Nobel chemistry winner discusses EV battery development
Michael Stanley Whittingham is one of 2019’s three Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, for his instrumental work in helping develop the lithium-ion batteries that power most electric vehicles (EV) today.
Bloomberg has just interviewed him, discussing what he sees as the lay of the land in EV technology, and what comes next. Since there could be few more reliable sources, we thought it would be worth taking note. Credit goes to the original source.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS has been spied during testing on public roads, and it looks to have a design very closely related to the Vision EQS unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show.
The large, swoopily-styled fastback promises to be quite a departure from the sedans in the company's current range.
Up front the EQS will have large triangular headlights framing a closed-off grille. The doors feature frameless windows and flushing-fitting pop-out door handles.
BMW M rules out front-drive high-performance models
BMW may have made a U-turn by embracing front-drive for its latest small passenger cars – after previously ridiculing front-drive in advertising – but high-performance models will remain exclusively rear-drive or all-wheel drive, says the boss of BMW M division.
When asked whether front-wheel drive might be suitable for high-performance M-branded models, the global boss of BMW M, Markus Flasch, said “No, it’s not”.
Ferrari has released its latest race-ready 488, the GT3 Evo, which will go head-to-head with stripped out McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, and Porsche racers on circuits around the world.
Ferrari says it has focused on improving the aerodynamics, handling, safety and reliability of the 488 GT3, but it hasn't given the car any more power.
It's still powered by a 90-degree turbocharged V8 engine with its outputs determined by the FIA's Balance of Performance regulations.