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2018 Nissan Leaf features semi-autonomous feature, the ProPILOT

Earlier this week, Nissan revealed a teaser of the new 2018 LEAF’s interior, giving us an idea of what the electric vehicle has to offer. The company released a video of their upcoming ProPILOT assist technology, along with a number of images from inside the new LEAF.

The ProPILOT is a semi-autonomous function. It’s quite impressive for the Nissan, but it won’t be able to compete with Tesla’s Autopilot just yet. The company has provided details about the technology shown on the video promo, saying that the app “reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving”. The driver-assistance technology will come standard with the Nissan LEAF.

This feature keeps the car in the lane, while maintaining proper distance to the car in front during highway cruising, being classified as level two autonomy. Therefore, it supports drivers by helping them control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway drives.

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Audi announces plan to develop an electric supercar

Audi’s all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron, had been discontinued last October after being in the market for under two years. The electric vehicle was then exclusive to the European market and was being sold for a base price of €1 million ($1.1 million). Yup, a million for an electric car. Price may be the primary reason why only less than 100 examples were delivered, according to the automaker. But I’m guessing perhaps it was too early for its time back then, we will never know.

Peter Mertens, former Volvo R&D boss and the new head of development at Audi, recently hinted that the R8 e-tron may have a successor sooner than we expected, as he spoke to Car and Driver magazine. He stated that he is willing to fill the gap that the R8 e-tron created.

During the 2017 Formula E race held in Berlin, he told journalists “You can very well imagine that at some point we will have an electric supercar”. He was probably referring to the said model when he said that. He even stated that he would develop it sooner and that it is already part of his plan. Though he did not share any more details, he assured the journalists that a brand like Audi will definitely come up with a supercar to make things more interesting, and “it is a segment in which we have been playing, we have been a very serious player”.

Read the entire article Audi announces plan to develop an electric supercar

Tesla has been granted dealership license in Arizona to sell its vehicles

After a number of failed attempts, Tesla finally gets an Arizona dealership license by winning a court battle that allows them to sell directly to consumers. The automotive dealer license is a standard license traditional automotive dealerships are required to hold in order to sell vehicles.

Late last year, the DMV issued a dealer license to Tesla, which had only been approved last week after a Maricopa County administrative law judge confirmed that the process for blocking such a license from the Arizona Department of Transportation did not apply to Tesla in the first place.

After claiming the license, the electric automaker will now be able to conduct test drives and sell vehicles out of their service centers and the gallery they are currently operating in Phoenix.

Read the entire article Tesla has been granted dealership license in Arizona to sell its vehicles

2017 Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick Award to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and they have got videos of it during the crash test procedures to prove to us why.

The procedure requires cars to go through five crashworthiness tests including: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. While the Bolt came out with good results on all five tests, one thing that it does not have are good headlights to avoid getting into an accident.

Results by the IIHS say that the headlights "provide good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers". Furthermore, the company wrote in a press release that “the car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria”.

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Tesla has been rolling out significant improvements to its 2nd generation Autopilot system since January. In connection to this, the EV company last week performed another major update in hopes to achieve fully autonomous driving by the end of the year.

Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot 2.0 now consists of AutoSteer and Auto Lane Change, Forward + Side Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Summon, Parallel + Perpendicular Autopark and Traffic Aware Cruise Control.

Knowing that fully autonomous driving is right around the corner, All Model S and Model X produced since October 2016 have been equipped with all the necessary hardware to self- drive completely. This includes 8 cameras with 360-degree visibility with 820 feet (250 meters) range as well as 1 radar sensor with enhanced processing feature to help see through dust, fog or heavy rain.

Read the entire article Tesla expands its Autopilot feature following recent software update

General Motors is inching closer to its goal of building vehicles that aren’t just friendly with the environment, but are also fully autonomous. This comes as GM’s Chevrolet division recently completed the assembly of around 130 units of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle employing mass-production techniques.

These 130 Chevy Bolt EVs – which are still test units -- are equipped with the carmaker’s next generation of self-driving technology, as developed by Cruise Automation, a GM subsidiary. The first of these 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles rolled off the production at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, in January 2017. At that moment, GM achieved a new milestone by becoming the first carmaker to assemble self-driving test vehicles in a mass-production facility using mass production methods.

These 130 units of next-generation self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs are set to join over 50 units of current-generation autonomous Bolt EVs that are now deployed in testing fleets in several locations like in San Francisco, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit in Michigan. Engineers from both GM Cruise Automation engineers have been testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale since June 2016. These engineers have also been testing these Bolt EVs on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017.

