Rolls-Royce’s EV Plans Are Starting To Materialize, And There’s a Shadowy Secret
Just because Rolls-Royce has been tight-lipped about its electrification plans doesn’t mean they don’t have any. At least, that’s what this scoop suggests. According to Autocar, the British automaker is developing a new EV from the ground up rather than plonking an electric powertrain in any of its existing models. A patent for ‘Silent Shadow’ filed late last year further fuels these reports. Will this new model mark the beginning of a new EV era for Rolls-Royce?
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA
After launching the rather expensive EQC, Mercedes has now come up with a slightly more affordable EV that could be a game-changer for the brand. Called the EQA, it is essentially a GLA that comes with some cosmetic changes and of course, a heart transplant. Interestingly, Mercedes has used a different approach for this car.
The EQA isn’t a wild-looking electric vehicle with radical styling cues and neither is it a rocket off the line, which seems to be the norm in the segment. Not everyone likes to take off the moment you press the A-pedal, after all. So, if the quick, push-you-back-in-the-seat cars are not your thing, here’s a refreshing electric vehicle that will make you smile and let you drive it calmly.
GM Struggles To Build Reliable Cars, Thinks You’ll Trust Riding In Its One-Man Drones
Despite not being as flashy as previous editions, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show aka CES still spawned some rad, futuristic concepts that, unfortunately, have every chance in the world of being nothing more than that.
For example, GM showed two prototypes at CES 2021 - one for land transportation and one for air travel.
The 2021 Hummer EV Pickup - Nearly 200 Accessories At Launch
GMC teased the Hummer EV’s reincarnation almost a year back and unveil to debut it in May 2020. However, the pandemic played a spoiler and the company finally debuted it in October 2020.
The electric supertruck came with a lot of features that make it a unique proposition. It’s no secret that owners love to customize their trucks to their taste. It looks like GMC understands this, after all, it knows a thing or two about trucks (duh!). Now, a report suggests that the automaker will introduce nearly 200 accessories at launch.
The Tesla Model S and Model X Might Get Refreshed After All
While Tesla keeps rolling out over-the-air updates frequently, it has never really refreshed the Model S and the Model X. The Model 3 is an exception, but even that didn’t come with any major changes. There have been no real facelifts so far, no new generations; just software updates. It didn’t matter until now because none of its products had real competition, but it looks like times are changing and Tesla is feeling the heat.
According to Electrek, Tesla is planning to refresh the Model S and the Model X after all. The production lines for these two models have been shut down longer than expected, thus hinting at a design refresh. High time!
This Electric Porsche 935 Moby Dick Is Going Into Production
The iconic Porsche 935, first unveiled in 1976, made a comeback in 2019, when the German carmaker built a modern version based on the 991-generation GT2 RS. Only 77 were built and sold like hot cakes. Come 2021 and Bisimoto Engineering is working on its own tribute to the iconic 935, this time around in all-electric format and a slightly more modern design. It’s called Moby X, a reference to the old 935/78 nicknamed Moby Dick for its longtail design.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai initially launched the Ioniq as a hybrid car, then as an electric one, and finally as a plug-in hybrid. But, in 2020, the company decided to relaunch it as its sub-brand that will consist of all-electric models only. Fast forward to the present day and we already have a glimpse of its first vehicle, the Ioniq 5 mid-size crossover. Hyundai released three teaser images of the Ioniq, a month before it makes its full-fledged debut.
2020 Citroen Ami
The 2020 Citroen Ami is an all-electric vehicle based on the Ami One concept that the French company unveiled in 2019. Only 95 inches long and 55 inches wide, the Ami is in fact an elecric quadricycle rather than a full-blown car and it can be driven without a driver’s license.
This makes it accessible to people as young as 16 in most European countries (and 14 in France). Developed as a solution for city commuting over relatively short distances, the Ami is named after the original Citroen Ami, an economy car that the French firm produced from 1961 to 1978. What’s it all about and should you buy one? Find out in our review below.
Have a Few Laughs At BMW’s Expense in "A Story of Generations"
It’s hard to believe that BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is 20 years old this year. But it is, and if you need a little reminder of that, this short film from Bimmer will give you all the reminding you need. The film stars a grumpy, foul-mouthed BMW E65 7 Series and a much younger BMW iX. The two talking Bimmers argue about which of them is the better car.
Curse words are uttered, feelings are hurt, and a resolution happens towards the end. It’s a weird short film that’ll make you wonder what Bimmer’s marketing folks are sipping these days, but there is a story that’s told perfectly here, too. This is a story of two generations of BMW that couldn’t be more different from each other, though the two do have ties that bind. Give it a watch and prepare to have feelings about it afterward.
