Hyundai Kona Electric Makes The EV Normal

The Hyundai Kona is considered by many as the mainstream, completely ordinary, and easy to live with compact battery-powered SUV

For many, the dawn of the electric revolution in the automotive world meant flashy and high-powered Tesla’s, packed with impressive additions from the likes of the Model S and Model X. However, for most of us, until the electric vehicle becomes mainstream, it could all be considered just a fad. Not a steady course for the automotive industry.

In turn, the advent of a vehicle such as the Hyundai Kona, signifies that mainstream entry of a model that might be electric, but it’s not expensive, it’s not overwhelming (or underwhelming for that matter) in any area, it does its job well, and it brings the electric revolution to the middle of the market.

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The Hyundai Kona starts at $37,495 – or $29,995 once you factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit – it promises an EPA rated 258-mile range on a single charge and to many, is the best bang for buck electric vehicle out there. Yes, in some areas, it may even surpass the highly coveted Tesla Model 3 – the entry level model from the California based carmaker.

In all, the Kona pretty much makes the EV normal. And that’s a good thing. It brings not the performance figures as the staple of its existence. It doesn’t push forward with fancy autonomous driving technology. And it certainly doesn’t offer luxurious gizmos like a huge front touchscreen, highly refined leather seats or an all-encompassing glass roof. But, it does bring EVs into the mainstream, that’s for sure.

The appeal of the Kona is underlined in an article by the Automobile Mag. It’s this article where the South Korean EV gets most of its praises. And to be frank, most of them are highly warranted. It’s a good read that gives us a rather objective look at one of the most appealing EVs on the market today. Furthermore, it shows us that nothing will stop the electric revolution, no matter how hard some try. And to put matters into perspective, as stated earlier, the Kona is not some highly expensive luxurious piece of electric motoring that most can only dream of owning. It’s a vehicle that costs just a bit more than a VW Golf, does exceptional mileage and looks good enough to appeal to the younger crowds. And by that, the Kona is bringing the EV to the mainstream in a rather spectacular way.

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Source: Automobilemag


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Watch Nissan LEAF “High-Performance” CES Livestream Video Here

Nissan is set to introduce a new vehicle at CES 2019.

We believe it to be the Nissan LEAF e-Plus, as the video’s image perhaps suggests too. And so too does the translated Japanese text, which reads LEAF high performance. So, LEAF e-Plus then?

According to Nissan, this is what we should expect at CES 2019:

Nissan’s CES display (6906)North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center will focus on Nissan Intelligent Mobility and includes:

  • A new technology platform to “See the Invisible,” creating an entirely new driving experience through connected worlds
  • The U.S. debut of the all-new, twin electric motor, all-wheel drive Nissan LEAF NISMO RC racing machine
  • Nissan Energy demonstrations, including solutions that create a fully integrated electric vehicle ecosystem.
  • A display of the IMx KURO concept crossover electric vehicle
  • New vehicle introduction, displays and EV cafe

Watch the livestream above to see what’s revealed. Video stream starts at 5:15 PM PST / 8:15 PM EST


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Top 10 Features Of The Tesla Model 3, Plus 1 Huge Problem: Video

We especially like the little-known point about the backup camera.

There’s a lot to like about the Tesla Model 3. For one thing — and this is, of course, our top item — it’s electric. This means it doesn’t pollute the air it drives through and the electricity used to power it is created by increasingly cleaner methods. While those of us who have driven the car probably all have a few more items we could readily rattle off, this video (above) discusses a list of ten especially great features.

Appearing on the extremely popular Vehicle Virgins YouTube channel, the clip brings up a number of points many might not have thought of mentioning. The first item, for example, talks about the standard 18-inch wheels the car is fitted with from the factory. Actually, our host focuses mostly on the wheel cover. Echoing the supposed words of an engineering executive from the automaker, he says the aerodynamic covers can increase efficiency by up to 10 percent. This is a claim that many have challenged and the evidence appears to indicate the change is somewhat less. He also points out that if you don’t like the look of the plastic cover, they are easily removable and the wheel beneath is actually quite nice.

What’s The Huge Problem?

As you can tell from our title here, he did find a flaw with the car. Covered in a separate video (below) this deals with the attractiveness of the Model 3 to thieves. They aren’t stealing the entire car, usually. What they are doing, especially in San Francisco, is breaking into them and stealing items left in the trunk. Check out the video for more detail, but this is a valid point, and one that Tesla could and should address.

Overlooked Feature

Interestingly, one of the top 10 features was not the over-the-air (OTA) updates. To our mind, this is an often overlooked bonus. Typically when you buy a car, you weigh the value of what you get against the price tag. In the case of vehicles from California automaker, however, the features and abilities of the vehicle are not a static thing. An update can dramatically improve your car’s Autopilot abilities, for instance. Probably the most famous example of OTA improvement occurred after complaints were made about uneven stopping distances. An OTA apparently fixed the problem, resulting in more consistent and shorter stopping distances.

Check out the videos and let us know in Comments if there are any impressive features you feel were missed.

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Mini Says Its Upcoming Electric Car Will Be A Proper Hot Hatch

The small and quick urban hot hatch is coming

According to Autocar’s engineering sources in Germany, the upcoming all-electric MINI is to be a proper hot hatchback with focus on performance and will be the “industry’s first electric hot hatch”.

The car will be based on the Mini three-door hatchback and standard UKL1 platform, adapted to accommodate batteries and electric drivetrain. The name will reportedly be Cooper S E.

