Auto Industry

Best Place to Find Certified Pre-Owned EVs

We covered the pros and cons of buying a used Model S last week. While I’m pretty sure that 99 out of 100 people would prefer to buy a new car, the reality is that most of us can’t or don’t want to afford to. In addition to (most of the time) being a bad investment, buying a new car can be a stressful experience. If you’re okay with a certified pre-owned EVs, Carmax, EV-CPO.com, and Craigslist are three excellent ways to buy. Carmax I’m going to get flamed in the comments section for this but there are some major advantages to buying from Carmax. In addition to a rather pleasant, stress-free experience, Carmax does have an excellent selection of used EVs to choose from. They conduct a “125 point inspection” on every vehicle (that sounds impressive ...

American Idol: Drako GTE Packs 6491 Lb-ft of TQ

Perception lags reality. It’s one of those ideas that, once understood, seems like it should be obvious. A thing happens in reality, and it takes a little while before we (the observers of reality) perceive it. The fireworks explode overhead, and a second later we hear the boom. Electric cars blow past internal combustion engines, and it takes a while to hear the– whirr? Hum? Whatever it is, it’s here. This is the Quad Motor Drako GTE. It is 100% electric, and 100% the most powerful series built vehicle ever to hit public roads. Yeah, I know about the new Lotus. I know about the new Ferrari, too. Heck, I even know about the new electric Freightliner semi truck– and it’s not even close. The Drako GTE’s electric motors are pushing an unbelievable 6,491 lb-...

NIO Automotive: Will this Company Be the Next Tesla?

China’s NIO automotive company (formerly known as NextEV), first made headlines in 2016 when it raised over a billion dollars in seed money.  The company indicates on its website that their goal is to be a world leader in both the all-electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle markets. NIO’s successes have been laudable, although recent setbacks have critics wondering: is NIO the real deal or will they be the next EV car company to bite the dust? Headquartered in Shanghai, NIO was founded in 2014 by William Li,  chairman of the Chinese automotive marketing giant Bitauto.  Several international conglomerates such as Sequoia and Lenovo have invested in the company, making it a heavy hitter in the Chinese EV market. NIO began selling their line of cars in 2018, selling over 8,00...

AI Powered Hybrid Supercoupe | 965HP Puritalia Berlinetta

There’s a lot to digest here, kids, so I’m going to get right to it. This is the Puritalia Automobili Berlinetta Hybrid. It features a unique and innovative “Purhydrive System” that dynamically process information like weather conditions, traffic data, the route you’re driving on, your state of charge, your current driving behavior, and your typical driving style to maximize your driving efficiency and minimize emissions. Oh– and it makes almost 1000 HP. So, yeah. This Berlinetta’s a thing. The Puritalia’s styling is just that: pure Italian. It’s long hood, short deck proportions evoke some of the most classic shapes of the Ferrari and Maserati GTs from decades past. The coupe is clean, without any gaudy rear wings or splitters to detra...

Karma GT Coupe Concept by Pininfarina Headed Stateside

Karma Automotive– formerly Fisker Automotive– has been working hard to reinvent itself after its initial bankruptcy. The new owners, however, seem to be moving things in the right direction. Its reborn Revero sedan is selling steadily, if slowly, and its GT coupe concept by Pininfarina is doing its job of generating press and moving the brand upscale, too. The next step for Karma, then, is to get its product in front of the stylish, well-heeled people it would like for its buyers. To do that, they’ll be taking the GT to Monterey Car Week next weekend in California. That’s right, gang– this multi-million dollar one-off PHEV coupe is coming to America! Long associated with the best-looking Ferrari models, Pininfarina has dabbled in low-volume manufacturing proje...

Hydrogen Fuel-cell Lexus LS for 2021 Spied

Lexus redesigned its flagship LS sedan for the 2019 model year, releasing it in ICE and hybrid versions. The hybrid version is good, but Lexus– and its parent company, Toyota– seem to be falling behind in the premium ZEV/EV race, though, especially considering the launch of the Hardware 3 Teslas. Toyota hopes to start clawing some of that gap back next year, however, with the launch of the 2021 Lexus LS FC, caught here in testing by Paul Tan. That news may upset some readers who are under the impression that hydrogen fuel cells are bad, bad things, but there’s still quite a few companies– namely, Toyota/Lexus and Honda— who are believers. They’re partnering with other companies like Shell and Kenworth, too, who have a stake in a liquid fuel infrastructur...

