2018 – RANGE ROVER SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY LWB    

Luxury four-wheel-drive DNA capability on all Land Rover terrain types. These are the characteristics that define the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase, the most luxurious vehicle ever produced in the history of the British brand. Signed by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles Division (SVO), the model is available to order from all brand dealers in the country, starting at 1,157,088 reais. Made to be at the top of the Range Rover range, the model is offered with the extended wheelbase, which guarantees ample space and comfort for all occupants, with an absolutely sophisticated interior, where finishes such as special seat seams in leather the wide variety of noble materials lining the panel doors and center console are made by handmade. Even with so much luxury, the model does not miss out on Land Rover’s DNA and offers total capacity to travel with absolute comfort regardless of the terrain, be it a well paved road with asphalt to the most challenging off road obstacles Everything in the Range Rover SVAutobiography was thought to provide the maximum level of customization. Its body can have paint in two shades, that the customer can choose between eight different colors, always accompanied by the black Santorini. The front grille features gray and silver finish with unique design for the model, which accentuates its distinction. The 5.0 V8 Supercharged engine has been recalibrated to offer 550 hp of power and impressive torque of 680 Nm. Coupled with the eight-speed ZF transmission, the model is capable of reaching 250 km / h of maximum speed and accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 5.5 seconds, impressive marks for its dimensions. The noise level in the cabin is almost imperceptible, thanks to the care given to the soundproofing system in the cabin. Its body is 100% aluminum, more rigid and extremely light, which guarantees better performance, lower fuel consumption and, consequently, lower emissions rates than its other versions.

Pure refinement

The interior of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is totally focused on providing extreme luxury to the occupants. The extensive use of aluminum, wood and noble leather is present in every detail ranging from the finishing of large parts like panel, doors, seats and steering wheel, to small pieces like the edge of the Start / Stop button and the gear selector. The single rear seat that accompanies the Range Rover line has been replaced by two individual Italian executive seats of the Poltrona Frau brand, which have electric adjustments and foot rest. As with the front seats, the rear seats are also equipped with massage, heating and cooling programs, Windsor noble leather trim and a choice of custom trim colors.

Between the two seats was placed a central console with a refrigerated compartment with capacity for a bottle of champagne. Finished in wood or aluminum, the console also houses two wireless controls that control the functions of the rear entertainment system consisting of two independent screens. Folding tables with leather or wood finish and electric drive were arranged in the back of the front seats, ideal for a notebook or even a small meal. If the occupants have comfort at their disposal, the driver has the best technology available within the automobile industry. The digital dashboard features a high resolution TFT display. The model also features the Head-Up Dislpay laser system, which projects information such as the current speed and navigation instructions of the GPS system onto the windscreen. The multifunctional heated steering wheel is coated with premium materials such as leather and wood. It brings several commands to the driver’s hand like control of the sound system, answering or making phone calls via Bluetooth, on-board computer and autopilot. The base surface of the large trunk with a luggage capacity of 909 liters is covered in noble wood. The piece is tilting and moves out of the vehicle, making it easier to store your luggage in the car. In addition to being split, the trunk lid is actuated by gestures and can be opened by simply passing the feet below the rear bumper.

Technology on board

The Range Rover SVAutobiography brings the ultimate in onboard technology. The model is equipped with the most modern entertainment system of the Jaguar Land Rover, the InControl Touch. The system integrates an 8-inch touch screen with a fully restructured interface, more intuitive and with better resolution, very similar to that of smartphones and tablets. The sound system is the most complete Meridian line and features 29 speakers and 1,700 watts of power, giving a unique surround experience. For complete maneuverability, the vehicle also has a 360 ° camera system, 10 internal lighting options that can be chosen according to the tastes of the occupants, illuminated sills and courtesy lights arranged below the mirrors so that, before entering, the occupants of the front seats see where they are treading. Extensive capacity to travel on any terrain is guaranteed by the latest version of the Terrain Response 2 system, which can automatically recognize the type of terrain on which the Range Rover SVAutobiography travels and adapts all suspension, acceleration, traction and drive configurations all the different safety systems like brakes and control of torque according to the terrain.

