You Might Want to Think Twice About Putting Big Wheels On Your EV
Since electric powertrains have started crawling inside our cars, manufacturers had to find ways to make said powertrains as efficient as possible. Aside from battery chemistry, size, and other such factors, an EV’s ability to travel more miles on a full charge is also an affair of aerodynamics and rolling resistance.
In the video below, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained shows why big wheels impact an electric car’s driving range.
Ford Unveils The 2022 E-Transit Electric Van
In an interview recently, Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley said, “There’s been a lot written about the electrification of our industry and Ford’s bet is different. We’re betting on a full lineup of commercial electrified vehicles.”
Well, it looks like the company has started its journey in the segment by unveiled the electric version of the world’s best-selling cargo van, the E-Transit. The van comes with connected services, an on-board generator, a range of 126 miles, and most importantly, a starting price of under $45,000. Will the E-Transit be as successful as the standard Transit?
Rivian Reveals the Trim Levels and Pricing of the R1T and the R1S
Rivian created a splash when it announced and showcased the R1T pickup truck and the R1T SUV. The products looked stunning, came with some brilliant features and specs, and was touted to be the segment leader with these offerings. We kept getting updates on the products ever since, but Rivian hadn’t officially launched it with all the details. Now, after many years, we have some concrete information. Rivian has announced the packages, pricing, and some more information for both these vehicles. Brace yourselves, folks; it’s finally happening!
Is This REALLY The Fastest Nissan 350Z On The Planet?
We’ve seen our fair share of tuned Nissan 350Z over the sports car’s long career. Some are good examples of what a tweaked Z should be while other are festivals of tasteless work. Mountainpass Performance’s 350Z falls in the first category. Even more, it’s built with racing in mind (not street racing, though) and it even packs an electric motor.
Can the Chinese-Built Xpeng P7 Hold Its Own on American Soil?
Spotting an electric car on a public road used to be a rare event a few years ago. As more and more automakers join the niche, this is no longer the case, because EVs are now more common and more affordable. And several carmakers are preparing their assault on the electric car market.
China’s Xpeng is one of them. Established only six years ago, Xpeng unveiled its second production model, the P7, in 2020 and it wants to sell it in the United States. The P7 was displayed at the New York Stock Exchange earlier this year and it was driven for the first time on U.S. soil.
The Chevy Bolt EUV Is Starting to Look Attractive With All This Fresh Technology
Launched in 2016, the Chevrolet Bolt has led GM’s assault on the electric car market in recent years. The subcompact hatchback is about to be joined by a second Bolt model, called the EUV. That’s short of Electric Utility Vehicle, because the Bolt EUV will be a crossover version of the Bolt EV.
In development since 2019, the Bolt EUV will go into production in 2021 and Chevrolet is already teasing the EV. Chevy’s latest video gives us our first glimpse at the interior.
The BMW Vision iNext Just Became The iX Flagship, And It’s Still A Concept
Remember the Vision iNext concept that BMW unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show? It’s now called the iX, and it’s one step closer to production. Although it’s still a concept vehicle, the iX doesn’t look as futuristic as the iNext, but it previous technology that we will find in BMW production models in the future. Set to go into production in late 2021, the iX will become BMW’s flagship electric vehicle, so it will slot above the X3-based iX3. The big news here is that the iX is built on a new, modular, and scalable platform for electric vehicles.
2022 BMW iX - Photo Gallery
The BMW Vision iNEXT has become the BMW iX – a pre-production prototype that previews the brand’s upcoming electric SUV. With a year still to go before its market launch at the end of 2021, the BMW Group is providing a first look ahead to the future BMW iX, which is currently still in the series development phase. The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable future toolkit developed by the BMW Group and focused on a fresh interpretation of design, sustainability, driving pleasure, versatility and luxury. Check out our awesome photo gallery below!
2020 Lynk & Co Zero Concept
Lynk & Co is not exactly popular outside China, but it’s been doing well in the Asian country and it’s looking to expand in the near future. The brand is already selling five different vehicles, which share underpinnings with Volvo, as both Lynk & Co and the Swedish carmaker are owned by Geely. At the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, Lynk & Co unveiled the Zero Concept, a crossover that previews an upcoming production model with an all-electric drivetrain.
First Video Review of the Hummer EV Reminds US That The Car Doesn’t Actually Exist
General Motors has recently unveiled the GMC Hummer EV, an all-electric revival of the iconic SUV and truck. But deliveries of the all-electric hauler won’t commence until late 2021 when the limited-edition and expensive Edition 1 trim rolls off the assembly line. The Hummer EV is still some 12 months away, but Emelia Hartford got her hands on one for a quick walkaround.
The Bentley Brand As You Know It Is On The Verge of Death
Whether they like it or not, carmakers need to adjust to the times and for now, the electrification trend looks like the way the car industry is heading. While automakers like Ferrari are claiming they’ll stay loyal to the internal combustion engine, others are going head first into electrification.
Bentley is one of them, most likely pushed from behind by the whole Volkswagen Group’s change of direction in recent years, following what we all know as Dieselgate. The luxury carmaker has outlined some ambitions plans for the future, including full range electrification by 2026 and a fully-electric lineup by 2030.
