Electric Vehicles

New track by Ren Harvieu celebrates the possibility of an electric vehicle future

UK artist Ren Harvieu has created a new song celebrating electric vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK

Shortly after Ford launched a song based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai has released its own musical interlude featuring an alternatively powertrained vehicle. "Electric Feels" was written and performed by critically acclaimed UK artist Ren Harvieu. It was co-written with Romeo Stodart.

Hyundai commissioned the song, released by Bella Union, as part of its ongoing promotion of plug-in hybrid, electric, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company has committed $36 billion over the next five years in a push to get 44 electrified models available to customers by 2025.

Ren Harvieu Hyundai Hyundai has one of the largest electrified vehicle fleets in the world. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK

Some of that push includes launching the company's fourth passenger vehicle brand. Ioniq joins Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia in the Hyundai Motor Corporation family.

According to Hyundai, the new track "is an emotive dose of sassy synth pop and takes inspiration from Harvieu's experiences during lockdown, including the changing sound of the city she witnessed, as our roads emptied and air pollution improved."

"I'd already been thinking about the changes that I've seen in cities across the country, quieter roads, less air pollution and I think we've been given a small window into what a more sustainable future could look like. This campaign is about getting people to think about the environment and make that switch to electric. For me this is a really important message," said Harvieu.

"The quieter roads during lockdown have really given us an insight into what a greener world could look and sound like - and it's clear that the British public is serious about its commitment to improving the planet and living in a more environmentally-conscious way," Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, from Hyundai Motor UK.

Ren Harvieu Ren Harvieu composed the song based on her experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK

Seven years after her Top 5 debut album, Salford singer, Ren recently overcame a life threatening back injury to release her new album 'Revel in the Drama' in April.

Stream or download Ren Harvieu's track, 'Electric Feels', here.

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

Hyundai

Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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New electric luxury vehicles

Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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