Electric Cars

  • VW ID R in the wind tunnel

    Volkswagen has its eyes on obliterating the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the ID R, and it's looking to Formula One technology to enhance the car's performance around the racetrack. The brand produced a video to highlight the changes it's worked on to tackle the Green Hell, and they include a DRS, or drag reduction system. In F1, a DRS is activated on certain parts of the racetrack to facilitate overtaking maneuvers. The drag reduction helps the F1 cars reach incredibly fast speeds. It's the same idea in the ID R electric race car, though the idea isn't passing. The...

  • Qiantu K50 by Mullen
    Qiantu K50 electric sports car to be built in Washington state

    A new Chinese EV brand by the name of Qiantu is using a sleek, carbon fiber-bodied sports car to spearhead its launch in the United States. The car is called the K50, and on Thursday we received confirmation that it will be manufactured at a site in Washington state's Spokane County. The...

  • Tesla Model 3  -  Portland, OR  -  January 2019
    Tesla losses swell to $702M for Q1 2019 as deliveries drop

    It's been another punishing quarter for Tesla which on Wednesday reported a net loss of $702 million for the first three months of 2019. The result was a substantial step down from the $139.5 million profit reported in the prior quarter and a near match to the $710 million loss reported one year...

  • Volkswagen ID R Nürburgring electric race car
    Meet the Volkswagen ID R that aims to set a new Nürburgring record

    Volkswagen announced its intentions to tackle the Nürburgring Nordschleife with its ID R electric race car in January, and on Wednesday, the company revealed the car set to take on the Green Hell. We've seen the ID R electric race car before when it smashed the outright record at the Pikes...

  • Ford and Rivian 4
    5 ways Ford could use Rivian to boost Lincoln, trucks, SUVs

    Electric car startups have come and gone. It's hard to start a car company from scratch. Since it introduced its all-electric R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV last November, electric startup Rivian has looked like a brand that can make it. Both Amazon and Ford seem to agree. Amazon was the lead in a...

  • Rivian R1T
    Ford invests $500M in Rivian with electric F-150, Tesla pickup truck in mind

    Ford will invest $500 million in Rivian and tap the EV startup's modular platform for a future model, the companies announced Wednesday. The investment will only see Ford become a minority stakeholder in Rivian, but it is enough to get one of the automaker's staff on the board of directors, in this...

  • 2019 Tesla Model S

    Tesla on Tuesday announced a series of updates for its 2019 Model S and Model X, and key among them is an increase in range for both models including as much as 370 miles for the Model S. The updates see the return of a Standard Range option for both cars, bringing the starting price down to $79,200 for the Model S and $84,200 for the Model X, and more range across the board despite the battery remaining unchanged at 100 kilowatt-hours. The Model S in Long Range guise now delivers an estimated 370 miles on a single charge and the Model X in Long Range an estimated 325 miles. Those figures are...

  • 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T
    Porsche reportedly plans electric 718 sports car by 2022

    Porsche is developing an electric 718 sports car for launch around 2022, Autocar reported on Tuesday. Prototype 718s with electric powertrains are being developed alongside one with a hybrid powertrain, the British publication has learned from Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. “We have prototypes of...

  • Tesla Model S catches fire in China
    Tesla investigators dispatched to China after Model S appears to spontaneously combust

    After video surfaced of a Tesla Model S smoking before catching fire, the electric-car maker has dispatched investigators to China where the incident occurred. Business Insider reported on the incident after a video of the electric car exploding surfaced on Chinese social media websites on Sunday...

  • 2019 Audi R8
    Audi R8 replacement expected to be 650-hp electric e-tron GTR

    In March, we heard that the Audi R8 had a very uncertain future. If new rumors prove true, it appears the R8 will, in fact, die to make room for an all-electric supercar. The information comes from British magazine Car, which reported Monday the R8 will morph into the "e-tron GTR." Sources close to...

  • Rivian R1T
    US EV startup Rivian plans 6 models by 2025

    Rivian presented concepts for an electric pickup truck and related SUV last November at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the EV startup plans to follow them up with even more models, and quickly. In an interview with Bloomberg published Wednesday, Rivian CEO and founder R.J. Scaringe revealed...

  • Qiantu K50 by Mullen, 2019 New York auto show
    Qiantu K50 electric sports car starts US production in 2020

    A new Chinese EV brand by the name of Qiantu is using a sleek, carbon fiber-bodied sports car to spearhead its launch in the United States, which kicked off on Wednesday with the debut of the K50 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The Qiantu K50 was first shown in China in 2016 and has...

  • Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB - 2019 Shanghai auto show

    The Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB unveiled on Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2019 will spawn a production variant as early as this summer. The information was confirmed by Mercedes sales chief Britta Seeger on Wednesday at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. She also used the show to confirm an electric variant dubbed the EQB will arrive in 2021. The news was hardly a surprise, though, as testers for both vehicles have already been spied. The GLB is based on the same MFA2 (Mercedes Front-drive Architecture) as the recently launched A-Class and will come with turbo-4 engines, a dual-clutch...

  • Genesis EV Concept, 2019 New York International Auto Show
    Genesis unveils Mint EV concept at 2019 New York auto show

    Genesis on Wednesday unveiled the Mint Concept at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The concept is an electric city car that attempts to demonstrate how luxury in the automotive sense doesn't always have to mean big and powerful. Think of it is a more upmarket Smart Fortwo or Mini Hardtop...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886
    2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886 marks an electric milestone

    Contrary to popular belief, it was the company today known as Mercedes-Benz that put the first automobile into production. The year was 1886, and it would be a few more decades before Henry Ford implemented mass production that made automobiles a common sight. Nevertheless, 1886 is an important...

  • Kia Habaniro Concept, 2019 New York International Auto Show
    Hot and spicy: Kia serves up HabaNiro electric crossover concept in New York

    Kia envisions a future where electric cars aren't appliances, but instead, they're a do-it-all kind of vehicle. The Kia HabaNiro concept aims to be just that, and in fact, the brand even coined a new term for the concept car: the "ECEV," or "everything car electric vehicle." The HabaNiro concept...

  • Nio ET Preview concept
    Nio previews its first sedan with ET Preview concept

    Nio on Tuesday unveiled a concept previewing its first sedan at the Auto Shanghai 2019. The Chinese electric car startup already offers a track-only supercar and pair of SUVs, but soon it will expand into the sedan segment with models bearing the “ET” designation followed by a number to...

  • Karma Pininfarina GT
    Karma looks to the future with Pininfarina GT and Vision concepts

    Karma used Tuesday's Auto Shanghai 2019 to present a trio of vehicles pointing to the EV startup's immediate, mid-term and long-term plans. They were the 2020 Revero GT extended-range electric sedan due on sale this fall, as well as two concepts that hint at potential models due in the next decade...

  • 2020 Karma Revero GT

    Karma on Tuesday revealed its 2020 Revero GT extended-range electric sedan at Auto Shanghai 2019. The car is an updated version of the Revero that Karma launched for 2017 and boasts new looks, new tech in the cabin, and improved performance. The latter was made possible by a completely new powertrain. The outgoing Revero's powertrain is basically the same setup used in the Fisker Karma, which bowed out of production in 2012 (the Revero is a rebadged Fisker Karma). A 2.0-liter inline-4 sourced from General Motors serves as an onboard generator by charging a 21.4-kilowatt-hour battery, which...

  • Teaser for Lotus Type 130 electric hypercar
    Lotus kicks off revival with confirmation of electric hypercar

    Since Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's acquisition of a controlling stake in Lotus just over a year ago, there's been very little detail in the way of an updated product roadmap for the British performance marque. That changed on Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2019 where Lotus confirmed that an electric...

  • 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E
    Aston Martin Rapide E electric sport sedan debuts at 2019 Shanghai auto show

    Aston Martin on Tuesday revealed an electric version of its Rapide sport sedan at Auto Shanghai 2019. The car, dubbed the Rapide E, is limited to 155 units for worldwide sale and will commence deliveries in late 2019, meaning it will likely arrive as a 2020 model. The Rapide E has been developed in...

  • Audi AI:ME concept
    Audi AI:ME concept is an A2 from the future

    Audi on Monday revealed the AI:ME concept ahead of the official debut on Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2019. Rather than preview a future model in the works, the concept is a pure design study that explores electric mobility a decade from now. Specifically, it's a compact EV with self-driving capability...

  • Volkswagen ID Roomzz concept
    ID Roomzz concept previews large electric SUV from VW

    Volkswagen's fifth member of its planned ID family of electric cars will be a large SUV, a preview of which comes in the form of the ID Roomzz concept revealed on Sunday and set for a debut at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2019. The production version is due in 2021, with China confirmed as the first...

  • 2020 Seres SF5
    SF Motors renames itself Seres, launches 684-horsepower electric SUV

    There's a new startup aiming to challenge Tesla's dominance in the burgeoning EV market. The company is Seres, formerly known as SF Motors, and it's planning to unveil its first model at next week's Auto Shanghai 2019. Called the SF5, the model is a small SUV boasting as much as 684 horsepower and...

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