Volkswagen Considering Battery Swapping in China But Says No Way Jose to the United States
In theory, battery-swapping is a good way for electric vehicles to remain on the road longer. Depleted battery packs can be removed in favor of a fully charged replacement, and EV owners won’t have to worry as much about the amount of range they have left in the batteries. The whole process is quicker than charging a depleted battery and the process of replacing and installing sounds easy, or so it seems. Reality, however, paints an entirely different picture. Battery-swapping comes with a much more complicated procedure behind it, so much so that Volkswagen has no intention of offering the technology in the U.S. or any other market in the world. The only potential exception? China.
History Keeps Repeating Itself as Elon Musk Suspends Tesla Model 3 Production Yet Again
When Tesla announced the Model 3, it seemed that Elon Musk finally found a way to offer an electric car that middle-class drivers can afford. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and much like it happened with the Model X, production of the Model 3 suffered a few delays. Come April 2018, and Tesla has halted production once again in order to improve automation and address bottlenecks in the production process. The action comes a few days after Elon Musk tweeted that "excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake" and that "humans are underrated."
Honda to Unveil All-New Sedan and EV at the Beijing Auto Show
Japanese automaker Honda has been rather busy lately when it comes to new vehicles. But alongside new versions of the Civic, Accord, Clarity, and Insight, the carmaker also unveiled a couple of intriguing, all-electric concepts recently: the Urban EV and the Sports EV. And it seems that the Japanese aren’t stopping here, with two new concept vehicles set to break cover at the Beijing Auto Show in China later this month. And both are developed with the company’s local partners in China.
In Preparation for Mission E Deliveries, Porsche to Install 500 Fast Chargers Across the U.S. by EOY 2019
Porsche is going all-hands on deck in anticipation of the arrival of the Mission E, the company’s first-ever electric car. With the production version of the Mission E set to arrive next year, Porsche Cars North America is laying the groundwork to build at least 500 fast chargers at dealerships and highway locations across the U.S. by the end of 2019. The goal is to help ease potential range anxiety among Porsche owners, specifically those who buy the production version of the Mission E, as well as the automaker’s future EV models.
In the Midst of Model 3 Woes, Tesla Looks for Parts Suppliers for the Model Y; Hopes to Start Production in November 2019
As per a report from Reuters, Tesla is planning to commence the production of its new crossover - Model Y - by November 2019. Reports also suggest that CEO Elon Musk is accepting preliminary bids for supplier contracts on the Model Y. This comes amidst news of continues Model 3 struggles.
The Chevy Bolt Is Here for the Long Haul; Won’t See a Refresh Until 2025
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a five-door all-electric hatch bubble released just a few years ago for the 2017 model year. Now, rumor has it GM has a new-gen in the works, but apparently, it won’t see the light of day for at least another seven years.
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Peugeot Doesn’t Need a Dedicated Electric Car so Don’t Expect One Anytime Soon
How often have you seen a CEO announce that they don’t need a dedicated electric car in their line-up? And that too at a time when every manufacturer, from Nissan to Ferrari, is developing at least one car to keep up with the ’trend’? Perhaps never; until now. Jean-Phillipe Imparato, CEO Peugeot, spoke with Autocar recently and revealed Peugeot’s near-future plans which do not include a dedicated EV. Read on to know more.
Smart Car to Become Global EV Brand, Taking Over Europe Once North America is Conquered
Long thought to be a cute little brand that had a much lower ceiling than most automakers in the industry, Daimler-owned smart is now setting its sights on becoming a full-fledged global all-electric car brand. The announcement was made by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who indicated plans to turn Smart into an all-electric brand in Europe, following a similar announcement made for the North American market last year.
Rumor: The Mini Electric Concept Could Come to Life as the BMW i1
Having joined the electric car market with the i3 and i8 in 2013, BMW is now looking to expand its EV lineup with at least a couple more models. There have been rumors of i4 and i5 cars, an iX3 crossover, and even a production model based on the iNext concept. It’s difficult to predict which one will arrive first, but a new rumor claims that BMW is now considering the i1 nameplate.
Can You Imagine a World Where Porsche Only Makes Electric Vehicles? Porsche CEO Oliver Blume Certainly Can
Porsche is setting its sights on becoming one of the most aggressive legacy automakers when it comes to selling electric vehicles. The German auto brand has already made it known that it plans to turn half of its entire model portfolio into electric cars in the next six years. Now, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is projecting a more ambitious long-term goal for the company, one that would effectively turn all Porsche models into electric cars by 2030.
Audi turned the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept into a real-life, drivable track car and this lucky fella gets to take it around a track. We should all be so lucky. The real question is whether or not you’ll ever be able to get used to hearing a car make the noise this thing does...
Will the Return of the "Mach" Name on an SUV be a Wining Move for Ford?
One thing is clear - Ford has been clumsy with its ’Focus’ on electric cars (pun intended). While every other car manufacturer seems to have a plan of action in place for the future, Ford has just been launching facelifts or next generations of their existing products (read: Explorer and Everest). However, at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the Blue Oval teased us with an electric SUV tentatively named Mach 1. This probably restored some faith in the fans and stakeholders. So, what is it all about? Read on.
Buick’s Cooking Up An Electric Concept To Show Off in Beijing
Buick is continuing its brand revival with a new concept vehicle that’s scheduled to debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April. The concept, called the Enspire, is the latest model to showcase General Motors’ plans for Buick moving forward. Its China debut also isn’t by accident; the General has been excessively aggressive in establishing the Buick brand in China, a country where the automaker sells most of its models.
Is it the End of the Road for the BMW i3 and i8?
The i3 and i8 kicked off the electrified range of cars for BMW in 2013. Not only did the cars succeed on the market, but they also offered a good share of the EV segment to BMW. However, the i3 and i8 might actually be phased out after the current generation. Read on to learn more.
Without Telsa-Like Protective Features, the Lucid Air Just Managed to Hit 235 MPH
Lucid Motors doesn’t get as many headlines as Tesla or a lot of other electric car manufacturers that are trying to break into the segment. But, when it does, it’s usually for similar financial reasons. This time, though, Lucid Motors is in the news because of what its all-electric sedan, the Lucid Air, managed to accomplish. The company’s first foray into the electric car market managed to hit a top speed of 235 mph. Sure, it did it without a speed limiter, but any car that can push 235 mph is impressive, regardless of whether it’s an EV or not.