Back in 2013, the sky was the limit for Tesla and Elon Musk was promising a low-cost 90-second battery swap at charging stations in the future. Since then, reality has set in and those plans seem to be on hold. What's the next best solution for those long charging times? Maybe put your feet up and grab a $1 coffee.
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I get emails about concepts and proposals and grand automotive schemes all the time. It's pretty rare that any of them actually come to fruition. But I was sent one that, while still very much non-existent, was charming and interesting enough that I want to show it to all of you. It's called NOBE (the website doesn't seem to work yet), it's Estonian, and just look at the damn thing.
Now that the Tesla Model 3 is finally here in production form with the earliest deliveries going out last night, it's time for the wave of driving impressions. Here's what people are saying about how the Model 3 looks, feels and performs in the real world.
Nissan's upcoming next-gen Leaf will introduce a new feature called the e-Pedal, which will allow for a single pedal to be used for accelleration and braking, allowing people to drive with just one pedal. Many people will already be familiar with this method, as it's just about like driving one of the Autopia cars at Disneyland.
The days of the good old trusty internal combustion engine, which revolutionised transportation but also maybe helped usher in a looming environmental apocalypse, may be numbered across the pond.
Two years ago, Aston Martin teased a road-going all-electric version of its inimitable grand tourer called the RapidE. Based on the four-door Rapide, the RapidE will swap a 6.0-litre V12 for an all-electric powertrain, and it'll enter production in 2019. Any more information is sketchy, but if you're that especially cashed-up greenie who's always wanted an electric Aston Martin, this is the first one ever.
Imagine charging your electric car with the very road it is driving on, as it drives. There's a new way of charging devices wirelessly, based on fundamental physics, that works even when your device is moving away from the power source.
We already have wireless charging systems, of course - including ones that charge electric cars, but most only work when everything is still. Until now.
When Faraday Future showed off their FF 91 at CES earlier this year, there was really only one number they cared about: 2.39. That's got nothing to do with the car's range or anything like that. It's how many seconds it takes to get to 60mph from a standstill. Lucid made a big deal that their Air could get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and now Tesla says they can do it in 2.389 seconds, a solid thousandth of a second faster than Faraday Future.
The Tesla battery pack is something of a triumph of packaging. The battery pack is integrated into the skateboard-like chassis of the car, making a self-contained drivetrain-and-energy-storage unit that allows for really flexible body packaging. It's like the GM Hy-Wire concept, only with the mild benefit of existing in reality.
Built from recycled materials, powered by an efficient electric motor, and now with a larger battery that promises to handle almost any long-distance journey without breaking a sweat, the BMW i3 is one of the most environmentally friendly cars you can buy. It's efficient when you drive it, and at the end of its life cycle a full 95 per cent can be returned to the earth from whence it came.
A couple of years ago, a Tesla software update added the ability to unlock the company's all-electric cars remotely using the owner's smartphone, as well as to actually allow the car to be driven without the key. One problem: if you step away from your car when you're out and need to get back into it, you better be somewhere you can get a signal on your phone.
Faraday Future is the mysterious Chinese-backed Silicon Valley auto startup that made its break a year ago disappointing the world at the last Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Things don't look particularly good on that front at the moment.
Its most prestigious hire and top-listed executive, Marco Mattiacci of Ferrari fame, has reportedly left the company — just days away from a make-or-break production car debut at CES 2017.
Addressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration could threaten green businesses like Tesla, CEO Elon Musk assured shareholders on Thursday that eliminating zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) credits could actually improve the company's competitive advantage.