In a bid to sell its electric cars directly to consumers, Elon Musk has taken Tesla’s business case to state legislatures across the U.S. While the electric automaker has suffered some notable setbacks in Virginia and Texas, North Carolina and New Hampshire have taken Tesla’s side, allowing the company to open showrooms and sell cars to customers without franchised dea … [Read more...] about Tesla Wins Big in North Carolina And New Hampshire
Remember that moment in The Matrix when they showed us we're all just batteries for The Machines? And that the reality we think we know is just something being fed to us by the machines, to keep us complacent? Well, automakers are working on technology to help bring this to fruition. I was invited, at Ford's expense, to attend their "Further With Ford" conference. We were … [Read more...] about Forget the Prius Effect- Here Comes The Matrix Effect
A petition was started on the Whitehouse.gov website to allow Tesla Motors to sell their own cars directly to their customers in all 50 states of America. If you think Tesla should be able to sell its cars directly to customers, you should sign this petition. As the petition said: "State legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from … [Read more...] about Petition To Protect Tesla Motors From Distribution Ban Started
Zaptera USA is the phoenix rising from the ashes of failed three-wheeled EV company Aptera, which went bankrupt in 2011. Zaptera wants to start producing aerodynamically inclined three-wheeled Aptera as electric, hybrid and gas-powered vehicles as early as next year. Zaptera is interested in mass-producing the Aptera 2e, which is the electric version of the pointy 3-wheeled … [Read more...] about Zaptera Says Aptera USA Will Push On With 3-Wheeled Gas And Electric Vehicles
In their bid to emulate the success that boutique engine builders once enjoyed, Rimac is offering a series of electric motors, batteries, controllers, and driveline components that should be just the ticket to take any would-be electric supercar or racecar constructor from daydream to production reality. Good. On. Them. For a bit of context, consider that in a Bob … [Read more...] about Rimac Offering Electric Motors for Small-Volume Carmakers
Nissan's R35 GTR is a performance icon. It's also a car that we've featured here on Gas 2 in various forms over the years, most notably as a Switzer Performance-tuned, ethanol-fueled street terror. Keep in mind, we've never posted any sort of official acceleration times, but the comments and emails surrounding Switzer's E900 and E1K-X posts always include the same question: how … [Read more...] about Video: Ethanol-fueled Nissan GTR Sets 1/4 Mile Record
At Sustainable Brands 2013, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ford’s Global Director of Sustainability, John Viera. He promised me free charging (at my friend’s homes!), and a race van that can corner like a sports car. OK, maybe I misinterpreted some things. Judge for yourself: Your website leads with the more efficient cars in your product lineup, including the Fusion … [Read more...] about The Future of Affordable EVs According to John Viera | Sustainable Brands 2013
This is Andy Saunder's amazing new Cramper - the world's tiniest, lightest RV! Make no mistake, however, this pint-sized, pedal-powered camper van is a strictly first-class ride. "We wanted the camper to be finished to the highest quality," says Andy. "Inside, it's fully insulated and upholstered, it has a twin hob to cook on, a sink to wash up in. It's got a big side window … [Read more...] about EPIC DIY WIN! World’s Smallest Camper – All Hail the Cramper!
Believe it or not, Volvo designed and built an automobile that achieved 58 MPG 30 years ago. That vehicle was called the LCP 2000. LCP means Light Component Project, and it could influence the fuel-sipping cars of today. The project used lightweight materials like aluminum, magnesium, and plastics to keep curb weight down. This allowed the use of a very small engine, … [Read more...] about Flashback Friday: The Volvo LCP Achieved 58 MPG In 1983
The Tesla Model S is many things; an electric car, sure, but it’s also billed as a luxury car as well. But wait, it’s also a performance vehicle, capable of beating such venerable sports cars like the Dodge Viper. So just how fast is the Tesla Model S? Let’s go on a top speed run to find out. Our intrepid driver Elliot states that the expected top speed of the Tesla Model S is … [Read more...] about Video: How Fast Will The Tesla Model S Go?