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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
While it may take five more years before we can fully experience autonomous driving, the technology of electric vehicles is certainly way ahead. For that same reason, Skoda gears up for the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017 this April.
After announcing the company’s electrification project, Skoda will finally bring out the EV concept for its official premiere. As stated by its CEO, Berhard Maier, the concept will show what Skoda’s electrical mobility will invariably appear. He added that the company is thrilled to “bring something new” at the Chinese expo.
The Vision S was initially revealed by Christian Strube, Skoda’s head for research and development. Although the concept is still stationed at company’s design headquarters, Skoda is more than ready to show it off next month at the exhibit.Read the entire article Skoda EV concept already set for Auto Shanghai 2017
This electric hatch could give conventional hot hatches on the market a good run for their money. In fact, it could even be the quickest hot hatch if it reaches production. French carmaker Renault is introducing the new Renault Zoe e-sport Concept, a show car that has taken too much electric steroids.
Unveiled at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, new Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept is meant to highlight the French carmaker’s continued commitment to development of electric vehicles. The matter is that Renault has compressed its three years of overwhelming success in the FIA Formula E Championship – considered as the peak of electric car racing – into its Zoe supermini. From its electric powertrain to its lightweight body, the new Renault Zoe e-sport concept indeed is a personification of the carmaker’s Formula E technology.
The electric powertrain of the current Renault Zoe ZE with the 41 kWh battery pack is able to develop 66 kW (89 hp) of max output and 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) of instant torque – good enough to allow this mini hatch to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.Read the entire article Renault unveils 460-hp Zoe e-sport Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
A number of people have long wanted to know when the next generation of the Nissan Leaf would be released. After all, since it was first launched on the market back in 2010, different versions have been released almost annually.
The wait appears to be over as Senior Manager of Leaf and Electric Vehicles Tim Gallagher confirmed that the new Leaf will be unveiled to the public in September with sales expected to begin in the later part of the year. Gallagher however did not reveal any other details, leaving all of us trying to predict what the new model could offer.
For starters, Nissan has said that the new Leaf will be able to drive itself autonomously on a single lane road. This means it may look similar to the IDS concept that was presented by the brand during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Nissan had previously confirmed as well that the range will be at least 200 miles (321 km). That may not be enough but it appears to work for now.Read the entire article New Nissan Leaf to come out in September this year, sales to begin in late 2017
The Artega Scalo marked the impressive rise from ashes of the once defunct German carmaker Artega Automobil when it was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Employing a pure electric drive unit, the Artega Scalo is regarded as the direct successor for the carmaker’s awe-inspiring conventionally powered Artega GT sports car.
A year and a half after the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the low-volume German sports car maker is raising the tempo substantially by unveiling a new version of the Scalo that is much lighter and incredibly more powerful. Artega is proud to unveil the new Artega Scalo Superelletra – a superlight electric GT car filled with performance-enhancing steroids.
As to how this electric supercar got its name, the term “Scalo” refers to a special Westphalian stallion that was awarded as the 2010 Galloper of the Year. Interestingly, Scalo was trained near the carmaker’s headquarters. “Superelletra,” meanwhile, is a wordplay on the italian terms “Superleggera” (means “super light”) and “elettrica” (means “electric”).Read the entire article Artega unveils new 1,020-hp Scalo Superelletra electric supercar at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Seriously, autonomous vehicles are now becoming fast enough to race on the track. This comes after Roborace – hoping to claim the title as the world’s first driverless racing series – recently unfurled the first driverless and emission-free racing car at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Touted as the first driverless electric racing car in the world, “The Robocar” boasts of a futuristic design that places emphasis not only on its advanced electrified powertrain but also on the use of autonomous technology, both hardware and software. The Robocar is the brainchild of Daniel Simon, the same man behind the design of vehicles for the futuristic movies like Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Before landing a job in Roborace as its chief design officer, Simon was a senior designer at Bugatti. His portfolio of designs includes drones, spaceships, motorcycles and Le Mans cars – making him become renowned as one of the best designers of the world.
