Mercedes Sets Its Sights on Organic Battery Technology
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered that the EVs may be environment-friendly, but are lithium-ion batteries contributing positively to the same cause? Although these batteries are recyclable, lithium is a highly reactive element and can have adverse effects on the environment and our health if not discarded properly.
But it looks like Mercedes-Benz has come up with a solution to work around this. The German automaker is working on building organic batteries and that could be a perfect alternative to lithium-ion batteries. However, the automaker says that the technology is still 15-20 years away from becoming mainstream.
Right now, we know that GM is working on a Hummer EV, and we know that, for some reason, the company thinks the Cadillac brand can sell a six-figure car, known as the Celestiq. I have downright critisized the brand on a number of occasions for not taking EVs seriously enough and, more recently, for the whole Celestiq situation. To me, it seems like GM just doesn’t know what it’s doing, and I always assumed it was because of poor leadership. Now, word has surfaced that Honda and GM are teaming up on EVs. To be more specific, GM is going to help Honda develop it’s next two EVs, and at first I thought this was a very bad move, but then I saw the bigger picture.
2022 BMW iNext Electric SUV
When BMW launched the Vision iNext concept at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show, it took the world by surprise. It was supposed to be the next big thing to come out of the company’s stable, but all people could talk about was that gaudy grille that eclipsed everything else.
The crossover with the Bavarian DNA is designed to combine advanced autonomous systems, connectivity, and electrification blended into one recipe that is touted to be the company’s flagship electric product. The model sits on a new platform and will provide the building blocks for the automaker moving forward. Is this a preview of what we can expect from BMW 10 years down the line?
Can You React Faster Than Tesla’s Emergency Brake System?
Alright, so Tesla’s Emergency Braking System has, without a doubt, saved a lot of lives or at least prevented a lot of injuries. Tesla doesn’t tell us exactly how its AEB system works or how fast it responds, but the guys over at Select Car Leasing analyzed a bunch of video and came up with a rough, but probably fairly accurate estimation: 0.3 seconds. I don’t have to tell you how fast that is, but it does raise a major question: Is it humanly possible to react as faster or faster than Tesla’s AEB system?
To find out the guys over at SCL put together a short, addicting, and painfully frustrating game that aims to figure out just that. It puts you in the driver’s seat of a test with autobrake disabled, and it’s on you to react as quickly as possible and hit the brakes when an obstruction suddenly appears in the road (all you have to do is hit the space bar). I’ve been playing this thing for, I kid you not, two hours and still can’t beat Tesla (The boss is pissed, by the way.) I came close at 362 milliseconds, but the Tesla was still a little faster. We’ve embedded the game below, so give it a try and let us know how quickly you can do it.
Update: A staffer here at TopSpeed actually managed to beat the Tesla, reacting in just 293 milliseconds. So, your new goal is to beat her time. Think you’re up for it?
Here’s How Tesla’s "Touchless Delivery" Played Out In Belgium
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on a lot of things, including new car deliveries. While some of them are grounded at home following a lockdown and some of them are just postponing it, there are, however, a few people who are ready to take deliveries of their cars.
To follow all social distancing protocols and avoid human contact as much as possible, Tesla is doing “Touchless Deliveries” wherein people can pick up their new cars without coming in touch with any other human being.
In this video, you can see a new Model 3 owner take delivery of his latest possession without physically interacting with any Tesla employee. It’s a good move on Tesla’s part to curb the outbreak wherever and however possible.
2021 Audi e-tron GT: Everything We Know So Far
Audi showed the e-tron GT conceptback in 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The road-going version of this prototype is expected to debut this year in LA, but until that happens, the world needs to figure out the coronavirus outbreak and Audi has to apply the finishing touches on its new performance EV.
Rivian Has a Unique Solution to Cater Specifically to Police Officers
We recently heard Indiana Police Department say it’ll update its fleet with Tesla Model 3s. Not to mention, when law enforcement agencies purchase vehicles, it is generally in big numbers. To make sure Tesla doesn’t penetrate deep into this target market and bags all the potential future orders, Rivian has come up with a solution that is aimed at the convenience of the police officers.
The automaker has developed an unusual design for its seats that makes it comfortable for them to sit and drive around when carrying their guns and weapon gear. Will this be enough to convince the agencies to consider Rivian vehicles to replace their current fleet?
