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PostHeaderIcon Advantages of an electric car

Maybe you have been saving money for a while, ready to purchase your first electric car. Maybe you are just the victim of a car total loss, not at fault. Either way, you are considering purchasing an eco-friendly electric car, but you are on the fence a little bit.

Well, in this article we are going to talk about the huge number of benefits of using an electric car.

Cheaper to run

An electric vehicle, once you have the charging station and the car, costs a whole lot less than a normal petrol guzzling vehicle. With the ability to run at a price that is around one third the cost of buying petrol, the savings add up really quickly. If you want to work out exactly how much you can save, head to this fuel savings calculator here.

Cheaper to maintain

A car powered by an electric battery has a lot less to go wrong when compared to a combustion engine. You rarely have to service them, and the parts that could go wrong cost a lot less than your usual petrol culprits like the injectors or radiator.

Batteries do wear out eventually; however, although most electric car manufacturers guarantee their car batteries for around eight years.

Environment

Obviously, being better for the environment is one of the main selling points for electric vehicles. Electric cars produce less pollution and exhaust emotions. Well, technically electric cars produce 0 emissions.

To add to the eco-friendliness of your car, you can charge your electric car with renewable energy. Many Americans have gone the extra mile and built their own solar battery stations. During the day these fill up with renewable, eco-friendly electricity, you can then use this electricity to charge your car at night. This essentially makes your car completely carbon neutral.

Electric cars are usually created from a more eco-friendly standpoint material-wise too. For example, Ford’s electric range is made up of only recycled materials. The Nissan Leaf has bodywork, and an interior made up of green materials too.

Health Benefits

Reducing the pollution we create improves the quality of air that we breathe. The better air quality will lead to fewer health problems. Electric cars also produce less noise pollution.

Safety

Recent studies have proven that many of the features found in an electric car improve our safety. They are less likely to roll in a crash, due to their lower center of gravity. They are also much less likely to set on fire after a collision due to their construction. They also weigh less than your usual car, so if you hit someone or something, you will do less damage.

After reading all of these benefits, I’m sure your mind has been made up. Electric cars are the future, the sooner we all embrace them the better our planet and health will be. As electric car prices get lower and lower, is it the end of the original petrol combustion engine?

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Cybertruck vs GMC Hummer EV

If you asked us – or anyone else in the automotive news sphere, for that matter – even two years ago which segment would be the hottest for electric cars in 2020, probably the only one we wouldn’t mention was pickup trucks. But as it turns out, many car makers are convinced that in order to make it big in the electric market, they need to go big. And what better way to go big than pickup trucks? The thing is though, these new, ultra-modern electric pickups are nothing like their fossil-fuel-guzzling predecessors. They are a world apart. In this article we will look at two of the hottest electric trucks set to come out over the next few years and try to determine which one does the whole “truck of the future” thing better. This is Tesla Cybertruck vs GMC Hummer EV.

Now, the paragraph above might imply that these slick new trucks are more gimmicky toys than utilitarian vehicles. In other words, they are just marketing stunts, and that the job hauling stuff will still be delegated to the old-fashioned, real trucks. That is not so. The Cybertruck or the yet-to-be-revealed Hummer EV might be all fancy and sleek and high-tech, but they can hold their own against anything with Ram, Raptor or Sierra badge on it. They come with big beds, and what’s more, because they are equipped with space-age electric motors, they have oodles of torque, which of course means they can carry more, tow more, and generally do more work than their ICE cousins.

With that out of the way, let’s get back to the original topic for this piece, which is which one of these two, Tesla Cybertruck or the Hummer EV, is the right truck for the future. Granted, the Hummer is not even revealed in full yet at the time of this writing in February 2020. However, we do have a fairly good idea what this is thing is going to look like, and judging by the teasers and previews, we also have a decent understanding of its performance. It does, for example, go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds, which is mighty impressive. As for the Cybertruck, we have all seen and heard much about it. It can out-accelerate a Porsche Turbo, tow many times its weight, and go a good few miles before running out of juice. And all of that is down to the magic of electric motor’s instant torque and some big-ass batteries.

That’s all well and good. What those specs mean is, there is nothing really in it between these two in terms of raw performance and capabilities. We reckon the criteria for judging which truck is more future-proof really comes down to looks and interior tech. That is pretty much what it has come down to, not just with trucks, but all the other categories of modern cars. It is about how outlandish you can make the vehicle look while remaining within the boundaries of State regulations, and how much tech stuff (read interactive screens) can you cram inside the dashboard. And what usually gets sacrificed in the quest to make the car more geek-friendly is taste. I think we can safely say that neither the Cyberthingy nor the pansy Hummer are tasteful cars. But that is beside the point. What matters is if Gen-Z, or whatever they’re identifying as these days, approve of them.

Rendering via Car&Driver

And in that sense, it is fairly obvious, Tesla Cybertruck has the edge over the more “ordinary” looking Hummer EV by GMC. One would imagine that the inspiration for the design of this truck was the new-fangled ideas about non-binary genders and all that. What we mean is, the public perception appears to be that the more “extraordinary” you are these days, the cooler you are. So Tesla just went mad and came up with the pickup truck equivalent of Caitlyn Jenner. So it might seem that the Hummer EV – cool and steampunk-y though it sure is – has no chance. If we were to put money on it though, we’d bet on the GMC. You see, the Cybertruck is such a niche thing, only a few Youtubers are going to buy it in order to feature it on their channels. The more “regular” customers, shall we say, will go for the less alien Hummer. So if you gauge the success of a model by how many it sells, like a rational person should, we’d say GMC Hummer EV takes the cake here.

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PostHeaderIcon Is EU’s Push For More Electrified Cars Realistic?

According to a new ruling by the European Commission, 40 percent of all new cars sold in the continent by 2030 must be zero or low-emission vehicles. That is basically the driving force behind the new onslaught of electric and electrified models unleashed by all major manufacturers. They were once forced to lower their average CO2 levels by downsizing and adding more economy models to their range. Now they have to completely eliminate a big chink of it, if they want to sell cars in Europe.

