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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Electric Semi Truck – What We Know So Far

If you are an avid TED Talk enthusiast, you probably have seen that long talk with Elon Musk in which he announced the Tesla Electric Semi Truck, an EV hauler that is poised to revolutionize commercial motoring. Since then Musk has been building up the hype, but he’s yet to reveal this potentially awesome creature. 

Musk was supposed to reveal the Tesla Electric Semi Truck on October 26, but the date was pushed (it’s set for November 16 now) due to the problems Tesla face with the production and delivery schedule of the new Model 3. So they decided to delay the debut of the truck to sort out the bottleneck issue on the Model 3 production line which is what caused the issue with deliveries not being on time. Besides that Musk has been busy helping out Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims and meeting with Turkey’s president.

But Elon keeps telling us the Tesla Electric Semi Truck is worth the wait. During that first TED talk he said he’s driven the thing and he was bowled over by how responsive and agile it felt. He went so far as comparing the truck to a sports car, which to be honest seems like a bit of a stretch. Looks-wise, all we have of this mysterious vehicle is some dark teaser images and grainy spy hots. Not that the design is the most important thing with a vehicle like this, but all the evidence suggest the Tesla Semi is going to be one good looking hauler.

Speaking of hauling, performance is what Tesla is most proud of when it comes to their truck. The projected range of around 300 miles is not mind-blowing for the size of the truck, but it is apparently such a powerful beast, Tesla reckons it’s going set new regional records in terms of the amount of cargo it can carry. They have even proposed a race in which Tesla Electric Semi Truck would pull a regular diesel truck up a hill. The EV truck will also boast high levels of autonomy, making the job of the driver at first easier and then non-existent.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Z.E. Smart Charge Optimizes Your EV’s Energy Use

Acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up specializing in the smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicle, Renault is trying, at least, to make electric motoring more appealing to customers. Renault Z.E. Smart Charge app is the first outcome of this partnership, and it lowers the cost of charging your electric vehicle by optimizing when and how it’s charged. 

It sounds great on the face of it, but Renault Z.E. Smart Charge does require you to put in the charge level you need and the departure time, and the app optimizes the management of vehicle charges to benefit as much as possible from renewable energy and the lowest prices. Now how would one know how much charge one needs for one’s travels, that requires calculation and mental work, and you could still get it wrong and give the app false data, which in turn results in inadequate charge and…

I don’t know, but this kind of goes against the whole point of owning a personal car, which is peace of mind, freedom, and enjoying the trip. The image Renault Z.E. Smart Charge paints of electric motoring makes us want to take an Uber instead!

“Pioneer in the electric vehicle, Renault confirms its leadership position by developing innovative partnerships. With Jedlix, we will provide new services to make charging – and thus the use of electric vehicles – even more easy and affordable,” explains Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicle, Renault.

“Our partnership with Groupe Renault will help us to create the best possible smart charging service and to offer its benefits to a large and diverse customer base throughout Europe”, says Ruben Benders, managing director of Jedlix.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz to Launch 10 Electric Models by 2022

Mercedes-Benz announced today they are “on the road to the future” with a three-prong assault on emission and fuel consumption. The strategy road has three lanes in which they boost their development of electric cars, step up their hybrid game, and try to further enhance internal combustion engines to use less fuel and emit less CO2. The plan calls for the release of ten electrified models by 2022. 

They seem to be well underway to achieve that goal. Already Mercedes-Benz has a range of cars ready to hit the road boasting some form of electrification. You have the C 350 e (saloon, estate and long-wheelbase version for the Chinese market), GLE 500 e 4MATIC, GLC 350 e 4MATIC, GLC Coupé 350 e 4MATIC and E 350 e, plus the new S 560 e, all of which incredibly efficient cars with combined fuel consumption of around 3.3–2.1 l/100 km and combined CO2 emissions: 78–48 g/km.

But Mercedes-Benz commitment to clean motoring goes beyond that and includes fully electric models such as smart vision EQ fortwo and Concept EQA, revealed at this year’s IAA, plus GLC F-CELL which shows Daimler has not yet given up on hydrogen fuel cells. What’s more, Mercedes-Benz Vans is developing fully electrically powered Vito and Sprinter model series vans. As for the old-fashioned internal combustion engines, Mercedes is on the search for new technologies to make their petrol and diesel units more efficient. Some of the new advances include NANOSLIDE cylinder wall coating, starter alternator (EQ Boost), 48-volt on-board electrical system and electrical booster compressor.

