It would be nearly impossible to place a dollar value on Aptiv’s data hold. But the company is so far along in its AV development, rivals likely would jump at the chance to pinch even a single kilobyte.
VW strategy chief Michael Jost indicates the new price-leading I.D. model will go on sale in 2023 with a range of different battery options, the smallest of which will provide a range of “around 200 km,” or 124 miles.
Consisting of a Cosworth-developed 6.5L gasoline V-12 and an electric motor developed by Rimac and Integral Powertain, it produces a combined 1,160 hp at 10,500 rpm and 664 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,000 rpm.
The European Investment Bank says Cikautxo will use the investment to create “sustainable production processes enabling the development of innovative products to help manufacture less-polluting vehicles” at its plants in four European countries.