Charging Your Chevy Bolt EV In The Most Insane Way Possible

OCT 12 2018 BY WADE MALONE

And here I’ve been parking and plugging in my own electric car like a sucker!

We have seen a number of organizations combine a robotic arm with a charging station. Tesla’s snake-like concept garnered the most attention a few years ago. Although the impracticality of these set ups means we haven’t really seen these ideas make it to market yet. The usefulness is limited for a stationary robotic charging arm. Read More

6-Generation Ford Mustang Family Photo Shows Pony Car Evolution

It makes you wonder what the next generation will bring.

Ford Mustang. It’s a name known to pretty much everyone regardless of where they’re at in the world. That’s a notable achievement when you consider the car spent the vast majority of its 55-year life as a darling of the American motoring scene. Only the Chevrolet Corvette can claim to hold a longer reign of uninterrupted performance production in the States, but even then, there’s plenty of room to debate which car is more popular in the eyes of the world. After all, the Mustang did create its own segment. Read More

Mexico-Only Third-Gen in LA: 1999 Dodge Ramcharger

This 1999 Dodge Ramcharger is a first year, third generation example which is a rare sight outside of Mexico. Built from 1999 until 2001 exclusively for the Mexican market at Chrysler’s Saltillo, Coahuila factory and offered only in two-door, rear-drive form, these late-model Ramchargers utilize second-generation Ram pickup underpinnings, in addition to a recognizable amount of period Chrysler minivan parts as well–note the tailgate in particular. The truck is still too young for federal legality under the 25-year rule, but is said to retain working A/C and a strong-running 5.9 liter Magnum V8, the largest available engine choice, and it’s certainly very unusual and interesting to see on this side of the border. Find it here on Craigslist in Los Angeles, California for $4,700. Read More

BaT Auction: 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Race Car

This 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT was reportedly modified as a race car in the 1960s and was acquired by its current owner 15 years ago. Power is from a 1.3-liter twin-cam inline-four featuring forged pistons and Carrillo connecting rods and paired with a T5 5-speed manual transmission. Modifications are said to include fiberglass fender flares, a roll cage, a Saldana Racing aluminum radiator, a Tilton racing clutch, and more. The seller reports that approximately 20 hours on the engine since installation. This Sprint is offered on dealer consignment with an SVRA logbook, spare engine block, and Virginia bill of sale. Read More

TTAC’S Ten Best and Ten Worst is Back for 2018 – Get Your Nominations In

That’s right – we’re doing that thing again where we, the TTAC tastemakers, pick our best and worst cars of 2018. And by “we” I also mean you, the B&B.

Just like the last time we did this, you’re invited to submit your nominations. More on that in a second. There won’t be any prizes this time around, but you might get your words splashed across these virtual pages, and isn’t that reward enough? Read More

Steampunk-Looking E-Bike Is The Latest American Creation

We’re getting really cool electric motorcycles designs—companies kind of have to stand out from an increasingly crowded market of startups who want to make the world a little better and need our money to do it. American company Tarform Motorcycles is the latest addition to the local e-builders family and the product it offers seems to have what it takes to take its share of the electric pie. Read More

Skoda Kodiaq GT: first images revealed

Skoda has released the first images of its new Kodiaq GT, a more rakish version of its big family SUV.

The Kodiaq GT is set to be Skoda’s flagship model in China, the only country in which it will be built and sold.

It will be in Chinese dealerships before the end of the year, manufactured as part of a joint venture between local car maker SAIC and Skoda. Read More

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, Tesla board, long-range Mercedes plug-in: Today's Car News

Oct 15, 2018


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

We got a chance drove the 238-mile Hyundai Kona Electric and came away mostly impressed. Mercedes-Benz announced a truly long-range plug-in hybrid. Hot seats lead to a recall for the Kia Niro hybrid. And we explore who should replace Elon Musk as chairman of Tesla’s board in our latest Twitter poll. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Read More

Tesla deploys massive new Autopilot neural net in v9, impressive new capabilities, report says

While Tesla has held back its main new Autopilot feature with the release of version 9, it has still deployed a new neural net for Autopilot and according to a new analysis, it is a massively bigger neural net with impressive new capabilities. more…

The post Tesla deploys massive new Autopilot neural net in v9, impressive new capabilities, report says appeared first on Electrek. Read More

A single battery swapping standard is starting to emerge for light electric vehicles

KYMCO, the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan, may have developed the single swappable battery standard that we’ve all been waiting for. KYMCO’s electric scooters are powered by the company’s modular and removable Ionex batteries.

