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If James Bond ever goes green, you can bet the EV that Aston Martin is teasing would be his ride of choice. The first time that Aston started to talk about building an EV was way back in 2015, when it converted a Rapide to an EV aiming for a 200-mile driving range. Fast forward a few years and Aston is now teasing a production version of the Rapide E and giving up some details on the powertrain ahead of production kicking off next year. We can’t glean any detail from the teaser image other than the blue "E" on the front fenders and snazzy wheels with blue brake calipers peeking out. Details on the powertrain confirmed include that the car will have a battery electrical architecture with... Read more...
When Tesla first launched the Roadster, it proved that it could build a world-class electric vehicle (EV) with a realistic driving range and titillating performance. When the Model S was released, it showed just how far ahead the company was in the EV game compared to just about every other auto manufacturer on the planet. In the years since, we've seen the release of both the Model X crossover SUV and the Model 3 entry-level compact sedan. However, traditional luxury automakers are finally hip to the idea of producing dedicated EVs of their own. Take for instance Mercedes-Benz, which has been teasing the release of its upcoming EQC all-electric crossover SUV. The EQC will be will be similar... Read more...
Jaguar has certainly made some very cool cars over the years and its most iconic and recognizable design is definitely the E-Type. Jaguar Classic has announced that it will be building zero-emissions versions of the E-Type replacing the classic car's gas engine with an electric drivetrain. The concept car officially made an appearance in the U.S. at Monterey Car Week in California after a world debut at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September of last year. The electric E-Type wraps Jag's classic sports car up with technology from the modern I-PACE electric crossover SUV to create a car that will be sold directly via Jaguar Classic. The EV construction will take place alongside E-Type... Read more...
We can thank Tesla for being the primary motivator behind high-performance EVs. The company has been making smoking fast Model S variants for a while now that are able to embarrass gas-powered cars. Fans of exotic machinery might recognize the name Pininfarina. This is the design house that has been behind some of the most attractive Ferraris ever made. Pininfarina has decided to launch its own line of cars and one of the first rides in that new line will be an epic hypercar. This won’t use a snarling V12 engine like so many Ferrari's the design firm had a hand in. The Pininfarina hypercar will be an EV and is codenamed PF0. The company says that it will be a "substantially-developed" zero... Read more...
Tesla has been going through "production hell" with the Model 3 EV as it strives to boost output to meet demand. CEO Elon Musk had promised that the automaker would hit 6,000 cars a week and has come close to that promise hitting production levels of 5,000 units per week. Tesla is now offering a much faster delivery window for all Model 3 variants including the sweet dual motor Performance edition of the car capable of 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The new delivery estimates for the car are 1-3 months for the dual motor Performance Model 3, 2-4 months on the dual motor long range version of the car, and 1-3 months on the long-range rear-wheel version of the car. The latter is the only version... Read more...
Audi is working hard on electrification for its range of cars and SUVs. The automaker has talked up and shown off several e-tron EVs over the years, including in 2015 when it promised to deliver a production e-tron EV crossover to fight the Tesla Model X. Fast forward a few years and we have some new details on the e-tron Quattro SUV EV and its aerodynamic performance. Aerodynamics are particularly important on an EV as the more slippery the vehicle, the farther it can drive per charge. Audi has said that it is expecting the SUV to go for about 250 miles per charge. Audi claimed that it would have the best aero drag performance of an SUV back in 2015 at 0.25, which was then beat by Tesla and... Read more...
Tesla has made a big name for itself in a relatively brief time as the go-to company for high-tech and long-range electric vehicles. Tesla's cars look very good on the outside, but what about the parts under the skin that we can’t see? Engineering company Munro & Associates has taken Tesla's latest car, the Model 3, and torn the car apart to see how well it is built. According to the engineering firm, where Tesla truly excels is in the battery pack and related power electronics. Munro & Associates went so far as to say that it was "shocked" by the advanced techniques that Tesla used in integrating the battery and electronics. This sort of electronics and battery excellence... Read more...
