Russia is the latest country to announce launching a new electric vehicle. Russian Engineering and Manufacturing Company (REMC) is launching the first locally manufactured electric vehicle, naming it Zetta.
Early reports suggest it could be the cheapest electric vehicle ever built with an expected price tag of just $7,000 (£5,400). Zetta is short for Zero Emission Terra Transport Asset and should be ready for launch early in 2020 after the final certification stages.
The World Automotive Conference was held in Istanbul on October 17 2019, where experts presented possible solutions for keeping up with future trends in the automotive sector.
From managing global economic challenges to overcoming changing industry demands, 50 speakers added tremendous value to the conversation. There are various issues plaguing the automotive sector including too much traffic, too many cars, bad drivers, inadequate public transport, air pollution and not enough parking.
These may not be the trends that are directly shaping the automotive industry but they are important nonetheless. It clearly indicates some of the consumer feedback which the automotive sector needs to respond to.
A new flying car has been unveiled in Japan by NEC
Corp. While it is essentially a drone with four propellers, the company says it
will be capable of carrying people. Even though the prototype only hovered for a
minute, it did fly and marks another impressive development in the hotly
debated area of future transport.
Over the last few years in Japan, a number of small,
passionate flying car communities have emerged. They believe that Japan has the
engineering knowledge and the right environment to succeed (and lead) a global
flying car industry. Venture capitalists in Japan have set up a fund called the
‘Drone Fund’ which is purely for investing purposes into autonomous aircraft and
flying car companies.
For the few who don’t know, McLaren Cars were founded
in 1985 which later became McLaren Automotive. Today, they remain a successful British
car manufacturer based at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey where
their primary focus is on sports cars.
McLaren Automotive became a 100% owned subsidiary of
the wider McLaren Group in July 2017 and recently celebrated selling their 20,000th
car. It will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Surrey.
We can never get tired of reading and writing about engineering developments, emerging technologies and the flying taxi. This year has already seen a few interesting concepts from Uber signing with NASA to the CityHawk and Pal-V. And now it is time for Audi to step up to the plate.
The German automaker is living up to their name with the new Pop.Up Next, a hybrid quadcopter and compact two-seater electric vehicle. This is certainly an ambitious attempt but one that seems well worth it considering their partnership with Italdesign and Airbus. Continue reading →