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2024 Volvo EX90 fully electric suv car review via 360 MAGAZINE.

2024 Volvo EX90

Introducing the All-New, All-Electric 2024 Volvo EX90 SUV

Welcome to Stockholm. Home of the global media unveil for the Volvo 7-passenger EX90. The flagship electric SUV is built on an entirely new platform, with architecture focused on advanced safety and intelligent mobility. The 2024 EX90 is earmarked as the first Volvo to represent a fresh generation of all-electric vehicles while symbolizing the latest evolution of Scandinavian engineering, design, and sustainability. 

Volvo’s Electric Future 

An ambitious transformation plan for complete electrification by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2040 is Volvo’s current vision. But how did we get to this inflection point where the profusion of EVs being launched consistently is the norm? Naturally, humans must consciously rethink their habits to reduce pollution, from what we eat to how we drive and live. Sadly, we overconsume in every category, so mindfulness and minimalism are vital pillars to saving this planet from self-destruction. Volvo’s formula for a fully electric future is to release one EV every year until the mission is accomplished. 

Introducing the 2024 EX90

To introduce Swedish culture from a mobility perspective, Volvo Cars Chief Executive Officer Jim Rowan addressed assembled media with remarks on the manifestation of the EX90 at the historic Kungstradgarden (King’s Garden Park) in downtown Stockholm. The EV will begin production in the United States at Volvo’s Ridgeville Factory in South Carolina late 2023, with first deliveries to customers early 2024. 

Ideally, the Sweden-based automaker’s safety tech is designed to learn your habits, study the surrounding environment, and keep all occupants as safe as possible. NVIDIA DRIVE has been tasked to oversee Volvo’s in-house software to create and analyze real-time data that depicts an accurate 360-degree view of the driving world. The vehicle’s core computer can perform over 280 trillion operations per second. In addition, continuous over-the-air updates allow the EX90 to evolve and develop as time passes. 

“The Volvo EX90 is a statement for where we are, and where we are going,” said Jim Rowan. “It’s fully electric with a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge, designed to further raise our safety standards, the first Volvo car to be truly defined by its software and part of a wider ecosystem, connecting to your home and your other devices. The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”

Volvo thought of everything to imbue the EX90 with efficiency, dynamics, and Scandanavian design elements. For instance, the aero wheels are styled to reduce turbulence, the LED headlamps digitally open and close like your eyes using specific lighting technology, and the EX90 can detect your approach up to 10 meters to prepare the vehicle for driving. 

Electric Motors and Battery

The first EX90 to market in the US will be a Twin Motor Performance AWD model energized by a 111kWh battery and two permanent magnet electric motors distributing 496-horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque. Expect up to 300 miles of range before a charge is required. The e-SUV can restore juice from 10% to 80% in about 30 minutes using a DC fast charger (up to 250kW). But EV owners will almost always charge overnight at home using a Level 2 unit such as the ChargePoint Home Flex. This electrical upgrade will also future-proof your home. The ChargePoint app is downloadable through Google Play and will enable owners to activate the charger before arrival and set up the session payment. Another significant Volvo technology is bi-directional charging, which lets owners utilize the EX90’s battery to power their homes or another EV. It will become available soon, but the EX90 is already outfitted with the hardware. 

Lidar-Based Safety System 

Volvo’s laser-based radar system — dubbed lidar — employs exterior and interior sensors to accomplish an array of safety tasks, such as scanning the road to detect objects up to 820 feet away (in daylight or complete darkness). As part of the “360-degree Shield of Safety,” cameras and sensors evaluate your awareness and warns drivers if it senses they’ve become tired or inattentive. If the driver doesn’t react, the EX90 will stop safely and call for help. In addition to the technology, the EX90 is engineered with natural, responsibly-sourced materials. For example, the SUV comprises 15% recycled steel, 25% recycled aluminum, and over 105 pounds of recycled plastics and bio-based substances. 

Inside the High-Tech EX90

Simple and savvy is the best way to describe the welcoming interior. Its organic feel calms the senses and the evolutionary technology satisfies your connectivity desires. A Google built-in 15” vertical touchscreen is the nucleus of the EX90, with features such as Google Apps, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play. Sound is provided by a reference-quality Bowers & Wilkins audio system with Dolby Atmos and headrest-integrated speakers. Furthermore, the EX90 is operable through your smartphone and your personal profile loads as you enter the vehicle. 

