Volkswagen I.D. R Won’t Return To Pikes Peak

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets has confirmed the Pikes Peak record-smashing I.D. R could be developed for new projects next season – but the car won’t be going back to Colorado to defend its title.

Romain Dumas drove the I.D. R to a sensational Pikes Peak record, blitzing Sebastien Loeb’s previous best of 8m13.878s with a 7m57.148s run through the 156-corner 12.42-mile course.

Volkswagen will now stay away from America’s Mountain, but keep a watchful eye over its record.

Smeets told “It is decided we will not go back to Pikes Peak.

“We spoke to our marketing and communications [departments] and, in one way, I fully understand about chasing your own record: you go there with an improved car, with Romain [Dumas] and then it rains and you get nothing…

“We have the record, so now it’s up to somebody to take it away. We are very, very proud of this record, so as soon as somebody challenges [it] and maybe takes it away, you can be sure that I think we would have support around here to go and take it back.”

The two I.D. Rs built – one race car and one test car – are currently busy on world tours taking them around Europe, North America and Asia.

Back at Volkswagen Motorsport’s Hannover headquarters, plans are being made to improve the car.

“I think you know that F-X [Francois-Xavier Demaison, Volkswagen technical director] knows there is more to come out of the car,” said Smeets. “And even if there wasn’t, he’s an engineer, so he would want to make some changes!

“We are working on a few possible programmes that we could do with this car and I think very soon we can fix them. We are in the final stages of a decision yes or no, but it looks like we will do something similar next year.”

Volkswagen Motorsport made no secret of the fact the Pikes Peak programme was a testbed for a potential e-WRX entry in 2020.

Smeets said continuing the I.D. R development would keep the firm at the forefront for a potential e-WRX entry in 2021.

“We want to continue in this new technology,” he said. “There is such a rapid evolution in terms of electric motors. If we do go ahead with the projects then we will develop them further and yes, of course, [this would help with e-WRX] and let’s say any other [electric] series coming.”

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Home Depot offers a four-pack of EcoSmart 60W A19 Non-Dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $3.33 shipped. Regularly $5 or more, this is amongst the best prices that we’ve ever seen. At just $0.83 per bulb, this is a no-brainer way to outfit your home with LED lighting. EcoSmart estimates that you’ll save somewhere around $60 over the 10-year lifespan on each unit. This is a solid deal that we don’t expect to last for very long. You’d nomally pay around double for similar options at Amazon. Rated 4.4/5 stars.


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This 70-Year-Old Tesla Model S Owner Circles Oz And Shares Story


Electric vehicles aren’t just for young Silicon Valley hipsters. The latest to join the ranks of EV pioneers is septuagenarian retired farmer Sylvia Wilson, who recently drove a Tesla Model S all the way around the Australian coast – a trip of 20,396 km that consumed a mere $150.90 worth of electricity.

*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: Sylvia Wilson and Bluey, her Tesla Model S (Facebook: Central Queensland Tesla Interest)

Sylvia and her late husband were interested in EVs and green tech, and one fateful evening they took the plunge and bought a Model S 75. “It all started one night when I was catching up on the latest Tesla news,” the 70-year-old trendsetter told writer Emma Sutcliffe of TheDriven. “My husband was alive then and was interested in the technology and everything that was going on with electric cars. I was at my little desk and he sat down beside me and by the time we went to bed, we’d bought the car. We just paid the deposit over the internet and 3 months later it turned up at the back door on the back of a truck. Easy!”

Sylvia’s husband had Parkinson’s disease, so, unfortunately, he never got to drive “Bluey,” as the couple named their much-loved Tesla. “Most men name their cars after women, but mine is Bluey,” said Sylvia. “It’s due to his colour of course, but also because Blue cattle dogs are strong, don’t let you down and stick by you…sounds kind of silly but this is what we wanted from the car.”

After Sylvia’s husband passed away last year, she began planning a long road trip. “At Christmas, I said to the kids, ‘I’m going to travel around Australia in Bluey, who wants to come?’ and all these hands shot up!” Various family members and friends flew in and out to join Sylvia for portions of her odyssey.

Taking a road trip in an EV requires some planning, of course. “I spent most of January and February under the air conditioning planning the trip,” said Sylvia. “It took weeks – I’d never been to most of the places before, and I had to calculate what the car could do and work out where I could charge up using the PlugShare app, which was invaluable. A man called Richard McNeall had done the same drive in the opposite direction in August 2016 and he was a terrific help to me in the planning phase. We spoke on the phone and he helped me get the right adaptors and leads to take with me.”

Above: Bluey driving in the pindan (Facebook: Central Queensland Tesla Interest)

Sylvia set a leisurely pace, stopping to enjoy the sights and keeping the battery topped up to avoid getting stuck in some lonely spot. “I wanted to prove with my trip that anybody can do it. I’m not technical, but if I can do it, anybody can do it. You don’t have to be a mechanic or an electrician or whatever.”

