First look at Tesla’s version 9 software update with new UI, features, and more

Over the past few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been talking about a new vehicle software update called version 9, which is supposed to be the automaker’s biggest update in about 2 years.

Today we take our first look at Tesla’s version 9 software update with new UI, features, and more. more…

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Bjørn Attempts Rapidgate Run In Nissan e-NV200

Is the Nissan e-NV200 impacted by “Rapidgate”?

EV aficionado and Tesla fan Bjørn Nyland is at it again, testing the charging speed of Nissan’s 40-kWh battery pack. It’s no secret that many people have experienced issues with the 2018 Nissan LEAF when it comes to slow charging speed under certain conditions. One could safely assume that the automaker’s e-NV200 may experience similar issues, but remember, while it has nearly the same battery pack as the LEAF, the e-NV200 has an active thermal management system.

It seems a bit strange that Nissan would opt for TMS in one vehicle but not the other. However, the automaker has said that the e-NV200’s commercial use makes the system more necessary. Nissan didn’t want to spend the money for TMS in the new LEAF, so it just uses a simpler passive cooling system. Thankfully, the upcoming 60-kWh LEAF should have active thermal management.

Despite the Nissan e-NV200’s more advanced battery pack, Nyland tells us it’s still impacted by “Rapidgate.” However, it’s not as evident as it is in the LEAF. His tests revealed a fast charging speed as low as 25 kW. Nyland’s most interesting observation was that the car doesn’t actually use its active cooling system on a regular basis, but only under certain conditions. He believes it doesn’t kick in while driving. Even when the car was hot and parked, there was no active TMS. The only time the system was engaged was when the car was plugged in and turned on.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

Nissan e-NV200 40 kWh with rapidgate

During Fortum’s Ladetour 2018, I drove the new Nissan e-NV200 40 kWh. It turns out that it is also affected by rapidgate. It’s not as bad as Leaf. But you still get about 25 kW fast charging speed at the lowest.

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GM is working on next-gen 400 kW charging with Delta for 180 miles of range in less than 10 minutes

One of the biggest complaints with GM’s Chevy Bolt EV is its limited fast-charging capacity.

Now GM is working to remedy the situation for future EVs through a partnership with Delta Americas to develop a 400 kW charging system for 180 miles of range in less than 10 minutes. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Koenigsegg Frustrated By Tesla Roadster’s Insane Acceleration

Check out Koenigsegg chief’s reaction when he learns of the upcoming Tesla Roadster and its crazy numbers.

Christian von Koenigsegg surely isn’t the only one surprised by Tesla’s claims when it comes to the specs of the automaker’s upcoming 2020 Roadster. However, these aren’t just claims since the vehicle’s magnificent acceleration was demonstrated at its reveal, not to mention that some publications have taken a deep dive into the numbers and proven that they’re entirely possible. Let’s not forget that CEO Elon Musk has also said that the new Roadster will have a special option package that “takes it to the next level.”

Upon hearing about the upcoming Tesla Roadster, Koenigsegg shared his frustration. He explained that his company already “kind of” had plans mostly set, but now it’s back to the drawing board. He shared:

We kind of had our future mapped out, and then we heard about the new Tesla Roadster and its insane acceleration numbers, and we thought ‘damn that’s put the gauntlet down’. 

Sure, it must be really heavy, but that kind of acceleration? That’s frustrating!

As Top Gear points out, Koenigsegg already lays claim to having the world’s fastest car … at least for now. The automaker’s vehicles shine on the drag strip and it remains a primary goal to outperform the competition. Christian continued:

We thought, ‘this is not OK’. We wondered whether it was possible, and yeah, it’s possible. Then we thought, ‘OK how do we deal with it? This is embarrassing.’

It’s interesting and refreshing that he approaches this with positivity and even admits that the Roadster’s specs are entirely possible. Rather than doubting Tesla’s potential or even being truly angry at the Silicon Valley automaker, he just sees this as a kick in the butt to up his game. He immediately touched base with his engineers and crunched some numbers. He said:

In two days we’d thought of a few things. The simplest way of putting it is like this: it’s combining direct drive, with the hybridisation we have in a different format with freevalve engine technology, in a peculiar layout.

Koenigsegg’s new plans aim to dial up acceleration even further:

We’re talking 0-250mph in 14 seconds, or something like this. It’s like, black marks all the way up to 250mph (400kmh).

This is all with an ICE engine, of course. Koenigsegg loves the sound and feel of the gas engine and hopes to continue pushing the envelope to take on EVs. While taking on EVs, rather than going electric, he’ll ignore fuel consumption and burn loads of gas in his attempt to “win.” Top Gear explains that this is all an obsession for Koenigsegg, who admits to his yearn for:

 … pushing the combustion engine into the wall to try to make it more power dense than an EV for as long as possible.

What we see with our engines, we’ve noticed that we’re just scratching the surface of what we can achieve.