Safety and Technology Enhancements 

One of Volvo’s committed safety missions is to keep every driver from being killed or seriously injured in one of its vehicles. So, for example, passenger detection sensors — especially on hot days — will warn if a child or pet is left inside the vehicle. 

Volvo has always invested in people who invest in the world to make this a better, brighter, and safer space. Having the freedom to move about freely and sustainably is the company’s sole objective. 

Pricing and Availability 

Interested US buyers can pre-order a 2024 EX90 at VolvoCars.com/us with an MSRP under $80,000. Customers placing pre-orders will receive prioritization when deliveries begin at the top of 2024. The future is now for individuals looking to decrease their carbon footprint while riding safely in style.

“We are laser-focused and razor-sharp on meeting our 2030 and 2040 goals. At the end of the day, tech wins,” concluded Rowan.

Experienced By: Kimatni D. Rawlings  

electric hydrofoil boat company Candela VIA Candela

POLESTAR CHARGES UP CANDELA

Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car company, has signed a multi-year agreement to supply battery and charging systems to the Swedish hydrofoil electric boat company, Candela. The agreement marks one of the world’s first direct battery technology collaborations between companies from the automotive and marine industries.

As leading EV brands in their respective sectors, both Polestar and Candela share common values of innovative design and commitments to sustainability. Utilizing computer-guided hydrofoils which lift the hull above water, Candela’s electric boats ‘fly’ above the surface and use up to 80% less energy at high speeds compared to traditional motorboats.

Candela’s crafts produce zero emissions and minimal noise, combining a light environmental footprint with better passenger comfort and a smoother cruising experience compared to traditional boats. By combining Polestar’s batteries with Candela’s pioneering electric hydrofoil technology, both companies aim to propel the growth of sustainable electric mobility in society.

Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, says: “I am fascinated by the way Candela’s boats glide elegantly and efficiently through, or better, over the water – amazing proof of the great aesthetics and experiences modern, sustainable technology can create. That Polestar will be part of future projects with Candela by supplying an essential part for the innovative propulsion of their boats, is awesome. As a battery supplier to Candela, we can help drive the transition to cleaner oceans and lakes, and electrify waterborne transport.”

Gustav Hasselskog, CEO of Candela, comments: “Polestar is a dream partner for us. While the electrification of cars has come a long way in the last few years, the marine sector has fallen behind. Marrying our efficient hydrofoil technology to high-capacity batteries from Polestar means we can speed up the mass market adoption of electric boats together.”

The supply of battery and charging systems to a third party, a first for Polestar as an EV manufacturer, marks the start of a broader intended partnership between Polestar and Candela, with both companies committed to exploring further opportunities for future collaboration.

Zeekr 001 Car via Influence Associates for use by 360 MAGAZINE

ZEEKR 001

ZEEKR 001 BREAKS TWO GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

  • ZEEKR has successfully broken two Guinness World Records at an event in China
  • The premium all-electric 001 vehicle broke the record for the fastest drift ever achieved by an electric car hitting a maximum speed of 207.996km/h
  • It then went on to take the title for the fastest electric car slalom at 49.05 seconds

Premium electric mobility brand ZEEKR has announced its luxury all-electric 001 vehicle has broken two Guinness World Records.

Less than a year since the brand started delivering vehicles to customers in China, ZEEKR has made its mark on the global stage by claiming the titles for the fastest drift ever achieved by an electric car and the fastest electric car slalom. 

The records have fully verified the three core strengths that underpin the 001, it is “fast, accurate and stable.”

The fastest electric vehicle drift requires the vehicle to achieve greater than 160km/h and the 001 was able to achieve a maximum speed of 207.996km/h. Using the 001’s high-performance twin electric drive system, the front and rear were able to achieve instantaneous torque output up to 7,680Nm and an acceleration time up to 100km/h in only 3.8s.

