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tram without recharging debuted in Porto

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The fourth generation of the large crossover is a technological revolution thanks to e-POWER technology, in which a gasoline engine powers an electric one. Prices start from 49 thousand euros.

Almost seven million units have been sold since 2001, and three million since 2015. The Nissan X-Trail will take on new life next month with the introduction of the fourth generation. The family crossover, which can have seven seats, looks like the larger Qashqai, has led to a technological revolution that starts with driver assistance and is expressed above all in the engines, all electrified and with a maximum point in both versions with e-POWER . technology, Nissan’s system, in which a gasoline engine powers an electric one, eliminating the need for recharging.

The new e-POWER system for the X-Trail consists of a powerful battery and a starter integrated with a variable compression gasoline engine that works only as a generator, inverter and a 150kW front electric motor. Works like a real electric, with instant and linear throttle response and silence in almost all situations.

Unveiled at the Alfandega do Porto Hybrid and Electric Car Show, the X-Trail is part of a commitment by Nissan, which will offer electrified offerings for all models next year before selling only electric vehicles in 2030. While its beefy exterior seems to indicate it’s meant for off-road adventures, only one of the three versions has all-wheel drive, and the focus is on comfort even while driving, linking the smoothness of an electric vehicle to the lightness of an e-Pedal. A step that allows you to accelerate and brake using only the accelerator pedal.

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The information that the head-up display projects onto the windshield, the Wi-Fi system, the ProPilot technology that keeps the crossover in its lane, accelerates and brakes, the surround view camera and adaptive lighting are just some of the examples. Offers X-Trail, although its strong point is the engines.

The crossover starts with the 1.5 VCR turbo, a 163-horsepower mild hybrid that hits 200 km/h and consumes between 7.1 and 7.4 liters depending on the version. Their prices start from 49 thousand euros.

The X-Trail with e-POWER engine and all-wheel drive costs from €51,250, develops 150 kW (204 horsepower), has a maximum torque of 330 Nm, consumes 5.9 l/100 km and accelerates to 170 km/h.

In the top and with prices starting from 52,050 euros, the e-POWER e-4ORCE has all-wheel drive, 157 kW (213 hp), 6.5 liters consumption and a top speed of 180 km/h, with an acceleration of 0 -100 km/h in 7.0 or 7.2 seconds, depending on whether the car is a five-seater or a seven-seater. Only this version will appear with three rows of seats, the latter intended for children (passengers up to 1.60 meters tall), although there are some surprises in terms of space. The second row of seats can move up to 22 centimeters, and the 575-liter luggage compartment holds more than 400 liters even with seven passengers.

Being electric, the X-Trail, which is already in pre-sale and has a starting offer that leaves it with a cost of 550 euros per month, is class 1 on the Via Verde motorways.

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Apple is preparing a strategy to transfer production from China

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Apple is one of the largest companies using factories in China to manufacture its products. However, the American giant is looking to diversify its supply chain even more, given the global situation in China, both in terms of public health and government policy.

The production of the top models of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max has been hit hard by problems at the factories in connection with the measures of the Chinese authorities to combat Covid-19.

Protests are raging in China the likes of which have not been seen in more than 30 years. The zero tolerance policy in the context of the pandemic has caused serious discontent and upheaval in society.

These demonstrations, protests and clashes with the authorities spilled over into factories and the market in general. Beijing, after tightening measures, has already shown that it may have to change its policy regarding the fight against the pandemic.

Apple begins to look to the future outside of China

In recent weeks, Apple has accelerated plans to move some of its production out of China, the dominant country in the supply chain that has created the most valuable company in the world, according to information from people involved in these processes.

The Cupertino-based company has begun asking its suppliers to more actively plan to assemble Apple products in other Asian countries, especially India and Vietnam.

according to InformationApple wants to reduce dependence on Taiwanese factories led by the Foxconn Technology group.

