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And so it goes, Ford is not at all closing its doors to an all-electric F-150 pickup. The American manufacturer initially laid out its plans for an F-150 hybrid earlier this year and promises to come out with a vehicle with outstanding payload and towing capacity.
Although a hybrid makes better sense, Ford CTO Raj Nair said he isn’t ruling out the possibility of an electric version of the F150. Also during his recent interview with Yahoo, Nair further stated how much they consider electrification as a “bonus”. Therefore, it is an advantage since it doubles as a “power generating source” on a hybrid, he said.
Earlier reports claim that Ford is looking to introduce a hybridized F-150 pickup by 2020. If so, this hybrid pickup would still largely depend on gasoline since it doesn’t come with a plugin powertrain to start with. Certainly, it would be a game changer if Ford pushes for a pure battery powered version of the F-150. As we already know, this eco-friendly technology provides great benefit for trucks due to the massive amount of torque coming from electric powertrains.Read the entire article Ford might include an electric F-150 on its master plan
Around four months after Chevrolet commenced selling the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt in the United States, this accessible electric crossover has already reached a new milestone. As Chevrolet disclosed, as of April 2, 2017, 3,492 Bolt owners in the US have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles since its sales began in December 2016.
Considering the Bolt’s economy and the average EPA-estimated fuel consumption of 2017 vehicles in the US (26 mpg), the total electric miles driven on the Bolt means that over 175,000 gallons of fuel have been saved.
On a single charge, the Bolt EV could be driven as far as 238 EPA-estimated miles. Thus, it was amazing that one owner reported having continually driven a new Bolt for a record 310 miles without recharging. This new record is way beyond how far a Bolt could go in average (electric range), but thanks to efforts its owners, it is possible to make the EV exceed its EPA-estimated range. The fact that an average Bolt owner driving around 53 miles daily shows that the EV is suitable not just for day-to-day drives, but also when going on a road trip.Read the entire article 175,000 gallons of fuel saved through new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Swiss firm Classic Factory just revealed the Elextra Electric, and it is nothing short of amazing. The Swiss supercar promises to be the fastest accelerating car ever produced. Designed in Switzerland and built in Germany, the four-door electric supercar truly stands out from other EVs out there.
Though the Elextra looks somewhat like a Lamborghini Aventador, the company does not see the Italian super car manufacturer as its main competitor. Instead, the Swiss sporty EV sees Tesla as its fiercest rival.
What makes this supercar different from most supercars out there is the fact that it features four doors and four seats. At the same time, it features and an all-wheel-drive system, through the electric motors positioned at each axle.Read the entire article Meet Tesla Model S 100D’s new rival – the Elextra Electric supercar
What electric vehicle is the fastest on the world-famous Nurburgring Nordschleife road circuit in Germany? If you think it is a Tesla model, then try guessing again. It is once again the NIO EP9, which broke its own record as the fastest EV in the Green Hell, as set in October 2016.
According to NIO -- a startup carmaker based in Shanghai, China – the NIO EP9 recently completed a lap in the Nurburgring Nordschleife at just six minutes and 45.900 seconds (6:45.9 minutes). It is basically faster than its previous record of seven minutes and 5.12 seconds (7:05.12 minutes), which was achieved late last year. This means that the NIO EP9 has just broken its own record at the Green Hell by 19.22 seconds. Although there were no apparent changes on the electric hypercar between the October 2016 attempt and the recent record, the NIO EP9 managed to become much faster because of more favorable weather. The company noted that the October 2016 record was made during “inclement” weather.
NIO’s claim of the EP9 breaking the record has yet to be verified with a video recording. NIO has yet to provide a video of the record-setting run, and has promised to make the recording available to the public this week. Once the claim has been verified, NIO could officially say that the EP9 is the fastest EV at the Nurburgring Nordschleife road circuit.Read the entire article NIO EP9 breaks own record as fastest EV at Nurburgring, sets new mark as quickest road-legal car
It seems like BMW will be implementing a major overhaul of its strategy, which should result to the arrival of electrified versions of its three current models. One of these models would be an electric variant of the upcoming BMW 4 Series GT, according to a report by Autocar.
Citing people privy with BMW’s plans, Autocar reported that the new 4 Series GT is planned to directly replace the current BMW 3 Series GT and indirectly supplant the 4 Series Gran Coupé, which has been experiencing low demand since its inception. This strategy would be similar to a plan involving the BMW 6 Series GT, which is set to replace the BMW 5 Series GT in the lineup this year. BMW is planning to launch an electric version of the 6 Series GT in 2018.
