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MG makes its ZS electric vehicle affordable

Published June 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MG makes its ZS electric vehicle affordable

Auto & Audio June 20, 2019 15:53

By The Nation

MG has shocked the market with the pricing of its ZS EV (electric vehicle), but in a good way.

The ZS EV, imported from China, now comes with a highly attractive price tag of Bt1.19 million, making it one of the cheapest EVs in the market.

Plus, for the first 1,000 customers, MG is giving a free home-charging unit worth Bt45,000, free installation worth Bt20,000 as well as free insurance and unlimited mileage warranty on the battery for eight years.

The ZS EV gets its power from a 44.5kWh water-cooled battery with a rapid charging ability (0 to 80 per cent in 43 minutes). A normal charge from a 7kWh wall unit can take up to 6.5 hours (0 to 100 per cent).

Maximum output is declared at 150 horsepower, while MG claims a range of as much as 428km (down to 335km according to the NEDC standard).

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Nissan, PEA sign agreement for electric vehicle charging facilities

Published June 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Nissan, PEA sign agreement for  electric vehicle charging facilities

Auto & Audio June 19, 2019 01:00

By   THE NATION

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NISSAN Leaf customers worried about getting their next recharge had some good news yesterday, as Thailand’s Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) inked an agreement with Nissan Thailand to ensure that home-charging options and correct electrical infrastructure is in place in upcountry areas.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) commits them to work together to ensure easy access for electric vehicle (EV) customers, along with service manuals for charging systems, technical skills training and public charging stations.

“PEA envision that EV cars will continue to increase in popularity in the coming years,” said PEA governor Sompong Preeprem, so the government enterprise has developed the PEA Volta Platform to support a network of EV charging stations across Thailand.

“We have a master plan to support charging stations nationwide, covering all provinces, as well as offering highly trained and experienced staff who can provide expert advice for home charging installation to power EVs. We will provide full support in readying the power system for EV usage in Thailand.”

PEA ENCOM International Co Ltd, a PEA subsidiary, will be responsible for installing and wiring electrical cables and power supplies from switchboards to industrial sockets to meet the needs of Nissan EV customers, Sompong added.

Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan in Thailand, said the agreement between the companies demonstrated a continuing partnership between the automaker, the government, state enterprises and the public sector to support the country’s electrification road map. It also represents another example of how Nissan is bringing its EV global leadership to Thailand, he said. He also emphasised the importance of building the EV ecosystem for Nissan Leaf customers across the Kingdom.

“We recently started delivering the all-new Nissan Leaf to our valued Thai customers, and 20 per cent of those were upcountry. This reinforces how important this deal with PEA is, to ensure all our customers have access to a robust and trustworthy charging infrastructure,” Narasimhan explained.

Nissan was continuously evolving its electrification strategy and portfolio, with the goal of making it accessible, attractive, and convenient for all driving needs, he said.

“Here in Thailand we are working with local governmental agencies, policymakers and dealers to help drive EV adoption and provide the infrastructure and ecosystem necessary to make that successful.”

The deal with PEA follows a 2018 MoU Nissan signed with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) to provide home-charging solutions for Leaf owners in the greater Bangkok area. Last month Nissan also signed an Electro Mobility Operator agreement to appoint Delta Electronic Thailand as the official EV charging provider for Nissan Leaf customers.

Nissan also continues to develop its EV dealership network across the country, with 32 certified Nissan EV showroom and service centres nationwide. Customers in all parts of the nation will be able to access professionally trained service staff and charging facilities tailored specifically for them, he added.

“We are very positive about the EV outlook for Thailand. A recent Nissan-commissioned study by Frost & Sullivan showed that the Thai government plans to strengthen EV use, and is gearing up for the era of EVs. By 2036, the Thai government expects there to be 1.2 million electric vehicles nationwide and we are proud to help support this evolution,” Narasimhan added.

PEA, Nissan working to ensure EV charging options for LEAF drivers cover whole country

Published June 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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PEA, Nissan working to ensure EV charging options for LEAF drivers cover whole country

Auto & Audio June 18, 2019 17:30

By The Nation

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The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and Nissan in Thailand have announced an agreement to ensure that home charging options and correct electrical infrastructure are in place to give Nissan LEAF customers confidence in their charging alternatives in upcountry parts of the country.