Ford Draws The Evolutionary Line At the Electric F-150
Ford hasn’t revealed a lot of details about the electric F-150 yet. Other than its train-pulling stunt and the teaser image revealed recently, there isn’t much known about it. Now, however, we have a big update. As it turns out, Ford doesn’t have any plans to build an electric Super Duty truck. Ford is the best truck seller for decades now, so this might come as a shock to a lot of customers who were probably looking to upgrade to an electric Super Duty in the future. But, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that we saw it coming.
The Totem Electric GT Is A Guilt-Free Alternative To the Alfa Romeo GTA
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is an all-time classic. Based on the Giulia Berlina of the mid-’60s, this sporty two-door model racked up countless wins for Alfa Romeo on the tracks where the GTA built its giant-killer reputation.
Now, some 55 years later, Totem Automobili is finally ready to reveal to us the Electric GT, a hand-built, modern take on the GTA that packs 518 electric horsepower and 518 and 692 pound-feet of torque. Detractors, however, argue this is nothing more but an exercise in automotive sacrilege. Read on to find out why.
Ford Knows It Can’t Compete With Porsche and Tesla; More Affordable EVs Coming
Ford is the world’s fifth-largest automaker and there is a reason behind it. One can argue the company’s strategic moves over the years, but there’s no denying that Ford knows what it’s doing. Now with the world moving towards electrification, Ford has decided to pick its battles carefully and position itself as more of an affordable EV maker than a premium one that sells cars with six-digit price tags.
The company’s CEO, Jim Farley, has promised that Ford will be making electric vehicles starting from as low as $20,000 and not go past the $70,000 bracket. It looks like Ford is going for volume over profits in this segment. Is it a smart move?
2020 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Electric Connect And Cruise
After unveiling the E-10 electric concept last year, Chevy has now unveiled a 1977 Blazer K5 electric concept for the SEMA show that previews the company’s crate powertrain future. For a company that didn’t seem to be as vested in electrification as other automakers until recently, this is a very big step. This concept also gives us a peek at the upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise package that’s expected to come sometime next year.
RAM Will Take On The GMC Hummer With an Electric Pickup - The Question Is When?
Electric pickup trucks are slowly becoming a thing. Major companies like Ford, General Motors, and Tesla have already announced electrified trucks, but smaller brands like Rivian and Lordstown are also working on their own competitors for this niche. And now it seems that Ram Trucks is also joining in, as confirmed by Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley. The EV was announced during the company’s third-quarter earnings conference, but there’s no timeline yet.
Porsche’s Latest Advertising Gimmick for the Taycan is the Definition of Hypocrisy
Porsche is revving up to introduce the Taycan, its first all-electric vehicle, and its latest ad for the four-door includes some amazing footage of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure and building in the world. But is this a smart way to showcase an all-electric, green car? Considering that Burj Khalifa was built in Dubai, a place where most wealth comes mainly from oil?
Tesla Cars Might Be Getting Cheaper, But Supercharging Is Getting More Expensive
Tesla’s pricing for its models is going down, but the automaker is making up from those prospective losses by raising the prices for using its Supercharger network. That appears to be the case after a report from the Aussie website CarExpert indicated that charging at any of Tesla’s 35 Supercharger stations in the Land Down Under will now cost AUD0.52 (USD0.37) per kilowatt-hour. That’s an increase from the AUD0.42/kWh (USD0.30) that Tesla was charging as recently as September. Since 2017, the cost of charging a Tesla in Australia has gone up by as much as 23 percent, and with Tesla’s model price cuts continuing, don’t expect the cost of using the Supercharger network to flatten out, either.
New Spy Shots Confirm Porsche’s Secret Macan Project
A few years ago there were rumors that Porsche was working on a hybrid version of the Macan. With the first-gen crossover near the end of its life-cycle, it seems that the Germans are switching to an all-electric layout. The next-gen Macan was spotted testing on public roads, and even though it doesn’t look radically different, it has nothing in common with the old model under the skin.
2022 BMW i4 M
It’s been just about a month since BMW launched the new M3 and the M4. While the bucktooth grille became the talk of the town, there was one other piece of news around that time that didn’t receive as much attention as it should have. BMW Performance Division’s CEO, Markus Flasch, said that M’s first fully electric car will arrive next year and it will be based on the i4. When you have a confirmation from the automaker, it doesn’t take long for the car to be spotted doing test runs, and the same has happened here, too.
New spy shots have appeared that show the i4 M draped in black and white sheets to avoid people from guessing what it is, but hey, who are we kidding here?
The Ford Mach-E 1400 Has a Very Silent Affair With Goodwood Speed Week
Ford has entered the electric SUV realm with the Mustang Mach-E, a sporty hauler capable of up to 459 horsepower and up to 300 miles of range. But FoMoCo didn’t stop here and also created a monstrous race-spec Mach-E. Fitted with no fewer than seven electric motors that deliver a combined 1,400 horsepower, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 is downright spectacular when it comes to performance, but it also looks cool in its race-inspired suit. The SUV was recently showcased at Goodwood Speed Week, where master drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. proved that you don’t need gasoline power to do donuts.
There Could Be a Hidden Meaning Behind Audi Teasing the E-Tron GT With R8 LMS Race Cars
The Audi e-tron GT is all but ready to make its global debut, but the German company is still teasing us with a prototype. Audi’s latest stunt shows the e-tron GT alongside a pack of race-spec R8 LMS models at the infamous Spa Francorchamps track. The gathering took place a couple of days before the 2020 24 Hours of Spa kicked off, so this is more than just a regular teaser. But what is Audi trying to say?