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An Electric McLaren Sedan Would Be An Interesting Porsche Mission E Fighter 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mclaren, porsche, Renderings on 01 14th, 2018


McLaren is adamant that they won’t build an SUV, as sports cars and supercars are what their brand is all about, but what about a four-door model?

Such a vehicle would inevitably become a more expensive alternative to the Porsche Panamera, or, if it gets a zero-emission powertrain, the upcoming Mission E.

A rendering, posted by Jose Rodriguez Nebreda, shows us how a hypothetical four-door McLaren would look like, and the result is quite good, actually.

Notice that it doesn’t have a lot in common with the new 720S, adopting a unique styling with muscular lines, a very long hood and headlights inspired by the ones in McLaren’s Sports Series range.

If McLaren decides to enter the all-electric super-saloon segment it will have to do battle not just with the Mission E but Aston Martin’s RapidE , too, and of course the all-conquering Tesla Model S. Well, Elon Musk’s company has had the segment to itself for quite some time, so it could use some competition…

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Edmunds Buys Its Own Tesla Model 3, Delivers First Impressions 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Film, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, video on 01 13th, 2018


After placing a reservation in early 2016, Edmunds received its own Tesla Model 3 to put through its long-term testing process.

As with all the cars in this first production batch, this Model 3 is the Long Range version that also features the mandatory-for-now Premium Upgrades pack as well as the Autopilot semi-autonomous system. All this equipment increased the price of Edmunds’ Model 3 up from the base $44,000 to $55,000.

First impressions of the Model 3 are more than positive, with the car being pretty quick, while the chassis feels sorted and showing off its good balance and low center of gravity.

The biggest talking point however is the ergonomics of the minimalist cabin; cramming everything into a big, landscape-oriented touchscreen requires more time than usual for the driver to learn where everything is. But even when he does, things like not having a speedometer ahead of the driver remain less than ideal.

The Model 3 is definitely the brand’s make-or-break car, but the first impressions so far point at a well-sorted compact saloon that has that special Tesla character people seem to like so much.

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Tesla Model 3 Does 0 To 60 In Just 4.6 Seconds, 1/4-Mile Took 13.3 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Film, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018


In case anyone was worried about whether or not the Tesla Model 3 can keep up with various petrol-powered sports saloons, the answer is a resounding yes.

According to a VBox test performed by Brooks from DragTimes, this Model 3 managed to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 4.66 seconds. That makes it quicker than the previous generation E90 BMW M3.

The car in question featured the Premium package and a bigger battery pack, but was otherwise stock, making these results even more impressive.

In fact, this car (with the 70 kWh battery pack) should have done 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds, according to Tesla. Although seeing it do even better doesn’t exactly come as a shock.

We can only imagine how quick the upcoming dual-motor performance version will be, since it will also feature a Ludicrous mode like its Model S and X siblings.

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Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender 12
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Mazda, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018


Toyota has revealed that its e-Palette Concept will use a Mazda-sourced rotary engine as a range extender.

Unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the e-Palette Concept imagines a future where Toyota could partner with other companies to develop purpose-built vehicles and mobility solutions. Brands named as partners in the ‘e-Palette Alliance’ include Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut, and Mazda.

Speaking with Green Car Reports at the Consumer Electronics Show, spokesman for Mazda North America, Jacob Brown, said Mazda’s engineering team will aid in the development of the vehicle’s powertrain, including supplying a rotary range extender.

“Mazda will provide technical information on a (rotary engine) range extender to be used in the vehicle being developed. We will reveal more details at an appropriate time,” Brown revealed.

By using a compact, light, and quiet rotary engine, Toyota could fit a smaller and less-expensive battery into the vehicle. If this happens, it would come on the back of admissions from Mazda that its rotary engine could eventually be used as a range extender in electrified vehicles.

As for the e-Palette itself, Toyota imagines the vehicle as being highly customizable and finding use as a package delivery van, ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle.

