Litter Of Kittens Found Hitching A Ride In Chevy Bolt EV

More cats are ride sharing in electric vehicles to lower their carbon pawprint.

Earlier this week, several service technicians at Capital Chevrolet in San Jose, CA made an interesting discovery. While working on a Chevy Bolt EV, they started hearing an unusual noise coming from the car’s wheel well. After a quick investigation, they found a litter of kittens had made the Bolt their home.

Well, what do we have here? Stowaways! 

Listen to that engine purr. Wait no, that can’t be right… this car is electric!

Well, what do we have here? Stowaways! 

Well, what do we have here? Stowaways

The dealership provided the cats with a suitable loaner while their vehicle was being worked on.

The dealership provided the cats with a loaner while their vehicle was being serviced.

A mother cat most likely decided to make a home for her kittens inside of the Bolt EV to escape the elements. This is actually a somewhat common occurrence. Small animals will seek shelter in a vehicle from the hot sun in the summer or the bitter cold of winter. She also heard that Cars.com rated the Bolt EV as the best car for new parents.

It is now official, the Chevy Bolt is kitten tested, mother approved.

Check out the video to watch the rescue operation unfold!

Video Description via CarGurus on YouTube:

Earlier today, several Service Technicians were working on a Bolt EV at Capitol Chevrolet when they heard a rather unusual noise in the car’s wheel well. This is what they found!


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Tesla Roadster is ’embarrassing’ us, says supercar maker Koenigsegg

Despite still being about two years away from production, the next-gen Tesla Roadster is seemingly already having an impact on the industry as a prototype.

Christian von Koenigsegg, the head of supercar maker Koenigsegg, says that the Roadster’s performance was “embarrassing” them and they had to up their game following the unveiling. more…


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UK Government Invests In Nissan Electric Van Project

The company hopes new battery tech will help manufacturers electrify commercial vehicles.

The British government has offered funding for a Nissan-backed project to create new batteries that will extend the range of vans.

Led by sustainability firm Ceres, the project aims to develop a compact, high-power density solid oxide fuel cell for use in commercial vehicles.

Although the government-run Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) says commercial vehicles are among the hardest vehicles to “decarbonise”, the organisation hopes Ceres and Nissan’s project will “enable a significant reduction” in city-centre pollution.

The scheme is one of three to get a combined total of £35 million in government funding.

Other projects to receive funding include a joint venture between Hofer Powertrain and Aston Martin, which plans to create a new generation of e-motor and inverter modules for use in high-performance electric cars.

The final project is a hydraulic power system for “off-highway” vehicle sector, which includes vehicles such as diggers and dump trucks.

Ian Constance, chief executive of the APC, said: “The challenge of lowering emissions is shared by the entire automotive industry, and includes all areas of the sector. This latest round of APC funding highlights the broad range of vehicle types that will benefit from developments in low carbon innovation, with successful applicants developing technologies for commercial and off-highway vehicles, as well as the wider e-mobility industry. We expect that this approach will help to create and safeguard jobs across the UK automotive sector.”

Phil Caldwell, CEO of Ceres Power, added: “This APC-funded project will develop an automotive-specification fuel cell range extender. It is the next step towards increasing the technology and manufacturing readiness of a compact, robust, fast-response SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) stack for high-volume production. APC funding enables Ceres and its partners, who are responsible for the automotive application, to jointly engineer a SOFC solution that contributes to a low-carbon future.”


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Mercedes-Benz EQC, Byton M-Byte, Faraday's Future, fuel-economy demands: The Week in Reverse

Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype testing in Black ForestWhich company started testing new electric cars in China? What’s different about a new travel trailer in Europe? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending August 31, 2018. Friday we learned that Chinese startup electric-carmaker Byton has begun testing its semi-autonomous M-Byte…
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India To Get 1,000 New Electric Buses Next Year

India’s capital Delhi suffers from a lack of buses and it turns out to be an opportunity to purchase a fleet of all-electric ones.

According to reports, some 1,000 low-floor electric buses is expected are to be ordered. EVs will enter service in phases, beginning from June or July next year.

We wonder who will be able to quickly deliver hundreds of buses to India and only BYD comes into mind, especially since several years ago there were some pilot projects with BYD buses in India. Buses needs to be supplemented by charging infrastructure, which also doesn’t arise in a moment, but BYD can cover that too.