The range is expected at around 200 miles (320 km), but if the performance is really a primary focus, then it’s hard to say what the average driver will get. The Autocar article suggests that the electric MINI Cooper S E will share the 135 kW electric motor with BMW i3S.

“Mini previewed the EV with the 2017 Mini Electric concept, but the model is due to have much more in common visually with the Cooper S. To that end, expect styling similar to the regular Cooper S hatchback, with some electric ‘E’ trim to provide visual differentiation between Mini’s two hot hatches. After a reveal in the second half of the year, the Cooper S E will reach UK showrooms priced from around £30,000.”

The introduction of the all-electric MINI falls on the 60th anniversary of the brand, started in 1959.

What we know so far:

  • expected name Cooper S E
  • unveiling scheduled for 2019
  • production in Oxford, South England probably from November 2019
  • based on the Mini three-door hatchback and UKL1 platform adapted to accommodate batteries and electric drivetrain
  • range is expected to be up to around 200 miles (320 km)
  • electric motor probably 135 kW (from BMW i3S)

Source: Autocar


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Longer Range Zotye Z500 EV Might Challenge Tesla Model 3 In China

Some local competition for the Model 3.

Hitting the market in 2016, the Zotye Z500EV is a mid-size pure electric sedan with a range of 250km. As Zotye New Energy aims to increase the range of its models, the Z500EV will offer a longer range version, which is positioned at the same class as the Tesla Model 3.

China auto market news, Zotye Z500EV longer range version, Zotye New Energy

Powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power output of 95kW, the longer range version of the Z500EV boasts a range of over 300km. The model measures 4750mm in length, 1810mm in width and 1510mm in height and sets on a wheelbase of 2750mm. Noticeably, the model measures longer than the Tesla Model 3.

China auto market news, Zotye Z500EV longer range version, Zotye New Energy

The long version of the Z500EV offers optional small openable sunroof, unopenable panoramic sunroof, shark fin antenna, grey side wind window, different door handles and car reversing radar.

China auto market news, Zotye Z500EV longer range version, Zotye New Energy

In terms of its exterior, the long version model basically retains the same design style as the existing model, featuring a starry-styled intake grille surrounded by chrome trims. The front bumper features a pulling-through design with LED daytime running lamps on both sides. It also maintains the same rear end style as the fuel-powered version, featuring chrome trims at the bottom of the rear bumper.

Source: Gasgoo


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Green Deals: 4-pack 29 LED Solar Motion Outdoor Lights $17, more

Erligpowht Direct (100% positive feedback) via Amazon offers a four-pack of its 29 LED Solar Motion Outdoor Lights for $16.99 shipped when promo code VF95G48L is applied during checkout. That’s good for $9 off the regular going rate and a match of the best price we’ve seen. These lights are perfect for illuminating an outdoor space, walkway and the like. This model sports a 1200mAh battery, which will provide up to eight hours of run-time on a single charge. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

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Tesla releases new safety report: more accidents but Autopilot still appear safer than humans

Tesla has released its new safety report for the fourth quarter. It’s the automaker’s second report since launching this new initiative in response to what the company sees as unfair coverage of accidents by the media.

Accidents per mile were up last quarter, but it seems like Autopilot still appear safer than humans. more…

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Updated Kia Optima PHEV Sportwagon Priced In UK

Eco-friendly estate now gets clever aerodynamic bumper and new range-topping trim level.

Kia has updated its Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid estate car for 2019 with a host of equipment upgrades.

The eco-friendly family wagon has been given aesthetic tweaks at the front end, as well as a new range-topping trim level.

As before, the car uses a 2-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to provide propulsion. Together, the two units produce 202 bhp, resulting in a 0-60 mph sprint of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph.

On electrical power alone, the car can travel up to 33 miles before the battery runs flat – a figure that enables the Optima to return up to 188 mpg on the official fuel economy test.

For company car consumers, the vehicle emits a mere 33 g of carbon dioxide per 100 kilometres travelled, which means it qualifies for a benefit-in-kind tax rate of 13 percent.

To help with this cause, the Optima has been given a redesigned front end with a flap in the grille opens and closes to manage the airflow. There’s also a new lower bumper with a set of LED daytime running lights, and new alloy wheels. The combination is designed to make the car cleave through the air more cleanly, improving efficiency and emissions.

Kia has changed the car’s suspension, too, to compensate for the battery and electrical systems. The set-up has been tuned to make the car ride and handle like its conventionally powered brother, while bigger rear brakes have also been fitted, helping to slow down the car’s extra mass.

In the cabin, the South Korean manufacturer has upped the ante with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems, which are now standard on all models.

From this year, the car will be offered to UK customers in a choice of two trim levels, with the entry-level PHEV model joined by the more generously equipped PHEV Plus variant.

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The basic PHEV costs £34,995, and for that money you get 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and an eight-inch touchscreen satellite navigation and infotainment system. Part-leather seats are also included as standard, along with a Harman/Kardon premium sound system, a reversing camera and two-zone climate control.

Upgrading to the Plus model brings the price tag up to £38,995, but buys you full leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and an electrically operated automatic tailgate, plus a 360-degree maneuvering camera and a wireless phone charger.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Volkswagen launches energy and charging unit to complete energy loop like Tesla Energy

Electric vehicles are just one part of the solution. Charging with green energy is also an important part. Tesla understood that, which is why it launched Tesla Energy.

Now, Volkswagen is following their lead with an energy and charging division called Elli. more…

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