Santiago Formula E Race Changes Location, Layout

Formula E has confirmed Santiago’s place on the season five calendar and revealed a new track location and layout in the Chilean capital.

Santiago had always been expected to host the third round of the 2018/19 championship, but the race remained without an assigned location while FE and city officials negotiated terms for the electric championship to return and hold a second event.

The negotiations and new layout were necessary after logistical challenges were encountered at the inaugural race, which faced intense opposition from local residents due its use of roads through Santiago’s Forestal Park.

The second Santiago ePrix will therefore take place on roads inside the O’Higgins Park in the city centre.

The 14-turn circuit, which is still subject to official homologation confirmation by the FIA, runs around the Movistar Arena that sits in the middle of the park.

Race sponsor Antofagasta Minerals has also joined FE as the championship’s official copper
mining partner.

“I’m incredibly happy that Santiago will again feature on the ABB FIA Formula E championship calendar for season five,” said FE co-founder and chief championship officer Alberto Longo.

“I have particularly fond memories of the event last year and I really like the atmosphere of the city and backdrop against the Andes.

“I’d like to thank the Mayor Felipe Alessandri for his support – as well as the Minister of Sport Pauline Kantor, the Minister of Energy Susana Jimenez, the Intendenta de la Region Metropolitana Karla Rubilar and the president of [Chilean motorsport federation] FADECH Mauricio Melo Avaria for making it possible to host a race in Chile.

“O’Higgins Park is an ideal location for an international sporting event such as ours.

“Also, I’d like to express my gratitude to Antofagasta Minerals for their continued partnership and I look forward to working closely with them as they join the Formula E family as an official partner.”

Alessandri stated that city officials had consulted residents regarding the new track’s location.

“Now we’re changing the location – we learned and we listened to the neighbours,” he said.

“We’re talking with them to mitigate the negative externalities that means organising this event inside O’Higgins Park.

“Therefore, the work is done during the day and retaining open access – swimming pools and recreational areas still in operation.

“As happened in Forestal Park, the monies obtained by the concept of municipal rights are invested in projects that improve the quality of life for residents.

“[This includes] the installation of new public lighting, recovery of facades, bollards and improvements to playgrounds, pet areas and the installation of an exercise zone.”

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Tall, Large Guy Tests Small 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

How does this big guy fit in the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

This larger, taller man is at an auto show checking out the new, 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. He says he’s 6’4″ inches tall and a touch over 250 pounds. After doing a brief walkaround and providing some basic information, he wonders if he’ll be able to get into the small electric car. While the Bolt EV is a compact car, it has a unique design that makes it much more representative of a crossover than many other compact cars.

The good news is that he has no trouble getting into the Bolt EV’s driver’s seat. He actually goes so far as to say that he’s comfortable, has lots of head room, and an extra six inches or so in front of his knees. He’s also happy with the outward and dash visibility, as well as the adjustability of the driver’s seat. Once he’s inside he provides a brief tour of the vehicle’s cabin.

The true test comes, however, when this big guy decides to check out the rear seats. He doesn’t expect there to be much leg room, and he’s right. While he does fit back there and would be fine for short trips, his head is just barely touching the headliner and his knees are hitting the back of the front seat. He says that there’s still a surprising amount of room and that a 6’3″ person may actually be ok back there.

Do you own a Bolt EV or have you sat in one? If so, share your impressions with us in the comment section below.

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See This Electric Audi RS3 Beat A Porsche 911 GT2 RS – In Reverse

We’re freaked out just watching this.

We’ve seen many drag races over the years, both in-person and through the glorious wonder that is the internet. We’ve seen jet-powered semi-trucks, wheel-standing school buses, even fighter jets racing F1 cars. But we’ve never seen an Audi race backwards against a Porsche . . . and win. We’re not talking about any old 911 either, but a freaking GT2 RS. Then again, this Audi RS3 isn’t what you’d call normal.

In fact, it’s the exact same all-electric RS3 we saw just a couple days ago, racing a Lamborghini Huracán Performante and yes, the same Porsche featured in this clip. That exhibition of speed was conducted with all three cars facing the same direction, and since we’ve already spoiled the outcome of this unorthodox race, you can probably surmise the Audi came out on top in the conventional contest as well.

Thing is, the comparatively simple electric powertrain in the Audi is just as capable of going backward as it is forward. The real question is whether or not the driver can manage such power at high velocities while basically sitting the wrong direction, controlling a vehicle that essentially has rear steering. The answer, in this case, is yes … and no.

