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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...

Audi e-tron GT Factory Gears Up for Production

The almost-ready Porsche Taycan isn’t the only good-looking sporty electric car coming from the Volkswagen/Audi Group next year. Over at Audi, they have the wickedly styled– and wickedly fast!– Audi e-tron GT that’s set to begin production as well. To that end, Volkswagen has officially broken ground on a number of upgrades to the Audi Sport GmbH production facilities in the Böllinger Höfe, with the completion date slated for the fall of 2019. “Since the Böllinger Höfe was already created in the design phase as a small-series production facility with innovative and flexible production processes, that gives us the ideal conditions to produce the e-tron GT alongside the Audi R8,” Audi’s Production Manager, Wolfgang Schanz, explained in an interview. ...

FCA Announces Plan to Build 80,000 Fiat 500e EVs

Recently, Fiat Chrysler (FCA)’s chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Pietro Gorlier, announced that the Italian-American company would be placing its biggest single bet on an electric vehicle on the next-generation Fiat 500e. It’s quite a bet, too. FCA plans to build 80,000 of the things at its Mirafiori plant in Turin, northern Italy. That car, set to launch in 2020 as a 2021 model, is believed to rely heavily on the Fiat Concept Centoventi revealed back in March. It will also be the first all-electric vehicle that Fiat will market in Europe– which, seeing as how Renault and Nissan have been successfully selling EVs in Europe for over a decade, seems kind of incredible to me. Like, incredible in the, “I can’t believe Fiat is so far behind everyone el...

2000 HP Lotus Evija EV is the Most Powerful Car Ever

It’s not often you get to write an article about an all-new Lotus road car, but here we are. Meet the 2020 Lotus Evija. With more than 2000HP on tap, the Evija is the most powerful series production car ever built. As such, the car will– no doubt– prove to be one of the fastest production cars ever built, too, once one of the only 130 examples of the car finally finds its way into the hands of independent testers. Oh! I almost forgot: the new Lotus Eviga is 100% electric. You read that right. The most powerful production car to ever hit the streets is 100%, fully electric. The Lotus Evija is not a hybrid, like the carbon-bodied McLaren P1, the 1500HP, single-gear Koenigsegg Regera, or the 968 HP Ferrari SF90. It’s not even a “range-extended EV” like the ...

The Electric Mini is Here! Meet the 2020 Mini Cooper SE

The original Mini from the 1960s was a marvel of packaging engineering, fitting a tight little FWD power train and room for four adults into a cartoonishly small, 2-box shape. With its low weight and innovative suspension design, it became a giant-killer on racetracks and a favorite among car enthusiasts. Combined with distinctive styling, the Mini provided a formula that made it an obvious pick for BMW (Mini’s parent company) to “resurrect” during the late 1990’s retro craze that saw crosstown rivals, VW, enjoy a massively profitable run of New Beetle sales. Given the car’s small size and urban demographic, there has been talk of electrification for the Mini for over a decade— but the electric Mini never materialized. Until now, that is. Meet the new fo...

Production-ready Electric Porsche Taycan Breaks Cover in China

Get Plugged In In a Hurry? Here are the major points of this post. Porsche’s First Electric Car is Almost Ready This is the Tesla Model S’ First Real Competition Seen here roaming the streets of Shanghai and the track outside the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) is the ultra-quick, fully electric Porsche Taycan super-sedan in full production spec. trim. And you’ll probably see it again, too– that’s because this pre-production Taycan prototype is setting off on something of a “world tour” ahead of its official unveiling at this September’s Frankfurt Auto Show. To say that the Porsche Taycan has been hotly anticipated is an understatement. With more than 600 HP on tap from its electric motors, the slinky Porsche is expected to blast from 0-60 MP...

Majority of Electric Vehicles were Made in the U.S., says the DOE

According to the Untied States Department of Energy (DOE) roughly 75% of all plug-in electric vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2018 were produced right at home. In fact, from 2012-2018, the United States has been the leader in both EV manufacturing and overall sales. Since 2011 when the DOE began collecting data on EV sales, sales of EVs have skyrocketed worldwide from approximately 18 thousand units in 2011 to approximately 361 thousand units in 2018. Although not strictly an EV (the vehicle can run on gas if the battery does not have enough charge), the Chevy Volt Hybrid plug-in was the number one selling plug-in car in the U.S. in 2018 with over 152 thousand units being sold. In second place was the Tesla Model S all-electric sedan with over 143 thousand units sold and right behind it was t...

Volkswagen Secures EV Batteries Through 2023

Between its Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands, the Volkswagen Group has committed to building more than 300,000 electric vehicles in 2021. That’s a whole lot of electric cars from the company that, not too long ago, was touting the benefits of “clean diesel”. As such, you can imagine that some people doubted the company’s commitment ability to deliver. VW, though, claims they’ve locked down a battery supplier … for a full three years. “I can confirm that for the first years of our plan, a sufficient supply of cells has been contractually secured,” said Thomas Ulbrich, the Volkswagen brand management board member in charge of electric mobility. He also added that the contract would ensure this was the case until 2023 in a bid to remove all dou...

Video: the Insane, 968HP Ferrari SF90 Hybrid Hypercar

When Ferrari released its first production hybrid, the Ferrari La Ferrari, the execs in charge of the Italian brand promised the purists that no Ferrari would even run on purely electric power. Well, times do seem to have changed, because this all-new Ferrari is more than just a battery-boosted, 900+ HP hypercar. It’s called the SF90, and it’s a battery-boosted, 900+ HP hypercar capable of running 15 miles on purely electric power. As for the car, itself, the new SF90 makes use of Ferrari’s existing, 660HP 4.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 from the (relatively) more pedestrian 488 GTB. In the SF90, though, that engine’s output is combined with 3 high-torque electric motors and good for a combined 968HP. It’s both clever, and new. “The SF90 Stradale is the ...

Tesla Accused of Violating Labor Laws, Firing Unionizers

Tesla has been battling the business shortcomings of Elon Musk’s personality on several fronts over the last few months, but now it seems like the company may have crossed the line separating unsavory activity and illegal activity. According to unfair labor practice charges against the company filed to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the United Steel Workers’ Union, Tesla allegedly engaged in coercive actions such as surveillance and illegal firing at its Gigafactory plants in New York and California. The United Steel Workers aren’t the only ones involved, either. The USW is acting in concert with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to organize the Tesla facility’s employees and bargain for improved benefits and working conditions. If su...

Saab Will Never Die: NEVS Gets Massive, $23 Billion Investment

It’s called Evergrande, and– as China’s second-largest developer with developments in over 170 cities– it’s one of the largest real estate companies in the world. Impressive as that is, it seems to be just the beginning of Evergrande’s story. That’s because the company just invested twenty-three billion (with a “b”) dollars into building manufacturing facilities for electric carmaker NEVS, with plans to build 1 million electric cars and 500 GWh of batteries per year. “Evergrande aims to invest 160 billion yuan in Guangzhou’s Nansha district to set up three major bases for new energy vehicles,” according to a statement the Nansha local government sent to the Global Times last Wednesday. “One of the bases will have the c...