Watch Mercedes Tease EQC Profile In “Electric Now Has A Mercedes”

World debut is set for tomorrow in Sweden.

In a long line of teasers, Mercedes-Benz has bit-by-bit revealed portions of the all-new EQ C electric crossover.

This latest teaser shows us quite a bit of the electric CUV, but most importantly we get our first look at it in side-profile view.

The M-B EQ C makes its highly anticipated world debut in production guise tomorrow, but it’s not set to go on sale anytime soon. M-B says the earliest we’ll be able to buy one is some still-undisclosed time next year.

Mercedes-Benz EQC concept:

  • 70 kWh battery
  • up to 310 miles (500 km) of range (optimistic)
  • dual-motor, all-wheel drive
  • 300 kW of peak power

See these previous EQC teasers:

Down below is M-B’s making of a teaser video. A tease of a tease:

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Volkswagen e-Crafter Electric Van: Test Drive Review

Whistle at this work truck.

The Volkswagen e-Crafter is something of a strange beast. With a body borrowed from a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine and a soul (electric drivetrain) borrowed from the VW e-Golf, this work-a-day Frankenstein is able to conduct its business about the city without attracting much attention. It blends in like a regular VW Crafter, but without the clatter of a diesel engine.

And that’s what it’s been doing in small numbers — about 40 — since January when the first batch was put into service. Now, though, after months of real-world testing, it’s about to go officially on sale and so Autocar has had a crack behind the wheel. According to its reporting, it’s up for any job its diesel equivalent is, as long as that work is in the city. Range is decent for in-town running around, at 107 miles, but with only a 56 mile per hour computer-limited top speed, it’s not cut out for highway usage. It can DC fast charge to 80 percent in 45 minutes given a 40 kW charging station.

The good news is its 100 kW (134 horsepower) motor with 214 pound-feet of torque has plenty of grunt and can get the boxy beast up to speed quite briskly. Its 35-kWh battery is hidden beneath the floor and so doesn’t impinge on its 10.7 cubic meters (377.9 cubic feet) of carrying capacity.

The dash and controls are pretty much the same except the fuel gauge now indicates remaining energy in the battery and it also lets you know how much energy is being recouped upon braking. The driving experience is improved. Besides the added pep and lack of gear shifting, the regenerative braking is strong enough for a mostly one-pedal experience.

Its weakest point might be the up-front price. At 63,000 Pounds ($81, 420), it’s significantly more dear than the base 37,157-Pound ($48,019) ICE version. While the total cost of ownership is certain to be much more in line with the original, especially in London where it’s not subject to the congestion charge, it’s still bound to make prospective buyers pull out their calculators.

Source: Autocar

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Video Overview: 2019 Chevy Bolt Gives Drivers More Control

Plus how the Bolt looks wearing Green Mist Metallic paint.

While the Chevy Volt is getting a number of major improvements for its mid-cycle update, changes on the Bolt are more modest. This isn’t surprising since the car has been on the market less than 2 years.

Chevrolet says their engineers are always working to fine-tune their vehicles. We just recently learned that the 2018 Bolt EV quietly received seat comfort improvements that have been carried over. For the 2019 Bolt EV, changes to the climate controls and battery charge level offer the most obvious improvements over earlier model years.

New Bolt EV In Green Mist Metallic

Previously, the Chevy Bolt provided an option for Hilltop Reserve. This setting would charge the vehicle to just under 90%. Officially this was intended to be used to gain energy while descending from a home or charging location from a high elevation.

Of course, for everyone else, there were still benefits. A 100% charge initially limits regenerative braking. Hilltop Reserve provides access to 1 pedal driving at the start of each day. It is also generally considered a good practice to keep a lithium-ion battery charged between 20% and 80%.

Bolt EV Target Charge Between 35% and 100%

Now the Bolt EV will let you choose your own maximum target charge. When demonstrated in the video, the user can choose anywhere between a 40% and 100% state of charge.