Here’s an example: if we ignore fuel consumption for a moment… we have a fairly high compression ratio for our turbo V8 – 9.5 to 1 with 1.6 bar of boost. If we drop that to 8.8 to 1, we could boost to 2.2 bar, which is another 600bhp just like that, without putting more stress on your engine because your peak pressure doesn’t go up.

Source: TopGear

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A Look Inside The Electric Car Conversion Company EV West

So many awesome cars!

EV West transforms sweet classic cars into sweeter classic cars by converting their drivetrains to run on electricity. Though they may be best known for their record-setting Pikes Peak run back in 2012 —  a feat we believe they will attempt again next summer with that same, though thoroughly refreshed and Teslafied BMW M3 —  their shop is generally littered with vehicles that fire up imaginations with daydreams of boulevard cruising and canyon carving. Maybe even a bit of off-road shenanigans in the case of its awesome Baja Bug build.

Though we sometimes see cool individual vehicles that have come through the shop, we don’t often get much of an overview of the operation. Now, YouTube channel Freethink has put together an episode that gives us an inside look at the operation. We hear about its beginnings and its general philosophy while tempting us with sweet rides we’d die to get our mitts on. Besides cars, we also have a look at the shop’s solar array and the “Powerwall” energy storage that it feeds into. It all makes for a solid six minutes of inspiration.

Things are going so well for the company that, according to principal Michael Bream, they are booked solid for the next 3-1/2 years. If you have a vehicle worthy of electrification and wanted to avail yourself of their services, don’t despair. While they may not have the time to de-ICE your car, they do offer a vast array of kits and components on their website to allow you to do the work yourself.

Just remember that, if you do decide to take matters into your own hands, we’d love to see your build thread on the InsideEVs Forum. For now, though, enjoy the movie.


Video description:

EV West, a garage outside San Diego, is turning classic cars into electric vehicles. Not only that, their cars have won performance competitions and even set a record at the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. We talk with owner Michael Bream about how he got started doing DIY conversions and the technology that makes these conversions possible. We also check out some very cool cars. What would your dream conversion car be? Let us know in the comments.

Source: YouTube

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Will Tesla Automatically Stop For Cardboard Box Man?

Everyone knows Tesla Autopilot doesn’t stop for cardboard boxes! Slow news day?

It turns out, YouTuber i1Tesla is well aware of these type of tests and previous results. He even starts the video by saying he has no clue what the outcome will be with his Tesla Model 3. However, with a multitude of Tesla Autopilot updates over time, it’s interesting to keep tabs on what might happen. About three years ago, Bjørn Nyland tested a Tesla’s automatic braking feature against a styrofoam wall with Autopilot engaged.

We shared a recent video using a fabric car, but that was specifically a test to see what may happen when a Tesla driver is following another car and the car suddenly leaves the lane. Our friends KmanAuto and Mike Anthony have tested Tesla pedestrian detection more than a few times, although they actually used real pedestrians (not something anyone should be attempting). Following the tragic Uber crash, another channel tried a very unscientific simulation with a cardboard cutout. The list goes on and on.

In this most recent video, i1Tesla tests the automatic braking feature on the Tesla Model 3. In the first test, he doesn’t use Autopilot, simply to see what the car will do if a person is completely in control. The second test shows how the car’s Summon feature handles the cardboard Tesla fanboy. Finally, the third test is performed with Autopilot engaged. You might be rather surprised at what he finds.

Watch the short video in its entirety to learn about the details.

Video Description via i1Tesla on YouTube:

Made a box boy to put in front of my Model 3 to see if the car would stop or warn me of the person. Interesting results


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2. Tesla Model 3
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.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)

Tesla Model 3 front seats

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

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Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
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Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.


Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Automakers are still not advertising their electric vehicles, study shows

To date, the best ad I’ve seen for electric vehicles has been a Dodge Challenger Demon ad (pictured above) because they had to include fine-prints saying that their “best” performance claims excluded electric cars.

That’s partly because automakers are still simply not advertising their electric vehicles as shown by a new study. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Harley-Davidson Livewire Shown In Near-Production Form

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is being shown at the 115th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee for the first time

What you’re looking at is a design validation vehicle, or DV in industry speak, which means it’s as close to a production model as there is of LiveWire. This one, however, didn’t roll off an assembly line. A lot of the finishing touches were done by hand and because of this, it also means we don’t get to ride it. Just yet.

REVELATION OR REVOLUTION?: Is Harley-Davidson’s New Electric Motor a Revelation?

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past four years, you’ve been teased a-plenty with Harley-Davidson’s foray into building an electric motorcycle. It was 2014 when we got our first glimpse at what the Motor Company was then calling Project LiveWire. The bike sitting in front of us in Milwaukee today, is a significant evolution from what that early look machine was.

That orange color is great, and we like the little fairing around the headlight.

