Overdrive Podcast Radio Program Week 9 – 2022

Overdrive: Three new EVs: Kia EV6, BYD ATTO 3, Audi e-tron GT: Canberra’s charging woes

Welcome to Overdrive, a program that proudly gives you the alternative facts to all aspects of motoring and transport. I’m David Brown

The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

News (1:21)

  1. Kia becomes more prestigious with the EV6
  2. A new player in the market – BYD
  3. Audi e-tron GT – It’s about performance stupid
  4. Canberra – full of policies but not charging stations

Feature Story (6:33)

We look at the three new EVs that have been shown to the market in the last week and talk to:

  • Kia, and BYD executives
  • Report on Audi’s presentation of their electric GT
  • Here from a suspension expert on why electric cars are different
  • And an owner of a new EV as they adapt to a new world

Motoring Minutes (27:13)

  • Alfa Giulio
  • Mazda CX5

 

 

Kia becomes more prestigious with the EV6

Kia has launched their electric large SUV the EV6.

The vehicle with an eye-catching appearance, many features, and great performance is now their halo car as the brand becomes more prestigious.

Two equipment levels, Air (only in two-wheel drive) and GT-Line (in two or four-wheel drive)

All models have a 77.4 kWh battery and the range varies from 484 km to 528 km.

Red is the standard colour, most other colours cost an additional $520. The GT line has a Kia first: a matt finish called Monscape with an additional cost of $3,295

All models have a locally tuned suspension to suit Australian roads and it handled the twisting roads in the ACT rural areas very well.

The head-up display on the GT-Line, with a wide layout is class-leading

Prices before on-road costs range from $68,000 to $83,000.

A new player in the market – BYD

The Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has shown the first passenger vehicle it will soon sell in Australia.

It is a compact to medium-sized SUV they call the ATTO3.

It has a single motor driving the front wheels

For an electric vehicle, there’s reasonable power of 150kW and 310 Nm of torque

There are two levels based on the size of the battery with the corresponding range of either 320 km or 420km. The publicity material quoted figures that were up to 25% higher but this used a much older, less reliable testing procedure.

There is a surprising level of equipment including an electric panoramic sunroof, 12.8-inch display with Bluetooth® phone connectivity, and wireless phone charger.

Safety technology includes rear cross-traffic alert and braking.

But the big feature is the price with the shorter-range model at $45,000 driveaway and the longer range at $48,000 driveaway. This is approaching parity with internal combustion vehicles and potential saving over an 8-year ownership period.

Audi e-tron GT – It’s about performance stupid

Audi has shown Australia for the first time an electric vehicle with style and supercar performance.

The e-tron GT is a four-door fastback with a wide, low, sleek, flowing design. With supply constraints, however, it will not be in the showrooms here until September 2022 at the earliest.

This is truly a performance car with both of the two variants having all-wheel drive.

The base model e-tron GT has 350kW (which you can boost to 390kW for a short time) and 630 Nm of torque

The RS e-tron GT has 440kW (boosted to 475), that’s nearly 640 hp in the old measurement and it has 830 Nm of torque.

The GT will accelerate from zero to 100km/hr in 4.1 seconds while the RS takes just 3.3 seconds.

The price starts at $181,700, and reaches nearly a quarter of a million dollars plus on road costs.

Canberra – full of policies but not charging stations

The drive program for the launch of the Kia EV6 electric vehicle highlighted the inadequacy of charging stations in the ACT.

While the government has done some flag-waving about buying 20 hydrogen cars and installing a hydrogen station, the organisers of the EV launch found only three locations with 50 kw electric chargers, small in number and way short of the 350kw charges that can produce good turnaround times.

Not knowing if a charging station was working or if it would be available when you got there compounded the problems.

At one stage a car had just enough power to get to a charging station but could not risk getting back if the site was not available. An internal combustion engine car was sent to see if everything was working before the EV could start the trip.

Similar anxiety arose when planning to charge at the fast charger in Goulburn on the way home.

Goulburn is also an unpleasant site. Previously when a car company wanted to take some publicity pictures at the site, they had to send in cleaners to make the location look respectable. It is not a site that gives you confidence and a sense of security especially if it is at night.

We are inexorably moving to a significant use of EV; more infrastructure is needed.

 

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Originally broadcast 26 February 2022  across Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and Torque Radio affiliated commercial radio channels and has a weekly audience of over 450,000.

About David Brown 585 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto