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Despite Financial Problems, Faraday Still Set to Debut 1st Model at CES

New teaser offers closer look at what is expected to be EV SUV.

by on Dec.08, 2016

Faraday Future plans to go full speed ahead with its new sport-ute concept, which it will show at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.

Despite financial problems serious enough to put on hold construction of its new Las Vegas factory, battery-car start-up Faraday Future plans to go ahead with the unveiling of its first production model at the Consumer Electronics Show four weeks from now.

The California-based, Chinese-backed Faraday made its official debut at CES last January, but the exotic sports car it revealed at that splashy Las Vegas event is expected to be replaced by a more conventional-looking electric SUV.

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A teaser image released this week by Faraday shows the nose of the production car, appearing to fill in some of the missing details from a short video the company put out in October showing a camouflage SUV blasting around a desert race track. (more…)

Start-Up Lucid Set to Build Arizona EV Plant

The list of electric-car wannabes continues to grow.

by on Nov.30, 2016

Lucid's prototype may seem a little tame compared to its EV-making competition, but it will get a complete redesign, officials claim.

Yet another electric vehicle wannabe has announced it will enter the still-small U.S. market, Lucid Motors revealing plans for a new assembly plant based in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona.

Construction on the $700 million factory is set to begin early next year, the company – originally called Atieva – promising to have its first vehicles on the road in 2018. As Lucid, it would join a growing procession of electric vehicle manufacturers, both start-ups like Tesla Motors and traditional auto companies like General Motors, vying for what is still a miniscule part of the American automotive market.

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Whether demand will absorb all the new comers is far from certain and could be strongly impacted by the as yet-uncertain energy policies of the incoming Trump Administration which could relax or even eliminate upcoming auto mileage rules that are promoting developing of alternate propulsion technologies. (more…)

This Car, From a Brand You’ve Never Heard of, May Soon be One of the World’s Fastest – and It’s Electric

NIO EP9 hypercar expected to deliver 1,341 hp; launch from 0 to 60 n 2.7 seconds.

by on Nov.22, 2016

The NIO EP9 from NextEV will do 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds and tackled the Nurburgring in just over 7 minutes.

Electric cars are fuel efficient but far from fun to drive, right? Well, if Tesla already hasn’t convinced you otherwise, you might want to check out the new NIO EP9.

You’ve almost certainly never heard of NIO. It’s a sub-brand just launched by China’s NextEV, and it’s intent on making quite a splash when it comes to market with this gull-winged hypercar. Preliminary tests reveal a prototype has already lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a blistering 7 minutes 5 seconds – one of the fastest times ever clocked there, and a solid record for a battery-electric vehicle.

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If you’re not standing on the throttle all the time, the EP9 will manage to travel as much as 265 miles on a charge, according to NIO, and you can reportedly top off the battery in as little as 45 minutes. In an interesting twist, the company also claims the twin battery packs can be swapped out for fresh ones in just eight minutes. (more…)

Will Trump Unplug EVs?

U.S. could lose lead in battery-car market.

by on Nov.21, 2016

The Jaguar I-Pace is making its debut appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

It certainly doesn’t look like your typical Jaguar. Indeed, its cab-forward proportions are decidedly different from most vehicles on the market today. That’s because the Jaguar I-Pace Concept making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week was designed specifically to take advantage of its electric propulsion system — with its batteries and motors below the floor that translates into a much larger cabin than you’d normally expect.

Jaguar is just one of the many automakers displaying new battery-based vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show. There’s the next-generation Fortwo Electric Drive, the new Volkswagen e-Golf, which gets a 50% bump in range, and the pure electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq. Chevrolet is not only showing off the production version of the Bolt battery-electric vehicle, but also the numerous awards it collected last week, including Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year.

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With dozens of new hybrids, plug-ins and battery-electric vehicles set to debut between now and 2020 it might seem to be a golden era for battery-based vehicles. But some observers wonder whether the push to electrify the automobile might suddenly be short-circuited by the election of Donald Trump, a man who has repeatedly denied climate change, declaring that global warming is a “hoax” created by the Chinese.


Chinese-Funded Faraday Future Denies Halting Work on Las Vegas Assembly Plant

Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting admits his resources are stretched thin.

by on Nov.17, 2016

Officials dig in at the May groundbreaking ceremony for the new Faraday Future plant outside Las Vegas.

The ambitious Chinese automotive start-up Faraday Future may be running into serious financial problems forcing it to halt construction of a $1 billion assembly plant near Las Vegas.