NIO and Razer Launch ES6 Night Explorer Electric SUV with 544HP

China is a magical place, where high-end carmakers spring up with exciting new products almost overnight– and with billions of real dollars in funding behind them. It was no different today in Shanghai, where Chinese electric automaker NIO partnered up with eSports equipment brand, Razer, to launch a limited-edition, 544HP, all-electric SUV called the ES6 Night Explorer … and it is awesome! The brand new NIO x @razer ES6 Night Explorer. Let the games begin. #NIOxRazer #Razer #ES6NightExplorer pic.twitter.com/JIeyjddgR1 — NIO (@NIOGlobal) August 2, 2019 The SUV is built on the NIO ES6 Performance Edition, with features like the NIO Pilot Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), NOMI Mate, enhanced digital instrument displays, and other high-tech appointments. The Night Explor...

Bentley Honey, a New Play on the New Flying B

Bentley is owned by Volkswagen. And– as Volkswagen is “turning over a new leaf” by putting a heavy emphasis on electrification, carbon neutral manufacturing, and corporate responsibility– so, too, must its children captive brands Audi, Porsche, and Bentley. The latest bid to move Bentley into a “greener” space doesn’t have much to do with cars, though. Instead, it’s about bees. No, not the iconic “Flying B” hood ornament. Like, bee bees. “We already have the largest solar car port in the UK on our site, which means that all of our electricity use is now either solar or certified green,” explains Mr. Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing. “So we’ve also started to look at ways we can use our...

Employee Found Dead at Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla confirmed that OSHA investigations are underway at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory after the body of 61 year old employee, Michael Johnston, was discoeverd on the third floor earlier this week. Although early reports from the Storey County PD seem to indicate that Johnston’s death appears to have been medical in nature, what exactly happened to the 61-year-old worker remains a mystery. “We have been deeply saddened by this incident, and our thoughts continue to be with our employee’s family. While we are still awaiting the autopsy report, we have initiated an investigation with law enforcement agencies and have no reason to believe that the incident was caused by anything related to this employee’s work,” Tesla said in a statement to Business Insi...

Ex Audi CEO Gets Criminally Charged for Diesel Cheat

Criminal charges were officially filed against former Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler, earlier today, for his role in the 2015 Volkswagen-Audi emissions cheating scandal that’s become known as “Dieselgate”. The public prosecutor’s office in Munich revealed that Stadler, along with three other defendants, are being formally charged with false certification and criminal advertising practices. Collectively, they are accused of having developed power trains used by Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche branded cars that were equipped emissions-cheating devices. The charges ultimately come down to “What did Stadler know, and when did he know it?” if I’m reading them correctly. “Defendant Stadler is accused of having been aware of the manipulations since the end ...

Spoiler Alert: 2020 Honda e Interior Revealed

The hotly anticipated Honda e will be Honda’s first globally launched, pure electric car when it arrives next year. It promises to be super fun, with a torquey, responsive electric motor and ultralow center of gravity working in concert to deliver excellent driving dynamics– which brings me to an interesting point. That is, we actually know a lot about the upcoming electric Honda … but we really don’t know much about its interior. Or, we didn’t, because Honda just dropped a few pictures showing off the car’s digital interior– and it is absolutely stunning!   Honda e Electric Car Interior | Photo Gallery As you can see from the pictures, the new 2020 Honda e’s dashboard is made up of 5 screens. They’re high-res screens that occupy t...

Tesla Model S, X Sales Down 20%, TSLA Down 10%

Tesla’s latest quarterly earnings support were a harsh reality check for the hardcore Musk believers (Muskies?). The company disclosed a loss of over $400 million during the last quarter as it struggles to convince the Street that it can make money. Even worse, though, was a sharp decline in sales of its flagship Model S luxury sedan and Model X space egg crossover. In short: things look bad for Tesla. How bad is bad? Well, Tesla has lost more than $6 billion (with a “b”) over the last decade, so that $400 million loss isn’t like, the end of the world for them. It’s just bad optics. That sales dip, though? That is a big deal. According to Bloomberg, “combined deliveries of the Model S and X dropped more than 20% from a year ago, to 17,650 in the second q...