This power and acceleration, combined with the 001’s high-performance chassis suspension system, maximizes body stability and allows the driver to maintain consistent and precise drifting and the car to truly dance right on the edge of the limit.

ZEEKR’s 001 also went on to set a new benchmark for the fastest ever all-electric car slalom. The vehicle weaved between 50 cones equally spaced and completed the course, without touching or knocking any down, in 49.05 seconds.

001’s intelligent electric four-wheel drive system boosted acceleration off the line and enabled excellent handling of the vehicle on the fast and dynamic course. The quality of power distribution and the balance between the front and rear wheels between the cones allowed for the 001 to glide through the cones with minimal disruption from the chassis or tyres, maintaining excellent and stable braking at the end. The strong grip also allowed the vehicle to have better cornering ability throughout.  

World Record Technology for Users

This same driving control technology is in all ZEEKR 001 cars and not only brings users a fun and dynamic driving experience, but it also provides safety through stronger controllability and stability. 001 already meets the five-star safety standards and lays the foundation for solid performance control.

Not only does 001 respond to driver operations in milliseconds, but it also responds to multiple emergency scenarios autonomously. In addition, the newly developed intelligent anti-skid dTCS (distributed traction control system) operates at a processing rate 10 times faster than the mainstream TCS traction control systems.  The outstanding stability performance showcased in the slalom record is also met by 001 users on the road in China.

Adhering to the concept of “don’t be a boring electric car” to develop a pure electric high-performance experience, the 001 also has an excellent driving comfort experience under the powerful power and extreme control fun.

Breaking these two world records, ZEEKR has adhered to its own philosophy to not be “a boring electric car”. 001 users can enjoy an excellent driving comfort experience under world record achieving power and finesse. The perfect integration of smart and electric technology in the 001 will bring users more enjoyment in their travel.

The records were broken in August under the supervision of an adjudicator from Guinness World Records at the CATARC proving ground in China.

ZEEKR Business Update

ZEEKR continues to prioritize and fulfill local market customer orders ahead of a planned European roll-out from 2023, where it will ramp up capacity at the ZEEKR Intelligent Factory – one of the world’s most advanced vehicle facilities – to deal with unprecedented demand for the 001.  

Car Illustration via 360 MAGAZINE

POLESTAR CARS

Polestar Cars Finds Majority of US Drivers Don’t Purchase Electric Vehicles for Environmental Reasons

  • New survey reveals 55% US drivers purchase an electric car for reasons other than environmental benefits
  • Almost half of respondents are open to buying an electric car from a new brand, many more than with a gasoline powered vehicle
  • Generational differences affect rationale for electric car purchase

Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car brand, has conducted research that has found that 55 percent of US drivers purchase electric cars for reasons other than environmental benefits. In-vehicle technology, seamless connectivity and infotainment system offerings have been named as the most important decisions for consumers switching to an electric car from an internal-combustion vehicle.

“The idea of luxury being defined by what’s ‘under the hood’ has been replaced in the electric era with the prioritization of seamless connectivity, integration into existing digital ecosystems, and good UX design,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “People are switching to electric cars for more than just environmental reasons, and Polestar’s focus on in-vehicle technology means they can have everything they want in an environmentally friendly package.”

Polestar 2 was the first vehicle to market with the revolutionary Google-developed infotainment system. The system features Google built-in, including industry-leading voice control via Google Assistant. This enables control of functions using natural voice commands, including navigation through Google Maps, the climate system, music, phone and more.

Brand image also makes a difference to consumers based on age demographics. Fifty-seven percent of millennials (ages 25 to 40) are confident in new electric car brands compared to only 28 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 57 to 75). Nearly half (46 percent) of all respondents are more open to new brands and start-ups such as Polestar when it comes to purchasing an electric car.

Despite eco-consciousness not necessarily being a driving factor for over half of respondents, younger drivers are also much more concerned with appearing environmentally conscious compared to their older counterparts. For Gen Z respondents (ages 18-24), image is a big factor, with 12 percent saying it would be the most important consideration when choosing an electric car compared to an internal-combustion vehicle. That is twice as many as Millennials (ages 25-41), and more than three times as many as Baby Boomers ages (57-74).