The challenge wasn’t that easy the first time around, but those plucky car makers pulled it off. The big ones like Volkswagen, or Hyundai, or Peugeot, they sailed through as they make a whole range of small, eco-minded cars that lower the average for the entire range and balance out the lumps of CO2 emitted by their more high-performance models. Other, more niche automakers such as Maserati, Ferrari and Aston Martin resorted to a bag of tricks that includes downsizing, turbocharging or, in Aston’s case, releasing a stupid city dweller based on a stupider Toyota model to even things out. The point is, they managed to meet the target set for them by the EU top brass, none of whom has the faintest idea how cars work and what are the challenges of making them more fuel efficient.

These days, though, car makers have to go two or three steps further than that in order to retain their licenses to sell cars in Europe. And while the whole electrification revolution that seems to be sweeping the land might seem an excellent solution to this at first glance, there are some underlying issues that stop things from being peachy keen.

The old-fashioned hybrids where you had a small electric motor supplementing the internal combustion unit are a thing of the past. Everybody soon caught up with the fact that those are just normal cars with a green badge to fool people and legislators. These days it’s the plug-in hybrid that’s in vogue, and where they differ from their non-plug-in counterparts is that by virtue of boasting a plug – hence the name – these are in essence electric cars capable of driving solely on electric power. They also come with larger batteries and they are set up in a way to give more weight to the EV side than the ICE side. Now, these are the real eco cars that could and would meet the new standards, at least until regulations get tighter and call for more fully electric cars, or they come up with hybrids with the electric motor as the dominant element and the combustion unit as the lackey.

All good and gooey, but the trouble with most, if not all, of the plug-in hybrids today is that they are by and large very uninteresting cars. And that would be find, were it not for that 40 percent sales target the esteemed brains at the European Commission have deemed reasonable. The PHEVs of our time are not exactly what you would call a “hit”, which means they are not going to achieve the kind of sales figures the rule makers are entertaining. The interesting ones are the “electrified” cars like those electrically-boosted Merc-AMGs, or e-hybrid BMWs. And they all cost an arm and a leg to purchase, which again means they are not going to be high-volume sellers.

And as for the fully electric cars, the issues of range and charge still remain largely unsolved, rendering them less than a viable option, at least in the near future. Not that any of these will make the decision makers to reconsider their positions. By increasingly toughening up the regulations they will eventually force the car makers to find a solution, and that solution is invariably a compromise on the product’s appeal and desirability.

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PostHeaderIcon Back to the Future: An Inside Look at Toyota’s New Hydrogen Fuel Car

Doc and Marty McFly – eat your heart out. It has happened. Toyota has done it. Well, they’ve done it again.

Toyota brought us the first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in the year 2015. However, more recently, they have engineered and developed an even more stellar version of the original.

Enter the 2021 Toyota Mirai.

This innovative hydrogen fuel car has the potential to save drivers an incredible amount of money on gas, as well as slash emissions by over 30%.

Hydrogen for fuel has become a reality that we’ve only dreamed of happening. Further, it’s created a whole new market for those of us looking to save the environment and save our money.

Check out why this car and its hydrogen fuel are speeding us into the future.

Hydrogen + Oxygen = The Future of Cars

Who knew that combining hydrogen and oxygen could create the electricity to run a car motor?

Well, as it would turn out, the forward-thinking car companies of Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai know how to harness this powerful energy.

Here’s how Toyota has emerged as the front-runner in the FCEV car category.

What is a Hydrogen Fuel Car?

Exactly as the name implies, a hydrogen fuel car runs entirely on hydrogen fuel that runs an electric motor.

Simply put, it’s a more efficient electric car that has a longer driving range.

The beauty of hydrogen fuel cars is their byproduct. When used as electric fuel, the byproduct is only water and heat. That means zero emissions are coming from a tailpipe of any hydrogen fuel cars.

The best part is that a hydrogen fuel car can be filled up at a hydrogen fueling station instead of requiring a plug-in to an electric outlet. Most times, hydrogen fueling takes about ten minutes, which is comparable to regular fuel-driven cars.

The typical hydrogen fuel car range is pretty similar to cars that run on fuel. The 2021 Toyota Mirai’s range will be close to 400 miles, which is quite a bit more than many gas-powered cars on the road.

How Does Hydrogen Work as a Fuel Option?

Hydrogen powers a car in the exact same way it powers a rocket. Instead of launching the vehicle into space, it simply thrusts a car forward with incredible power.

FCEV’s are still electric cars; they just don’t have to be plugged in to move. A hydrogen fuel car is filled up at a hydrogen fueling station in a way that is almost identical to how we fill up our gas guzzlers, nowadays. Open the tank, insert the fuel nozzle, and fill ‘er up.

The biggest difference is how the hydrogen fuel is turned into the energy that can power a car. It’s all about the chemical reaction.

Hydrogen is filled into the gas tank, and then it mixes with oxygen in the air to create the energy needed to move a car forward and backward. It’s simple science for the engineers; it’s mind-blowing information for us laypeople.

Is It Safe?

For anyone that has ever read a history book about the Hindenburg explosion, there is one underlying question that we may all share in regards to a hydrogen fuel car.

Is it safe?

Hydrogen is super explosive. It only takes one-tenth of the energy of regular gas to combust. So, what happens in a car accident involving a hydrogen fuel car? Are we looking at a massive explosion that can decimate an entire city?

No. Here’s why.

Hydrogen fuel cell tanks have been ingeniously crafted. Let’s say one of these futuristic fuel cell vehicle crashes and (gasp) the fuel tank is punctured.

No need to panic. Fuel cell tanks in cars like the Toyota Mirai are pressurized up to 10,000 psi. Since hydrogen is incredibly lightweight, it just seeps right out into the atmosphere. No drama. No explosion.

How Much Will It Cost?

When we think about the technology that is running a hydrogen fuel car, the price seems to cloud our minds.

Electric cars entered the auto market with a hefty price tag and haven’t really come down in price, much. The same was definitely true for FCEVs that used to cost upwards of $100,000.

However, now that hydrogen fuel cars in California are becoming quite the hot commodity, prices are becoming a bit more reasonable.

The Toyota Mirai starts in the mid to high $50’s, which is a fair price considering it looks a lot like a sporty little car and has some really worthwhile interior options and upgrades.

One of the benefits of cars that aren’t totally new to the marketplace is that used options are becoming available more frequently, especially at this trusted dealership.

Where Can I Buy One?