Peoples’ reactions to the elderly lady in the electric car were interesting. “A comment I often got was, ‘oh, you must be carrying a generator.’  And of course I wasn’t. But lots of people were passionate about electric vehicles, in fact I was surprised how many were. The further northwest I got people were amazed that I was able to do it, interested in how far I’d come, incredulous that I even tried it and travelled between charge points. Many people thought you’ve got to have special infrastructure or Tesla Superchargers or some fancy thing like a service station down the road, but you don’t. If the lights are on, you can charge, can’t you?”

“All my planning paid off, and besides a flat tyre in Canberra it all worked perfectly well.”

Sylvia may be 70, but she thinks of herself as part of “the electric vehicle pioneer generation,” and her trip may just have set a record. “Richard McNeall was the first to drive a Tesla around Australia, and I think I’m the first woman. Another man, Jeff Johnson, has done it in a Nissan LEAF while carrying a generator, and there are at least 6 or 7 people who have crossed the Nullarbor now. Others have travelled out to remote places like Marble Bar and Mount Tom Price. We’re all pushing the envelope and I think the more these trips are done and people start to see it, the more the electric vehicle industry will develop.”

Now that she’s completed her historic trip, Sylvia has gotten involved in publicizing EVs in Australia. “My husband and I came up with the clumsiest Facebook page name ever – it’s called the Central Queensland Tesla Interest page. We were sitting on the veranda having morning tea, about a week after we got Bluey, and he said, ‘we’ve got to come up with a way to tell people about these cars.’”

Above: Sylvia happily charging Bluey at 17kph on a 15Amp caravan socket at Kakadu Lodge & Caravan Park while enjoying a celebratory glass of wine at the Lodge’s bistro (Facebook: Central Queensland Tesla Interest)

The page offers a lively stream of the latest Tesla-related topics, and it has earned quite a following, with nearly 5,000 likes. “We didn’t have anything much to tell except that we liked the car, so I just started sharing the stories of other people I followed and we would have our cup of tea on the veranda and we would talk about the latest stories as they came up.”


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: TheDriven

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Aston Martin Turns To Wales For Electric Car Production

New St Athan plant will be home to Rapide E saloon and Lagonda models.

Aston Martin has confirmed that it will build electric cars at its new factory in St Athan, in South Wales.

The former WW2 airfield will be home to Aston’s Lagonda sub-brand, which is heralded as the “world’s first zero-emission luxury marque.”

Aston Martin will also produce an electric version of its Rapide four-door saloon called the Rapide E at the Welsh plant from 2019.

Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO, said the announcement demonstrated Aston Martin’s ambition to become a key developer of electric vehicle technology.

“Aston Martin sees itself as a future leader in the development of zero-emission technologies,” he said.

“The Rapide E will spearhead development of Aston Martin’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy. With the reintroduction of the Lagonda brand, this is a demonstration of how electrification features prominently in our business plan moving forward.

“I am delighted that St Athan will be our ‘Home of Electrification’ for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands.”

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The factory, near Cardiff, is said to be in the “third and final stage” of construction, and Aston Martin says it will become a “state-of-the-art assembly facility” when finished.

Three former RAF superhangars are being converted to create the factory, which has already provided employment for 150 people and will eventually create up to 750 jobs.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: “I’m delighted that Aston Martin has chosen St Athan as its centre for electrification and the home of Lagonda production in a move that will create hundreds of high skilled jobs in the coming years. The UK has world leading expertise in manufacturing and developing low carbon vehicles and this investment is yet another vote of confidence in the our highly competitive automotive industry.

“My international economic department continues to work with investors to create jobs in all parts of the country, maintaining the UK’s position as Europe’s premier investment destination.”

Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said the St Athan manufacturing site was a vote of confidence for Wales.

“I am very proud of Aston Martin’s decision to locate its new manufacturing facility in St Athan,” he said. “It shows a huge vote of confidence in the Welsh government’s can-do attitude and in the package of support that we can offer to businesses that want to work with us.

“Today’s announcement that St Athan will also be the ‘Home of Electrification’ for both Aston Martin and Lagonda is another huge win for Wales. It is a genuine testament to the reputation, dedication and skills of our workforce but also an excellent and very tangible example of how Welsh Government support can act as the catalyst for further economic growth and job creation.”

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LA Teams With 30 Cities To Get Cheaper EVs For Fleets

Many people are in the market for a new car and cities have the same issue with fleets. How can one push those to adopt EVs?