According to a press release from Nissan Motor Thailand, a memorandum of understanding between the two companies underlines their commitment to work together to ensure EV (electric vehicle) customers have easy access to usage and service manuals for charging systems, technical skills training, and public charging stations.

“The PEA utilises digital technology to envision that EV cars will continue to increase in popularity in the coming years. It has developed the PEA VOLTA Platform to support the EV charging-station network across Thailand,” PEA governor Sompong Preeprem said.

“We have a master plan to support charging stations nationwide, covering all provinces, as well as offering highly trained and experienced staff who can provide expert advice for home charging installation to power EVs. We will provide full support in readying the power system for EV usage in Thailand,” he said.

PEA ENCOM International, a PEA subsidiary, will be responsible for the installation of wiring electrical cables and power supplies from switchboards to industrial sockets, for Nissan EV customers, Sompong added.

Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan Motor Thailand, said the agreement with the PEA demonstrated the continued partnerships between Nissan, the government, state enterprise and the private sector to support Thailand’s electrification road map.

It also represents another example of how Nissan is bringing its EV global leadership to Thailand.

He also emphasised the importance of building this EV ecosystem for Nissan LEAF customers across the Kingdom.

“We recently started delivering the all-new Nissan LEAF to our customers in Thailand, and 20 per cent of those were upcountry. This reinforces how important this deal with the PEA is, to ensure all our customers have access to a robust and trustworthy charging infrastructure,” Narasimhan said.

Mercedes rolls out locally made GLC 220 SUV

Published June 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mercedes rolls out locally made GLC 220 SUV

Auto & Audio June 17, 2019 16:49

By The Nation

Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd on Monday added the locally-made GLC 220 d 4Matic to its ever-growing SUV portfolio for Thai customers.

The GLC 220 is ideal for families that enjoy four-door diesel SUVs with an exciting exterior profile and a spacious cabin. The vehicle also boasts of low emission and excellent fuel consumption at 5.91 litres for every 100 kilometres.

The GLC 220 d4Matic goes for Bt3.04 million, and can be checked out at any of the 33 authorised dealers nationwide, said Frank Steinacher, vice president of sales and marketing for Mercedez-Benz (Thailand).

New Commerce Ministry rules for importing used vehicles, prohibited products

Published June 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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New Commerce Ministry rules for importing used vehicles, prohibited products

Auto & Audio June 16, 2019 13:38

By The Nation

The Royal Gazette has published the Ministry of Commerce (MOC)’s 2019 rules concerning prohibited used vehicles and other products requiring permission for importation into the Kingdom.

The MOC notification states that measures governing the importing of used automobiles needed to be updated to suit the current situation.

The notice comes into force 180 days after its publication.

The notice can be found at http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.thwebsite.

Sporty MG charges up electric ambitions

Published June 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Sporty MG charges up electric ambitions

Auto & Audio June 15, 2019 12:58

By Kingsley Wijayasinha
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With an expected low price, along with fast-charging ability and network of stations for it, the UK brand’s EV meets the needs of busy customers

While the majority of auto brands have not yet launched full EVs (electric vehicles) in the Thai market, most offering just hybrids so far, smaller brands seems to be quicker in this department.

Hyundai, Kia and Nissan now offer EVs in Thailand, but all are imported, while locally produced EVs still look like golf carts in disguise.

Meanwhile, sports car maker MG will be the next brand to offer an EV model in Thailand, with the ZS EV crossover to be officially launched in Bangkok on June 20. Retail pricing will be announced then, but many are expecting it to cost around Bt1.5 million.

Like other EVs sold here, the ZS EV is also imported (from China), although MG has a plant at the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Chon Buri province that churns out right-hand-drive petrol-burning MGs for the Asia-Pacific market.

MG has been highly successful in Thailand in the past two years. Last year it sold over 23,000 vehicles and now has a five-year aggregate of 50,000 units. While top sellers include the MG3 and ZS, the ZS EV is expected to help boost sales further by attracting customers looking for an EV with more affordable pricing. The Nissan LEAF, for example, retails at around Bt2 million.

