Lagonda All-Terrain Electric Concept Previews Future EV Crossover

Major key alert!

Aston Martin’s Lagonda brand is taking the covers off its latest concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the All-Terrain Concept, the latest Lagonda previews the storied brand’s forthcoming crossover SUV.

Following in the tread marks of last year’s aero-inspired Lagonda Vision Concept, the All-Terrain Concept cribs its looks from the nautical world. The finished product is handsome, if a smidge too minivan-like for our tastes.


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Alfa Romeo Tonale Previews Plug-In Hybrid Compact Crossover

One can hope the production version will look this good.

Alfa Romeo reveals are few and far between, so it goes without saying we are pretty excited about the Tonale. Even though it’s a concept for the time being, it signals the brand’s intention to diversify its portfolio by adding a smaller crossover to slot below the Stelvio. After all, the Italian brand announced the CUV way back in June 2018 and is now finally giving us a taste of what’s to come.

Even though it’s a window into Alfa Romeo’s future, the Tonale has retro design cues paying tribute to the marque’s beautiful cars of yesteryear. For example, the 21-inch wheels are reminiscent of an old-school telephone’s disc and remind us of the mid-engined 33 Stradale from the late 1960s. Up front, the headlight arrangement is a nod to cars such as the SZ and Brera, but with a modern twist as it would be fitting for a crossover for the next decade.


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Kia Niro EV: Is It Really Worth Tesla Model 3 Money? Video

Do electric cars like the Kia Niro EV still have a chance now that the Standard Tesla Model 3 has arrived?

This question is popping up all over the internet. It makes perfect sense since Tesla finally launched the $35,000 base Model 3. Now, Tesla has an offering that comes in at a price point that’s on par with just about every other small to midsize, mainstream, long-range EV on the U.S. market or coming soon. We’re talking about the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan LEAF Plus, Hyundai Kona Electric, and, of course, the Kia Niro EV. How is this going to play out?

This particular video focuses specifically on the Niro EV, but you can easily take the information and make your own decision about how the latter cars may fare. Thus far, nearly every review of the new Kia electric car have been widely positive. There have even been some outlets that have suggested choosing the crossover instead of the Tesla Model 3, mostly due to its significantly lower price (despite the fact that it’s only available in limited markets and production is minimal). Now, those publications will have to write another article.

Sadly, we still don’t have official U.S. pricing for the Niro EV. However, the similar Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $36,450. In its gas-powered configuration, the Niro costs $3,500 more than the Kona. So, it’s safe to assume that the Niro EV should come in somewhere around the $40,000 mark. It qualifies for the full $7,500 EV tax credit, so, if you can take advantage of that, you’re looking at a price around $33,000. The Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000 plus destination. Through the end of March 2019, its potential credit is $3,750. All said, a base Model 3 will cost you $32,450. After March, you’ll pay $36,200.

Let’s not forget that some of the cars above — like the Bolt and LEAF — often come with huge discounts off MSRP. While some people have argued that this may be the case with the Niro EV, it’s not looking so promising. We’re already learning about significant markups to the Kona Electric due to demand. If demand plummets, however, the situation could change.

With all of this being said, check out Forrest’s review of the Niro EV and his assessment of the situation. In addition, read some of our other Niro EV reviews. Then, let us know your thoughts overall.

Video Description via Forrest’s Auto Reviews on YouTube:

Is Kia’ first LONG RANGE EV worth Tesla Model 3 Money?! | 2019 Kia Niro EV Review

Now that the base version of the Tesla Model 3 is available, does the Kona EV still stand a chance? Here is my review of Kia’s first long range EV!


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Jeep Renegade, Compass Plug-In Hybrids Revealed: 31 Miles Of EV Range

Both feature electrified all-wheel-drive systems.

These might look like fairly regular versions of the Renegade and Compass, but these two Jeeps actually have an ace up their sleeves. The dynamic off-road duo utilizes a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a turbocharged 1.3-liter gasoline engine working together with an electric motor. The combustion engine drives the front wheels whereas the electric motor powers the rear axle to enable an electrified all-wheel-drive system.

In the case of the smaller Renegade, combined output varies between 190 and 240 horsepower, which is enough for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in roughly seven seconds. Jeep says the Compass with its 240-hp maximum power offers similar performance, but the final numbers are pending homologation.

Jeep goes on to mention the these two Renegade and Compass PHEV models are going to feature a special instrument cluster and infotainment screen showing relevant details about the more eco-friendly nature of the two models, specifically about the hybrid setup. Aside from the obvious efficiency advantages enabled by electrification, the two promise to offer better acceleration and quicker engine response while further increasing the off-road abilities thanks to the electric motor’s instant torque.

FCA has the two Jeeps on display at the Geneva Motor Show where Alfa Romeo is introducing the Tonale compact crossover concept while Fiat has the adorable Centoventi concept. Maserati is also attending the show to exhibit the Levante Trofeo Launch Edition while Ferrari has the new F8 Tributo.


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Italdesign DaVinci Concept Electric Car Revealed In Geneva

It’s designed for electric power, and it could be made production ready with just a few changes.

