2021 Opel Mokka-e
Opel/Vauxhall’s first all-electric SUV is called Mokka-e and comes with a radical design that’s far from what the Mokka has been showing since its inception.
Aided by the fusion with the PSA Group, the Germans seem to have finally found a direction for their future lineup, both design- and powertrain-wise, at least as electrification is concerned. Here’s all you need to know about the new Opel Mokka-e.
The Tesla Cybertruck’s First Public Outing Has Generated Tons of Attention
It’s been around seven months since the Cybertruck was officially launched. The truck is no more a closely guarded secret and it has been seen driving around L.A., but Tesla never made it accessible to the public… until now.
The automaker loaned a prototype of this one-of-a-kind truck to the Petersen Automotive Museum for the public to get a closer look. The truck is already on display and will be there till June 27.
The Tesla Cybertruck Could Have a Folding Rear Window for Expandable Cargo Room
By now, you’d expect Tesla to have zeroed down on the production version of the Cybertruck. However, the company is still making tweaks here and there and is even accepting suggestions from the public. A Twitter user recently suggested flipping down the rear window and folding the body panel to increase storage. Elon Musk replied saying it’s worth considering. It’s quite a good idea and will help people who carry long items in their trucks often.
Rivian R1V and R2X Trademarks Hint at a New Electric Van and Compact Crossover
Rivian is growing at a fast rate despite having a single product on the road to date. The company unveiled the R1T pickup truck and the R1S SUV at the 2018 LA Auto Show and has since become a familiar name in the industry. Rivian also hit the headlines courtesy of investment from two giants – Ford and Amazon.
The R1T and R1S show a lot of promise in theory and we are still some time away from seeing the products in the metal on the streets. Before they could be rolled out, Rivian is already prepping for two more products. MotorTrend reports that the EV automaker has filed for two new names – R1V and R2X – with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
How Many Humans Does it Take to Charge a Tesla Model X?
A lot of ideas in the past have emerged where it has proposed that devices like iPods and mobiles be charged using human kinetic energy. This inventor named Janne Käpylehto has done the same, but for a much larger ‘device’.
He created a power generating station for converting human energy to charge the Tesla Model X. Did he succeed? Of course he did, but the desired result may not be very pleasing to everyone. Nevertheless, it’s an innovation.
Watch the Tesla Cybertruck Cruise Around Mars in This Fan-Made Video
When we got the first glimpse of the Cybertruck, we were convinced that this vehicle doesn’t belong here and it sure is ‘out of the world’. It became the talk of the town for its unconventional, unorthodox design philosophy. But, how would it fare on another planet? Thanks to this video by youtuber Holmes Draws, we can now imagine how the Tesla would look on outer space.
Ford’s Alliance With Volkswagen Means the Next Ford EV Will Be a Badge-Engineered ID4 Crossover
The Ford-Volkswagen alliance has been brewing for a couple of years now. Things started looking stale in between, but it looks like everything is getting back on track.
According to Ford Authority, the alliance between the two automakers is expected to be finalized by the end of June. Also, the German automaker’s board has approved several projects, one of which is a new Ford electric vehicle that will be underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Do you think it will be a badge-engineered ID.4 crossover?
Tesla Slashes Prices For Model S, Model 3, and Model X
Tesla has reduced the prices of its three most popular models in what seems to be an attempt to revive demand and sales. Riding on the back of a fairly successful quarter, Tesla is looking to repeat the feat at a time when many automakers are even struggling to break even.
The electric automaker has lowered the price of the Model 3 by $2,000, the Model S and Model X by $5,000. The Model Y doesn’t get a price cut, which makes sense considering it’s a newly-launched product.
The 2021 BMW X2 Goes Hybrid With 35 Miles of EV Range, But There Is a Trade-Off
Unveiled in 2017 as a slightly smaller and sportier alternative to the X1, the X2 was well received and sold more than 120,000 units in its first two years on the market. Come 2020, and BMW is introducing the first hybrid drivetrain for the subcompact SUV. The new trim is called the xDrive25e and combines the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine in the base model with an electric motor. Launched in Europe for now, the hybrid should join the sDrive28i and the M35i models in the United States soon. Let’s see what it has to offer.
Here’s Your First Look at the Dyson EV That Wasn’t Meant for This World
Remember Dyson’s EV? We do, but not in a positive way. In October 2019, the ambitious project was shut down by James Dyson because he couldn’t figure out a way to make it commercially viable and not because of R&D struggles, as some initially believed.
Fast forward to May 2020 and we get a look at the car, but not because it debuted or anything, but because Mr. Dyson spoke to The Times (subscription required) and revealed some interesting details about the car.
Elon Musk Threatens to Move Tesla HQ to Texas/Nevada, Could Shutdown Fremont Factory
Elon Musk is always in the news for some or the other reason, but this one is serious. He announced that Tesla will move its headquarters from California to Texas or Nevada due to California’s response to COVID-19.