KYMCO developed the batteries with the goal of creating a standard battery platform that other companies could design electric vehicles around. Now they’ve declared their first publicly announced partnership that will see their batteries powering electric scooters built by another manufacturer. Read More

BaT Auction: 30K-Mile 1994 Porsche 928 GTS

This 1994 Porsche 928 GTS shows just under 30k miles and is finished in Amazon Green Metallic over Grey supple leather. The car remained with its first owner in North Carolina until 2012, and was kept by its second owner in California until its recent acquisition by the selling dealer. This example was optioned new with heated seats, Porsche crest wheel center caps, an electric sliding sunroof, rear air conditioning, and more. Power comes from a 5.4-liter DOHC V8 with a rear-mounted 4-speed automatic transaxle and a recent service reportedly totaling just over $3,000 included servicing the air conditioning, as well as replacing the drive belts. This 928 is now offered with the original window sticker, books, tools, the options code sticker, various records, both keys, and a clean California title. Read More

BMW teams with Sweden's Northvolt, Umicore for EV batteries

STOCKHOLM – German carmaker BMW has created a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and with Northvolt, which is building a battery factory in Sweden.

The venture aims to design and commercialize a “closed life cycle loop” to give vehicle batteries a second life as storage products before recycling the raw materials, the companies said. Read More

Couple gets married in back seat of speeding Porsche

For Porsche fanatics in love, there is perhaps no better way to tie the knot than at 110 km/h, on a race track—at least, that’s what this couple, who just got married in the back of a moving Cayenne, would argue, we’re sure.

“Weddings are a natural fit for our Porsche Experience Centres,” Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer said of the ceremony, which marked the first such event for the automaker’s facility in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More

BaT Auction: 1974 BMW 3.0CS Project

This 1974 BMW 3.0CS is a running project acquired by the selling dealer in 2017. Showing 91k miles, it is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six paired with a rebuilt 4-speed automatic transmission. The car is finished in Anthracite over a black leather interior and displays rust over various parts of the body and undercarriage, with documenting photos provided in the gallery. The seller says the car would benefit from rust repair, new paint, and new upholstery. This E9 is now offered in California by the selling dealer as a restoration project with a clean Nevada title. Read More

Thoroughly Enhanced: 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo

Motor Racing might be getting more and more boring on account on all the health and safety rules, but at least car makers are trying to make up for that by making better looking racing cars. And they don’t really come more good looking than this, the 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo.

The col thing about this car – an evolution, as the name suggests – is that the beauty is more than just skin deep. 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo is heavily enhanced for the new season, getting upgraded bodywork, improved performance parts, and better safety. On the aerodynamics front, which is directly related to how the car looks, there are new front splitter, diffuser and rear bumper. And we love how they have finished the car in visible carbon fiber with red accents. Read More

Watch Lada And Toyota Roar To Life After Year Buried In Mud

Clean off the mud, install a new battery, and add some fuel is all it takes to bring these crushed cars back to life.

It’s easy to forget how much of an engineering marvel that the internal combustion engine is. A network of precisely engineered pieces can carry you hundreds of thousands of miles with relatively minor maintenance. For a true torture test, see what happens when some Russians try to start a Lada and Toyota after burying them in a marsh for a year. Warning: there’s some slightly salty language in these videos, so keep your surroundings in mind if watching without earbuds. Read More

Porsche Shows Off Mission E (Taycan) In Australia: Future Of Sports Cars

Porsche history and future arrive in Australia.

Porsche presents in Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia its all-electric concept Mission E, which in the near future will enter the market in production version – Porsche Taycan.

The Mission E is shown on display at the Future Lab alongside the 1962 Porsche 356, combining future and the past.

