Volkswagen I.D. Hatch Rendered To Life

We show you the rendering of the new VW electric car built on the MEB platform

Volkswagen is already testing the prototypes of the new electric car called ID. (VW recently omits the second point in the name known so far, ID). Currently, the tests have already begun (with the internal name Neo) in South Africa and there are already official images of the car: an opportunity to let our illustrator realize a rendering. And to take stock of what we know so far about this zero-emission Volkswagen. Will we see it in 2019? Here are all the news coming soon.

Three versions

In the front, our rendering image shows some more air intakes than the concept, while the headlights look more conventional, as do the doors. The wheels look aerodynamically sophisticated as in the prototype, and there is a large windscreen and narrow taillights. Not much is known yet on the ID, but there should be three versions:

-Base, with 48 kWh battery and 330 km range (WLTP)
-Middle, with a range of 450 km and more power
-Top, with a range of 600 km and more kW

VW ID. (Neo) Rendering

Golf dimensions

Looking at the adversaries, the basic version could have 150 hp (like the Nissan Leaf), while the top of the range could be 200 hp (like the Kona). Id. it should have an integrated 7.2 or 11-kilowatt charger and a DC fast charge connection with 125 kW power.

The ID should compete primarily with the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq, but also with electric SUVs such as Hyundai Kona electric, Kia e-Niro and Kia e-Soul. And perhaps, especially with the 600-km version of autonomy, even with the Tesla Model 3. Produced in Zwickau since the end of 2019, the ID will be launched at the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Daimler Hands Over First Electric Freightliner eM2 Truck To Penske

Look for the first Freightliner eM2 on the road in LA

Daimler Trucks delivered the first out of 10 fully electric Freightliner eM2 trucks to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation in Los Angeles, which will test the vehicles before the launch of series production in 2021. Penske Truck Leasing will also get 10 Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty trucks at a later stage.

The eM2 will be used in day to day-operation in local distribution traffic in the Northwest Pacific and in California.

As the Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a global transportation services provider operating more than 270.000 vehicles, results of the tests are extremely important for the manufacturer.

Freightliner eM2 specs:

  • up to 480 peak horsepower
  • 325 kWh usable battery capacity
  • up to 230 miles (370 km) of range
  • ability to charge up to 80 percent (providing a range of 184 miles) in about 60 minutes
  • 26,000 lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR)

Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing said:

“Penske is honored to be the first company to put this new medium-duty electric truck into service. I commend and thank Roger Nielsen and his team at Daimler Trucks North America for their outstanding collaboration and spirit of co-creation with us over the last nine months to bring this innovative technology to market. Penske is committed to providing the most effective vehicle technologies to our customers and driving innovation and sustainability when it comes to mobility.”

Martin Daum, Daimler Board Member responsible for Trucks and Buses, said:

“We aim to be frontrunners with electric trucks just as we are with conventional trucks – and we deliver on this objective once again: With the hand-over of our Freightliner eM2 to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation, we now test electric trucks in all segments in day to day operations with our clients worldwide. When it comes to innovations the demands of our customers are pivotal for us. Together we develop solutions for the future of trucks. We’ve got news coming already in January: At Las Vegas’s Consumer Electric Show we are going to announce further commitment of our next steps in another key technology: automated driving”

Gesa Reimelt, head of E-mobility Group Daimler Trucks & Buses:

“Early on, Daimler has started electrifying its trucks. Today, customers in the US, Japan and Europe already operate our battery-driven trucks almost noiseless and locally free of emissions: Our light-weight FUSO eCanter which is in series production and our near-series heavy-duty truck Mercedes-Benz eActros. In collaboration with our clients, we are now going to speed up developing our electric Freightliner models eCascadia and eM2 to optimize them for tough everyday operations – technologically and economically. Here we benefit from our global sharing of knowledge and experience within our E-Mobility Group. It pools all of our e-activities in one organization – independently of brand, region and vehicle segment.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Road Test: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2nd Generation Veloster Ups Its Game

Quite possibly, nay…probably, the all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec delivers the most performance for the dollar of any comparable car on the market. At $22,900, this 201-horsepower, six-speed manual corner-ripper is more fun, and easier on the budget, than anything else on the market. Dollars-for-smiles this just might take the cake!