Read the entire article GM completes mass production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles

Tesla Motors could now confidently say that its Tesla Model X is the safest sports utility vehicle and perhaps the safest electric vehicle so far.

After all, no other SUV or vehicle could surpass the recent ratings scored by the Tesla Model X (2017 model year) in the latest round of independent tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of course, there is nothing that exceeds the maximum five stars awarded by NHTSA to vehicles following testing. This means other SUVs or vehicles could – at best – match the ratings earned by the 2017 Tesla Model X.

Overall, five variants of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV were tested: Model X 60D AWD, Model X 75D AWD, Model X 90D AWD, Model X P90D AWD and Model X P100D AWD. All these variants were made to undergo three test categories: front crash, overall side crash (both side barrier and pole crashes) and rollover resistance.

Read the entire article 2017 Tesla Model X scores five stars in all of NHTSA safety tests

TV celebrity and a member of the much-loved hosting trio behind the Amazon's The Grand Tour series, Richard Hammond, was immediately airlifted to a hospital following a close call when he was involved in a fiery car crash in a Swiss mountain race. The 47-year-old TV personality was maneuvering a rare Rimac Concept_One during the Bregrennen Hemberg, a mountainside hillclimb event held in St Gallen, while shooting for a feature video set that will be part of the series' second season.

A bystander caught the shocking accident on film and it showed Hammond driving the all-electric supercar when without warning something went terribly wrong as he failed to complete a left turn and skidded off road and into the side of the hill. He freed himself off the vehicle and got out of the car before the Concept_One went up in flames, according to a statement posted in The Grand Tour's official Facebook page.

He was then quickly transported via helicopter to the St Gallen hospital to assess his condition. It looks like he will continue to live another day, as he did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. Rimac Concept_One is an all-electric car that was produced by the Croatian firm Rimac Automobili. It was not known how fast Hammond's car was travelling when it veered off course.

Read the entire article The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond survives dreadful fiery car crash in a Rimac Concept One

Hyundai revealed that it is offering customers more options to drive the Ioniq EV. Back in November, the brand revealed that it was offering a subscription plan and now it has disclosed just how much this will cost.

The lowest appears to be a monthly fee of $275 plus tax for a total of 36 months. However, it does require you to put in a down payment amounting to $2,500. But if you happen to buy the Ioniq EV in California, the state offers a rebate totaling $2,500. This makes sense considering that Hyundai will only be making this subscription plan available in California. Take note though that it will not cover the entire state as for now it will only include three counties: Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles. The brand did say that later this year this subscription will be offered in San Diego and Northern California.

There will be three trims offered. The base model is the Electric trim. The other two are Limited, which costs $305 plus tax, and the Limited with the Ultimate Package, offered at $365 plus tax. Assuming that all trims will have the “zero-money” down initiation fee plus the fact that customers will be required to get a three-year subscription, this means that Electric trim can go as high as $9,900. For the Limited it will be $10,980, and the Ultimate Package will come at $13,140.

Read the entire article Customers can lease Hyundai Ioniq EV for a low $275 per month

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has already revealed the first teaser image of the upcoming Model Y during the company’s shareholder conference this week in California. The compact SUV, which will underpin an entirely new platform, is expected to hit the roads in 2019.

Along with some of the company’s initiatives, the CEO finally discloses more information about the Model 3 sedan. The Model 3 will reportedly come with limited configurations at least for the choices of alloy wheels and body color.

Also at the meeting, Musk reiterated the fact that the Model Y will have a different architecture from the Model 3, saying it is a “big mistake” to come with the same platform as they did with the Model X and Model S. Having said that, Musk thinks it would be more appropriate to design a sedan or an SUV based on their own separate standards.

Read the entire article Tesla shares first teaser of the Model Y, its upcoming all-electric compact SUV

Fisker Inc.’s countdown to the official unveiling of the new Fisker EMotion in mid-August 2017 has practically started after the carmaker released the first official teaser images and some details of its latest electric car project.

According to Fisker, the new EMotion was designed all new from inside out, with its electric car proportions made into reality by a structure made from carbon fiber and aluminum. In penning the design of the new EMotion, Fisker focused on the safety and convenience of its passengers. In fact, Fisker’s patented frontal crash structure has already surpassed the current passenger safety standards. Likewise, the new EMotion provides a luxurious and roomy cabin that offers a generous amount of legroom.

