Leaked Tesla document confirms Model 3 with 215+ mile range

May 30, 2017 by  
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Tesla hasn’t released all the official performance specs for the upcoming Model 3 sedan, but a leaked dealer document just gave away a lot of the juicy details. A member of the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club recently came across a dealer product sheet that compares the specs for the Model S to the Model 3 – effectively revealing the Model 3’s driving range and other performance specs. Rather than promote the Model 3, the leaked document looks more like a way to educate Tesla’s sales staff about ways to sell the Model S over the Model 3. It points out many of the Model 3’s shortcomings compared to the flagship Model S, but either way, we now know that the Model 3 will have a 215+ mile driving range. That driving range puts it just a tad below the Chevy Bolt, but miles ahead of any other electric car in its price range. Related: Tesla is taking some major risks by accelerating production of Model 3 The leaked document also reveals that the Model 3 will be able to reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, which is definitely slower than the Model S P100D Ludicrous, but still faster than some sports cars. The Model 3 will also have a modestly sized front and rear trunk space with 14 cubic feet of cargo space, about half the space that the Model S has. Lastly, while the Model S has over 1,500 configurations, the Model 3 will only have about 100 and many of the premium features, like a Smart Air Suspension or HEPA filter won’t even be available on the Model 3. The Model 3 will also not have free access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, like the Model S and instead it will be “pay per use.” If you were to put a deposit down on a Model 3 today, you will have to wait more than a year before production even starts, which means meaning you won’t get your Model 3 until mid-2018. + Tesla Via Model 3 Owners Club and Inside EVs Images @Tesla

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We test drove the new Chevrolet Bolt and heres the scoop

April 11, 2017 by  
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When we were invited to test-drive the brand new Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, we naturally jumped on the opportunity. The new Chevrolet Bolt is Chevy’s first mass-market all-electric vehicle, designed for those who want to go further than a hybrid plugin electric like the Chevy Volt . With a range of 238 miles per charge (better than the Nissan Leaf and comparable to the much higher priced Tesla Model S ), for a price tag of around the 30K (after the tax rebates), many have high hopes for the Chevy Bolt as the first true “electric vehicle for the masses”. We were curious to see how this car would fare in real life, and were excited to check it out. Hailed by automotive enthusiasts as the “Tesla Killer,” the Bolt has been a frontrunner in the competition against Tesla’s more affordable electric car, the Model 3 , and now enjoys an entire year’s head start to market. Will the Bolt bring a new wave of adoption for electric vehicles? Read on for our thoughts: We set out in our burnt orange Bolt EV just an hour south of San Francisco, along the picturesque, tree-lined roads of Portola Valley. From the minute we hit our first hill-hugging turn, we knew that we were in for a smooth experience. The car carries the bulk of its weight in its floor-mounted lithium-ion battery pack, which translates to a lower center of gravity, better structural integrity, and ultimately a more enjoyable ride than most gas cars. Naturally of course, the car is extremely quiet as well, without any vroom vroom of an engine. The unique placement of the battery also allows for a flatter floor, making the Bolt noticeably roomier then the Volt and many of its electric vehicle competitors. With AeroVironment’s Level 2 charging station the battery can be recharged to full in only eight hours, making charging as simple and intuitive as plugging in before going to bed. On straighter stretches we were able to zip from 0-60mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds. Drivers can choose between “Drive” and “Low” modes, and while Low mode permits speeds as highs as those in Drive mode, its “regenerative” braking system cleverly funnels braking friction back into the battery the moment the driver lifts their foot from the pedal. A paddle behind the left side of the steering wheel can be used to the same effect or to increase brake regeneration, so much so that the car can come to a complete stop without hitting the brakes. It’s ideal for stop-and-go traffic and even better for conserving energy. Drivers can visualize the energy captured on the car’s 10.2-inch touch screen display. With an impressive 238-mile range per charge, Bay Area owners can make a complete one-way trip to Tahoe without having to refuel, making the Bolt far more suitable for weekend trips than many of its EV competitors, such as the Nissan Leaf . The car’s official MSRP is $37,495 but a federal tax credit of $7500 puts it firmly in the under $30,000 range. All in all, it is easy to see why the Bolt EV might be a tempting choice for those in the market for an electric vehicle. With exceptional range, groundbreaking technology, and roomy interior, we’re convinced the Bolt delivers on everything it promised. Chevy Bolts officially went on sale at dealerships across the West Coast this past December and will be reaching excited customers across the nation by mid 2017. + Chevrolet Bolt

