Tesla to start test-building the Model 3 this month

February 9, 2017 by  
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Now that the Chevy Bolt has officially arrived, the attention is now on Tesla to see if it can meet its production deadlines for the Model 3. According to Reuters, Elon Musk’s company is now one step closer to the start of the official production as the automaker plans to test-build the Model 3 later this month. Tesla hasn’t confirmed how many Model 3 vehicles will be produced this month, but it will likely be a small number. In part this will allow the automaker test the existing assembly system, and quality test the Model 3 . It’s rumored that the pilot production will kick off on February 20, which will also give Tesla the ability to share the news and potentially reveal pre-production models two days later when it shares its four-quarter 2016 results on February 22. Related: Tesla just introduced the world’s longest range electric car Tesla is expected to shut down production at its California plant for a week later this month to prepare for the high-volume Model 3. The brief shutdown will enable Tesla to make some necessary changes to the paint shop and other maintenance upgrades, both prerequisites for kicking off production of the Model 3 later this year. If all goes as planned, this should happen in July, and Tesla hopes to ramp up production significantly by 2018. + Tesla Via Reuters All images © Tesla

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VW unveils the all-electric autonomous Microbus of the future

January 9, 2017 by  
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The VW Microbus is one of the most loved VW models of all time, and now, after years of releasing nothing but concepts, it looks like the automaker is finally ready to release a new Microbus. The new I.D. Buzz was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show . The I.D. Buzz concept follows the debut of the I.D. electric concept unveiled a few months ago at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Based on the same MEB platform as the I.D. hatchback, the new Microbus dubbed the MEB-XL has been extended, providing enough room for up to eight passengers and two luggage compartments. Related: VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 Just like the I.D. hatchback, the I.D. Buzz is powered by an all-electric powertrain. In this concept the electric powertrain consists of two electric motors , one at the front axle and one at the rear to generate a total of 369 horsepower. The concept has a driving range of 270 miles and with a 0-60 mph time of about five seconds, the I.D. Buzz concept will out accelerate every other van on the market and even most sports cars. Lastly the 111 kWh battery can be charged up to 80 percent within 30 minutes using the Combined Charging System (CCS) or an inductive charging interface. The I.D. Buzz concept is also the world’s first fully autonomous multi-purpose vehicle. A slight push on the steering wheel makes it retract and merge into the instrument panel, switching the concept to the fully autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode that could make it into production by 2025. In I.D Pilot mode, the concept detects other drivers and obstacles on the road with laser sensors, ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera. + VW All images @ VW

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Nissan is making the world’s first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

August 17, 2016 by  
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Nissan is the official sponsor of this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympics and, in addition to contributing a fleet of cars for the games, the automaker has revealed the world’s first solid-oxide fuel-cell vehicle. Nissan’s new e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype doesn’t rely on hydrogen like today’s fuel cell vehicles and instead runs on ethanol and ethanol-blended water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF-eE8pRzMw The e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100-percent ethanol or ethanol-blended water to charge its 24kWh battery that gives the fuel-cell van a cruising range of more than 373 miles. If the prototype looks familiar, it should since the e-Bio Fuel-Cell is based on the e-NV200. According to Nissan, it chose to create the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype because bio-ethanol fuels, which are mainly sourced from sugarcane and corn, are widely available. Due to the easy availability of ethanol and ethanol-blended water, the system is not heavily restricted by the existing charging infrastructure, making it easy to introduce to the market. Related: Nissan is gifting gilded Leaf EVs to winning Olympic Athletes Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn stated: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.” Nissan will conduct further field tests on public roads in Brazil using the prototype. + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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Over 82,000 people evacuated as wildfire engulfs Southern California

August 17, 2016 by  
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Yesterday a fire started near San Bernardino in Southern California . In just one hour, the fire leaped from two acres to 1,000 acres. By evening, the fire, called the Blue Cut Fire, reached at least 15,000 acres, and authorities advised 82,640 people to evacuate their homes as a result. Around 34,500 homes may be affected by the Blue Cut Fire. According to a Tuesday night tweet from CAL FIRE Chief of Public Information Daniel Berlant, the fire was not at all contained. United States Forest Service spokesperson Bill Poole described the fire as ” very aggressive .” Related: Lethal extreme heat and wildfires scorch the American southwest California’s governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency for San Bernardino County. In the proclamation, Brown linked the fire to the drought that “has caused millions of trees to die” and has “increased the severity and spread of fires throughout the State.” California has suffered through drought for around five years now, and the summer heat and wind has exacerbated the wildfire season. Around 700 firefighters are currently working to contain the fire. Helicopters dumped water and planes sprayed flame retardant. At one harrowing point, the fire trapped six firefighters. Though they were able to find shelter and make it to safety, two had to be treated for minor injuries. So far there have been no reported civilian injuries. Authorities closed part of Interstate 15, a primary route between Las Vegas and Southern California, in the face of the Blue Cut Fire. Local news station NBC Los Angeles captured a terrifying ” firenado ” on camera and said the fire is burning “out of control.” Other fires continue to burn in the dry state as well. According to recent tweets from Berlant, the Clayton Fire in Lake County is 40 percent contained and the Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County is 20 percent contained . As of Tuesday there are 8,500 firefighters battling “six large wildfires” in California. Via The New York Times Images via CAL FIRE PIO Berlant on Twitter and screenshot

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Toyota’s new Prius Prime has the world’s highest MPGe for a plug-in hybrid

March 23, 2016 by  
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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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The Lexus LC 500h may just be the sexiest hybrid ever

February 18, 2016 by  
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Lexus has unveiled its latest hybrid, the LC 500h, which is a hybrid version of the LC coupe that Lexus revealed earlier this year. The LC 500h is going to have its world debut next month at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Lexus originally previewed the LC 500h with the LF-LC concept back in 2012 and now four years later, the LC 500h brings a sexy hybrid coupe to the Lexus lineup. Read the rest of The Lexus LC 500h may just be the sexiest hybrid ever

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This Brazilian school has an entire soccer field on its roof

February 18, 2016 by  
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Google is working on wireless charging for its driverless cars

February 8, 2016 by  
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Several automakers are floating plans to add wireless induction charging capability to electric cars, but Google may be among the first to actually release the technology. A new report reveals the company is currently in the process of installing wireless charging systems at its headquarters, which will be used for its own fleet of self-driving cars . Read the rest of Google is working on wireless charging for its driverless cars

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The Happy Egg Company brings cleaner, greener, more humane eggs to a supermarket near you

February 8, 2016 by  
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With the start of a new year comes the usual slew of feel-better resolutions, but if you are committed to altering your shopping habits for better health, or to create a better and more sustainable world, one of your first considerations should be the egg aisle. There is a big difference between standard eggs and organic, free range eggs – not only for your health, but for the health of our environment as well. Picking out eggs might seem daunting given the overwhelming variety available at most grocery stores, but there’s really only one rule: ignore the confusing labeling and do your research before hitting the grocery store, so you can rest assured that you’re purchasing true free-range eggs from a farm that treats its chickens well. Once you know a little more about the various farms and brands, making the switch to more humane, better tasting eggs is a no-brainer. Read the rest of The Happy Egg Company brings cleaner, greener, more humane eggs to a supermarket near you

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