Audi is quickly moving further on the e-roadmap: Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron with augmented reality

All German car manufacturers are getting faster and faster on the e-highway and consistently take the unjust accusation that they have missed e-mobility ad absurdum. In fact, given the speed at which new electric vehicles are presented, one could get the impression that e-mobility is about to make a breakthrough. That is certainly not the case for a long time, but even skeptical minds like me become thoughtful.

Audi has just presented two more attractive Stromers that not only look good, but also put innovative features on the road, or better: bring them into the cockpit. In Shanghai there is another e-bang from Audi to marvel at, which, as usual, is initially intended to promote the “E-Volution” (Audi formulation) as a study. As a counterpoint to the EQS from Mercedes-Benz, the A6 e-tron concept also shines with a range of 700 kilometers and thus takes a lot of the air out of the sails of a range pioneer of the electric S-Class.

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Driving report Audi RS e-tron GT: a super sports car of the purest water

If there is one convincing argument in favor of a battery-powered e-car, then it is undoubtedly the driving pleasure. This sheer driving pleasure (sorry BMW) is taken to extremes in the new Audi e-tron GT, which we were able to savor on a longer test drive. Still euphoric by the perfectly composed (!!) E-Sound of Silence and the almost uncanny acceleration thrust, it is difficult to question the mobile electric future. If it weren't for a few hurdles.

Let's start with what immediately catches the eye with the Audi e-tron GT: the absolutely successful shape. Fascinating in every detail, aesthetically pointed and pointed: a Gran Turismo like out of a design textbook, a four-door high-performance sports car for the long journey, which immediately encourages you to think of a corona-free drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany. The country roads and the autobahn around Hamburg seem rather sobering on our test drive, but without being able to take the GT away from its fascination.


The BMW Fall of Man: Marketing and press work in one hand

Is corporate and product communication becoming a pure marketing tool? BMW will officially practice this fatal development in the future. A taboo that could take bitter revenge. Or have the customs degenerated to such an extent that marketing can no longer be distinguished from corporate communication, i.e. classic press work?


Electric cars in underground garages: will they soon have to stay outside everywhere? - by Jens Meiners

It is considered to be the heart of the otherwise vague “traffic turnaround”: electromobility with fully or partially electrified cars. The market shares are slowly increasing, mainly thanks to enormous subsidies of over 10.000 euros in some cases. But in addition to the many questions relating to range, costs and actual benefits for the environment, there is now also concern about safety. It has now led to the fact that, after Leonberg, a centrally located multi-storey car park in Kulmbach has been closed for electric and hybrid vehicles.

 


Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI: A dream of confident forward movement

This engine is a very special kind of propellant. A dream of sovereign forward movement that forces one to conclude: The diesel must not die! Whether consumption or exhaust gas values: Much less is hardly possible. And no one needs more power. For less power-hungry customers, there are other engine variants in the same well-designed Sportback look.

 


Guest comment from Peter Schwerdtmann: Audians 2020 are inventive again

The language lives. And the Duden is no longer what it used to be - a reliable guide for grammar and spelling. Even the word “gender equitable” shouldn't have slipped into its columns. Here two languages ​​are mixed unrestrainedly, an English word is brutally Germanized. The Duden has a reason for this, because it observes the development of language. In the process, he is increasingly losing sight of his essential task of cultivating the German language.


Electricity rationing: a devastating signal for electric car buyers and interested parties

Car buyers are considering whether they should switch to e-mobility or give preference to a diesel or gasoline engine. And then the Federal Ministry of Economics goes public with the message that electricity for the charging stations may have to be rationed in order to avoid widespread blackouts.

Volkswagen reports a tripling of sales of electrified cars in 2020 compared to the previous year. This is undoubtedly a success that many e-skeptics would not have thought possible. The power with which VW marketing has achieved these numbers can also become a problem in the long run.


"Euro 7 emissions standard of the EU Commission is politically wanted end for combustion engines"

Automobilclub Mobil in Deutschland eV sees the end of the internal combustion engine and dramatic consequences for the automotive industry in view of the Euro 7 norm looming on the horizon, which is to come into force in 2025.

The planned Euro 7 standard provides for clearly strict emission standards for motor vehicles from 2025: New vehicles will then only emit 30 mg NOx (nitrogen oxide) per kilometer and, in a second scenario, only 10 mg per kilometer. The current limit is 60 mg for gasoline and 80 mg for diesel vehicles. In addition, the CO2 limit values ​​are to be drastically reduced to 300 or 100 mg, depending on the vehicle category. In addition, significant tightening of the measurement conditions during the Real Drive Emissions Test (RDE) to comply with limit values ​​should come into force. All exceptions previously permitted in the RDE are to be removed, i.e. tests contrary to the real everyday use of most cars in extreme situations (extremely low temperatures, driving at full throttle, driving at high altitudes or towing a trailer).