Riots in a place called iPhone City spurred Apple's move. In the giant city of Zhengzhou, China, about 300,000 workers work at Foxconn's iPhone and other Apple products factory.

At one point, the device accounted for 85% of the iPhone Pro lineup, according to analytics firm Counterpoint Research.

The Zhengzhou plant was the scene of violent protests last November. As we can see in the video above, the workers complained about harassment by the authorities to implement a zero tolerance measure to combat the pandemic.

After a year of events that have undermined China's status as a stable manufacturing hub, the unrest means Apple is no longer comfortable with so much of its business tied up in one place, analysts say.

iPhone 14 Pro sales may suffer due to low production

Apple released the iPhone 14 and its sales continued to have a big impact, even breaking records during a volatile time in the smartphone market.

According to Ming-Chi KuoApple's market analyst said fourth-quarter iPhone shipments were about 10 million units below market forecasts made before the Zhengzhou protests.

The high-end iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models were particularly hard hit, according to the analyst.

There were protests in Beijing last week against the strict measures against Covid.

Apple and China have enjoyed a relationship for decades that has so far been mostly mutually beneficial. Change won't happen overnight. Apple continues to release new iPhone models every year and also constantly upgrades its iPads, laptops, and other products.

Basically, Tim Cook will have to keep flying the plane by changing the engine.

So if current events warrant thought, Kuo says the Cupertino-based company's goal would be to move 40% to 45% of its iPhone production from China to India. In addition, Vietnam will be able to increase production of other Apple products such as AirPods, Apple Watch and Macbook.

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BMW suspension recharges battery in bad ground

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Suspensão da BMW recarrega bateria quando há mau piso

BMW creates something new! It is true that the electric vehicle segment has been innovative, but there is certainly much more to be discovered and improved. In the field of vehicle autonomy, research is still focused on batteries, but there may be mechanisms to recharge the battery while vehicles are in motion.

BMW is developing a suspension that can generate energy in the face of uneven road conditions and thereby recharge the battery.

The BMW suspension is actuated and generates energy that is used to recharge the battery.

Electricity is critical to driving electric vehicles. In addition to the energy stored in batteries, which provide a certain amount of autonomy, it would be interesting if the vehicles themselves generate energy while driving. It is in this sense that BMW is working on a solution in which the suspension is used as energy generating equipment.

In practice, when the suspension works to smooth out uneven floors, energy is generated and stored in the battery.

BMW suspension recharges battery in bad ground

This BMW suspension, as far as we know, will be used exclusively in electric vehicles. There is no word yet on when it will become part of the German brand's electric model.

It should be noted that traditionally, the energy of the vehicle's wheels moving over irregularities is absorbed by the spring suspension elements, and then this energy is dissipated in the form of heat by shock absorbers. The job of shock absorbers, as the name suggests, is to dampen the shock, resulting in a smoother ride.

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Fuel prices won’t drop next week! I know why…

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Fuel prices won't drop next week!  I know why...

Every week, the Portuguese live in anticipation of whether fuel prices will rise or fall.

Last Friday there was the first information that the cost of fuel will continue to fall … and will! However, there is a variable that will rise and possibly offset lower gasoline and diesel prices. Find out what has changed since then.

Fuel: ISP discount will be reduced...

The price of fuel will not fall at the beginning of the week because the government has decided to cut the discount that applies to the tax on petroleum products (ISP), according to Porto Canal.

Tax on petroleum products (NPT) is one of the excise taxes provided by law. It applies to gasoline and diesel as well as other products, oil and energy, hydrocarbons and electricity.

The tax will be reduced by 3.9 cents per liter of diesel fuel and 2.4 cents per liter of gasoline. The decision should cancel forecasts for falling fuel prices next week, which indicated minus 3 cents for diesel and minus 1 cent for gasoline.

The price of diesel fuel may remain unchanged, but gasoline should rise in price by 1.5 cents from Monday. Diesel falls seven weeks in a row, and gasoline a month.

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