Here’s How the Tesla Model Y’s Heat Pump Solves Range Issues In Colder Weather
It is a known fact that electric cars suffer from range issues in extreme temperatures. However, Musk’s team has come up with a solution to make EVs more efficient in colder climates. Tesla has equipped a heat pump in the Model Y to counter this problem and it has even left Elon Musk impressed.
The feature came to light when an owner discovered the heat pump in his Model Y. Even the owner’s manual mentions it. Could it be the next big thing in electric vehicles?
Audi’s New E-Tron S Can Drift, But What’s the Point?
Audi is looking to further refine and boost the powertrain found inside the e-tron, so it’s working hard on the so-called e-tron S, which gets a three-motor setup and better dynamics.
The German carmaker is hard at work developing the bumped-up powertrain that will underpin the incoming e-tron S models (regular and Sportback) and we’ve got to hold our hands up and admit they do look very good as far as performance is concerned.
2021 Audi E-Tron GT
Announced at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt earlier this year, the Audi E-Tron GT is a new all-electric four-door coupé destined to hit the market in 2020. Offered as part of the Audi electric onslaught in which the Ingolstadt-based company will reveal 20 new electric models by 2025, the Audi E-Tron GT will sit at the top of the Audi Sport division, and will be responsible for constructing an all-new character trait for Audi’s line of Sport vehicles. With models such as the Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A7, the company obviously has some proper knowledge of the four-door coupé design. The E-Tron GT will act as a flagship for this intriguing car segment.
Given the E-Tron GT will take technology, design features, cabin specs, and possibly drivetrain hardware from other E-Tron vehicles, we already know a thing or two about the new car. Marketed to fight against the likes of the Tesla Model S and similar entries from other manufacturers, the Audi E-Tron GT could be even more impressive than the recently introduced E-Tron Quattro SUV.
Update 03/09/2020: A prototype for the Audi E-Tron GT has finally been spotted in the wild. Check out the latest spy shots and what we’ve learned in our special “Spy Shots” section below!
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept
Dacia is finally joining the electric car bandwagon and to signal that intent, the Romanian Renault-owned carmaker has unveiled the Dacia Spring electric prototype which will spawn a road-legal car towards the beginning of 2021. Once that happens, the all-electric Dacia model will be Europe’s most-affordable all-electric vehicle.
2020 BMW iX3
Like most automakers out there, BMW announced plans to add a large number of electrified models, but while some companies are already offering a handful of EVs and hybrids, BMW doesn’t have much to offer beyond the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 hybrid sports car. But that’s about to change soon, as BMW developed a new-generation eDrive platform that will underpin a number of vehicles in the future. The new drivetrain made its debut in the iX3 Concept, which previews a production model based on the familiar X3 crossover.
Showcased at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the iX3 is a mildly revised X3 on the outside. This is a sign that BMW wants its electric lineup to be familiar to company enthusiasts and it’s a hint that upcoming EVs will share design cues with the conventional Bimmers instead of getting their own unique styling, like the i3. Specs and performance details are slim as of this writing, but BMW promises an innovative drivetrain layout, an output of at least 270 horsepower, and mileage of at least 400 km (249 miles). A prototype of the production model was already spotted in the wild, so it may be unveiled early next year. Let’s find out more in the speculative review below.
Update 2/28/2020: The BMW iX3 prototype has been spotted doing some cold-weather testing with little camo. Does this mean that a debut is imminent.
Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda?
There’s nothing we can say to further boost the Civic’s (and subsequently, the Type R’s) icon status among car nuts. But times are changing and with the current push for electrification, even such a revered moniker as the Type R is likely to adopt the trend sooner or later.
Recent info in that direction comes from within Honda’s official ranks. Apparently, there are folks over at Honda who believe in the possibility of an all-electric Type R-badged car, especially since the Japanese carmaker should begin mixing its performance-oriented cars with less polluting powertrains.
This New 2021 GMC Hummer EV Rendering Looks Just About Right
The Hummer’s transition from extinct gas-guzzler to reborn electric vehicle, albeit in pickup truck shape, has taken the car world by storm. And that’s an understatement. GMC cleverly released the right amount of specs to keep people on their toes and stir the online medium, yet nobody knows what the GMC Hummer EV will look like.
