Tag Archives: Electric Cars

Orders start for Tesla Model 3 AWD and performance models this week

For those eagerly waiting to place their orders for the dual-motor/all-wheel-drive or performance versions of the Tesla Model 3, the time has come. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that orders for both variants will open this week. It's unclear if the decision to open orders this week for both the AWD and performance models means Tesla is producing...

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Can the Roborace self-driving racer beat professional driver Ryan Tuerck?

It's a classic scenario: man versus machine. In this case, we're talking about Roborace and professional driver Ryan Tuerck. The challenge? To see if Roborace's DevBot self-driving race car is quicker around a Formula E circuit than Tuerck. Roborace first burst onto the scene in 2016 when the company unveiled a self-driving racer concept. After tweaking the...

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Lagonda previews ultra-luxury electric SUV coming in 2021

The Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan better watch out as Aston Martin's revived ultra-luxury brand Lagonda is preparing an SUV for launch in 2021. A preview sketch released Wednesday gives us our first look at the Lagonda SUV and hints at similar radical design themes to those featured on the Lagonda Vision concept unveiled in March at the 2018...

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Audi e-tron electric SUV confirmed for August 30 debut

Audi will reveal the production version of its e-tron electric SUV at the second annual Audi Summit event, which this year is scheduled for August 30 in Brussels. The Belgian capital is an appropriate venue for the debut of the e-tron as it is where the electric SUV will enter production later this year. Audi will also use its plant in Brussels to build a...

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Japanese automakers partner on solid-state batteries in EV race

Japan's major automakers and battery manufacturers have teamed up with their government to fast-track the development of solid-state batteries. The automakers include Toyota, Nissan and Honda, who have joined forces with Japanese battery manufacturers Panasonic and GS Yuasa in the program, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade...

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Ford might turn Detroit eyesore into self-driving, EV hub

Ford has its eye on a landmark building nestled in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. The automaker revealed it has plans to purchase the rotting Michigan Central Station and renovate the space to house an electric- and self-driving car hub. The potential purchase follows Ford's decision to relocate 220 employees to a renovated former hosiery factory near the...

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2019 Kia Niro EV revealed with 280 miles of range

Kia on Friday gave us a first look at a new electric version of its Niro compact crossover SUV. Called the Niro EV and taking inspiration from a concept of the same name unveiled at January's 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the newest addition to the Kia lineup is set to join hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro when it goes on sale next year...

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VW Group boosts battery purchases to $48B, or the same market cap as Tesla

New Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess revealed Thursday that the automaker has awarded $48 billion in contracts to battery suppliers. The goal is to reach $50 billion to cover the automaker's battery needs through to 2025. The $48 billion figure is roughly equal to the entire market capitalization of Tesla and double what the VW Group had been planning...

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Chinese electric car startup Singulato reveals iS6 SUV

The newest electric car startup hailing from China is Singulato, which this week unveiled the iS6 mid-size SUV. The iS6 is the first model from Singulato and is due in showrooms in China by the end of the year. The iS6 blends elements of SUVs and minivans and includes rear-opening suicide-style doors for access to the rear seats. An upmarket design greets...

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Tesla pushes back start of Model Y production to 2020, says new plant needed

Tesla's next model bound for production is the Model Y, a small SUV related to the Model 3. The company released a teaser for the vehicle last June and at the time promised a launch date in 2019. However, CEO Elon Musk said during Tesla's first quarter earnings call Wednesday that production of the Model Y will likely start in 2020. “I would say...

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