Meanwhile, for the new 4 Series GT, the German premium carmaker will introduce the conventionally powered versions in 2019, to be followed by electric and plug-in hybrid variants. To be underpinned by newly developed platform for the eighth-generation 3 Series, the electric version of the 4 Series GT – set to compete against the Tesla Model 3 -- could be up for sale as early as 2020 in the United Kingdom. According to the report, the performance level of the electrically powered 4 Series GT would be more or less similar to the top-performing version of the current 3 Series GT – the BMW 335d GT, which offers the 317 bhp of max output and 630 Nm of peak torque. This means that the electric motor system for the battery-powered 4 Series GT should have a total system output of around 350 bhp to match the performance of the top BMW 335d GT.Read the entire article BMW is rumored to be planning EV variant of new 4 Series GT
California has a resourceful goal of having all new homes produce "zero net energy" by the year 2020, it roughly translates to producing at least as much energy as they can consume. Now the Elon Musk-headed company is no longer only selling electric vehicles, but renewable energy sources as well. And now Tesla has its only production factory in the city of Fremont.
The California-based energy company is venturing on a new business by the latter part of this year- the solar roof business, and this further undertaking will be initially observed at the homes located in the vicinity of the company's main factory. This is all due to the ordinance passed by the city council of Fremont, California on May 2 that firmly requires newly constructed houses and apartment complexes to install solar roof panels. The decision will work with a measure dating back from October that will require new construction to install mandatory wiring to be able to charge electric vehicles. The prescribed solar cell size will differ based on the size of the structure, and the ordinance necessitates an installation location that augments exposure to the sun.
Rachel DiFranco, Fremont's sustainability coordinator, said that they have over 5,000 electric vehicle drivers found in Fremont and they would like to observe if the drivers preferring an electric vehicle would increase and double over the next handful of years. Moreover, there’s also a call to obtain permission to install the cells found on the ground or one can utilize a wind turbine as a substitute. The state's building standards and energy commissions urge to approve the plan before all of it becomes official while this ordinance is through the city government. The process may take a few months, according to the local East Bay Times newspaper.Read the entire article Ordinance filed at Tesla’s hometown requires new houses to use solar panels
When the German automaker powerhouse BMW revealed its Vision Next 100 Concept, the vehicle looked like it belonged to a sci-fi movie with its futuristic flexible skin-like body and radical interior. Now BMW has officially announced that it will send the futuristic automobile into production probably around 2021 in an effort to expand its i-sub trademark of electric vehicles. However, the production iNEXT will likely not look as cool and radical as the fundamental concept.
The BMW 7 series was considered the company's flagship unit for a long time, but all that will possibly change once the iNext will be released with an full electric powertrain. This futuristic vehicle from Bavaria will possibly be produced as a crossover if the rumours circulating are true. The German automaker disclosed that the iNext will be a "bigger vehicle", and BMWBLOG has it on good authority that it will be perhaps identical with regards to its shape and size as the Jaguar I-Pace that is anticipated to arrive probably this year.
The German automaker also further revealed that it will bring to play the self-driving tech that will enable the iNext to pass the Level 3 Autonomy requirements for it to be made worthy of its current position as BMW's range topper. Level 3 autonomy will allow the vehicle to drive itself in most situations, but will still need a human driver that will intervene if needed. But the iNEXT isn't the only one to boast a Level 3 autonomy, the bragging rights belong to the 2018 Audi A8 as it will be the first ever production vehicle to have a Level 3 autonomy. However, it won't be available from day one due to the laws and regulations need to be updated first before allowing it.Read the entire article BMW to roll out iNext EV as flagship model, rumored to be a self-driving crossover, by 2021
Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand chief, revealed the VW's future plan for the next decade at the press conference in Volkswagen's "Markenhochhaus", the totally rebuilt brick tower at the Wolfsburg factory. Hoping to put the "Dieselgate" scandal behind them, the German automaker is planning a new vision for the company. The plan? Plain and simple, VW will put their efforts into manufacturing more SUVs and EVs. Now that's what we call a solid plan.