If you live on the east coast of the continental United States, you’re probably not going to find a hydrogen fuel car anytime soon.

Currently, the only place where hydrogen fueling stations exist is on the west coast. California and the border of Washington and Canada are the only locations where these hydrogen pump stations operate.

However, if you live in either of these two states, you should get your name on the list for the 2021 Toyota Mirai. With growing concerns about climate change effects across the globe, this seems to be the way the auto industry is going in terms of manufacturing and production.

Get ahead of the car curve. Pave the road for the future of the automobile industry.

Let’s Go Places

Doc and Marty were onto something when they spruced up the DeLorean.

The future of transportation will no longer rely on fossil fuels. We’re trying to race back to space and to Mars. So, it’s no wonder that we’re trying to race towards zero emissions and cars that operate on rocket fuel.

Think you may be ready to leave your gas guzzler in the dust? Ready to save the planet one hydrogen fueled gas tank at a time?

Trade your car in, today and get an electric deal on a new, and eco-friendly set of wheels. Your futuristic chariot awaits!

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PostHeaderIcon What are the best road trip routes for Electric Car drivers?

According to new research from Compare The Market, electric vehicles have shot up in popularity in recent years, with more consumers seeking an eco-friendlier way of getting around. Luckily, there are many brilliant countries around the world that make travelling in electric cars convenient, providing numerous charging locations and stations to ensure you never run out of power on the road. These are some of the best road trip routes for EV users that don’t disappoint in terms of attractions and scenic vistas.

Bergen to Trondheim

The journey from Bergen to Trondheim in Norway is one of the most breath-taking in Europe and takes just under 11 hours to complete. The route itself covers a distance of 434 miles in total but it offers electric vehicle users 132 charging locations along the way, making it one of the best in Europe in terms of convenience. The actual trip only requires two charges for the average electric car, so you can spend more time admiring the views and stopping off at the highlights along the way which include Forde and Fossbergom.

Amsterdam to Maastricht

Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities for holiday-goers, but the road trip from Amsterdam to Maastricht shouldn’t be overlooked. This drive takes in the likes of Utrecht and Hertogenbosch and takes two hours 11 minutes to complete. Although the distance between the two locations is just 132 miles and only requires EV drivers to stop off once to recharge, they have plenty of options in terms of where along the route to call in. There are 250 charging locations along this route, making it a great road trip option for EV drivers.

Calgary to Vancouver

Calgary to Vancouver covers a distance of 604 miles and can be completed end to end in just under 10 hours 30 minutes. The stunning scenery that this route provides makes it the perfect road trip to embark on, particularly as an EV driver as there are 201 charging locations along the route. To complete this journey, the average electric vehicle will require three charges. Some of the highlights you won’t want to miss along the way include the Glacier National Park, Burnaby and Mount Temple.

Chicago to New Orleans

The route from Chicago to New Orleans may be the longest on this list at 13 hours 30 minutes, but it’s also one of the most spectacular. This American road trip requires four charges from start to finish, but there are 137 possible charging locations to choose from en route. Spanning a distance of 925 miles, the drive also takes in Memphis and Mississippi in addition to the two tourist favourites of Chicago and New Orleans.

Osaka to Tokyo

If you’re seeking an electric road trip in Japan, one of the best you can choose is Osaka to Tokyo which takes around six hours to complete. The distance between these two iconic locations is 307 miles and despite only requiring one charge, there is a staggering 250 possible charging locations to pick from to make the journey easier. The sights along the way make this a truly memorable road trip, including Kyoto, Kanagawa and Mount Asama.

Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

At just over eight hours of driving, the route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in South Africa covers an impressive distance of 465 miles. Electric vehicle drivers will need to factor in two stops to recharge but there is a choice of ten charging locations along this particular route. South Africa’s awe-inspiring scenery sets the backdrop to this EV road trip, including sights such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Stormsriver, Jeffreys Bay and Swellendam.

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PostHeaderIcon The Missing Link in Electric Motoring

If there is one thing you can put your finger on as the overarching theme of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), it’s that it was decidedly electric. No, we don’t mean thrilling and exciting. Literally electric. And that’s fine and all, but a keen observer cannot help but notice that the EV scene is growing asymmetrically, as it were.

What we mean by that is, everything happening vis-a-vis the growth of electric motoring is happening at the either ends of the spectrum. You have the very high-end supercars and super saloons at one end, and city-dwelling hatchbacks at the other. The middle bit, which counts for the biggest chunk of the market, well, it is conspicuously under-represented. It is as though car makers have decided to each take up only one segment, with luxury brands going for the top end, and economy makers sticking to the lower stuff.

For a fan of electric motoring wandering through the IAA, that meant a leap from the small and cutesy VW ID.3 city car, all the way to things like the immensely impressive, immensely expensive Porsche Taycan. If said EV enthusiast was looking for, say, a mid-range sedan with a decent zero-emission powertrain, he was out of luck. For some reason this category of vehicle has yet to be recognized as a viable business model, even though, theoretically at least, it would offer the EV its best chance of going mainstream.

Part of the reason for that, as I’m sure you are all thinking it right now, is because of SUVs and crossovers. Those are what have caused the regular sedan market to diminish significantly over the past few years, and they seem to be doing the same in the world of electric motoring. The thing is though, auto makers don’t seem terribly keen on developing fully electric sport utilities that are affordable, either. Sure, there is the Audi e-tron and the Mercedes EQC, but again, not much to write home about in the middle sections, nothing for the middle class, if you like.

We reckon that has to do with the cost of developing electric cars. The damn things are still so expensive to build, it only makes sense for the manufacturers to develop them from scratch as high-end models that command high-end prices. Only then they stand a chance of making some money on them, which is the whole point. So even though they keep promising good things, don not expect a fully electric C-Class or A4 until China can make some cheaper batteries, and someone has invented a workaround for the charging issue, which to put mildly is still a bit of a faff.

As for the “EVs for the masses”, stuff like the Tesla Model 3 and the aforementioned VW ID.3, first of all, they are not affordable – not when you compare them to their fossil fuel-burning equivalents. What’s more, they are not what you can call business successes. Well, the Model 3 isn’t. As for the ID3, while VW is pretty optimistic about it, history teaches us that they are not above making huge flops. Which is why we reckon they are full of hot air on this one, too. They are going to be pissing money away with their EV effort until some crossover down the line become a hit and make up for the loss.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Makes A Lot of Sense, But…

Just like many of you, we are finding ourselves increasingly thinking about an EV as our next family sedan. We have resisted as long as we could, of course. We are going to ridiculous length to keep our beloved gasoline-powered machines. But it’s like the smartphone revolution. You could keep your old Nokia if you want, but the time will come that efficiency will dictate getting the new stuff. The same is true of cars and EVs.

