The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. It has been less than a year since the decision was made to expand production capacity for e-drives in Germany. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch series production of battery modules on Monday, 3 May 2021, while BMW Group Plant Regensburg began coating battery cells for high-voltage batteries in April 2021. High-voltage batteries will also be produced in Regensburg from 2022.
The Audi SQ8 - the exterior design
"S-specific details make the special status of the Audi SQ7 TFSI and the Audi SQ8 TFSI recognizable at first glance. The front presents itself with double louvers in the single frame and a distinctively sculpted blade in the bumper, honeycomb grilles fill the enlarged side air intakes. On the flank, the aluminum-look exterior mirror housings catch the eye, while at the rear a powerfully designed underride guard, a honeycomb grille insert and the four characteristic exhaust tailpipes set the tone. Some add-on parts are finished in silver matt, including the frame of the single frame, which is designed as a wide mask on the SQ8 TFSI. If the customer has ordered the black optics package, the frame is painted black along with other parts."
Known to be both affordable and reliable, Dacia cars are also widely renowned for being built with robust parts. It is not unusual to see Logan and Duster cars with a few hundred thousand miles on the metre! This reputation is not due sheer luck. The longevity of Dacia cars (still) remains a well-kept secret known only to those in the two labs located at the Titu Technical Centre. Situated 45 minutes northwest of Bucharest, Romania, Dacia engineers put the interior and exterior parts of all models through rigorous testing to check their quality and strength. Why? To guarantee customers that their car can stand the tests of time. How? Accelerated aging. Let’s take a dive into the unique world inside the laboratories.
The FIA Formula E World Championship will be racing o the traditional longer version of the Monaco circuit for the first time in 2021, when the Monaco E-Prix takes place on May 8. Audi factory driver for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team, Lucas di Grassi, tells us more about the longer circuit and takes us for a lap around the venue with the new Audi RS e-tron GT.