To obtain this data, Polestar commissioned a third-party survey, fielded earlier this year with more than 5,000 electric and internal combustion drivers across all 50 US states. The survey questioned drivers on the state of electric car acceptance, charging infrastructure, and the perception of electric car brands when purchasing a vehicle.

CitroËn via Karun Jung by 360 Magazine

CITROËN: Ë-C4X & C4X 

The new vehicles offer customers accessible new alternative to mainstream mid-sized hatchback and SUV models

Paris, France: Citroën has revealed the new all-electric ë-C4X and the new C4X through live streamed events running simultaneously in Turkey and Denmark. The vehicles feature a unique design approach for customers seeking affordable alternatives to hatchback and SUV offerings in the mid-sized market. 

Following in the footsteps of the Citroën C5 X, the design of the new ë-C4X and C4X challenges the traditional definitions of compact car body styles to offer customers something unique: a cross-segment design which combines the elegant silhouette of a fastback with the modern attitude of an SUV.

“We’re excited about the opportunity presented by the New ë-C4X and C4X models as they will contribute significantly to our brand presence and sales expansion objectives for Middle East and Africa and international markets, as well as Europe. Many customers have told us they want an affordable, responsible and elegant alternative to the mass of hatchback and SUV offerings in the volume compact car segment, and this is our best interpretation of that need – a forward-looking, distinctive cross design that delivers all the comfort, technology, safety and value you expect from Citroën, but also outstanding roominess and limousine versatility with the benefit of zero-emission, all-electric power”.     

The New all-electric ë-C4X and C4X models also benefit from Citroën’s new generation infotainment interface, MyCitroën Drive Plus, providing a comprehensive package for connected services.   

Notably, Citroën is taking the bold step of offering only the all-electric ë-C4X model in many of its European markets where sales of electrified vehicles are increasing. With its 100 kW powertrain and 359 km WLTP range the new ë-C4X will be the only all-electric car to offer this combination of design, comfort and saloon car spaciousness in the mainstream mid-sized market. This, combined with its roomy 510-litre boot volume, makes it the ideal companion for everyday use in cities.

Customers who may prefer a traditional powertrain in International markets as well as selected European countries will have a choice of Citroën’s proven and efficient PureTech turbo-charged, direct-injection petrol engines.  

The new ë-C4X and C4X models will be built exclusively in Europe for all markets at the Stellantis Villaverde manufacturing facility in Madrid, Spain, with sales commencing later in 2022. 

About Citroën

Since 1919, Citroën has been creating automobiles, technologies and mobility solutions to respond to changes in society. A brand of boldness and innovation, Citroën places peace of mind and well-being at the heart of its customer experience and offers a wide range of models, from the distinctive Ami, an electric mobility object designed for the city, to saloons, SUVs and commercial vehicles, most of which are available in electric or rechargeable hybrid versions. A pioneer brand in the services and attention paid to its private and professional customers, Citroën is present in 101 countries and has a network of 6,200 points of sale and service throughout the world.For more information about MediaCitroën, visit HERE.

  

Thomas Ingenlath CEO of Polestar

POLESTAR RINGS IN NASDAQ

Polestar, the Swedish electric car brand, has rung the famous bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York City to celebrate its public listing. Polestar began trading officially under the ticker “PSNY” on 24 June 2022.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath was joined by members of the Polestar and Gores Guggenheim teams, gathering in New York City to mark the latest milestone in Polestar’s journey towards sustainable mobility.

“This is such a proud day, and ringing the bell at Nasdaq is a symbolic celebration. Today truly marks the beginning of the next chapter in the story of Polestar. We have a clear vision of what that story will be, and the listing gives us the platform to accelerate and push harder for a transition towards more sustainable mobility,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.

The bellringing was amplified on Nasdaq’s digital billboard screens in Times Square, which flashed images of some of Polestar’s over 2,000 global employees and the company’s vision statement. PSNY-branded Polestar 2 cars were also on display in the famous city square.

Polestar offices and retail locations across its 25 active markets were connected and watched the event live, celebrating locally.

The public listing will help Polestar build its ambitious plans for growth in some of the most attractive global E.V. segments while driving forward its industry-leading sustainability goals, including an utterly climate-neutral car by 2030.

