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Will The New Tesla Roadster Actually Hit 60 MPH In 1.9 Seconds? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Videos, video on 11 23rd, 2017


If Tesla’s bold acceleration claims for the second-generation Roadster come to fruition, the electric sports car will be the quickest accelerating production car ever built.

Tesla asserts that the Roadster will hit 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete the quarter mile in 8.8 seconds. However, are these ambitious times even possible?

To find out, Engineering Explained set about discovering how fast a car can accelerate with street-legal production tires.

Last year, the YouTuber asserted that with current tire technology, no production car could reach 60 mph quicker than 2.05 seconds. However, in the 12 months since then, tire technology has improved and will probably continue to improve through to the Roadster’s launch, meaning a 1.9 second time isn’t an impossibility.

Another interesting take away from recent talk about the Roadster is the possibility of it using rocket technology. Elon Musk hinted at this on Twitter and theoretically, the sports car could accelerate to 60 mph in 0.01 seconds, as long as the rockets used had enough thrust.

Knowing that Tesla’s claims are possible, it’s now just up to the company to ensure the production model achieves them.

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Will The New Tesla Roadster Actually Hit 60 MPH In 1.9 Seconds? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Videos, video on 11 23rd, 2017


If Tesla’s bold acceleration claims for the second-generation Roadster come to fruition, the electric sports car will be the quickest accelerating production car ever built.

Tesla asserts that the Roadster will hit 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete the quarter mile in 8.8 seconds. However, are these ambitious times even possible?

To find out, Engineering Explained set about discovering how fast a car can accelerate with street-legal production tires.

Last year, the YouTuber asserted that with current tire technology, no production car could reach 60 mph quicker than 2.05 seconds. However, in the 12 months since then, tire technology has improved and will probably continue to improve through to the Roadster’s launch, meaning a 1.9 second time isn’t an impossibility.

Another interesting take away from recent talk about the Roadster is the possibility of it using rocket technology. Elon Musk hinted at this on Twitter and theoretically, the sports car could accelerate to 60 mph in 0.01 seconds, as long as the rockets used had enough thrust.

Knowing that Tesla’s claims are possible, it’s now just up to the company to ensure the production model achieves them.

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2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. Has A Larger Battery, And 132 Miles Of Pure-Electric Range 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Korea, KOTSA, new cars, renault, Renault Fluence, Samsung on 11 23rd, 2017


Renault has just unveiled an updated version of the Samsung SM3 Z.E., at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea.

The Megane-based compact sedan, which is known as Fluence in different parts of the world, has dropped its previous 22kWh battery in favor of a 36kWh unit.

This move is said to have zero impact on the electric sedan’s weight, but as a result, the range has increased by an impressive 57 percent over its predecessor, to 132 miles, or 213 kilometers, as based on the Korean type approval cycle.

According to a Korean Transport Safety Authority (KOTSA) report, the local average daily trip stood at 25 miles (40km) last year, which means that the ‘new’ Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. will be able to run for some 5 days, in theory, between charges.

Thanks to its mechanical tweaks, this zero-emission compact car is expected to become very popular in South Korea, where state-run fleets and taxi operators are already using the pre-updated version.

Moreover, the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare purchased 1,200 units of the car last April, in a move that should help the brand “strengthen its geographical and segment coverage, and foster a step-up in the electric vehicle market“, according to Renault’s Electric Vehicle SVP, Gilles Normand.

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2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. Has A Larger Battery, And 132 Miles Of Pure-Electric Range 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Korea, KOTSA, new cars, renault, Renault Fluence, Samsung on 11 23rd, 2017


Renault has just unveiled an updated version of the Samsung SM3 Z.E., at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea.

The Megane-based compact sedan, which is known as Fluence in different parts of the world, has dropped its previous 22kWh battery in favor of a 36kWh unit.

This move is said to have zero impact on the electric sedan’s weight, but as a result, the range has increased by an impressive 57 percent over its predecessor, to 132 miles, or 213 kilometers, as based on the Korean type approval cycle.

