The Porsche Taycan is the first production vehicle with 800-volt technology. Its drive system components use this voltage. At the same power output, half the cross-section of conventional 400-volt technology is sufficient for cables. In the Taycan, this saves around four kilograms in weight, reduces transmission losses and requires less installation space. The new generation of charging stations developed by Porsche Engineering Services GmbH under the name “Porsche Charging” is designed for 800-volt technology. This significantly shortens charging times because higher power outputs can be achieved. However, the vehicle components and in particular the battery (cooling) must also be appropriately adapted.
The new Kia Sorento - Sorento electrified for first time with efficient new hybrid powertrain
The Sorento Hybrid's new Smartstream electric powertrain consists of a 1.6-liter T-GDi (gasoline direct injection with turbocharger), a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a 44.2 kW electric motor. Thanks to the intelligent packaging of the new Sorento platform, the battery pack fits under the cabin floor of the first row of seats, with minimal impact on the cabin or luggage compartment. With an output of 230 hp and 350 Nm of torque, this electrified powertrain combines low CO2 emissions with high performance. The new 1.6-liter T-GDi engine features new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVD) valve timing technology, which adjusts the duration of valve opening according to driving conditions, rather than operating with a fixed opening duration. At low to high engine speeds, this increases power by 2 to 3% while improving fuel efficiency by up to 3%.
When you get into your vehicle you usually take your family or friends with you. But they are not the only occupants of the car. Similarly, mathematicians like Pythagoras or physicists like Newton are also travelling companions. SEAT’s Education and Youth Empowerment Ambassador David Calle, a communications engineer, YouTube star and 2017 Global Teacher Prize finalist, gives us an exclusive explanation of three formulas that enable our vehicles to function. A new way of teaching at the service of the automotive world.
The lights on an Audi have long provided more than just safety. They represent the interface between design and technology and they have an authoritative impact on every Audi model’s visual appearance. That is particularly distinct in the exterior design of the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT – headlights and taillights are defining elements of these models.