The aftermath of the Dieselgate is somehow still felt and the German automaker is making an effort to make us forget the TDI ever happened. Around November of 2016, VW disclosed that they will make the largest change process in VW's history and is now announcing that they are seeking to become the world's leading automotive market when it comes to e-mobility.
This is a strong statement coming from the German company, and VW has a 20/20 vision on how they will execute their plan- by selling no less than 1 million electric cars every year by 2025. This plan will ensue in 2020, when the VW's first ever electric vehicle from the I.D. range will be released to the public. Three more vehicles will join the line-up in the next 5 years, following the Zwickau-produced unit.Read the entire article VW aims to become e-mobility leader, sets goal to sell 1 million EVs annually by 2025
Even before Tesla has yet to start the production of the Model 3, its CEO, Elon Musk has his eyes set on the upcoming Model Y. For a while now, we’ve come to know that the Model Y will be a compact electric sport utility vehicle as Musk himself has already confirmed. As reported earlier by The Verge, Musk also said the Model Y will be getting a new platform and is likely to arrive in 2019.
Since the new architecture will be totally different, the CEO intends to replace the existing Tesla models’ 12-volt battery with a new power system. The change in architecture would mean there is no longer need for a lead-acid battery aside from a having new way of running the vehicle’s in-car electronic system. In doing so, the production will be a lot simpler since there is lesser amount of wiring involved with the new setup.
Musk refers to the electric SUV as an important factor in achieving Tesla’s objective of one million cars per year in the upcoming new decade. While at a conversation with some analysts about the company’s financial results in this year's 1st quarter, the CEO reassures everyone that the Model Y should be available either in late 2019 or 2020 at the most.Read the entire article Tesla Model Y to launch as early as 2019 with new architecture
We all know that Norway is currently the country with the most number of electronic vehicles around Europe, with a 33.5% market share - every third new car registration in March 2016 was an EV according to Inside EVs. Having said that, we wouldn’t be surprised if Norway also has the largest EV parking facility out there.
In fact, Bjørn Nyland, Tesla owner and EV enthusiast showed us a substantial EV structure in Oslo, Norway just last month - the parking garage is home to 100 AC Type 2 chargers and 2 DC fast chargers.
However, it is Finland that is making some noise today, as they are building the world’s largest EV parking garage in Salmisaari, Helsinki. Although there are only about 1,000 EVs in Finland, the state-of-the-art indoor parking facility will be more than twice the size what Norway has now, and can accommodate up to 250 electric vehicles at once.Read the entire article Biggest EV parking facility is now being built in Helsinki, Finland
India is working towards a sustainable future by selling only electric vehicles by 2030. As the Indian government is looking to manage its current pollution and environmental issues, Piyush Goyal, India’s minister for renewable energy said that they will be introducing electric vehicles in such a big way. In this regard, the minister also cited an example about the Indian government’s ongoing initiative in reducing the use of energy through LED lights.
In the hopes to completely get rid of vehicles with internal combustion engines, the government is considering innovative ways in encouraging consumers to buy an EV without the necessary subsidies. In spite of these, Goyal also made it clear that they have not finalized anything so far.
The minister however proposed that consumers could buy EVs with no down payment. Instead, people could pay for the vehicle’s cost by installment based on the savings they get out of petroleum. This type of payment scheme is the same to what the Indian government has already attained via the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme. Under this strategy, the energy efficiency firms were tasked to sell their LED lamps at a fraction of the current price in the market. The homeowners will then pay for the total amount by installment through their monthly electric bills.Read the entire article India plans to go fully electric by 2030
With performance automobiles going hybrid or purely electric, there's no denying that most of the automakers are slowly reconsidering the hybrid and electric vehicle concept. This time, AMG is following suit with this electric trend, and it seems there's no going back.
Back in 2013, the limited edition SLS AMG Electric Drive was made available in the market and is considered an accurate example of what the future of the Mercedes-AMG will be with regards to electrified performance cars. Talks revealed that a Project One hybrid range topper is geared to be unveiled in production disguise around September this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar was unveiled behind closed doors last month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The hypercar is rumoured to be equipped with a turbocharged 1.6 L V6 engine based on the Mercedes-AMG's title-grabbing W07 Formula 1 car. This engine is geared to produce around 748 hP (558 kW) and will be paired with no less than 4 electric motors.Read the entire article AMG CEO confirms arrival of electrified performance cars
Tesla is shaking up the automotive industry once more by entering the semi-truck market. The Elon Musk-led company is set to debut its own electric semi-truck in September this year. And now, Elon Musk has given us the first sneak peek on the up-and-coming unnamed electric truck.
