The Rise of the Electric Auto, Tesla overtakes Ford by market capitalisation.

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 Tesla has overtaken Ford to become the second-largest US car maker by market capitalisation, behind General Motors.

 The electric car maker’s stock has surged 7.4% to an all-time high after reporting better than expected first quarter sales.

 At the close of trading, Tesla had a market value of $49 billion dollars, compared with Ford’s value of $46 billion.

 Ford’s sales have fallen behind amid concerns about the ability of the US market to keep growing.

 Elon Musk has seen Tesla take the electric car to new heights in terms of desirability, with the introduction of the model 3. 

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The new Jaguar I-Pace revealed, a first with Smartechnologies

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  • First picture of the Jaguar I-Pace being road-readied on route around Stratford
  • The Tesla-rivalling I-Pace is out on test ahead of its launch next year 
  • The £60,000 ‘supercar inspired’ SUV, will be put on sale next year
  • Jaguar promises a range of 310 mile and Zero to 62 mph in less than 4 seconds
  • More spacious than the current F-Pace 4×4, despite being smaller.

 

Jaguar is powering ahead with preparations for the launch of its first ever electric car the I-Pace next year. 

So much so, that a preview car has already been pictured driving on London’s roads without its disguise and long before the production model is officially unveiled.

Jaguar’s I-Pace is an all-electric SUV that’s due to go on sale in 2018, priced from around £60,000 and aimed at challenging Tesla and others.

And the I-Pace could come with Tesla-rivalling performance too. It will be powered by a pair of electric motors; one at each axle delivering 396 bhp and a 0 to 62 mph time of less than four seconds. Range is claimed to be around 310 miles.

The iconic British car manufacturer says its pictures show the I-Pace hitting the streets for the first time, using a route around Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

And if it can repeat even some of the success of Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace, then the Coventry-based car maker could be on to a winner. Jaguar’s figures show strong sales for the F-Pace since launch and its sales people have told us that it’s the vehicle that’s pulling new 17-plate buyers into the showrooms.

The I-Pace concept vehicle in this current state of development was shown in Europe for the first time last week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. 

At 4.6 metres long and 1.9 metres wide, the overall footprint is smaller than the F-Pace and also Tesla’s Model X electric SUV.

However, because there’s no engine up front, Jaguar has taken advantage by extending the cabin – and front wheels – further forward making it more spacious inside than the compact dimensions suggest. 

That electrified thrust won’t be available in just short bursts, Jaguar promises. It says the 90 kWh lithium ion batteries can cover 310 miles on a full charge, however that’s when driving the European test cycle for measuring emissions and fuel economy – a fairly unrealistic interpretation of real world driving that certainly doesn’t include four second sprints to 62 mph. Expect a shorter range in reality.

That said, charging the I-Pace shouldn’t take long – Jaguar says it will reach 80 per cent charge in 90 minutes using a 50kW DC charger. 

With the SUV sector continuing to grow in the UK, Jaguar is entering the best market space to launch an all-electric model. The looks will certainly make it appealing, though we’ll have to wait for the production car to arrive if the range meets expectations, Smartech believes Jaguar is onto a winner.

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The Smartech guide to buying and using a dash cam in your car.

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Dash cams are a good way to make sure that you always have a witness in a collision situation.

This brief guide is intended to help you decide which type of dash cam suits your needs.

Dash Cams; Your Smartech help guide

Dash cams “in-car cameras” are quickly becoming popular and for good reason. These handy little gadgets will record your car journey, providing some much-needed peace of mind on the road and they are ideal in case of a car accident, recording what actually happens as well as protecting you against insurance fraud. Dash Cams can also mean cheaper car insurance, always a plus!

How Do They Work?

Dash Cams sit on your windscreen behind or below your rear-view mirror, and record the road whilst you’re driving. They work by filming in stages. When the memory card’s full, the oldest segment is recorded over, so footage is looped and you never run out of memory. This is known as ‘loop recording’. If there’s something you want to keep, you’re able to save a segment at the push of a button, meaning it isn’t overwritten. Some are also capable of taking still photos. Once you have some footage or photos you require, you can simply download it to your computer or appropriate App.

Why GPS and G-sensors

G-sensors are available on many good Dash Cameras. When these sensors detect an impact they automatically save the footage, so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. Some more expensive cameras also include GPS which records location and speed to go along with your video, providing even more information in case you need to use this as evidence.

Video Quality and Night Vision

If you want to be able to identify cars in your footage, it’s really important that the video quality is high enough to be able to make out number plates. A high definition Dash Cam is a minimum and means you’ll have the best chance of getting clear footage. While some will say that six element lenses give a better quality picture we are not convinced this is entirely necessary. Good quality night vision however should be considered.

Parking Mode

If your cars parked out on the road, a camera with a parking mode can be a good idea. They turn on and record footage if there’s an impact whilst your car’s parked so you’ll never miss anything. Is it necessary? Your choice.

How do dash cams work?  

Most dash cams use Micro SD cards, and a card that is class 6 or better means that video quality doesn’t suffer, even on those at the top end. There’s no point buying an HD camera and then using a memory card that is substandard for the purpose.

Cards with more memory will of course hold more video, so it’s up to you to decide how much you want to spend. A 32GB card should be enough for most people, but a smaller one’s fine if you make sure that you wipe it clean regularly.

Where to Place Your Dash Cam:

For most vehicles we recommend positioning for your Dash Camera is just behind or below the rear-view mirror on your windscreen. This is the best location to capture a clear view of the road ahead along with ensuring that the driver’s view isn’t obscured.

Wi-Fi Capability:

Inbuilt Wi-Fi is available on some of the more expensive models. It’s debatable whether this is a necessary requirement as simply removing the SD card and copying the content to a computer is more than sufficient for most. Why purchase what you don’t need!

So what next?

There are many good Dash Cams in the market with prices that range into the hundreds. The choice is your’s. We hope you found this guide useful. If you did please like us on our face book page here.

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