Technological alliances between manufacturers are becoming more common nowadays. Why wait to find the solution internally when you can share with another player who already has a head start?
The most recent union between two manufacturers concerns Audi and Hyundai. Yes, the two manufacturers will work together to develop vehicles that use hydrogen. Vehicles equipped with fuel cells – or “fuel cell vehicles” if you prefer the English expression – already exist on the market, especially in California where a few dedicated service stations are already established.
Moreover, Hyundai is already a pioneer in this regard, because the older generation of Tucson has been offered in small quantities in the state of California until recently. Better still, Hyundai is already preparing the rest of the story with its NEXO utility vehicle that also burns hydrogen.
The first result of this strategic alliance between Audi and Hyundai would come in the form of a full-size Audi utility whose production would be limited and which could even reach the market within two years. There is reason to believe that a revised version of the Audi e-tron expected later this year, the limited number of units planned pointing to this way of doing things.
The announcement should not surprise anyone since two other manufacturers, Honda and GM in this case, also unveiled the outlines of a collaboration for the development of fuel cell vehicles.
According to Peter Mertens, a member of the House of Representatives for Development, this technology is the most systematic form of electric driving in the world. It is true that the advantage of hydrogen is precisely to be able to recharge the indoor car cover in a few minutes for a greater autonomy or equivalent to the best battery electric vehicles of the moment. However, the challenge remains, because the technology remains extremely expensive and the speed with which electric vehicles improve, this alternative is still a hypothesis.
Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, arrested at his home
The Automotive News site has learned that Audi President and CEO, Professor Rupert Stadler, was arrested at his Ingolstadt home in Germany because of the TDI engine scandal. Prosecutors at the Munich court feared that the principal concerned would remove documents or evidence related to the case.
A judge also told the accused that he would remain in detention, to prevent him from destroying any evidence related to the TDI engine scandal. The Volkswagen group has also confirmed the arrest of the big four-ring manitou.
Also according to Automotive News, a spokesman for Porsche SE, the company that controls Audi and Volkswagen, confirmed that the arrest of Stadler would be on the agenda at the meeting of the board of directors. Will an acting leader be appointed pending further action for the President and CEO? It is too early to speculate on this aspect, but it is permissible to believe it.
Recall that the prosecutors of the Munich court had searched the apartment Stadler last week, and that of another member of the board of directors. This other suspect would be Bernd Martens, director of purchases, according to a person close to the investigation.
Recall that the Audi manufacturer is involved in the scandal of diesel engines as well as its partners Volkswagen and Porsche, who confessed in 2015 to have used software sensitive to emissions testing. The software in question significantly reduced the rate of toxic emissions at the time of the test, when in fact the different TDI models concerned far exceeded the standards prescribed by the states concerned.
Schaeffler presents an electric Audi RS3
Are there still skeptics about the potential of electric energy on board vehicles? The simple fact that EVs do not release toxic emissions into the atmosphere is already a good argument, but what about performance? After all, since the invention of the automobile, the human being constantly seeks to repel the performance of this means of transport.
We already know that the Tesla Model S P100D is considered the fastest production car (acceleration) of the globe, the 0-100 km / h announced this high-end sedan is 2.7 seconds. And this escalation in performance is certainly not over, as the big names in the industry are already working on a massive response to the Tesla offensive. Think about the Porsche Mission E, to name just one.
Other partners are also working to improve the performance and even the autonomy of the electric car. Schaeffler is already involved in the automotive world on several levels. What’s more, Schaeffler also participates in the Formula E championship via the Audi Sport ABT team and has just completed the making of this prototype electric sedan based on an Audi RS3 platform.
Of course, the partnership with a major manufacturer such as Audi does not hurt in this case. The engineers managed to integrate the technology of a single-seat Formula E into the chassis of the German sedan. Result: a total power of 1180 horsepower (!) For this prototype called 4ePerformance.
The car uses four electric motors, which are controlled by two gearboxes (one per axle), while two battery packs handle the energy needed to propel the electric bomb. 4thPerformance would be able to reach 200 km / h in less than 7 seconds.
But, to better understand all the madness behind this electric Audi RS3, a video viewing is required. Go take a look, you’ll understand!