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Cars Stories August 4, 2016

Nissan hopes to turn heads with 268HP EV BladeGlider prototype w/McLaren F1-type seating

Nissan today in Rio unveiled its BladeGlider “working prototype” which combines electric powertrain with a futuristic design and moderate 268 horsepower split between two rear 130kW electric motors. Max speed is quoted as nearly 200km/h (125 miles/hour), with 0-100km/h (0-62) taking less than five seconds.  No information was given on the battery pack size but as this is a […]

Cars Stories July 18, 2016

Tesla announces the prizes for its current referral program: Model X P90D and invites to ‘Tesla’s next unveiling event’

Earlier today, we reported on Tesla quickly renewing the referral program for the fifth round with again a $1,000 discount on both the Model S and X, but at the time, Tesla had yet to reveal the prizes for the referrers. Now the company released the list and there’s no big surprise. The small prizes are […]

Cars Stories June 1, 2016

2017 Chevy Volt Review wrap up: All of the upside and none of the downside for ICE converts

I’ve been forming my big picture opinion of the 2017 Chevy Volt over the past week and journaling the experience in a set of diary posts (1, 2, 3-4). It has definitely been a journey from my initial impressions to becoming extremely comfortable with the car in a matter of days. Overwhelmingly, the 2017 Volt is a […]

Cars Stories May 25, 2016

2017 Chevy Volt Diary, Day 1: Delivery and setup

The fine folks at GM have given us a shiny new (OK, 500 miles) electric blue 2017 Chevy Volt to test drive for the next week. I’m keeping a diary of my experiences every day here and will wrap up the week with my conclusions. (Day 2, Day 3-4, Conclusion/Wrapup) Day 1, Delivery and Setup

Tesla (TSLA) closed its stock offering with $1.7 billion in net proceeds to finance the Model 3 program

Just a week ago, Tesla (TSLA) announced a new public stock offering to raise between $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion – depending on the underwriters exercising their option to purchase additional shares – in order to finance its ambitious Model 3 production program. In a SEC filing today, Tesla confirmed having closed the offering and that […]

Cars Stories May 12, 2016

First 3D model of the Tesla Model 3 [Interactive render]

While we’ve had the chance to see the Tesla Model 3 prototype in a few different settings, including in the wild and during a media photoshoot, we can’t move the car around see it in different colors or in under every angle, until now… sort of. The first 3D model of the Model 3 is out and […]

Cars Stories May 5, 2016

Lyft reportedly planning to pilot self-driving Chevy Bolt taxis ‘within a year’

According to a report today from The Wall Street Journal, GM and Lyft are partnering to test a fleet of self-driving electric taxis sometime within the next year in an undisclosed city. The pilot will reportedly take advantage of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a speedy compact crossover all-electric that we took for a test drive earlier this year…

Cars Stories April 24, 2016

The 25 Year Solar Module Warranty is only 19 Years old

A recent report (PDF) reminded us that the solar power industry is still in its youth. While we have been installing solar power since the 1950’s – 85% of the world’s 230GW+ has been installed in the last 5 years, and during the next five years that front end concentration will increase. The suite of tests developed in the 1970s for measuring solar module longevity is showing us that while most modules perform well, at or above their warranted levels, there are enough that don’t, and that the industry need continue to improve quality control if we are to depend on solar power in the long term.

When a large scale solar power plant is built out, the financiers of those solar plants are going to ask if your solar modules are ‘bankable.’ Bankability generally follows a few guidelines, the first being – What are the odds that the solar module will perform like the production models say? $100 billion of solar power was installed last year – and every installation believes their solar modules are going to last long enough to cover their costs.

Cars Stories April 18, 2016

German report claims Apple Car could be manufactured in Austria by BMW/Mini maker Magna

German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine is reporting that Apple may be planning to use Austrian-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna to manufacture the Apple Car. The publication also says that Apple has created a ‘secret lab’ in Berlin where it has head-hunted a small cross-disciplinary team of 15-20 upcoming engineers from a number of German car companies. Magna specialises in making […]

Cars Stories April 12, 2016

Poll: Do you prefer the Tesla Model S’ new front fascia or the nosecone?

Now that we can finally take a good look at the official and final design of the Model S’ new front fascia (though we don’t have third-party pictures yet), we want to know what you think of it. You can answer the poll and leave a comment below.

Cars Stories April 5, 2016

Google car project nabs ex-Apple global supply manager w/ experience delivering millions of iPhones and Watches

Reuters last month reported that Google has been bolstering its self-driving car team as of late, and now as April rolls in, we’ve uncovered some more information on new hires as the team continues to expand. In one case, Google has added an ex-Apple global supply manager for the iPhone and the Apple Watch to the self-driving car supply management team…

Cars Stories April 3, 2016

Most Ludicrous Tesla Model S drag race yet ushers in Qantas tie up [Video]

There have been a lot of Tesla Model S/X drag races, some more ridiculous than others. But today’s might take the cake. Australian Airline Qantas put their 737-800up against Tesla’s Model S  along the three kilometre runway at Avalon Airport southwest of Melbourne, Australia. Nevermind that the Tesla Model S can’t even do 181 mph which […]

Cars Stories March 22, 2016