A new big-player competition is making the rounds in the auto making industry.
Tesla’s awaited Model X, BMW’s i8 and more recently Volvo’s XC90 are crowding the battlefield with new, improved, energy efficient models. For buyers and fans, it is a tough choice. So, here it is, broken down on main features.
2014 saw Volvo boast an 8.9 percent increase in the number of sold cars, to 465, 866 from 2013. Four existing factories in China and Europe and one in the making in South Carolina puts Volvo on a profit scale fifteen times higher than Tesla’s.
Already, for its announced XC90 SUV it has invested 11 billion dollars. Rightfully so, since it seems that the new hyped model takes on the best attributes from both Tesla and BMW.
With just the beginning of the project, Volvo already counted 30,000 pre-orders for the Xc90 SUV model.
What is it all about? The XC90 is the first plug-in hybrid featuring seven seats on a three-row arrangement. Its center touchscreen is the second largest on the market as of yet, after Tesla’s. And it boasts that come November it will feature Apple’s Car Play. Come April next year it will also feature Android Auto. A wider range of choices than any of its competitors can showcase.
Also, the touchscreen comes equipped with buttons for volume control, as well as play/pause. Additionally, they are fitted for glove wearing.
Now, for the drivetrain design. BMW’s i8 features one drivetrain for each axle. Which means one gasoline powered motor and one electric motor for each axle. Volvo’s XC90 complied to the same solution. In between the axels there is one battery.
Tesla’s batteries come from Panasonic. BMW partnered up with Samsung Electronics for its battery cells. Volvo is looking to LG Electronics for battery supply.
For Volvo, the average mileage powered electrically is 15 to 20. It is a hybrid plug-in after all. Afterwards, gasoline takes over. It is up to the driver to save battery for city or suburban drives rather than long roads. But it would increase the overall performance.
BMW’s i8 works on the same principle. Tesla appeals more to drivers that are looking for an exclusively electrical powered driving experience, but that takes the price ceiling comparably higher.
Tesla’s Model X price has not been revealed yet. But, based on the Model S that begins at 86,200 dollars, it is expected that the rounded sum you need to take out of your reserves is about 95,000 dollars for Model X.
BMW’s i8 ceiling is set at 137,450 dollars. For a four seat sports hybrid plug-in, it may be justifiable.
Volvo’s XC90 SUV irrefutably offers the best proposition. 69,095 dollars for a 7 seat SUV that compacts all the best attributes of the rest.
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