I Don't Need A Volkswagen ID.3 Convertible, But I'll Take It. I’m not going to pretend to be excited about the prospect of a convertible Volkswagen ID.3, something teased by VW Group chairman, Herbert Diess, on Twitter in the form of a bright, pseudo-impressionistic render.
“We‘re thinking about an e-convertible,” Diess writes, describing it with adjectives like “quiet,” “smooth” and “open” before asking followers what they think. His colleague, Volkswagen passenger car CEO Ralf Brandstätter, teased the same possibility on LinkedIn of all places, saying that the company is “pondering how to turn this attractive concept into reality.”
Though, you get the impression that if the car’s already being teased, it’s probably already been green-lit. I’ll give Volkswagen some credit in that it’s historically been a reliable source for fun, funky convertibles that aren’t about performance so much as inexpensive, accessible ways to get the wind in your hair. Volkswagen's All-Electric ID.R Set Another New Track Record Without Even Trying. Volkswagen has basically set the standard for electric performance with its ID.R prototype.
This car over the course of the last handful of years has set astonishing new overall records at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, China’s Tianmen Mountain, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. It also holds the electric record for a lap time at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It’s fast, like ridiculously fast. It’s not fast for an electric, it’s outright fast. Ahead of the upcoming Goodwood Speed Week, the Volkswagen ID.R team took the car out for testing at the Bilster Berg track in Driburg, Germany. Oh Hell Yeah. Just a few months after Ford announced the all-electric drag racing Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 it has delivered on its promised 8-second quarter mile time.
On the first day of the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis this weekend Ford rolled out the EV monster for a stonking great run. How quick? 8.27 seconds at 168 miles per hour. Unboxing The World's Cheapest New Car Reveals It's So Much Better Than You Think. It’s been months since I first had this ridiculous idea to buy the cheapest car I could find on Alibaba, and there’s been so much convincing the bosses, fees to be paid, paperwork to be filled out, logistics to be handled, and just getting it from the warehouse to my house in David’s wonderfully janky-ass J10 pickup (which we’ll cover more later) that the idea that it’s finally here hasn’t even really sunk in.
But here it is, and we just now pulled the damp cardboard off the Changli, and, oh boy. This Is How Much Quicker the Electric VW I.D. R Is Than a McLaren 720S. Despite this, the Volkswagen actually makes less power and torque than the McLaren, 680 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque versus the McLaren's 710 hp and 568 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm.
Of course, the I.D. R compensates by doling out its electric torque much, much earlier, weighing almost 700 pounds less, and not having to abide by road-worthy safety regulations or a six-figure production car's relatively paltry manufacturing budget. After his time with the I.D. R, Harris said it was the only car to ever make him sick, not just from the ridiculous G-forces but also possibly as a result of being around so much electricity. It sounds like the current, professional consensus is that the radiation from electric vehicles isn't a significant health concern but then again, the I.D.
Got a tip? Watch A New Electric Supercar Smoke A Tesla In A Drag Race. Lotus Evija electric hypercar aims just shy of 2,000 horsepower. Volkswagen obliterates Nürburgring electric record by over 40 seconds. Garage italia announces e-icon project turning vintage autos into electric cars. Milan-based creative agency garage italia has announced a project that will see it electrify classic cars in a bid to safeguard them for the future. in doing so, the company wants to bring back iconic car spirit, making much-loved models contemporary, usable and fun. images courtesy of garage italia.
800-horsepower electric supercar hopes to usher in the methanol fuel cell age. The Aviar R67 is an Electric 1960s Mustang Fastback. Electric Vehicle Technology. The XING Miss R Is a 1400 hp Off-road Capable EV. Pros And Cons Of Electric Cars. With technology improving and more automobile companies releasing electric models, electric cars are becoming a common alternative for American consumers.
Here are the pros and cons of electric vehicles. Nine Reasons Formula E Is Way Badder-Ass Than Expected. After years of wanting to lay down in NYC, the FIA Formula E Qualcomm New York City finally descended upon Brooklyn earlier this month.