So really, it comes down to which electric car we would like to buy. Which of these smartphone with wheels, as it were, we would like to walk up to every morning, spend a few minutes, or hours, in as we commute to and from work? Note that we are looking for a regular family sedan, nothing too fancy or expensive. So right off the bat, things like the Tesla Model S goes out the window. But what about its little brother, the Model 3? This, on paper, seems to make a lot of sense. Well, okay, the base version makes sense, not the high-end variants on account of costing way too much for a family car.

The list of the things right with the Tesla Model 3 is pretty long. To begin with, this EV has a decent range. And that’s real-world, tried and tested range. Depending on the variant you get, you could do from 220 miles (354 km) to 325 miles (523 km), which is great for a family car travelling in and around the city. Granted, you still can’t plan a full road trip in this thing if your habitat lacks the Tesla Supercharger network. But those, or some other kind of public charging station, are spreading around the world like mushrooms.

Then there is the performance of Tesla Model 3, which even in standard version causes the shame and chagrin of many a top-end executive sedans. Yes, it does get a bit tired at speeds above 120 mph or so. But how often are you going to hit that? What are going to want is instant acceleration from 50 to 70 mph, and Model 3 provides that like no other car, not even a V8. So there is none of that electric-car-getting-overtaken-by-bicycles stereotype. You could challenge sports cars in this EV.

Another amazing highlight of the Tesla Model 3, which itself could be enough of a reason to buy this car, is the technology. By that we mean the connectivity and in-car controls presented to you via a superb super-iPad like display in the center. The minimalist look of this cabin might put some people off, but it will definitely appeal to the smartphone generation who like nothing more than starting at a bright screen all day long. And we don’t even need to mention the driving assist and automated driving functions integrated into the 3.

Long story short, the Model 3 is by far the superior choice for anyone looking for a sleek,modern and cool family car. And yet…

And yet there is nothing about this car that makes us go all hot in pants. Your C-Class Mercs, your 3-Series Bimmers, the Alfa Giulia, you look at these cars and are instantly filled with a desire to get in and drive them. You want to own them because you want them. We spent hours checking out a Model 3 up close, and honestly, the more we looked at it, the less we desired it. Maybe it has something to do with the design. Maybe we are old school. Whatever the reason, the Model 3 does not do it for us, and the same is true of almost all mid-range electric cars. Somehow they miss the charm that we seem to get from the gas-powered stuff. We reckon it is the fact that with the “old” cars, because the manufacturers have spent years and decades perfecting them, they have acquired an X factor, a little something that warms the cockles of your heart when you sit in them, like they are familiar, recognizable, cozy. The electric stuff still have ways to go before they can offer the same feeling.

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PostHeaderIcon Autonomous Racing Could Become a Real Thing

The very idea of self-driving cars was considered a joke only a few years ago. Most people couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea that a car could, all by itself, navigate itself through traffic and across various terrain and negotiate the typical obstacles of a routine drive. But in a relatively short period of time those people have been proven wrong. Not only did autonomous cars became a reality, the consensus among the experts is that they will soon become mainstream. So now the naysayers have turned their attention to autonomous racing. They say there is no way it could be a thing.

The argument the skeptical make here is stronger than what they leveled at the autonomous driving in general. They say how could be possibly be racing when there is no driver involved, and therefore no real competition? It’s just machines racing against machines. The counter argument for that is the field of robotics. There is already many sporting events built for robots. Heck, there are even TV shows where they killer robots loose against one another like modern-day gladiators. They used to be human-controlled, but increasingly the fights are becoming autonomous where it is the prowess of the machine itself – and by proxy, the genius of its builders – that counts. And the same exact thing can, and will, happen in the field of motorsport.

Those who have difficulty believing this will be taken aback when they realize there are already contenders available for autonomous racing. Below you can check out the NIO EP9 banging in a fully autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas  in Texas, a feat which won it the title of fastest autonomous car in the world…

Now, this NIO is an electric supercar with self-driving capability. In the future companies will develop dedicated autonomous racing cars for dedicated racing series. These machines will have completely different looks than the current race cars, seeing as they will have no need for a cabin for the driver and everything that it entails. That means they will be lighter and more aerodynamically efficient, ergo faster. So the competition will come down, in essence, to the algorithms that drive those cars around the circuit. We should imagine the regulatory body will impose some sort of restriction on how much power the cars can pack and how aerodynamic they can be. So teams (which will involve software engineers and coding experts as opposed to drivers and mechanics) will have to tweak their method parameters and machine learning procedures to shave an extra second off the lap times and win the races

Another reason we reckon #AutonomousRacing will become a real thing is Formula E. When they first announced this series a lot of people in the industry raised questions about its viability. They couldn’t see how an electric car that runs out of juice after half an hour could possibly make for an exciting racing series. But as you know, the Formula E has caught on and has many fans and a lot of countries wanting to host the races. What’s more, it has resulted in some really interesting technological developments in electric powertrains and systems that will eventually trickle down to road cars. By the same token, the autonomous racing will be exciting to watch too, but perhaps for different reasons than what makes the traditional motor racing exciting.

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PostHeaderIcon Polestar – Europe’s Tesla Is On The Right Path

The Chinese-owned Swedish firm Polestar, as I’m sure many of you know, started out as a tuner and builder of racing cars for Volvo. The brightest future one could imagine for this company only a few years was that they would become something like AMG – a subsidiary of the mother company charged with the task of making their cool cars. Well, they were charged, almost literally, but to do something entirely different. 

Polestar, as it turned out, was tapped by Volvo to become a stand-alone electric car brand. They could still have the backing of the Swedish giant, now flushed with Chinese cash, but they would design and develop their own thing and market it as a high-end boutique product built specifically for the new and tech-savvy generation of car buyers. Well, that’s how they started, anyway. They came up with the Polestar 1, a Volvo-based sports coupe with a beefy electric powertrain and a healthy dose of Scandinavian common sense.

