Lightyear One: 710 km of autonomy for the solar and electric sedan!

Lightyear One 710 km of autonomy for the solar and electric sedan

This Dutch start-up called Lightyear has developed an electric and solar sedan capable of 710 km of autonomy!

What if you never charge your electric car? This is what promises the Lightyear One , an electric and solar sedan developed by the start-up of the same name in the Netherlands. The idea is simple: a 60 kWh battery (barely bigger than that of a Renault Zoé ), a very efficient design, and solar panels on the roof. After four years of development, Lightyear conducted the first tests of its sedan on the track, with good news on arrival: 710 km of range in one charge!

Efficiency at the heart of the concept

The figure is impressive when we know that the Renault Zoe , with its 52 kWh battery, is officially capable of 395 km of range according to the WLTP cycle . This is more than 300 km less than for the Lightyear One, which is also a large sedan ! So obviously, under this large number are hidden a few small lines. The most important is that these 710 km were covered at a steady pace of 85 km / h , which is ideal for the efficiency of electric motors. We are therefore far from WLTP certification.

Nevertheless, the electricity consumption figure is impressive: 8.5 kWh / 100 km , against around 15 kWh / 100 km for a Zoe .

72 km per day thanks to solar panels

In contrast, Lightyear is getting closer to its original promise to hardly ever have to charge your electric car . Thanks to the photovoltaic panels placed on the body, the Lightyear One can recharge approximately 72 km of range in one day if the weather is good.

In practice, the majority of home-work journeys could therefore be made without going through a terminal, or without having to have a private car park with a charging point . Convenient for those who live in the city, therefore. It remains to be seen how this figure of 72 km gained in one day evolves when the sky is overcast, in winter, and the car is parked in the shade.

Only 946 units of the Lightyear One will be sold in 2022. And if the start-up does not announce a price, it has previously forecast a price of around 149,000 € when the car is presented in 2019. But the company aims then to reach a larger public from 2023 .

 

Audi Sphere: 3 concept cars on the way

Audi Sphere 3 concept cars on the way

With Audi Sphere, the brand announces the upcoming presentation of three concept cars: a Sky Sphere sports coupe, a Grand Sphere sedan and an Urban Sphere SUV.

Audi will soon present three concept cars that will begin the transition to the future of the brand with the rings.

Marc Lichte, the chief designer at the head of design perspectives has announced, with the boss of the brand Henrik Wenders, three models that foreshadow the future of the manufacturer. An advertisement under the code name “Audi Sphere”. The three models are very different in terms of design and approach.

Even if for the moment the information remains very poor, we can nevertheless expect electrification on all of the brand’s future concepts . One can imagine that the studies on the three concepts came from the Artemis project, which aims to take the Volkswagen group’s electromobility to a higher level in all brands.

The Audi Grand Sphere, like A7

The silhouette of the Audi Grand Sphere recalls that of the Audi A7 in the first sketch. On the (potential) menu, a dynamic hatchback with an elegant tail end.

Audi promises a high-class vehicle for the grand entrance. No doubt the information will soon arrive for this model.

The electric GT of the future: Audi Sky Sphere

Quite unusual for an electric car, the Audi Sky Sphere adopts a long “hood” in front of it. The vehicle would therefore be pleasant to drive, while being more and more autonomous. On the other hand, the reason for which it was baptized “Sky Sphere” is not however obvious at the moment.

Audi Urban Sphere: SUV cut for the city

With the Audi Urban Sphere, the brand with the rings wants to conquer the city. The silhouette of the body immediately makes us think of a large SUV or a crossover, like the fifth generation Renault Espace for example.

New Opel Astra (2021): first look!

New Opel Astra (2021) first look

Opel unveils the first photos and information on the new and sixth generation of Astra, whose presentation is expected later this summer.

After having renewed its small Corsa in 2019, Opel is tackling another of its emblematic models: the Astra . The new and sixth generation of the compact will be unveiled in the summer. In the meantime, the German manufacturer has already unveiled the first images .

