Overview of automotive news: October 5
Ford announces electric and hybrid plans; car sales increase despite the impact of COVID-19; Polestar 2 electrical specifications and pricing confirmed; Charge your car day 2021; and auto insurance set to rise – here’s today’s takeaway news
It’s been a whirlwind day, so here’s a look at the latest automotive news.
Ford electrical plans presented
In an effort for sustainability, Ford Australia unveiled its electrification master plan. By the end of 2024, the Blue Oval will introduce a minimum of 5 new electric vehicles. The first, the Ford E-Transit, is slated for a mid-2022 launch.
The electric van is one of the first to arrive in Australia. It will include a 68 kWh battery, a 198 kW and 430 Nm motor, and a range of up to 317 kilometers (Ford says that’s more than 2.5 times the distance an average pickup truck covers in a day).
Charging times vary. On a high power DC fast charger, a 15-80% squirt only takes 34 minutes. Using a low-power wall charger, the E-Transit can be comfortably powered overnight in 8.2 hours. It meets the freight transport specifications of the Transit 350L RWD diesel models and Ford is considering a payload of 1.6 tons.
The Ford E-Transit will come with a 5-year, unlimited-mileage “service offer” and an 8-year, 160,000 km warranty on the battery and major electrical components.
In the same press release, Ford also mentioned that plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) would also help electrify the brand. The company has allocated $ 40 billion to its electrical strategy.
September car sales increased, even with COVID-19 restrictions
It looks like COVID-19 closures and a global microchip shortage could only dampen the Australian driver’s desire for a new vehicle. In September 2021, car dealerships recorded 83,312 orders for new vehicles, or nearly 591 units moved per day. SUVs were the most popular, with 40,832 sales. Passenger vehicles saw a 4.6% increase in demand compared to September 2020, while the light commercial and heavy-duty vehicle segments also saw an increase in demand.
As usual, Toyota claimed the largest share of sales – with 20,216 sales. Mazda trailed behind its compatriot, claiming just under 8% of the market and Ford rounded out the top three with a 6.9% stake.
The most popular model? The Ford Ranger, with 4,192 orders. The second was its rival, the Toyota Hilux, while the Corolla hatchback was the country’s third favorite car in September 2021.
The Victorians appeared to be behind the massive increase, with a 96.2% increase in car purchases from September 2020. The Garden State purchased an additional 10,048 vehicles from last year.
Polestar 2 prices published
Another new electric car is expected to join the emerging market, this time from Volvo’s electric car division – Polestar. Buyers can order the fastback electric car from January 2022. Prices start from $ 59,900 (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, MSRP) for the single-motor variant of the entry-level standard lineup. This model has a range of 440 km. The Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor has a larger battery and therefore an increased range of 540 km. This model has an MSRP of $ 64,900. The Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor has the same battery, but the power goes up to 300kW and the torque is 660Nm. The range drops to 480 km and the MSRP climbs to $ 69,900.
Polestar will also offer 3 optional packs, priced between $ 6,000 and $ 8,000. They will unlock additional performance or efficiency.
Polestar has also indicated its intention to launch an SUV model, known as the Polestar 3 “in the future”.
Today is Charge Your Car Day 2021
Car charger experts CTEK have called October 5 a Charge Your Car Day.
They say that due to COVID-19 lockouts, with some vehicles being parked for long periods of time, you need to check your battery. Apparently, in Germany 46.3% of outages were due to battery failure; while in the UK more than three quarters of outages were the result of a battery problem.
Why is this happening? A car battery is recharged with use, thanks to a component called an alternator. Without regular driving over reasonable distances, the battery can discharge. CTEK says it can damage the health of the battery. Drivers in urban areas, who make short and frequent trips, put the most strain on their car battery. If your car fell flat and you started it, CTEK says it could have impacted long-term battery life.
What should you do then, if your car is parked more than usual? Get a car battery charger, if you don’t already have one. It’s a pretty straightforward process to hook one up too. Consult your car owner’s manual where your battery is located. Then connect the charger’s alligator clips to the battery terminals and let the charger do the rest.
Some of the best chargers only fill the battery when they need it, and almost all offer a trickle charge feature for slow, controlled overnight recharges.
Read our 31 maintenance tips to keep your car in top condition.
Auto insurance rises thanks to easing of lockdown
As if you weren’t fed up with foreclosure already, it looks like easing restrictions will likely lead to higher auto insurance premiums.
Why? More cars are expected to return to the roads, increasing the likelihood of having a bingle. In addition, global supply chain issues will almost certainly lead to an increase in the cost and availability of spare parts.
To learn more, check out our guide to increasing auto insurance and easing the lockdown.
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