So while they started like Tesla – that is, making an electric sports car – Polestar soon realized that that’s not a sustainable business plan and in order to grow and flourish, nay, survive, they need to tap into larger niches and markets. Alright, so maybe they just looked at Tesla and learned from the American’s mistakes. Those guys insisted on making the sports car for too long before making the Model S sedan, which is why they have yet to become a properly profitable business.

That is the main reason why we think Polestar will soon take over Tesla as the world’s finest specialty electric car maker. You see, Tesla is one man’s vision basically. And while that works for small-time super car making, when it comes to the big league, mass-produced family cars, that vision may fall short of reality in many aspects. Unlike Tesla, Polestar is already an international business with backing form one of the world’s richest firms, China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, and it benefits from the know-how and experience of Volvo, not to mention their design and engineering prowess.

So unlike Tesla, Polestar didn’t really get stuck with the sports car project. They looked at it as more of a exercise than anything else. they moved on quickly to their second project, the freshly unveiled Polestar 2. This car is what Tesla always wanted to make, and did a half-assed job of it with the Model 3. Tesla Model S and Model X, for all their brilliance, are way too exclusive and expensive, and frankly prissy, to become real mainstream electric cars. The P2, however, ticks all the right boxes.

Polestar 2 is a premium five-door fastback with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity. You get 00 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft), 0 to 100 km/h in under five seconds, and a range of around 500 km. It’s practical, fully digital and up to date in terms of connectivity technologies, and it strikes the right balance between prestige and economy. That’s where Tesla still needs some work. While the Model S is way too high-end, the Model 3 seems almost spartan with that interior. Granted, the P2 is far from being on the same level as something like Ford Fusion or a Honda Accord – a proper people’s car. But the more you learn about this car, the surer you get these Chinese and Swedes are on the right path to success.

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PostHeaderIcon Aspects that Go into a Bike Buying Decision

Gone are the days that you would walk into a bike shop and pick the first bike in sight. If you still do this, it is time to adjust your perspective. Bikes cater to various market segments. There are those looking for bikes that address the racing, ornamental, mountain cycling, or technology thrill needs. Thus the different bike choices in the market. Take a look at some important aspects that play a significant role in helping you decide on what bike to purchase.

Functionality

There is a need a bike buyer seeks to address when buying a bicycle. This need is functionality. Different bicycles are manufactured to address the various cycling desires exhibited by cyclists. For example, an adrenaline seeker may opt for a mountain bike to suit the cycling conditions in mountainous regions. A professional cyclist, on the other hand, will opt for a flat bar road bike.

The Bike’s Anatomy

You do not want to buy a bike to satisfy the need for one. A bike is a statement about who you are, your taste and preferences. It should, therefore, suit what you like. Analyze the features of the bicycle, that is, its frame, suspension, tires, color, brakes, and contact points. Satisfy yourself that these features when combined, give the right appeal; one that you are comfortable with. This will help you choose from the wide range of options available on xds bicycles official Websites.

Budget Friendliness

Bike purchases are no exception to the law of, ‘Spend what you can afford.’ You need a budget plan before you go bike shopping. The budget is key in shaping your decision. If you cannot purchase at the time, you can always opt for another day. If the price tag of the bicycle is well within your budget limits, you can then make the purchase. The plan is also critical when negotiating for some few dollars to be knocked off the asking price, all in a bid to help you buy a bike you can afford.

Vendors to Buy the Bicycles from

Different vendors offer various service packages. Some specialize on offering brand-specific bikes, and others pride themselves in selling better prices, while some have a wide-variety business concept. All these are options available to you. The selection of a bike vendor rests on what you as bike buyer value. If it is brand specificity you seek, go for brand specific vendors. If the price is your item of concern, seek out vendors with competitive prices. If variety is what you are looking for, then vendors with bike variety are your ideal choice. Therefore, it is best to know what you value the most and who in the market is best placed to offer what you seek.

No one aspect is said to be the only factor that can affect your buying choice. All the above elements plus more put together offer a holistic view of what you need to consider before buying a bike. The variety that xds bicycles official Websites provide is a testament to this school of thought.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-Pace Shows Off Real World Range: London to Brussels on One Charge

The much publicized 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is set to take the EV market by storm. It is poised to be the most versatile, most usable car of its type. And it’s taking some positive steps toward proving that, including this latest stunt. In it the I-Pace traveled from London to Brussels non-stop on one charge. 

This is a remarkable achievement for the I-Pace and not just because of its good range of 229 miles (369km). The British EV even crossed the 50 km undersea Channel Tunnel under its own power rather than taking the train. So if your business, or leisure, involves crossing the English channel, you are going to be fine with the I-Pace.

And should you find yourself venturing farther afield, do not worry. As long as you remain withing the bounds of the civilized world, the I-Pace’s navigation calculates your planned route against the remaining charge. If it decides you can’t make it, it will help to find charging stations within range. How long does it take to charge the 90kWh, you ask? Well, with a 100kW DC rapid charger you can add up to 100km of extra range in just 15 minutes. A full charge from a wall socket, obviously, takes much, much longer (over ten hours).



Stephen Boulter, Vehicle Integration Manager, Jaguar I-PACE, said: “We know customers won’t compromise on everyday usability so we engineered our electric performance SUV to deliver outstanding real-world range. By driving the 229 miles (369km) from London to Brussels on a single charge – and arriving with plenty of range left – we’ve demonstrated how comfortably it deals with long-distance journeys.”

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PostHeaderIcon Electric London Taxi (LEVC TX) Makes Hampton Court Debut

The 2018 Concours of Elegance car show at Hampton Court Palace hosted a very special item. It wasn’t an exotic or a supercar, but rather a familiar sight, at least for Londoners. It was the new LEVC TX, the electric London Taxi, and it received a royal reception at the event. 

That is the state of affairs right now, with the gas guzzling supercar pushed back beyond the buffet table, and stuff like this electric London Taxi put on display in the foreground. That is fair enough, because the LEVC is a much more important car than the new Bugatti Even. It is also an important EV, period.The car boasts a range-extended electric powertrain with a small petrol engine acting as a generator. That gives an range of 80 zero-emission miles and up to 377 miles of low-emission travel.