2021 Cupra el-Born
The SEAT brand we know now is very different from the SEAT we knew a decade ago. The wind of transformation has been blowing over the Volkswagen Group-owned carmaker lately and SEAT has been enjoying a new life thanks to a revised lineup brimming with good-looking cars.
In the process, the Cupra nameplate - used to designate the sportiest models of the SEAT bunch - evolved into a standalone brand and without wasting any time, it has come up with an electric car, albeit with a little help from the VW ID.3. Let’s check out the Cupra el-Born EV.
The BMW X2 Is Getting Bigger, Will Share DNA With the iX2 EV
The X2 was introduced in 2018 and is the youngest of the German SUV lot. It was introduced to fill the vacuum between the X1 and the X3. Given how the market is shrinking and automakers are trying to capitalize on every possible opportunity, the X2 made sense. In its essence, it came in a package slightly smaller than the X3 but with more features and better specs than the X1. However, according to Autobild.de, BMW is giving the X2 bigger dimensions for the 2023 model. Do we really need it?
Everything We Know About the $25,000 Tesla EV
It wouldn’t be wrong to say what the EV market is what it is today because of Tesla. The Musk-led company has revolutionized this segment in the last decade or so. The company has got four mass-market, mainstream cars at the moment – the Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and the Model X – and others like the Cybertruck and the Roadster that are yet to arrive or are niche products.
While the S3XY range is doing very well in the market, neither of them can be called ‘affordable’ cars. In the past, Musk had made it clear that Tesla won’t be making any cheap cars, but at the Tesla Battery Day last year, he set a cat amongst the pigeons when he said that the company will build a $25,000 car. It became the talk of the town even though not much is known about it. But, here’s everything you need to know about this affordable Tesla EV.
Before we get going, do note that there is no concrete information about the $25,000 EV and most of the things are mere speculations based on the few details we already know. So, take it with a pinch of salt.
Alpine Becomes An EV Brand And Something Even Bigger Is Brewing
Rumors claiming that Renault will turn Alpine into an all-electric brand have been confirmed today. The French automaker announced that the marque most famous for the A110 sports will focus on EV vehicles for the future. Renault also released a teaser image that previews three upcoming Alpine models, a small hatchback, a compact crossover, and a brand-new sports car. All are connected to charging stations, so all three will feature battery-powered electric motors. But the French also announced that the sports car will be co-developed with Lotus.
Sony’s Car IS Actually On Public Roads, And Automakers Should Be Worried
Sony took the automotive world by surprise by unveiling a production version of its first car, the Vision-S, at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2020. The Japanese corporation had little to say about it throughout the year, but come 2021 and the Vision-S is being tested on public roads in Austria. Is the Vision-S finally going into production? It might and based on the way it looks and the advanced technology it features, automakers should be worried.
Apple’s iCar EV Gains Momentum And Hyundai Could Have Something To Do With It
Almost a decade since it first started looking into entering the auto industry, tech giant Apple is now reportedly ready to dive deep into the market, this time with the help of Korean automaker Hyundai.
The two companies are reportedly close to signing a partnership deal that could finally bring Apple’s autonomous EV car dreams to life. Nothing is set in stone, but a report from Korean news outlet Korea IT News indicated that a deal is expected to be signed in March, setting the stage for a partnership that could help Apple start production of its autonomous electric vehicle sometime in 2024 in the U.S.
2021 NIO ET7 EV
In the first quarter of 2020, Chinese EV automaker Nio had almost gotten knocked out of the auto scene. But, thanks to an investment of $1 billion from the local government, Nio managed to get a second lease on life. It revealed the updated version of its electric, the ES8, and there’s no looking back ever since. Nio is growing leaps and bounds and the launch of its latest EV is a testimony to that.
The new electric sedan is called ET7. It will be offered with three different battery sizes, with the biggest of them all claiming to deliver 620 miles on a single charge! With pretty decent performance figures and tech features, can the ET7 take on the Tesla Model S successfully?
LeBron James Seems To Dig The 2021 Hummer EV
We already know that LeBron James has been tapped to serve as a #HummerGMCAmbassador, but what we didn’t know is that part of the perks of being an ambassador is to take delivery of a Hummer EV First Edition right on your driveway and show it off on social media for the entire world to see.
2022 Genesis eG80
Hyundai’s premium brand Genesis was born just a few years ago and is already bringing some very competitive models to the market. Initially focused purely on luxury and sports sedans, they recently branched out to the SUV market as well.
Now, Genesis has decided to expand its portfolio even further by electrifying its lineup, starting with its flagship sedan. The G80 has already proven to be a capable platform and good value for money. The EV version of the big sedan dubbed the eG80 is said to arrive sometime in 2021 and will appeal to those looking for a luxury EV from a non-mainstream manufacturer.