According to Wired, Los Angeles is upping its game to assure that EVs take precedence. While many new car shoppers may not see the benefits of EVs, the city can only hope that fleets understand, which may eventually motivate individual buyers. This is critical since LA operates some 11,ooo vehicles currently. The article explains:

Los Angeles operates about 11,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment, including shared company ‘pool’ cars, buses, street sweepers, and garbage trucks. (For comparison, that’s going on twice the size of UPS’ delivery fleet of 5,900 vehicles.) The city, long a leader in the war on smog, wants to switch as many of those vehicles as possible to electrics. It’s a great move for the planet, for Angeleno’s lungs, and for politicians who want to run on an environmentally friendly ticket.

This goal is difficult, however, since EVs cost more. But LA is working to alleviate that and involve many other cities in its efforts. According to the source article, an electric bus may cost some $300,000 more than a traditional bus. But still, LA officials are willing to do what it takes to assure EV adoption and clean air. Wired shared:

Los Angeles announced today it is teamed up with 30 US cities total to collectively work for better deals on electric cars (18 of them have committed to purchases already as ‘founding cities’). Altogether, these metropoles own 115,000 vehicles that need replacing at some point, with a value of $10 billion—a chunky number that makes negotiating easy. And in an effort to spur even more electric uptake, the deals they reach will be available to any city in the country via a new website, launching today. It’s collective bargaining, but for cars.

The new website is The goal of LA’s new plan is to make it less of a hassle for all cities (even smaller ones) to move forward in this combined effort to adopt electric cars. Cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV are now available on the new site for $5,000 under MSRP, at $32,702. The Ford Fusion Energi (PHEV) is also an option, with a $2,000 discount. This means cities don’t have to spend extra time negotiating a fleet discount since those are already being offered up ahead of the deal.

We certainly hope many cities will adopt such plans and also many more local governments will initiate goals much like that of Los Angeles.

Source: Wired

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Tesla Model 3 Production Hits 90,000: Pace Now Below 4,000/Week

Tesla is on track to produce the 100,000th Model 3 by the end of this month.

According to Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 Tracker (yes, we know it’s not always 100% accurate, but it’s close), cumulative production of the Tesla Model 3 stands now at 90,198 (the numbers are estimated).

While the overall pile of Model 3 is growing, the pace is a little disappointing because Bloomberg’s tool shows just 3,486 units a week in the past seven days. The peak was above 5,000 at the end of June, while the target for the end of August was 6,000.

The highest registered VIN by Tesla was 112,315 (as of September 8).

With almost three weeks to the end of the quarter, Tesla still has a strong chance of reaching the milestone of the 100,000th Model 3 produced, and the majority of those cars will be from the current quarter.

Production and deliveries of the Model 3 in previous quarters thus far:

  • 2017’Q3 – 260 produced, and 222 delivered
  • 2017’Q4 – 2,425 produced and 1,542 delivered
  • 2018’Q1 – 9,766 produced and 8,182 delivered
  • 2018’Q2 – 28,578 produced and 18,440 delivered
  • 2018’Q3 – already >49,169 produced

Tesla Model 3 Tracker (Source: Bloomberg)


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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

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Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)

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Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Fully Charged Tries Out Hyundai NEXO Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Hyundai believes in hydrogen fuel cell cars.

In the latest episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn tests the second-generation hydrogen fuel cell model from Hyundai – the NEXO – in South Korea.

Hyundai makes excellent plug-in cars like the IONIQ and the most recent Kona Electric, but the company backs its alternative powertrain approach with FCVs too.

The NEXO can go up to 600 km (373 miles) on a single tank of hydrogen and, as it turns out in the video, it clears the air from emissions too.

  • about 370 miles (595 km)
  • 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds
  • 120 kW and 395 Nm electric motor
  • fuel cell is able to provide around 95 kW of power, together with 40 kW from the battery, total output of 135 kW is available

By the way, the Fully Charged team rides in Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell bus too.

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This new electric motorcycle does 100 mph and 186 miles – all without a rear hub

The electric motorcycle market is growing at a healthy rate with impressive new designs being introduced nearly every week. From Zero’s new line of commuter and sport electric motorcycles to high powered offerings from Curtiss and even a line of five upcoming Harley Davidson electric bikes, the future is looking good for anyone interested in two-wheeled electric fun.

Now a new Finnish company is throwing their hat in the ring with a design that sets it apart from the rest – a powerful electric motorcycle with a hubless rear-motor wheel.


Source: Charge Forward

Audi R8 going electric, BMW drops diesels in the US, and hydrogen filling robots: Today's Car News

2019 Jaguar I-Pace SThe next-generation Audi R8 sports car may go all-electric. BMW plans to drop diesel-powered cars in the United States after this year. A fuel-cell company develops a new hydrogen filling robot. And the results are in from one of our latest Twitter polls. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Come 2022, the Audi R8 could be an electric car. A…
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