“All systems are go. We are investing more than ten billion euros in the development of our EQ vehicle portfolio alone,” says Ola Källenius who has been responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development since the start of the year. “By 2022 we will be bringing more than ten different all-electric vehicles to market. We will also be electrifying the entire Mercedes-Benz portfolio and our customers will thus have the choice of at least one electric alternative in every Mercedes-Benz model series, taking the total to 50 overall.”














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PostHeaderIcon General Motors Working on Autonomous Fuel Cell Platform

In an ambitious project which aims to “solve some of the toughest transportation challenges” General Motors is developing a flexible Autonomous Fuel Cell Platform. The full name of this platform is Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), and as you would expect where there is cool acronyms, U.S.Military is behind the thing. 

SURUS is designed as a commercial Autonomous Fuel Cell Platform. But being flexible means that it could be adapted for military use. Why is GM is stills flirting with hydrogen fuel cell when everybody else is already in bed with plug-in EVs is an intriguing question. Perhaps that’s because they already had the Hydrotec fuel cell technology and wanted to make good use of it. In any case, regardless of how the electricity is fed to the motors here, the SURUS is aimed at providing autonomous, high-performance, zero-emission propulsion to minimize logistical burdens and reduce human exposure to harm.

Besides the military application, boosted by inherent low heat signature and quiet operation, GM’s Autonomous Fuel Cell Platform could be of great use in natural disaster situations and the like. It is designed with truck chassis components so that it would have off road capabilities. The military angle of this project could also help with the whole hydrogen supply problem. With its immense resources the U.S. military could come up with the necessary technologies and infrastructures, which would in due course find their way to the civilian word.












“SURUS redefines fuel cell electric technology for both highway and off-road environments,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Business. “General Motors is committed to bringing new high-performance, zero-emission systems to solve complex challenges for a variety of customers.”

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PostHeaderIcon General Motors reveals 2 Chevrolet Bolt based Electric Cars

Despite the fact that fuel controlled SUVs are what individuals are purchasing now, General Motors is wagering that electric vehicles will be extremely popular not long from now.

General Motors has conferred its future to electric transportation and has uncovered their plans to build 20 new electric autos, with two in light of the Chevrolet Bolt coming in the following two years. General Motors is focusing on electric autos with plans to produce “no less than” 20 new models amongst now and 2023.

The automaker likewise affirmed that it will discharge two of those in the following year and a half, and guarantees that the new models will be “based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.”

Mark Reuss, General Motors official VP of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain said: “General Motors believes in an all-electric future.”

And also added:

Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.

The auto creator likewise said in the public statement that the autos will oblige diverse driver’s needs and a “zero emissions future will require more than just battery technology.”

Notwithstanding the disclosure about its energized future the automaker likewise presented SURUS — the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure — a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that is driven by two electric engines. SURUS could be utilized as a zero-discharges conveyance vehicle, truck or even emergency vehicle, guarantees GM.

Autos made under the new electric arrangement will be sold through its auxiliaries, for example, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands.

With the initial two autos in line with the Bolt we could see more opponents to “standard” autos, for example, the Nissan Leaf and even Tesla Model 3. The Bolt is the nearest adversary to the Model 3 as of now available, yet delivers essentially less range.

With GM expressing that they need to make vehicles to take into account its tremendous client base we could finally see some high-miler electric vehicles enter production over the next few years.

Let’s hope for the best!

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PostHeaderIcon Brand Ambassador Margot Robbie Outlines Nissan Electric Ecosystem

Nissan Futures 3.0 event in Oslo included many exciting facets such as the European launch of the new 2018 LEAF. But the whole thing was planned to introduce the Nissan Electric Ecosystem plan the Japanese company has come up with to make electric driving a more enticing proposition. And they’ve got just the right girl to help promote this… the latest Hollywood queen Margot Robbie.

