Rapide 3 Gets 80 Percent Charge In Only 15 Minutes

What comes after supercharger? Super-ultra?

Take that Tesla Supercharger! While most electric vehicles currently on the market will regain roughly 80 percent of their charge within 30 minutes or so with the help of a supercharger—which not every electric vehicle is compatible with—Gaius Auto has just upped the ante with an 80 percent charge in only 15 minutes.

Taiwanese manufacturer Gaius Automobile has introduced a commercial three-wheeler at the Paris Motorshow, the Rapide 3. The vehicle is a versatile, compact, electric cargo e-bike ideal for developing markets where flexibility is key. The e-bike can carry a payload of up to 440 pounds or up to three people if adapted to carry passengers.

The cargo deck at the back of the vehicle is easy to load thanks to a convenient tailgate. Beware: this isn’t a conventional trike. The front section of the Rapide 3 actually tilts in the bends while the cargo area mounted on two-wheels remains at level.

Gaius Rapide3

A practical color display mounted on the handlebar shares information such as battery charge, speed, and riding modes. The system has WiFi and Bluetooth which allows it to be connected to a smartphone using the proprietary app where the owner will find all the vehicle’s specs and data such as battery charge, tire pressure, and motor temperature.

The Rapide 3 is powered by a lithium titanate battery located under the rider’s seat which produces an output of 24 horsepower and allows the bike to reach a top speed of almost 60 miles per hour. It is also fast-charging enabled which means that using the proper equipment, the Rapide 3 will regain 80 percent of its charge in a quick 15-minute wait—just enough time to grab a coffee and a muffin for the road.

The lithium titanate battery is what makes the rapid-charging possible, but it’s also a very expensive technology. For that reason, Gaius will sell the vehicle but lease the battery, which will help make the Rapide 3 more affordable at roughly $12,600 USD.

While the electrical components are engineered in Paris, France, the mechanical components are actually coming from this side of the pond: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. That being said, there is no say whether the Gaius Rapide 3 will be offered in the US.

Source: Rideapart


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New service to provide NYCs first electric ferry plus door-to-door e-commuting

In 2019, New York City will temporarily close the L train subway – a crucial line moving commuters between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The city hopes to alleviate the inevitable commuting nightmare with alternative bus routes and even rentable electric bicycles. However, a new electric ferry service combined with a complete electric vehicle transportation suite could help take the edge off commuters’ struggles.

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Tesla Model S Cost Of Ownership At 130,000 Miles

It’s pretty interesting to learn how much this Tesla Model S owner saved over a few short years.

We’ve been sharing our friend Sean Mitchell’s story with you from the beginning. To recap, he bought a used 2013 Tesla Model S with a 60 kWh battery pack. Over a few years, he racked up a ton of miles on the car. It wasn’t until after the fact that Sean learned he wasn’t properly caring for his battery, which Tesla recently replaced (and upgraded). Now, Sean shares the financial aspect of owning the Model S.

What we really appreciate about Sean’s work is that he takes his time and does his own detailed research. He doesn’t just crank out a bunch of trivial YouTube videos filled with opinion and misinformation. With the huge influx of YouTubers out there that don’t do their homework, this is a compliment to Mitchell. In addition, he admits that he’s learning himself and he’s open and welcome to the input of others.

With that being said, let’s fast forward to Mitchell’s most recent share. Would you believe it if we told you that his used Model S only cost him $14,000 to operate over about two years and 130,000 miles? In addition, it was 76 percent less expensive to fuel than an Audi A7. Nearly two-thirds of the money spent was on various tires, charging costs, and scheduled maintenance. This is clearly due to the huge amount of miles Sean accumulated in such a short time, in addition to needing seasonal tire changes to brave the Colorado elements. Sean provides a nice outline that breaks all of this down in simple terms.

Check out the video and let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below.

Video Description via Sean Mitchell on YouTube:

  • Cost of Tesla over 130,000 miles (209K km)
  • Cost of Tesla over 130,000 miles About the car:
  • 2013 Model S
  • Purchased used at 16,000 miles
  • Free Supercharging included
  • Certified Pre-owned with 4 year 50,000 mile manufacture warranty
  • 8 year unlimited mile battery and motor warranty

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Nikola Motors Boldly Claims It Will Become U.S. Largest Energy Consumer

Nikola Motors will be an electricity guzzler. Probably not a wise marketing move for the automaker.

Nikola Motor Company plans to launch its first hydrogen refueling station by the end of 2020 and have more than 820 such station within 10 years – by the end of 2028.

Because each of those stations are expected to serve 160 hydrogen fuel cell trucks a day (up to 8,000 kg of hydrogen), the amount of renewable electricity (mostly photovoltaic) needed to satisfy demand is projected to be extremely high.

