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It looks like Tesla will not be getting competition from Apple anytime soon. Apple’s rumored electric car, “Project Titan”, has reportedly been delayed until 2021 due to complications with its development. Why is the car being delayed? Well, no one really knows. Some theorize that the delay is due to the departure of Project Titan leader Steve Zadesky this past year. Others have argued that the brothers working on the project -- Brian, Kevin, and Michael Sumner -- have not finished developing the software needed to capture the tremendous amounts of data Apple cars will generate. Apple will need to majorly improve their cloud infrastructure if they want to compete with Tesla. Apple has yet to... Read more...
Of all the companies out there that are committed to autonomous vehicle, Google by far has the most experience and has racked up the most amount of “driver free” miles. The company started its autonomous efforts with modified Toyota Prius hybrids and then later expanded the fleet to include Lexus RX 450h hybrids. More recently, Google has devoted attention to its homegrown fully electric vehicle (EV), which looks like a supersized Cozy Coupe. With its homegrown autonomous EV, Google has already eliminated the driver from the equation — now it wants to simplify things even further by recharging the vehicle wirelessly instead of plugging it directly into an outlet. Federal Communications Commission... Read more...
It seems as though Volkswagen would do just about anything to take the public’s mind off its diesel emissions scandal. VW’s popular TDI has taken a huge hit in the United States as a result, and the company is looking to electric vehicles as the future of its “green” push. That change in direction is made readily apparent by the introduction of the BUDD-e concept vehicle at CES, which is seen as a Microbus for the 21st century. You won’t find a TDI or even one of VW’s gasoline engines under the hood the BUDD-e. Instead, you’ll be greeted with a single electric motor under the hood, and another electric motor in the rear of the vehicle nestled below the... Read more...
Volkswagen has come under immense global scrutiny for its willful negligence with regards to cheating emissions regulations with its diesel engines. In the United States alone, over 480,000 Volkswagen- and Audi-branded vehicles have “defeat devices” installed that allow the 2.0-liter TDI engine to pass Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests with flying colors under controlled testing. However, those same diesel engines emit up to 40 times the level of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are legally permissible when operating on public roads. When the dust is settled, Volkswagen will likely have to retrofit roughly 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with revised engine software and/or... Read more...
The Tesla Motors Model S may be the darling of the electric vehicle world, but it has its fair share of issues. In late October, Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of the Model S following complaints of reliability issues from customers. “The main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks,” wrote Consumer Reports in October. "Complaints about the drive system have also increased as the cars have aged—specifically for the 2013 model, which was the car’s first full model year.” The reports of drivetrain problems are being echoed by an owner survey conducted by Plug-in America.... Read more...
Production Chevrolet Bolt (Image Source: Autoblog) The production version of the Chevrolet Bolt was supposed to make its official debut early next month at the Detroit Auto Show. But as is always the case with high-profile launches, there are bound to be some lapses in security which allows spy photographers the opportunity to give the automotive world an early glimpse at the latest set of wheels. As a result, we now have an unblemished look at the production Bolt in all its glory; at least when it comes to its exterior. While the vehicle’s overall shape is carried over from the concept, many of the details are vastly different, especially when you take a look at the rear quarter windows and... Read more...
Despite the fact that Apple has never been explicit about its desire to create an electric vehicle, it's hard to imagine at this point that it won't happen. Even Tesla's Elon Musk has weighed in on things, going on record to say that the Cupertino's EV team is like "Tesla's graveyard" - a statement he later went on to quell a little bit. Back in August, it leaked out that Apple's Tim Cook had paid a visit to BMW's Leipzig factory to gauge and discuss things. Ultimately, it's not clear if BMW is going to have anything to do with Apple's foray into vehicle making, but it no doubt gave Apple a boost to get a sneak peak into what to expect. Well, he might still be keeping mum on things, but at Wall... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla Motors tends to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. The company first dazzled us with the two-seat all-electric Roadster, then followed up with the gorgeous Model S. The company is just weeks away from delivering the first Model X crossovers to paying customers and is just a little over a year away from unveiling its “affordable” Model III electric sedan. In the grand scheme of things, however, Tesla is just a tiny player compared to some of the well-entrenched automakers around the globe. One such powerhouse is the Volkswagen Group, and more specifically, its Audi division.  Audi announced this week that it has partnered with LG Chem and Samsung... Read more...
Tesla Motors wowed us (and creeped us out just a little bit) with its Solid Metal Snake charging plug for its Model S electric sedan. The premise of the futuristic device is rather simple; it allows the driver to pull into their garage (or perhaps even a Supercharger) and automatically charge the device without any actually physically having to place his or her hands on the charger or receptacle cover. However, it looks as though the UK government is looking even further into the future. The UK will begin trials latest this year for what it is dubbing an “electric highway” that would recharge electric vehicles wirelessly as they travel down the road. Such technology is the “Holy Grail” for EV... Read more...
Chevrolet announced pricing on the 2016 Volt that shaves nearly $1,200 off of its predecessor’s price tag. The new Volt electric vehicle (EV) rolls in at $33,995, but that’s before you subtract the federal tax credit. The credit can save you as much as $7,500, which would bring your total to around $26,495. If you live in California, state credits could dip the price to just below $25,000. The Volt handles up to 50 miles on a single charge. Chevrolet has been quick to point out that, for many drivers, the 50-mile range means they’ll do most of their driving in the all-electric mode. As we discussed earlier this year, the 50-mile range is an important milestone for Chevrolet. If you still get... Read more...
Over the past week, rumors have persisted that Apple is preparing to enter the auto manufacturing business. This speculation was first fueled by the appearance of Chrysler minivans dotting the country that are registered to Apple, Inc. The Wall Street Journal took things a bit further, reporting that Apple has been hiring former, high-level auto industry employees, and has roughly 100 people working on an electric vehicle under the codename “Titan.” Needless to say, many folks in the auto industry are rightly skeptical of a new entry from Apple. Breaking into the auto market is not exactly easy, and building a fully functional, crash tested, and consumer-ready electric vehicle complete with a... Read more...
It’s on now! Companies like Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan have been shoving electric vehicles down our throats for the past few years. However, the Focus Electric, Spark EV, and Nissan Leaf can only travel 80 to 90 miles on a charge before they run out of juice. While that may be enough for those that simply commute to work or putter around town, many people with “range anxiety” want a bit more reserve power for longer trips, and vehicles like the Tesla Model S are simply way out of the price range of average Americans. That’s where the Chevrolet Bolt comes in, which is the next logical step past the Chevrolet Volt (even the second generation model) and Spark EV. Shown today in concept form, the... Read more...
Back in early October, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk promised to show us “The D”, and he delivered with the Model S P85D. That AWD electric sedan pumps out a healthy 691hp and an eye-popping 864 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels. The vehicle is fast enough to make the already quick Model S P85 look like a Prius in a drag race. But Musk isn’t content with just advancing the ball when it comes to EVs, he’s also looking to change how we charge the vehicles as well. Musk took to Twitter this morning to describe the latest project that Tesla is working on:Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)... Read more...
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