Huawei is putting the pedal to the metal on the expansion of its ecosystem with the introduction of the SERES SF5 electric car in China. Yes, the Chinese company is now in the business of automobiles.
Equipped with HUAWEI DriveONE Three-in-One Electric Drive, the system is not only the optimal solution for reducing range anxiety, but also delivering world-class coupe performance.
The new SERES SF5 offers flexibility for users, with a range of 150 km in pure electric mode to meet the needs of daily city commuters, and a range of over 1,000km in extended range mode for long distance travelers. The high-performance capabilities boast 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.68s.
The vehicle performance is also aided by the lightweight aluminum chassis, the four ball joint double- wishbone front suspension and the trapezoidal multi-link rear suspension. This makes the new SF5 quite a steady speedster with its faster acceleration, stable tilt control and superior shock absorption.
What about the dashboard? It’s running Huawei HiCar. This lets the driver seamlessly switch between their mobile phone applications to the vehicle’s central control panel. That means enabling access to navigation, music and more, anytime, anywhere.
The music on your phone can be continued when you get in the car. It also provides interactive voice control, so drivers can focus on driving. Huawei HiCar can also connect the car to other smart devices. This means the driver can easily turn on air condition, smart screen and other connected devices at home, even while they’re still in the car.
The new SERES SF5 has a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) rescue recharge mode. It can provide emergency power to isolated vehicles in the wilderness. It also provides vehicle-to-load (V2L) camping power supply mode, powering induction cookers, stereos, and other equipment, so users can have BBQ when they stop.
The SERES SF5’s twisting and bending strength meets five-star safety design standards. Its body is made of robust and reliable ultra-high strength 1500Mpa thermoformed steel. With L2+ level automatic assisted driving, traffic congestion assistance, full speed domain adaptive cruise control and other features, users facing urban congestion don’t need to worry about long-distance driving.
Price and availability
The SERES SF5 comes in four colorways: Deep Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black, Pearl White and Titanium Silver Grey – along with Midnight Black, Garnet Red, and Ivory White interior trim. It retails for CNY 246,800 (four-wheel drive) and CNY 216,800 (two-wheel drive).
Save with Honda’s fuel-efficient vehicles, PMS
The Honda BR-V, City, and Brio
With fuel prices skyrocketing lately in the Philippines, it makes sense to invest in a fuel-efficient car complemented by regular Periodic Maintenance Service (PMS) provided by its company.
And as Honda continues to improve its vehicles’ fuel economy in different driving condition, the manufacturer is offering the following models for customers to save more:
- Honda BR-V: 22.58 kilometers/liter
- Honda City: 25.17 kilometers/liter
- Honda Brio: 24.39 kilometers/liter
The models underwent fuel economy runs organized by Honda Cars Philippines in partnership with the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP).
Among the parameters were cruising speeds of 60 to 80 kph at 1,500 to 2,000 rpm, aircon setting of 24 degrees, and blower fan speed of 1.
Periodic Maintenance Service
Aside from picking the right vehicle, Honda also recommends two maintenance visits a year at any of their authorized Honda dealers.
This way, cars will stay in shape with a good-tune up, and ensure better performance in the long run that saves owners more money.
Customers may also visit Honda’s Virtual Showroom for a more detailed guide on preventive maintenance, as well as their technologies like Honda SENSING and Honda’s driver assistance and collision avoidance.
In addition to making the right choice and maintaining good use of one’s car, Honda suggests these following tips for a more fuel-efficient vehicle:
- Plan and combine trips: Carpooling and using navigation apps reduces consumption and avoids rush-hour traffic
- Drive smoothly, not aggressively: Hard breaks, sudden accelerations, and the like increase fuel consumptions and emissions
- Minimize idling: Fuel is best consumed in motion; staying idle for too long burns fuel without getting anywhere
- Get rid of all extra weight: The more weight the car needs to pull, the more effort the engine needs which leads to more fuel consumption
Keep tires properly inflated: A study suggested that as low as a 1 percent decrease in pressure can lead to a 0.3 percent reduction in fuel economy, so keep those tires checked
VanMoof reveals next-gen S5 and A5 e-bikes
On sale worldwide for US$ 2,998
Urban e-bike developer VanMoof has announced its latest generation e-bikes: the VanMoof S5 and VanMoof A5.
Their fully re-engineered features include an ultra-silent powerful motor, long-range battery, powerful boost, and the latest VanMoof anti-theft tech.
Both e-bikes come in gray and are on sale worldwide starting from April 5, 2022 for US$ 2,998.
Deliveries will start from July 2022, while a range of accessories will become available in early summer of 2022.
To manage demand and delivery times, riders get access to purchase via waitlist. Sign up to the waitlist at vanmoof.com.
Easy, intuitive use
The VanMoof S5 and A5 have the industry-first Halo Ring Interface which is integrated into the e-bikes’ handlebars and shows speed, battery levels, and connectedness.
The VanMoof anti-theft technology has been improved with a revamped in-wheel kick lock, bigger pin, and new auto retract function.
The bike can secure itself with a tap, and is able to unlock automatically upon the rider’s return.
Both e-bikes also come with a new optional phone mount and USB-C charging port for riders to turn their phones into instant dashboards suitable for navigation or on-the-go charging.
Ultra-smooth riding experience
With a series of improvements and an award-winning design, the S5 and A5 are poised to have elevated stability, usability, and overall riding experience.
The ultra-silent Gen 5 motor, long-range battery, and powerful boost make up the bikes’ connected power system.
This system includes a complex network of intelligent sensors that are engineered to give riders an ultra-smooth riding experience.
Both the S5 and A5 respond to the rider’s pace and movement, thanks to upgraded electronics, rebooted torque sensor, and Gen 5 E-shifter.
Improved electric car Changan Eado EV460 available in PH
An alternative as fuel prices continue to soar
With vehicle fuel prices continuing to soar, car buyers might want to consider shifting to a more sustainable electric vehicle (EV).
One premium option is the Eado EV460 car from Chinese automobile manufacturer Changan.
The Eado EV460 was one of five offerings introduced to the Philippine market back in 2020.
The model was hailed as China’s greenest vehicle and Model of the Year at the China Green Car Annual Awards back in 2018.
Thanks to further research and development, the Eado EV460 now has three-in-one electric drive, which allows the more optimal usage of energy for every charge.
The car model takes about eight hours to fully charge, and only 30 minutes for a fast-charge of about 30 to 80 percent on quick charge stations.
Aside from the Eado EV460’s efficient power consumption, it also boasts more features that make the car keep in step with most fuel-powered sedans in the market, including:
- A Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), powered by a Ternary (lithium ion) battery that yields a maximum power of 136PS and maximum torque of 245NM
- Estimated cruising range of 430-550 kilometers at 60 kilometers per hour
- Sturdy, well-built, simple design; classy interiors with plush leather seats
- Mono-digital display, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and 10-inch high-definition touch screen
- Cruise Control that lets driver lock on to their desired speed
- Connectivity features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Aside from that, safety wouldn’t be a problem either as the Eado EV460 has smart safety features, including:
- Six airbags
- Smart key with illuminated push start/stop button
- Anti-lock Braking system
- Electronic Stability Control
- Brake Assist
- Traction Control System
- Hill Hold Control
- Emergency Stop Signal
- Reverse Camera
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Child Safety Lock
- Seatbelt Reminder
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Price and availability
The Eado EV460, now available on order at PhP 1,828,000 at Changan dealerships nationwide.
Interested customers may also take a first-hand glimpse of the Eado EV 460 at the Changan Pavilion at the Manila International Auto Show on April 7 to 10, 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
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