Tesla's head honcho Elon Musk was in Vancouver, Canada having a TED talk- discussing underground transportation. In between, he also revealed tidbits about his new electric Semi-Truck project. Furthermore, he also revealed the first ever shadowy teaser image of his Tesla Semi Truck.
The image expectedly went viral, but is not as dramatically different compared to the other concept vehicle images truck makers have revealed in the previous years. While there is an apparent rise in advanced electric techs in the passing years, it has been suited for smaller automobiles that cover shorter distances. The Semi Truck looks tall and the concept is quite futuristic, especially the headlights. And it appears there are no side mirrors present. It is possible that a camera system is fitted instead.Read the entire article Tesla electric Semi Truck partly revealed in first teaser
Rap legend Snoop Dogg, aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr, has taken delivery of his new Tesla Model X. To our amazement, this famed music producer and actor from Long Beach, California took to Snapchat and other social media platforms to share a quick preview of his recent purchase. Soon enough, a video with “The Dogg” and his White Tesla SUV was uploaded by a YouTuber that goes by the name “My Tesla”. Of course aside from Snapchat, the rest of “Mr Dogg’s” posts have also gone viral whether it came from his Reddit or Instagram account.
Snoop Dogg’s Tesla Model X comes in white body paint and is fitted with a set of 22-inch matte black Onyx wheels. On the video, it does look like the music artist opted for the 6-seater configuration and dressed it up entirely in black leather while the rest of the accessories are in ash wood finish . Other than showcasing the highly renowned falcon wing doors open wide, the video happens to show the Model X’s highly impressive 17-inch touch screen monitor.
Not only is Tesla popular among high-profile Hollywood stars, sports personalities or the majority of New York's elite, but in recent years the eco-friendly vehicle has also impressed the who’s who in the music industry. The rapper, also known as “Snoop Lion” was just among the many internationally acclaimed celebrities to own a Tesla vehicle. Among them are Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, John Legend, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Jay Z. Radio personalities such as deadmau5, Skrillex and Zedd have their own Teslas as well. With this news hitting the Internet, it seems owning an EV is once again the coolest thing on earth.Read the entire article Snoop Dogg is now the proud owner of a Tesla Model X
A tweet from Renault has suddenly put the focus on its Zoe E-Sport Concept. Unveiled during the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the brand said that this concept car was able to go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.
Just how fast is that? Consider the fact that the Formula E car can go from standstill to 60 mph is exactly 3 seconds. Though there is a fractional difference, it is safe to say that if the figures are true, the Zoe E-Sport Concept does have a quicker acceleration.
When first presented during the Geneva Auto Show, the Zoe E-Sport was a small sports car powered solely with electricity and features an all-wheel drive. The wide body is composed of carbon fiber and it is placed on top of the alloy 20-inch wheels. In order to help lower the weight, the rear seats were removed with carbon fiber being combined with Kevlar. Thus even if the battery pack does weigh 992 lbs. (450 kg), the whole vehicle comes in at 3,086 lbs. (1,400 kg).Read the entire article Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept has quicker acceleration than a Formula E car
They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. That’s what Harvey Payne did with his Chevrolet Bolt. Ever since he bought it, it had been experiencing a number of issues and had to be constantly brought to the shop. Hailing from California, Payne did what few people would probably do and that is ask the automaker for a buyback.
In order to drive his point home, he made a 20-minute video revealing what has been happening and posted it on video-sharing site YouTube.
According to him, he had just recently received the Bolt from delivery when it started showing the “service vehicle soon” light. He immediately took it to his local Chevrolet dealer and not surprisingly, said light went away. Since the dealership was unable to reproduce this particular issue, it returned the vehicle to Payne. After that the light returned and it was not alone.Read the entire article Chevrolet Bolt owner asks for buyback and GM says yes
All is set for the unveiling of the comeback model for Fisker Inc., founded and led by well-known automotive designer Henrik Fisker. For those who are following Fisker’s latest and newest electric car project, the new Fisker EMotion, save this date on your calendar: August 17, 2017.
Henrik essentially announced the date for officially unveiling of the Fisker EMotion in a post in his Twitter account. In the same post, Henrik said that the new Fisker EMotion has an EV range of more than 400 miles. With this, Henrik is confirming some details of what were disclosed in October 2016. Back then, the carmaker divulged that the new Fisker EMotion will be revealed in mid-2017, with the capability go as fast as 161 mph.