The second-generation Veloster retains the “two-plus-one” asymmetrical door design from the first-generation Veloster, released in 2012. The one big door on the driver side and one big and one smaller door on the passenger side makes for a unique body style that functions quite well. Since, realistically, the Veloster will almost always only have one front seat passenger accompanying the driver, the rear seat will be folded flat, providing sufficient space necessary to haul all the luggage you need for your next road trip. Oh, and what a fun road trip it will be, as long as much of it is on corners and not endless stretches of highway.

2019 Hyundai Veloster

The second generation Veloster takes it up a notch

The front-wheel drive 2018 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo that produces 201 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque, while running on 87 octane gasoline. The Veloster R-Spec only comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The Veloster 2.0-liter model has an optional six-speed automatic, while the 1.6-liter Turbo and Turbo Ultimate can be had with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, with paddle shifters. Confusing? Not really, it just depends on your driving style and what level of interior accouterments are desired.

Before getting into the performance of this fun compact hatchback, let’s talk fuel economy. The EPA rating on our Veloster R-Spec 6 M/T was 26 city/33 highway/29 combined. In 383 miles of driving throughout Southern California–mostly on highways–Clean Fleet Report averaged 34.5 mpg. But in a 101-mile all-highway drive with the cruise control set at 65 mph, we achieved a very respectable 40.1 mpg.

The beauty of a small displacement engine is the potential of high fuel mileage numbers. But if you spend most of your time in city rush hour freeway traffic, the manual transmission and the constant spooling of the turbocharger will make your drive more spirited, but leads to sipping more gasoline. So if your driving pattern is the stuck-in-traffic type, as opposed to finding a twisty and curvy road, then go with the 2.0-liter non-turbo and the automatic transmission.

Fuel economy numbers reported by Clean Fleet Report are non-scientific and represent the reviewer’s driving experience. If you live in cold weather, high in the mountains, spend time in the city or stuck in rush hour traffic, then your numbers may differ.

Driving Experience: On the Road

Zero-to-sixty in about seven seconds is respectable. The engine is smooth without a sense of any turbo lag. Hyundai says the peak torque is at 4,500 rpm, but we were impressed with the 2nd-3rd-4th sequence from a low torque range of 1,550 rpm to the 4,500-rpm mark. There was no torque steer or wheel spinning when coming off the line, as the power got to the tires efficiently. Get the car out on the freeway at 65 mph, downshift from 6th-to-4th, and the tach jacks to 4,500 rpm—and pulls and pulls and pulls. The 1.6L turbo wasn’t too happy approaching the 6,750-rpm red line, so shifting before then will maximize performance.

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The Veloster R-Spec loves the open road

Clean Fleet Report’s favorite manual transmission comes on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Veloster R-Spec manual isn’t far behind, and is an improvement from when we last tested the Veloster Turbo in 2017. Note: Hyundai skipped the 2018 Veloster model, taking time to get the redesign right.

The six-speed manual has short, precise throws, as well as a clutch with a minimal learning curve and excellent feel. In town driving we experienced no engine lugging and, pounding the transmission during aggressive acceleration, we never suffered a missed or grinding gear. With the engine’s low-end torque, it means there is less shifting when driving around town or stuck in rush hour traffic. Second goes almost to zero, while it can be wound-out well over 40 mph.

The rear suspension has been changed, with a noticeable difference. In our review of the 2017 Veloster Turbo, we noticed the Southern California concrete-grooved freeway pavement caused harshness and choppiness. New for 2018, the Veloster R-Spec has a multi-link rear suspension that replaced the previous torsion beam design. The bottom line is far more stability, with most of the jarring from road imperfections eliminated, resulting in a more controlled drive.

