Audi to Reveal its Super-Hybrid SUV SQ8 at the North American Auto Show

Audi is set to debut its all-new sporty super-hybrid SUV, the SQ8, in January’s North American Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

To compete directly with the BMW X6 M, the Audi SQ8 may be inspired by the Q8 Sport Concept, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last March. It featured a 3.0-liter V6 engine for 444 horsepower with a 20 kWh electric motor, resulting in 469 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Its 0 to 60 mph time is estimated at 4.7 sec, and a top speed is 171 mph.

On the design front, its more aggressive sport-tuned air suspension complements its squatted, hunched back. Other notables include Quattro all-wheel drive, more aggressive bumpers, and carbon ceramic brake discs. Four-wheel steering Virtual Cockpit gauge display will also come standard on all vehicles.

No word on when the production SQ8 will arrive in dealerships. Pricing, although not yet revealed, is expected to fall in the $100,000 range based on its specifications versus direct competitors.

Autocar UK

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Infiniti to Unveil Its First Electric Model in January 2018

Infiniti is set to debut its first electric model at the North American International Auto Show in January 2018.

Very little details have been revealed so far. According to Autocar, the new concept will be introduced as a new electric-only model on its platform, not one shared by the Nissan Leaf, according to senior VP for global design Alfonso Albaisa. He also alluded to its Prototype 9 electric retro racer concept, which was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year, as being a technology influencer, with parts of the car planned for the new concept without specifying what.

Infiniti LE.

No word was given on whether it will be a sedan, an SUV, or a pure performance car (image is of a previous concept).

Also, Infiniti plans to promote synergy with its parent company, Nissan, leveraging its experience to build and refine its electric drivetrain. According to Infiniti head Roland Krueger, “there are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize.”

Infiniti’s last attempt at an electric vehicle was the 2012 LE, which was based on the Leaf platform with a 100-mile driving range on a single charge on a 134 horsepower electric motor and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. This project was scrapped two times in 2013 and 2015 over doubts regarding its potential to sell and overarching sales goals that took priority.

Source: Autocar UK

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Eight Global Companies Join EV100 Campaign To Convert Their Vehicles To Electric DriveEVs

Eight multi-national corporations, a major airport, and a European utility have committed to converting their fleets over to electric vehicles by 2030.

Announced Tuesday in New York by The Climate Group during Climate Week NYC, the 10 members of “EV100” seek to cut millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year and to curb transport-related air and noise pollution. EV100 members include Baidu, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Heathrow Airport, HP Inc., IKEA Group, LeasePlan, Metro AG, Pacific Gas & Electric, Unilever, and Vattenfall.

Each of the EV100 members has committed to transitioning its fleet vehicles over from diesel and gasoline vehicles to EVs with a charging infrastructure by 2030. They’ll be issuing timetables for these transitions. They expect the conversion to EVs will reduce fleet costs along with supporting rollouts of new EVs and helping to make them more affordable to consumers.

“We want to make electric transport the new normal,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, a cleantech non-profit organization.

“EV100 will use companies’ collective global buying power and influence on employees and customers to build demand and cut costs. The members being announced today see the business logic in leading a faster transition and addressing local air quality issues in their markets. They are setting a competitive challenge to the auto industry to deliver more EVs, sooner and at lower cost,” Clarkson said.

The Climate Group has been adding new members to two other climate initiatives. RE100 is taking measures to accelerate adoption of renewable energy; EP100 is adding more companies that seek to double their energy productivity.

Germany’s postal service, Deutsche Post DHL Group, added 2,500 Streetscooter electric delivery vans earlier this year. The goal is to reach 4,000 of these vehicles by the end of the year.

Swedish power company Vattenfall earlier this year committed to converting its entire 3,500 vehicles over to EVs in the next five years. The company’s fleet operates passenger and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The utility has invested substantially in wind energy in recent years.

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LeasePlan, a major fleet leasing and management company in the U.S. and Europe, aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. The company will be electrifying its own employee fleet by 2021.

“Making the transition to an electric fleet is one of the easiest ways for businesses to help tackle climate change,” said CEO Tex Gunning, LeasePlan’s CEO.

Clean Technica

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