The other user convenience feature is separating the heat and A/C controls. Previously, the climate would automatically switch between heat and A/C depending on the exterior and interior temperatures. This generally works well, although it can sometimes be troublesome. If the temperature drastically changes during the day, the heater could come on unintentionally for instance.

While small, these changes are certainly welcome. The only downside? A Chevrolet representative informed us that there are no plans at this time to make these features available via software update on the 2017 or 2018 model years.

2019 Bolt EV New A/C Controls

For the full impressions of the 2019 Chevy Bolt, check out the video above!

Video Description via InCharge DIY on YouTube:

In this video we take a look at what has changed since 2017 when the Bolt EV was first released. These are new changes for model year 2019.

Special Thanks to: Hakeem & Clint at Sport Chevrolet 3101 Automobile Blvd Silver Spring MD 20904 US

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Audi starts e-tron quattro all-electric SUV production today

Two weeks ahead of the planned unveiling of the production version, Audi is announcing today that it started production of its e-tron quattro all-electric SUV at its Brussels factory. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Personal: A Dose of Climate Reality

Training for Change

Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training

Last week I became a Climate Reality Leader when I completed three days of training in Los Angeles. Now, I am committed to doing everything I can to fight global warming and the climate change it brings, as a writer, environmental activist and a grandparent.

Here is the mission of The Climate Reality Project:

“Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.”  

Climate Reality Project

Training to take on a global challenge

The Climate Reality event I attended was the 39th training led by former Vice President Al Gore, who has spent 40 years studying, writing about, and advocating for this topic. This training was by far the largest, with 2,200 people in the energy-efficient Los Angeles Convention Center. The first one, in 2006 in Mr. Gore’s barn in Tennessee, trained 50.

Over the three days, we covered many areas. We heard from distinguished scientific experts, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, community justice advocates, policy makers and experts in how to present this crucial message. Amanda Gorman, the 20-year-old Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, read her poem. One young woman described her difficult life living next door to an oil well.

Numerous panels discussed the various aspects of the crisis and the many solutions that are already in process. I met and spoke with dozens of people. Throughout the three days, Vice President Gore was present, usually on stage, guiding the program.

Vice President Gore gave a special two-hour version of his famous climate presentation early on, and near the end, showed us his compact 14-minute one. That’s the one we will start with ourselves. The message, regardless of length, is compelling, and I will share the essence of it below.

I originally created to tell about my personal experience of electric vehicles. Now, it will expand to talk about a wider range of environmental and sustainability issues, but will focus on:

  • Replacing gasoline vehicles with EVs
  • Moving from carbon-based energy generation (coal, natural gas) to clean power (solar, wind, hydroelectric, etc.)

    Climate Reality Project

    I started by upgrading my personal transportation

We can create to a new, better way of life, while keeping our economy strong. In 2016, solar energy employed more than 373,000 Americans and wind energy more than 101,000. Only the coal and oil companies will be unhappy about the move to renewable resources.

Here’s the Problem

The basic science behind global warming is simple, but the processes are very complex and interconnected.

We may look up and think the atmosphere goes a long way out into space, but it’s actually a thin shell. And we are dumping 110 million tons of manmade global warming pollution into it every day.

Energy comes from the sun to the earth as light, which warms it. Much of the energy bounces back into space, but some remains. This is the well-known greenhouse effect, which you can experience for yourself if you sit in a car with the windows up on a summer day.

Our atmosphere has done a great job of keeping conditions right for us, but the added pollution, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), has thickened it, so now, more heat remains, warming the planet.

Climate Reality Project

The problem–simplified

There are many sources of global warming pollution, but the largest is from burning fossil fuels for power generation and in vehicles. There’s been a huge spike in emissions since World War II, and that has caused the surface temperature of the earth to gradually rise. Sixteen of the hottest 17 years ever recorded have occurred since 2001.

The oceans are warming, too. Warmer air holds more water vapor, leading to stronger storms. When the land can’t absorb the additional rainfall fast enough, it leads to floods. Extreme rain storms have become more common since the 1950s. And the disruption of the established patterns and flows on the earth leaves some areas with more rain and some with much less.