2018 – RANGE ROVER VELAR BY STARTECH

As a worldwide novelty at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Startech leaves the new Range Rover Velar with a more aggressive image. At least until it is a reality the sporty and high performance SVR, with which will complete the line of the British luxury SUV. But in the meantime, the German trainer will be presenting a comprehensive customization program at Palexpo that greatly improves the profile of Land Rover’s luxury model, designed especially not to break with the elegant original lines. This customization program has a total of 16 pieces that fit perfectly in place of the originals, so it is not necessary to make special modifications, just replace them.

The front has a new large bumper with large air intakes and integrated daytime running lights, especially the horizontal that is just inches from the asphalt, an image much more powerful than the standard model. The marked wheel arches – with protective frames in the same body color – add sixty millimeters to the overall width of the Velar. The new rear bumper has a central part that shows two large exhaust and a short diffuser with marked plumbing.  In addition, on the rear cover and at the end of the roof features a more prominent spoiler, almost a visor on the rear window glass. Body modifications are completed with 22-inch diameter alloy wheels in Monostar M five-spoke design, painted black and with a center nut that can be black, silver, red or blue. They are paved with extra-wide 295/35 R 22 tires that fit perfectly into the large wheel arches.  This is aesthetically pleasing, as Startech was also concerned with driving dynamics, offering a special module that controls the air suspension and can lower the height by thirty millimeters, improving behavior and driving with a lower center of gravity, at the same time time in which for all the mechanical supply is also offered an electronic sound module that generates a note of its own for the powerful gasoline V8 engine.  The interior was also retouched by the German preparer with special details such as pedals and foot rest in aluminum, the usual door sill fills with Startech logo backlit, wood and carbon applications, plus the best leathers and other materials sophisticated to stow the benches in any color, betting on a more luxurious and sporty style, to the taste of the client.

2018 – RANGE ROVER VELAR CLR GT BY LUMMA DESIGN

Most of the current designers can be anything but discreet, and among all of them certainly, Lumma Design is one of the most outstanding for dumbing down every model that passes through the hands of their specialists. The last to have received the treatment of the Germans was the Range Rover Velar which, after the modifications, became the Lumma CLR GT. It must be admitted that the British SUV, situated between the Evoque and the Ranger Rover Sport, is considered a harmonious model, with a very successful design that undoubtedly does not require any extra extra. But precisely because of this, it also becomes a challenge that the coaches can not resist.

Lumma Design performed a work in the same line that we could already see in its previous creations. The most eye-catching is the body kit, which not only widens the all-terrain by 100mm thanks to muscular wheel arches but also incorporates a specific front bumper with a new grille and larger air intakes. In the lateral skirts a darkened range appears, while in the rear the airfoil and the diffuser share the protagonism, which houses two double exits of rectangular form. We also chose to use carbon fiber in various elements such as the grille, the blades that cut the air intakes and the exterior frames of the doors. This material can optionally be extended to the rearview mirror housings and the vast majority of bodywork elements. The last detail, and one of the most visible, are the wheels that can be five or seven double spokes in sizes of 22 and 23 inches, driven by Michelin and Continental tires, respectively. There are no images of the interior, but the preparer lists several modifications: specific rugs with the company logo, aluminum pedals and sports steering wheel. Unfortunately there are no glimpses of mechanical improvements, so the owners of a Lumma CLR GT will have to comply with Velar’s standard mechanics: three diesel engines from 180 to 300 hp and three petrol engines from 250 to 380 hp.

2018 – RANGE ROVER VELAR BY MANSORY

Mansory has just presented its work involving the Range Rover Velar. While many may find that the British luxury SUV does not need many additives, the coaches can always add something. Mansory has decided to upgrade the Range Rover Velar by installing an aerodynamic package that includes a front spoiler, a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, rearview mirror covers, a new grille and new hood, and other details. All components are made of carbon fiber that meets what Mansory calls its quality standards. The German preparer also offers alloy wheels in measures of 22 and 23 inches, as well as the possibility of also personalizing the interior of the Velar, giving its special touch. The mechanical modifications are minimal, although it should be mentioned that the ECU has been reprogrammed and a stainless steel exhaust has been incorporated, thanks to this and according to the preparer, 45 extra cvs were obtained for any of the engines that equip the Velar.

THE ELECTRIC CAR IN 5 QUESTIONS

To know the electric car models available in Quebec, you can consult the website of the Association of Electric Vehicles of Quebec (AVÉQ) or the Institute of Innovative Vehicle (IVI).