Polestar has significant momentum as it enters a period of rapid growth and builds a diversified product portfolio, launching three new premium electric cars, including two SUVs, by 2024. The first, Polestar 3, a full-size electric SUV, is expected to launch in October 2022 and will set a new standard in this high-margin, premium segment.

DSC 1209 via LEVC for use by 360 Magazine

LEVC New Dealerships

LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) continues its ambitious European growth strategy by announcing the appointment of three new dealers in Spain full sales and aftersales support for LEVC’s breakthrough electric TX Taxi, TX Shuttle, and VN5 Van. 

Opening in Bilbao, Malaga, and Valencia, the new franchises extend LEVC’s reach in Spain to now five centers, following the appointment earlier in 2021 of Ronda 15 in Barcelona and Auto Elia in Madrid.

Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, commented: “In April 2021, the Spanish government stepped up a gear, introducing a range of measures, including financial initiatives, to promote rapid growth in the EV sector by aiming to place five million EVs on Spain’s roads by 2030. Now, the timing is perfect for growing our business further and reaching new customers in Bilbao, Malaga, and Valencia, through a strong partnership that harnesses the expertise, enthusiasm, and experience of the highly regarded Carwagen Group, Vedat Group, and Vypsa group.” 

A green wave is set to engulf taxi and commercial vehicle fleets across Europe as drivers and operators seek out more sustainable mobility solutions. The European Green Deal provides an additional driving factor, with its goal of establishing one million charging points on the continent by 2025 and ensuring a minimum of 30 million zero-emission vehicles on Europe’s roads by 2030. LEVC is ideally placed to take advantage of the most significant transformation the mobility sector has ever seen. In addition, the company’s innovative eCity technology delivers a solution to keep vehicles on the road, driving in fully electric mode, even when the next charging point may still be a little further than ideal. 

Thanks to eCity technology, LEVC’s TX Taxis, TX Shuttles, and VN5 Vans eliminate range anxiety whilst minimizing emissions and optimizing efficiency, convenience, and profitability. The TX Taxi offers a pure electric, zero-emission range of 64 miles (103km), backed up by the reassurance of a totally electric-driven range of up to 318 miles (512 km). This flexibility enables drivers to leverage the vehicle’s benefits of generous space for six passengers for a comfortable, relaxing ride. 

The VN5 Van, which facilitates a gross payload of 830kg and shares the same lightweight aluminum construction and advanced eCity technology as the TX Taxi, offers drivers a pure EV range of over 63 miles (102km), boosted by the range-extender to more than 318 miles (513km). Using a rapid 50kW, both the LEVC TX Taxi and VN5 Van batteries can be recharged to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes.

Jose Miñano, Managing Director, Vedat Group (Valencia), said: “We are looking forward to seeing the iconic London black cab ferrying passengers around the streets of Valencia. Along with the VN5 van, it will help accelerate Spain’s commercial vehicle market towards sustainable mobility. The Vedat Group is proud to have been selected by LEVC to be part of the journey and we are eager to introduce our customers to the LEVC range. Given our ambitious sales trajectory and experience, we are confident that we can contribute significantly to LEVC’s growth across Europe.”

Marta Prieto, CEO of Carwagen (Bilbao), expressed: “In our more than 50 years of history we from the Carwagen group, have always been committed to innovation. We are proud to be able to contribute to the expansion and development of this great brand in the North of Spain hand in hand with LEVC. We believe that the future of urban transport must be sustainable and no one better than The London EV Company (LEVC), manufacturer of the legendary London taxi, which has the exclusive range extender technology, is able to undertake this change. We trust and are fully convinced of being a fundamental pillar in the implementation of these innovative vehicles, which fit perfectly with our company philosophy.”

Francisco López, Managing Director of Vypsa (Malaga), said: “Vypsa is firmly and decisively committed to this new brand because it is going to provide the taxi and industrial sectors with highly efficient energy-saving and environmentally-friendly vehicles. We are sure that these vehicles will have a fantastic acceptance by customers and will soon become a benchmark in their sector.”

