With the optional augmented reality head-up display in the Q4 e-tron, Audi is taking a huge step forward in display technology. It reflects important information via the windshield on two separate levels, the status section and the augmented reality (AR) section. The information provided by some of the assist systems and the turning arrows of the navigation system as well as its starting points and destinations are visually superimposed in the corresponding place on the real-life outside world as content of the AR section and displayed dynamically. They appear to be floating at a physical distance of roughly ten meters (32.8 ft) to the driver. Depending on the situation, they appear considerably further ahead in some cases. The driver can understand the displays very quickly without being confused or distracted by them, and they are extremely helpful in poor visibility conditions.
Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid - how the new models drive
"Electrified vehicles require a rethink. The new Fiat 500 Hybrid and the new Fiat Panda Hybrid also react differently in certain situations than cars powered solely by a conventional combustion engine. Moreover, the full savings potential of mild hybrid technology can only be realized if it is supported by simple actions on the part of the driver. The short film illustrates how the technology works, which is largely identical in the Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid. Both models are so-called MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) vehicles and do not require external charging. Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid are therefore ideal for customers who do not have access to a charging station at home or at work but still want to benefit from the environmental and cost advantages. The internal combustion engine used in Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid is a three-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 51 kW (70 hp) from one liter of displacement. It is combined with a belt-driven starter-generator (RSG), which is connected to the crankshaft via a belt system and, depending on the situation, supports the combustion engine or acts as a power generator to charge an additional battery. In the Fiat 500 Hybrid, an animation in the central instrument cluster provides information about the energy flow between the belt-driven starter generator and the battery. A second graphic shows the relationship between charging and power extraction. When starting from a standstill and accelerating, the belt-driven starter-generator supports the gasoline engine with up to 3.6 kW of power. The RSG, which then operates as an electric motor, draws the necessary power from an additional lithium-ion battery (12 volts, 11 Ah). It is mounted under the driver's seat in the Fiat 500 Hybrid and behind the rear seat bench in the Fiat Panda Hybrid."
The VISION EQXX from Mercedes-Benz has now taken to the roads of Europe and has demonstrated its outstanding range and efficiency. Travelling from Sindelfingen across the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy, to its destination of Cassis on the Côte d'Azur, it effortlessly covered more than 1,000 km in everyday traffic, on a single battery charge. The journey started in cold and rainy conditions, and was undertaken at regular road speeds, including prolonged fast-lane cruising at up to 140 km/h on the German autobahn and near the speed limit elsewhere. The battery's state of charge on arrival was around 15 percent, amounting to a remaining range of around 140 kilometres, and the average consumption was a record-breaking low of 8.7 kWh per 100 kilometres.
The XC40 Recharge is the first of several fully electric Volvos to come and today’s production start represents a significant step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition to reduce its CO2 footprint per car by 40 per cent by 2025. That same year, it expects 50 per cent of its global sales to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. Customer demand for the XC40 Recharge has been strong and while order books remain open, every car scheduled to be built this calendar year has already been sold. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered to customers in Europe later this month. The start of customer car production follows a period of preparation in which the Ghent plant has built a limited number of pre-production cars. This process, standard procedure for every new model, aims to optimise the production flow and ensure top-notch quality of every car built. All relevant production staff has also received extensive training on safely building electric cars.