Electric vehicle (EV) news roundup: Karma, Audi, BMW
Karma SC2 concept

Electric vehicle (EV) news roundup: Karma, Audi, BMW

Automakers show off new vehicles, celebrate awards, announce production plans.

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November 20, 2019

Cleveland, Ohio – Several automakers announced new vehicles or celebrat-ed milestones for the hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) at the Los Angeles Auto Show and other events globally.

Karma Automotive

Karma unveiled two vehicles –a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and a full EV. The $150,000 Revero GTS goes into production early next year. It features two electric drive units and a 3-cylinder engine to provide up to 360 miles of range (80 miles of electric only range). Karma estimates the Revero GTS will go from 0 to 60mph in less than 3.9 seconds.

The SC2 EV concept car (pictured above) is a two-seat, sporty car with butterfly doors and other eye-catching features. With 1,100hp, the car launches 0 to 60mph in less than 1.9 seconds. Front- and rear-mounted twin electric motors produce 10,500 lb-ft of torque. Karma engineers estimate a 350-mile range.

“SC2 presents an optimistic and bold message about Karma’s future as we enthusiastically accept the challenge of elevating experience-driven mobility,” says Karma VP, Global Design and Architecture, Andreas Thurner. “In creating SC2, we have enhanced the thrill of the open road through connected, interac-tive patented technology, beyond that of a traditional high-performance luxury vehicle.”

An I-shaped 120kWh battery is housed in the center tunnel beneath the dashboard and seats. Long-range radars, cameras, and frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) LiDAR sensors support an autonomous future. Vehicle entry is through fingerprint and facial recognition sensors.

Audi

 

Audi’s 2019 e-tron EV has earned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program’s (NCAP’s) maximum overall safety rating of five stars in its latest series of tests. NCAP’s crashworthiness ratings evaluate how vehicles perform in crash tests including frontal, side, and rollover tests.

The e-tron comes with standard Audi pre sense basic, which can help pre-pare the vehicle for impact by beginning to close the side windows and sunroof and pre-tensioning the front safety belts. Standard automatic emergency brak-ing is offered as part of Audi pre sense front. Using a front-mounted camera, the e-tron can help initiate braking at speeds of up to 52mph for detected pedestri-ans and bicyclists in front of the vehicle and can bring a vehicle to a full stop when traveling at speeds less than 35mph.

The e-tron went on sale this spring nationwide.

BMW

Complementing thei3 compact car EV and i8 electric sports car, BMW’s up-coming i4 targets the company’s core market – a premium, mid-range four-door sedan. With fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the automaker expects the i4’s range to be 372 miles.

By 2023, the BMW Group will have25 models with electrified drive.

 

The electric motor developed for the BMW i4 delivers a maximum output of around 390kW/530hp, about the same as V-8 powered gas models.

The i4 will be manufactured at the company's main plant in Munich, where other vehicles produced include the BMW 3 Series Sedan with conventional combustion engine and plug-in hybrid drive.

About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 19 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

rschoenberger@gie.net