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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.

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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.

在2020年8月中旬時《Toyota》才於英國市場推出了2021年式的《Toyota Proace》以及《Toyota Proace Verso》,隨著其它系出同源的兄弟車款包括國內消費者所熟悉的領航家《Peugeot Traveller》也推出了採用純電動力的《Peugeot e-Traveller》,日前《Toyota》終於也正式帶來了最新的《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》電動商用車產品。

在2020年11月16日正式發表的《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》在外觀部份大致承襲了原本《Toyota Proace Verso》造型設計,位於前葉子板、尾門上的Electric字樣銘牌以及左前葉子板的充電口是驗明正身的最重要標的,此外原廠也提供了包括Compact、Medium、Long三種車身長度與Combi、Shuttle、Family和VIP四不同等級讓買家進行選擇。

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進入車內,《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》同樣延續了《Toyota Proace Verso》既有格局,除了能夠顯示電量相關資訊的專屬儀錶板、中控台7吋觸控螢幕資訊系統與專屬的排檔設計外,幾乎完整保留了原本備受好評的實用機能,原廠除了提供5至9人座的的多元設定選擇外,包括Apple CarPlay、Android Auto、加熱座椅、停車雷達、自動收折後視鏡甚至Toyota Safety Sense安全科技等也都將納入新車配備清單。

比照《Peugeot e-Traveller》等來自《Groupe PSA》集團系出同源的電動商用車產品,最新報到的《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》也搭載了50 kWh和75 kWh兩種不同容量的電池模組,在WLTP測試標準下分別能夠繳出230公里和330公里的續航距離,而無論選擇何種電池容量《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》都採用可輸出136匹最大馬力的電動馬達,最高時速被限制在130公里水準。

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在電動車買家最為關心的充電時間方面,若使用100 Kw快速充電站設備搭載容量50 kWh電池模組的《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》僅需短短30分鐘的時間就能夠充飽電力,至於搭載容量較大75 kWh電池模組的《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》也只需要45分鐘的時間就能完成充電,更重要的是《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》上看1,060公升的行李空間與半載重狀泰下一英噸的拖曳能力也沒有因為變身純電動力而受到影響。根據《Toyota》原廠的規劃,《Toyota Proace Verso Electric》預計將於2021年3月起在歐洲市場正式展開販售。

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