Toyota intends on conducting tests with the vehicle in the early 2020s and could use it as a mobility service for athletes during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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Toyota’s Self-Driving e-Palette Delivery Pod Live From CES 2018 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 01 12th, 2018


The Toyota e-Palette Concept, which is currently on display at the CES convention, is a flexible, all-electric vehicle with autonomous driving that can take on various roles.

Toyota’s versatile study can be outfitted with purpose-built interiors depending on the user’s needs, and it can fulfill different roles, from pizza delivery to ride sharing.

“The automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change as technologies like electrification, connected and automated driving are making significant progress”, said Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda. “Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond.”

The Japanese automaker’s latest venture into the future of mobility is part of an alliance that includes partners such as Pizza Hut, Uber, Amazon, and Didi, and the manufacturer plans to conduct feasibility testing all over the world, including the United States, in the early 2020s.

This means that, if everything goes as planned, it might make it into production sometime in the next decade.

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First World Problems: Tesla Model 3 Owners Furious Over Lack Of An Alcantara Headliner 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 11th, 2018


The Tesla Model 3 is finally trickling into the hands of consumers but not everyone is happy with what they received.

As Autoblog discovered, a number of owners have taken to Twitter and Tesla forums to complain the $5,000 Premium Upgrade Package didn’t include an Alcantara headliner.

While this obviously seems like a first world problem, the Telsa Model 3 website simply mentions “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” The site doesn’t specifically mention Alcantara upholstery but the company has previously released interior photos which shown an Alcantara-like material.

Some people have chimed in saying their Model 3 has Alcantara instead of the new material and this has caused some buyers to complain that Tesla is pulling a “bait and switch.”

That doesn’t seem to be the case as Tesla regularly makes changes to their vehicles and a Tesla spokesperson told Electrek “As we continue to increase production of Model 3 and produce more high quality cars for customers, all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner found in our flagship Model S and Model X vehicles, which has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That probably won’t appease owners who were expecting an Alcantara headliner but the whole situation probably could have been avoided with better communication and more realistic photos showing customers exactly what they would receive.

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First World Problems: Tesla Model 3 Owners Furious Over Lack Of An Alcantara Headliner 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 11th, 2018


The Tesla Model 3 is finally trickling into the hands of consumers but not everyone is happy with what they received.

As Autoblog discovered, a number of owners have taken to Twitter and Tesla forums to complain the $5,000 Premium Upgrade Package didn’t include an Alcantara headliner.

While this obviously seems like a first world problem, the Telsa Model 3 website simply mentions “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” The site doesn’t specifically mention Alcantara upholstery but the company has previously released interior photos which shown an Alcantara-like material.

Some people have chimed in saying their Model 3 has Alcantara instead of the new material and this has caused some buyers to complain that Tesla is pulling a “bait and switch.”

That doesn’t seem to be the case as Tesla regularly makes changes to their vehicles and a Tesla spokesperson told Electrek “As we continue to increase production of Model 3 and produce more high quality cars for customers, all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner found in our flagship Model S and Model X vehicles, which has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That probably won’t appease owners who were expecting an Alcantara headliner but the whole situation probably could have been avoided with better communication and more realistic photos showing customers exactly what they would receive.

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MINI Says New EV Will Be A “Genuine MINI” With Unique Styling Cues 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, MINI, Reports on 01 11th, 2018


MINI’s head of design has revealed some new details about the company’s future and its upcoming electric vehicle.

In an interview-style press release, Oliver Heilmer said the company’s product range is “very good” but admitted “our path can not only be evolutionary.” As he explained, advances in technology are changing the world of design and MINI needs to look to a future with autonomous driving technology and electric mobility.

Speaking of technology, Heilmer said drivers should be able to “communicate and interact” with their MINI like friends instead of using menus and clicks. This change is coming pretty soon as the BMW Group has already announced plans to integrate Amazon’s Alexa into BMW and MINI models starting later this year.

