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Volkswagen hopes to bring an affordable EV to market by 2025

Volkswagen ID. 2all Concept

Volkswagen claims it still working to bring an ‘affordable’ people’s electric car – costing around EUR25,000 (CDN$36,500 / US$26,790.00 / £23,000) in today’s prices – to market by 2025. (Reuters)

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Meanwhile, luxury-brand Porsche, part of the VW Group, has been working hard in the shadows to be exempt from to burning fossil fuel regulations. (Financial Times)

Meanwhile, Oliver Blume defends being Porsche and VW CEO (Automotive News)

Hands-on look at the 2025 Sony Honda Mobility Afeela EV

 2025 Sony Honda Mobility Afeela Concept

2025 Sony Honda Mobility Afeela Concept

Bottom line, we mostly liked the Sony Honda Mobility Afeela concept car’s interior. It delivered the multimedia experience we expected, with car controls that (yoke aside) are fairly conventional and straightforward. Like the rest of the car, the Afeela concept’s interior strikes us as realistic and producible. Sony plans to take orders in 2025 with initial customer deliveries in 2026, and we should see something closer to a production car long before then. Aside from some desperately needed rear headroom, we’ll be happy if there aren’t too many changes from the concept.

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Nissan unveils the Max-Out Electric Convertible

Nissan Max Out Convertible Concept

Nissan Max Out Convertible Concept

The Detroit Bureau

The Nissan Max-Out adopts a retro-futuristic design celebrating some of the automaker’s more notable past designs while also giving a hint at what’s to come as it moves forward with its $18 billion, five-year electrification strategy.

Fans of the classis sci-fi adventure, Tron, might recognize some of the design cues of the Max-Out, starting with the way the convertible uses lighting on the nose, tail and even the wheels and headrests.

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RAM 1500 Revolution BEV Concept pickup truck revealed at CES Las Vegas

Ram 1500 Revolution BEV pickup truck concept

Ram 1500 Revolution BEV pickup truck concept

The RAM 1500 Revolution Concept is a battery-electric pickup built on the new STLA platform, featuring all-wheel drive, adjustable air suspension, four-wheel steering, and a multifunction tailgate. Among it’s many features, the RAM’s muscular all-electric pickup truck will be able to autonomously follow along while you walk on foot. The cabin includes third-row jump seats and a power mid-gate with a passthrough, fitting objects up to 18-feet long.

Stellantis plans to start selling the RAM 1500 Revolution BEV in 2024.

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Sony and Honda team up to announce the AFEELA brand and unveil a prototype at CES

Sony Honda Mobility. (SHM) announced its new brand “AFEELA”, and unveiled a prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 4, 2023.

AFEELA side view

After several interesting electric-vehicle prototypes over the few years, Sony made its EV ambitions, announced a new EV brand called AFEELA. Technically, the new EV concept comes from Sony Honda Mobility, a joint venture between the two Japanese companies. Together, they revealed the prototype of a beautiful new all-electric sedan that they plan to sell, perhaps as early as 2026.

The concept will be part of a new brand called AFEELA, but we don’t yet know what name the production version will use. AFEELA plans to start taking orders in 2025 and expects to start deliveries in Canada and the US in the spring of 2026.

AFEELA models will also be sold in Japan and Europe. A SUV, a second sedan, and an minivan are under consideration by SHM.

The first prototype AFEELA presented at CES sports 45 cameras and sensors placed inside and outside the vehicle.

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ZEM » an EV that cleans the air while driving

ZEM is an electric vehicle designed by a group of college students at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands. It absorbs more carbon dioxide than it emits while it drives.


ZEM Zero Emission Mobility (Photocredit » Bart van Overbeeke)

An innovative technology called direct air capture, “traps” carbon dioxide (CO2) into a filter. Companies have been using this air-cleaning technology on large installations. The ZEM (zero emission mobility) team have adopted and implement the technology on a smaller scale so it could be used on their electric vehicle.

While driving, air moves through the car into the specially designed air-cleaning filter. This captures and stores CO2, allowing clear air to flow out of the vehicle, compensating for the total emissions over the lifetime of the vehicle.

Made from 3D-printed recycled plastics, its designers say it’s the world’s most sustainable car.

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