Tesla just dropped more info on its upcoming Model 3 electric car — y'know, the one we can all afford. It, along with Tesla's current cars, are now being built with the hardware to make full self-driving autonomy possible.
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As is fast becoming tradition for the Californian start-up electric car manufacturer, Tesla's latest incremental battery upgrade option for the Model S and Model X further improves the existing cars' range and acceleration — now to frankly ridiculous levels. The Tesla Model S P100D's new 100kWh battery pack, says Tesla, makes it the fastest accelerating production car... in the world. Well, the fastest car that you can buy right now, at least.
Moving to electrical cars will only be feasible if they can go the daily distance, and luckily they usually can. A team of researchers looked at people's driving habits in a variety of cities, crunched the numbers and found that nine out of ten driving days could be completely powered by an overnight charge of a currently available electric car.
This "electric carriage" which appeared in the 27 July 1889 issue of Scientific American was way ahead of its time. How ahead of its time was it? South Dakota wasn't even a state yet. The article that went along with it noted that the patent for this ingenious contraption was granted to one Mr Harvey D. Dibble of Rapid City, Dakota Territory.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unveiled a new master plan for his company in a blog post titled "Master plan, Part Deux."
In Australia, Tesla's four-door, all-electric Model S luxury sedan starts at a hair over $100,000. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive version is $7500 more, coming in at a $108,300 sticker price before on-road costs like the Luxury Car Tax. The newer, larger, even more technology-packed Model X has just had its starting Australian price announced, and it's only a few thousand dollars more expensive. The starting price of the Model X in Australia will be $111,900, only 3 per cent more expensive than the equivalent-spec Model S.
Tesla continues to dominate when it comes to long-range electric vehicles. But that may not be the case for long. A slew of automakers have plans to roll electric vehicles with a range of 200 miles or more by 2020. And many of these upcoming vehicles are high-end, luxury vehicles, making them direct competitors with Tesla's Model S.
Tesla's newest, largest and first retail-only store in Australia has just opened to the public. Ahead of the store's unveiling, Gizmodo took a look at the electric car maker's premiere location in Australia, which occupies a prime position in Sydney's Martin Place, next door to Apple, with thousands of well-heeled pedestrians passing every day.
Nissan's next-generation Leaf all-electric hatchback could be capable of driving well over 500km on a single charge, if indications on a recent concept car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and an interview with Nissan's electric vehicle boss are any evidence. The IDS concept's battery is as twice as large as the current Leaf's 30kWh setup, and could push the small car to a range beating even the majority of current Tesla vehicles on Aussie roads.
Germany's State Secretary of Economy and Energy, Rainer Baake, says that a mandate to ban petrol car sales by 2030 will be necessary to achieve the country's emission goals to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.
And it is not the first country to float the idea — The Netherlands and Norway government are in discussions to only allow electric car sales by 2025, and India is "evaluating a scheme" for an all-electric fleet by 2030.
The next generation of rechargeable lithium batteries set to change the electric vehicle industry may soon be here, thanks to the humble salt bath.
CSIRO scientists, in collaboration with RMIT University and QUT, have found that pre-treating a battery's lithium metal electrodes with an electrolyte salt solution extends the battery life and increases performance and safety, to a point where electric vehicles will soon be competitive with traditional petrol vehicles.
Image Cache: Electric cars have been around for a long time — just as long or longer than the internal combustion engine. Sure, some of them look a little funky, but the last 188 years have been pretty kind.
After two years of research and development in Melbourne and Armidale, the first electric car to be fully designed and built in Australia is about to kick-start local manufacturing in Victoria. The Tomcar LV1, designed for the mining industry, is the first EV from a company with a background in off-road recreational carts and buggies, and is the most Australian vehicle to be assembled in the country for a long time.
A San Diego-based EV conversion company salvaged a charred Ferrari (they had many to choose from) by turning it into what the company claims is the first fully electric Ferrari, a 415-horsepower electric tire-crusher. It's glorious, if a little blasphemous.
While the current BMW i8 is already both a looker and one of the more environmentally conscious supercars on our roads, the next iteration will likely be even more efficient. Reports from the UK say that the new i8 will have a topless roadster option, a more powerful electric motor and larger drive battery, and even the possibility of inductive wireless charging.
With Tesla Motors starting its ramp up to the launch of the Model 3 electric car, the company needs more stores and showrooms around the world to deal with an influx of new and returning customers. The third store location for Australia has just been unveiled — and it's in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
Young kids want to drive a Johnny Cab. That's what students at South Carolina's Clemson University, working with Toyota, has decided — and thus was born the uBox concept, which looks like a soft-roader SUV ate an urban assault vehicle. Apparently the uBox is made for "a young entrepreneur who wants a vehicle that can provide utility and recreation on the weekend" — that's totally us.
The University of Queensland has installed fast-charging electric vehicle stations at each of its campuses, and each is powered by the university's own solar array installations — making charging both free and emissions-free when the sun is shining. Alongside Tesla's destination chargers, the Veefil DC fast chargers are the start of a larger electric car fast-charging network in the state and are the first to be directly powered by renewables.