The other path of electrification being considered is hydrogen fuel cell buses, but for now rather as a test project, because it’s too early for commercialization (automotive industry barely supplies hundreds or thousands of hydrogen cars).

Source: Times of India


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Ferrari Says It Will Be First To Make True Electric Supercar

For some time, Ferrari fans have figured that Ferrari wouldn’t be touching the electric vehicle landscape.

These beliefs were reinforced in 2011, when former Ferrari President and Chairman Luca di Montezemolo was asked whether or not Ferrari would be creeping into EV scene in the near future. His response was interesting to say the least:

“You will never see a Ferrari electric because I don’t believe in electric cars, because I don’t think they represent an important step forward for pollution or CO2 or the environment.”

Clearly, the attitude of Montezemolo towards electric cars was hostile. Combine that with the classical, purist nature of Ferrari fans, most believed that Ferrari wouldn’t be making electric models any time soon, or at all for that matter. However, Montezemolo wasn’t against all electrical applications, since he was an advocate for the at-the-time up and coming LaFerrari, one of Ferrari’s most advanced cars, and also a hybrid.


Montezemolo, pictured in the middle

Unfortunately, Montezemolo was unable to keep this vision, as he resigned in October of 2014. There was lots of speculation as to why he was leaving. Some believe he was tired of being Chairman for 23 years, others speculated it was the fact that Ferrari was going public and he didn’t want any part in the politics that played into a business move of that caliber.

The point being, there are many reasons why he could have left, but one that is most commonly believed is that Montezemolo was clashing with Fiat-Chrysler’s CEO, the late Sergio Marchionne, and that he was forced out.

Montezemolo was primarily concerned with F1 racing and protecting the Ferrari brand, he was worried that producing too many Ferrari models would dilute the brand. He was also a known adversary of the Ferrari SUV, slated for a late 2019 release. His views on these subjects very heavily opposed Sergio Marchionne, someone you could call a progressive thinker, not only did his worldview differ greatly than Montezemolo’s, but so did his stance on the future of Ferrari.

“If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first.”

This is a direct quote from Sergio Marchionne from an interview with Bloomberg in January of 2018, and by dissecting Marchionne’s further statements about the future, it seems that electric Ferrari’s will be arriving sooner than later.


Sergio Marchionne at the NYSE

“I hope you don’t buy [the Fiat 500e] because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000”

“I don’t know of a business that is making money selling electric vehicles unless you are selling them at the very, very high end of the spectrum.”

For Marchionne, he believed he could turn a profit on a luxury, high end Ferrari while maintaining the brand’s pristine image. For most other automakers, electric cars do not yield a high profit. However, there is heavy pressure on car companies due to penalties for not hitting CO2 targets, and of course there is the fact that Porsche, Aston Martin and other automakers have already made official announcements on their EV futures.

“Whenever we end up going to auto shows, the intensity with which we make these proclamations goes up exponentially.”

Since these comments, and as mentioned earlier, Sergio Marchionne passed away. Which left some uncertainty for the brand’s future, and left some purists rooting for a Montezemolo comeback, which ultimately didn’t happen.

Instead, Louis Camilleri took over the reigns as CEO. Camilleri was a friend to Marchionne, and he joined Ferrari’s Board of Directors in 2015. Camilleri has been connected to Ferrari and Formula 1 racing for a long time, and being an international business mogul, he shares global viewpoints with Marchionne.


Marchionne pictured on the left, Camilleri on the right

Also, while running Phillip Morris, Camilerri invested in smokeless tobacco or E-cigarettes, which have cause a huge shift in the tobacco industry. His interest in electric innovations to past products could point towards future plans for Ferrari EV models.

While change has been a common theme of late for Ferrari, it looks like the one thing will remain constant, the effort of Ferrari to push further technologically in order to achieve the fastest electric supercars.


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Tesla Confirms Model 3 Track Mode Requires Performance Package

It wasn’t initially clear that you have to purchase a package to get ‘Track Mode’ on the Model 3 Performance.