According to a Korean Transport Safety Authority (KOTSA) report, the local average daily trip stood at 25 miles (40km) last year, which means that the ‘new’ Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. will be able to run for some 5 days, in theory, between charges.

Thanks to its mechanical tweaks, this zero-emission compact car is expected to become very popular in South Korea, where state-run fleets and taxi operators are already using the pre-updated version.

Moreover, the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare purchased 1,200 units of the car last April, in a move that should help the brand “strengthen its geographical and segment coverage, and foster a step-up in the electric vehicle market“, according to Renault’s Electric Vehicle SVP, Gilles Normand.

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Honda Planning 15-Minute Charge Time For EVs In 2022 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, honda, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017


Honda intends on launching a number of electric vehicles in 2022 that’ll feature a fast-charging feature.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Japanese automaker will release a fleet of EVs that can run 240 km (149 miles) on a single 15-minute charge.

To achieve this lofty goal, Honda will stop using Panasonic-sourced batteries and instead develop a new type of high-capacity battery with a yet-to-be-decided partner. Capable of handling ultra-quick charging, these batteries will be complemented by an efficient power control system and a lighter vehicle body to ensure impressive ranges.

As with any electric vehicle with fast-charging, all of Honda’s efforts will be pointless if there isn’t a charging network that supports such charging speeds. Fortunately, Europe is expected to have thousands of 350 kW charging stations by 2020 and Japan could follow suit, upgrading its current 150 kW fast-chargers to the same 350 kW limit.

In the meantime, Honda will launch a mass-market electric vehicle in Europe in 2019 and Japan the following year.

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Porsche Rules Out Electric 911 For At Least 10 Years 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, porsche, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 22nd, 2017


An all-electric Porsche 911. It has the potential to be automotive sacrilege. Fortunately, Porsche doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to make this happen.

Speaking with Autocar, company chief executive Oliver Blume said that the ever-popular 911 will retain an internal combustion engine for at least the next 10 or 15 years.

“With the 911, for the next 10 to 15 years, we will still have a combustion engine. We have combustion engines, then plug-ins as intermediaries, then full EV later on.

“The future concept of 911 will have plug-in built in, but it’s not decided yet if we offer it: 911 is a core business and we need it to be a pure sports car. When customers want it to be electric, we can be ready,” Blume said.

Porsche’s first all-electric car, the Mission E sedan, is expected to arrive in 2019. Consequently, it’s reasonable to assume that Porsche has the technology to create an electric 911 within two years. Fortunately, it’s apparent that the German marque is aligned with the sentiments of its customers, refusing to create such a model until it receives requests to do so.

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Strong Demand In China Leads To Significant Rise In Global EV Sales 22
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in china, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 11 22nd, 2017


Sales for electrified vehicles exceeded 287,000 units in the third quarter of 2017, marking a 63% boost over the same period last year and a 23% increase over this year’s Q2 numbers.

China accounted for over half of global sales, while Europe followed as the second-biggest EV market in Q3, with North America trailing in third place, Autonews reports .

“The Chinese government is very focused on pushing up EV sales,” stated BNEF analyst Aleksandra O’Donovan. “One reason for that is the local pollution levels in the cities, and a second is for China to build domestic heroes to compete internationally in this market.”

At the same time, government incentives also play a big role in China where national subsidies make EVs “up to 40 percent cheaper than regular internal combustion cars,” added O’Donovan.

According to BNEF, global sales for full-electric and plug-in hybrid cars are expected to surpass 1 million units this year for the first time as charging infrastructure improves and the vehicles themselves now offer longer driving ranges.

While China is still considering a ban on new gasoline and diesel cars in the future, countries such as France and the UK have already announced they intend to ban such models by the year 2040, with the Netherlands being even more ambitious by targeting a 2030 ban.

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Tesla Begins Asking Non-Employees To Configure Their Model 3 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 11 21st, 2017


Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently said the company was in “production hell” but those problems seem to be getting better as the automaker has asked reservation holders to begin configurating their Model 3.