With Lady Liberty looking on from afar, 10 teams, 20 and some 15,000 fans gathered on the water’s edge in Red Hook to watch the flag drop on the first major car race to hit the five boroughs in modern history. After 48 hours of high-octane — but decidedly low fuel-economy — racing, we learned that Formula E is more than just a watered-down Formula 1. It’s much, much more. Herewith: eights reasons to pay attention to the world’s most innovative race series. Take heed — a couple decades from now, this may be the world’s only race series. 1. Beyond the batteries, though, everything is controlled by the racing federation.
Whereas other races use different tires for different conditions, each car in Formula E is allotted two sets of the exact same tires from Michelin. Formula E (12 images) 2. SONDORS Electric Car. In less than 24 hours, you have invested over $150,000, blowing right past our minimum goal.
It’s just incredible what we can accomplish together, and I am so honored that so many have decided to join us. I believe that together we can really change the industry. Smart brings Electric Drive to all its city cars. The last generation ForTwo was available with electric power, but Smart has delved much deeper into the world of batteries with its latest offerings.
Along with the tiny ForTwo, theForTwo Convertible and ForFour will also come in Electric Drive form, making Smart the only manufacturer worldwide to offer its entire range with internal combustion and pure electric offerings. What's more, the death of the Tesla Roadster makes the ForTwo Cabrio the only electric convertible on the market. All three models are powered by the same electric motor putting out 60 kW (81 hp) of power, and there's 160 Nm of torque on tap from standstill.
Flat out in all three models, you'll be doing an (electronically governed) 130 km/h (81 mph), while the 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint takes 11.5 seconds in the ForTwo, pushing out to 12.7 seconds in the heavier ForFour. Mini presents Superleggera Vision electric roadster concept at Salon Privé - Images. The Mini is an iconic car and has been through countless guises since its launch in 1959.
Its Superleggera Vision concept gives the marque a sporty and environmentally sound lease of life. Mini has provided some more details about the car and is showing it off at the UK's Salon Privé motorshow. View all Quite asides from the variety of different Mini production models there have been over the years, there have been a host of Mini concepts. Volar-e prototype electric sports car unveiled.
Toyota i-Road Personal Mobility Concept. The Toyota i-Road personal mobility concept looks all prepared to roll out at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. As you can see in the image above, the Toyota i-Road would come across as an ultra-compact, tandem two-seater electric vehicle which was specially developed with the theme of compactness in mind. It definitely offers a refreshing mobility experience that is novel, and yet delivers a similar level of convenience as that of a motorcycle.
Phinergy's metal-air battery could eliminate EV range anxiety. Phinergy's demonstration vehicle boasts a range of over 1,000 miles (1,609 km) using metal-air battery technology Image Gallery (3 images) Israel-based company Phinergy claims to have developed metal-air battery technology that promises to end the range anxiety associated with electric vehicles. The company’s battery currently consists of 50 aluminum plates, each providing energy for around 20 miles (32 km) of driving. This adds up to a total potential range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), with stops required only every couple of hundred miles to refill the system with water.
There are a number of companies and university research teams currently working on air-battery technology – usually lithium-air batteries – with the goal of improving the range of electric vehicles. The company says the aluminum plate anodes in its aluminum-air battery have an energy density of 8 kWh/kg, but the batteries are not rechargeable. Source: Phinergy via Bloomberg TV. Test Drive: Tesla Model S. Having been available for just over a year now, Tesla’s Model S has received its fair share of acclaim, and its fair share of criticism. So what’s it like to drive this 416 hp all-electric, and how does it compare to other premium sedans? Gizmag went to Palo Alto to find out first hand. Testing Honda's "mind-controlled" UNI-CUB β. “It has a top speed of 6 km/h, it balances itself, and you couldn’t crash it if you tried. How can you possibly see that as one of the biggest thrills of your life?”