Now, you might be thinking Margot Robbie only accepted the role of Nissan electric vehicle brand ambassador because they have paid her a truck full of cash. And that’s true. But this whole Nissan Electric Ecosystem thing goes deeper than that. There is a humanitarian side to this effort that wants to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people live without access to it, which is what attracted a name like Margot Robbie to the project.

So if you, like us, could not be bothered to read about some boring electrification scheme by a Japanese car maker, just sit back and let Margot explain what Nissan Electric Ecosystem is all about. Just try not to get lost in those eyes!

Margot Robbie says: ‘The world is going electric, but the sad fact is that so many people around the world still don’t have access to a reliable source of electricity at all. Projects like the ones Nissan has announced today have the potential to make a genuine difference to people’s lives and help build a cleaner, safer, fairer future for everyone.’

Nissan Electric Ecosystem pilot projected will be implemented in three phases in 2018. First, it builds a micro-grid system that will provide a power source for local communities in a developing country who don’t have sustainable access to energy. Second is applying Electric Ecosystem principals, including equipping a residential building with a solar power system, Nissan xStorage, vehicle-to-grid technology and new Nissan LEAFs for car-sharing. Third phase is partnering with organisations in areas most likely to be affected by natural disasters to uncover ways Nissan people and technologies can help.



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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan LEAF Makes European Debut at Futures 3.0 Conference

Today the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF was introduced to the European audience during the Nissan Futures 3.0 conference. Turns out the new LEAF heralds the dawn f a new electric era for Nissan. And it’s not just about the cars, either. It’s electric ecosystem they want to implement. 

In plain English, that covers everything from electric powertrains, to additional infrastructure investment, battery charging and home storage advances. Nissan also claims they can give their EV customers free power with something they call “bi-directional charging technology.” It has to do with getting energy from the grid when you need it and then giving it back when you don’t. Or something like that. They’ve been testing this system in Denmark and apparently it’s been pretty successful.

The conference also highlight Nissan’s advances in battery technology. They’ve come up with this 7kW home charger that allows Nissan electric vehicle owners to achieve 100% charge in just 5.5 hours. There’s also a 22kW charger that goes even faster, capable of charging your Nissan EV in just 2 hours. In terms of infrastructure they have committed themselves to expanding their charging network by 20% over the next 18 months. That means an addition of 1,000 fast chargers to the 4,600 already installed throughout Europe.

But the man (car) of the hour… the 2018 Nissan LEAF. Boasting a range of 378km/235miles on a single charge and packed with technologies such as ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system, e-Pedal, and ProPILOT Park, this hatchback is all set to reconquer the compact EV market and hold it for a good while. They also revealed the e-NV200 at the show, but despite its bigger size – it’s a van – this one has less range at 280km/174miles.

Nissan Futures 3.0 Conference Highlights:

  • LAUNCHES NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES: Launches new Nissan LEAF with Special ’2.ZERO’ Version for Europe and unveils Nissan e-NV200 van with new advanced battery giving businesses an extra 100km of range
  • CONFIRMS INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITMENT: Nissan expands Europe’s largest fast charger infrastructure network by 20%, announcing 1,000 additional quick charger installations – from 4,600 today to 5,600 – over next 18 months.
  • UNVEILS NEW EXPANDED RANGE OF HOME & OFFICE CHARGERS: Announces commercial launch of new 7 kW double-speed charger for the home, new 22kW charger for business, and 100% renewable energy storage & charging unit
  • REVEALS REVOLUTIONARY ‘FREE POWER FOR EV’s’ BREAKTHROUGH: Ground-breaking commercial approach to give customers free power for their EV using unique Nissan bi-directional charging technology

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PostHeaderIcon Dyson to Build Electric Cars

British inventor, Sir James Dyson, announced this week that his company will spend over $2.7 billion to build a swoon-worthy, zero-emissions vehicle by the year 2020.

Dyson, known for developing vacuum cleaners, fans and dryers, is turning the industrial focus to something bigger: electric vehicles. The vacuum cleaner maker will invest 2.7 billion dollars in a car model expected to hit the market by 2020.

James Dyson, the founder, announced that he hopes to develop an innovative model for the roads and will invest $2.7 billions producing a project that has been developing in the last two years. The project is not in the dark and it is not really a process from scratch. The company produces electrical components such as batteries and motors for home appliances, a breakthrough in the development of cars.