In designing The Robocar, Simon’s goal was to create a self-driving car with all the needed race car provisions sans any compromise in its beauty. To achieve a fine balance between beauty and performance, Simon is leading a team that includes not only aerodynamics experts but also racing engineers. Simon accompanied Roborace chief executive Denis Sverdlov during the unveiling of The Robocar at Mobile World Congress. During the unveiling, Sverdlov disclosed that the Roborace is willing to share the Robocar to engineers around the world to enable them to further advance its software and its driverless electric technology.Read the entire article Roborace unveils The Robocar -- the world’s first self-driving electric racing car
Many automakers today try to outdo one another by making their design more interesting and more attractive to the customers. Nothing is truer than what Techrules did for the AT96 Concept and the GT96 TREV Concept. New images have surfaced showing a near-production version that was still wearing full body camouflage in an attempt to hide what people behind this project are saying as a design that can evoke emotions.
Viewed from the top, the canopy is clearly styled to be like a jet fighter. This particular impression is highlighted further when one goes inside especially with the driver’s seat not placed in the center. The amazing shape is a result of the work done by Giorgetto Giugiaro who worked with his son Fabrizio Giugiaro. Hailing from Italy, the Giugiaros are known for designing not only supercars as they also create cars intended for daily use. With this, it is clear that there is a high possibility that once the covering is off, it will have an exceptional design.
The company however has yet to reveal the actual technical specifications of this production version. Though there is a large possibility that it will have the same equipment as the concept versions. As seen in the concept versions, there was a total of six electric motors with two placed at each of the wheels in the rear and the remaining two put on each of the wheels in the front. Combined output therefore is at 1,030 hp (768 kW) with peak torque of 6,372 lb.-ft. (8,640 Nm).Read the entire article Images of Techrules supercar show jet fighter-like form
At the 2017 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, SEAT gave the public a taste of what it believes is the future of driving. For the company, this is about having a digital ecosystem that allows for an excellent relationship between the driver, the environment, and the car. None other than CEO Luca de Meo revealed what the company has been doing when it comes to connectivity. He also showed the new models, scheduled for release in 2018 and 2019, that will have these wonderful technological innovations.
One of these is the e-Mii which also made its official debut at the MWC. In addition to being a redesigned Mii, it has been fitted with a new powertrain. While the previous version made use of a 1.0-liter engine capable of 59 hp (43 kW), the e-Mii has an electric powertrain. It has an electric motor that can deliver 81 hp (60 kW) with peak torque of 154 lb.-ft. (210 Nm). There is also a lithium-ion battery capable of 18.7 kWh. With this electric powertrain, the e-Mii can run for from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 11.3 seconds. Maximum range is estimated at 100 miles (160 km).
Like many electric vehicles in the market, the electric powertrain of the e-Mii can be recharged using the usual household socket, though a full charge would take around 9 hours. However with the CCS 40-kW system, it can immediately go to 80% within 30 minutes.Read the entire article SEAT debuts e-Mii at 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
More efficient, more power and longer range. This is how we could best describe the electric version of the Volkswagen Golf for the 2017 model year.
In terms of efficiency, the new 2017 VW e-Golf could boast of being one of the most efficient EVs, as the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) just rated the electric compact car as having fuel economy figures of 126 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway and 119 MPGe combined. Yes, compared to the 2016 version, the 2017 VW e-Golf has a lot more to offer, thanks to a more dynamic electric motor as well as to a more powerful battery pack.
The electric motor serving as the core of the 2017 VW e-Golf has been upgraded to deliver a max output of 134 horsepower and maximum torque of 214 pound-feet. These numbers represent improvements of 19 hp (from 115 hp) in output and 15 lb.-ft. (from 199 lb.-ft.) in torque over the figures provided by the electric motor installed inside the 2016 VW e-Golf. This increase in power output and torque translates to a surge in top speed by around six miles per hour to 93 mph (from 87 mph).Read the entire article 2017 VW e-Golf is EPA-rated to deliver 125 miles of range and 119 MPGe of combined driving
It will be a monster smackdown between two of the quickest and fastest electric cars in the world as they challenge the so-called Race to the Clouds in June 2017. So, which would it be -- a Tesla or a Faraday?
To set things straight first, the fastest vehicle to complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course – measuring around 12.42 grueling miles – isn’t an electric car, but a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak piloted by Sebastien Loeb. The fastest of the Pikes Peak completed the hill climb run in just eight minutes and 13.878 seconds in 2013. Electric vehicles have been trying to challenge the Pikes Peak even before Loeb made the new record.
