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Baidu’s fully-driverless robotaxi fleet continues to take over China




Apollo Go, technology company Baidus robotaxi service, has received approval to offer fully driverless rides in Beijing and is expanding its autonomous ride-hailing service to three major cities in China. With the approval granted, Baidu is now the world’s first company to offer fully driverless rides to the Chinese capital’s population of over 21 million.

Baidu was previously known primarily as a search engine giant in China, but it has focused on electric vehicles, AI and autonomous driving technologies in recent years. In fact, the Apollo ecosystem has built over a hundred partnerships with various manufacturers and suppliers, including Toyota, Ford, and Volkswagen.

Additionally, the internet company has made impressive progress in developing its own robotaxi fleet in China with its Apollo software platform. In January 2021, Baidu announced that it was expanding from software development into physical production of electric vehicles and merging with Geely to manufacture electric vehicles. The companies soon introduced JIDU — a smart robotic EV startup recently unveiled its second EV model.

Since then, Baidu has also introduced one customized robotaxi called RT6 – Capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, complete with a detachable steering wheel. As Baidu works to certify a robotaxi of this autonomy level in China, it has made tremendous strides with its Apollo Go service has surpassed one million autonomous journeys last summer and surpassed two million trips at the end of January 2023.

Earlier, Baidu was granted permission by the powers that be in China to operate fully driverless robotaxi rides in the cities of Wuhan and Chongqing. Today it was announced that Beijing is now the next mega city in China to allow fully driverless driving.

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Baidu expands driverless robotaxi rides in China’s capital

Baidu announced in a press release today that it has been granted a Robotaxi permit for Beijing, which will start sharing services the deployment of 10 fully driverless vehicles in the Yizhuang Economic Development Zone of the city.

The tech company says Apollo Go is already offering an average of over 20 rides per EV per day in this zone, which is higher than the average daily rides for traditional ride-hailing services. Its initial area for driverless robotaxi services is 60 square kilometers, but it will eventually expand to 500 square kilometers in China’s capital.

Today’s news is the latest milestone in Baidu’s news from last November, sharing plans to expand Apollo’s activities in 2023 with self-driving robotaxi operations in more regions of China. This strategy remains part of a larger goal to expand the Apollo Go self-driving service to 65 cities by 2025 and 100 cities by 2030.

With such goals, we can expand to hear about more Robotaxi rollouts in China soon.

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Quick Charge Podcast: March 23, 2023




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BGauss B8 Electric Scooter Price, Variants, Design & Range




BGauss B8 electric scooter

Mr. Hemant Kabra is the founder and CEO of BGauss. BGauss started selling electric vehicles in 2020 and produces exclusively in the electric vehicle segment. The head office is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. BGauss B8 is one of the two electric scooters that the company launched in July 2020. In this post, you will learn more about the features and specifications of this electric scooter.

appearance and design

BGauss B8 includes a multi-color digital display, 360-degree chrome plating, an aerodynamically optimized design and a UV-protective coating on the outside. This scooter weighs 76.5 kg and has a height of 1285 mm. It has a trunk volume of 18 liters and a payload of up to 130 kg.


There are two different versions of the BGauss B8 electric scooter depending on the substances used in the battery. These two variants are lithium-ion and LF.


It is available in 6 different options, named:

  • mint green
  • fog grey
  • pearl white
  • silk red
  • Sparkling blue
  • Zed black


The ex-showroom price for the lithium-ion variant is 82,999 and for the LF variant it is 88,999.


mileage 70km/charge
top speed 50km/h
engine 800w
Top performance 1900w
battery 104.5kwh 57.6v
peak torque 94.6 nm
guarantee 3 years
Breaks Front and Rear – Disc

This electric scooter features a BLDC hub motor which is IP 67 waterproof. A double piston is installed on the front brakes. In addition, it has three speed settings: 36 km/h, 42 km/h and 50 km/h.

This scooter takes about 3 to 4 hours to be fully charged.


Alongside a host of notable features, it has side stand sensors, an anti-theft alarm, anti-theft device, Find Your Car, 120mm water wading capacity and a USB port.

In addition, it includes LED lighting in turn signals, daytime running lights, taillights and headlights.


The best advice we can give is that while BGauss delivers a lot of great features at a fair price, there are many other scooters on the market that can offer the same features at a much lower price. But if you keep buying it, it will remain a good investment for you.

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Charged EVs | Ford reveals electric Explorer to be built in Germany




Americans crave electric SUVs — but automakers dream of a slow and orderly transition to e-mobility. Unfortunately for us Americans, this means that new EV models are usually launched in China and/or Europe first.

ford has unveiled a new all-electric Explorer, designed and built in Germany, as part of a strategy to “reinvent the Ford brand in Europe.”

The electric Explorer will be the first electric vehicle to be built on a large scale at the new Ford Cologne EV Center in Germany. Ford says it will offer an all-electric portfolio of passenger cars in Europe by 2030.

Ford isn’t offering any technical details of the new Explorer at this time, but says it will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants and will be outfitted with the latest electronic goodies and amenities.

The SYNC Move infotainment system has a 15-inch articulating touchscreen that slides up and down to suit the driver (Tesla, note), plus wireless compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is storage space for a laptop and another with a wireless phone charger.

Other bells and whistles include heated front seats and steering wheel, a massaging driver’s seat, individual climate controls, a kick-activated tailgate and multiple driver assistance features.

“Explorer is a precursor to a new generation of exciting Ford electric vehicles. Infused with our American roots but built in Cologne for our customers in Europe, it’s ready for the big adventures and packed with everything our customers need for their everyday drives,” said Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e, Europe .

Orders will be accepted “from the end of this year” and prices are expected to start at “less than €45,000”.

Source: ford

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