The scenario envisions that 422 MWh of electricity is needed daily per station, which brings the total to 349 GWh for 828 stations in 2018 every day.

“Within 10 years,@nikolamotor will become the largest energy consumer in America. Estimated 820 stations going online by 2028. Each station fills 160 trucks daily- will consume 422 MWh of renewables (422 MWh X 828 stations = 349 GWh per day)”

Assuming that 422 MWh is needed for 160 trucks, a single truck will need 2.6 MWh or 2,600 kWh of electricity to produce enough hydrogen for all its tanks. And that’s probably a reasonable amount – because total efficiency of using hydrogen is low. We believe that an all-electric truck could do the same distance using 800-1000 kWh battery (charging losses would probably be only several percent).

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Even Rain Can’t Prevent Porsche 918 Spyder From Hitting 207 MPH

Don’t try this at home.

Driving isn’t the safest thing to do when it’s raining. Even a slight drizzle could mean wet roads and wet roads mean less friction between the tires and the concrete. However, safety is something that isn’t in the vocabulary of the Porsche 918 Spyder – or at least its driver from this video.

In a tire test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds on Merritt Island, Florida, a Porsche 918 Spyder attempted to reach its top speed in a 2.7-mile runway. It would have been an easy task for the 918 Spyder. After all, it’s powered by a 600-horsepower naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter engine and two electric motors that deliver an additional 282 hp. Whether the hybrid supercar will hit its top speed on this test or not wasn’t really a question, but it’s more of how long.

However, there’s one tiny bit of a problem – it’s drizzling and the concrete has become wet. While that may mean that showtime’s over, it wasn’t the case in this video.

Even with the wet road, the guys testing the tires pushed through with the plan. The Porsche 918 Spyder was launched on green flag with all the intention to reach 217 miles per hour, it’s registered top speed. It didn’t have any problems despite the uneventful condition; it’s like the car didn’t lose any of its traction at all.

Towards the end of the straight, though, the supercar failed to do reach its registered top speed and was “only” able to do 207 mph. Still, it was an impressive run and we really think the driver here has a big pair to perform such dangerous stunt on a wet surface.

A little warning for you dear reader: please don’t try this at home. Unless you’re driving a Porsche 918 Spyder, that we guess that’s fine.

SourceJohnny Bohmer Proving Grounds via Road & Track


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Mercedes-Benz Presents EQC 400 4MATIC In Paris: Video Roundup

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC makes public debut in Paris.

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC was one of the stars of the Daimler stand at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It’s the first major car show where the public can the see first production EQ model.

Production of the EQC is expected in 2019. The battery capacity to be 80 kWh, but it’s not yet known what the range really is – above 200 miles (320 km) for sure, but how much above?

Anyways, the EQC looks attractive, both inside and outside, so it should take fair share of Mercedes-Benz SUV sales from new GLE.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • more than 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)
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Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept: Paris Motor Show Video Roundup

The silver Peugeot e-LEGEND shines in Paris.

Peugeot, besides the 508, 508 SW and 3008 plug-in hybrids, presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show a concept all-electric model, the Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept.

It looks pretty slick, as it envisions a vintage car (in this case Peugeot 504 Coupé). Also, the specs with a 100 kWh battery and 340 kW dual motor all-wheel drive powertrain sounds spectacular.

The bad news is that it’s just a concept. You will not be able to buy it so instead just enjoy the photos and videos from the show.

Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept spec:

  • 100 kWh battery pack
  • 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range
  • fast charging up to 80% (500 km/311 miles) in 25 minutes
  • home wireless charging option
  • 340 kW and 800 Nm and all-wheen drive
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds
  • top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph)
  • dimensions are (in mm): length: 4650, width: 1930, height: 1370, wheelbase: 2690.
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Watch This Tesla Model 3 Performance At The Strip

This new Tesla Model 3 Performance owner is blown away by his car.

YouTuber Travis Fischer sent InsideEVs an email recently. He wanted to let us know that it’s been over 15 years since he’s been to the drag strip. However, getting a new Tesla Model 3 Performance was the ticket to luring him back out to the races. Fischer visited Bandimere Speedway in Colorado (Thunder Mountain), which seems to be becoming a popular spot to take Tesla vehicles for a run. YouTuber DAErik has provided several recent Model 3 Performance videos from the same location.

Travis shared:

I was a huge car enthusiast right out of high school, but as we get older practical needs seem to weigh in over our more recreational wants. That was before my Model 3 was delivered, everything has changed. The Model 3 is a blast to drive, I’ll find myself making excuses to leave the house and head to the grocery store for the stick of butter needed for supper. I know many people have purchased a Tesla because of the environmental purposes, but this is truly a car any enthusiast can enjoy.

