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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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is an all-electric hypercar

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The Hispano Suiza brand has been around for more than a century. Now primarily known as an aerospace company, the automotive side of the business is attempting a revival, first with the Carmen's introduction and now with the Carmen Boulogne, a sportier take on the Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne is a fully electric and exclusive hypercar that was designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. The company will create just five examples for sale.

Its name origin stretches back to 1921 when Hispano Suiza made a racing version of its high-performance H6 Coupé and entered it in the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race lasting more than 3.5 hours around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza took the win at the race in 1921, 1922, and 1923.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne delivers 1,098 horsepower and has an electronically limited maximum speed of 180 mph. The car can get form zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and weighs 3,593 pounds. Its weight is 60 pounds less than the traditional Carmen, a number that was achieved by changing out traditional structural elements for a carbon fiber subframe, among other parts. Additionally, the entire body of the car is carbon fiber.

The car's 80 kilowatt hour battery gives it a driving range of up to 248 miles. That's similar to the range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its battery is designed and produced in-house, and has fast-charging capability of more than 80 kilowatts, taking just 30 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent via a CCS2 fast charger. It also has CHAdeMO and GB/T charging options.

Each rear wheel of the car has two permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The torque deliver of each motor is controlled through a vectoring system honed by experience in Formula E racing. Off the line through 6,500 rpm, the car is capable of reaching 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

The face of the car has the same semi-circular headlights and scowl as the Carmen, with the difference of a copper-colored grille. Buyers can customize their model to include either suede or black Alcantara on the dashboard and door panels.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

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The price of the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne starts at $2 million USD, and its manufacturing process requires approximately twelve month of lead time.

The five units of the Carmen Boulogne hypercar join the 14 units of the Carmen to reach a total of 19 units in production, with the first unit ready to be delivered in 2022.

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The expected range of the Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will have an EPA-estimated 250-mile range. The estimate is for ID.4 1st Edition and Pro models. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for city driving is 104 MPGe; highway driving is rated at 89 MPGe, and combined city/highway at 97 MPGe. It will be VW's first long-range model sold in the U.S.

The ID.4 1st Edition and Pro will be the first models out of the gate for VW. They feature an 82 kilowatt-hour battery and a rear-mounted motor that produces 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 The interior of the ID.4 features a minimalist aesthetic.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen says that at a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kilowatt charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. VW is providing three years of Electrify America fast charging with every ID.4 purchase at no additional cost. Electrify America is the nation's largest open DC fast charging network with more than 470 charging stations and over 2,000 DC fast chargers. Earlier this year the company completed its second cross-country charging route.

Based on calculations by Volskwagen using the EPA's cost allowances, it will cost $700 per year, on average, to fuel the ID.4 in the U.S. The company estimates that over five years owners will save $2,250 compared to the average new model.

The first ID.4s will be made overseas soon. VW will make the battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the U.S.A at VW's Chattanooga plant. The model will be made and go on sale in early 2021.

Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995 for the ID.4 Pro. Buyers may qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

Volkswagen has plans to release a 302-horsepower, electric all-wheel-drive variant of the ID.4 later in 2021. Range estimates for that model are forthcoming.

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