LiveWire, as it sits today, is just one model, but as Harley-Davidson confirmed that it will be the launchpad for a new line of Harley electric bikes. Additional models which are slated to arrive in 2022. Harley is calling this their new “twist and go” portfolio of product designed to attract new riders with new ways to ride while establishing the company as a force to be reckoned with in the electric motorcycle industry.

A CHALLENGER APPEARS: Curtiss Motorcycles’ Fully-Electric Zeus Prototype

During a media panel, when questioned as to why the MoCo would build an electric bike, or if doing so dilutes the brand, Vice President of the Harley Davidson Museum and great-grandson of found William A. Davison, Bill Davidson responded explaining that LiveWire carries with it the company’s DNA where look, sound, and feel are central to any new product; “just wait till you ride it, it’s every bit a Harley-Davidson” he promised.

Company executives even showed enthusiasm for the app-based shareable electric scooter trend that’s taking many cities by storm lately. “We love the idea of shared economy e-scooters; it introduces people to the idea of freedom. Harley-Davidson represents the premium end of the product,” was Vice President and Managing Director International Sales Markets, Marc McAllister’s quick take on the topic.

LiveWire is an interesting, and exciting, departure for The Motor Company.

THOUGHT PROVOKING: Electric Bikes: More Than Just Different ‘Fuel’

The new all-electric LiveWire will be built in York, Pennsylvania, and comes to market in 2019. It will be available in three color variations for the US market: a gloss black, a matte yellow, and the Fused Orange seen in the photos here.

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Tesla Model S Gets Aftermarket HRE Classic 303M Wheels

Whether you like it or not, aftermarket tuning of cars is and forever will be a part of the automotive world.

The Model S has been produced in substantial numbers so far, warranting some owners to bring a personal touch to their vehicles. Distinctiveness is often key for high-end cars such as the Model S, too.

While with other ICE cars, you have the selection of adding a set of aftermarket wheels, an aero kit or an ECU tune, with a Model S, you’re mostly restricted to only cosmetic touches. After all, this battery-powered luxury sedan is one of the fastest production cars (off the line) that money can buy, so it doesn’t need more oomph.

This particular Model S comes from TAG Motorsports, a Los Angeles based tuner that’s well-known for their clean & classy aftermarket builds. This time, they’ve turned their attention to a Tesla Model S P90D. This vehicle is placed just under just under the range-topping Model S P100D within Tesla’s food chain. For the most part, the P90D is a great combination of luxury, range, and ultimately, performance. When coupled with a Ludicrous Speed upgrade, the vehicle produces  525 horsepower and 713lb-ft of torque, allowing for a mind-numbing acceleration from 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in just 2.8 seconds.

For this Deep Blue Metallic Model S, the owner went with a set of lightweight HRE Classic 303M wheels. Designed as a tribute to the era when custom wheels began gaining popularity, these Monoblock forged wheels are designed to elicit some of the wheel maker’s most iconic wheel designs. However, these wheels are designed to today’s much higher standards for strength and quality and given a modern touch so that they complement any old or brand new vehicle – just like this Tesla – perfectly.

While these may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they sure look good on this Model S. You can grab a detailed look at this build right below.

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Audi E-Tron Enters Production: Unveiling Set For September 17

Hiding underneath the cover is Audi’s very first electric SUV.

We are only a day away from the world unveiling of the Mercedes EQ C and it looks like Audi is trying to remind us later this month we’ll be seeing another fully electric crossover from a German premium brand. The road-going E-Tron will be unveiled at a special event in San Francisco on September 17 where we will be in attendance and today we get to find out series production has already commenced.

This important announcement is a good opportunity for Audi to drop yet another teaser of its production-ready electric crossover, depicted here in a Misano Red shade while largely hiding underneath a cover. The Four Rings are assembling the E-Tron in Belgium’s capital Bruxelles where the more stylish E-Tron Sportback will be manufactured from 2019.

Thanks to an extensive teaser campaign, we know pretty much everything there is to know about the zero-emissions crossover. Its design has been teased to death, so we’re not expecting any big changes once the wraps will come off the final version. The interior has also been massively previewed – right down to the swanky side cameras replacing the conventional mirrors.

We also know a great deal about the technical specifications, with Audi revealing the E-Tron will pack dual electric motors developing a combined 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) and 414 pound-feet (561 Newton-meters) of torque. For eight seconds, the powertrain can push out 402 hp and 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) once the driver activates the boost model.

Audi has said the E-Tron will offer more than 248.5 miles (400 kilometers) in the World Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle thanks to a large 95-kWh battery pack, and will do 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in less than six seconds.

The Ingolstadt-based marque wishes to point out the E-Tron will go down in history as “the world’s first certified CO2-neutral mass production [vehicle] in the premium segment.” To offset the emissions generated during the manufacturing process, Audi uses energy obtained from renewable sources and it also conducts various environmental projects to clean the air in the area.

All that’s left to do now is for Audi to finally take the covers off the vehicle, literally.

The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak

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The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak

Source: Electric Vehicle News