Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car Preparing to Enter Production

It has been a while since we reported on Chevrolet’s new all-electric car, the Bolt, but now Chevy has declared that the electric vehicle is still set to make its 2017 release. The Bolt’s production will begin before the end of 2016 and with a range in excess of 200 miles as well as a modest price tag at $30,000 after tax credits, it seems to be setting up as a major rival to Tesla’s new Model 3 mass-market electric vehicle. To accompany this announcement, Chevrolet released teaser video of pre-production Bolt vehicles already travelling through its production line in Orion Township, Michigan before production kicks off with Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel stating that, “we’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV. We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EV’s on the line.”

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With the Bolt expected to be in showrooms by the end of 2016, the battle for the electric vehicle mass market between Chevrolet and Tesla appears to be heating up. Chevy may be able to have vehicles on the road sooner than Tesla’s projected late 2017, but Tesla have hype on their side and with reservations for the Model 3 costing $1000 and starting next Thursday, part of the market may be taken before any cars are even produced. Whether Chevrolet or Tesla manage to get more customers, 2017 looks to be a great year for anyone looking to purchase a new electric car.

Tesla to Release V7.0 Software with Autopilot on Thursday

It’s strange to live in a world where cars can become even better, at no extra cost to the owner, via a simple firmware update, but that’s exactly what keeps happening for owners Tesla electric cars! Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that on October 15th, the company will release software version 7.0 with Autopilot for their popular Model S.

This is one of the biggest updates for the car to date, as it will bring with it an important UI overhaul, as well as a range of new Autopilot features. These features have been run in a trial for a while now, with up to 700 cars in the US and Europe having tested them out, but many owners have been eagerly waiting for the last year for the official rollout.

With the new Autopilot, drivers of Tesla’s Model S will get auto-steering, lane change activated by the turn signal, as well as auto-parking for parallel space; great news for those who suck at that last one.

Even if you don’t have the hardware package that can support the Autopilot features, you’ll still reap the benefits of improved climate control, improved efficiency, improved performance on the RWD model, a better hill start assist mode for multiple road surfaces, as well as the new UI we mentioned earlier.

Thank you Electrek for providing us with this information.

Uber Set to Buy out Tesla’s Autonomous Car Stock

We all know that the Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution is coming, be it in the form of cars, trucks or busses; we are destined to rely on these vehicle types in the very near future.

Uber, ride share taxi company has recently announced that they want to purchase every autonomous vehicle that Tesla will produce in 2020. Now for those of you that haven’t been paying attention, Tesla is currently the worlds leading EV company producing the ground breaking P85D, which can give cars such as the Mercedes SLS AMG a huge run for their money.

As we already know, Uber has a range of vehicles from luxury, suburban and even hybrids; so the jump to an all EV is a step in the right direction for taxi services and this could be something that more tansport services could adopt in the near future.

Now it’s not all about the economy and paying drivers, autonomous cars can analyse the road in front of them and adjust the suspension to suit the conditions. They are also 10x safer than a traditional human driver and even marginally quicker due to being constantly connect to other vehicles and traffic services in the area.

Would you get a ride in an autonomous vehicle when they become available? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ComputerWorld for providing us with this information.

Tesla Sets Another World Record

Elon Musk must be sitting in his office gleaming with how well his cars are doing; who knew all-electric vehicles were set to change the motoring world as much as they have. This time, a team of drivers have set yet another world record cross-country time from Los Angeles to New York City.

Previously a Tesla team did the journey in 76 hours, but that was all about efficiency rather than time; reason being that fast charge stations weren’t fully covering the entire length of the journey so more care had to be taken with efficiency. This time however, Tesla quick charge stations cover the entire path and the team managed the task in 58 hours and 55 minutes, smashing the previous EV record by around 90 minutes; set by Edmunds last year. This doesn’t even compare to the world record for non-EV’s, set at a mere 28 hours and 50 minutes by the Gumball Rallyers in 2013.

The key to this task was efficiency and speed, spend as little time as possible recharging while maintain the highest average speed; sadly EV’s only drawback is the charging time. The team only spent 12 hours and 48 minutes charging; this was achieved by following a much larger support vehicle in a process known as “drafting”; this enables the front car to take the brunt of air resistance, leaving a sort of air tunnel effect directly behind for following cars to take advantage of.

Once charging times go down and ranges go up, it won’t be long before electric cars become the car of choice for long-distance traveling.

Thank you to EVObsession for providing this information

2016 Audi R8 e-tron to Take on Tesla Model S

The next version of Audi’s R8 will have a separate electric version labelled the ‘e-tron’. The car, with its 92kWh t-shaped lithium-ion battery, has the potential to take on the performance of the Tesla Model S.

It can do 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and has an incredible “artificially restricted” top speed of 155.3 mph. However, its most impressive spec is its battery performance. It does 280 miles on a single charge and can be charged fully in “significantly less than two-hours.” That alone makes this machine incredibly interesting. Those specs are also pretty in line with the Model S too.

The difference here is of course the speed and the brand. It’s significant that Audi has made its top of the line supercar an electric car. It will obviously draw comparisons with BMW’s i8, however the major difference is that the i8 is only a hybrid, not a complete EV. So effectively, this marks the first time a major car manufacturer has made a supercar EV. It’s a significant development, one surely to move others in the industry to look at doing the same.

Petrolheads shouldn’t worry however – Audi has a V10 model of its new R8. It may be a few more years before the it’s EV-only.