According to Bloomberg, a Tesla spokesperson confirmed the company recently sent out invitations to non-employee reservation holders to begin the configuration process. This is a positive development as it likely means the company has sped up production and is gearing up to produce vehicles for mainstream consumers.

While Tesla had planned to build 1,500 units in the third quarter, the company was only able to make 260 Model 3s. Furthermore, the first vehicles were delivered to employees and investors and not people who lined up at dealerships to place their reservations over a year and a half ago.

Thankfully the wait appears to be coming to an end for some customers as a member of the Model 3 Owner’s Club recently received their invitation to build a car and the vehicle is slated to be delivered in four weeks.

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Elon Musk Wants To Give New Tesla Roadster Rocket Technology 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 11 21st, 2017


Just a couple of days after Tesla shocked the world by unveiling the second-generation Roadster with unprecedented performance figures, Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to indicate this is just the start of what’s to come for the new sports car.

In a Tweet published on November 20, the outspoken entrepreneur indicated that a special upgrade package for the new Tesla Roadster could borrow rocket technology and possibly fly short distances.

Yes, you read that correctly. Musk said it is “certainly possible” to make the Roadster part supercar-slayer and part flying car. “Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities,” he added.

As always, it’s important to take anything Musk says with a pinch of salt. After all, he is no stranger to expressing his ambitious goals, even though they are often far beyond the realm of what most people consider reasonable. For example, he thinks humans and AI could eventually merge to create AI-human symbiotes.

As it stands, the new Tesla Roadster, unveiled in entry-level guise, is already quite bewildering. The automaker claims it will have three electric motors, a 200-kWh battery pack and be capable of accelerating to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds, 100 mph (160 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and sprint to over 250 mph (402 km/h).

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Tesla Creates A Powerbank With Model S Battery Cell 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Gadgets, Reports, Tesla on 11 21st, 2017


Are you a Tesla fan and want everyone to know it? Well, we have found the perfect Christmas gift for you.

What we have here is a Powerbank designed by the electric automaker for your smartphone. Priced at $45, the Powerbank takes design inspiration from Tesla’s supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio.

Without a doubt the coolest thing about the Powerbank is that it features a single 18650 cell with a 3350 mAh capacity, exactly the same battery cell used by both the Tesla Model S and Model X. The only differences is that the Model S and X use about 7000 of them.

Additionally, the Tesla Powerbank is suitable for all recent iPhone models and micro-USB equipped smartphones thanks to its integrated cables.

Santa should expect to see tech-heads requesting the Powerbank in their droves.

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Larry David Trades Prius For BMW i3 In Season 9 Of Curb Your Enthusiasm 21
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW i3, celebrities, Electric Vehicles, Movie Cars on 11 21st, 2017


Seinfeld co-creator and current star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David, is driving around in a brand new BMW i3 for the show’s ninth season. David drove a Toyota Prius in the show’s previous seasons, and was even spotted driving one in real life.

Curb Your Enthusiasm has been off the air for the past six years, and to see it keep up with what’s trending in the real world isn’t that big of a surprise. Aside from the i3, which is has been featured heavily in most of the episodes thus far, a bright red Tesla Model S also made a cameo.

U.S. buyers can purchase a BMW i3 from $44,450, although if they go for the version with the range extender, that will bump the price to $48,300. The most expensive i3 you can buy is the Sport model with the range extender, for $51,500.

If you want to get one that looks just like Larry’s, make sure to also get the 20-inch BMW i double-spoke alloys, which are a $1,300 optional extra.

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Mercedes-Benz eVito Comes With An Electric Powertrain And A €39,990 Starting Price 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mercedes, Mercedes Citan, Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes Vito - Viano, new cars, prices, Reports on 11 20th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz are expanding their commercial vehicle lineup with zero-emission versions of their vans.

The first product, an electric version of the Vito which was unveiled during the eDrive@VANs workshop in Berlin, Germany, is now hitting the market in Germany.

Called the eVito, the new electric Mercedes van represents the first step of their new strategy, with customers now able to pre-order it and prices starting from €39,990 (VAT not included). First deliveries are expected during the second half of 2018.