Fischer explains that there is not a place to charge near the track and he headed out there after work. So, the Model 3 is performing here with 89 percent battery. Still, in his first run, he was able to beat a BMW M3 with ease. After testing and tuning the car a bit more and improving his times, he faced off against a Chevrolet Corvette. At this point, Fischer was down to an 81 percent charge. Nonetheless, he was able to pull 11.748 at 115.56 mph.

Video Description via Travis Fischer on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 Performance 11.748 @115.56mph

Doing a little drag racing with my Tesla Model 3 Performance at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado. Started the night off with 89%, sadly there aren’t many places to top the battery off, but the car was amazing!

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Porsche Claims It Can Cut In Half Tesla’s Charging Times

Porsche sees its competitive advantage in ultra-fast charging.

In one of the most recent interviews, Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO for Porsche Cars North America, stated that the upcoming Porsche Taycan will separate itself from the competition through ultra-fast charging (to 80% in 15 minutes – “which is almost the same if you fill up your gas tank and have a cup of coffee”).

Of course, a lot depends on Porsche’s own charging infrastructure (at dealers) and progress of Electrify America’s network, but if everything goes as promised, charging time could be cut in half compared to Tesla, or by even more compared to other new models (like the Jaguar I-PACE etc.).

Only time will tell whether 350 kW charging power at up to 800 V is really achievable (especially in a wide state-of-charge window) and how batteries will withstand such fast charging.

Porsche aims to lead in ultra-fast charging, because even long-range cars can’t go too far at high speeds or with consistent sporty driving. Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s executive board member for sales and marketing said:

“It doesn’t make any sense to drive fast and then wait two hours to charge batteries,” von Platen said. Achieving an 80% charge in a quarter of an hour is an “argument for us.”

Source: Fortune


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Car And Driver Reviews The Tesla Model X 100D

CAR AND DRIVER: THE 2018 TESLA MODEL X 100D IS ‘FRESH, DIGITIZED, AND FUTURISTIC’

With all the attention focused on the Tesla Model 3 these days, it’s hard to remember that Tesla’s SUV, its Model X, is still considered an industry game changer. Steve Siler (via Car and Driver) recently got a chance to review the 2018 Tesla Model X 100D, noting that its many fun features “contribute to a character that can be described as fresh, digitized, and futuristic… a car that offers plenty of novelty.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla’s Model X (Image: Tesla)

After spending time in the Model X, certain features stand out. The vegan leather “white premium interior upgrade gives the space a bit of a Buck Rogers starship vibe.” And, “the gigantic windshield that extends uninterrupted over the front passengers’ heads just seems cooler each time we drive a Model X… The view out is truly spectacular.” Yet, the “novelty wears off” of the dramatic “attention-getting… [albeit] slow” falcon wing doors.

That said, “The Model X doesn’t need these Tesla-isms to earn its stripes as a standard-setting electric vehicle.” Tesla’s SUV is more than road trip capable as “it boasts an EPA-estimated 295 miles of range, thanks to its potent, 100.0-kWh battery pack tucked beneath the floor, making it the longest-range electrified crossover on the market.” And Tesla’s Supercharger network is growing rapidly while “recharging is admirably speedy.”

Above: Tesla’s Superchargers (Image: Tesla)

When compared to other electric cars, Siler points out a significant Tesla advantage: “the car will remind you while you’re still within range of one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations, the population of which has risen to 1342 different locations and more than 11,000 individual stalls.” Compared to Car and Driver’s last count, “that’s a huge jump from the mere 400 or so locations and 2000 chargers available three years ago.”

Where the Model X really shines is its performance. “Even though there’s no Ludicrous mode as in the P100D, the 100D’s relative silence, high seating position, and considerable cabin width—combined with the unobstructed view of the outside world becoming a blur—make full-throttle acceleration an immersive experience,” writes Siler. And this SUV is no slouch. “Tesla estimates a 4.7-second zero-to-60-mph time” for the 100D. In addition, “Handling is respectable, thanks no doubt to a low center of gravity.”

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Above: The dancing Model X Holiday Show draws a crowd at the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Youtube: Bjørn Nyland)

Siler found many of the Model X Easter eggs, like the Holiday Show “audio/visual extravaganza” to be one of many “surreal moments” to be had in the Model X. While other innovative features like “Tesla’s nifty Summon… solve a problem no other car in the world presents.” He concludes, “If some of its novelties are silly… plenty of others are not. And the 100D version proves that you don’t need Ludicrous mode to feel as if you’ve entered the future.”

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Source: Car and Driver

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