Tesla has announced a new entry-level Model S along with battery updates and the addition of what it's calling "Ludicrous Mode" on the Model S P85 D. Thanks to a redesigned fuse on the car’s battery, the Model S can now sprint to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds – similar to the times achieved by hypercars like the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari.
It's always nice to have good neighbors, especially if those neighbors happen to be ultra-premium automakers. The March CE Primary School is located just a few minutes' walk from Rolls-Royce headquarters, so when the children need some help with engineering projects, they have a world-class tutor to turn to. Last year, the two parties teamed up on a Rolls-Royce-badged electric go-kart, and this year they've come up with a more refined design named "March 2 Glory."
In a few months, a new 100-percent-electric car will be on the market –
in France, at least. Called the Bluesummer, the two-door four-seat
convertible was designed by electrical systems manufacturer the Bolloré
Group, but will be built and distributed by Peugeot Citroën.
Looking for a cleaner three-wheeler to commute with but not up to pedaling your own way? Around the same time we were translating Russian to bring you the story of the Ekomobil, Morgan was revealing its second all-electric roadster at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Morgan re-powers its classically styled 3 Wheeler with a battery pack and electric drive to create the EV3. The new prototype utilizes the 3 Wheeler platform's lightweight construction for a peppy all-electric ride and range of 150 miles (241 km).
Dutch students have developed a new family car that is not only powered by the sun, but generates more energy than it uses. Stella Lux seats up to four people and is designed to be efficient, intelligent and comfortable. It will compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year.
London's public transport network is about to get a lot greener, with Mayor Boris Johnson announcing that the world's first purpose-built pure electric double-decker bus will hit the city's streets later this year. The announcement was made at the Clean Bus Summit, where 24 cities around the world committed to putting ultra-low emission buses on the road.
Mini is demonstrating a new technology that would allow electric vehicle (EV) drivers to charge their vehicles from street lights. The Light and Charge system would also provide efficient LED lighting. The system is being showcased the carmaker's plant in Oxford, UK, as part of Low Carbon Oxford Week.
Automakers like to kick off the summer season by letting their hair down and creating playful one-off builds that get down and party. In 2012, Nissan broke out the Juke Box rolling sound system, and last year Volkswagen brought the noise with the Amarok Power pickup. Nissan is back at it again in 2015, plugging the party in with a specially equipped e-NV200 electric van built to make cocktails, pump bass and provide an augmented reality experience.
If electric buses are ever going to become a common sight in cities
around the world, then they'll need to be able to operate like their
traditional counterparts. This means no taking long breaks to recharge,
or sacrificing seating space for the storage of huge batteries. While
allowing them to draw power from the road
is one alternative, the European EDDA Bus consortium is working on
another – electric buses that can grab a quick charge at bus stops in
just a few minutes.
Tesla grabbed the attention of the entire electric vehicle (EV) industry when it opened up all of its patents last year, and now it looks like this apparent altruism is inspiring others to follow suit. Ford, like Tesla, has now opened up its EV patents to its competitors, though unlike Tesla's they won't come free of charge.