Heilmer says he believes the “MINI in the future will be pure electric” and noted EVs give designers “whole new freedoms as far as interior space and proportions are concerned.”

MINI has plans to launch an electric vehicle in 2019 and it was recently previewed by a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Heilmer didn’t say much about the vehicle but stated it will be a “genuine MINI” and revealed its electric nature will be “visible in its details – e.g. unconventional and innovative details which reference the traditional MINI world but which at the same time combine it with new technologies.” He went on to say the model will benefit from 3D printing but stated “we’re still working intensively on the design and there are still decisions to be taken.”

Note: MINI Electric Concept pictured

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Nissan IMx Concept Makes U.S. Debut At CES 11
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Reports, SUV on 01 11th, 2018


The Nissan IMx Concept has made its U.S. debut at this year’s CES convention, and has taken center stage at the automaker’s booth.

Like the concept that was first unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the IMx on display in Las Vegas is painted in a shade of matte white that’s contrasted by a selection of bright red accents. Throw in a set of huge wheels with silver and black spokes and you have a head-turning concept that we hope won’t get too watered down in the production version.

The Japanese company recently confirmed that its new EV will not share its underpinnings with the Leaf, but use a bespoke platform instead.

Power for the IMx comes from two electric motors delivering a combined 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, while a large battery pack results in it having a range in excess of 373 miles (600 km).

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Porsche Working On An EV Supercar Platform Called SPE 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Electric Vehicles, Lamborghini, porsche, Reports, VW on 01 11th, 2018


Porsche is reportedly developing a platform dedicated to electric sports cars and supercars that will be shared with Lamborghini and Audi.

The new EV-specific architecture will be the third one VW Group creates and will go by the name SPE, Automotive News reports.

The first indication of the new EV supercar platform came as a footnote in a capital markets presentation by VW Group last November.

Aside from Porsche’s high-performance EVs, the new SPE platform could be used in future models like the replacement of the electric Audi R8 e-tron as well as in a possible new Lamborghini. After all, the Italian supercar maker did unveil the Terzo Millennio concept recently, as an electric supercar from the future.

A senior VW executive confirmed to AutoNews that Porsche is indeed developing an EV platform for two-door sports cars and supercars, with a spokesman saying that it’s too early to provide further details. “We do not want to comment on future projects in detail at the moment,” he said.

Information on the planned electric sports cars and supercars is really limited at the moment, with the first SPE-based models expected to hit the roads after 2025.

Note: Lamborghini Terzo Millenio concept pictured

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Kia Soul EV Gets Larger Battery, Improved Range For New MY 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Galleries, Kia, Kia Soul, new cars, prices, Reports on 01 11th, 2018


The electric version of the Kia Soul has entered its fourth year in the market, and changes made to it are quite considerable.

Quoting a document posted by EPA, InsideEVs states that the 2018 Kia Soul EV has a new 30kWh battery that replaces the old 27kWh version.

The extra 3kWh allow it to travel up to 111 miles (179km) on a single charge, or 18 miles (29km) longer than before, which bumps its combined MPGe to 108 from 105. Its range may not be as impressive as the Chevrolet Bolt’s 238 miles (383km), but is believed to help Kia sell more examples of the zero-emission Soul.

Previously available from an MSRP of $32,250, the Kia Soul EV has become a tad more expensive for the 2018MY, as it can be had from $33,950, as confirmed by the car marque’s official USA website. Opt for the 2018 Kia Soul EV+, though, with its extensive list of features, including leather trimmed seats, Park Assist, and others, and get ready to pay at least $35,950.

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Nissan Believes We’re Heading Towards An Efficient, Zero-Fatality Future 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Videos, Tech, video on 01 11th, 2018


Are you having trouble picturing the future of the automotive world in, let’s say, two decades from now? Well, here’s what Nissan thinks it will look like.

The following video, which showcases the automotive infrastructure in the year 2040, is based on the Japanese automaker’s Intelligent Mobility philosophy, which promises to redefine the way people interact with their vehicles.