Jorge Susaeta, Head of Operations of LEVC, said: “LEVC is delighted to welcome Vedat, Carwagen, and Vypsa groups to our rapidly expanding European network of dealers. With their experience of retail and aftersales service in the taxi and commercial sectors and their vision of establishing a sustainable mobility future, all of them represent ideal partners for LEVC. Thanks to the new operations in Bilbao, Malaga, and Valencia, LEVC is now represented across a significant geographical sector of Spain.”

Customers in Spain can take advantage of several government subsidies intended to improve the uptake of electric vehicles. The MOVES III incentive is subject to a maximum government-funded injection of up to €800 million to make electric vehicles more affordable for private motorists and businesses. As a result of the MOVES III scheme, buyers can receive up to €9,000 off the purchase price of a new electric van. In addition, the Spanish government has announced the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (PERTE) of Electric and Connected Vehicles, to establish 250,000 registered electric vehicles and between 80,000-110,000 charging points across the network by 2023. In September 2021 Spain experienced a 24% growth in sales of EVs compared with the same month in 2020.

First Electric Flying Car

In the summer of 2019, Alauda Aeronautics and Airspeeder Founder, Matt Pearson outlined a vision to create the most exciting next-generation motorsport on the planet. In doing so, accelerating the arrival of the flying car mobility revolution we have been promised for generations. 

Since then, a dedicated team of engineers, technical and sports rights minds drawn from the most celebrated names in motorsport, performance automotive, and aviation have developed the world’s first and only fully functioning electric flying racing cars. 

World’s First Remotely Piloted Flying Car Races

These vehicles will soon take place in a series of groundbreaking races named the EXA Series. These historic first electric flying car Grand Prix will be driven by the world’s best Speeder pilots. They will race blade-to-blade at speeds of up to 300 km/h in locations where racing has never taken place before. This EXA Series is the permanent development formula for the forthcoming Airspeeder crewed electric flying car races. As such, the competitors that have been chosen to take part will embark upon an extraordinary development journey, ascending from elite remote pilots into true history makers as the world’s first competitors in the forthcoming Airspeeder crewed races. 

Ready to Race 

These next-generation racing machines publicly flew for the first time in the summer of 2021 through development flights that have taken place in secret locations across the deserts of South Australia. While the technical team worked tirelessly to engineer and validate these revolutionary flying vehicles, more than 1,500 individuals applied to become history makers and pioneers as the world’s first electric flying car racing pilots. Indeed, in June 2019, Matt Pearson stood at the Agility Prime gathering of the world’s elite civil and military pilots and announced an open invitation to pilots. This drew the widest talent pool ever assembled to a new form of motorsport. Thousands of individuals from across the world drawn from aviation, racing, performance automotive, UAM flying, and even eSports answered the call to make history as the world’s first electric flying car pilots. 

An exhaustive process of selection followed. Key attributes far beyond just competitive instincts were assessed in making the final choices. To be among this initial number, raw pilot skill is not enough. These individuals have been chosen because of their ability to work in lockstep with the greatest technical minds to help develop both an entirely new form of game-changing technology and the very fundamentals of a sport that promises to rapidly accelerate its development. These women and men are therefore not only elite-level competitors but also proved an extraordinary level of sensitivity to the technical requirements to test and refine a form of aerial motor-racing built from a blank sheet of paper. 

In that sense, they are the ultimate development racing drivers and will work as a vital arm of the Alauda Aeronautics engineering team to lead an approach to refine the dynamic and tactical nuances that will make the EXA and Airspeeder races the most compelling and progressive sporting entities in the world. Now, as these historic first remotely piloted Grand Prix races draw nearer, now is the time to reveal the first pilots that will plot a course to victory and a place in the history books of both the dawn of a new sport and a new, bold era in advanced air mobility. 

In Profile: The World’s First Electric Flying Car Racing Pilots 

Emily Dugan, Racing Driver: Emily is Australia’s most successful current racing driver. She has been recognized as a rising star woman in sport. She started in the NSW Excel Racing Series, but soon progressed to becoming the first female driver to race in the Australian V8 Touring Car Series. She has raced at Bathurst where she secured Fastest Lap in the 2016 Challenge Bathurst and has since completed in both the Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series and Kumho Super3 Series. Emily is a hands-on developer of racing cars and regularly works on the mechanical elements of the machines she drives. Emily has enjoyed much success on the track, scoring 12 wins, 33 podiums, and 2 poles in her career. 