The British Dyson still has no name disclosed and besides the announcement made by the manufacturer, little is known about this novelty. It is known, however, that about four hundred people are involved in the development of the car, and some are being recruited.

Recently, Sir James wrote in an email to his staff:

Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Audi e-tron FE04 Formula E electric Racer Revealed for New Season

In a fairly extravagant ceremony in Neuburg last night Audi reveled their new Formula E contender. Backed by ABT and with full support of the company, the Audi e-tron FE04 is set to take the brand into the future of motorsport and, hopefully, repeat the success they had in Le Mans only a few years ago. 

The development of Audi e-tron FE04 and the subsequent technical work that is required to keep it competitive will in the long run benefit Audi’s road-going electric cars as well. After all, motorsport has always been the laboratory in which new technologies were put to rigorous test before making their way to production cars. Formula E is a bit more restricted than regular motorsport, that’s true, but teams can still do developmental work on the motor, transmission, parts of the suspension and the respective software. So there is a lot room for R&D here.

Dressed in a special livery featuring white, metallic green and black, Audi e-tron FE04 Formula E racer will be driven by veteran Luca Di Grassi and youngster Daniel Abt. They are a true “dynamic duo,” having scored 24 podiums, six victories and four pole positions in the 33 races held to date. And they have as their boss and mentor no other than the great Scott, Allan McNish, whose glorious resume features stints in Formula 1 and Le Mans. The Audi e-tron FE04 will make its racing debut at the Formula E season opener in Hong Kong on December 2, 2017.

“After nearly 40 years of being successfully active in motorsport on the highest level, Audi now becomes the first German automobile manufacturer to compete in Formula E in order to test and advance the development of new technologies for production,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “Following quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many other innovations, our first single-seater race car is a portent of our product offensive in the field of electric mobility that we are ringing in with the Audi e-tron in 2018.” At the IAA, Audi announced having more than 20 electrified models in its range even before 2025 including Plug-in-hybrids and fully electric cars.









 

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot eF01 Electric Bicycle Launches in France

While other car makers are stepping up their electric game with new, well, cars, Peugeot decided to start small.They have just come up with this foldable electric bicycle called Peugeot eF01. It’s a tiny scooter with a small electric motor, and it costs €1,999.

Peugeot eF01 Electric Bicycle seems like an excellent mode of transportation to get about in busy cities like Paris or London. But you have to admit it is not a terribly dignified way of getting about. I mean, unless you are one of the models in the pictures, chances are you will look like a complete dork on this thing! But hey, that’s a small price to pay to move around the city with ease, dodging the traffic and not causing any pollution.






The idea is that you come to the center of the town, park your car, and unfold your Peugeot eF01 Electric Bicycle for getting into the the congestion zones or other areas where taking a car would be a pain in the butt. The eF01 weighs only 18 kilograms and can be folded or unfolded in three simple moves. It has a lithium-ion battery for a range of up to 30 km, it can reach 20 km/h, and it comes with disc brakes for safety. The eF01 can be stored and charged in the boot of any vehicle that has a 12-volt outlet, such as the new 3008 and 5008.

It’s all good and well, but I would rather walk that last 10 or 20 km than to be seen on a scooter like this. Or, I would take a cab for like 20 euros instead of shelling out two grand for one of these.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Type Zero Is the Ultimate Restomod

Jaguar Land Rover Classic, a division of the British company dealing with their vintage models, ha come with something truly electric. No it’s actually, literally electric. The Jaguar E-Type Zero is a restomoded version of the old beauty powered by an electric powertrain. 

The zero in Jaguar E-Type Zero refers to the fact that it’s a zero-emission vehicle. That is thanks to a bespoke electric powertrain developing 220kW. It enables the Zero, based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. Best of all, it is located in the same place as the engine, so there is no issue with weight balance. the electric motor is fitted to the rear of the battery pack.

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Jaguar E-Type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km (about 170 miles), helped by the low weight and good aerodynamics. It uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight and takes about seven hours. It is a little peculiar driving an E-Type without the raspy soundtrack of a not-so-reliable petrol engine, but the Zero enables you to enjoy the amazing looks of the E-Type without any of the mechanical issues that plague even the best preserved original.