An additional problem is that as the ocean absorbs the extra CO2, it becomes more acidic, creating problems for shellfish and bleaching coral reefs. It can affect the flow of ocean currents and the lives of fish, too.

The added trapped heat dries out the land, leading to higher fire danger. The fire season in the Western U.S. is 100 days longer than it was in the 1970s. It sure has been awful this year in California.

Another issue is that with higher surface temperatures, glaciers start to melt and contribute to a rise in the oceans. This can flood coastal cities—and it’s already starting. Low-lying Miami is a mess, with flooding even on sunny days.

All of these disruptions can lead to the spread of pandemic diseases, as tropical insects move north, and create water and food shortages. Animal habitats change, and species can become extinct. And beyond all that, as floods and drought displace people, migrations can cause serious refugee crises.

A Change Has to Come

We must change, but what can we do? There has been great progress in renewable energy. Wind and solar energy have become dramatically cheaper and capacity has grown exponentially. Countries like Chile have made huge advances. It’s cheaper now to use renewable energy, so why not?

Climate Reality Project

The change is happening

There’s more than enough sun and wind to power everything, and battery storage is being developed to hold electricity generated when the sun is shining, or the wind is blowing for use when they’re not. Battery tech improvements are essential for EV progress, too.

In the next few years, there will be many more choices of EVs, and prices will go down as batteries get cheaper. Range and charging speed and convenience will go up. Soon, it won’t make sense to drive a gas car.

The ideal situation is to have 100 percent renewable energy powering an EV fleet.

There’s so much more to deal with, including other global warming pollution such as methane, and the cutting down of rainforests (which reduces the earth’s ability to absorb the CO2), but there are solutions. We need to act on them quickly.

So, we can change. We need to muster the political and social will to do it. And it starts with understanding the problem, feeling the urgency, and taking action. Then we will change.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils very revealing EQC electric SUV teaser ahead of debut

Mercedes-Benz is about to unveil its first electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up and it has been teasing it so much over the past few weeks that we have almost seen all of it.

Today, they unveiled aother very revealing EQC electric SUV teaser. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Watch Tesla Semi Cruising Through Colorado

The Tesla Semi appeared in Colorado

Here is a short, but still one of the longest videos in recent days, of the Tesla Semi all-electric truck that’s currently traveling through the U.S., typically from one reservation holder to another.

As you can see, the Semi is pulling into a… gas station… But just calm down, everything is fine – there are Superchargers on site too.

Below, we’ve included another recent video of the Tesla Semi at a charging stop in Colorado.

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Model 3 Autopilot Saved This Owner: Tech Analysis Included

While active driver assistance features can’t be trusted, this doesn’t mean they don’t prevent accidents.

Tesla Autopilot and Autosteer are under constant scrutiny. This is because the systems are far from perfect and still being updated on a regular basis. Problems occur (sometimes catastrophic) and the media gravitates toward the concerns and issues rather than the positives, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since we want drivers to make better choices with regards to the technology.

Yes, driver assistance systems shouldn’t be relied upon to take the place of an actual attentive driver. This is not only true of Tesla Autopilot but all current systems. You should always be alert and engaged and follow the automaker’s guidelines when using the technology.

With that being said, there are plenty of times that Tesla Autopilot and other similar safety systems have succeeded in saving a driver from an accident, we just don’t hear about these that often. How often do we hear that a seatbelt saved a life? Not often. While it surely happens on a constant basis, it’s not very newsworthy. However, if a seatbelt resulted in a death — which has been the case on more rare occasions — it would receive more media coverage.

This particular set of videos is compelling due to the fact that the Tesla Model 3 driver has captured dashcam footage of the event and a crash animation studio has taken the footage and produced an animation, complete with analysis. While this animation and analysis were not produced by one of the major government or insurance agencies that issue crash test ratings, it’s still interesting to watch.

Video Description via Tesla Canuck on YouTube:

I was driving home today when some dumbass came out of nowhere and tried to run me off the road. See real dashcam footage of Tesla Autopilot taking evasive action and probably saving my life.