MG, owned by SAIC Motors of China, first showed the ZS EV concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show last November, and the crossover made its way to the Bangkok International Motor Show in late march.

According to MG, the ZS EV gets its power from a 44.5kWh water-cooled battery with rapid charging capability (0-80 per cent in 43 minutes). Normal charging from a 7kWh wall unit takes 6.5 hours (0-100 per cent).

Maximum output is claimed at 150 horsepower, and MG claims a range of as much as 428 kilometres (down to 335km according to the NEDC standard). This means that the MG ZS does not have to be charged daily, which is a plus for user convenience. Another plus is that the interior space has not been affected by the electrification process.

Although Thai specifications had not been released by press time, customers can expect similar packages offered in other markets such as the UK and China.

The exterior features LED daytime running lights, a roof rack and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there’s a six-way powered driver’s seat, 40/60 split rear seats and multi-function steering wheel. The large sliding panoramic sunroof helps give the cabin an airy atmosphere.

Safety features, apart from the regular ABS brakes and six airbags, include blind spot detection, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian alert control, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

The MG ZS is targeted at the younger generation (aka “Fast Forward” generation) so much importance has been given to connectivity.

There is an eight-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and navigation. And, of course, Thailand customers can expect the i-SMART Thai language voice command system and mobile application.

Meanwhile, MG has also been preparing charging stations for customers by teaming up with Energy Absolute PCL to jointly develop an EV charging network across the country.

Also expect the larger MG crossover, the GS, to come in 2020 with electrification in the form of a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) with a short EV range.

 

MG ZS EV specs

Electric motor: Permanent magnet synchronous

Max power: 150ps (110kW)

Max torque: 350Nm

Transmission: EDU

0-100: 9.0 secs

Top speed: 150km/h

Steering: powered rack and pinion

Brakes (f/r): vented disc/disc

Dimensions (mm)

Length: 4,314

Width: 1,809

Height: 1,625

Wheelbase: 2,585mm

Wheels: 17-inch alloy

Tyres: 215/50 R17

Price: to be announced

Distributor: MG Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd

Honda launches the new tougher-looking, sporty BR-V

Published June 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Honda launches the new tougher-looking, sporty BR-V

Breaking News June 10, 2019 20:41

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) on Monday introduced the new Honda BR-V, an active sport crossover vehicle, with a new tough-looking and sporty design.

The Honda BR-V features a new front grille, projector headlights with LED position lights, LED daytime running lights, newly designed fog lights, and sporty alloy wheels with a brand-new design.

The new model also comes in a new Passion Red Pearl colour, and is available with a three-row, seven-seat or a two-row, five-seat cabin configuration with adjustable functionality to meet any lifestyle requirement.

It is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that is compatible with E85 fuel and delivers 117 horsepower, plus a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology.

The new Honda BR-V also offers many standard safety features to ensure safe driving under all conditions.

In conjunction with the introduction of the new BR-V, Honda also introduced the “Trade-up to a new Honda BR-V” campaign and a special “Double Smile” campaign for every new Honda BR-V purchase.

The new Honda BR-V is available in two variants: the SV variant, which is priced at Bt835,000, and the V variant, priced at Bt765,000.

The SUV that feels like a sports car

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The SUV that feels like a sports car

Auto & Audio June 08, 2019 12:07

By Kingsley Wijayasinha
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Redesigned Porsche Cayenne Coupe boasts a more dynamic design as well as improved driving dynamics – and three choices for engine power

Porsche has been highly successful in the global market, including Thailand, with its Cayenne SUV model.

While many may have wondered why on earth a famous sportscar manufacturer like Porsche would build an SUV with five seats, the strategy did what it was designed to do when the first Cayenne was launched two decades ago. The model introduced Porsche to a new market and was able to open up a much larger group of buyers, generating huge profits for the company.

In Thailand today the Cayenne is probably the most popular Porsche – you can see them every day on our roads. The German sportscar brand has become a household name for those who want a luxury SUV fit for the family (which is definitely more likely to get a spouse’s approval than a two-seater sports car like the 911).