The face of the new Opel Mokka

First observation, the new Astra will display a whole new look . It will include the new face of the brand , the Opel Vizor, inaugurated on the recent Mokka . At the front, we will find ultrathin IntelliLux LED headlamps while at the rear the name of the model will now be located in the center of the tailgate. Always a design issue, the car should also adopt a long hood, a large glass surface and a roof spoiler. The lines will also be tighter for a more dynamic look.

A high tech interior

The interior will be refined and always modeled on that of the new Mokka. Opel is thus announcing a “new generation Pure Panel digital dashboard, with its fully glazed surfaces”. In other words, the Astra will gain a large digital panel consisting of two screens, one for the instrument cluster and the other for the infotainment system. The physical controls will be reduced to a minimum here to give pride of place to the touchscreen. A new steering wheel and front seats “with exceptional ergonomics” will also be part of the game.

Original PSA engines

Finally, on the technical side, this Opel Astra sixth of the name will be the cousin of the new Peugeot 308 . Like the lioness, it will be based on the EMP2 platform of the Stellantis group, which will allow it to become the first electrified Astra. In addition to the traditional original PSA petrol units (110 and 130 hp?), It should indeed carry the same plug-in hybrid engines as the 308 , whose powers are announced at 180 and 225 hp.

Designed and manufactured in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new Opel Astra will be available as a five-door sedan and Sports Tourer station wagon .

 

Volkswagen California Festival: utility event (s)

Volkswagen California Festival utility event (s)

Volkswagen is organizing for the first time a festival dedicated to van life and its legendary California!

Van life has a long history with Volkswagen . For the first time in its history, the brand’s Commercial Vehicle division is organizing a festival dedicated to these vehicles and to this philosophy.

Volkswagen and vans: a long history

It was in 1947 that the most emblematic van of the brand, and even in history, was born: the Volkswagen Combi . It was so successful at the time that the Combi also became the genesis of a new philosophy of life called “Van Life” .

At that time, the concept of life on board his van was quite new, and began to attract more and more people. Today, this art of living is experiencing a whole new boom, especially after such a special year linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was in the 1980s with its 3rd generation that the Combi became the California. Today, with the Caddy California and the Grand California, it represents a real range in its own right at Volkswagen!

A festival to put the van in the spotlight

For the very first time, the German brand will organize a large gathering dedicated to Van Life. This event will be held from October 2 to 3, 2021 in Lacanau in Gironde. Called ” California Festival “, this gathering will be placed under the sign of escape, freedom, conviviality and celebration.

Participants will find themselves cut off from the world, in the heart of a Landes pine forest, in a place truly designed for escape ! On the program, fun workshops designed for both children and adults will be offered. Without counting on many nautical activities.

Obviously, the California is also in the spotlight. The election of the most beautiful vans will also be organized among festival participants. In total, nearly 300 vans are expected at this exclusive event!

So if you have a Volkswagen Combi or California vehicle, don’t wait any longer and go for the Van Life !

 

Bugatti: a new sports car on the way!

Bugatti a new sports car on the way

Bugatti announces the presentation of a new hypersportive for June 8. In all likelihood, this is a new Chiron …

Surprise from Bugatti: a new model is about to emerge! The Alsatian manufacturer has just announced the presentation, in world premiere, of a new hypersport for June 8 !

Bugatti promises “unique performance in the world”

“Its silhouette does not deceive: the new hypersportive from Molsheim is indeed a Bugatti. Its unique visuals that shape it give it features that are both modern and steeped in a rich heritage, all promising performance unlike any other in the world. », Announces the brand in a brief press release.

A new Chiron?

What is it about ? Difficult to say at the moment. However, it could be a question here of a new variant of the Chiron , a limited edition or even a one-off designed on the basis of the supercar.

A teaser photo of the mysterious model, published on the brand’s Twitter account , indeed reveals in the twilight the atypical light signature of the Chiron.

Unfortunately, Bugatti does not reveal more and simply gives us an appointment on Tuesday June 8 at 10 am for the online presentation of this new car. Stay tuned!

 

Honda Sports EV Concept: soon to be a production electric sports car?

Honda Sports EV Concept soon to be a production electric sports car

To make the development of the Honda e platform profitable, the manufacturer would prepare a production version of the Sports EV concept.

What if Honda prepared a small electric sports car? This is advanced by the Japanese media Car Sensor, according to which Honda was working on a production version of the Sports EV Concept , presented in 2017. With its retro lines that inspired the city car Honda e , the small electric coupe would take over the platform of the latter. With compact dimensions, it would be a sort of rival to the Mazda MX-5 or Toyota GR 86 , but in electric. On the Honda e, the engines range from 136 hp to 153 hp: sufficient for a small sports coupe , as long as the weight is under control.

As a replacement for the Honda S660

Also according to Car Sensor, Honda plans to end production of the S660 , a pocket sports car to which we are not entitled in Europe. The latter is a Kei Car , that is to say that it meets Japanese compactness criteria, with a 660 cm3 engine for 64 hp . The Sports EV would take the place of the S660. Compact, will accommodate only two occupants. According to our colleagues, the first prototypes are already in circulation, with production scheduled for 2022.

Why this little sportswoman? To streamline the expensive development of the Honda e. The premium city car remains for the moment the only one to use the platform specially created for the occasion. And since the latter is a rear-wheel drive , it could be perfect for a pocket sports car.

But, if this future electric coupe were to be marketed in Europe, be careful not to copy the two faults of the Honda e : the autonomy at half mast (we measured it at 152 km on average), and the high price ( almost € 39,000 in Advance finish).

 

Fiat: a 100% electric range in 2030

Fiat a 100% electric range in 2030

At a conference on mobility and environmental issues, Fiat announced that its range will become 100% electric by 2030.

This year marks the transition of many manufacturers to 100% electric : after Ford, Bentley, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Alpine, it is Fiat’s turn to draw the line on thermal engines. This information was revealed by the boss of the Turin firm, Olivier François, during a conference on mobility and environmental issues, as part of World Environment Day 2021 .

All-electric Fiat: a radical change

During this conference held jointly with the urban architect Stefano Boeri, Olivier François discussed some ideas to improve the air quality in our cities: in a few months, the automobile test track located on the roof of the Lingotto , the old Fiat factory in Turin, will be completely transformed and will become the largest hanging garden in Europe , with the presence of more than 28,000 plants.

But of course Fiat also has an important role to play when it comes to urban mobility. The boss of Fiat then announced: “It is our duty to put on the market electric cars which do not cost more than thermal engine vehicles, and this as soon as possible, depending on the fall in battery costs. . We are exploring the territory of sustainable mobility for all: this is our biggest project. Between 2025 and 2030, our product range will gradually become exclusively electric. It will be a radical change for Fiat. ”

But for the democratization of 100% electric cars to be successful, certain obstacles must be overcome: according to Olivier François, it is necessary to increase the number of charging stations, whether public or private ones, but also increase the share of fast charging stations.

The new generation of Fiat 500 is only the first part of this transition to all-electric. By 2030, the rest of the Italian manufacturer’s range will have to be renewed, with flagship models like the Fiat Panda or the Fiat Punto , which according to rumors should make a comeback by borrowing the platform of the future Citroën ë -C3.

 

This Jeep Wrangler limousine is for sale!

This Jeep Wrangler limousine is for sale

This second generation Jeep Wrangler has been lengthened by almost 1.40 meters, to be transformed into a “limousine” version!

Until 2007 and the launch of the third generation of this iconic 4 × 4, the Jeep Wrangler was only offered in a short three-door version. The few fans of the brand who wanted a five-door version have embarked on in-house conversions, but this one is truly out of the ordinary, with its five doors and its third row of seats !

Jeep Wrangler TJ: up to six seats

This Jeep Wrangler Rubicon “limousine” is the work of Illusion Coach Builds, an American coachbuilder: the transformation was carried out in March 2006, just after its delivery. The wheelbase of the Wrangler TJ has been increased by almost four feet , while two doors have been added to the rear, as well as two additional seats which bring the total to six seats , all in three rows. A custom-made hood covers the entire model.

Aside from the addition of the third row of seats, the interior of this Wrangler remains fairly basic: there is black leather trim, air conditioning, and a CD car radio. Under the hood, we find a 4.0-liter straight- six, developing 193 horsepower for 318 Nm of torque . Everything is transmitted to the four-wheel drive via a four-speed automatic transmission, while a MagnaFlow exhaust line completes the list of modifications.

This Jeep Wrangler Rubicon limousine only displays 67,650 kilometers on the odometer, and has been auctioned on the Cars & Bids site: at the time of writing, the auctions have passed the 10,000 dollar mark, i.e. the equivalent of 8,200 euros.

 

Maybach 57 S Xenatec Coupé (2010): a rare copy for sale

Maybach 57 S Xenatec Coupé (2010) a rare copy for sale

There were only eight copies produced: this rare Maybach 57 S Xenatec Coupé, which belonged to footballer Samuel Eto’o, is now for sale.

In the early 2000s, Daimler wanted to relaunch the luxurious Maybach brand, which had its heyday in the 1930s, by marketing the Maybach 57 and 62, luxury sedans based on the Mercedes S-Class . Without success, the Maybach brand will disappear in the early 2010s, only to survive later as a luxury label for the most upscale Mercedes-Benz models.

The Maybach 57 , and more particularly its 612 hp S version, has caught the attention of German coachbuilder Xenatec , who wants to transform it into a Coupé. Mercedes signed for the supply of a hundred copies of its luxury sedan, but all did not go as planned: in fact, only eight units were produced , before Xenatec closed its doors on background of financial embezzlement.

Maybach 57 S Xenatec Coupé (2010): a rarity at 795,000 euros

This copy of the Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupé is being offered for sale by Gallery Aaldering, a specialist in exceptional classic cars in the Netherlands. It was delivered in June 2010 to footballer Samuel Eto’o , who then officiated at Inter Milan, and has only traveled 13,509 kilometers since. Under the hood, we find a twin-turbo V12 of 612 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque , associated with a five-speed automatic transmission, all allowing the car to reach 0 to 100 km / h in just 5 seconds .

Its body has a black “Baltic Black” paint, contrasting with gray aluminum rims and a good dose of chrome inserts, and remains in excellent condition. The same goes for the interior, where we find a white leather trim “Alaska Weiß” contrasting with black inserts and carbon fiber elements.

This rare Maybach 57 S Xenatec Coupé is on sale for 795,000 euros . It comes with all of its documentation, an original Maybach book and scarf supplied with the car, duplicate keys and a battery charger.

 

Audi will develop its own fast charging stations

Audi will develop its own fast charging stations

The German manufacturer presents the Audi Charging Hub: a new concept of a rapid charging station, which will be tested at the end of summer 2021.

With the democratization of the use of electric cars , the problem of recharging infrastructures necessarily arises , in order to be able to travel without fear of an empty battery failure. The manufacturer with the four rings is aware of this, and with its range of 100% electric vehicles which is expanding, in particular with the arrival of the Audi Q4 e-tron, it had to offer a simple and fast charging solution to his clients.

Audi Charging Hub: up to six charging stations of 300 kW

Audi has therefore imagined the Charging Hub , a premium concept of a high-power charging station, which consists of several modular cube-shaped containers, containing reused lithium-ion batteries intended to store up to 2.45 MWh of ‘energy : thus, customers’ cars can be recharged without the need to use high voltage lines and expensive transformers, while the Hub’s batteries will be recharged at night or through photovoltaic panels located on its roof .

This modular Hub can be transported and installed quickly on each site, without any constraints on the capacity of the local network. Each station will offer up to six charging stations , with a charging power of up to 300 kW, all thanks to a standard high-voltage connection of 400 volts.

Audi has already announced that these stations will allow an Audi e-tron GT quattro to be recharged with a power of 270 kW, to regain 80% of autonomy in approximately 23 minutes. A high-end lounge, located upstairs, will allow customers to wait while their vehicle is being charged. Charging stations can be reserved in advance, while those remaining free can also be used by customers of models from other brands.

The first “Charging Hub” offered by Audi will be put into service by the end of summer 2021 in Germany, for a full-scale test as a first step. Depending on the results of this test, and if the success is with go, Audi will study the deployment in series of this concept of rapid charging station, on a larger scale.