Crash Animation Studios was kind enough to create this amazing animation of the crash avoidance with a detailed technical analysis. I highly recommend viewing this analysis from Crash Animation Studios.

Check out the crash animation and detailed technical analysis below:

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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!)

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

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Inside the Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 rear seats

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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Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Matte Blue Tesla Model S P90D With ADV.1 Wheels And Aftermarket Parts

The luxury electric sedan benefits perfectly from subtle aftermarket touches

Tesla Model S might not be the first thing that pops to mind when aftermarket builds enter the conversation. But in reality, the vehicle benefits greatly from such additions. The same principle is true in the case of this vehicle. While the clean & striking matte blue wrap may be the most impactful aftermarket touch, this Model S P90D features a bit more than that. It comes with several carbon fiber additions and the vehicle has been lowered, resulting in a much more aggressive stance. Finally, a set of aftermarket ADV.1 Wheels was installed, adding that perfect finishing touch to this build.

Placed just under the range-topping Model S P100D, the P90D is a great combination of luxury, range, and ultimately, performance. When coupled with a Ludicrous Speed upgrade, the vehicle relies on 525 horsepower and 713lb-ft of torque, allowing for a mind-numbing acceleration from 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in just 2.8 seconds. Some would say this is a perfect foundation for an aftermarket build. And we tend to agree.

Matte Blue Tesla Model S With ADV.1 Wheels

This Model S is tuned by GMP Performance, a North Carolina based tuner that specializes in high-performance and luxury vehicle builds. It features a pristine matte blue wrap, accentuating the curvaceous lines of the Model S perfectly. This is followed by a set of RevozSport carbon fiber additions. These consist of a carbon fiber front lip spoiler, a set of sideskirts, a rear diffuser, and a rear decklid spoiler. In all, these dark carbon fiber make for a perfect contrasting effect against the matte blue exterior.

The final touch is a set of ADV10R Track Spec CS Series wheels. These lightweight three-piece forged wheels are custom built for each application. Thanks to a directional ten-spoke design, they give the Model S P90D an aggressive & gorgeous exterior look. The wheels on this battery-powered beast come sized 21×9.5 and 21×11 in the front and rear. They feature a Fine Textured Black finish, combined with Gloss Black finished lips. The inner wheel barrels feature a Brushed Matte Blue finish. The same is applied to the 50/50 Exposed Hardware option – matching that of the vehicle, and giving this Tesla Model S P90D quite a unique look.

You can grab a detailed look at this build right below.

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Shaq Gives His Pre-2016 Tesla Model S A New Look

Model S: Da Return

So you have a perfectly good 2012, 2013 or any Tesla that you love. Maybe you’re not too crazy about that nose cone. Or perhaps you just want to give it a new look. One option is of course to trade in for the newest model. But why get rid of a car that you’ve grown attached to? Why not just give your Tesla a face lift?

That’s what former basketball player, actor, rapper, and Shaq-Fu master Shaquille O’Neal decided to do with his Tesla Model S. Instead of replacing his Model S, Shaq turned to Unplugged Performance to update the front fascia, side skirt and rear spoiler of his trusty Tesla.

Shaq's older Model S with nosecone

Shaq's older Model S in the Unplugged Performance shop

Shaq's older Model S upgraded fascia

Curious about the upgrades he went with? Check out the embedded video above to watch the transformation.

After the customization was complete, Shaq seemed pleased with the final result:

Shout out to my man Ben from Unplugged Permormance! Got me riding right with this Tesla boy!

Video Description via Unplugged Performance on YouTube:

Shaquille O’Neal’s Tesla Model S gets modified by Unplugged Performance. Shaq loves his old Tesla and he wanted to make it feel new again, so naturally he reached out to us. Here’s the story of what happened next!

Unplugged Performance Parts Referenced In the Video: Refresh Front Fascia: Side Skirt Set: Rear Under Spoiler/Diffuser Set with optional fins:

Source: Electric Vehicle News