Porsche is gunning for Tesla with its own line of electric vehicles that will look good and offer high performance (and Porsche's usual penchant for quality). The line will include the slick Mission E and the Mission E Cross Turismo that have only been seen in concept form so far. A high-performance electric car comes with the need for a high-performance charging network, and since Porsche is taking the fight to Tesla, that infrastructure can’t exactly be shared. New details on what Porsche has planned for its charging network have surfaced and Porsche Cars North America plans to have at least 500 fast chargers available at dealerships and highway locations around the U.S. by the end of... Read more...
Late last month Porsche dished out new details on the Mission E Electric performance sedan that aims to challenge Tesla. Porsche is back with another electric concept that is essentially a lifted SUV wagon version of the Mission E Performance sedan called the Porsche Mission E Cross. Porsche calls it a "Cross-Utility Vehicle" and says that it is designed for individuals with an active lifestyle, and was intended to be practical for year-round use. Inside the concept is designed with plenty of cargo space and exterior mounting systems to carry large objects like surfboards or bikes. Four people can sit inside and the dash is fitted with a display and control concept that has touchscreens and eye... Read more...
Tesla is gaining yet another competitor in the electric crossover vehicle realm, and it’s from a well-known brand. Jaguar first revealed its I-PACE concept in late 2016, and today it pulled the wraps off the production version of the vehicle. Unlike most concept-to-production transformations, not much has been lost here with respect to styling on the I-PACE. The vehicle advances Jaguar's current design language and applies it to a lifted four-door "coupe" profile (even though we hate the coupe term when used for anything but a two-door).  It's a forward-looking design, without looking somewhat tacky like the Hyundai Kona Electric. On the inside, the futuristic design trends continue... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles, products from Tesla tend to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. After all, it's hard to argue with the good looks and forward-looking technology that's strewn throughout EV's like the Model S and Model 3. However, other manufacturers are quickly catching up, and Hyundai has just unveiled a new crossover EV that comes close to matching the endurance of the "Long Range" variant of the Model 3. The new Kona Electric looks quite similar to its gasoline-engine counterpart, but is available in two configurations. The base, short-range model has a 99 kW electric motor that is paired with a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. This combination is enough to... Read more...
Tesla is indeed developing custom AI semiconductors that will help with autonomous driving chores, company CEO and founder Elon Musk has finally confirmed. It is not entirely clear if Tesla is working with AMD on specialized hardware for its electric vehicles, though Musk did offer up that Jim Keller, a microprocessor engineer who previously worked for AMD and Apple, is working on the hardware for Tesla. Keller joined Tesla in 2016. He is the automaker's President of Autopilot Hardware and Software Engineering, and presumably is the one who is in charge of the company's effort to build to a custom AI chip. Previously he spearheaded both AMD's K8 and Apple's A-Series chip efforts. When Tesla brought... Read more...
Tesla went official with its new Semi at a special event last night. We had heard rumors of the battery-powered big rig back in August, and at the time it was tipped to have a rather short 300 mile driving range per charge. As it turns out the driving range for the Tesla Semi (that is the official name of the vehicle) is much better at 500 miles per charge. The Semi is obviously much bigger than Tesla's passenger cars, but it does seem to be lower to the ground than many of the big rigs that plow through the highways each day. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the Semi is "designed like a bullet" and it certainly looks very aerodynamic. Most of the same safety and driver assistance tech that the... Read more...
Lamborghini builds some of the most powerful automobiles on the planet, and like several other automakers, the Italian company has plans of releasing an electric vehicle (EV), too. That is the reason why some of Lamborhini's engineers are in Massachusetts—the Italian supercar company is collaborating with two laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an electric super car concept called "Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio." "Exactly one year ago we have signed an agreement with the MIT-Italy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which marked the start of a collaboration between two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write... Read more...
We were first graced with the Porsche Mission E's beauty back in fall of 2015, and later in that same year, it was confirmed that the electric sedan had been given the green light for production. Now, we're beginning to learn a little more about the car, including how it will be priced. In a recent interview with CAR Magazine, Porsche chief Oliver Blume revealed that the production Mission E will be priced like an entry-level Panamera. For those of you don't keep up with luxury sports sedans, the base Panamera (rear-wheel drive) starts at $85,000, while the Panamera 4 (all-wheel drive) starts at $89,600. For simplicity's sake, let's just say that the Mission E will have a base price of around... Read more...
