The following highlights what is confusing about the use of the term ‘electric cars’. According to Alfa Romeo, the compact SUV Tonale (pictured) marks the brand’s “metamorphosis” into a new era of electrification.
can take this as a sweeping generalization of a process. But I have a hard time when they say that the Tonale is the debut of their “first electric C-SUV”.
The fact is that the new car, which looks beautiful by the way, comes as a hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid. They’re not fully electric cars, although people might think so.
Despite extensive coverage, much confusion remains as to what constitutes “electric”. I think it should just apply to purely battery electric vehicles (BEVs), not those whose fossil fuel engines contribute in any way.
Sorry to be negative but I had to highlight the difference and something tells me it won’t be the last.
Automotive bosses need to be careful how they describe their products.
It’s a bit like describing a facelift model as “all new” when in reality only design changes and additional equipment have been added.
The Tonale is said to be the brand’s “most technologically advanced” to date. Can’t you argue with that?
Its 160 hp 48-volt hybrid turbo engine with variable geometry makes its debut. The 1.5-liter petrol engine is combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 48-volt, 15-kW electric motor.
The second-generation 48-volt lithium-ion battery has a capacity more than twice that of batteries commonly used in hybrid systems. And it has Alexa, the built-in voice system.
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