The Frankfurt Motor Show is to be the setting for a preview of an all-electric SUV that Audi is preparing for 2018. The e-tron quattro concept offers up a range of over 500 km (311 miles) from its 370 kW (496 hp) electric powertrain and wraps it all up in a sharply-styled suit that puts the new Q7 to shame.
Nissan has unveiled its 2016 LEAF electric car and, sadly, a glow-in-the-dark paint-job
won't be an option. Other new "premium-look" colors, however, will be.
More importantly, the new LEAF will have a best-in-class range of 107
miles (172 km) and the NissanConnect infotainment system as standard.
While some electric cars may have a decent range in places like
California, they're not so impressive in locations with frigid winters.
That's because their battery is powering not only the motor, but also
the cabin heating system. Now, however, engineers at Germany's
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation are
developing new technology that could keep EV drivers warm, without leaving them stranded.
Perhaps you'd like to own an electric car, but you simply can't afford
something highway-worthy like a Tesla or Leaf. Well, if most of your
trips are made up of short jaunts within your neighborhood, you may be
able to get away with a slower-but-cheaper electric runabout. Eco-Cruise
recently launched just such a vehicle, in the form of its Cruser Sport.
Peugeot has teamed up with sound designer and producer Amon Tobin to
create a sound-themed concept car. The Peugeot Fractal is described as
an "electric urban coupé" that explores the sense of sound to improve
the experience of driving. It features a host of cutting-edge audio
Last year, Gizmag reported on Royalplay Group Limited's E.T Scooter, one of many new electric scooters designed to fold up and transport easily when it isn't transporting you. Things apparently haven't gone so well for the company since then, but now it's back with a new and improved model, the ET Smart Scooter, to make things right.
Researchers claim to have hit on the right combination of solar cell type and battery to charge an electric vehicle battery with higher efficiency than ever before. The team behind the research says the system could soon make it possible to attach small cells to a car that will charge the vehicle while being driven – on a sunny day, at least.
Spill a little water in your salt shaker, and the salt quickly becomes clumpy and useless. Wet salt isn't all that useful in land speed record racing, either. Wet conditions and bad weather shut down Bonneville Speed Week for the second year in a row this summer, and they didn't much help Venturi and Ohio State in their electric land speed record hopes last week. The team battled through, and while the VBB-3 streamliner didn't reach the high speeds it's capable of, it did set a new category world record of 240.320 mph (386.757 km/h).
Nissan has joined forces with British architecture firm Foster + Partners to design a new generation of fuel station that takes into account the continued growth of electric vehicles. At the moment it's all very mysterious, and both firms remain tight-lipped as to what they have planned.
An all-electric Audi SUV concept has long been expected for debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. This week, Audi confirmed that those expectations will be met, providing some initial details about the new e-tron quattro concept. The concept previews a production model scheduled for a 2018 launch and emphasizes that "electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise."