MG Motor, a British Automotive company now owned by the Chinese company SAIC Has announced that it plans to partner with Belgian material technology company Umicore to recycle the lithium-ion batteries that will be used in its electric cars. They had also earlier partnered with exicom for effective re-usage of lithium batteries to be used in its electric vehicles.
MG Motor will launch the car on Dec 5th in India and plans to price it at around 25 lakh rupees ($34,840). They currently plan sales of only 2000 to 3000 per year as there isn’t enough infrastructure for electric vehicles at the moment as the country only has around 200 charging stations but the government proposes to eventually set up around 5000 charging stations. The car features a 44.5 kWh battery with a claimed range of around 350 KM, although the NEDC rated range is around 335 km and you could probably expect a real world range of around 300 km and 0 to 60 acceleration of 8.5 seconds and a max speed of 87 mph. The motor produces a max power of 105 KW and a max torque of 260 lb ft. The estimated charge time for the 7kW charger is 6.5 hours for a full charge and for the 50kW charger is 40 minutes for 0 to 80%.
The car has three driving modes, three regenerative braking modes,a 4 speaker system for Excite, 6 speaker system for the exclusive version, an 8 inch touchscreen, android auto, car play, heated front seats for the exclusive, 17 inch alloy wheels, side and dual airbags in the front and tyre pressure monitoring system
Peugeot showed off it’s new e-2008 SUV in its move to electric experience video that it uploaded on its YouTube channel. The video clearly shows Peugeot’s strong focus on China as it starts off by showing off the huge skyscrapers of Shanghai and then proceeds to feature a gorgeous Chinese couple driving around some beautiful parts of the city in the Peugeot e2008. The video itself does not give much information on the car itself other than how you can control things like the air-con and charging from the mobile app but it does have a feel good factor to it and does make you want to buy or at least learn more about the car itself.
Peugeot claims that you can charge the 50 kWh battery up to 80% in half an hour with a 100-kilowatt charging station and charging at home would take approximately 7.5 hours for full charge. The battery has an 8 year warranty or 100,000 miles for 70% of its charge capacity.
On the inside, the cockpit has a 10” touchscreen and a heads up display which gives information like the speed, range left and distance traveled. It also has a brake mode which limits the use of the brake pedal while charging the battery as you decelerate. It has two brake modes, “moderate” which Peugeot says will give you a feel similar to that of a gasoline car and “increased” for deceleration controlled by the accelerator pedal. Peugeot claims the e-2008 can do 0-60 in 8.5 seconds
It comes with a CCS socket, so it can be charged from either a Type 2 chargepoint, a domestic socket or a public rapid charger. Peugeot has also partnered with Pod Point to install a home charging system.
Buyers Would also be able to take advantage of the UK Government Grant that offers up to 35% or 3500 pounds off the list price for vehicles with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions.
Buyers will also be able to get 75% off or up to £500 off a purchase of a charging point for their home, under the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. The grant can only be claimed by OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) approved installers. They will also be exempt from the daily Congestion Charge payable if you enter the charging zone in central London.
Leg Room and Head Room is one of the most important deciding factors when buying an electric car as not everyone is the same height or size, so I thought I would put up this table of the different electric cars currently available and their leg room and head room measurements.
As you can see from the table above when it comes to the front leg room, the winners are both the Tesla Model 3 and Model S at 42.7 inches closely followed by the Hyundai Ioniq at 42.2 inches and for the rear leg room the Audi E-Tron beats everyone with a measurement of 39.1 inches closely followed by the Tesla Model X at 38.4 inches. The Model X also has the most front head room at 41.7 inches followed by the Nissan Leaf at 41.2 inches. The car with the most rear head room is again the Tesla Model X at 40.9 inches followed by the Kia Soul EV at 39.5 inches. The specifications listed here are for the 2019 models.
The Bakflip MX4 is one of the best selling tonneau covers from Bakflip and is made with aluminium with a matte finish and can support weight of up to 400 LBS on top of the cover. It was the first tonneau cover from the bakflip range that allowed you to close the tailgate with the cover in the open or closed position. The cover overall is pretty water tight but water may tend to leak a little from the edges of the cover as well as the edges of the tailgate during heavy rains or while going through a car wash. However, the use of some weather stripping should help prevent this. This cover sits flat with the bed rails and if you have a bed extender, the cover rails don’t get in the way of the extender when you are swinging at around. When folded up all the way though, the MX4 will block your rear view. Compared to the extang solid fold, it is thinner and lighter but is also more watertight with less leakage.
The Bakflip G2 is cheaper than the MX4 and is rated at 300 lbs, comes with a 2 year warranty and unlike the MX4 it does not have a matte finish but a powder coated finish instead. With the G2 you will have to open the last panel in order to close the tailgate, although this issue may have been fixed in the newer models. Also with this cover, you may have an issue with the seals not lying flat on the bed rails in which case you can use a hair dryer as the heat will make them lie flat.
The Bakflip F1 cover is more dent resistant than the MX4 and G2 and although it will get dented in severe hailstorms, it will still hold up better than the MX4 or G2. Like the MX4, the F1 too is rated at 400 LBS but is made from Fiberglass and not aluminium. Some people who have bought this cover though do complain that there are issues with fading, but you can get it replaced under the warranty period if it does fade. If you are going for the F1 make sure you ask for the newer version as that has the better closing mechanism of the MX4 and does not require you to open the cover in order to close the tail gate and also make sure that you get the new dual action seals.
Like the G2, the Bakflip FiberMax is also rated at 300 LBS and is made from Fiberglass like the F1 and comes with a warranty period of 2 years. There isn’t much of a difference betwen this cover and the F1 except for a different hinge design. The panels of the Fibermax are also reportedly 1/2 inch thick while the F1 is reportedly 5/8 inch thick, although we aren’t sure if these are accurate as there is conflicting information on this. Also, the EPS core in the F1 is heavier at 3.5 LBS compared to the the 2LBS in the Fibermax