While there was a year (2015) that an electric car driven by Rhys Millen won all classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, this unit failed to break the speed record. Millen’s eO PP03 only managed to post a course time of 9 minutes and 7.222 seconds. In 2016, Millen improved his own time, driving an e0 PP100 to a new electric car record of eight minutes and 57.118 seconds.Read the entire article Faraday Future FF 91 faces off against Tesla Model S P100D at Pikes Peak Hill Climb in June
The ride-sharing fleet of sharing Lyft Inc. will soon include thousands of specially fitted self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, courtesy of General Motors. If plans push through, Lyft’s clients would be riding in autonomous EVs as early as start of 2018, according to a report by Reuters, citing sources privy to GM’s plans.
This brings the partnership between GM and Lyft to a new level – a technologically advanced collaboration that involves not just innovative electric vehicles, but also ground-breaking autonomous ones. Deploying thousands of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV to Lyft would allow the United States-based carmaker to accelerate tests of its autonomous technology on its zero-emission cars. One of Reuters’ sources divulged that Lyft is planning to deploy these autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs for testing in a number of states across the US.
GM’s plans are in line with pronouncements of its executives and with its investor presentations in 2016 that it intends to build a high volume of self-driving vehicles and then deploy them in ride sharing services like Lyft. Despite these pronouncements ad presentations, details are still vague as to how many autonomous vehicles will be built or when the US carmaker is specifically planning to deploy them. In fact, GM has only said in recent statement that its autonomous vehicle technology will be featured in an on-demand ride sharing network application sooner than people have expected. It should be noted that the GM acquired a minority stake in Lyft in 2016 for around $500 million.Read the entire article GM to deploy thousands of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Lyft’s ride-sharing service
Tesla is finally setting a more “definite” schedule with regards to the official launch of the Tesla Model 3 electric car. A “limited production” is said to be slated to begin in July of this year although it appears that the first group that will come out of production has been earmarked for investors and employees at Tesla. CEO Elon Musk however did also say that customers may be able to begin configuring their vehicle within 3 to 4 months.
Production trials though have already started with the company stating that material sourcing and crash testing of the Model continue to be on schedule and will likely be able to support the volume deliveries expected in the second part of 2017. The actual volume production though is not expected to start until September. Tesla disclosed that it expects to deliver around 5,000 units per week by the fourth quarter of this year with the goal of increasing it to 10,000 units weekly sometime in 2018.
During a conference call, Musk revealed to reporters that the brand will slowly speed-up the production of the Model 3, in fact looking like an “S curve” that will increase the speed as initial bugs are detects and problems are fixed.Read the entire article Tesla will begin limited production of Model 3 by July
Tesla, please meet Classic Factory, a new startup design company from Switzerland that is bound to unveil at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the new Elextra electric supercar that could be quicker than a souped-up Tesla Model S on the sprint.
Project Elextra – spearheaded by Classic Factory chief executive and Swiss designer Robert Palm as well as Danish entrepreneur Poul Sohl – is currently developing a new four-door four-seat electric supercar that could accelerate from standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 2.3 seconds.
While the top speed of this Elextra electric supercar remains undisclosed, its sprint time is more or less at par with that of the Tesla Model S P100D, especially the version with the Ludicrous+ software update. Tests engaged by the Motor Trend magazine have shown that the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous+ was able to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from zero in just 2.28 seconds. However, there were doubts that the Tesla Model S P100D actually achieved such acceleration time, as the electric supercar actually completed the sprint in 2.53 seconds.Read the entire article Elextra electric supercar claims to sprint to 62 mph in just 2.3 seconds
Remember the Volkswagen e-Crafter van concept? It looks like its production version won’t bear the same moniker. Instead, VW could be planning to etch the term “e-Transporter” on the concept’s nameplate when it arrives as a production model sometime this year.
The possible change in name came as the German carmaker just recently trademarked four nameplates: e-Transporter, Allsider, Duomotion and Twin Motion. The Allsider moniker could be a new badge for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Meanwhile the Duomotion and Twin Motion aliases could be suffixes to define the type of powertrain behind the company’s vehicles.
