanced technological package helps make the RAV4 a safe and comfortable drive while providing the modern conveniences and flexibility to suit your lifestyle.

Toyota-rav4

Key Specification of TOYOTA RAV4

Mileage    11.1 kmpl
Max Torque ([email protected]  233Nm @   4,100 rpm
Seating Capacity     5
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity       60
Body Type  SUV              
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   6 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  176 hp @   6,000 rpm 

The car is priced at NRs. 14,450,000

 

2. Ford Endeavour Titanium+

The FORD ENDEAVOUR is your perfect off-roading companion. The SUV is engineered to conquer every terrain, whether it’s sand, snow, rock, trail, or mountain.

ford-endeavour

Key Specification of Ford Endeavour Titanium+

Mileage    14.20 kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     1984cc
Max Torque ([email protected]  385 Nm @   2500 RPM
Seating Capacity     6
Fuel Type   Diesel
Fuel Capacity       80 liters
Body Type  SUV
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  160 PS @   3200 RPM

The car is priced at NRS. 1,49,00,000.

 

1. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

VW Tiguan Allspace is pretty big than standard Tiguan which comes with plenty of space and storage. If you have a large family then VS Tiguan Allspace is the real deal which has 7 seats. 

volkswagen-tiguan-allspace

Key Specification of Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Mileage    17.01 kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     1984cc
Max Torque ([email protected]  [email protected]   1400
Seating Capacity     7
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity    60
Body Type  SUV
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  [email protected]


The car is priced at Nrs.15,800,000.

 

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Battery Production: How the Heart of an Electric Car is Made

24th August 2020
"Why do the employees need special work clothes?"

The battery production line looks like a single, neat line at first sight. But it has three main branches, and the finished batteries come off it roughly in the middle. The battery modules are being put together into the assembly of four in one branch. In another branch, there is the fully equipped case that houses the battery modules and is perfectly sealed at the end of the assembly process to protect the battery from external influences. The battery’s electronics are put together in the third, smaller branch.

Battery-Production-of-Electric-Car

The battery module is located beneath the car floor in front of the rear axle.


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The production line lithium-ion batteries

When assembling the four battery modules, ŠKODA uses modules from an external supplier that are actually finished small battery cells. These modules proceed along the first part of the line in two parallel streams: for the left and right parts of the battery separately. Each module comes from the supplier charged to roughly 20% capacity, so safety precautions are necessary right from the start of the production process. The first step is to fit the module with special heat-conducting foil that helps improve the cooling of the entire battery set. A cooler is inserted between the modules – once connected, coolant liquid flows through the cooler.

Other parts of the line handle the battery’s low-voltage electronics. The entire control module, known as the e-box, with its own control unit, is made on the part of the line with enhanced protection against any excess voltage from static. That is why everyone in the workplace wears special clothing. The individual components on the line are also specially protected.

A single piece of aluminium

While the battery modules and e-boxes are being assembled, in another part the aluminium can be forming the body of the battery is prepared. Most of the handling work here is done by robots, but at some stations, they have a manual backup in case the robot is unable to do the job for some reason.

Electric-Car-single-aluminium-Assembled-batteries

Assembled batteries head off for rigorous testing.


The massive aluminium case also comes from a supplier. Here on the line, it is fitted with all the necessary components such as various connectors, seals, stops and screw bushes, but also the external heat shield that passes through the centre of the case. This shield protects the entire battery from the heat from the exhaust that runs beneath it.

When the case is fully assembled, it is the turn of a perhaps unexpected assistant to do its bit: a robot that uses a vacuum cleaner to make sure that the case is free from any impurities that might cause problems during operation. After being vacuumed, the case is ready for what is known as the “marriage”. While in automobile manufacture this has traditionally meant the phase when the body is joined together with the chassis and engine, here it means putting the assembled battery modules into the case, which is done by a robot. Another robot takes care of the fairly complicated process of screwing bath and module together. The seal lies on a mount. The complexity lies in the fact that the screw and the mount are automatically connected first.

Electric-Car-assembly-battery-paired

At the start of assembly battery modules are paired up; the complete battery blocks are made from multiples of these pairs.


Once the case and modules have been put together, other components are fitted, primarily the cooling circuit. The installation of the low-voltage cabling is completed and the case is given filler material and support braces. One smart solution is applied when these are screwed together on the line.

Another control practice might seem unexpected as well: after all the connectors have been attached inside the battery, the employee at the next station uses a felt-tip pen to make a dot on the place of the given connection to show that he performed a second visual check of the connection. “This requirement forces the employee to actually look at the connection,” Mašek says. All that’s left to do after that is to connect the module to the control unit, and the battery is ready to be sealed. The lid on the case is secured with a double seal: rubber and special glue. The lid is screwed on by a robot.

Testing of Battery Assembly

Assembly is followed by a series of tests. The first is the seal test, with separate checks of the tightness of the cooling circuit and the battery as a whole. From time to time, a different-looking unit appears among the tested batteries. This is a specimen unit that verifies that the seal testing apparatus is working properly. Special jets can simulate seal defects, which adds another dimension to the check of testing apparatus’s functionality.

manual-Battery-Production-clean

Battery production is clean and almost noiseless, with little manual work involved. 


When the battery has passed the seal test, it can proceed to one of the thirteen test states for a series of electric tests. High-voltage and low-voltage (communication) parts are checked, and tests are done to make sure the insulation works properly. Once the battery has been through all the tests, it is charged to around 37% capacity. Then it is given a warning label, its own type label for identification purposes (this label is also printed and affixed automatically under the watchful eye of a camera) and a few other details. Then the finished battery is dispatched to the warehouse.

Source: ŠKODA

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