The new Electric London Taxi is the cabby for today’s Britain. It maintains the look of the original but blends it with modern features. There is a system, for instance, that filters the incoming air from harmful particles. There is also less vibration and noise in the passenger cabin, alongside charging points for mobile phones, Wi-fi and additional space for six passengers. Let us hope the new improved London taxi will also improve the quality of its drivers!

Hosted by Prince Michael of Kent, the Concours of Elegance, which raises huge sums for charity each year, saw 13,000 motoring enthusiasts flock to the gardens of Hampton Court Palace to enjoy some of the rarest motoring exotica in the world.

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PostHeaderIcon History Made: First-Ever Driverless Run of Goodwood Hill by Robocar

The petrolhead extravaganza that is the Goodwood Festival of Speed witnessed a momentous occasion this year as the first autonomous run of the estate’s famous hillclimb course was completed by Roborace’s Robocar. The aptly named machine navigated the 1.16 mile course using artificial intelligence. 

As pointless as it may seem to driving enthusiasts and particularly racing where it is the skill of the driver that matters, the autonomous run by Robocar was a watershed moment. It is not so much the fact that a driverless car completed a course. Other cars have done that, and on more challenging routes. It is the fact that a festival like Goodwood, which celebrates mostly the good old days of automobile, has accepted such a thing in its midst.

The Roborace Robocar, which is of course electric, weighs weighs 1,350 kg and is powered by four 135kW electric motors used to drive each wheel, for a combined 500-plus hp. Weirdly though, it is not the motor that is most impressive part of this machine, but rather NVIDIA DRIVE PX2 processor that enabled it to drive on its own without pre-programming. The car uses a combination of LiDar, radar, GPS, ultrasonic, and camera sensor to find its way and stay on course.

“We are ecstatic that the team have been able to achieve this landmark run and we hope that it draws attention to the amazing advances that are being made in the automotive industry,” said Rod Chong, Deputy CEO of Roborace. “Robocar is an ambassador for the future technologies we will see on our roads and we hope that inspirational stunts like this will change public perceptions of autonomous vehicles.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon SEAT Apprentice School Students Build a Dope Electric Kart

Well, looks like karting is the next field of motorsport to go electric, at least if the students from the SEAT Apprentice School have their way. These youngsters have built a fully functioning electric kart and it has already seen competitive action where it finished a very respectable second place. 

The team entered their electric kart in the Kart Academy at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Montmeló and performed extremely well for a prototype, beating almost all of the petrol-powered competition. This is a feather in cap not just for the students, but also for their professors and SEAT Apprentice School in general. They have recognized the genius of these kids and provided them with testing facilities prior to the Barcelona race.

The student-built electric kart features a 5.5 kW engine and is equipped with a 48V battery. Apart from the electric power, the 1.74 metres long and 1.36 metres wide go kart performs like a regular kart, having gone through braking, accelerating, endurance and slalom trails with flying colors. The students also scooped the ‘Industry’ award for mid-degree students presented by FP Emprèn, an organisation which rewards vocational training schools in and around Barcelona.

According to Laura Carnicero, the head of training at SEAT and director of the Apprentice School “the success of this electric kart project shows that the School teaches the necessary technological skills for the automotive industry of the future, enabling the students to become entrepreneurial, competitive professionals.”

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai and Audi Partner Up for Fuel Cell Development

If you were still in doubt as to whether Hyundai has made it as a big, respected, international car maker, this new ought to convince you once and for all. The Korean company has teamed up with a German giant, Audi, for the development of fuel cell electric vehicles components and technologies. 

Audi has toyed with the idea of FCEV for a bit, but they have never seemed terribly serious about it. They are more fond of their electric e-tron projects. But on the off-chance this whole fuel cell thing might get somewhere, they have accepted Hyundai’s hand of friendship. The Koreans have been actively developing fuel cell cars for the past decade, and though their efforts have borne little fruit as far as a proper production car is concerned, they have made a lot of headway and gained lots of valuable experience.

The cross-license agreement between Hyundai and Audi also covers their affiliates, such as Kia and VW, meaning they will equally share the patent licenses for every new technology developed, meaning said technology could be used in cars belonging to those brands as well. Audi is particularly keen to gain access to Hyundai’s FCEV parts supply chain and leverage it to implement a network for future production models.

“This agreement is another example of Hyundai’s strong commitment to creating a more sustainable future whilst enhancing consumers’ lives with hydrogen-powered vehicles, the fastest way to a truly zero-emission world. We are confident that the Hyundai Motor Group-Audi partnership will successfully demonstrate the vision and benefits of FCEVs to the global society.” Euisun ChungVice Chairman at Hyundai Motor Company

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Makes Unceremonious Track Debut

This past weekend and ahead of the Formula E’s Berlin ePrix, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY celebrated its maiden track outing in a semi-official setting. This is an important car, a game changer for the future of not just racing but also road cars, and yet it had a fairly dry debut event. 

Still, they had founder and CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag to drive the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY on its track debut, which was kinda cool. He completed five laps of the Berlin track, giving the spectators a taste of what Touring car racing will look like in just a few years. It may not be very pleasing acoustically, but you have to admit it does look rather good. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be the official support series for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2018/19 with up to 20 cars on the grid, offering an innovative ‘Arrive and Drive’ package for the drivers.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E:“The eTROPHY car feels great – it looks like a production road vehicle with the performance of a racecar. This series is all about bringing new innovative technology to a wider audience, and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is a perfect platform to do this alongside Formula E. I’ve been a strong supporter of Jaguar since they joined the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and it’s been exciting to help shape the future of the sport alongside them. I look forward to seeing more of these cars line-up on the grid next season.”

 



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PostHeaderIcon DS Automobiles Announces Full Electrification from 2025

Citroen’s quirky sub-brand, DS Automobiles, is committing itself to the full electrification of their range from 2025. They shared their strategy with the public at the 2018 Paris ePrix, and are already taking major steps towards accomplishing that goal and going beyond. 

It shouldn’t be hard making the transition for DS Automobiles as they have been involved with electrification for a while now. They have a thriving Formula E business going on, featuring one of the best looking racing cars in history, and next year they have coming up a rather remarkable electrified model in form of DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 with 300 horsepower and an electric range of 30 miles of pure electric range. From 2025 every single model will feature an electric system like that.