HOW DOES CHARGING WORK?

Charging is done mostly at home and at work (90%). We usually leave the house with the battery recharged to the maximum of its capacity. More and more employers are offering free recharging to their employees, allowing electric motorists to travel greater distances every day with their electric vehicle.

Charging can also be done while traveling thanks to a network of public terminals, either when shopping or at leisure or when traveling longer distances thanks to a network of public charging stations located along the way. main highways. To plan your trip and know the location and availability of charging stations, there are various applications that display, in real time, the use of the network. The Plugshare and Charge Hub applications are just a few examples.

 

Level 1 refill – 120 V

All vehicles are equipped with a portable 120V charger that can be plugged into any wall outlet. Although it is widely accessible, this type of charging is mainly used for troubleshooting during visits or for the smaller batteries of plug-in hybrid vehicles (20 to 40 km autonomy) since the complete recharge can take up to 34 hours . This type of charging is done at an average speed of 6 km of autonomy/charging time.

Level 2 Recharge – 240 V

Level 2 240V charging is 4 to 5 times faster than Level 1 charging (about 30 to 40 km of range/charging time). She often settles at home with the help of an electrician and usually without modification to the power supply of the house. The Québec government is offering a subsidy of up to $ 600 for the purchase and installation of home charging stations. It is also found on public charging networks, municipal sites, some merchants and employers.

Level 3 refill – 400 V

Also known as DCBs, they are generally part of a large network of public terminals, the Hydro-Québec Electric Circuit. They are said to be fast because they make it possible to gain on average 200 km of autonomy/hour of recharging. These terminals are mainly used for longer trips and are located mainly along the main highways.

Condominium refill

If you live in a condo, it is still possible to install a charging station at your home. However, you must obtain the authorization of the board of directors. To get a clear picture of the situation, it is best to consult a master electrician. It will be able to determine if it is possible to connect the parking lots to the electricity meters by an electric cable. However, the best solution remains the installation of a charge controller for an electric vehicle since it allows electricity to be charged directly to the Hydro-Québec account of the co-owner (s). In order to choose the most appropriate option, consult a charging expert or an electrician.

DOES THE ELECTRIC CAR REALLY COST MORE THAN A GAS CAR?

It is true that the price of buying an electric car is often higher than that of a gas car. However, we must not forget the government purchase rebates , which amount to $ 8,000 for a new car and $ 4,000 for a used car. In addition, if the cost of using the vehicle is considered, the electric car is much more economical: no gas to buy, low maintenance costs and insurance much cheaper! For a Quebecer who travels an average of 20,000 km per year, the additional cost of purchase will be absorbed within one to three years, after which he will save nearly $ 2,500 a year. And that’s not all. You could save even more by buying a used electric car, on which the depreciation is already depreciated.

Savings in maintenance and insurance

The saving on the maintenance of the electric vehicle only takes into account the absence of oil change and the reduced need for brake maintenance. For the purposes of this comparison, the cost of oil changes at $ 60, twice a year, is estimated for the gasoline vehicle. Brake maintenance costs are estimated at $ 500 / 120,000 km for the electric vehicle and $ 500 / 50,000 km for the gasoline car. The savings on insurance is based on the 20% discount offered by many insurers to electric vehicle owners. Consult your insurance company for more details. In addition, by owning an electric car, it is possible to benefit from the benefits of the green plate: free access for certain toll roads and ferries, free parking or VIP space in certain municipalities and some employers and access to certain reserved lanes. There are now more than thirty models of top electric cars and plug-in hybrids available on the Quebec market. There’s something for everyone: whether you’re looking for a sub-compact, a sedan, a family car or even a SUV! To make sure you choose the model that’s right for you, you must first identify your travel needs. To do this, you must add up your daily trips (work, daycare, school), frequent trips (stops en route) and a margin for winter driving and small unforeseen events. The electric car loses an average of 20 to 30% of its autonomy in winter, but in cold weather, it can go up to 50%. Do not worry, the average temperature in winter is -10 degrees only! Quebec motorists travel between 20 and 50 kilometers on average per day to get to work, while the current range of electric vehicles ranges from 150 to 350 km. This is an autonomy that is big enough to handle most daily trips.

