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Chinese brand Byton officially unveiled the production version of its Byton Concept during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. With this, the brand hopes to soon enter the U.S. market.
For those unfamiliar with the company, Byton was launched as a new brand of China-based Future Mobility Corp. last year. Its current CEO is Carsten Breitfeld, who was previously the i vehicle program lead of BMW.
The production version presented during the 2018 CES shows an exterior that has been styled with subtle design cues that give one the impression of being inspired by Land Rover and Nissan. The interior however is a different story. While most standard models have an infotainment and instrument cluster, Byton’s offering instead has a single-pane that goes through the whole length of its dashboard. Mounted on the center of the steering is an 8-inch tablet. Meanwhile, the seats have the ability to rotate as much as 12 degrees inward.Read the entire article Byton shows preview of production EV at 2018 CES
Two months ago, there were reports about Tesla Semi sales as it skyrocketed just a few weeks after being launched in the United States. Huge companies like J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Loblaws and Meijer had placed their reservations on the all-electric truck, as well as some other international companies. Also, the largest reservation that has been made was for 125 units (by none other than UPS).
Furthermore, Tesla received a total of around 140 pre-orders from the companies that ordered from them. And now, that number has probably doubled or tripled. The electric car maker promises to begin deliveries for the first batch of orders starting in late 2019.
Other companies that made reservations late last year include Sysco, DHL Supply Chain, Mecca & Son Trucking, Fercam, European based Girteka Logistics, Ryder and some others.Read the entire article Tesla is now taking orders for its Semi in Europe
There is a lot going on within Aston Martin. Its CEO, Andy Palmer, has a full plate, to say the least. Despite that, he recently just announced that they are planning to deliver a high performance electric vehicle that could go up against the next generation Tesla Roadster.
Palmer also says that it is possible for them to develop an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, when Auto Express asked about that matter. Furthermore, when asked about challenges involved in making electric vehicles, such as the battery, Palmer responds by saying that Aston Martin is an expert when it comes to making electric vehicles, and the main factors that they need to take account of include elements like “weight, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance”.
He then added that developing electric vehicles will put them at an advantage over other brands like Tesla that promises a lightweight roadster. He reasons that it would be because of the fact that they are already masters at building these components.Read the entire article Aston Martin CEO hopes to develop a competitor for Tesla Roadster
It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.
To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.
The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.Read the entire article VW e-Golf production volume will double this March
Today, Volvo has a pretty complete range of new SUVs. These models vary from the largest XC90 to the smallest model which is the XC40. At the top of the range is the S90 along with the V90. Now, it is time for them to update the smaller cars in its lineup, and we mean their sedans and crossovers. In fact, the company is already testing for the new S60 and V60, and according to Auto Express, Volvo executives exactly know what they want from the new V40.
Starting with the V40 hatchback, the next generation model will now sit on a CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform just like that of the XC40. They will be built on the same wheelbase too. Apart from that, Volvo thinks that both vehicles can share a number of components, such as their powertrains and infotainment systems.
When Volvo launches the V40, it will initially be equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Aside from this, a plug-in hybrid may be available from the beginning too, if not later on towards its life cycle. In Europe, a diesel option will be available too following a fully electric version later on.Read the entire article Next Volvo V40 will get two battery options for the EV
Morgan Motor Company said that the Electric 3 Wheeler will begin production in 2018. Once it goes on sale, it will showcase traditional craftsmanship combined with the latest in EV technology.
Powering this model is an electric motor, as well as batteries, both of which are manufactured by Frazer-Nash Energy Systems. In fact, it is this partnership with Frazer-Nash that allowed Morgan to finally begin production of the EV3.
When the EV3 is officially released, it will become the first ever electric vehicle from Morgan. It will also be the first model from Morgan to have body construction that features composite panels. Indeed, this latest three-wheeler offering from Morgan offers a number of firsts for the brand.Read the entire article Morgan confirms start of production of Electric 3 Wheeler in 2018
McLaren Automotive has created its first-ever supercar prototype powered fully by electricity. This was confirmed by none other Dan Parry-Williams, the company’s very own Engineering Design Director, in an interview with UK’s Autocar. Not only did Parry-Williams confirm the story but he also provided extra details with regards to the prototype.
In the same interview, Parry-Williams said that the company already has a pure EV and one of the reasons is that the company wanted to know what it took to be able to offer excellent driver engagement in a purely electric world. He added that it has been quite a journey for the company to go from here to there as it relates to the company’s products.
