Bugatti Could Reveal a Rimac-Powered Electric Hypercar In October 2020
Following rumors that the Volkswagen Group will sell the Bugatti brand to Croatian electric carmaker Rimac, it has now surfaced that the French brand will unveil a Rimac-powered hypercar in October 2020.
Bugatti’s first electric vehicle will be heavily inspired by the Vision Le Mans concept. Rumors also claim that it will be a track-only model and that it will be built in extremely limited numbers or might be a one-off.
Elon Musk Is Promising a $25,000 Tesla in Three Years
A few years ago when it only sold the Model S, Tesla promised a new electric car that would be better and more affordable than the Nissan Leaf. That project became the Model 3, but even though it is better than the Leaf, it’s not more affordable. Originally targeted to start from around $30,000, the Model 3 was priced from $35,000, and it currently retails from almost $38,000. Come 2020 and Elon Musk promises that Tesla will make a $25,000 car in three years.
Tesla Battery Day 2020 - All You Need To Know
The much-hyped and anticipated Tesla Battery Day is now done and dusted, but it brought some news on Tesla’s advancements in the battery tech department. It started with the Annual Shareholders Meeting and then moved on to the Battery Day event.
The event was witnessed by 240 shareholders, each sitting in a Model 3, while the rest of the world watched the live stream on the website. As expected, Tesla announced a cheaper battery, but it is still some time away. There were a few other announcements apart from this, and here’s a rundown of the event:
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 - The First VW ID To Arrive In The United States
The Volkswagen ID.4 – the first ID EV model to make its way to U.S. shores, has finally been revealed, and it looks to compete in a cut-throat segment. Riding on VW’s new MEB architecture, the same underpinnings that supports the ID.3 hatch, the ID.4 features an 82-kWh battery (77-kWh of which is usable) and a rear-mounted motor that’s good for 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. VW’s press release promises a range of 520 km or 323 miles on the WLTP scale, which boils down to about 250 miles of range per charge in the real world. To help ease the pain of range anxiety, however, the ID.4 will come with three years of unlimited charging. In a DC fast charger rated at 125 kW, VW claims that the ID.4 can suck in 198 miles worth of electricity in 30 minutes.
According to VW, the ID.4 is capable of hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in 8.5 seconds and tops out at just 99.41 mph. Come spring of 2021, VW will offer an AWD model that will boast a total of 302 horsepower, an extra 101 ponies coming from the front motor. Torque, we suspect will be somewhere in the 300 pound-foot range, but that is purely speculation at this point. VW’s new EV does offer up 8.26-inches (21 cm) of ground clearance, which is said to be enough to handle “gentle off-road terrain.”
The inside is fairly basic for an EV, but comes off as a decent blend between modern design and futuristic tech. A driver-oriented infotainment system sits atop the dash with a small horizontal screen providing basic driving information like speed, range, and the like. Luggage capacity is rated at 19.17 cubic-feet with max storage coming in at 55.62 cubic-feet. Overall, the ID.4 could bring quite the fight to models like the Hyundai Kona EV, Chevy Bolt, and Nissan Leaf, but only time will tell how successful it can really be.
The Tesla Model S Plaid Is Astronomically Expensive
The highly anticipated Plaid version of the Tesla Model S was unveiled by Elon Murk at the company’s Battery Day event on September 20. Musk announced the car’s specs, and since then, the range-topping version was added to the Model S’ online configurator. The Model S Plaid is mighty impressive when it comes to performance and range, but it’s also incredibly expensive, costing twice as much as the Long Range model and some $45,000 more than the Performance version. It’s also the only Model S that fetches more than $100,000 before options.
Rolls-Royce Customers Don’t Want EVs Because It Requires Effort to Plug Them In
Rolls-Royce is, quite literally, one of the last automakers to make the step forward into electrification. The company doesn’t do hybrids and, so far, has been rather mute about its intentions to go electric anytime soon. When you serve up $300,000 cars at the entry-level, things are a little different for you, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid change forever. A new report has shed some light on why Rolls-Royce has avoided change so far, what the brand’s take on hybridization is, and just when we’ll finally see it venture into the world of EVs.
Take a 20-Minute Vacation With the 2020 Drako GTE
It can reach a top speed of 206 mph, it uses four permanent-magnet electric motors and it packs 1200 horsepower and 6000+ pound-feet of torque. This, ladies and gents is the Drako GTE. We know you’ve read the specs and devoured the official pictures, but the GTE is ever-surprising. Let’s check out Vehicle Virgins’ latest video of the lightning quick Drako GTE.
Tesla’s In-House Batteries Will Land In the New Roadster and Cybertruck First
As always, Musk made some interesting tweets just before Tesla Battery Day. One of them indicated that the upcoming Roadster, Cybertruck, and the SEMI will be powered by Tesla’s in-house batteries. However, before people start pointing fingers at Tesla, Musk also made it clear that they shouldn’t expect anything until 2022. Well, at least we got some information on before the Battery Day officially commenced.
This Is The Most Efficient Classic Land Rover Ever Made
What started as guilt-trip driving around in an oil-burning-engined car to access the innermost parts of Australia resulted in a start-up that now converts, sells, and rents electric Land Rovers. Australia-based Jaunt Motors recently converted an old diesel Land Rover into an electric car, the reason behind it being to create an environment-friendly four-wheel-drive vehicle. The yesteryear SUV now comes with electric motors and Tesla batteries powering it. Is this the best way to enjoy classic, hardcore SUVs without feeling guilty about harming the environment?
The Tesla Roadster Will Try to Straighten The Nürburgring in 2021
The news surrounding the Roadster has surely gotten us frustrated at some point or the other. It was unveiled in 2017 and was expected to hit the roads in 2020, but Tesla made it clear that the Roadster is not its priority and it will arrive later.
Although its arrival date is pushed to 2022 for now, we do get constant updates about it every now and then. This time, it comes from none other than the CEO himself about the Roadster going to Nurburgring. Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the Roadster will hit the tarmac on the Green Hell next year. From what we know already, can it set a record?
Tesla Driver in Canada Earns Criminal Charges After Sleeping With Autopilot Engaged
A strange incident happened in Canada recently involving a couple of people, two seats that were “fully reclined,” and a Tesla Model S that was driving 140 km/h (87 mph) on Autopilot. As a report from Canada’s federal police goes, a Tesla Model S driver was cited for a dangerous driving charge after he was caught sleeping with his seat “fully reclined” as his Model S was running at high speeds on one of the country’s highways. The Alberta RCMP was alerted of the incident by a commuter who noticed that both front seats were completely reclined, and both occupants appeared to be sleeping. Responding officers pursued the self-driving electric sedan until it stopped. In addition to the dangerous driving charge, the driver also received a speeding ticket for deciding to take a nap while he was on the road. As stories of Tesla’s Autopilot systems go, this one ranks up there as one of the most surreal incidences involving Tesla’s self-driving technology. Fortunately, the driver’s recklessness didn’t result in any car crashes or accidents, only a few punishments for his unparalleled recklessness and inanity.
The Electric Ford F-150 Has Been Teased Looking Ugly As Sin
Ford recently revealed a teaser image of the electric F-150 while announcing the company’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. From the looks of it, Ford seems to have followed Rivian and Tesla’s footsteps to come up with a bold truck that doesn’t look to share a lot of similarity with the internal combustion-engined crop of trucks. It’s too soon to comment, but it looks, well, weird.