The electric all-wheel drive in the Q4 e-tron top models has an asynchronous motor (ASM) on the front wheels that can rev at up to 14,000 rpm. It is installed coaxially and has combined cooling with coolant and oil. The principal advantages of the ASM are its short-term overload capacity and the minimal drag losses when it is inactive – these are important because the front motor does not contribute to the drive in the majority of driving situations for reasons of efficiency.
The new Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer - The design
" The mobility revolution is already having an ever increasing impact on urban traffic. In order to ensure traffic on the last mile in the future, the purely electric drive in the van segment is the logical consequence: with the eVito in 2018 and the eSprinter in 2019, Mercedes-Benz Vans has a pioneering role in the premium segment for locally emission-free, commercial freight transport adopted in urban space. The driving performance and range of the newly introduced eVito Tourer define a new dimension and meet all requirements: be it as a hotel shuttle, a large-capacity taxi or a vehicle for ride-sharing services. The new Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer takes on the distinctive look of the Vito with a combustion engine. But under the dynamic front sits the electric drive train (eATS), which drives the front wheels with a peak power of 150 kW. The electric motor, the gearbox with fixed ratio, the cooling system and the power electronics form a compact unit. The energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery in the underbody of the vehicle. Their deep and central arrangement has a positive effect on the driving behavior of the eVito Tourer. The top speeds of 140 km / h as standard and 160 km / h as special equipment ensure rapid progress even away from city traffic. "
With the new ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA AUTO is also launching a clear new product range structure and an innovative interior concept as it enters the era of electric mobility. The first ŠKODA model based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB) offers customisable Design Selections for the interior. The optional Design Selections are oriented towards modern living environments and extend the existing equipment lines. The colours and materials are perfectly coordinated. In the following interview, Kateřina Vránová, Head of Colour & Trim Design at ŠKODA AUTO and her colleague Stefan Webelhorst, talk about the selection of materials, many of which are natural, sustainably processed or recycled, and demonstrate in a video how easy it is to configure the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV in just six steps.
Conceived from the outset for purely electric mobility, the iX sees BMW redefining the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. With its completely newly developed, precise and minimalist design, the BMW iX is the first representative of a trailblazing generation of cars poised to redefine the driving experience, the feeling of space inside and the relationship between vehicles and those on board. The BMW iX harnesses the latest innovations in the fields of electrification, automated driving and connectivity to deliver a mobility experience which puts people more than ever at its heart. To this end, its design has been developed from the inside out. The BMW iX has been created to provide quality of life and wellbeing for drivers and passengers. The clear and minimalist design of its exterior showcases a new form of mobility geared squarely to the needs of the vehicle’s occupants. Its interior offers those on board innovative options for using the time during a journey – and enjoying relaxation, safety, security, and a new form of luxury in the process.