Q8 (Audi)

Feb 26, 2024

On February 23, the European Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, a EUR 1.3 billion German measure to support ArcelorMittal Bremen and ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt in decarbonizing part of their steel production processes. The company currently operates three coal-based blast furnaces and four basic oxygen furnaces producing crude steel in these plants.

The aid will support the construction of a direct reduction plant and three new electric arc furnaces. The new installations will replace two of the three existing blast furnaces and two of the four existing oxygen furnaces. The new direct reduction plant will initially operate with natural gas and later operate using exclusively renewable hydrogen.

The new installations are envisioned to start operating in 2026. They are expected to produce 3.8 million tons of green crude steel per year. Once completed, the project is expected to avoid the release of more than 70 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the 16-year lifetime of the project. 

Based on European Commission press release 

Feb 02, 2024

On January 31, FAW Jiefang and FAW Fuhua Ecological Co., Ltd. (FAW Fuhua) signed a strategic cooperation agreement on cultural creativity in Changchun, Jilin.

An FAW Fuhua culture subsidiary will set up a dedicated development team for FAW Jiefang to provide services such as cultural and creative product design, packaging design, intellectual property creation, product supply, e-commerce channel establishment, publicity and promotion, and event operation.

In the future, the two parties will build a cooperation platform and share cultural and creative resources. They will form a long-term and stable partnership in areas such as rental and sales of New Energy Vehicles, establishment of channels for resources outside China, and corporate official vehicles to bring the automotive after-market more technology innovations.

From an FAW Jiefang press release

Feb 01, 2024

Reported on January 29, 2024, PHS Automotive Malaysia has officially launched the SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron, priced from MYR 519,990. They are Audi's first mass-produced models with 3 asynchronous motors.
Riding on the Modularer E-Antriebs Baukasten (MEB), or modular electric-drive toolkit evo electronic chassis platform, the e-SUV’s front axle's electric motor has a max output of 124 kW while the two motors at the rear axle individually deliver a peak output of 98 kW for each rear wheel. The "boost" mode pushes the front motor to produce up to 157 kW, and the two rear motors up to 138 kW each. The total system output is said to be limited to 370 kW by the 114-kWh battery pack. The BEV claims a century sprint of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.
With up to 170 kW DC charger, this e-SUV can be charged from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes. On a single charge, the SQ8 e-tron can travel up to 458 km (WLTP) while the SQ8 e-tron Sportback claims a range of up to 471 km.
(From an article of New Straits Times on January 29, 2024 and Audi Malaysia social media updates)

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