Manufacturing motors for EVs and hybrids is a very different process from making conventional engines. In this video, you’ll go inside the factory where Audi produces its EV motors, and robots and humans work in concert to transform metal, plastic, and coils of copper wire into a modern and powerful mode of propulsion.
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Tesla’s latest Model S hasn’t changed much outside, but its interior has a sleek new look, premium materials, and a steering wheel out of a video game. The Long Range model can go 412 mi, while the Plaid and Plaid+ offer insane specs: 1020 hp and 1100 hp, both doing 0-to-60 in under 2 sec. The Plaid+ has a crazy 520 mi range.
One challenge for electric vehicles is the limited availability of chargers. Volkswagen is showing off a robot that can drive around a parking lot, connect to a vehicle, and charge it no matter what space it’s parked in. It can also leave a charging pack next to a car and fetch another to charge multiple vehicles at once.
The Tesla Model X combines the space of a crossover with the power of a sports car – especially when it’s been tricked out in Performance trim with Ludicrous mode. One lucky entrant will win this car, while helping to support veterans’ and children’s charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get 50% bonus entries for a limited time.
Sporting sleek, concept car looks, the all-electric Ariya kicks off a new direction for Nissan. The crossover offers up to 389hp in its e-4ORCE AWD version, and up to 300 miles of range with its 90kWh battery. Its interior is modern and minimal, and offers tech like ProPILOT Assist 2.0, which enables hands-free highway driving.
Racer and stunt driver Ken Block shared this in-car footage from his first-ever time racing in the Dakar Rally. His vehicle? The prototype Extreme E Odyssey 21, a badass all-electric rally car that makes 550 hp and 679 lb-ft. of torque. It might be quiet, but it’s deceptively quick.
French automaker Peugeot dusts off the styling of their iconic 504 coupe and updates it with this pure electric concept car. The e-Legend has a 100kWh battery and dual motors to make more than 450 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and is packed with tech like full autonomy.
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