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Mercedes-Benz revealed its latest Maybach - an electric six
Added by admin 22/08/16
By ISABEL HUNTER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 21 August 2016
future of cars for the one per cent is a sleek electric-powered
timeless classic you'll hand down to your children - but not
before you've taken the pleasure of driving it yourself.
This is the latest offering from Mercedes-Benz - the Vision
Mercedes-Maybach 6, so named for its six meter length - a
measurement more frequently associated with a speedboat.
And while Google pushes forward with self-driving cars,
Mercedes-Benz insists this is a car you'll want no help to steer.
'This is a car you want to drive yourself,' said Gorden Wagener,
the Daimler AG head of design, said at the launch in California
We see a big movement in analog things, and they are
'This is something you pass to your children, like a Leica camera
or a chronograph watch. Driving has been a pleasure since 130
years and will stay that way another 130 years,' Bloomberg quoted
Mr Wagener as saying.
The engine, can achieve 750 horsepower; the car will hit 60 mph
in less than four seconds and can charge 62 miles in five
minutes with the average phone charger.
[EVPLUS Editor: This would
not be possible]
Length: Six metres
Acceleration: 60 mph in less than four seconds
Charge: 62 miles in five minutes
Story and image courtesy: Daily
Fisker's gorgeous Karma reincarnated as the Karma Revero
Added by admin 21/08/16
Scott Collie August 11, 2016
the Fisker Karma launched in 2011, it instantly turned heads.
Forget about the environmentally friendly construction, just
looking at it was enough to get gear heads fired up.
Unfortunately, the financial realities of mass production killed
the car before it could truly make an impact. Now, thanks to a
fresh injection of Chinese cash, the Karma is back. Thankfully,
it looks just as good as ever.
From the outside, the Karma Revero looks almost identical to the
Fisker Karma. That's no bad thing, because the original design
was some of Henrik Fisker's best work – considering he's the man
behind the BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9, and the one-off
Thunderbolt, that's high praise.
The real changes have been wrought under the skin, where the
Revero will be fitted with a new infotainment system,
fast-charging capability, and an updated solar panel capable of
charging the battery. Karma says the solar-charging technology is
an American first, but hasn't revealed details about just how
much juice it will provide.
Technology changes aside, there is one area that will have to be
better than before, and that's build quality. As is often the
case with boutique manufacturers, the original Fisker Karma
wasn't quite on par with mass-produced cars when it came to build
quality. The fact they had a tendency to catch fire didn't help
"Serving a mass market is not, and never will be, our purpose,"
says Jim Taylor, Chief Revenue Officer at Karma Automotive. "The
Revero is for a discerning group of individuals who desire
beautiful, clean vehicles and a memorable ownership experience.
We are thrilled to start this journey."
Buyers will be able to order through 10 dealerships in North
America, and Karma Automotive is also planning a flagship "brand
experience center" in Orange County. Existing owners will have
the opportunity to reserve a car before the general public, who
will get their chance on September 8.
Story and image courtesy:
NEW ATLAS (gizmag)
The Straddling Bus exists, for real
Added by admin 04/08/16
Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)
Transportation / Public Transportation
August 2, 2016
all laughed when we first saw the vision of the straddling bus in
2010, and then again in 2013, thinking it silly vaporware. Why
would anyone build such a thing?
Originally conceived by American architect Lester Walker 45 years
ago, there is in fact some logic to it; the right-of-way already
exists, and instead of having a bus stuck in traffic, the
straddling bus can fly right over it. When we showed a model of
it earlier this year, we noted that the designer promised a
working one by August.
And here we are in August 2016, and there they are, running a
real full size straddle bus down a thousand foot test track. It
is officially known as a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), will consist
of four cars each being about 22 meters [72'] long, 7.8 meters
wide [25.6'] and 4.8 meters [15.74'] high, and can hold 1200
Many of the complaints about the concept seem misplaced. Bike
Portland tweets: "watch car culture at work in China. Look at the
lengths humans go to not disturb our fragile car ecosystem."
Transport expert Jarrett Walker says much the same thing:
Yes, if your starting point for urban design is that
single-occupant cars, despite their extreme inefficiency in using
scarce urban space, should be allowed to go anywhere at all, and
that the surface plane should be designed solely for their
convenience to the exclusion of all other citizens and needs,
then this technology makes sense. Remember, the primary cost of
transit infrastructure is the cost of keeping transit out of the
way of motorists, on the assumption that motorists have the prior
claim to absolutely every bit of public space in our cities.
Story and image courtesy:
Plug-in electric car sales in July: Volt
passes 100,000 with strong numbers (updated)(US)
Added by admin 03/08/16
Aug 2, 2016
month marked a major milestone for U.S. sales of plug-in electric
cars: the 100,000th Chevrolet Volt was delivered.
It's the first car with a plug in any segment to reach 100,000
units, and Chevy's justified in celebrating the occasion with a
press release and a bit of fanfare.
Both the Volt and the Nissan Leaf battery-electric hatchback went
on sale in December 2010, and the Leaf led the Volt in total
sales for a majority of the five and a half years since then.
But the well received second-generation Volt plug-in
hybrid—winner of the Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy
award—has surged past the Leaf, outselling it for each of the
last 10 months.
Volt sales in July were a whopping 2,406, its best month since
August 2014, for a seven-month total this year of 12,214, and a
grand total since December 2010 of 100,964 sales.
The Leaf, on the other hand, logged 1,063 deliveries for a
year-to-date total of 6,856.
Total U.S. sales for the Leaf since launch are 96,447, meaning it
should cross the line in October or November if that pace
The third best-selling electric car in the U.S. is likely the
Tesla Model S, but its maker refuses to release monthly sales or
break down quarterly sales by country, so we don't know those
And fourth on the list of modern plug-in vehicles is still the
now-discontinued Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, at more than 42,300
in total. It will be replaced by the Toyota Prius Prime, which
goes on sale later this year.
The highest sales of plug-in hybrids now come from Ford, whose
Energi versions of its C-Max compact hatchback and Fusion
mid-size sedan together have outsold Nissan for many months
running, and in many months Chevrolet as well.
Ford will report sales of its plug-in vehicles tomorrow. Other
high-volume electric cars are the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen
Story and image courtesy:
Green Car Reports