“Visitors have the chance to explore the brand’s heritage via an interactive multimedia display and discover the future of Porsche through augmented and virtual reality experiences. Read More

Morgan puts EV3 electric three-wheeler on indefinite hiatus

Morgan is putting its three-wheel battery-electric EV3 runabout on ice amid issues with the company supplying the three-wheeled vehicle’s electric powertrain.

Morgan’s managing director, Steve Morris, tells Autocar the company remains “absolutely committed to an electric future” and says the company will have to re-evaluate the car, which it had planned to start manufacturing this year. But he added that its supplier, Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, “is no longer able to fulfill the project within the terms of the contract.” Read More

BaT Auction: 36k-Mile 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi

This 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi was purchased two years ago by the seller, who has added 3k of the 36k miles shown. Power is from an injected 2.9-liter V8 paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle, and maintenance performed in the last few years included a 30k-mile service that is said to have included new timing belts, water pump, clutch, and more as detailed below. This car is finished in Grigio over a Rosso leather interior equipped with a gated shifter, Nardi steering wheel, and Blaupunkt stereo. This 308 has won multiple awards and is now being offered with 20 years of service records, three sets of keys, factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clear North Carolina title in the seller’s name. Read More

2018 Kia Rio is the only subcompact car to earn IIHS highest safety rating

If you’re looking for a new subcompact car, and safety is your priority, there is one clear choice now: the 2018 Kia Rio. The littlest Kia has been awarded the highest safety rating from the IIHS, the Top Safety Pick +, and it is the only car in the subcompact segment to earn the score. In addition, only two other models earn the second highest rating Top Safety Pick, sans plus, the Hyundai Accent and the Mini Cooper. Read More

First Drive: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

LOS ANGELES — This 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a stylish package aimed at those with an active lifestyle. The good news is that aside from fitting said role to a tee, it’s set to put range anxiety to bed once and for all — Stats Canada says the average Canadian’s commute is 22.8 kilometres one way. As such, the Kona Electric will allow those that commute this distance to recharge the battery just once a week. Read More

Nissan Teams With Shell For Formula E

Greenwashing or honest effort?

If you watch the video (below) of the new Nissan entry for season five of the ABB FIA Formula E get a livery applied to its edgy carbon fiber bodywork, you will see no stickers from any oil companies. That may change as the squad gears up with some pre-season testing on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo located in sunny Valencia, Spain. Though it seems an unlikely pairing — an all-electric racing team hooking up with an oil company — it’s now official: the Nissan e.dams team has partnered with Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Read More

Porsche evaluates electric Macan for 2022, lineup that's half EV by 2025

Porsche has outlined more plans for its gradual switch to electric powertrains. The Taycan sedan, which will go on sale next year, will spearhead a more fully electric model portfolio, which will account for more than 50 percent of Porsche sales from 2025 on.

Porsche Chief Financial Officer Lutz Meschke spoke to journalists at Porsche’s development center last week, as reported by Automotive News. Meschke said that the Taycan is likely to be followed by a battery-powered SUV by 2022, likely an electric version of the Macan (though Porsche also showed a Mission E Cross Turismo, sort of a lifted Taycan, at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.) The first-generation Macan, which is Porsche’s bestselling model, is due for replacement around that time. It would be built on an electric platform Porsche shares with Audi. Read More

Jaguar’s new safety system alerts visually impaired of passing electric cars

Few could argue Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE wasn’t already stuffed to its green gills with technological wizardry, the 90-kWh lithium-ion battery at the heart of the powertrain and the next-gen AI tech just a few notable examples of that.

Special attention, though, should be paid to Jaguar’s brand-new Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS). It’s a program specifically tuned for the visually impaired, and the first of its kind on a production vehicle, testing of which was undertaken by UK charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. Read More

BaT Auction: 4k-Mile 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo at No Reserve

This 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo is finished in black over black full leather and shows just over 4k total miles. According to the selling dealer, the vehicle was recently traded in by its original owner on a Ferrari. A twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six sends power to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transaxle, and this particular car is optioned with colored wheel caps, heated sport seats with crests in the headrests, carbon fiber interior trim, and white gauge faces. The selling dealer states that it is stock throughout, including original tires, and just underwent a comprehensive inspection at their facility. This 996 Turbo is now being offered at no reserve in Naples, Florida with factory manuals, a clear Carfax report and a clean Indiana title. Read More

Who should lead Tesla's board after Musk steps down? Take our Twitter poll

Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal

As Elon Musk prepares to step aside from Tesla’s board in an expected settlement with the SEC, speculation has erupted over who might replace him.