But then again, maybe it isn’t, the automaker telling a Chinese newspaper that work on the factory continues.

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Faraday made its official debut last January during a splashy event at the Consumer Electronics Show. The company recently said it will reveal its first production model at the next CES less than two months from now. Meanwhile, it has been working on a sprawling assembly plant in the Nevada desert that it promised would create as many as 4,500 jobs. (more…)

I-Pace Just First Step in Jaguar Electrification Plans

As much as 40 to 50% of its models could soon be battery-based.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, estimates that as much as 50% of Jaguar Land Rover's sales will be battery electric vehicles.

It took only a matter of minutes for the first buyer to reserve one of the new Jaguar I-Pace battery-electric vehicles, clicking on the “I Want” button added to the British maker’s website following the debut of a concept version at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

That was reassuring news for Jaguar’s top management team which authorized the costly development project that will see the production version of the I-Pace roll into showrooms in 2018. And the electric SUV is likely to be only the first in a wave of new battery-based models for both Jaguar and its sibling Land Rover brand, according to CEO Ralf Speth.

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As much as “40 to 50%” of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up could use hybrid, plug-in or full battery-electric propulsion by 2020, Speth hinted during a conversation with a handful of journalists at the L.A. Auto Show. And while he declined to discuss specific plans, he acknowledged that the company did not develop the unique platform underpinning the I-Pace just for one product. (more…)

Hyundai Ioniq Family Takes Center Stage at LA Show

Common platform cuts costs, improves vehicles.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Hyundai's Mike O'Brien introduces the new Ioniq EV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Green is still a go as far as the global auto industry is concerned and Hyundai is planning to use the Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase its new family of vehicles equipped with three distinct alternative powertrains.

Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America vice president of product planning, said the new Ioniq family is unique in so far as the basic platform for the battery electric, plug-in electric and hybrid. The Ioniq made its debut in New York earlier this year.

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All three vehicles are built in South Korea from what is basically a common parts bin, which helps keep down costs, said O’Brien, adding the Ioniqs are the product of Hyundai’s effort to build a fleet of dedicated Green vehicles that will grow in the future. (more…)

NHTSA Mandates Makers Engineer the Sounds of Silence

Battery-electric quiet cars must produce "audible" noise at low speeds.

by on Nov.14, 2016

Pedestrians will now hear that Tesla, Leaf or Bolt coming when it travels at low speeds with the new NHTSA mandate.

A few years down the road, if you cross the street and suddenly wonder what that “strange” noise is, you may have the U.S. government to thank for potentially saving your life.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized rules mandating electric vehicles, hybrids and other “quiet” cars emit “alert sounds” when traveling at speeds of 18.6 miles or slower.

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At higher speeds, the sound alert is not required because other factors, such as tire and wind noise, provide adequate audible warning to pedestrians. (more…)

Hyundai Plans to Sell Ioniq EV Family in Every State

Automaker not limiting sales to zero-emissions states.

by on Nov.11, 2016

The Hyundai Ioniq will be offered with hybrid, plug-in and EV versions and sold in every state in the union, officials said.

Hyundai plans to sell the new Ioniq EV throughout the United States not just in California or the 11 states in the West and Northeast that have adopted California’s zero emission mandate.

“The pure electric vehicle will be available in all 50 states,” said Michael O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of product planning. Other manufacturers have limited sales of electric vehicles to California and few other states because they lose money on each one they sell.

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O’Brien said the new the new Ioniq EV will go on sale before the end of the year and will be followed shortly thereafter by a hybrid version. The third vehicle in the Ioniq family, the plug-in hybrid version, will go on sale at the beginning of the third quarter of next year, he said during a briefing at the Hyundai Advanced Technical Center outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. (more…)

Tesla Set to Reveal “Unexpected” New Product

Musk also says there is no need to raise more cash.

by on Oct.10, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk with an image of the troublesome Model X which missed production targets, is unveiling a new product on Oct. 17.

Even as it moves forward on the development of its first mainstream product, the Model 3 sedan, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the battery-carmaker will lift the covers on an all-new product on Oct. 17.

Musk, a savvy user of social media, suggested in a Monday morning tweet that the new battery-electric vehicle will be “unexpected by most,” but offered no other clues as to what is in store.

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In recent months, Musk has dropped a variety of hints, along with broader indications, as to what he would like to see in the Tesla line-up in the years ahead. That includes a crossover-utility vehicle to complement the downsized Model 3, and even a battery-electric pickup. The Tesla founder has already confirmed that an all-new version of Tesla’s original product line, the Roadster, is in the works. (more…)