Zephatali Walsh, RPAS Pilot: Zephatali is a born competitor. He developed his sporting instincts as a surfer before starting a career that has seen him ascend to being one of the most admired multi-blade pilots in the world. He sees a natural progression between the sports. “The feeling of flying fast with high precision leaves me ecstatic and in awe of experience. I want to surf the air.” He is no stranger to competitive racing in a cutting-edge sport. In 2020, Zephatali was drafted into the Drone Champions League where he competed with Raiden Racing. Like many prospective Airspeeder pilots, his background sits along with the requirements to understand the wider context of the racing he will take part in. Indeed, his path as a student of Environmental Science has developed a fascination with the role that racing plays in creating and accelerating a new clean-air mobility revolution. 

Fabio Tischler, FPV Pilot: Fabio is a world-renowned FPV drone pilot. His work has taken him around the world capturing footage from brands including Red Bull, Toyota, and Go Pro. Fabio’s path to racing is less than conventional. He gave up a corporate career and an education in finance to pursue his dream to unleash the potential of FPV drones to capture incredible content. Originally born and raised in Germany, he relocated to Sydney, Australia in 2015 to pursue a dream to fly drones professionally. He soon built a large social following through the creation of some of the most captivating film content in the business. This drew the attention of Alauda who invited him to become part of EXA.

Testing, Development, and Racing 

This first intake of pilots will undergo a rigorous process of training and development. This will include the logging of over 2000+ collective hours in the Alauda Aeronautics 6-DoF VR simulator, which will mimic an MK4 circuit race within an XR environment. Pilots will stress-test the Mk3 and Mk4 vehicles inside Unreal Engine to simulate racing. 

Through their training programs and the races, they will master the dynamics of the racing vehicle with the same thrust-to-weight ratio as an F16 fighter jet but with the added ability to perform rapid F1 car style hairpin turns. Through uncrewed EXA races and crewed Airspeeder races the latest augmented reality technology will be proven. This will seamlessly display the digital sky tracks that will define race courses in some of the most remote and visually arresting scenery in the world. 

A full suite of safety systems will also be pioneered. A systems-based approach to safety integrating attest LiDAR and RADAR systems in a suite of technologies termed the ‘Virtual Force Field’ will free the pilots to compete in blade-to-blade proximity without the risk of colliding.

Airspeeder Pilots via Airspeeder Press for use by 360 Magazine
Airspeeder Drone via Airspeeder press for use by 360 Magazine
2021 Polestar 2 Illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

WATT ELECTRIC VEHICLE COMPANY

WATT ELECTRIC VEHICLE COMPANY’S PACES PLATFORM TO SPRINGBOARD UK PRODUCTION OF NEXT-GEN ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLES   

Manufacture of up to 5,000 new commercial EVs per annum scheduled for 2023 in the Midlands; first prototype to be revealed Q1 2022 

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) announces a major milestone in the continued strategic growth of its unique EV offering, outlining plans to build up to 5,000 new electric commercial vehicles per annum under its own brand and on behalf of third-party manufacturers at an all-new facility in the Midlands, all of which will be based on its new state-of-the-art EV platform.

Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES), the innovative and highly flexible architecture allows the niche vehicle industry to meet the considerable challenges of transitioning to an electric future by providing a sophisticated, yet cost-effective EV platform “off-the-shelf.”

Highly customizable for different body styles, sizes and configurations, PACES can support any low-to-medium volume manufacturer, specialist vehicle converter or start-up, and complies with ISO regulations and European Small Series Type Approval safety standards. Its cell-to-chassis system means batteries are fitted directly to the primary structure (rather than having a separate pack), optimizing stiffness and minimizing weight.

Fully supported by a leading UK-based EV technology supply chain, WEVC has undergone a comprehensive development process with PACES over the last two years and is market-ready. Capable of providing the basis for a whole new range of bespoke electric last mile, vans, trucks, and buses – in fact, any type of commercial vehicle – production manufacturing of PACES-based all-new EV commercial vehicles by WEVC is scheduled to start in the Midlands in Q3 2023.