In what some may call an unfair move, Tesla has clarified that you must opt for the Performance Upgrade Package on the Model 3 Performance in order to get Track Mode. Being that many people have already placed their order without having this information, they may have made different choices. However, Tesla has a history of leaving details like this out and making changes on a regular basis. Who knows, perhaps the availability, price, etc. will change again down the road.

While many people may not be ordering a Tesla Model 3 Performance primarily for track use, we can only imagine that there are certainly aficionados out there who were very excited to learn that the car will offer track mode. They may have even opted for the performance variant with its track capabilities in mind. This is especially true since this feature sets the Model 3 apart from the automaker’s previous vehicles, which have never been known for their track prowess. But, being that the car is already quite pricey, some buyers may not be choosing to add the $5,000 Performance Upgrade Package. Now, Track Mode will not be available to these owners.

It costs $10,000 more to get the Performance version over the non-performance dual-motor, all-wheel drive Model 3. For that $10k, buyers are essentially getting the same powertrain with higher rated motors. The additional $5,000 Performance Upgrades Package gives you another 10 MPH in terms of top speed, as well as other upgrades, including red performance brake calipers, 20-inch wheels, sport tires, and a sport-tuned suspension.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think that Track Mode should be available without the purchase of the additional $5,000 package? Have you placed an order for a Model 3 Performance? Please share the details with us in the comment section below.

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Road Test: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD Ultimate

Contemporary Style in an Affordable Midsize SUV

Hyundai tells us the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a carry-over from the 2017 model, but this isn’t a bad thing in any way. Hyundai has sweetened the offering in 2018 on this well-received SUV, with the addition of interior and exterior convenience features. To increase the value, Hyundai discontinued one trim level (Limited) and added a new option package (Pop) so buyers can get a more complete Santa Fe Sport with the most popular features standard.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize SUV with a lot to offer

Drivetrain

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes in either FWD or AWD, with the base engine a 2.4-liter non-turbo four-cylinder. Clean Fleet Report’s test car was equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder DOHC engine with direct electronic fuel injection. Our AWD Santa Fe, running on unleaded regular, put-out 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque through Hyundai’s electronically-controlled, six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic shifting. This drivetrain combination is EPA rated at 19 city/24 highway/21 combined.

We knew these numbers could be beat, so in 489 miles of 75-percent highway/25-percent city driving we averaged 26.7 mpg. In two, 100-mile freeway runs with the Smart Cruise Control set at 65 mph, we averaged 28.8 mpg. This is oh-so-close to the magic 30 mph Clean Fleet Report feels all AWD cars should get. The 2.0T is quite peppy, with peak torque kicking-in at a low 1,450 rpm and strong pull strong through 3,500 rpm, so highway onramps and passing big rigs was a breeze.

Driving Experience: On the Road

Our Santa Fe Sport AWD handled well, with its 3,949 lbs. well-suited to its length, width and height. Maneuvering was easy thanks to the Kuhmo Crugen 235/55R all-season tires on 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the independent front and rear suspension with stabilizer bars, dual damper shock absorbers and active cornering control. The 2.0T has a tow rating of 3,500 lbs.

Clean Fleet Report is seeing more cars equipped with eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions. For the Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai opted for a six-speed automatic. The shifts were smooth and there was no hunting for the correct gear when climbing hills or accelerating hard. To get the most performance from the engine, you have choices of Eco, Comfort and Sport settings. Eco can be used on long stretches of road to squeeze-out every last drop of fuel, where Sport holds the transmission in each rev band a bit longer, using more gas. Comfort is right in the middle for the cushiest ride. The Santa Fe Sport AWD is not a sporty vehicle, regardless of its name and having a Sport transmission setting. Comfort or Eco will be the way to go for most of your driving.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Acceleration and stops were no problem for the Santa Fe

Stops were solid and consistent with a power-assisted braking system consisting of vented front and solid rear discs, anti-lock brake system and electronic brake-force distribution. The latter adjusts brake proportioning to compensate for added weight from passengers or cargo, and even adjusts as fuel is consumed. This is invisible and instant to the driver and passengers, making for a comfortable and controlled ride.

