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I recently had a PHEV - the BMW 225 XE as a temporary replacement car. While the 225XE is not exactly a 100% electric car, but if you keep the battery charged up, you can technically run on full electric power for about 25km. Was eager to try out how it is like to be living with an EV in Singapore and here are my observations: Driving on pure electric power was weird (like driving around with your engine shut down) in the beginning. But i kinda enjoyed it after awhile, i guess. Biggest challenge with the short range is...eventually, it will fall back into petrol powered mode and it takes forever to charge the battery up again until you plug-in again. A domestic power point + the supplied cable is not enough, you'll need a wall box to be installed in order to safely charge the car. It's a big pain to find places to charge when you're out of the house and run out battery juice. While there are quite a number of charging points, but they're often operated by different service providers (each requires u to become a member + place deposit/min fee etc. etc. to use). When you eventually find it, you'll end up staring at the grass for the next 2-3 hours waiting for the car to charge up.🤣 The instant torque of the electric motor + engine is super addictive a total blast when overtaking with 385 Nm of near instant torque !!! No one will be willing to wait 2-3 hours for the battery to be fully charged. Not practical for anyone who does not have a charger at home. Oh ya... this short, fat and very family looking car does 0-100 in 6.7 sec 😈 ultimate sleeper car! Long term cost of maintenance is a big question mark. In conclusion, Singapore's infra is still far from being EV friendly. The most practical way for someone who does not have a home charger to drive an EV...go the PHEV way if you want to experience electric car and yet can fall back to the petrol engine for a decent drive if u run out of juice.
Let embrace the EV storm, from CHINA. To those that said China brand is dead in Singapore, think again. China is now leading the EV market, and several established auto manufacturers are actually trying to collaborate with these Chinese EV startup to gain entry into the EV segment. Denza X, an electrified crossover, is a product of the joint venture between Daimler and China’s BYD, but more importantly, the design child of the former. Thus Denza X has unashamedly incorporates Mercedes-Benz influences, from the seat designs, to the trimmings, air vents and everything in between. If you’ve driven any recent Benz’s, you’ll feel right at home here. Earlier this year, China’s EV brand Denza, a 50:50 joint venture between BYD and Daimler, presented the sleek Concept X designed by Mercedes-Benz. Since things move really fast in China’s auto industry, the company has already revealed the production model that’s called the Denza X. The midsize crossover stays remarkably close to the concept from a styling standpoint, although the pop-out door handles and rearview cameras haven’t made it to the production model. The bumpers have also been modified, as have the lights. Inside, the 4.89-meter (192.5-inch) long SUV offers seven seats and a dashboard dominated by a massive center display that can rotate, changing its orientation from portrait to landscape and back. The Denza X also features a fully digital instrument panel. Chinese customers will be able to choose from two powertrains, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric. The PHEV combines a 192 PS (189 HP) 2.0-liter turbo-four gasoline engine, two electric motors, and a battery. The motor mounted on the front axle delivers 150 PS (148 HP) while the one at the back produces 245 PS (242 HP). It’s the same powertrain found on the BYD Tang, with which the Denza X shares its underpinnings. With a usable output of more than 400 PS (396 HP), the plug-in hybrid model is said to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds. As for the all-electric version, it’s powered by a single electric motor delivering 245 PS (242 HP) and can cover around 500 km (311 miles) on a single charge according to the NEDC cycle. Denza will release more details about its new model at the November launch, with deliveries in China expected to start in early 2020.
2019 Honda Accord PHEV Specs, Price It goes without say that the 2019 Honda Accord PHEV is a force to reckon with in the world of hybrid motors. The Honda Accord PHEV 2019 is significantly superior to most hybrid models like; Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. The newest member in the family boasts of immense engine developments, advanced technology capabilities and sweeping designs that will blow your mind. The new Honda Accord introduces a much improved Plug in hybrid that offers up to 3 times the last generation electric range (results in 39 miles EV range). The skin and body embrace a few changes as well as improved technology features that are designed to support its remote monitoring. 2019 Honda Accord PHEV – Interior and Exterior RedesignThe body and the interior of the Honda Accord is expected to embrace some improvements to support the changes on its power train and on its performance. To minimize on the weight while reinforcing the strength of its body, the car embraces; an aluminum hood and an aluminum sub-frame. More significant changes are on the cars lighting, it boasts of new daytime running lights, LED. Also, rear lights supposedly supported by its new super energy source. Interior:The interior of the 2019 Honda Accord PHEV is more spacious and roomy, the seats are super comfortable. The air management is improved and controlled to minimize on any noise that may reach the interior. The Accord has an advanced interface, an informative steering wheel with fully functional fingerprint technology. Also, it is fitted with; heated front-seats, touch screen multi -information display and audio systems, adjustable drivers’ seat with intelligent memory and a dual zone automatic climate control system. The 2019 Honda Accord PHEV also features additional technology features to convenience the driver and passengers. 2019 Honda Accord PHEV – Engine and PerformanceThe new Honda Accord is expected feed from either of these two power trains; the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four and the turbocharged 1.5-liter inline four with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The latter is however projected to be the main engine in most cars. The base engine (with CVT) yields 192 hp with the alternative yielding 252 hp (turbo inline four with 10-speed automatic). The new Accord is an incredible power machine capable of accelerating to 60 mph in a mere7.3 seconds compared to its predecessors 7.6 seconds. The 2019 Honda Accord PHEV covers a quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 91 mph. It offers 10:3:1 compression ratio, a variable valve timing system, a fast charging LI-ion battery 6.7 kWh capable of charging for approximately 3 hours and 1 hour in 120 volts and 220 volts sources respectively. Apart from improvements on the engine, the 2019 Accord is capable of supporting a remote control from a Honda link smart phone application. It achieves 29 mpg EPA rates in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. 2019 Honda Accord PHEV – Price and Release DateIn conclusion, the release dates of the 2019 Accord have not been made official. However, it might hit the major dealer rooms late 2018 or early 2019. http://honda2018.com/2019-honda-accord-phev/