And that is besides DS Automobiles’ plans for fully electric models. At the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show the firm will showcase its first 100% electric DS model, a precursor to the future electric and hybrid models. The really cool thing about this whole thing is that, having seen DS’s previous works, they are going to show us electric cars can be properly beautiful and exciting to look at.



While DS Automobiles has already announced that the second generation of its models would be available in an electrified version (hybrid or electric), CEO, Yves Bonnefont, revealed that: “starting in 2025, each new DS will be launched exclusively with electrified powertrains. Our ambition is very clear: for DS to be among the global leaders in electrified cars in its segment. Our strategy is underway with the arrival of DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4, fitted with a hybrid (petrol-electric) drivetrain and boasting 300hp, and is to be followed soon with the presentation of the first 100% electric DS model. See you at the Paris Motor Show!”

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PostHeaderIcon How the Tesla Truck is Going to Change the Trucking Industry

CEO, co-founder and product architect Elon Musk is betting his Tesla truck will be a game changer for the $726 billion trucking industry. Musk unveiled prototypes of this Tesla truck on November 16th to a raving crowd that applauded all of the truck’s features. So, we’ve already seen electrical cars hit the market in the form of hybrids as well as fully electric, environmentally-friendly cars. But, what will set Tesla trucks apart from the rest? Well, besides not relying on fossil fuel, Tesla trucks will also be faster and loaded with semi-autonomous driving features making it a first-in-class, self-driving truck for certain scenarios. The benefits they hope to see come to fruition are more accurate just-in-time deliveries, lower-than-average operating expenses, and reduced labor requirements.

“The technological change that benefits trucking and delivery businesses has been widely reported, but in my experience most people that I ask about it focus on the potential negatives rather than looking for opportunities,” wrote Nasdaq.com contributor Martin Tillier. “(Critics) ignore the biggest beneficiary of all: trucking companies. They are looking at a future where two of their major costs, fuel and drivers, will be dramatically lower.”1

 

What Sets the Tesla Semi Apart from the Rest?

There’s a lot of innovations in the Tesla truck compared to its predecessors. The truck has an “bullet-shaped” aerodynamic design, electric motor and electric powertrain on each axle, amazing speed, travels for an impressive range of miles, and the charging system is pretty mind-blowing too. But, let’s take an even closer look:2

  • Speed seems to be the first and most highly touted feature of the Tesla truck. Unloaded, the Tesla semi-truck can go from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in just 5 seconds. Whereas, it takes a conventional diesel semi-truck about 20 seconds to get from 0 to 60 m.p.h.
  • The Tesla truck can also climb a 5 percent grade uphill with a full load (80,000 lbs.) at 65 m.p.h. By comparison, a conventional diesel semi truck that is fully loaded can only climb a 5 percent grade uphill at 45 m.p.h.
  • Tesla has disclosed that they will use industrial cell batteries for its trucks. A fully charged battery pack will allow the Tesla truck to travel 500 miles. Tesla also announced that they will build a network of high-speed, solar-powered charging systems they call “megachargers.” Tesla claims it will only take 30 minutes to charge the battery pack enough to provide the truck with an additional 400 miles of range. Musk also claims the megacharger will cost approximately 7 cents per kilowatt.
  • There are actually four electric motors (same kind used in Tesla’s Model 3 sedan) that operate independently to adjust for pitch, yaw and traction.
  • These Tesla trucks will come standard with a sophisticated autopilot system that will keep the truck self-driving and in its lane, as well as make lane changes, make transitions to other freeways, and match speeds of other traffic on the road. The truck is also able to pull in and out of parking spaces by itself.
  • Pricing was just announced with a 300-mile version costing $150,000, while a 500-mile version would run $180,000. A ‘Founders Series’ version will also be available for $200,000. Musk says the Tesla semi will cost less than other conventional Class 8 diesel-powered trucks from “Day One.” Musk claims the Tesla truck will cost $1.26 per mile to operate, compared to $1.51 per mile to operate a diesel truck.
  • In the cockpit, the driver will have two 15-inch touchscreen displays that will provide navigation mapping, blind-spot monitoring, telematics, maintenance readings, and a fleet management system. There will also be an assortment of cameras strategically placed around the truck.

However, it’s the self-driving technology that has most people worried, since the first death of a pedestrian by a self-driving Uber is still fresh in people’s minds, says attorney Devin McNulty of the Houston-based law firm Chandler McNulty, which specializes in truck accident cases. “The industry is putting a lot of faith into a new technology that is still unproven to a certain degree. Obviously, those companies buying these trucks have also got to weigh the liability involved.”

How Will Tesla’s Entry into the Trucking Marketplace Revolutionized the Industry?

Well, other manufactures have now seen the writing is on the wall. The technology and advancements in electronics, software, and technology are an inescapable inevitability. In fact, most manufacturers of commercial Class 8 trucks are secretly designing their own electronic models to counter Tesla’s. They also know the value of automation and how government standards are starting to require a certain amount of crash avoidance technology in all vehicles. Here are some of the commercial manufactures already researching and developing prototypes for electronic trucks:

  • Cummins (engine manufacturer)
  • Daimler
  • Paccar (Kenworth and Peterbilt)
  • Tesla
  • Volvo
  • Nikola

Initially, electric trucks like the Tesla will be outrageously expensive. But, over time as the price comes down on the batteries that will fuel these trucks, it will become a much more efficient alternative to diesel-powered motors. By using electricity, commercial trucking companies will save approximately one-quarter of the fuel costs associated with trucking operations. The entire commercial trucking industry currently doles out roughly $152 billion for diesel fuel each year, so the conversion would end up being a $38 billion savings yearly. No one can know for sure if Musk’s Tesla trucks will be the first to market, but the change to electric trucking is coming. The push for it is real.

1“How Tesla’s Semi Will Dramatically Alter the Trucking Industry” published in Teslarati, Dec. 2017.

2“Tesla Semi FAQ: All the Facts” published in Trucks.com, Nov. 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Margot Robbie Launches Nissan Formula E Car in L.A.

What better city for Nissan to launch their Formula E racing car than the polluted but environmentally-conscious Los Angeles? And what better personality to headline the event than excruciatingly beautiful Margot Robbie? 