The very impressive 400-plus-mile range of the new Fisker EMotion will be thanks to a new battery technology – as conceived by Fisker Nanotech and Nanotech Energy Inc. – that employs Graphene Supercapacitors. It simply means that it won’t be getting juice from a lithium-ion battery, which the current choice of energy source for existing electric vehicles.Read the entire article Fisker to unveil the new EMotion on August 17, 2017
Alongside the 2017 Trans Am Super Duty 1,000 hp muscle car and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that were unveiled in the 2017 New York Motor Show comes the newest member of the Honda family: the Honda Clarity Electric and Honda Clarity Plug in Hybrid. The two new drivetrains will accompany the hydrogen fuel cell model which is already made available in selected markets, including California and the homestead of Honda- Japan. The starting price of the Honda PHEV and Electric? Each will boast of a $35,000 base price tag.
The anticipated announcement of the plug-in hybrid and the complete electric variants of the newly unveiled Honda Clarity models also includes details about the PHEV's 2 mile electric range and the EV's 25.5 kWH battery. Not only that, there's another important revelation that was disclosed by Honda's representative that we all should know- its base price of $30,000. However, Honda hasn't readily announced the specific manufacturer's suggested retail price of both automobiles just yet. The new Honda vehicles will be possibly available this year, with the EV leading the way in the market to be followed next by the PHEV.
The suggested prices of both the EV and the PHEV are less steep than the Clarity Fuel Cell, which can only be availed for lease at around $369 per month (and an addition of $2,499 due upon signing the lease) for 36 months. Like the Honda Clarity PHEV and All Electric Units, the Japanese automaker is also mum on the supposed manufacturer's suggested retail price for the fuel cell, but an alleged report in the past revealed a not-surprising $60,000 price tag.Read the entire article Pricing starts at $35,000 for 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Electric variants
Tesla Motors is still shocking the world with its electric vehicles built with performances are at par or even better than their conventionally powered rivals. However, it turned out that Tesla is planning to go beyond electric sedans and SUVs. As Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced it would soon unveil the carmaker’s first semi-truck and pickup truck.
Through a post in Twitter, Musk revealed that the carmaker is unveiling the new Tesla Semi truck in September this year. He added that Tesla’s development team did an amazing job in creating this new semi truck, which he described as on a “seriously next level.” As far as we know, Musk isn’t joking. Of course, “seriously next level” could mean that it could be entirely different from the semi-trucks we know, thereby possible changing the game according to Tesla’s own definition.
To note, Musk tweeted in 2016 that Tesla’s Jerome Guillen was already test-driving the carmaker’s new semi truck. He also noted that Guillen was responsible for leading Daimler’s most successful semi-truck program. In addition, Musk said during the unveiling of Master Plan Part Deux last summer that Tesla is already in the early stages of development of its new heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. By then, he announced that these units would be ready to be unfurled this year. Now, Musk is staying true to his words and confirmed that Tesla is indeed unveiling a new semi-truck this September.Read the entire article Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms plans to release new semi and pickup trucks
Efforts to save the world from destruction have ushered the advent of more eco-friendly alternatives for everyday items, reaching various sectors including the automotive world. It has become a trend amongst automakers involved in this so-called “green revolution” to offer multiple eco-friendly powertrains for one model, giving customers the freedom of choice – to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to keep the traditional fuel-powered engine on standby in case the electric-powered engine acts up.
There’s Hyundai’s Ioniq offered in full electric, plug-in hybrid, and gas-electric hybrid versions, and then there’s the Toyota Prius with an available plug-in version. Recently, we have received more details about Honda’s latest green onslaught – the new three-pronged Clarity line-up. Let’s take a closer look at the Japanese automaker’s latest attempt to dominate the green car world.
In December 2016, Honda launched the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and we’ve seen its performance. Now, Honda released more information about its siblings: the battery-powered Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The PHEV has the capability to deliver 42 miles of all-electric range; is it worth the wait? Well, it only depends on how you feel about this information. Honda aims to sell 75,000 units in the U.S. alone for the first four model years of the Clarity vehicles.Read the entire article 2018 Honda Clarity plugin hybrid boasts 42-mile all-electric range, total range is at 330miles
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