As designed, the Fisker EMotion shown in the first official images look different from the prototype’s teaser images released in October 2016. Compared with the prototype, the new EMotion – assuming that this is the final design – has a smaller grille, more realistic headlights, and more stunning turn signals. The bright aluminum centerpiece on the front end of the EMotion is home to a LIDAR system. This technology is supported by two cameras on the side mirrors, allowing for a panoramic, 360-degree view.

Read the entire article Fisker to start taking pre-orders for new EMotion on June 30, starting price is at $129,900

Everyone in the world probably knows how Pope Francis prefers simple living. Thus, it would be impossible to see the Pope in luxury and opulent models. As such, his holiness generally prefers to be in a Fiat 500L or a Renault 4.

Currently, the Vatican has disclosed that it is implementing plans to be the first ever country in the world to be CO2-free. It is important then to make the shift to electric models or ones that are powered with renewable energy.

Opel's latest gift to the Pope falls in line with the overall ambition of the Vatican. The brand gave him the keys to the latest Opel Ampera-e and this was presented to the Pope by CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann himself. This was at the sidelines of the "Laudato Sì: the Sustainability of Communication and Innovation" conference. The conference was attended by various entrepreneurs, experts, institutions, and opinion leaders. The objective of the conference was to discuss certain issues related to environmental sustainability and hopefully answer questions when it comes to what the future of mobility is. At the same conference, the brand, Vatican, and Enel, an energy company based in Italy, made a commitment to develop a sustainable mobility program for this all important city state.

Read the entire article Opel CEO Neumann presents key of Ampera-e to the Pope Francis

NEVS has recently released photos of its updated 9-3 Series, and guess what? It is now powered by an all-electric powertrain, which means that it’s another candidate to look out for in the EV segment.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS, in collaboration with Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area, recently announced the launching of its new car-sharing and ride hailing program which will be run in Tianjin, a Chinese metropolis with an estimated 15 million population. The program will allow customers to access this new lineup of 9-3 EV series, providing both the vehicle as well as the mobility services (delivery of the vehicle).

The Swiss company is also planning to release two other models which include the classic four-door saloon and a jacked-up wagon version, the 9-3X EV.

Read the entire article NEVS presents new (Saab) 9-3 Series Concept in China

Peter Schwartzenberg, BMW's board member in charge of MINI, previously announced that MINI will be further modifying its business approach and will primarily focus on its "superhero" models.

For now, only 4 models have been unveiled to the public, but the 5th member is still shrouded in mystery. Only recently it has been rumoured that the 5th "superhero" in the likeness of an EV will supposedly launch in 2019, or so the sources say.

In previous months, the British automaker was developing and testing a pure electric vehicle but it is not certain if it will be launched to the global market as a volume unit or if it is intended as a niche model in selected regions, but it seems it will be the former.

Read the entire article Newest member on MINI lineup will be an electric car

In the automotive industry, it is uncommon to see the words Tesla and tuners in the same sentence. But what’s more complicated is tuning a car that does not even have an exhaust system or engine parameters, considering that most of the time, performance enhancements are part of the tuner package, along with aesthetics of course.

And guess what? Prior Design, took their time and effort to play with the Tesla Model S, giving it their personal touch, and the outcome looks amazing. The German company specializes in the design, development and distribution of exclusive aerodynamics. They aim to create cars that combine sporty and aggressive designs with enhanced elegance. They have worked on several automobiles including Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque 5D, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F458 Italia, McLaren 570S, and now, Tesla Model S

Prior Design begins with a updated front bumper that has a spoiler lip built in. This instantly gives the Model S a brighter, but at the same time, more aggressive face. They stick with the theme with a new diffuser. The updated spoiler hugs the rear end of the hypercar, which supposedly reduces lift when it accelerates. We are not sure though if customers are interested in downforce at higher speeds, considering that straight line acceleration is the Model S’ claim to fame.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S gets a makeover from Prior Design

BMW will be on the lookout starting now, as its "i" division will be going head to head with rivals in the coming days. According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes-Benz will soon bring some heat as it is geared to unveil an all new electric hatch concept at this year's Frankfurt auto show.

At the last year's Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz dropped hints about its newly conceived "EQ" sub-brand with a namesake concept that will take the shape of a pure electric crossover. The primary EQ model called the EQ C SUV was revealed in concept camouflage as a part of a public debut for the German automaker's electric car EQ sub brand.