The E-Type Zero is not officially available for sale, but the Classic division does accept inquiries about it, which means they are probably open to making a limited number of copies for a potentially eye-watering price. E-type Zero makes world debut during Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Honda Clarity Electric – Pricing and Specs

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After a not so successful experiment with fuel cells Honda has now switched the Clarity to electric and plug-in hybrid in the hope that they would turn this car into a success. We shall soon find out if they are onto something as the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is tarting to arrive at select dealerships in California and Oregon.

Just like its fuel cell sibling, Honda Clarity Electric is lease-only, at least for now, with a competitive lease price of $269 (plus tax) a month for 36 months, with allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance.

The lease, which reflects a federal tax credit built in, requires $1,730 down plus the first month’s lease payment due at signing (not including tax, registration or official fees). In addition, if they apply, California and Oregon customers may qualify for their state’s rebates of $2,500 once they become available.

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As for what kind of electric car you get with the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric, the powertrain is a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque getting juice from a 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The pack does well in charging, getting full in just over three hours on a 240 volt outlet with fast charger with the ability to get 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. The equivalent economy figures for this output 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined). Sadly the range is pretty terrible at just 89 miles on a full charge.

Some of the premium features that set the Clarity Electric apart from rivals include Cobalt Blue Pearl exterior color, 18 inch alloys, 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.

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PostHeaderIcon Bollinger B1 Electric SUV Officially Unveiled

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The success of Tesla has inspired a number of other startups to try and come up with electric vehicle that could potentially become the next Model S. An American firm called Bollinger Motors is trying that in the SUV segment with the all-new Bollinger B1 which is a “back to basic, no-nonsense” utility vehicle. 

They’re not kidding, the Bollinger B1 does look pretty basic. This is, we imagine, what every 8-year old would draw on the back of his school books after seeing a cool SUV on the street. The B1 makes the Defender look like Lexus. But don’t let that ultra-simplicity fol you, because this ugly bastard has some fairly sophisticated underpinnings. It boasts all-aluminum chassis with a high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel rollover structure, and 4-wheel independent, hydro-pneumatic suspension. It’s also pretty light which makes it agile and maneuverable.

Then there is the electric powertrain which is the heart of Bollinger B1 Electric SUV. It’s a high-output system with 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque which translates into a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph. With that kind of performance the range is not going to be good. The production B1 will offer two lithium ion battery pack options: 60 kWh or 100 kWh, producing either 120 miles or 200 miles in range. One thing we don’t get though, who is the B1 for? I mean, the Hollywood elite sure aren’t going to be interested in this when they have the Model X, and the farmer down in Ohio or wherever who would use a utilitarian vehicle like this probably thinks Electric Vehicle is a Commie plot.

Still, good effort.

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PostHeaderIcon Bollinger B1 Electric SUV Officially Unveiled

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The success of Tesla has inspired a number of other startups to try and come up with electric vehicle that could potentially become the next Model S. An American firm called Bollinger Motors is trying that in the SUV segment with the all-new Bollinger B1 which is a “back to basic, no-nonsense” utility vehicle. 

They’re not kidding, the Bollinger B1 does look pretty basic. This is, we imagine, what every 8-year old would draw on the back of his school books after seeing a cool SUV on the street. The B1 makes the Defender look like Lexus. But don’t let that ultra-simplicity fol you, because this ugly bastard has some fairly sophisticated underpinnings. It boasts all-aluminum chassis with a high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel rollover structure, and 4-wheel independent, hydro-pneumatic suspension. It’s also pretty light which makes it agile and maneuverable.

Then there is the electric powertrain which is the heart of Bollinger B1 Electric SUV. It’s a high-output system with 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque which translates into a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph. With that kind of performance the range is not going to be good. The production B1 will offer two lithium ion battery pack options: 60 kWh or 100 kWh, producing either 120 miles or 200 miles in range. One thing we don’t get though, who is the B1 for? I mean, the Hollywood elite sure aren’t going to be interested in this when they have the Model X, and the farmer down in Ohio or wherever who would use a utilitarian vehicle like this probably thinks Electric Vehicle is a Commie plot.