Volkswagen took the veils off the e-Crafter van concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany in September 2016. Boasting of zero emissions, the concept van is touted to be a perfect choice for delivery vehicles and logistics service providers. At its core is a built-in 100 kW electric motor that could provide 290 Nm of peak torque, allowing the VW e-Crafter to achieve a top speed of 80km/h. This electric motor derives its juice from 43-kWh battery pack that allows the e-Crafter to travel up to 200 km before needing to recharge. The battery e-Crafter could be recharged up to 80 percent of its energy capacity in less than an hour thanks to a 40 kW DC quick charger.Read the entire article VW trademarks e-Transporter name as possible production moniker for e-Crafter Concept
In racing, driving a quicker and lighter car doesn’t always result in a win. However, such a car definitely has some advantages over other competitors. This could be the reason why the Electric GT Championship is changing the base car from the Tesla Model S P85+ to Tesla Model S P100.
When the Electric GT World Series was announced in March 2016, organizer Electric GT Holding Inc. also disclosed that it has chosen the Tesla Motors S P85+ as a base model for the 10 teams bound to enter the event in its 2017 inaugural season.
Agustin Paya, Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings, remarked back then that the Tesla model S was chosen because of its impressive circuit racing potential with its power, acceleration, weight distribution and low center of gravity as well as superb cornering speed. The race-bound Model S P85+ would race with the same powertrain, battery and programming as the one available for the market, although it has received modifications with regards to braking, aerodynamics, suspension and cooling, as well as steering and overall weight.Read the entire article Tesla’s Electric GT Championship turns into a much faster race with shift to P100D
Here is good news for fans as well as would-be customers of the Ford Focus Electric in Europe – your beloved EV just got exciting improvements. Ford has just given the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric a new battery and a new DC fast-charge system.
Before the changes, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric gets power from a 23-kWh battery. This means that its battery could allow the five-door electric hatchback – with propulsion from a 107 kW (143 hp) motor -- to have around 100 miles of pure electric driving range. This means that a driver could drive a Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric for only 100 miles and will need to recharge the EV to squeeze more distance.
Already great for those who don’t typically drive over 100 miles every day, but it won’t be enough for those who needed or wanted some extra miles to fulfill some roles or daily obligations. Just to note, the 100 miles of pure electric driving range already represents an improvement of 24 miles over the previous model.Read the entire article Euro-spec 2017 Ford Focus Electric gets new higher-capacity battery, DC fast-charge system
Tesla accuses its former Autopilot head, Sterling Anderson of stealing sensitive information and poaching Tesla employees while still working for the company. The lawsuit was filed last week in the Superior Court of California against Anderson and another Tesla employee, Chris Urmson.
Anderson has worked for the electric car company since 2014 and was appointed as the head of the Autopilot team. Tesla found out that Anderson and Urmson have started recruiting co-workers to join them in their new startup since 2016. Tesla claims Anderson has allegedly downloaded the secret files using the company’s laptop, but has apparently deleted all the traces. Due to this, the company filed a suit against the two former employees for stealing intellectual proprietary information.
Since Tesla is so advanced when it comes to self-driving technology, other car companies are trying to catch up with the pace by purchasing startups. Tesla is very much aware of how automakers have built a “get rich quick environment” because of this. It was also stated in the charges how a demoware could be bought from a team of programmers for billions of dollars. To cite an example, General Motors has acquired Cruise Automation for almost 1 billion USD in 2016. Otto, another self-driving startup firm, was bought by Uber by as much as 680 million USD in the same year.Read the entire article Tesla files a suit against ex-chief of Autopilot division for stealing company info
British funeral home Leverton & Sons is out there to prove that eco-friendliness can be achieved even at your final journey. Together with Brahms Electric Vehicles, the UK-based funeral directors have converted a Nissan Leaf into an Eco-Hearse. Indeed, saving the earth will never go out of style and it will continue to live on even after you’ve drawn your last breath!
The eco-conscious funeral car has been replaced with a transparent panel so that friends and relatives of the dearly departed can take a good view of the casket. Brahms Electric Vehicles has freed the entire cabin space and extends it all the way to driver’s side to keep the coffin safe and secured. What’s more, the eco-hearse has been installed with a motor so that the floor deck can be adjusted up and down. This makes it more convenient to use during loading and unloading.
Interestingly, Brahms has developed a total of three Nissan Leaf funeral cars and has sold a couple of units already. In order for them to deliver a much cheaper price, the English company converts previously used Nissan Leaf examples instead of new ones.Read the entire article A smart funeral option: That one last ride with an Eco-friendly Nissan Leaf Hearse
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