For 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker is working on the next concept that will not feature a combustion engine. And at this time, it will be a hatchback to represent the German automaker's purpose of rolling out a solid threat for the likes of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen's production variant of the I.D. concept. Autocar also further reported that the said hatch will be considered Mercedes' main model for the EQ lineup, which will have no less than 10 variants by the middle of the next decade.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to reveal electric hatchback EQ concept at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Does your 2017 VW e-Golf need a new styling treatment? Wait till you see what RevoZport has to offer. The Volkswagen Golf VII Razor 7E for e-Golf by RevoZport is now up for grabs. The new conversion kit comes with an aerodynamically enhanced RevoZport styling package specifically made for the VW e-Golf. This is offered with a new GT roof spoiler along with its newly designed rear diffuser, side skirts, dive planes and front splitter. Each component is made with carbon fiber as the design pays tribute to the world’s first ePrix car challenge held last year at the circuit of Formula E in Hong Kong.

Volkswagen’s show car comes in a clean white body paint with matching blue accents during the event. There are tinges of blue on VW e-Golf’s electric powertrain as well as on the headlights, front grille, roof spoiler, rear diffuser, front spoiler and side skirts.

It is of course an honour for RevoZport to become part of such major event. As the official supplier of aerodynamic kits for the e-Prix Car Challenge, they have been able to develop the first aerodynamics package specially designed for the VW e-Gold. That is to say, the “Razor7 E” provides the additional downforce required for the challenge.

Read the entire article RevoZport reveals VW Golf VII Razor 7E kit based on e-Golf

There is an ongoing rumor going around the automotive community, and it’s aimed at BMW. The rumor? The German marque has reportedly axed the i5 Electric vehicle concept. These supposed rumors seems to come from "unnamed sources" at BMW, according to BMWBLOG. So is this finally goodbye for the BMW i5 electric vehicle?

Since BMW's i division was revealed in 2011, it only offered 2 models to customers, specifically the i3 hatchback and the i8 supercar. Around last month, the German automobile magazine Auto Bild reported that the 3 model in the line-up of the German marque is already in production and is set to be debuted at the end of the decade. However, several unnamed sources have allegedly claimed that the German automaker is cancelling its supposed plans for producing the i5 vehicle, which was reported to be a higher-range, larger and more cost efficient compared to its predecessor, the i3.

As of now, there is no official announcement coming from BMW, but BMW Blog indicated that the German marque will instead set its priority on the electrified version of the next-gen X3 and the 4 Series GT, as well as the future forerunner of the iNext lineup. Furthermore, until it will be made available in the start of the next decade, the German marque will only have 3 models- the 13, 18 and the up and coming 18 Spyder.

Read the entire article Rumor: BMW scrapped the i5

There are already rumors suggesting that the next generation BMW 5-Series GT is expected to be joining the 6-Series range. The latest reports instead tell us that that 3-Series GT will also be transitioning to the next level. Are any of these true?

Autocar reported earlier that this is actually what BMW has in store for the upcoming 3-Series GT. It should be noted though that the current 3-Series line has had its mid-cycle refresh only recently. In that case, the 4-Series GT or what is believed to be its new successor may be way too far ahead.

If ever, the new member of the 4-Series family should arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020 year model. According to the insider, BMW by that time should come out with better-performing EVs and it only makes sense if they will be offering an electric version of this as well. At the very least, BMW is expected to come out with an electric X3 within the next three years.

Read the entire article Will the all-electric BMW 4-Series GT be a real rival for the Tesla Model S?

In a game-changing move, Ford has revealed that it will soon produce its first ever all-electric CUV that will be built to be electric from the ground up, and it will be rolled out in 2020.

The American automaker is planning to roll out its first ever autonomous car by the year 2021, a vehicle that will be utilized for car sharing services purposes only. But before releasing the said vehicle, the Blue oval is planning to send off its pioneer all-electric, long range unit, and this will be made available to the public.

During the 2017 Consumer Electric Show in January of this year, Ford CEO Mark Field revealed a bunch of exciting news that includes a whole lot of models that will be fitted with an electric drivetrain option, the Mustang and F-150. Both of these vehicles will hopefully be made with a plug-in hybrid alternative. But the most attention-catching bit is the plan for a fully electric Compact Utility Vehicle that will run at least 300 miles.

Read the entire article Ford will release first-ever all-electric CUV with over 300-mile range in 2020
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