What You Need To Know: January 2021
Jan. 28, 2021—This past month brought us the latest vehicle models, new advancements in technology, and of course, the Consumer Electronics Show. There may even be a new president—but who can remember—that’s why ADAPT is here, bringing you the latest updates in vehicle technology.
From the sold-out VW ID.4 to General Motors’ foray into the delivery service, we’ve been keeping tabs on it all so you can, too. Here’s what we’ve learned this month.
Then and Now: E-GMP
Earlier this month, ADAPT brought you an inside look at Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform. The E-GMP functions as a propulsion system that can be used to design a variety of vehicle body and performance types. The E-GMP platform will serve as the foundation for Hyundai and Kia models, starting with the Ioniq 5, or so we thought.
Kia has recently announced that it will launch seven new BEVs by 2027, beginning with the CV. According to CarScoops, the automaker has released very few details about the platform’s first model, but it is rumored to have a driving range of more than 311 miles and a crossover-inspired design.
Then and Now: Volkswagen’s ID.4
At the end of last year, Volkswagen announced that it would be retiring its racing division in order to allocate more time and resources to the brand’s electric vehicles. After the all-electric ID.4 SUV sold out in just 24 hours, we can see why.
Now, the automaker is preparing for an ID.4 encore and has even released details about the vehicle’s winter capabilities. According to InsideEVs, Volkswagen claims “winter isn’t a worry for modern electric vehicles like the ID.4.” By preheating the electric ID.4 before driving in snow, VW says drivers can cut down on energy consumption, saving battery life and staying warm, but that’s not all.
The automaker has also announced that the all-wheel-drive edition of the ID.4, launching later this year, will have a heated windshield in addition to the standard heated seats and steering wheel.
Then and Now: Ultium Drive
Last fall, General Motors debuted Ultium Drive, a modular system made up of three motors and five interchangeable drive units. Vehicles based off of Ultium Drive could be rear-, front-, or all-wheel-drive, but that wasn’t the focus during GM’s keynote presentation at the Consumer Technology Association’s 2021 Consumer Electronics Show.
During CES, Mary Barra, CEO for GM, announced “BrightDrop,” a business that utilizes electrification to efficiently deliver goods and services. BrightDrop works in conjunction with companies like FedEx, to provide products intended to ease delivery workers’ jobs and streamline the delivery process.
Barra unveiled the first two products by BrightDrop, an electric pallet, the EP1, and a commercial delivery truck, the EV600. Both were developed using Ultium Drive technologies and are expected to hit the market later this year.