Still, good effort.

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PostHeaderIcon NIO EP9 Sets New Nurburgring Lap Record

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It wasn’t that long ago that the new electric super car NIO EP9 shook the auto world by setting the world’s quickest autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, but already they have broken yet another record. This one was their own, the EP9’s Nurburgring lap record which the new attempt improved by nearly three seconds. 

In this new attempt NIO Ep9, this time with a driver at the wheel, managed to go around the Green Hell in 6 minutes 45.900 seconds. As you can see in the video the lap was largely silent except for wind and tire noise, but you can feel the g forces produced by the car’s 1360PS (1342 bhp) being unleashed even in the footage. The EP9 has a top speed of 313kph (194mph) and accelerates from 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 7.1 seconds.

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By now I’m sure you all want one of these NIO EP9s and why wouldn’t you, it’s awesome. But there is a slight problem with that, and that is they are making only ten built-to-order cars each with a base price of 1.48 million USD. So even if you have the money you still may not be able to get one.

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“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9. In the inclemental weather that the Nürburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km (12.9m) ‘Green Hell’, one of which was in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time. This is a fabulous achievement for NIO and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade,” said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal, NIO.

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PostHeaderIcon Faraday Future FFZERO1 Unveiled at CES

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The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the ideal place for the debut of an all-electric super car which is challenging the crown of all the big boys in the gasoline league. This is Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept, and it’s an electric race car claiming some seriously big numbers.

Now, we have seen concepts like this, created by visionary but often overly ambitious startups, coming and going before without offering something of practical substance. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Faraday Future FFZERO1. For starters, it is created by a team of eccentric looking pioneers which is always a good sing. What’s more, the idea is so crazy, it might just work.

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The powertrain in Faraday Future FFZERO1 is a quad-core electric system which means it has one electric motor per wheel with a total output of over 1,000 horsepower. That power has to carry a lightweight and extremely aerodynamic body made from carbon fiber and composites, shielding an interior that features stuff like smart-phone integrated steering wheel, augmented reality, and NASA-inspired zero-gravity driver’s seat for optimum comfort and reduced fatigue during a race. The car claims a 0-60 time of 3 seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph.

Faraday Future is planning to build a mega factory in Las Vegas and then get busy producing electric vehicles based on the technologies used in the FFZERO1.

Faraday Future FFZERO1 highlights:

Powertrain

    4 Quad Core Motors with over 1,000 horsepower

    0-60 in less than 3 seconds

    Top speed: +200MPH

Interior

    Single seat occupancy surrounded by newly developed high-performance materials

    A fully-connected car featuring intuitive UI for integration between virtual and head-up displays

    Smartphone-connected remote vehicle setup and anticipatory personalization; capable of live analysis of vehicle systems

Exterior

    Innovative carbon fiber and lightweight composite construction

    Advanced high performance racing suspension

    Advanced vehicle dynamic control and torque vectoring

    Radically reduced drag and battery cooling through aero tunnel design

The post Faraday Future FFZERO1 Unveiled at CES appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept Revealed

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If you were wondering what will be the next step for the technologically-advanced BMW i8, it’s hydrogen fuel cell. BMW has just taken the wraps off an i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell prototype being readied for 2020 production. It looks and works differently from the current i8.

Those with a more than superficial knowledge of cars know that electric vehicles aren’t really the answer to the transportation problems of the future, owing to the fact that they have limited range and long recharge time. What’s more, the electricity that feeds these cars come from large power stations, most of which burn fossil fuel to create that electricity.

So most experts unanimously agree that hydrogen fuel cell is a more viable solution for the riddle of future powertrains. There is a virtually endless supply of hydrogen here on earth and it can create electricity emitting nothing but H2O, which is water. Most car makers these days have at least one HFCV prototype. But these cars have their own set of unique problems, chief among of which is the production and distribution of liquid hydrogen. That’s why they are losing the battle to EVs, which are already up and running.

That brings us back to the BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell which boasts a rear-mounted electric motor fed by a stack of fuel cells in the middle of the chassis. Currently, the output of the system is rated at 250 horsepower, but it could be improved in future versions. The car also looks substantially different, and even more futuristic, than the hybrid i8.

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