COVID-19 Relief: Check out the awesome BMW i4 with Supercar Blondie
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping most of us locked inside our houses, so it’s crucial to find ways to stay away from the depression and anxiety that usually come with isolation. Sure, there’s always Netflix and hobbies, but if you love cars, Supercar Blondie is a cool YouTube channel to follow. In her latest episode, Supercar Blondie is taking a look at the BMW Concept i4, the all-electric sedan that will go into production in 2021. And you can also learn a few cool details about it.
Porsche’s 200-Page Annual and Sustainability Report Had a Little Surprise In It
Reports about the Porsche Macan EV have been bouncing back and forth for a year now, with the latest news being that it may only be sold as an EV from 2024 onward. This news came via an external report, but it is mentioned briefly in Porsche’s Annual and Sustainability Report for 2019 and that it is scheduled to launch in 2022. What was more interesting in that report, however, is reference to a jacked-up rugged wagon, once known as the Mission-E Cross Turismo Concept. Do you see where this is going? Are you getting excited yet?
A Leaked Naming List Tells Us What to Expect from AMG and the Next-Gen Mercedes SL-Class
The Mercedes SL-Class as you know it today entered the market back in 2013, and it’s about time we see a next-gen model. It is, quite honestly, the oldest model in Merc’s lineup right now since the SLC has been discontinued. Way back in 2018, we learned (or heard rumors, rather) that the AMG SL73 could be making a comeback with the introduction of the seventh-gen model, and a new leak points to a handful of new AMG SL models, one of which is the SL73. Well, kind of.
Porsche Macan EV Timetable – Everything is Changing
The Porsche Macan’s timeline isn’t written in stone and seems to be changing so frequently that it’s hard to keep up with. Back in March of 2019, we heard that the next-gen 2021 Macan would be offered as an EV only. Then, news about the Macan EV pretty much dried up until February 2020 when we learned that Porsche would sell the current-gen Macan (in facelifted form) alongside the next-gen Macan EV. A new report, coming directly from Germany, says Porsche is considering the bravest move it’s made since it almost replaced the 911 with the 928.
This is How Bollinger Imagines It Will Take Over the Commercial EV Market
Bollinger revealed its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck back in the fourth quarter of 2019. Both products are essentially one and the same, except in different body shapes. Unlike any other electric vehicle today that is loaded to the gill with gizmos and electronic shenanigans, the Bollinger twins are a breath of fresh air. These vehicles are as basic as they can get and are sure to please the purists and old-school lovers. But, that doesn’t mean the B1 and the B2 are built on a basic architecture.
Earlier this month, Bollinger Motors unveiled its patent-pending E-Chassis. Bollinger claims that this is the world’s first and only Class 3 electric platform that’s built and designed with commercial applications and versatility in mind. This E-Chassis will serve as the base for the Bollinger B1, B2, and the company’s other future products.
BMW i7 Confirmed Along With the Fate of V-8 and V-12 Engines
After the turn of the decade, we reported that BMW would be one of the last automakers to drop the internal combustion engine. In that same report, we explained more about what that meant and that while the four- and six-cylinder engines would be in play for a while, BMW’s V-8 and V-12 were living on borrowed time. We even told you that by 2023 BMW’s V-12 would probably be retired. Now, that fate has essentially be sealed as BMW has confirmed that the new BMW 7 Series – due in late 2021 or early 2022 – will be offered with a range of gasoline and diesel engines and even hybrid and pure-electric propulsion systems. So, we’ve got confirmation that the BMW i7 is coming, but we’ve also learned that the V-8 and V-12 are officially on the chopping block.
What Do People Have To Say About The Model Y?
It looks like the Coronavirus ‘catastrophe’ has not affected Tesla one bit. The automaker finally commenced deliveries of the Model Y in the U.S. and it has been the talk of the town ever since.
The Model Y is the fifth production model from Tesla and is going to be the most important product in the lineup. In fact, even Elon Musk believes that Model Y will eventually be the highest-selling product for the company. Now that the crossover is out, does it live up to its hype? A few popular YouTubers managed to get their hands on it and here is a recap of their initial impression about the Tesla Model Y.