Watt EV Company will reveal a first prototype electric commercial vehicle, based on PACES, by end of Q1 2022, a project that is supported by Innovate UK through its Transitioning To Zero Emission Vehicles Collaborative Research and Development competition.

Neil Yates, founder, and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, said, “Our PACES architecture and manufacturing processes are flexible and scale-able, a first “off-the-shelf” product specifically targeted for the low-to-medium volume industry capable of supporting any type of EV, with a cell-to-chassis structural battery system that optimizes chassis stiffness and minimizes vehicle weight.

“With ever-increasing pressure on urban emissions, coupled with the growth in home delivery, we have been approached by multiple commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators, who are in desperate need of developing the next generation of electric vans, trucks, and buses.

“As electrification of the sector only accelerates, what these companies need is a ready-to-go, sophisticated yet cost-effective EV platform on which to build their vehicles – that is Watt Electric Vehicle Company’s PACES architecture.

“Thanks to the support of Innovate UK grant funding, we will reveal our first prototype electric commercial vehicle, based on PACES, by end of Q1 2022. Production of a new range of PACES-based electric commercials by WEVC is then scheduled to begin in our new Midlands facility in Q3 2023. Through this facility, we will have the capacity to build 2,500-5,000 units a year.”

WEVC is also a manufacturer of premium sports EVs, producing its own Porsche 356-inspired Coupe from its bespoke facility in St Columb Major/near to Newquay Airport. The first production car to use PACES, the Coupe is a sub-1,000kg rear wheel drive fixed-head sports car that combines retro looks with state-of-the-art EV technology, featuring a 40kWh battery structurally integrated into the chassis.

Riding, handling, and steering have been honed for driver engagement and real-world enjoyment, while the weight distribution is near 50:50 weight with a mid-mounted 120kW electric motor. WEVC has already completed more than 12-months of testing and development, with a WTLP range of up to 230 miles and a 0-62mph time of just over five seconds. 21 Launch Edition Coupes available to order now priced from £81,250; customer deliveries commence early 2022.

Yates added, “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our launch of the WEVC Coupe with very few Limited-Edition cars remaining available. Alongside the production of this new EV at our existing factory, WEVC will also establish another facility in Cornwall in 2023, an all-new facility that will focus on the low-volume manufacturing of sports cars and passenger EVs, at volumes of around 150 units per year. Together with manufacturing in the Midlands of electric commercial vehicles, my vision is for Watt Electric Vehicle Company to lead the production of tomorrow’s low volume electric vehicles.”

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GKN Automotive Advances Development of eDrive Technologies

GKN Automotive, the global leader in drive systems, is accelerating its development of next-generation eDrive technologies in response to the rapidly increasing global demand for electrified vehicles.

These future systems, utilizing and harnessing state-of-the-art 800V technologies, are already at advanced stages of development and being tested in real-world conditions. GKN Automotive’s global experts are now working with the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to make these advanced eDrive systems a production reality.

Future eDrive technologies, using 800V technology, promise many benefits for EV owners including faster charging times and superior performance. The greater systems efficiencies they bring will also lead to an increased driving range – currently a key obstacle for consumers wanting to make the switch to a battery-electric car. Efficiencies could also lead to car makers opting to use smaller batteries, reducing vehicle cost, complexity, and weight. 

Liam Butterworth, CEO GKN Automotive “Global demand for EVs is accelerating fast, and now is the perfect time for GKN Automotive to underpin its leadership in eDrive systems through next-generation technologies.

“These high-tech 800V systems will create faster charging cars with better battery range, improved driving performance, and even greater efficiencies. GKN Automotive intends to continue delivering an increasingly electrified future”

GKN Automotive’s rapid development of next-generation eDrive systems is being enhanced through working in Formula E as a partner to Jaguar Racing. Constant testing to improve efficiency, performance and extending the range of batteries in the ultra-competitive world of electric motorsport creates a direct link from race to road. Cutting-edge developments currently being developed for Jaguar Racing will likely be available on near-future road cars in just three years.