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Electric cars that made headlines this week

by Shatakshi Gupta

Electric vehicles’ boom is ramping up day by day. Every automobile brand is launching its electric product portfolio. Last week too several electric cars caught eyes. Here in this article we are discussing the electric cars that made headlines last week

Jeep Avenger:

The first SUV in the JEEP EV lineup is the Jeep Avenger. Presenting the Avenger at the Paris Motor Show, Jeep has now made all of the Avenger’s specifications, features, and electric range public.

The Jeep Avenger is a small SUV with a length of only 4.1 metres. It has a high bonnet, LED DRLs at the top of the headlamps, and the recognisable Jeep seven-slat grille on either side of the body. With large wheel arches containing exquisitely crafted diamond-cut alloy wheels that are the same for the ICE and electric variants. The Concept 44 version of the Electric SUV will send power to all four of these wheels. Jeep had previously stated that an AWD version will be available for all of its SUVs including electric SUVs.

The 54kWh battery pack is located beneath the front and back seats of the Jeep Avenger, the entry-level electric SUV. The electric motors, which generate 154 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque, receive the power. According to Jeep, its WLTP range is 400 km, although it can go up to 550 km under different driving circumstances.

The battery can be charged from 20% to 80% using a 100kW DC charger in 24 minutes. An 11kW AC charger can also be used to charge the battery from empty to full in 5.5 hours.

Cadillac Celestiq:

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The Cadillac Celestiq, a flagship, all-electric “halo car” created to compete with the likes of the world’s top ultra-luxury car manufacturers, has been announced by General Motors (GM). The Celestiq is General Motors’ most ambitious electric vehicle to date, and its starting price of more than $300,000 reflects this.

The Celestiq is a massive luxury vehicle that is larger than a Cadillac Escalade SUV at 18 feet long and seven feet wide. A 111 kWh battery pack that can provide 300 miles of range and 200 kW of charging power powers the car. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, which is outstanding for such a large vehicle even though it is slower than smaller competitors.

The Cadillac Celestiq is a car that Rory Harvey, worldwide vice president of Cadillac, hailed as a “brand builder” for its starting price of $300,000. A “smart glass roof,” a 55-inch diagonal screen that spans the front cabin, and Ultra Cruise, GM’s replacement for Super Cruise, are just a few of the interior features. Additionally, 115 3D-printed elements are included within.

Mercedes EQS 580:

The EQS 580, the first domestically built electric vehicle offered by Mercedes-Benz India, has a starting MSRP of Rs. 1.55 crore, ex-showroom. Within the first two weeks of operation, this opulent electric car had more than 300 reservations. Early in the next year, Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 deliveries will start. Additionally, the corporation promises to give priority deliveries to current Mercedes-Benz customers.

The AMG-spec sedan costs more to purchase, asking for Rs 2.45 crore, as it is a fully imported vehicle. The EQS 580 4Matic is sold alongside the AMG EQS 53 variant (ex-showroom). In reality, the S-Class, which starts at Rs 1.6 crore, is around Rs 5 lakh more expensive than the electric sedan.

The German brand kept up its impressive sales performance, selling 11,469 units between January and September, surpassing its total for the previous year. In the third quarter, the E-Class and C-Class sedans came in second and third, respectively, to the Mercedes GLS and GLE SUVs.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV:

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the brand-new EQE SUV based on their newest electric platform, joining the EQS, EQE sedan, and EQS SUV. From this point on, the naming of the new EQ line-up may become muddled, but for now, we can think of the EQE SUV as the electric version of the GLE SUV, which is positioned above the EQC.

The EQE SUV, which is supported by the EVA2 platform, measures 4863x1940x1686mm and comes in 350+, 350 4Matic, and 500 variants. The 53AMG is the high-performance variant in the meantime.

The EQE sedan’s 90.6kWh battery pack is used in the base model, which has a stated range of 550 kilometres. Additionally, it has a 170kW DC quick charger that can charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 32 minutes. The 350+ produces 288 bhp/565 nm. An increased 764Nm is available in the 4Matic variant with a two-motor arrangement. The EQE500 has 536 horsepower and 860 Nm of torque.

Additionally, the AMG configuration produces 950Nm and 617bhp overall. It has a top speed cap of 250kmph and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.4 seconds. The Airmatic suspension, 48-volt sway bars, front and rear callipers with six and one pistons, 22-inch optional wheels, and rear-wheel steering are all included in the hardware.

MG motor’s upcoming budget car:

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In order to challenge domestic auto giant Tata Motors’ supremacy in the green mobility sector, MG Motor India plans to introduce a cheap electric vehicle priced less Rs 15 lakh in the local market the next fiscal year. The business anticipates that once this car enters the mass market, EV sales might account for up to 25% of total sales in 2019. The car will probably cost between Rs. 11 and Rs. 15 lakh. The ZS EV, which is already available, is produced in-house at the company’s Halol, Gujarat, factory.

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