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Day: May 18, 2020

ABT eTransporter 6.1 is VW’s first fully electric van
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ABT eTransporter 6.1 is VW’s first fully electric van

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launched its first fully electric van in the UK with prices for the zero-emission ABT eTransporter 6.1 Developed in collaboration with Premium Partner ABT e-Line, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 combines quiet and smooth driving, instant torque, fast charging and high load capacity for the ultimate zero-emissions urban logistics van. The model offers an all-electric range of up to 82 miles (132 km) as per the WLTP procedure (world harmonized light-duty vehicles test procedure) with a cargo space of 6.7m3 and payload of up to 1,001kg. Flexible charging options allow for 80 per cent  charge in just 45 minutes. The ABT eTransporter 6.1 delivers a maximum power output of 110PS (83kW), with a 0-62mph time of just 17.4 seconds. The technically-advanced and ...
RGNT No. 1 electric motorcycle; Classic outside, techie inside
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RGNT No. 1 electric motorcycle; Classic outside, techie inside

Swedish electric motorcycle startup RGNT Motorcycles has begun taking pre-orders for its RGNT No. 1 electric motorcycle. The bike features a retro-inspired design yet still offers a host of modern features and high-tech functions. The bike is designed primarily as an internet of things (IOT) device, that enables its users to remain connected anywhere, anytime. Designed with classic retro looks, drawing on the best bike designs from the 60’s and 70’s, the RGNT No. 1 is a breath of fresh air - design-wise - in the sea of futuristic looking electric motorcycles. RGNT No. 1’s most distinguishing feature would be its sophisticated touch-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) module designed in partnership with Qamcom and Evolve. Featuring GNSS positioning and 4G connectivity, the bike w...
AKO Trike with leaning mechanism from Lithuania-based EV startup
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AKO Trike with leaning mechanism from Lithuania-based EV startup

The AKO Trike from Lithuania-based EV startup is two-seater electric three-wheeler and features a novel leaning mechanism. Described as a vehicle between a car and a bike that would, in theory, feel like riding an airplane, the AKO Trike comes with a proprietary, patent-pending mechanism that would allow it to lean by up to 30 degrees upon turns, when traveling at higher speeds. At lower speeds, turning the wheel turns the front wheels of the Trike, but there is no titling motion. The trike’s power comes from an electric motor that is paired to the rear drive wheel with a driveshaft, another feature rarely seen on these types of EVs. Weighing 450 kg , the Trike will come with a 26kWh battery that will provide an estimated 300 km (186-mile) range. Safety is paramount, s...
Kawasaki W800 BS6 gets price cut of INR 1 lakh
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Kawasaki W800 BS6 gets price cut of INR 1 lakh

The retro-styled Kawasaki W800 was launched in India in July 2019. When launched, the W800 was priced at INR 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Kawasaki India has just revealed updated BS6 model prices, as of April 1, 2020,and the W800 is now listed at INR 6.99 lakh, which is a full INR. 1 lakh price drop. Nothing much has changed on the bike and all the specifications remain more or less the same. The W800’s 773cc, fuel-injected, SOHC, air-cooled unit makes 52hp at 6,500rpm and 62.9Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. The style is straightforward retro, but with clean and minimalist. There isn’t much new-age technology, but you do get a full-LED headlamp and a slipper clutch. The bike comes with dual-channel ABS. Suspension is taken care of by a 41mm telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. The wheels...
Dyson N526 electric car was killed. Now revealed
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Dyson N526 electric car was killed. Now revealed

Dyson, the technology company best known for its vacuum cleaners, short-lived electric car project started in 2017. At one point some 600 people at Dyson were working on it. In 2018, Dyson said it would build a manufacturing plant in Singapore to make the EVs, and was also working on developing solid-state batteries for the vehicle. But after spending £500 million (about $605 million) of his own money on the project, Sir James Dyson, the inventor, scrapped the EV plans last October. While Dyson has killed its EV project, it kept most of its staff. Many of the 500 people working on the project are continuing to work on battery technology, robotics, air treatment, and lighting. Now Dyson, 73, has revealed his doomed vehicle for the first time in an exclusive interview and photo for T...
BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan gets first price hike since launch
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BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan gets first price hike since launch

Royal Enfield has silently increased the prices for the BS6 Himalayan. The BS6 version was launched earlier this year at a starting price of INR 1.87 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Now, the company has hiked the prices by INR 2,754 raising the starting price to INR 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Granite Black colour of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The BS6 iteration of the Himalayan comes in 6 colours options - Lake Blue, Rock Red, Gravel Grey, Sleet Grey, Granite Black & Snow White. The Granite Black and Snow White are priced at INR 189,565 while the Sleet Grey and Gravel Grey are priced at INR 192,318. The Rock Red and Lake Blue colours are priced at INR 194,154. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. Apart from the price hike of around INR 2,754, the dual-sport motorcycle...
2021 Porsche 911 Targa makes its debut with all-wheel drive
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2021 Porsche 911 Targa makes its debut with all-wheel drive

Coupé, Cabriolet and now the Targa !! One of Porsche's most iconic iterations of the 911, the Targa, becomes the third model to be brought into the eighth generation 992 lineup. The Targa, which gets a virtual debut in lieu of the canceled 2020 Beijing Motor Show, makes its entrance on the Carrera 4 and 4S models. The distinguishing feature of the Targa remains its innovative, fully automatic roof system and, just like the legendary original Targa model from 1965, it features a characteristic wide roll hoop, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window. The roof can be comfortably opened and closed in just 19 seconds. It is powered by a six-cylinder, three-litre boxer engine with twin turbochargers: the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 379 HP and, in combin...
The history of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupes and Cabriolets
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The history of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupes and Cabriolets

Elegant, sporty and luxurious: in the history of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, this is personified by the two-door coupe and cabriolet variants. These vehicles combine the classic virtues of the E-Class – exemplary safety and comprehensive long-distance comfort – with an aesthetic finesse. To this day, these strengths continue to make the E-Class Coupes and Cabriolets so successful. These model series' tradition began more than 50 years ago with the Stroke/8 Coupes of the 114 model series and almost 30 years ago with the cabriolets of the 124 model series. Mercedes-Benz coupé from model series C 123. Since 1993, when the cars in this market segment from Mercedes-Benz were assigned the E-Class designation, there has also been a tradition of top-of-the-range Mercedes-AMG engines. The per...