Electric Audi Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS In Reverse

Folks, aside from the bonkers factor of racing an Audi in reverse against a 700 hp (522 kW) Porsche, you have to see this video simply for the gamut of legitimate fear and excitement coming from both the driver and the crew. There’s additional drama as well, because the official speed record for going backward in a car is 162.7 km/h (101 mph), and that’s easily obtainable by both cars in just a handful of seconds. In other words, if the backwards-driven Audi hopes to beat the 911, it’ll have to set a new world record in the process.

We know the Audi wins, but the action doesn’t stop there. Several more runs were made after the official race, because 200 km/h (124 mph) in reverse is a far more tidy number for the books. It’s also a freaking harrowing experience to just watch, so sit down a spend a few minutes with this video. You’ll never feel the same about drag racing again.

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UN’s climate catastrophe, Trump’s ethanol, Tesla’s Q3 sales surge: The Week in Reverse

2018 Tesla Model 3Will some very intriguing products from Bollinger Motors and Faraday Future make it to market? Electric-vehicle sales surged to new levels in the third quarter of the year, thanks to Tesla. Will it push even harder to meet a tax-credit deadline? This is Green Car Reports’ look back at the Week in Reverse, for the week ending October 12…
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City of Buffalo installs electric vehicle charging stations at 8 locations downtown – managed by EV Connect

The city of Buffalo has installed 16 different electric car charging stations in 8 different parking ramps in downtown Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – If you own an electric vehicle and work downtown, things are about to get easier for you.

Mayor Byron W. Brown, in partnership with the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Inc., announced Thursday that the city of Buffalo has installed 16 different electric car charging stations in 8 different parking ramps in downtown Buffalo.

read more and watch video here.

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Electrek Podcast: Tesla Model 3 safety, production, and EV federal tax credit

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Model 3 safety and production news, and a worrying effort to end the federal tax credit for electric vehicles. more…

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Jaguar Considers Becoming Electric-Only Within Next Decade

The I-Pace was just the jumping off point.

Everyone wants to take on Tesla, it seems… or maybe certain companies just see the benefit of electric motors over internal combustion engines. Whatever the case, Jaguar might be the latest in a laundry list of brands to do so. Following the initial success of the I-Pace, the British marque could switch to a fully electric lineup in as little as 10 years.

As first reported by Autocar, Jaguar might phase out all of its internal combustion engines in the next five to ten years in place of a fully electric lineup instead. Alongside the I-Pace, the outdated XJ will also be replaced with an electric offering, and the XE and XF could be replaced with similarly sized crossovers to compete with the all-electric Audi E-Tron.

In a separate interview, design boss Ian Callum said that the new electric XJ will be a big step up from the current model – not just in terms of powertrain options, but also looks. “The design has to signify the message of a sports car. It’s not just a three-box sedan. It’s something people wanna get into and drive. And that has to be a message of its shape,” he said.

The E-Pace and F-Pace might make room for a brand-new I-Pace in 2025, and the mid-engined J-Pace supercar – which should show up sometime in 2022 – won’t stick around for long. Jaguar will likely kill off the hybrid car in 2027, leaving only electric vehicles in its lineup moving forward.

With four or five fully electric models in its lineup by the late 2020’s, Jaguar could sell up to 300,000 vehicles per year, according to the report. The switch to full EVs could also affect Land Rover, which will shift most of its pure gas engines to 48-volt hybrid systems similar to what is already available in the Range Rover Sport P400e.

Even with all the information provided in this very in-depth timeline, plans could change between now and the next two decades. Factors like sales – or lack thereof – could ultimately decide Jaguar’s fully electric future.

Source: Autocar

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Tesla Model 3 Production Hits Estimated 100,000 Units

Production pace still below 5,000 a week?

Bloomberg’s counter, which estimates production of the Tesla Model 3, today shows 100,050 units produced since August 2017 when the car hit the market.

The rough journey to 100,000, with a few significant delays, took 14 months. Assuming 20,000 cars a month, Tesla will now need just 5 months to reach 200,000.

Estimates indicate that Tesla has been unable to increase the production pace. Currently, Bloomberg shows 4,223 Model 3 a week. Of course, we all know the tracker has some issues, so don’t rely on it too much.

In total ,some 136,483 VINs were registered.

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 18,449 delivered
  • 2018’Q3 – 53,239 produced and ≈55,840 delivered
  • 2018’Q4 – already >5,782 produced (estimated)

Tesla Model 3 Tracker (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Bloomberg, Tesla Model 3 Tracker

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