Hyundai is no doubt becoming one of the emerging heavy investors in next-gen vehicle tech. They are focusing on many eco-friendly options like EVs, hydrogen or their very new hydrogen fuel cell truck, the Xcient
Only just available in Europe, the Xcient is powered by a 190kW hydrogen fuel cell system which includes a dual 95xW fuel cell stacks. The Xcient also employees 7 hydrogen tanks that can hold about 32kg of hydrogen.
This adds up to a driving range of about 400km and a refill time of about eight to twenty minutes for the Xcient. This also means incredibly reduced CO2 emissions to its diesel equivalent. Hyundai also says that the Xcient’s new powertrain will not hinder load bearing claiming that it will haul what an equivilant diesel can.
Hyundai delivered the first seven Xcient trucks to Switzerland and they’ll send out another fifty by year’s end. Hyundai expects to roll out Xcients across Europe, N. America, China and New Zealand.
Bentley has created a gasoline, V8 option for its new Flying Spur saloon.
The Flying Spur V8 has 541bhp and 568lb ft from its new twin turbo motor. The Flying Spur V8 has a top speed of 198mph and hits 62mph in just 4.1 seconds.
Bentley first revealed the new variant at Goodwood Speedweek.
Lucky test drivers are reporting a more agile and responsive drive than its sister models. The V8 model the Bentley dynamic-enhancing systems like adaptive air suspension and torque vectoring among others. Extras include electric anti-roll technology and all-wheel steering.
CO2 emissions on this model are down by 17%. Bentley has not yet confirmed any official figures but many expect emissions to be about 280kg/km. The V8 will get about 22mpg when the WLTP combined cycle mode is on.
It also has a feature in which it can go down to just four cylinders when driving under 3k rpm to help with fuel consumption. Bentley claims the change from 8 to 4 cylinders takes just 20 milliseconds and drivers and passengers won’t be aware of it.
Tesla has been busy updating several of its models. The Model 3 gets a grab bag of small changes while the Long Range Plus versions of the S and X will hit the UK.
The exterior of the Model 3 gets a few revisions like stain black trim for the door handles, window trim and side repeaters. Buyers can now get sport wheels in 18” and 19”. There is also a Uberturbine 20” wheel option meant to increase efficiency.
The Model 3 interior. The gloss black on the center console and dash was replaced with a matte finish. Other changes include satin black sill plates, metalized scroll wheels on the steering wheel, and graphite seat controls.
The center console makes room for two wireless smartphone charging pads. The visors are now magnetic. The glove box gets two more USB-C ports and one extra USB-A. Borrowing the new HVAC pump from the Model Y with other tweaks—which Tesla claims now makes it the most efficient mass-production car. The range was pushed from 254 miles to 267 miles. The long range variant jumps from 347 miles to 360 miles. The performance model goes from 329 miles to 360 miles.
Renault is gearing up to increase its electric model drive. It will unveil a new electric SUV concept and a production version of the Dacia Spring. The latter supposedly being Europe’s most affordable electric vehicle.
While few details have been released many believe it will borrow heavily from the Morphoz concept, of course with more production details.
The Morphoz was famous for its so-called “shape-shifting” functions. For example, its ability to shift from 4400mm long in “city mode” to being 4800mm long in “travel mode.” While features like this aren’t likely to be road ready anytime soon the purpose of the Morphoz was to show how flexible a vehicle could be—that is one created by the Renault Mitsubishi Nissan Alliance’s new CMF-EV platform. The new concept is assuredly based on this.
The new SUV was described as Kadjar sized. Its features will compete with other mainstream EV’s like the Skoda Enyag or Kia e-Niro. This is expected to be a new direction in style for Renault. They are expected to use the less radical style elements of the Morphoz.
A final word, it has been confirmed that the Renault emblem will be illuminated on the new vehicle—a first for Renault.
When we think of winterizing our vehicles ice scrapers, deicing fluids, tires with appropriate tread, bags of sand or kitty liter and body and paint treatments are he common place considerations. The focus is usually on the car itself and not always on the comfort and safety of the driver and passengers.
Keeping extra blankets in the car is a fantastic idea—whether its disagreements over temperature adjustments, keeping yourself warm while the car heats up or a road side emergency having extra implements to maintain body heat is a great idea.
Not everyone prefers to wear giant snow boots to work and honestly who came blame them? Trudging around the office in snow-kickers all day isn’t exactly ideal. But keeping a good pair of warm boots, socks, a pair of heavy-duty gloves, a stocking cap and an extra winter coat in the trunk could save your life if you are stranded. Many of these items could be purchased from second-hand stores. Picking up a dozen of those oxygen-activated hand and boot warmers isn’t a terrible idea either.
Re-placing road flares is doubly important with the increase of low-visibility weather coming soon. Likewise, investing in a high-viz vest like road crews wear might be a good idea as well.
Finally, depending on how bad the snow gets and how remote the areas you drive through are keeping some food and water in the car might be advisable as well.