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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
Ford is ending the production of its Focus Electric in Europe, as its sales in the continent aren’t enough to rationalize the continued manufacture of the all-electric hatch. However, Ford will now import the Focus Electric from the United States to some markets in Europe where there is demand for the electrified hatch.
Graham Hoare, Ford's head of global vehicle evaluation, remarked during the sidelines of the Connected Car conference in the United Kingdom earlier this month that the decision to end production of the Focus Electric in Europe is mainly because of the fact that its volumes are not strong enough. However, Hoare noted that Ford will revisit the electric market in Europe once it reaches maturity.
Ford had been producing the Focus EV since 2013 at its manufacturing facilities in Saarlouis, Germany, where the carmaker is still producing the conventional versions (powered by internal combustion engines) of the hatch. Sadly for Ford, the Ford Electric isn’t selling so well in Europe. In fact, its sales have been below 100 units annually. According to market analysts JATO Dynamics, sales of the Focus Electric reached just 61 units in 2016, which is around nine fewer than its volume in the year prior (2015: 70 Ford Electric units).Read the entire article Ford ends production of Focus Electric in Europe due to low sales
The new Tesla Model S 100D has just broken the record for being the electric car with the longest range ever. A couple of months ago, an online website released an article of top electric cars, which have the longest range. While the list already included the 2017 Tesla Model S, it has only been proven just now.
The top electric vehicles on this list include: 2017 Tesla Model X at 295 miles (474.8 kilometers), 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at 238 miles (383 kilometers), 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf at 126 miles (202.8 kilometers), and 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric at 124 miles (199.6 kilometers). A few others range from 84 to 114 miles.
The non-performance Model S sedan carries dual motors and the largest battery the company has, at 100kWh. The EPA officially rated the performance of this car and the official numbers are as follows: city range - 331.1 miles (532.9 kilometers), highway range - 337.2 miles (542.7 kilometers) and a combined range of 335 miles (539 kilometers). Take note, we even rounded the number off to just 335.Read the entire article Tesla Model S 100D rated by EPA, breaks all records for how far an electric car can go
An Austrian company has turned a classic Porsche 910 into a modern zero-emission supercar – the Kreisel EVEX 910e. There are not many who still remember the classic Porsche 910. But, if you are a Porsche fan or an enthusiast, or if you do follow motorsports of the present and past, you’d be familiar with the Porsche 910. After all, the Porsche 910 – also known as the Carrera 10 – is the name of a classic Porsche race car that was produced in 1966 and 1997, or around half a century ago.
Fifty years to the future, the Porsche 910 is already considered as a high-value collector’s item. This is thanks to the fact that this race car was Porsche’s entry to the World Sportscar Championship 1967 and it managed to secure a respectable finish. Back then, it was powered by two available engines: a 2.0-liter six-cylinder mill producing 200 hp (150 kW) of output, or a 2.2 liter eight-cylinder unit delivering up to 270 hp (201 kW).
EVEX Fahrzeugbau GmbH, a carmaker specializing on historical sports cars, had rebuilt the Porsche 910 – as the EVEX Porsche 910. Now, Austrian company Kreisel – in its passion to integrate electric drive in all aspects of mobility – has partnered with EVEX to produce a replica of the Porsche 910, which was then installed with a powerful electric motor. The partners aptly called this creation as the new Kreisel EVEX 910e, with a tag price of a whopping EUR1 million.Read the entire article Classic Porsche 910 race car transformed into the Kreisel EVEX 910e electric supercar
There is no doubt that our future will be electric cars. Earlier in March during the Geneva Motor Show, most car companies introduced new models to the public, with high hopes that the consumers will like their innovations. BMW, on the other hand, did not reveal any new models, deciding instead to focus on updating and electrifying what is already in the lineup.
So at the next international auto show, don’t be surprised if you spot a wagon version of the 5 series, or perhaps a subtly adapted 4 series. Harold Krüger, CEO of BMW believes in making their top-selling cars, even better. This strategy is to make customers happier than they already are with their current products.
In an interview, Krüger mentioned that they are transforming the company into a tech company and a mobility service provider. And as the company transforms, BMW will continue to focus on helping customers and providing them with what they desire. He further added that they do have plans on electrifying, and that they will be offering some sweet deal for the customers by bringing electric mobility to a new and unprecedented level. Their plan should not be a problem for the company it has more than enough funds to cover the costs it will be needing for future technologies. However, he believes that it takes time to develop something like this. He goes as far as compare it to a long-enduring marathon.Read the entire article BMW shifts focus to building electric versions of current lineup, next i car is pushed back to 2021
Electra Meccanica, a Canadian electric carmaker that was established in Vancouver, BC in 2015, revealed their first ever designed electric vehicle - the three wheeler, single passenger Solo, late last year.