While it might seem like a bit of a shame to some people that an actress of Robbie’s stature should promote a brand like Nissan with its image as an economy-class car maker, this has been a good partnership that has resulted in many a good projects. Margot is actually Nissan’s electric vehicle and sustainability ambassador, lending her face and voice only to those programs that have environmental benefits. The launch of the new Nissan Formula E machine certainly fits the bill as it promotes cleaner motorsport and research in electric propulsion.

“I’ve already seen many of Nissan’s initiatives, designed to bring cleaner air to roads and fairer access to power across the globe. And now, we have this – a fantastic new Formula E car,” she said. “I’m excited to see how it will help Nissan develop its EV offering further and bring new and exciting technologies to communities across the world.”

Following its world tour, Nissan’s FE racing car will gear up for season five of the Formula E series is expected to begin in December 2018. As before, the event will be held in major cities around the world including New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich and Hong Kong. The new generation of Formula E cars features striking design and new battery technology to attract more fans and prove the viability of electric motoring.

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PostHeaderIcon Greener Future: Top Eco-Friendly Vehicles to Check Out Now

The future of mobility looks green. With increased awareness among consumers about the importance of taking care of the environment, car companies like Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes Benz are adding green cars to their automobile lineup.

A green car is designed to have less harmful impact to the environment. Unlike vehicles running on gasoline or diesel, an eco-friendly car uses alternative fuels like hydrogen, bioethanol and bioalcohol. Pushing for a greener auto industry, car companies are investing on advanced technologies to create commercial and personal vehicles that are not only energy efficient but are also safe and economical.

Green Branding

In a 2017 survey made by Autodeal, brand affinity emerged as an important consideration for consumers when buying a car. Because the public is more conscious about social, economical and environmental issues, automobile companies are enhancing their business functions with ecological responsibility and sustainability. Adopting green practices is a crucial move for car manufacturers to stay relevant and in demand.

In line with promoting eco-friendly practices, Toyota has come up with innovative cars designed to have a reduced overall carbon footprint. As the world’s largest car manufacturing companies, Toyota has significant contribution to the creation and advancement of sustainable cars. Toyota’s Prius model is regarded as the world’s first mass-market hybrid vehicle and is sold in more than 38 countries. Unlike ordinary single-engine vehicles, a hybrid car has two or more engines that work interchangeably. The electric engine is used for lower speeds while the gas engine is for higher speeds.

Honda is another auto company that has taken steps to make environmental protection a key component of its business strategy. Noteworthy for investing a lot of resources in creating fuel-efficient and hydrogen-powered vehicles, Honda also has a battery-powered car that completely eradicates the need for gasoline. It’s Fit EV model, for example, is an all-electric vehicle that uses no gas and has zero emissions.

New Models, More Sales

This year in India, various car companies showcased 65 new models of ready-to-launch and concept vehicles. Joining the pack was Suzuki, which unveiled e-SURVICOR, an electric concept car developed locally and is set to be launched in 2020. Not to be outdone, luxury carmaker Mercedes Benz presented its CONCEPT EQ, an all-electric vehicle, while BMW revealed its plug-in hybrid vehicle, the i8 Roadster.

When it comes to sales, eco-friendly vehicles are giving regular cars a run for their money. Based on industry data, green cars are poised to replace old car models reliant on gas and diesel. In South Korea, the sales of eco-friendly cars had an astounding surge at 41.6 percent in 2017. Thanks to the introduction of new models and positive consumer response, South Korea is proving to be a ripe market for green cars. Hyundai and its sister brand Kia, both leaders in the domestic car market, have sold 97,486 green cars in 2017.

Globally, Hyundai is making waves with its battery-electric Ioniq, considered to be the most energy-efficient car in the US, beating similar models from manufacturers like BMW and Toyota. Hyundai’s game plan is to focus sales in select states that are more receptive to green cars. It also provides extra services to the buyer such as vehicle-charging reimbursement, unlimited mileage allowance, and solid maintenance plan.

Style and Efficiency at Competitive Prices

Cost is an important consideration when buying any type of vehicle. While some green cars are a little more expensive than regular cars, the auto industry is coming up with well-made models at competitive prices.

The 2018 Tesla Model 3 is a good example of a green car that combines style, performance and technology at a more affordable price. With a base price of USD35,000, it will appeal to a lot of consumers as an affordable luxury vehicle. In fact, almost 400,00 reservations were made after Tesla announced the release of Model 3, making it one of the most anticipated launches for any car type. While there were delays in production, the company now hopes to release more cars by the middle of the year.

With a purchasing price of USD35,000, the Model 3 actually costs less than the average car in the US market, which is USD33,560. Different from compact electric cars, the Model 3 is expected to target the luxury sports car market. Given the car’s price, it will appeal to a lot of consumers as an affordable luxury vehicle. In fact, almost 400,00 reservations were made after Tesla announced the release of Model 3, making it one of the most anticipated launches for any car type. The car is set to be released in July this year.

More on the matter of cost, companies doing their share of green practices are also making it more rewarding to own an eco-friendly car. The Bank of America, for example, offers USD3,000 cash-back reward to its workers who use hybrid cars.

Design for a Greener Future

What good is a green car if it’s less efficient than a regular car? This is a serious question for developers who want to make green cars not only at par but better than regular cars. Looking at the design features of the latest eco-friendly vehicles, green cars appear to be living up to their promise of higher efficiency and improved environmental impact.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is an award-winning car that has greater driving range than other green cars. It’s 150-mile battery electric range is a formidable feature in the fast-expanding green car market. The car’s sleek design also adds aesthetic value. But it’s the full suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, including excellent aerodynamics, that gives the car its ultra modern character.

Another noteworthy car to watch out for is the Audi e-tron. Expected to be released in 2019, the Audi e-tron boasts a range of 310 miles, double of what current electric cars have. The secret lies in the car’s battery pack and three electric motors, which can provide a total of 496 horsepower. The low roofline is combined with traditional SUV styling elements, giving the car a classic yet edgy appeal.

With more car companies going green, it’s realistic to expect that global CO2 emissions will decrease. Outside the auto industry, it’s a positive development that more top companies are adopting ways to go green. Majority of car users still use gasoline and diesel-powered models, but concerted efforts of car companies and the growing popularity of green cars paint an optimistic picture for the environment and market trends.

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