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The all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 is the automaker’s first-ever electric SUV and is also expected to be the best selling model in the ID family. This clip from YouTuber Bjørn Nyland gives us an up-close look at the EV just a few weeks after it was unveiled.

Underpinning the ID.4 is VW’s module electric drive architecture (MEB) with power provided by a single electric motor driving the rear axle and producing 201 hp and 228 lb-ft (309 Nm) of torque. This motor is fed by an 82 kWh battery pack that is positioned in the underbody. In the United States, the SUV has an estimated driving range of 250 miles (402 km).

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Much of this video is focused on the cabin of the ID.4, which is quite a bit larger than the smaller ID.3 hatchback. Key features include a prominent Head-Up Display, a larger infotainment screen than the ID.3, and an electronic tailgate. The reviewer notes that the cabin offers ample space for five adults, while one of the rear seats can be used to support a rear-facing child seat.

While the ID.4 is initially only available with a single, rear-mounted electric motor, a variant with two electric motors delivering 302 hp and all-wheel drive is just around the corner.

All Volkswagen ID.4 models come with an 11 kW onboard charger that allows for both AC and DC fast-charging. When plugged in to a 125 kW DC fast-charging station, the ID.4’s battery can go from five to 80 per cent in 38 minutes.

 


Road safety is very important not only for the regular passenger vehicles, but for the big rigs too, like Scania’s new electric truck, which was recently subjected to a crash test.

Normally, these tests are carried out using barriers and poles designed to replicate the impact with another car. However, in this instance, the side barrier was replaced by an actual car: a Volkswagen Golf.

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The Mk7 Golf was chosen because the engineers wanted “the crash test to be as authentic as possible”, said Scania’s chief of Mechanical Testing, Mikael Littmann. “We use a real car for the impact, as that puts a lot more stress on the structure than if we’d used a barrier.”

Despite being over in less than a second, the test took months of precision planning. They got all the details just right and then ran numerous computer simulations at different speeds and angles. “The actual crash test is ultimately only to confirm that our calculations were accurate”, Scania’s Research and Development test engineer Jakob Leygraf explained.

In this scenario, they replicated what happens to the battery when a vehicle hits it head-on. The impact energy has to be distributed and spread throughout the structure that surrounds the battery. Firefighters stood by just in case, but ultimately, everything went on as planned, there were no fires and the battery emerged unscathed.

 

Tesla wants to build EV chargers in China starting next year, as part of its plan to boost sales in the world’s biggest car market. The automaker will begin by investing 42 million yuan ($6.4 million) in a new factory near its car plant in Shanghai, where it will build third-generation quick chargers, also known as the Supercharger V3.

This new factory will, according to Reuters, have the capacity to manufacture 10,000 chargers per year.

Tesla, after selling more than 13,000 vehicles in China last month alone, expects everything to be ready in the first quarter of 2021. This plan also coincides with the country’s nationwide goal of charging point expansion. China currently imports its EV chargers from the United States, which are then usually installed in charging stations or car parks.

Read Also: U.S.-Made Tesla Model S, Model X Recalled In China Over Suspension Issues

As for the Shanghai factory, it represents a crucial location for Tesla’s global growth ambitions. The U.S. EV maker is planning on manufacturing 150,000 Model 3s this year, some of which will be exported to Europe.

Speaking of global growth, Tesla’s value skyrocketed by more than $40 billion recently, following its addition to the S&P 500 Index. Last Tuesday, the carmaker had a market cap of over $500 billion, which in turn boosted Elon Musk’s net worth all the way to $127.9 billion, making him the world’s second richest person, according to Bloomberg.