According to the SEC settlement, the new chairman must be an independent board member—not one tied to Musk.

Tesla’s board currently has two independent members, and the SEC settlement will require the company to add two more independent directors.  Read More

BMW teases X7 face before reveal later this month

On the same weekend that McLaren took to Facebook to tease the stern quarters of its Speedtail hyper GT before a debut this month, BMW utilized Facebook to tease the bow of the X7, which will also be revealed this month. BMW has been teasing what will be the newest and largest member of its lineup for a year now. We’ve seen photos of it on the production line, patent images, the interior, and we drove X7 prototypes in South Carolina in May, so there isn’t much left to guess. Read More

Bloodhound SSC land speed record team needs money, lots of it

The team behind the Bloodhound SSC land speed record car has run into yet another financial roadblock in its over-10-year project. The company, Bloodhound Programme Ltd., announced that it has gone into administration — meaning, outside administrators have taken control — because it has run out of money to pay its debts. As such, the company is seeking investment to finish paying off debts and completing the project. The total needed: 25 million pounds, or $32.9 million at current exchange rates. Read More

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric First Drive – Worthy Competition

Until recently, anyone wanting a purely electric vehicle capable of driving beyond the confines of a daily commute was stuck shelling out the big bucks. Then Chevrolet introduced the Bolt in 2016, proving that 200+ miles of range wasn’t out of the question. With most EV competitors achieving just over half that, it seemed like it might be awhile before we saw another mainstream nameplate surpass that achievement. Read More

BaT Auction: 27 Years-Owned Euro 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro

This 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro is a Euro-spec example finished in dark blue over dark brown. It was delivered new in Germany and reportedly remained with the original owner until being acquired and moved to Colombia by the seller in 1991. The car was imported to Miami three months ago, and the seller has added approximately 40k of the 62k indicated kilometers (~39k miles) during his 27 years of ownership. Power comes from a turbocharged and intercooled 2.1L inline-five, which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Factory equipment includes power windows and locks, digital instrumentation, and AM/FM/cassette audio. The most recent service was performed in Colombia four months ago and included an oil change, an A/C recharge, and new brake pads. This Ur-Quattro is being offered with a clean Florida title in the seller’s name. Read More

Bugatti Chiron Rendered As Off-Roader To Speed Into Apocalypse

This’ll be the ultimate off-road rig, until something breaks.

There is nothing about the Bugatti Chiron that insinuates to buyers that it should ever go off-road. The ultra-high-powered grand tourer excels at covering vast distances at insane speeds while keeping occupants very comfortable. Now, rendering artist Rain Prisk imagines the result of a crazed Chiron owner ripping the hypercar apart and turning it into a rig fit for riding into the sunset after the apocalypse. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1963 Ford Econoline

USAF veteran 1963 Ford Econoline for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

1963 USAF Flightline truck. Still wearing the AF blue color. Government order plate is bolted onto the dash. Flightline lights on the front and flightline stickers on the dash, 54 years after it was purchased by the AF. Mechanically sound. Runs great and drives nice. Lots of new or restored parts. Upgraded to 3 speed auto, comes with all 3 speed manual components if you choose to convert back. Body is solid and relatively untouched. Interior is clean and seats are near perfect. Doors open easily and windows all work. Tailgate has been repaired due to minor rust at the bottom. Solid bed that you can walk in. Read More

2017-2018 Kia Niro hybrid recall concerns extra heat in the back seat

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2019 Kia Niro

Drive a 2017 Kia Niro (or a 2018) and find your back seat becoming a hot seat? It might be a good idea to stop driving it and call your dealership.