Now in its third generation, the Cayenne offers a sportier look much improved over the standard version. Porsche calls it the Cayenne Coupe – it still has five doors, though, and competes against similar models from Audi (the Cayenne shares the same platform as the Q8), BMW (the X6 was the first model of this sort) and Mercedes-Benz (GLE).

To my eyes and those of many others, the Cayenne Coupe looks spectacular, boasting a more dynamic design as well as improved driving dynamics, along with a bunch of updated features compared to the standard model.

To begin with, the Cayenne Coupe’s sportier design comes from a steeper roofline and shallower windscreen/A-pillar. Porsche says that the roof edge has been lowered by 20 millimetres while the redesigned rear doors and wings broaden the shoulder of the vehicle by 18mm, giving it a muscular appearance.

Apart from the fixed roof spoiler, there is also an additional adaptive rear spoiler that pops up at 90km/h and above to increase the downforce on the rear axle. A huge panoramic fixed-glass roof is standard, but a contoured carbon roof (21kg lighter) like the 911 GT3 RS can be ordered along with the Lightweight package.

The lightweight and sport packages feature glossy black, carbon (or vehicle colour) exterior parts such as air intakes, wheel arch mouldings, side skirts and a rear apron. Inside, you get classic checkered fabric for the seat centres, Alcantara roof lining and steering wheel.

The interior is similar to the standard Cayenne and comes with a large number of features you’d expect from a premium manufacturer, including Burmester or BOSE sound systems.

The front seats are comfortable and allow for long journeys without back pain, but given the grip offered by the suspension, more side support would be welcome.

Customers can specify whether they want the individual two-seat layout or regular three-seat layout at the rear, plus lots of upholstery choices. The rear seats can be folded to increase luggage space from 625 litres to 1,540 litres (a foot-activated comfort access is offered).

The dashboard features a rev counter in the middle and 7-inch full HD screens on each side, while above the centre console is a 12.3-inch full HD touchscreen that offers tablet features.

Despite the lower roof height, the seats in the Cayenne Coupe are 30mm lower than the standard model, so there is still plenty of headroom, although rear passengers will feel somewhat limited for headroom due to the design (which also happens with the BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE). In general, there is no problem regarding space – in fact the Coupe is longer than the standard model, although it doesn’t appear as bulky thanks to the clever design. However this is not an SUV you want to use for maximum loading capacity, but rather for style and performance.

The Cayenne is available with three engine choices ranging from a 340hp turbocharged V6 for the Cayenne, 440hp V6 twin turbo for the Cayenne S (newly developed) and the 550hp V8 twin turbo for the Cayenne Turbo.

While the standard Cayenne Coupe does 0-100km/h in six seconds, the S cuts it down to five seconds while the Turbo does it in 3.9 seconds (which sounds more like a 911’s performance). Top speeds are claimed at 243km/h, 263km/h and 286km/h.

I had a chance to drive all three during a media event in Austria last week, and although there weren’t any autobahns to get the speed up, the winding roads offered an opportunity for the Cayenne Coupe to display its roadholding prowess.

Despite its size, the Cayenne Coupe gets through tight corners with more authority and speed than regular large SUVs. The steering is the sharpest in class and despite the 2-tonne body weight, the Cayenne Coupe glides through corners like a much lighter vehicle, with minimal body roll.

There are loads of drive programmes to fiddle with, including off-road, even though the Cayenne Coupe doesn’t look like a vehicle you want to get dirty in at all. Maybe some light off-roading perhaps, but nothing serious that could scratch the beautiful paint! With the country roads we were driving on, I didn’t even bother using sport modes. There was plenty of power on tap, especially with the Turbo, which breathes fire and is ridiculously fast.