Remember that curious teaser photo Italidesign dropped a few days ago for this vehicle? The parchment-colored background with line drawings and medieval-styled text certainly was a clue to the name of this machine. No, it’s not the Leonardo DaVinci, but rather, the Italdesign DaVinci – built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the legendary inventor and painter’s death. And we must say, the car is a stunning work of art indeed.

Unfortunately, the DaVinci is just a concept car. That’s not to say it couldn’t become a production vehicle, however. In its press release on the car, Italdesign explains the DaVinci is a fully electric concept that could see production without considerable change. The design allows for a pair of electric motors positioned at the front and rear, driving all four wheels. The battery pack resides in the middle, keeping the center-of-gravity low and weight evenly distributed front-to-back.

The company envisions the car as being somewhat modular, ready to accept a range of electric motors and battery setups from different automakers. Or, should petrol-power be preferred, the DaVinci could be easily retooled for a conventional drivetrain. In fact, this prototype features a 4.0-liter V8. In other words, Italdesign isn’t ready to pull the trigger itself, but should someone else fancy the DaVinci, the foundation is ready and waiting.


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Fiat Concept Centoventi Is Electric, Offers Up To 311 Miles Of Range

Modular battery packs and total customizability.

The new Fiat Concept Centoventi, debuting at this year’s 2019 Geneva Motor Show, is supposed to be much more than a preview of a new, high-riding city car. It celebrates Fiat’s 120th anniversary, features an all-electric powertrain, and previews a cabin style that owners can amplify with add-on accessories. There’s a lot to unpack here.


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EV Road Trips Are Getting Easier, Even Without Tesla Supercharger Use

TESLA SUPERCHARGERS MAKE IT EASY, BUT YOU CAN STILL ROAD-TRIP CROSS-COUNTRY WITHOUT THEM

What’s more American than a road trip? Immortalized in songs (Route 66) and literature (On The Road), the Cross-Country Road Trip is a staple of our culture. The Electric Road Trip adds a couple of new dimensions to the adventure. Drivers can enjoy the natural wonders of our country more than ever before, knowing that, by driving electric, they’re doing their bit to preserve them for future generations of wanderers. There’s also the challenge of finding places to charge along the way – a quest that can actually be fun, adding a treasure hunting element to the quest.

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

Above: Tesla Model 3 parked below the Golden Gate Bridge (Flickr: Thomas Hawk)

As Tesla vehicles and other electric cars have become popular, a new genre of road trip narrative has developed — we’ve reported on many of these odysseys (and not only in the US):

The folks at Tesla were hip to the lure of the open road from the beginning, and that’s why they made deploying the comprehensive Supercharger network a priority. Today, you can travel through many regions of the country using only Superchargers and Tesla’s growing network of Destination Chargers. However, you may not always find a Supercharger in a convenient location, and furthermore, with Model 3 gradually becoming a mainstream automobile, some popular Supercharger locations are getting downright crowded.

Fortunately, there are lots of other options, and with Electrify America and several regional networks under construction around the country, the number of public charging stations is growing every day (well over 22,000 in the US and Canada at last count). However, the savvy road-tripper carries a complete set of charging adapters, as well as the latest Plugshare and ChargePoint apps, and knows a few places to find alternative charging spots.

This handy new infographic from CarRentals.com depicts the various types of public chargers you’ll encounter on the road, and also suggests a few scenic cross-country routes that are well-served by chargers.

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Across America in an Electric Vehicle

Written by: Charles Morris; Infographic: Carrentals.com

*InsideEVs Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.


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Evergrande Establishes New Energy Vehicle Division

Another EV entrant from China.

Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Co., Ltd was founded on January 25 with a registered capital of $2 billion, according to the record from tianyancha.com, a data search platform in China.

The new company’s business scope extends to cover such areas as energy technology research, the wholesale and retail of auto parts, energy technology consultation as well as automobile leasing, etc.

On February 20, the company’s name was changed to Evergrande National New Energy Vehicle Group Co.,Ltd.

At the same time, four wholly-owned subsidiaries of Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Co.,Ltd were established on January 28, including Evergrande National New Energy Vehicle Sales (Guangdong) Co.,Ltd, Evergrande National New Energy Vehicle Technology (Guangdong) Co.,Ltd and Evergrande National New Energy Vehicle (Guangdong) Co.,Ltd

Evergrande Health Industry Group Limited (Evergrande Health) announced on January 15 that Solution King Investments Limited (the Purchaser), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Evergrande Health, has entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Kerryman Holdings Limited (the Seller), pursuant to which the Purchaser agrees to acquire, and the Seller agrees to sell the Sales Shares for a total consideration of $930 million.

The Sales Shares refers to 300 ordinary shares in the share capital of Mini Minor Limited (the Target Company), which is also the entire share capital of the Target Company. According to the announcement, the only asset of the Target Company is its 51% shareholding in NEVS, a Sweden-headquartered electric vehicle maker.

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Tesla Autopilot now detects stop lines in move to handle intersections

Tesla is making some moves to change Autopilot from a highway-only driver assist system to something that can also work in city streets with intersections.

Today, we learn that Autopilot now detects stop lines. more…

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