Hyundai announced the introduction of its 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with a freshened design motif, advanced front and rear lighting signatures, new hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive and extensive new driver safety and convenience features. The hybrid propulsion system is the first application of its kind in the Hyundai SUV line-up. In addition, a new, upscale Calligraphy trim will be offered for the first time. Santa Fe internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and will arrive at dealerships by the end of the year, while the Santa Fe Hybrid model will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in the first quarter 2021.
The new Volkswagen ID.4 - always worth a trip
For years, inadequate range and the lengthy recharging process were the major shortcomings of electric vehicles. With the ID.4, that is largely a thing of the past. The e-SUV also handles long distances with ease. In the ID.4 1ST models, a battery with a net energy content of 77 kWh serves as power storage. It provides a range of up to 522 kilometers (WLTP). At a DC fast-charging station, for example from Ionity, the ID.4 with the 77 kWh battery can recharge DC for the next 320 kilometers (according to WLTP) in around 30 minutes - with up to 125 kW charging power. Sufficient battery capacity, fast charging, plus a spacious interior and a generous trunk with 543 liters of capacity make the ID.4 the ideal touring vehicle. For those with even more luggage: A roof box can be easily installed on the standard roof rails.
The third round of this year’s Formula 1 World Championship takes place at Portugal’s Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, near Portimão. As was the case with the Grands Prix run in Sakhir and Imola, the drivers find themselves back on a track that they last visited just a few months ago. Last year’s Portuguese Grand Prix was held on 25 October.
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.