GMC’s cryptic picture of the truck’s front end doesn’t reveal much but it was all some needed to create a digital interpretation of what the Hummer EV might be.
Here’s What We Know So Far About The Adorable Honda e
Honda launched its cute little EV at the Geneva Show in 2019. The e features retro looks with modern technology and that caught everyone’s attention. Although the prototype was first seen in 2017, the e was in near-production form at last year’s Geneva show.
In September 2019, more details followed, and now, Honda has finally revealed all the details for this urban commuter. Honda had initially planned to get the e to the States first, but decided to launch it in Europe due to fear of low demand there. Here’s what Honda has revealed until now:
Nissan’s Ariya-derived EV Will Be as Fast or Faster Than a Z Car
Remember Nissan’s Ariya concept car? Well, you’d better, because it is slated to deliver a downpour of electric performance that might even put the Nissan 370Z to shame.
This new bit of information comes from Nissan’s very own senior global design Vice President Alfonso Albaisa, who admitted to Green Car Reports that ‘the real version of the Ariya is fast - faster or as fast as a Z car.’
2020 Lightyear One
There is no dearth of electric cars in the market today. The technology related to EVs is still developing and every automaker has to start from scratch. Perhaps, that is why you can see a lot of new automakers here.
Millennial companies like Tesla have become an existential threat to bigger marques like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. But, this has opened doors to a lot of new companies that are trying to make a name for themselves. One such company is Lightyear, started by a bunch of University students from the Netherlands back in 2016.
Faraday Future Can’t Get the FF91 to Market But Is Already Talking About Future Models
Faraday Future has had what has to be one of the hardest walks of life since its introduction. If you look back at our Faraday Future page, for example, you’ll see all kinds of stories about the company’s financial troubles, all of which came around the same time the first pre-production build of the FF91 came to life. After that, Faraday Future starting laying off workers which was followed a month later by the company’s co-founder leaving in haste. It got even worse as the company started a GoFundMe campaign just to lay off more employees a month later.
Faraday Future’s CEO, Carsten Breitfeld, might be pulling the company together a little better, with his main focus being on the FF91 and bring it to market – maybe by the end of 2020. However, during CES 2020, he expressed interest in several other cars and didn’t exactly rule out a Tesla Roadster competitor either. Here’s what we learned
2020 Rivian R1S
Does Rivian need any introduction? Arguably the most exciting startup to have emerged after Tesla, Rivian has put itself on the map with two products – the R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV – that are slated for a launch in the latter half of 2020. The Michigan-based startup debuted the R1S at the 2018 LA Auto Show. The Rivian twins have pretty much been in the news ever since then. Rivian is touted to be the next big thing in the EV industry, and from the looks of it, it could actually give Tesla a run for its money in the pickup truck and SUV market.
The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn’t Know Existed
Lotus just took a big step into the future by launching the Evija, its first-ever hypercar and first fully electric vehicle. Also likely to become the world most powerful production car, the Evija is a rather unusual car for an automaker known for affordable and lightweight sports cars. But as surprising as the Evija might seem, the truth is Lotus has been working with electrified drivetrains since the late 2000s. That’s a full decade of EVs and hybrids that haven’t received the attention they deserved. Granted, they’re all concept cars that never made it into production, but their existence signalled Lotus’ intentions. Also, several automakers based a handful of electrified vehicles on Lotus platforms. Let’s have a closer look at them.
2020 Sony Vision-S Concept
Just as we were prepared to suck it up and live with the painfully small amount of vehicles presented at CES 2020, Sony, known mostly for its electronics and PlayStation gaming consoles, drops the bomb by unveiling an all-electric car prototype.
No, it’s not a Porsche although it looks a lot like one, don’t you think? This contraption here is called Vision-S and with it, Sony wants to brag about its ability to keep up with the latest mobility trends that will ultimately turn our cars into downright entertainment spaces, especially once Level 5 autonomy begins to shift from exception to norm. Here’s what you need to know about the Sony Vision-S.