The biggest issue though, Parry-Williams disclosed, continued to be related to the battery technology. This is because a high performance race car would need a large amount of energy. He explained that when it comes to an electric supercar, the batteries are typically drained after only 30 minutes running on the track. Companies in the business of developing batteries still have to address the issue of driving the car at constant high speed.Read the entire article McLaren confirms first electric-powered supercar prototype
Audi has not been silent about its plans to offer full electric vehicles starting 2020. Earlier, this year, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler revealed plans to release an electric SUV, a compact EV and electric sports car. Now, a recent report revealed that this new electric sports car already has a name – the Audi E-Tron GT.
This was announced by Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The new electric sports car will be a battery-powered all-electric unit that will be underpinned by the same platform that would underpin the upcoming Porsche Mission E, which is also an electric sports car in the making. This architecture is the so-called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is to some extent the luxury version of the MEB platform of the VW Group. Around 60 percent of the vehicles underpinned by PPE would be Audi models, while the rest would be Porsche units.
Porsche has promised to deliver its first all-electric sports car by 2019, while Mertens indicated that Audi will release the E-Tron GT in 2022. Of course, the final production version of the Mission E would contain design elements that would make it easily recognizable as a Porsche. The same would be true for Audi’s upcoming electric sports car; the E-Tron GT would don distinctive design and styling elements that would make it effortlessly identifiable as an Audi. The E-Tron GT is expected to borrow a number design cues from Audi’s newer concept cars like the Q8 as well as from Audi’s other EVs like the outgoing R8 E-Tron.Read the entire article Audi aims to debut fully electric E-Tron GT sports car in 2022
It’s Star Wars fever once again, and the second installation of the trilogy sequel -- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” -- is finally hitting theaters. Avid fans of the franchise would love to know that a limited edition Renault Zoe will soon arrive with Star Wars special touches. In partnership with Star Wars, Renault is unleashing the force with the new 2018 Renault Zoe Star Wars Limited Edition electric vehicle.
Just like Anakin Skywalker and Ben Solo becoming Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, respectively, the best-selling EV in Europe has transformed into the Renault Zoe Star Wars special edition. Interestingly, the Zoe Star Wars isn't the first vehicle from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to use the force. Just last year, Nissan’s mid-size crossover merged into the world of the Jedi by becoming the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars limited edition. That marked the first time that a carmaker officially partnered with the Star Wars franchise. The partnership now continues, but with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault.
To enter the world of the Jedi, the Renault Zoe Star Wars features an exterior covered with a number of decals related to the franchise. For instance, the bonnet, roof and boot of the Renault Zoe Star Wars sport decals starring Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon star ship. Specific Star Wars badging can be found on the front fenders just below the A-pillar, as well as on the door sills.Read the entire article Renault now accepts pre-orders for Zoe Star Wars Limited Edition
Audi Sport is known for creating high performance versions of some Audi vehicles, with a focus on higher levels of sportiness. So far, its high-performance creations are all powered by conventional engines. But with Audi in the process of releasing three electric vehicles by the end of the decade and electrifying its fleet, Audi Sport is following suit by introducing electrified high performance cars starting 2020.
Plans to introduce electrified performance cars were confirmed by no other than the outgoing chief executive officer of Audi Sport, Stephan Winkelmann, during the launch of the new Audi RS4. Winkelmann, who used to be the top honcho of Lamborghini, is leaving Audi’s high-performance arm to become the CEO of Bugatti. Audi, Bugatti and Lamborghini are part of the Volkswagen Group, which recently launched the Roadmap E program that calls for the creation of 80 new EVs – spread among group brands – by 2025.
According to Winkelmann, Audi Sport is planning to create more high-performance models derived from Audi’s sport utility vehicles. As such, there is a great chance that SUVs would be Audi Sport’s first EVs, to be followed by other vehicles. All of these new electrified vehicles will allow Audi Sport to be more revolutionary and less evolutionary, Winkelmann remarked.Read the entire article Audi Sport to introduce its first high-performance electric vehicle by the end of 2020
As part of its new electrification strategy, German carmaker Volkswagen is working to finalize the production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz SUV concept and introduce the new vehicle to the United States in 2020. This goal was further confirmed when the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz – along with the I.D. Buzz concept -- made its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Volkswagen first unveiled the I.D. Crozz Concept at the 2017 Auto Shanghai in China. The carmaker then updated the concept and took the wraps off it at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As revealed, the I.D. Crozz features a size similar to the 2018 Tiguan but with the shape of a four-door coupe. The updated I.D. impresses both masculinity and dynamism thanks to its wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings as well as a roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish.