The company claims it’s not just about connectivity or automation, but also zero-emissions and even Artificial Intelligence.

One of the technologies currently under development at Nissan is their B2V tech, which stands for Brain-to-Vehicle. This technology is based on detecting and predicting what the driver means to do, so that the vehicle can take action more quickly.

The Japanese automaker also wants us to imagine a world free of traffic, with red lights being a thing of the past. Driving the road of the future could also mean recharging your all-electric car on the go, using wireless charging lanes.

The best part is that, when the driver wants to assume control and enjoy driving on a nice twisty road, he or she will still have that option. Let’s hope Nissan is right about this one.

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Kia’s Current Sportage And Next Cee’d To Feature Mild-Hybrid Tech 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, Hybrids, Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Sportage, Reports on 01 10th, 2018


Like all manufacturers, Kia has to meet stricter emissions targets in Europe, and to do so it will electrify some of its models and launch some EVs.

The current Sportage and next generation Cee’d are two models that will arrive with a 48V mild-hybrid technology, Hyundai’s R&D chief, Woong Chul Yang, told AutoExpress.

“For Europe, there is demand for mild-hybrid 48-volt technology, so we are working on that for the Sportage, and for medium-sized SUVs, and we are working on that for the new Cee’d. This is to meet all those tough CO2 requirements”, Yang said.

The third-generation Kia Cee’d appears to be ready, in South Korea at least, where the car was recently spotted without any camo at all. However, it will make its European premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Aside from the confirmed mild-hybrid technology in Europe, the 2019 Cee’d will use several three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, most of which (if not all) will be shared with its Hyundai “cousin”, the i30.

Kia will also launch a fully electric variant of the Niro later this year, as previewed by the concept that debuted at CES, while the Stonic sub-compact SUV is also tipped to get an all-electric version as well.

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Vanderhall Brings Its Electric Edison Three-Wheeler To CES 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Electric Vehicles, Vanderhall, video on 01 10th, 2018


Vanderhall Motor Works has shown its new Edison2 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Originally unveiled last year, the model is essentially a Venice which has had its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine replaced by an electric powertrain that consists of a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors.

The front-wheel drive model has a combined output of 180 hp (134 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm) of torque. This enables the Edison2 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in four seconds before hitting a top speed of 105 mph (168 km/h). Thanks to the combination of lightweight construction and a large battery, the model can travel in excess of 200 miles (321 km) on a single charge.

The Edison2 comes equipped with LED headlights and heated seats. The model also features an aluminum chassis, a composite body, and a handful of components sourced from General Motors. However, the model pays tribute to an electric vehicle developed by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford so it can be “painted any color the customer wants — so long as it is black.”

Vanderhall is currently accepting orders and pricing starts at $34,950. The first deliveries are slated to occur in the second quarter of 2018 and reservations only cost $250.

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Byton Crossover Concept Shocks And Surprises At Las Vegas 10
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 01 10th, 2018


The Byton Crossover Concept has premiered at CES 2018 in the heart of Las Vegas looking just as intriguing as the press pictures revealed.

Unlike the concept unveiled a couple days ago, the car currently in Las Vegas is painted in a slightly less flattering shade of white. By no means does it look bad but we don’t think it looks as nice as the silver finish previously seen.

Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the Byton is eye-catching and for the most part, quite attractive. Perhaps our favorite feature is the intriguing LED daytime running lights that look as if they’re small cracks in a slab of volcanic rock with lava shining through.

Powering the Byton Crossover Concept is a drivetrain that offers roughly 250 miles of range in base specification and can be charged with 150 miles of range in a brisk 20 minutes. Furthermore, it will take just 30 minutes to charge the battery to 80 per cent of its capacity.

The Chinese startup intends on launching the production-spec vehicle in 2019 and equipping it with Level 3 autonomous technology. At a later date, it could be updated with Level 4 self-driving abilities.

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