The World Now Has an Electric Fire Truck - Let’s Just Hope the Battery Doesn’t Die En-Route
Just like any other piece of hardware meant to make our lives easier (or save them, for that matter), fire trucks have evolved and improved over the years. While the very first fire-extinguishing tools were mere hand-action pumps that took water out of a bucket or large tub and sprayed it onto burning buildings, we can tell you with certainty that there’s now an all-electric fire truck ready to report for duty.
Revealed in prototype shape back in 2016, Rosenbauer’s fire truck, still dubbed CFT (Concept Fire Truck) was unveiled by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s fire chief with firm assurances that the department will buy one such vehicle to complement its firefighting fleet.
The Tesla Model 3 Will Make a Great Police Car and Sentry Mode Could Be a Big Assist
Tesla announced the Sentry Model in February, 2019, as an extra layer of protection added to its cars against theft. Essentially, Sentry Mode continuously monitors the car’s vicinity and reacts to various threats.
But as it turns out, a police department has deemed Tesla’s Sentry Mode as extremely useful for its officers and patrol cars.
Ford Used Its High-Tech Racing Simulator to Tune the Mustang Mach-E
Ford Performance has a super-cool, state-of-the-art racing simulator, and it’s not afraid to use it on its street cars as well. That’s how the freshly-released Mustang Mach-E became the first road-going Ford that had its parameters optimized using the 3D sim located in Concord, North Carolina.
Once the Ford GT was out of the pipeline and the Blue Oval could finally think about planning a return at Le Mans, the need for a racing program spruced to attention. To sustain it, Ford built the 33,000-square-foot Technical Support Center which helped other similar efforts along the way. But until now, it was never used in the development of a mass-produced street-legal car. The Mach-E changed that.
Don’t just expect the 2021 Mustang Mach-E to be a success based on its name
In unveiling the new Mustang Mach-E, Ford has booked a seat in the same electric car club that’s nowadays frequented by the leading big-name automakers: Tesla, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, and Porsche. Admittedly, the Blue Oval did arrive a tad late to the party. Now, threatened by the risk of falling behind its rivals that were already building and selling electric cars, Ford needed to come up with a quick and cost-effective solution that would allow it to launch it’s first serious electric car as soon as possible. The savior was none other than Ford’s iconic Mustang nameplate and, as exciting as that might sound, it will hold no weight in the model’s success (or failure).
2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Mazda has the MX-30. Volkswagen has the ID.3, and the ID.4 is almost done brewing. Porsche has the Taycan. Mercedes-Benz has the EQC and Audi the e-tron. BMW had the i3 and is now cooking the i4, while Jaguar relies on the I-Pace, so Volvo couldn’t just sit around and watch the competition get ahead. So there it is, the Swedish carmaker’s first-ever electric car, which opens the avenue for a downfall of EVs grouped under the Recharge moniker. Ladies and gents, let’s meet the new Volvo XC40 Recharge.
2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4
The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is the hybrid version of the Grandland X, a compact crossover than the German firm introduced in 2017 as a replacement for the Antara. It’s also the firm’s first hybrid vehicle. The Grandland X Hybrid4 features a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. The total output almost hits 300 horsepower.
One of the first models launched by Opel following the takeover by the PSA Group, the Grandland X shares many underpinnings with the Peugeot 3008, which also features a hybrid variant. Not only a big departure from the Antara and Zafira as far as technology goes, the Grandland X also pushes the German brand into the hybrid market for the very first time. Better late than never, right? Let’s find out more about this SUV in the review below.
Porsche Taycan Walkaround - Your First Real Look at the Interior
After what seemed like an eternity waiting for the production version of the Mission-E Concept, Porsche finally pulled the covers off of the Taycan, the German automaker’s first-ever production all-electric vehicle. To add to the surprise, Porsche introduced not one, but two versions of the Taycan with the all-too-familiar Turbo and Turbo S nomenclature. Confused? There’s a reason for the use of the names, or at least Porsche says so. In any event, the Taycan is here, and among its most intriguing features, apart from its all-electric powertrain, is its interior. It’s the first time we’re getting a good, clean look at the Taycan’s interior, and as you can imagine, it’s a very Porsche-like interior. It’s clean yet sophisticated, luxurious yet functional. There are some issues with space, but for the most part, sitting inside gives you the feeling that you’re sitting inside a Porsche. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?