Earlier this week, the company launched two new models at the Vancouver Auto Show. One of them is the Solo R, which has already been introduced last September - the sporty vehicle that has a single seat platform. The other model would be the all new Tofino, another electric vehicle with a sporty design. The president of the company, Mark West expressed his excitement for the release of these two models.
Expected to be out in the market earlier, the Solo R is similar to the one launched in 2016, but this one has been prepped for racing (while the Solo is a city car). This performance model will be built with larger wheels, bigger brakes, racing slicks, and a high performance battery system. Though there hasn’t been a final word on the range, power, and price tag of the Solo, sources say that it will be reasonably priced. Both the Solo and the Solo R are expected to begin deliveries in 2018.Read the entire article Electra Meccanica unveils two new electronic vehicles
Ford Global Technologies filed a patent in 2015 and only recently was it published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It detailed a technology with high potential that Blue Oval came up with -- a tech in which any electric vehicle with a built-in internal combustion engine could automatically start the said engine to recharge its own battery. Now that is sweet.
Electric vehicles are all the buzz right now in the automotive industry. There are several prominent variants of electric vehicles currently introduced in the market: including pure electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, and plug in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford C-MAX Energi. According to Paul Scott, a founding member of the EV advocacy group Plug in America, the main difference is that the hybrid has a small scale combustible engine that is being hooked to a generator. It runs via electricity but still utilizing the oil and engine to generate that electricity. In summary, the hybrid car will run on the electric charge alone and when the battery is nearly depleted, the engine will take over for the battery to charge. This will allow the client to drive farther locations until it will be eventually recharged or refuelled.
The idea of Ford is that it keeps the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charged by using the gas engine even though the car is parked and there's no one on the driving seat. It's a bit disturbing for a car to just do that by itself but Ford thinks otherwise. The patent is officially labelled as "Electrified Vehicle Method and System for Charging During a Non-Drive Cycle."Read the entire article Ford has patent to turn on engine and charge EV battery while it’s parked (in open space)
Chinese Tech Heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd. has secured a 5% asset from Tesla Inc., according to a report based on its U.S. regulatory filing. This move puts Tencent as one of the American company's largest investors at a time period when Tesla badly needs to increase its funds.
And Ford clearly has some catching up to do. Tencent, one of China's most profitable tech companies, dished out a whopping $1.8 billion for its share of 5% stakeout from Tesla. In return, Tencent acquired nearly 8.17 million worth of shares through a new Tesla stock offering at the open market. Per Bloomberg's report, the Chinese tech company's recently purchased stake makes it Tesla's 5th biggest shareholder to date.
Tencent took a passive stake which indicates that is highly unlikely to try to provide further tension to the electric automaker powerhouse to make any developments. In the aftermath of the press release, Tesla's stock expectedly surged from 3.42% to $279.39 per share in the early afternoon trading this Tuesday. Another detail worth mentioning is that the American automotive company is Zacks Rank #3.Read the entire article Telsa stock blows up after Chinese tech company Tencent acquires 5% of its stake
Skoda announces its plans to begin sales of at least five electric vehicles by 2025. While doing its work, the Czech brand is also set to show off its Vision E Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. For us, the Vision E’s debut this April will clearly represent the company’s green venture within the next several years.
Based on the initial sketches, Skoda’s concept EV bears the shape of an SUV along with an extremely remarkable exterior design. The five- seater coupe-like-SUV has this distinctly short front and rear overhangs, massive set of wheels with the absence of B-pillar just as in any other concepts.
Speaking with Automotive News in Europe, Skoda’s spokesperson explained the significant progression of their design—Skoda as we know started with the Vision S and now it has the Vision E concept.Read the entire article 2017 Auto Shanghai Preview: Skoda to bring autonomous EV at the Vision E Concept premiere
It’s quite safe to say that this generation marks the rise of the electric cars. For the past few years, automakers have been very busy trying to find the perfect combination to be able to produce the best electric car the world has ever seen. In recent reports, Tesla has been a rising star in the field of electrifying vehicles. So many have tried to overthrow the American automaker from its throne, with a recent challenge from a new contender. But will it be able to outshine the Tesla Model S? Let’s try to find out.
Bremblens-based company Classic Factory is currently doing its best to create an electric vehicle that will surpass the brilliance that is the Tesla Model S P100D.
Months ago, mysterious photos of the Elextra have been circulating around the internet showing glimpses of its side profile. Recently, semi-revealing official teasers of the Elextra have been released, showing off its front and rear fascia. What’s quite fascinating is that its front design takes on a triangular motif which is quite evident on the shape of its headlight clusters and the indentation on its hood.Read the entire article Elextra Electric Super Sedan is back with more revealing images, probably to get Tesla nervous
Lamborghini has disclosed that it is looking into the possibility of releasing electric vehicles. With the Volkswagen Group revealing that it will be releasing electric vehicles within several years, there was the expectation that other automakers would follow suit. However, then Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelmann did not believe that the brand should go the way of electric vehicles and preferred to continue creating models that were gas-powered. All that could change though.
