Volkswagen has revealed the cabin design for its ID.4 electric crossover, and if all goes to plan it’s an interior a lot of US drivers will be getting familiar with. The first of VW’s EVs to arriving in North American using its latest electric vehicle architecture, dubbed MEB, the ID.4 will land right in the midst of the increasingly popular small SUV category, though with more than just zero-emissions to recommend it.
For a start, VW points out, by not having to accommodate the usual internal combustion engine, that frees up new space in the ID.4’s cabin. The result, so it’s claimed, is a roomy interior more akin to “a conventional SUV in the next higher category.”
There’ll be seating for five, and over 19 cubic feet of trunk space with the rear bench seat still upright. The doors have flush exterior handles, unlocking electrically and, VW claims, offering wider openings to make getting in and out easier. That should come in useful if you’re trying to navigate a child in or out of a car seat, too.
Unsurprisingly there are clear connections with the ID.3 hatchback, which has launched in Europe but which won’t be coming to the US market. The dashboard has a suspended, floating design, with a separate center console. Background lighting with 30 different LED color options will be offered, and a large, tilting glass sunroof will be optional.
Below the windshield there’s a light bar which VW has branded ID. Light. Set to be shared by all ID electric models from the automaker, it’ll be used as a signal to the driver. Different light colors and patterns can be used for signifying the ID.4 is locked or unlocked, or that the drive system is active. It can also warn if the driver is in the wrong lane, blink to recommend a lane change, and highlight incoming calls, upcoming navigation maneuvers, or other messages from the infotainment system.
That system is controlled via a sizable central touchscreen, protruding from the top of the dashboard. Below it there are dedicated controls for the key system, like adjusting the HVAC. The steering wheel gets buttons for cruise control, multimedia, and navigating through the digital driver’s gauge cluster that shows things like battery status, speed, drive mode, and other metrics.
There’ll be a number of different trims, kicking off with the ID.4 1st Max limited edition. That’ll include power seats with massage, and use animal-free fabrics that combine leatherette and ArtVelours microfiber. The latter is made from around 20-percent recycled plastic bottles, VW says.
There’ll also be an ID.4 1st trim, also a limited edition but with less standard equipment. Both will be offered with interiors in Platinum Grey or Florence Brown, with a choice of Piano Black or Electric White for the steering wheel, steering column, the display and control housings, and the door trim.
We’ll see the full VW ID.4 later this month, and reservations of the EV – using Volkswagen’s brand new preorder system – will begin shortly after. The first examples of the electric crossovers are expected to arrive in the US before the end of 2020.
The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased
One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.
CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.
Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think
A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.
The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion).
Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”
This Astonishing Vision AMG Sports EV Will Somehow Spawn Production Electric Cars
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has been downsizing from high-strung, gas-fed internal combustion engines to lower-displacement mills infused with some form of hybrid or mild hybridization. The incoming AMG C63 S, for instance, will make do without its raucous 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine. Instead, it will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a mild-hybrid powertrain. The Manhart CR 700 is one of the last modified C 63 S wagons with AMG’s muscular turbocharged V8 motor.
Meanwhile, the Vision AMG concept harks the beginning of a zero-emissions future without sacrificing style or the brand’s hallmark “AMG driving experience.” The Vision AMG has innovative axial flux motors (similar to Vision EQXX) developed by Mercedes subsidiary YASA. The brand claims its new electric motors are smaller, lighter, and produce more power than conventional electric motors. Mercedes-AMG did not mention motor outputs, battery sizes, or range numbers. Still, it did say Vision AMG’s drivetrain would be “developed entirely from scratch,” including a new high-performance, high-voltage battery, and a “revolutionary drive technology,” said Mercedes-AMG.
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