If your occasional trips (4 times a month) involve long distance trips that exceed the range of an electric vehicle, it remains important to check the availability of fast charging stations along your route and on your arrival at destination. It is also necessary to estimate the average time necessary for the recharging of your vehicle. For exceptional trips (once or twice a year), there are several other options: using the second car in the household, borrowing a vehicle from a friend or a family member, car-sharing or renting a vehicle. The overvaluation of needs has an impact on the choice of the model, the cost of the vehicle but also on the environmental impact.

IS THE ELECTRIC CAR A GREENER CHOICE THAN THE GAS CAR?

There is often concern about the environmental impacts of battery manufacturing for electric vehicles, while ultimately they are less important than those related to fuel consumption.  The environmental investment of the electric car is profitable with the rolled mileage: the more it is used, the less will be its environmental impact compared to the gasoline car. According to the environmental parameters measured, the electric car becomes more environmentally advantageous than the gasoline car after 30,000 to 65,000 km rolled.

However, over the entire life cycle that is from the extraction of raw materials to the recycling of the vehicle the electric car is a more environmentally friendly choice than the gas car. It emits 80% less GHG over 300,000 km than the gasoline vehicle in a context of Quebec recharge and whose energy mix is dominated 98.5% by hydroelectricity (CIRAIG 2016). On the other hand, when this same bouquet is dominated by fossil fuels, as is the case in China and some provinces of Canada (Nunavut, Nova Scotia), the electric vehicle is more polluting because the electricity produced comes from coal or oil. In contrast, the electric vehicle becomes more advantageous than the gasoline vehicle when the share of fossil fuels in the energy mix is below 50%. Hydro-Québec estimates that the current Québec electricity grid could supply an additional one million electric cars, without requiring major improvements to the network. In fact, this million electric vehicles represents only the equivalent of 2% of the electricity consumed in Quebec in 2015! In the near future, it is even expected that the generalization of the electric car will motivate the introduction of “smart grid” technologies, the “decentralized intelligent management” of the electrical circuit. Connected most of the time to the residence or work, the electric car could allow to feed the network punctually with a bidirectional connection, thus making it possible to reduce the electric demand during periods of high consumption or to sell energy to the leading supplier thus reducing the energy bill for electric car owners.

The batteries

Batteries have an indicated warranty of 8 to 10 years (or 160,000 km) depending on the manufacturer. The latter, after about 150 000 km (10 years and more) keep 80% of their capacity, enough energy to cover the average travel of a Quebecer. It can then be: Used to store the energy needed to power our homes and institutions; Refurbishment for use of new batteries or other applications; Recycled, which allows recovering the materials for the manufacture of other products, or even new batteries. Some dealers offer end-of-life and/or reconditioning battery recovery services to renew the range of electric vehicles.  Generally, at the end of life, the electric vehicle user has the choice to refer first to their car dealer or to the Association of Recyclers of Auto Parts and Trucks in Quebec (ARPAC). In most cases, the batteries will be sent to manufacturers who will dispose of batteries in the best way. As for other industrial sectors, the issue of recycling remains critical in a perspective of sustainable development. To make the transition to the electrification of transport acceptable, it is essential to minimize the impacts associated with the extraction of minerals in the manufacturing process and to strive as much as possible for a circular economy in the manufacture of electric vehicles. The high value of the materials used, and their geostrategic importance in some cases will inevitably motivate the improvement of legislation and the improvement of recycling processes. Compared to just ten years ago, we have a lot more choices when it comes to buying an electric car. Short-range electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 have been around for years, and long-range electric vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model S, are starting to hit the market.

Electric vehicles continue to represent a small percentage of global sales – only about 1% – but others are coming in, so that number is expected to improve over time. Unfortunately, much of the analysis of EV potential tends to group them together, ignoring some of the obvious dynamics of the auto market. On average, running an electric vehicle is 50% more profitable than running a car on gasoline. There is really no debate about this, and this simple fact has recently been confirmed in a University of Michigan study by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle . Another rule of thumb that develops around EVs is that, although the initial cost of purchasing a vehicle is higher than what is necessary to purchase a comparable gasoline-powered car, a turning point usually occurs at about 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers). At this point, the EV owner has recovered the initial cost and will see lower operational costs for the rest of the vehicle’s life. I should point out that the cost of ownership analysis must be considered somewhat unpredictable today, mainly because we know how much it costs to maintain a gas car, but we do not know how much it will cost to replace batteries on aging electric vehicles.