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New VW e-Golf beats Nissan Leaf driving range with 124 miles per charge

November 17, 2016 by  
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VW has unveiled the updated 2017 e-Golf electric car with some huge improvements. Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show , the updated e-Golf, like the recently updated BMW i3 , comes with a 50 percent improved driving range of 124 miles on a single charge. The 2017 VW e-Golf has a new 35.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that’s an improvement over the old 24.2 kWh battery. That’s good enough to give the e-Golf a driving range that will now beat the Nissan Leaf, but it’s still short of the much anticipated Chevy Bolt with its 238 mile driving range. The 2017 e-Golf can be recharged in less than six hours using a 240-volt outlet or up to 80 percent in an hour with the faster DC fast charging option. Related: VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt In addition to the upgraded battery, the new e-Golf is getting an updated electric motor. The electric motor now generates 134 horsepower, which is 19 more than the first e-Golf. The maximum torque has also increased from 199 pound feet to 214 lb-ft. More power means that the 2017 e-Golf is now more than a second faster with a 0-60 mph time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 93 mph. Inside, the 2017 e-Golf now features VW’s new Digital Cockpit, which displays all necessary information on a 12.3-inch color screen. A new 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system has been added and within the next two years the system will also offer gesture controls to operate the various menus. Lastly, the 2017 e-Golf does get a few styling updates, like new bumpers and LED lights. + Volkswagen All images © Volkswagen

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2017 Chevy Bolt gets an EPA-certified 238-mile driving range

September 13, 2016 by  
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When Chevy unveiled the “electric car for the masses” earlier this year – the 2017 Bolt EV – the automaker estimated it would have a driving range of around 200 miles. Now Chevy has announced the EPA has given the Bolt a driving range of 238 miles, which is longer than anything in its class and even manages to drive a bit further than the base Tesla Model S . With a 238-mile driving range, the Bolt EV also tops the upcoming Tesla Model 3 with its 215-mile-range, although Tesla may be able to squeeze out a few more miles before the Model 3 arrives late next year. The Bolt will also beat the Model 3, its closest competitor yet, to the market. In addition to the 238-mile range, Chevy has announced how efficient the Bolt is with a 128 MPGe city and 110 MPGe highway rating. Related: GM exec confirms plans to launch a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV with Lyft Chevy expects the 2017 Bolt to start arriving at select dealerships by the end of this year. Chevy hasn’t announced the full pricing for the Bolt, but it will start below $37,500 before any federal or state tax incentives. All images @ Chevy + Chevy

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Chevy’s 200-mile range Bolt enters pre-production ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut

March 22, 2016 by  
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Chevy is one big step closer to bringing the $30k 2017 Bolt electric car to the market! Chevy has announced that the first pre-production models are currently being built at GM’s plant in Michigan. These models are the next step in the process to get GM’s plant ready to begin production of the 200-mile range Bolt by the end of this year – a good year ahead of Tesla’s similarly-priced Model 3 . Read the rest of Chevy’s 200-mile range Bolt enters pre-production ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut

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Autistic craftsmen create sustainable, stylish furniture for maacraft

March 22, 2016 by  
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Maacraft is dedicated to producing homewares that blend contemporary design with socially-conscious manufacturing and sustainability. Behind the quality-made products, there are employees living with autism , helped by highly qualified professionals in a supportive and protective environment. Besides the meaningful work that pays a living wage, the program also contributes to social skill development as well as physical and emotional fitness. As a result all products are individually handcrafted in top quality, using only natural materials. The collection features a series of small-sized furniture pieces and homewares: stools, tables and boxes made from wood; poufs, bowls and baskets made of willow. + maacraft The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Tesla rival 2017 Chevy Bolt EV production expected to kick off in late 2016

July 3, 2015 by  
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Chevy has released two teaser photos of the 2017 Bolt electric vehicle, which is currently undergoing testing. The 2017 Bolt was previewed in concept form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and will finally give Tesla a rival with its estimated 200 mile driving range and $30,000 starting price. Read the rest of Tesla rival 2017 Chevy Bolt EV production expected to kick off in late 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chevrolet , chevrolet bolt , chevy , chevy bolt , electric car , electric motor , general motors , GM , green car , green transportation

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