Its LED headlights generate an unmistakable light graphic and give the I.D. Crozz its own identity both day and night. The concept features an unusual door layout in which the front doors hinge and the rear ones slide back. The B-pillar has been removed to allow the doors to open wide and make it easier for passengers to access the cabin.Read the entire article VW reaffirms plans to offer I.D. Crozz-based electric crossover in the US by 2020
BMW strongly believes that the future will be all about the electrification, or should we say e-mobility. And this is why as early as now, they already have a vision for the next decade, at least until 2025.
Here, you can see the automaker’s product roadmap. It indicated that the automaker’s next e-mobility vehicle will be the i8 Roadster. Yes, it’s the same plug-in hybrid that made its debut at the recent 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. What makes it even better is that it seems like it will be joined by another plug-in hybrid next year that appears to be a crossover.
Moreover, MINI is also looking at the same direction, as they plan to launch an electric vehicle in 2019, and soon after, there will be another two or three plug-in hybrids in the same year. That’s sooner that you guys think. Later on in 2020, we shall also see the launch of the X3 EV and perhaps a plug-in hybrid. The following years will really be all about electrification, as many of us are also anticipating the reveal of the iNext.Read the entire article BMW is shifting towards e-mobility in the next few years
Truth be told, the Tesla Model 3 doesn’t have a complete software and user interface when the California-based electric carmaker commences deliveries in July. However, this didn’t worry Tesla Model 3 owners, as they know that Tesla will sooner or later keep its four-door electric sedan to date through over-the-air updates. Now, the latest software update endows the EV with a number of new – yet very basic – features.
The latest update for the Model 3 has been eagerly anticipated as Tesla has been updating its software since commencing deliveries for the electric sedan. When it was first rolled out, the Model 3 didn’t have features that are usually installed or fitted as standard even in the most basic vehicles, including affordable ones. The software for the Model 3 is basically incomplete, so it didn’t have those basic features.
For instance, the latest software update now provides the Model 3 with the FM radio feature. This puzzled many, considering that the Tesla Model 3 should be one of the most advanced vehicles in the market and yet it didn’t have an FM radio. A video of one of the first deliveries in Texas showed that a radio – a very basic feature – doesn’t come with Model 3.Read the entire article FM radio and odometer finally find their way into the new Tesla Model 3
As a solution to declining sales in the United States, BMW is considering turning Mini into a purely all-electric brand, according to a recent report. During the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW board member who is in charge of Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, mentioned that Mini’s sales in America have noticeably gone down by 10 percent just in the last month. This is because the market has been leaning towards getting SUVs. Unlike Europe where people criticized the automaker for selling increasingly bigger Minis like the Countryman SUV, the US market thinks that the vehicle still is pretty small.
In fact, Schwarzenbauer said that it is only in the United States where the brand is facing this problem. And so this is why Mini in the US is looking into electrifying all their cars, turning the company into a brand known only for electric urban mobility.
A little over a year from now, Mini is actually planning to unveil an all-electric model. But if Schwarzenbauer’s plans are realized, it could be the only one offered in the US in the coming years, considering that it will be the only all-electric vehicle they have so far. BMW also mentioned that the electric model would be built in the UK, though he did not clarify whether the new plan from BMW means that the Mini will also use their United States factories to build electric cars.Read the entire article Mini might be revamped into all-electric brand in the US due to recent sales drop
As 2017 comes to a close, for sure, many of you are eager to learn what’s in store next year. If Rimac Automobili hasn’t been in your radar, we’re here to tell you that it should be. Have you heard what Rimac has been up to lately?
In case you didn’t know, this is the company that brought us the Concept One. Well, Autoguide has reported earlier that Rimac is hinting of coming out with its own electric roadster. If that plan pushes through, chances are high that Rimac’s electric hypercar could outrun the Tesla Roadster --- both on the road and with regards to the pace of production.
It’s easy to make this conclusion. After all, Rimac’s incredibly powerful Concept One coupe packs an awesome output of 1224hp (918kW) and 1180 (2548 Nm) on tap. It makes sense that the “soon-to-become-Rimac convertible” will be more potent (or at least as powerful) as the preceding coupe version, right?Read the entire article Rimac Automobili might become Tesla’s closest rival by 2018
California-based Tesla Motors surprised the automotive world when it unveiled the prototype version of the 2020 Tesla Roadster. But there’s even more in store for consumers. The second generation of the Roadster wouldn’t be an ordinary all-electric four-seater sports car as it could sprint from nil to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds. And right when you don’t think anyone can catch up, an electric vehicle from Taiwan is being claimed to be even faster on the sprint.