Nissan is delivering more for less with the second-generation Leaf electric vehicle (EV). Since this is an EV, let’s get the most important stuff out the way first. Range has taken a big step forward compared to the outgoing model, rising from a “just okay” 107 miles to a “that’s more like it” 150 miles. Nissan was able to achieve this increase while using a battery pack (40 kWh) that occupies the exact same dimensions as its predecessor. The actual lithium-ion cells have 67 percent greater energy density compared to the original battery pack included in the 2010 Leaf. Enhanced electrode materials with revised battery chemistry also helps boost the range, while battery durability (during charging... Read more...
Each year when the Pebble Beach Concours d'Élégance rolls around you can count on some extremely nice classic cars being on display that are often in better condition than they were new. And you can also count on modern cars debuting at the show (like the BMW Concept Z4) that might appeal to the well-heeled crowd that enjoys the Pebble Beach show. This year Mercedes-Benz showed off an incredibly luxurious car called the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet. Mercedes-Maybach says the car "with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future. At the same time, the two-seater model pays homage to the glorious "automotive... Read more...
On the same day that a Volkswagen exec was arrested by the FBI for his part in the massive TDI emissions scandal, the German automaker has pulled the wraps of the latest in a long line of “Microbus” concept vehicles. The I.D. BUZZ is perhaps the most faithful of these concepts to the original Microbus, and probably the most promising when it comes to actual production possibilities. The I.D. Buzz is being developed with two powertrain configurations. The base vehicle has a rear-wheel-drive layout with a single, 268 horsepower in the rear of the vehicle and an 83 kWh battery. A second, more powerful version features a second motor mounted up front for a combined 369 horsepower, and a 111... Read more...
If a customer complains to the right person, it's impressive just how quickly action can be taken. On December 10, a Twitter user pinged Tesla head Elon Musk about how ridiculous it is that Supercharger stations are always being hogged by people with fully-charged vehicles. Without much hesitation, Musk replied, stating that action will be taken. Well, it sure didn't take long for that action to be taken. Beginning right now, if Tesla owners hog a Supercharger, their bank account is going to be dinged until the vehicle is removed. It's hard to find fault with this mechanic, as the terms are quite reasonable. For each minute someone hogs a Supercharger after their vehicle is charged, a fee of... Read more...
Finally. That's all that can be really said about Apple admitting to the world that it's working on autonomous driving technologies. The company has been infamously, and perhaps infuriatingly mum on the fact that it's been working on such tech, even though there have been a countless number of hints to it. Well, we now know that Apple is indeed working on self-driving technologies. Apple could be targeting the likes of Tesla sooner than later... In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Apple says that it's feeding off of its expertise in machine-learning to help create automated systems, particularly in the transportation market: Apple uses machine learning to... Read more...
Make no mistake; the Tesla Model S is an attractive electric vehicle that has the ability to accelerate to 60 mph in less than three seconds and carry up to seven people in relative comfort (the two kids in the rear-facing jump-seats might disagree). But at the end of the day, it’s still a sedan that doesn’t exactly excite like a supercar (think McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder or Ferrari LaFerrari). NextEV, a Chinese manufacturer that fields a team in Formula E, is looking to take the world by storm with its EP9. Launching under the NIO sub-brand, the EP9 is said to accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and can hit 124 mph in 7.1 seconds. After 15.9 seconds, the EP9 will be traveling at a heady... Read more...
A week ago, General Motors (GM) revealed that its brand new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) is EPA rated to travel 238 miles per charge, which is quite impressive for the small runabout. Today, GM announced how much the Bolt will cost, after saying for months that the vehicle would start at around $37,500. We've now learned that the official base MSRP is right in line with GM’s previous guidance: $37,495. That means that the Bolt will be priced at $29,999 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. And the Bolt has the potential to be priced even lower thanks to various state rebates and credits. “Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering... Read more...
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