The ongoing pandemic has left a big dent on all the businesses worldwide. However, they are slowly trying to get back on track by cautiously starting business activities again. Many automakers across the States are also resuming production activities this month, however, California plans to start from June 1. This led to Musk lashing out at the decision and shocked everyone with the announcement on Twitter. Was this response a little too harsh from the outspoken CEO?
Volkswagen Believes that Stand-Alone EVs Are the Key to Surviving Electrification
While many automakers are still hooked on offering electric versions of their existing combustion cars, Volkswagen thinks that stand-alone EV models are the best option for the future. Volkswagen design chief Klauf Bischoff says that the brand’s upcoming line of ID models is a better solution than to simply roll out electric variants of models like the Golf, Passat, and Tiguan. He argues that electric car can’t reach their full potential "in the traditional space" offered by a vehicle designed for internal combustion engines.
Bollinger Unveils Class 3 Electric Chassis Cab
Bollinger has unveiled a Chassis Cab version of its electric truck for its commercial customers called the Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab. It is based on the Class 3 platform called the E-Chassis which Bollinger revealed last month.
The automaker claims that it is “the world’s first and only Class 3 all-electric chassis-cab truck platform.” Will this help Bollinger make a mark for itself in the commercial electric truck market?
BMW Believes That Solid State Batteries Are Still At Least 7 Years Out
The biggest challenge that EVs are facing today has to do with batteries. To be more specific, extracting maximum range from the batteries and reduce the charging times. There are a lot of technologies being developed that would be the solution to these problems, but the brightest one as of now is the solid-state battery. These are much safer, but cost a lot more than lithium-ion packs, and its application in EVs is not mainstream yet. How long would it take for it to feature in EVs, you ask? BMW says at least seven years.
A Mini Cooper SE Can Beat the Tesla Model 3 in a Drag Race - Kind of
There is no doubt that Tesla vehicles are fast. But, Tesla offers certain modes that let you cruise slowly and in a sedate manner when you’re not in the mood to just sprint off the line. The folks at InsideEVs decided to use this ‘loophole’ to pit the Model 3 Performance against a Mini SE. It goes unsaid that the Model 3 will win the race, but what if it is switched into the Chill Mode? Check out this video of the Model 3 take on the Mini SE twice in two different modes.
GMC Hummer EV Launch Delayed Due To COVID-19
Back in January, GM announced that the Hummer brand is making a comeback as an electric brand. A couple of weeks later, the automaker teased the reincarnated brand’s first vehicle, an electric truck, in a commercial at the 2020 Superbowl. The short ads revealed a few details about the ‘quiet revolution’ along with the reveal date – May 20, 2020. The countdown had already begun and people were already looking forward to it, but it looks like the launch is delayed. The company announced in a statement that the Hummer EV’s launch is delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. Well, that’s the latest launch to be affected by COVID-19.
The $70,000 Tesla Model Y Has a Lot of Build Quality Issues
Back in May 2018, Tesla was looking for auto technicians to work on repairing vehicles that just came off the production line in Tesla’s Fremont plant. Two years later, the company still can’t get car assembly right, not even on a $70,000 Model Y. So, should Tesla still claim that it makes premium automobiles?
If You Think the Porsche Taycan’s Range Is Laughable Now, Just Wait Until the Cheaper Model Arrives
The Porsche Taycan has mainly been in the news for two reasons – the exorbitant price and the laughable range. In fact, Porsche recently said that it doesn’t consider Tesla as its rival. While this is true to an extent, it still sounded like a justification because it couldn’t match the latter’s battery range. Well, it looks like Porsche is going to get some heat for this as well. The company is coming up with a cheaper trim of the Taycan with a two-wheel-drive configuration and a ‘smaller battery’.
Did You Know That All Of Tesla’s Products Are Acronymized To Spell SEXY CARS?
Back in February this year, Tesla took part in the Scaled Machine Learning Conference. Tesla’s Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence Andrej Karpathy gave a presentation on the use of artificial intelligence for full self driving.
While the whole presentation is informative and throws light on Tesla’s scaling machine learning models, data algorithms, and infrastructure, there was one particular slide that caught our attention. This showed the whole Tesla range consisting of eight products and the font used to depict them spells out as SEXY CARS. Is this a mere coincidence or an intentional wordplay?
The Lordstown Endurance Pickup Will Still Debut This Summer, But Deliveries Pushed to Next Year
Deliveries for the Lordstown Endurance were supposed to begin in December 2020. But, courtesy of the ongoing pandemic, the timeline is pushed by a month. Lordstown was also going to launch the electric truck at the 2020 Detroit Auto Show. Even though the motor show is canceled, the automaker will still launch the Endurance around the same time digitally. Will we see this happening with other launches as well?