Personally I was never a fan of the Cayenne, which is bulky, fuel-thirsty and totally fills up the road. But the Coupe version somehow takes away that spell with its dynamic profile and performance – because it still feels like a sports car. Unfortunately, pricing will be higher than for the Cayenne when it is officially launched here later this year, but at this price range, people are willing to spend more to get what suits them best.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe specs

Displacement: 2,995cc

Bore and stroke: 84.5×89.0

Compression ratio: 11.2:1

Max power: 340ps/5,300-6,400rpm

Max torque: 450Nm/1,340-5,300rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Ratios: 5.00/3.20/2.14/1.72/1.31/1.00/0.82/0.64

Final drive ratio: 3.21

0-100kmh: 6.0 secs

Top speed: 243km/h

Average fuel economy: 10.6km/litre

Average CO2: 212-215g/km

Suspension (f/r): multi-link/multi-link

Steering: powered rack-and-pinion

Turning circle: 12.1 metres

Brakes (f/r): vented disc/vented disc

Dimensions (mm)

Length: 4,931

Width: 1,983

Height: 1,676

Wheelbase: 2,895

Track (f/r): 1,674/1,671

Weight: 2,030kg

Wheels: 20-inch alloys

Tyres: 275/45 ZR20 (front)/305/40 ZR 20 (rear)

Fuel tank capacity: 75 litres

Distributor: AAS Auto Service Co Ltd (Porsche Thailand)

Mercedes-Benz launches local version of C 300 PHEV

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mercedes-Benz launches local version of C 300 PHEV

Auto & Audio June 07, 2019 16:46

By The Nation

Mercedes-Benz has launched the local production version of the C 300 e PHEV (Plugin Electric Hybrid Vehicle) priced from Bt2.699 million to Bt3.215 million, the company said in a press release on Friday.

They are equipped with a new 13.5 kWh Li-ion battery with 111 per cent increase in capacity compared to the previous battery generation. It takes one hour and 50 minutes to recharge from 10 per cent of battery capacity to full via a Mercedes wall box charger.

Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd president Roland Folger said by 2030, half of Mercedes global car sales will be made up of PHEVs and BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles).

He said: “This year, we will continue crystallising and integrating concepts of advanced mobility and eco-friendly lifestyles into our products and services.

“In terms of products, we want to reiterate our reputation as a pathfinder in electric vehicle innovations as we continue to offer our customers performance and luxury from Mercedes-Benz, while at the same time, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle.”

EVs on the way to dominating global car and bus sales by 2040, research firm forecasts

Published June 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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EVs on the way to dominating global car and bus sales by 2040, research firm forecasts

Auto & Audio June 04, 2019 20:24

By The Nation

Electric vehicles, or EVs, are on track to dominate global sales of passenger cars and buses by 2040, and to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF).

The firm announced in a press conference that based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s “Electric Vehicle Outlook 2019” shows electrics taking up 57 per cent of global passenger car sales by 2040, slightly higher than it forecast a year ago.

Electric buses are set to hold 81 per cent of municipal bus sales by the same date.

For the first time, BNEF has incorporated in its forecast detailed work on the commercial vehicle market.

These projections show electric models taking 56 per cent of light commercial vehicle sales in Europe, the US and China within the next two decades, plus 31 per cent of the medium commercial market.

Heavy trucks will prove the hardest segment for electrics to crack, with the latter’s sales limited to 19 per cent in 2040. Their use case will mostly be in shorter-distance applications.

However, conventional heavy trucks on long-haul routes will also face other, non-electric competition – from alternatives using natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.

Colin McKerracher, head of advanced transport for BNEF, on Tuesday said: “Our conclusions are stark for fossil fuel use in road transport. Electrification will still take time because the global fleet changes over slowly but, once it gets rolling in the 2020s, it starts to spread to many other areas of road transport. We see a real possibility that global sales of conventional passenger cars have already passed their peak.”

The role of shared mobility services such as ride-hailing and car-sharing will be important in this evolving picture.

These services account for less than 5 per cent of all passenger miles travelled globally at the moment, but this is set to rise to 19 per cent by 2040.

The BNEF team does not expect autonomous driving to have an impact on global transport and energy patterns until the 2030s.

The main driver for the electrification trend over the next 20 years will be further sharp reductions in EV battery costs, making electric cars cheaper than internal-combustion-engine alternatives by the mid-to-late 2020s in almost every market, on the basis of both lifetime costs and upfront costs.

Since 2010, the average cost of lithium-ion batteries per kilowatt-hour has fallen by 85 per cent on a mixture of manufacturing economies of scale and technology improvements, BNEF added.

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