The new Mercedes-Benz eVito features a 41.4kWh battery pack that takes approximately six hours to charge, providing a range of around 150km (93miles). However, in low temperatures, and with a full load of more than 1,000kg (2,205lbs), the Mercedes-Benz eVito can travel for some 100km (62miles) between charges.

Customers will get to choose between two wheelbase versions: long and extra-long, which measure 5,140mm (202in) and 5,370mm (211in) respectively, and they will also have to select between two top speed options: 80km/h (50mph) and 120km/h (75mph).

Subsequent to the eVito, Mercedes-Benz will launch the eSprinter in 2019, followed by a pure electric version of the Citan, which shares its underpinnings with the Renault Kangoo. The French LCV is already offered with an EV powertrain, and comes with a NEDC range of up to 274km (170 miles).

“With our eDrive@VANs initiative, we’re showing that only holistic mobility solutions extending beyond the drive itself present a real alternative for commercial customers. The eVito is the starting point, and will be followed by a new-generation of our Sprinter, as well as the Citan”, said the Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg.

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Bollinger Showcases The Electric B1’s Off-Road Prowess 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, new cars, SUV, Trucks, video on 11 19th, 2017


Keen to prove that its all-electric B1 SUV is more than just a showpiece, Bollinger has commenced off-road testing of the vehicle, recently taking it to a number of testing areas in Colorado and Utah.

The first of the videos shows the B1 climbing up the Engineer Pass in Colorado, forcing the vehicle across rocks and through water crossings. For mild off-roading like this, the B1 seems surprisingly at home, despite being the brand’s first attempt at a production vehicle.

As for the other two videos, they show the B1 testing in Utah, climbing a hill in Moab and sliding around on sand dunes.

Powering the B1 is an electric motor delivering 360 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle will then be sold with either a 60 kWh or 100 kWh battery pack with ranges varying between 120 and 200 miles.

Since the vehicle’s debut in July, the company claims to have received over 10,000 reservations.

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China’s Leap Motor LP-S01 Is A Four-Seat Electric Coupe 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, new cars, Reports on 11 19th, 2017

A week after we caught a glimpse of China’s upcoming Leap Motor LP-S01, the electric sports car has been revealed in full.

Based on the two teaser images we published last week, it appeared as if the LP-S01 would feature a low-slung roofline and an aggressive design. Sadly, pictures of the completed sports car reveal that it is far less sporty than we’d envisioned, instead looking like a blocky and bloated coupe that’s eaten far too many deep-fried pancakes.

Up front, the LP-S01 features a set of slim headlights and faux grille that appears to simply be a piece of black plastic. Elsewhere, there are a set of small alloy wheels and an interestingly-shaped hood with two large bulges. Moving to the rear, the LP-S01 has a hatchback design and a simple bumper with two red reflectors at the base.

Power comes from a single electric motor with 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds and a 360 km (223 mile) range.

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Porsche 911 Hybrid Appears To Be Moving Forward, Engineers Targeting 43 Mile Electric-Only Range 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 17th, 2017


The Porsche 911 rumor mill is back in action as Bloomberg is reporting the next-generation model could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to the report, the plug-in hybrid variant would be a high-performance model that would sit at the top of the 911 lineup. The publication goes on to suggest the car could be introduced a few years after new 911 debuts in late 2018.

Insiders said Porsche wants the 911 Hybrid to have an electric-only range of 70 km (43 miles) and engineers are working to reduce the weight of the car’s battery so it doesn’t adversely affect the car’s handling.

Porsche declined to confirm plans for a 911 Hybrid but a spokesperson told Bloomberg the next-generation model will allow for the “integration of an electric powertrain and the manufacturer is keeping all options open regarding engine specifications.”

The report went on to suggest Porsche could offer a Macan EV sometime after the production version of the Mission E is launched in 2019.

If the report is correct, it likely means Porsche was able to solve several of the problems that August Achleitner mentioned to Car and Driver earlier this year. At the time, the head of 911 development said plans for a hybrid variant were axed because the added weighy would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities and it wouldn’t be as profitable as more conventional variants. In summation, Achleitner stated the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”

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