Taiwan-based company Xing Mobility is introducing Miss R, the first electric supercar in the world that offers both operational capabilities on the road and off the road. Newly established in 2013, Xing Mobility provides electric powertrain systems to the commercial and industrial automobile manufacturers around the world. Now, the company is using its expertise in this field to create the first all-electric supercar in the world with on-road and off-road capability, the rally-inspired Miss R.
Xing Mobility noted that on the surface, the specs of Miss R are very similar to that of the 2020 Tesla Roadster. Propulsion of Miss R is made possible by four independent 350V electric motors. Miss R is expected to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 1.8 seconds. But since the 2020 Roadster employs the 0-60 mph gauge, Miss R could be quicker than Tesla’s sports car by more than 0.1 seconds. In addition, Miss R could also accelerate from standstill to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 168 mph (270 km/h).Read the entire article Taiwan’s 1MW Xing Mobility Miss R electric supercar is quicker than 2020 Tesla Roadster
Back in 2009, Renault introduced to us the Fluence, a compact sedan that was based on the Megane. Whether you remember it or not, that model is still available in many parts of the world such as South Korea, where it is referred to as the Samsung SM3. It was first built at a factory in Busan, and since then it has been available in an all-electric Z.E. (Zero Emission). After several years, the automaker will finally update the said model.
The former Samsung SM3 came equipped with a 22-kilowatt per hour battery pack, while the updated version will be given a bigger battery pack of 36-kWh. The best part about this is that it will not have an impact on the car’s weight. This new and improved battery will let the 2018 Samsung SM3 Z.E. drive for as far as 213 kilometers (132 miles) between charges. However, these are based on the Korean type approval cycle. Overall, the new SM3’s driving range has improved by 57 percent. In the real world (EPA estimated), that would probably be equivalent to 115-120 miles / 185-195 kilometers.
It was just the other day when the SM3 Zero Emission first made its reveal, during the Daegu International Future Auto Expo. In one of their studies, it was found that an average person’s daily trip around South Korea lasted for approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) last year. This was where Renault and Samsung based their development of the electric sedan, enabling it to run for about five days without the need for its battery to recharge. This will be the perfect choice for those who suffer from range anxiety. The SM3 Z.E. also is considered the market’s only three box saloon.Read the entire article 36-kWh battery pack on 2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. allows for 132-mile range
Tesla revealed that with its new Semi, truck drivers can expect better experience especially with heightened safety and the lower cost of transporting cargo.
Indeed, the cabin of the new Tesla Semi is designed to focus on the driver. Thus ingress and egress is easier because of the unhindered stairs. Full standing room is also offered inside and by having a centered driver position, visibility is optimized.
There are two displays, both of which have touchscreen capabilities, placed symmetrically on each of the driver’s side to allow for easy access to electronic data logging, blind spot monitoring, and easy access to navigation. Then there is the built-in connectivity, which by being directly integrated to the management system of the fleet, allows for remote monitoring and support scheduling and routing.Read the entire article Tesla reveals new all-electric Semi
Tesla introduces a new software update for Model X and Model S to let drivers select between standard or a more gradual acceleration setup. Chill Mode, being the newest option, is quite the opposite of Tesla’s Ludicrous and Insane modes as the Chill offers a softer acceleration unlike the previous features which we know are focused towards performance.
In a bid to provide “smoother driving” and a “gentler ride”, the new option has been added to tone down the rather quick acceleration that comes with both the Model S and Model X. This specifically becomes more useful when drivers want to slow down from Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode or standard setup. On a Model S 100D for example, the standard acceleration can allow it to go from a zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. When set under Chill, the Model S can go from zero to 60 within 7.2 seconds. Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the slower takeoff provides an option for those who prefer a more relaxing ride. The Ludicrous Mode, as we know, is capable of taking off in 2.28 seconds.
While it is still uncertain at this point whether or not the update will ever make its way to the new Model 3, it is interesting to note that Tesla has come to realize that not all owners are after the quick Modes. The Chill is only currently available on the Model S and Model X.Read the entire article Tesla launches Chill Mode on recent over-the-air update; includes easier entry and exit feature too
BMW is eyeing to soon launch electric vehicles that could travel up to 700 km (435 miles) before needing to be recharged for another full-electric zero-emission driving experience.
This capability would be made possible by BMW’s fifth generation of storage and powertrain technologies. These storage and powertrain technologies were reported to be making their debut on the upcoming BMW i5, which was recently previewed by the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW designed the new BMW i Vision Dynamics as a progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions its future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, remarked that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept visualizes how the German carmaker partly plans to implement its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. This strategy partly entails the offering of around 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.Read the entire article BMW is working on long-range electric vehicles that could rival Tesla
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