Driving Experience: Exterior

Hyundai says its “fluidic sculpture design” lends to a sleek front end and an athletic attitude. The stylish design starts with a curved front fascia including a pleasant three bar grille. The high-intensity discharge headlights and LED fog lamps lead to the sloping hood and a nearly flat roof, with a panoramic sunroof and rack rails. The body-color shark fin antenna sits above a rear window spoiler, finishing-off with a hands-free power liftgate, LED tail lights and twin, chrome exhast tips.

Driving Experience: Interior

The “Sport” in Santa Fe Sport refers to it being smaller than the larger Santa Fe, which offers a third row of seating. The well-designed interior has heated and vented, power front seats with leather surfaces. Finding a comfortable driving position was aided by the tilt and telescoping steering column and the nicely appointed heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel that had audio and telephone controls.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe interior has all the right knobs

The Santa Fe Sport seats five adults with the outbound rear leather trimmed seats heated. Leg and head room were adequate, but a nice touch was the reclining and sliding rear seat. Storage space behind the rear seat was good, but when the 40/20/40 split-folding seat was in the full down position, the storage space could handle pretty much whatever you like. The multiple cubby storage areas were appreciated, including the underfloor cargo storage. So when it comes time to do the jigsaw puzzle of loading luggage for that road trip, the Santa Fe Sport is up to the task of accepting a place for all your gear.

Up front, the soft-touch material dash has a simple layout, starting with the deep-set analog tachometer and speedometer gauges that are easy to read with white lettering on a black background. Operating the sound system was easy and met Clean Fleet Report’s minimum requirement for a driver-friendly system, as it had knobs for the channel and volume functions. Our Santa Fe Sport Ultimate came with an 8.0-inch HD color display panel with a capacitive touch screen, incorporating navigation and a multi-view camera system.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

It’s what you can put in an SUV that defines it

The powerful and great sounding Infinity surround-sound high definition audio system, with ClariFi, came with an external amplifier, subwoofer and 10 speakers. SiriusXM satellite radio is included (three-month trial subscription) as is the AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, USB ports with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks and Bluetooth streaming audio with voice recognition. The Blue Link connected services include being able to remotely start and lock/unlock the doors on the Santa Fe.

Adding to the interior comfort and convenience was a leather-wrapped shift knob, remote keyless entry with push button start, dual zone automatic climate control, power windows with one-touch up/down, power door locks, power heated outside mirrors with turn indicators, carpeted floor mats, auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and Homelink, outside temperature display, map lights and rear map pockets, multiple beverage holders, 12-volt accessory outlets and 110V power inverter.

Safety

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes with a long list of safety features, including eight air bags, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, back-up warning, tire pressure monitoring system, smart cruise control, automatic stop/start and electronic stability control.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport has earned a US Government National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, where 5 Stars is their highest safety rating.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe Sport boasts a 5-star safety rating that no all the competition has

Pricing and Warranties

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ranges from a base price of $24,950 to $37,200, depending on the engine, drive system and trim level. Clean Fleet Report’s Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD Ultimate, had a MSRP of $39,210, which included $2,010 in options. All prices are before the $950 freight and handling fee.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain                  10 years/100,000 miles
  • Basic                             Five years/60,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance  Five years/60,000 miles
  • Anti-perforation         Seven years/Unlimited miles

Observations: 2018 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD Ultimate

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD Ultimate offers clean, contemporary styling, and a comfortable interior with convenient and desirable seating and storage flexibility. The features list is long and deep. Having choices of front-wheel and all-wheel drive means everyone looking for a small SUV will find something to fit their needs.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The right-sized Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a lot to offer

The Santa Fe Sport is sized right for parking, has a ride that is quiet and calming, but also has respectable handling. The Santa Fe’s high safety rating is also a plus. Clean Fleet Report would like to see higher fuel economy numbers, though.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport is a very capable SUV and should be on your shopping list.

Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!

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Disclosure:

Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition, we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.

Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class, which leads us to emphasize electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and diesels. We also feature those efficient gas-powered vehicles that are among the top mpg vehicles in their class. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.

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Tesla Semi drives through Colorado, engineers talk about range, cameras, and being weird about how the truck charges

As we reported earlier this week, a Tesla Semi prototype is traveling around the US – apparently visiting several reservation holders.

The electric truck stopped at a Supercharger in Colorado where Tesla Semi engineers talked about how they charge the electric truck at a Supercharger. more…


Source: Charge Forward