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2019 Camaro ZL1: Minimal Exterior Changes

From: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/12/2019-chevy-camaro-zl1-spy-photos

The 2019 Chevy Camaro is getting a pretty radical facelift for the new model year. Or at least the V8 SS is, with its enormous new grille. The four-cylinder and V6 models are a bit more conservative. But apparently Chevy is playing things even safer with the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 based on the spy shots above.

Up front, the new ZL1 is unchanged. So too are the sides. While it would have been interesting to see something a little fresher up front, this is surely a good thing for those who may have feared another rendition of the controversial SS fascia.

The main changes are in the tail. As with the rest of the 2019 Camaro lineup, the ZL1 gets much larger taillights featuring a quartet of illuminated rings. These taillights offer more depth and detailing than those on the outgoing model. The bumper is also changed to match the others with a simplified lip under the taillights and a redesigned license plate section. The rear wing and diffuser appear to be same as the old one, though.

Pricing and availability for the mainstream Camaros have yet to be announced, so exactly when the new ZL1 will show up isn’t clear. We would suspect it would arrive not long after, or even at the same time, as the rest of Camaro line. We’re also not expecting any powertrain changes, so look for the same 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque as the last one coupled to either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic.

Wireless Charging Your Car? Soul EV Says Yes!

 

From: https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/13849/wireless-charging-system-developed-on-kia-soul-ev

WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM DEVELOPED ON KIA SOUL EV

 

Kia’s Popular and Iconic Five-Door Vehicle Used to Develop Fantastic New Technology

  • Wireless system unplugs the future of electric vehicles
  • Three-year development project successfully progressed from development to real-world performance
  • System can wirelessly charge cars with up to 85 percent efficiency, even when misaligned

SUPERIOR Twp., MI, April 10, 2018 – Marking an important step in the future of electric vehicles, the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility, Inc. (Mojo) have completed a three-year project to develop a fast-charging wireless power transfer system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs1. The project, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, paves the way for the future of electric vehicles in which plugs are no longer necessary.

HATCI and Mojo, a wireless technology company, worked together to develop a compact wireless charging system that is capable of transferring more than 10 kW to the vehicle for fast charging while targeting an 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency. The project installed the system on five Soul EVs and tested them in real-world applications for durability, safety and performance.

The system works by using an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two coils—a transmitter on the ground and a receiver on the bottom of the vehicle. The driver simply parks the car above the transmitter to begin charging and then energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which uses that energy to charge the electric vehicles’ battery. The system is so efficient it will allow some misalignment between the transmitter and the receiver, making it easier and more convenient for owner’s day-to-day use.

“We’re thrilled with the success of the system and its efficiency,” said William Freels, HATCI President. “We set out to develop wireless charging that has real world applications and is easy to use for the consumer. Now, with this fleet of wireless Soul EVs, we can clearly see a future of unplugged electric vehicles.”

There is no current plan to offer the wireless charging system on production vehicles for sale to consumers; however, the success of this development project suggests similar systems are possible on future Kia electric vehicles.

Spy Shots of 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Article from: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/28/2018-chevrolet-corvette-zr1-spy-shots-z07/
By: Reese Counts
 

2018 ZR1 Chevrolet

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is coming, and based on these new spy photos the biggest, baddest, and most aggressive road-car Chevrolet has ever built is nearly finished. We’ve seen spy photos for months now, with each new batch showing off more and more of the car. These new photos give us our best view yet.

Every test vehicle we’ve seen so far has been covered in camouflage. That’s still true here, but rather than loose fitting covers we have more revealing swirl wrap. For the first time, we can get a good look at the bulging hood and the reworked front end, complete with a massive, ankle gouging splitter. Chevrolet, no stranger to fantastic track-focused machines, seems to be filling the void left by the soon departed Dodge Viper ACR.

The big hood is likely hiding a supercharger larger than the 1.7-liter version found under the hood of the current Z06. Remember, the last generation ZR1 featured a 2.3-liter supercharger. We estimate the engine will be cranking out more than 700 horsepower and will breathe through those massive air intakes in the front bumper.

These new photos show a line of cars out on public roads. It seems Chevrolet is testing a few aero packages, so expect something similar to the Z07 Performance Package to be available on the new ZR1. The new car looks nearly finished, so get ready to see a final production version as soon as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.