Source: BusinessInsider

The Bolt, Chevrolet’s Claim to Green Fame

Electric vehicles (EVs) are slowly becoming the norm in today’s society. It all started off with the hybrid Toyota Prius back in the late 2000’s, but now it seems every manufacturer and their brother makes EVs or at least a hybrid. The newest kid on the block is Chevrolet with the “Bolt”. This particular model is to directly compete against Tesla and their future commercially affordable “Model 3”.

Chevrolet first presented this at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was brought as a concept, but Alan Batey, president of GM North America, states that the interest from the public has convinced them to bring the car into production with estimated launch of 2017.

Details are still a little thin on the ground, but released figures show the car will sell for around $30,000 and have a plentiful range of around 200 miles on a single charge; much better than the BMW i3 which would also be in the running for the EV town car title.

Chevrolet is not only looking at producing possibly one of the greenest cars to date, but production will also take place at on of the most economical production plants; based at GM’s Orion Assembly near Detroit, powered by gas from nearby landfills and boosted by a 350 kW solar array.

Full details on the Bolt can be found here.

Thanks to Chevrolet for providing this information

Meet The Electric Car With More Power Than a Bugatti Veyron

Meet the Quant F – a German supercar with a difference. It’s electric, but certainly isn’t your average EV. It produces the equivalent of 1075 bhp – more than the Bugatti Veyron.

What’s being billed as Germany’s answer to Tesla, nanoFlowcell, the company behind this beast, will be revealing this new car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It’s unprecedented for an EV, as it has a top speed of 186mph and a range of 500 miles. Yes – an electric car that can go 500 miles without a charge.

It’s powered in an interesting way too – it does not use electricity from a standard wall socket, it uses two ionic fluids that create a chemical reaction producing an electric charge. The fluids themselves are not dangerous in anyway to the occupants, meaning it can be stored throughout the car – not just in a separate tank.

The technology used in this car is unprecedented – now all we need to see is if it really works.

Source: Car Crushing

Apple and Tesla Fighting Over Employees

Apple and Tesla have reportedly entered a tug of war over top employees. The two companies are worried about losing some of their most important employees to each other, and interestingly, it’s said that 150 Apple employees have left for Tesla – something Apple isn’t all too pleased about.

Bloomberg Business says that this is a growing trend, with Apple often being associated with Tesla.

“The company has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than from any other company, even carmakers. The former Apple staffers work in many areas of the 6,000-employee automaker, including engineering and law. “From a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned,” says Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Apple declined to comment for this story.”

Apple has responded by offering big bonuses to Tesla employees it’s interested in – $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, says this isn’t enough however, saying “very few people” have gone the other way.

So, what’s Apple to do about this? Buy Tesla? It’s not like they can’t afford it.

Source: Bloomberg Via: MacRumors

Tesla Model X Spotted Under Test at Former Naval Station

The Tesla Model X, the company’s cheaper ‘crossover utility vehicle’ (CUV), has been sighted on test at a former Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA. The video marks some of the first footage of the production version of the new vehicle being driven, with it seen speeding around a large concrete space.

The car is slated for delivery in the third quarter of this year, and features gull-wing doors, more seats than previous Tesla models and will use four-wheel drive.

Watch the video bellow for some EV tyre-squealing action.

Source: Juan Del Real on YouTube

Software Update To Improve Tesla Acceleration

Never before have you read a headline like that – a software update improving the acceleration of a car. Yes, according to Elon Musk, a software update will soon be delivered that will tweak the algorithm in the Tesla Model S P85D, giving it 0.1 seconds faster acceleration.

Tesla founder Elon Musk delivered the news via one his typically modest tweets –

We’ve come some way in that cars can now be almost physically altered by a software update, even though it’s only a matter of 0.1 seconds.

Source: The Daily Mail

Tesla Developing ‘Metal Snake’ Charger

Tesla is working on a charger for its cars that you don’t even have to plug in, because it’ll do it all by itself. “For realz” (the words of Elon Musk, not mine).

It’s not yet clear how this would work, but a company called OC Robotics might just be developing the technology Tesla is looking to use. As you can see bellow, this video posted to their YouTube account (via Mail Online) shows such as system in use. A metallic tube curves and bends its way around very much like a real snake.

Source: Mail Online

Meet The Electric Supercar – For Kids

Want your little boy or girl to be the coolest kid in the neighbourhood? South Korean company Henes has announced the F870 – the electric supercar for kids.

This thing really is a miniature supercar, including shock absorbers, coil-spring suspension, differential steering, a leather racing-style seat and a and a 7-inch Android tablet entertainment system. It also has something a real supercar doesn’t have – remote control. Yes, while you may be to old to fit in this thing, you can control it via a dedicated Bluetooth Controller.

The currently yet-to-be released F870 will set parents back anything between $895 and $1,000, perhaps a reasonable price considering the usual cost of similar yet low-tech electric ride-ons. Still, it is rather garish isn’t it?

Source: The Verge

Tesla Announces Roadster 3.0 – With 400 Mile Range

Luxury electric car maker Tesla has announced a new version of the Tesla Roadster, the 3.0. Most interestingly it has a range of 400 miles – unprecedented in electric vehicles that usually max out at 100 miles.

The Tesla Roadster has a 70kWh battery pack that is the same size as the original Roadster’s 53kWh pack. This yields an impressive 400 mile range, making it the first EV to be able to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles on one charge. The original Roadster was Tesla’s first vehicle, however it was not met with the same level of success as its successor, the Model S saloon car. The original Roadster was seen more as of an experiment for Tesla, a company founded by PayPal billionaire Elon Musk.

Pricing and a release date for the new car has yet to be released.

Source: TechCrunch