In 2017 and some 2018 Kia Niro models, a main relay, within what’s called the power relay assembly, may not have adequate contact connections. The result could be increased electrical resistance—with excess heat, and potentially fire. Warning signs could include an HEV warning light while driving, and/or an inability to start the car. Read More

An El Camino, Pontiac style – the 1959 “El Catalina” prototype

1959 Pontiac Catalina Safari pickup. Photos by Jeremy Cliff, courtesy Mecum Auctions.

Relatively popular in the prewar years, car-based pickups had all but disappeared from the American landscape when Ford launched its Ranchero in 1957. Two years later, GM responded with the Chevrolet El Camino, which left Pontiac’s general manager, Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen, wondering if the division should develop a ute of its own. At least one functioning prototype was built, later escaping a trip to the crusher when its testing days were done. Restored in 2011, the 1959 Pontiac Catalina Safari pickup — or “El Catalina,” as it’s commonly referred to — crosses Mecum’s auction stage in Kissimmee next January. Read More

Simeone Museum to host “An Evening with Hurley Haywood”

Hurley Haywood at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Photo by Nate Deremer/Deremer Studios LLC.

Hurley Haywood was born with the gift of speed, and the ability to master the razor-thin line between “not enough” and “a little too much” behind the wheel of a racing car. He’s won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, the 24 Hours of Daytona five times, and the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, and his CV includes series championships in IMSA and Trans-Am, as well as a start in the Indy 500. On Friday, October 26, Haywood will be at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 7-10 p.m., discussing his recent biography Hurley, From the Beginning with coauthor Sean Cridland. Read More

Porsche Explains How It's Going To Build The Taycan EV

The production of the electric vehicle will be carbon neutral.

Porsche is preparing for the production start of its first-ever all-electric model, the Taycan, with a series of measures that ensure it will “definitely” enter the electric era. The German sports car maker is currently investing six billion euros (approximately $6.94 billion at the current rates), hiring more than 1,200 new employees for its main plant, and launching “an unparalleled knowledge campaign rolled out throughout the entire company.” Read More

Hyundai Denies Most Of U.S. Access To Upcoming Kona Electric

OCT 11 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY

Again, this information is exactly as we’d expected.

While many automakers are beginning to join the EV game, rarely are the vehicles produced in large numbers nor are they widely available. We’ve seen this time and time again and it still appears that — aside from a few exceptions — this plan of action is not going to change anytime soon. It turns out the Hyundai Kona Electric is no exception. Read More

Excited about the 2019 Chevy Blazer for $29,995? Read this first

About a month ago, Chevrolet dropped the MSRP bomb for the 2019 Blazercrossover: $29,995 for the Blazer L model, and that’s after destination fee. The big talk around that number was the space created between it and the 2019 Ford Edge at $30,990 and the 2018 Nissan Murano at $31,795, after destination. At the time, we didn’t have information on trim pricing, so there was no way to examine the ostensible value proposition. CarsDirect got hold of an order guide and put numbers to the Blazer’s flavors, coming to the conclusion that not only is “the Blazer’s $30k base price … mainly for advertising purposes,” but that the new crossover “will in fact be considerably more expensive than competitors.” Read More

Watch Tesla Model S Drive 125 MPH For Over An Hour

Someone told us EVs can’t drive at high speeds for more than a few minutes without issue …

There are still plenty of myths out there about electric vehicles. While some are truly false and have been since the beginning, others were actually true and still are true in some cases. One such criticism is that electric cars can’t travel at high speeds for extended periods of time without losing steam and eventually “overheating” and having to “rest.” This has been proven in Tesla vehicles in the past, but it seems the issue may have been resolved. Read More

Audi e-tron Offers Electrifying Dynamics, Unmatched AWD

The electric all-wheel drive is second to none, so says Audi.

As we all know, all-electric all-wheel-drive powertrains are the best and even leave state-of-the-art ICE powertrains far in the dust in terms of performance, precision and even driving pleasure.

Audi equipped its e-tron model with two electric motors – one per axle – and torque vectoring systems so that the overall driving experience on different terrain would receive very positive feedback. Read More

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