Appointed in March 2016, CEO Stefano Domenicali told Automotive News that he is interested in the brand’s plan to produce electric supercars. This however should not come as a surprise given that Lamborghini is in fact under the Volkswagen Group through the Audi division. With the parent company pushing for the creation of a range of hybrid vehicles and pure electric ones, it is possible that this would later trickle down to the Italian automaker that would then make a low-slung supercar.
In the same interview, CEO Domenicali said that while Lamborghini is indeed looking into electrification, customers should not expect anything in the short run. It is important, he added, to be realistic so if an electric Lamborghini model does get launched, it is likely going to happen some years from now.Read the entire article Lamborghini CEO says electric supercars may be possible
Daimler AG, through its Smart division, has disclosed that its two electric models, the Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour are now open for orders in Germany. Official market launch is scheduled in June.
The ForTwo is priced starting at €21,940 with the ForFour having a price of €22,600. However, since the electric drive models of the brand have been certified to be qualified to be part of the Germany’s environmental incentive scheme, this means that the price can be lowered by at least €4,000. This means that the ForTwo can be purchased at €17,558.84 with the ForFour now available at €18,220.
For those who want something from a higher range, the ForTwo Cabrio Electric Drive is a good option. With a starting price of €25,200, the green bonus means that this is now priced at around €21,000. If that’s still not enough, there is also the ForTwo Electric Drive Greenflash which comes in at €27,839. Still with the eco bonus, this goes down to €23,459. With the added amount, customers get design accents on the exterior with the interior showcasing some features in electric green.Read the entire article Smart launches ForTwo and ForFour ElectricDrive in Germany
We are all aware that certain models and configurations of the Tesla Model X, as well as the Bentley Bentayga, both cost over six figures. So, what if both models were combined together? Well, it had already been done by Tesla tuner, TSportline. It gave this Model X such a grand makeover that anyone on the roads will definitely do a double take.
With over $60,000 worth of customizations, the model is stunning. For instance, it has a bespoke Bentley Red leather interior - with perforated leather and signature diamond stitching. The interior alone costs $25,000. And it’s not just that of course, it comes with two-toned gloss carbon fiber and Bentley leather steering wheel that costs an additional $3,200, plus a gloss carbon fiber interior package, and extra thick hand-carved floor mats.
The sound system, which is priced at $11,500, is a Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.3 EQ Processor that can individually tune 13 component speakers to create the perfect sound. The good thing is that this custom sound system does not draw power from the battery system.Read the entire article TSportline is selling this Tesla Model X with a Bentley interior on eBay for $180K
Tesla confirms that they will be discontinuing the fairly new Model S 60 and 60D sedans as soon as next month. Why, you ask? The company wants to make enough room for the upcoming Model 3. But do not worry, orders of the entry level Model S (at $68,000) will be received until April 16. You should hurry up then if you still want to get any of those models before they’re scrapped.
The 60 line is currently Tesla’s most affordable electric car. It’s much more affordable than the Model S P90 D which starts at $90,700. The base model offers a 210-mile range and a battery pack capable of storing 75kWh. However, it is software limited to 60kWh, unless the buyer decides to pay an extra $6,500 to unlock its full power - increasing the driving range to 249-259 miles. Also, it will cost another $3,000 to enable the AutoPilot semi-autonomous features. Basically, you have to pay more, to get more. But not always, as the Model S 60 buyers can have access Tesla’s Supercharger network free of charge.
For the upcoming Model 3, the company plans to come out with seven options. However, if there would not be a new powertrain introduced soon enough, then they might reduce options to just five. This effort was done by the company to ensure that they have an affordable unit on hand, especially with the interest people are showing in the Model 3.Read the entire article Tesla Model S 60, 60 D will be discontinued starting April 17
In 2015, Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborated to come up with their brainchild, the RapidE Concept. A few months later, higher ups at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LeEco to lead the way in producing the sedan's electric version that will hopefully be made available to the public in 2018.
Recently, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to the public that by 2018 the gas powered Rapide will be getting the axe, and instead, an electric version RapidE concept will take its place. Since its debut, the dashing sedan has only been made available with a V-12 engine but starting in the year 2018, it will be exclusively offered with an all-electric variant.
Even though the specific details of car's technical specs are still not in the open, the new four door all-electric Aston Martin sedan will have an increase of power - from 552 horsepower produced by the 6.0-liter gasoline engine to a whopping 800 horsepower generated by the RapidE concept's electric engine. Also, take note that the outgoing gasoline-powered sedan is capable of producing 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) of torque, which means that with the power that the new electric version is expected to produce, its torque may be of the same magnitude. Moreover, the RapidE concept is competent enough to reach a range of almost 200 miles (320 kilometers) with enough battery on tap. The said electric sedan will not be put on sale with the Rapide S as the electric variant will replace it altogether.Read the entire article Aston Martin Rapide will be going green, to replace V12 engine with electric variant
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