Everyone’s getting into electric vehicles. Though electric vehicles have been around for a while now, carmakers and tech companies alike are getting renewed drives to enter the EV market. Carmakers going electric isn’t a surprise, naturally. Interested tech companies are another story, though. It’s always interesting to see how companies primarily focused on handheld devices take on the automotive industry. Pretty soon, we’ll have another company to watch in the same space. Recently, Sony and Honda have announced a partnership to make electric vehicles together.
Officially announced through Honda, the two companies have signed a “memorandum of understanding,” stating their interest in forming a venture around electric vehicles. Being just a memorandum, the understanding does not mean anything official yet besides the intent to do so.
According to the memorandum, Sony and Honda will create the new company together sometime this year. The unknown company will merely “plan, design, develop, and sell” the electric vehicle. For its part, Honda will handle the manufacturing side of things. On the other hand, Sony hopes to infuse a mobility service platform for the vehicle. The new company is expected to sell its first vehicle in 2025.
Despite focusing mostly on other industries, Sony had already declared its intentions for an electric vehicle back in 2020. During that year’s CES presentation, the company presented the Vision-S, a concept car designed to provide maneuver automotive technology with entertainment.
On the other hand, Honda already sells electric vehicles. Most recently, the carmaker launched the Honda e, a funky electric car that dazzled in its debut in 2019.
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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