With a spry curb weight of 2,921 lbs., the steering has also improved from the past generation, especially when putting the car into Sport mode. Hyundai likes adjustable steering; in Sport mode, the steering gets stiffer and far more responsive than when in the default normal driving mode. Therefore, except when on the open highway, I kept the R-Spec in Sport at all times. Contributing to the sprightly handling were the torque vectoring control, standard 18-inch alloy wheels and 225/40-R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires. The more cars Clean Fleet Report tests with the grippy Pilot Sport 4 tires, as opposed to all-season tires, the more we like them.

The Veloster R-Spec sits low to the ground, lending itself to tight cornering and quick maneuvers. Body roll, or the feeling of leaning when pushing the limits on higher speed corners, was minimal. However, a couple of times we did feel the car wanting to step-out when the corner went from banked to flat.

Technology also was a part of the ride and handling with electronic stability control and vehicle stability management. Stopping comes from front and rear vented front discs and solid rear brakes, with ABS and brake assist.

Pouncing Stance

The distinctive Veloster R-Spec has a very recognizable look and profile, with a stance that leans forward as if ready to pounce. Painted in an attractive Thunder Gray, with black wheels that fill the wells and minimum chrome, Clean Fleet Report’s R-Spec got its share of eye balls. The Veloster redesign is a winner, especially since it looks like a coupe, but the extra door on the passenger side (with a hidden handle) provides functionality and flexibility that a small two door hatch can’t deliver. The door placement is a safety factor for rear seat passengers, as they enter from curbside and not in the flow of traffic.

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Ready to pounce

Hyundai says the 2019 Veloster offers a compelling “expressive design” that will appeal to the “young-at-heart and auto enthusiasts.” I think they are right on both points. The stubby nose features a large, three-dimensional grill with active air shutters for improved aerodynamics.

LED headlights and low, wide-set fog lights, lead to a gently sloped hood and a laid-back windshield. The meeting point of the windshield and roof is the high point on the car, with the roof then precipitously sloping to the integrated spoiler, set high above the small rear hatch window. The large LED taillights and the twin chrome exhaust tips are focal points of the rear. Hyundai calls the stance “more muscular” making a “powerful gesture.”

Driver-Focused Interior

Hyundai lets the driver have some fun with an active engine sound system. The three modes–minimized, normal and enhanced–pump engine sound through the speakers. The throaty note in the enhanced mode was pleasant when hitting the twisties, but switching to normal or minimized when in the city is a nice option for quieter cruising.

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The fun starts here

Clean Fleet Report’s 2019 Veloster R-Spec came with no options and was nicely configured for comfort and safety. Standard with the R-Spec is the eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system with subwoofer and amplifier. An 8.0-inch color, high-resolution touchscreen display gave life to the voice-command navigation and the rear back-up camera. Bluetooth for hands-free telephone and audio operations were controlled from the multi-function (cruise control, radio and telephone), leather-wrapped steering wheel. Entertainment options include SiriusXM/FM/CD/AMHD with MP3 playback capability. Also included were smartphone apps for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus USB connectivity, 115V outlet and AUX jacks.

The cockpit design is driver-friendly with the gauges in easy sight and the controls handy to reach. The side and rear sight lines are compromised by small windows and large seats/headrests, but the standard lane keep assist and the driver side blind sport mirror were used on every lane change.

R-Spec unique cloth seats in black and grey with a yellow center stripe are of a sport design with wraparound wings that help hold you in place while ripping corners. All adjustments are manual and do not include lumbar. Other nice interior touches are a metal shift knob, alloy clutch, brake and acceleration pedals, and bins and cubbies for plenty of small item storage.

While the front seat offers very good head and legroom, the rear seating area is a completely different story. Unless you are transporting children, then the best use of the 60/40 folding backseat is to lay it flat and take full advantage of the expanded storage space.

Pricing and Safety

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The package and price are hard to beat

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster comes in eight models or trim levels with base prices ranging from $18,500 to $26,900. Clean Fleet Report’s Veloster R-Spec had an MSRP of $22,900. All prices do not include the $885 freight charge.

Hyundai has equipped the Veloster with active and passive safety features including four air bags, a tire pressure monitoring system, driver’s blind spot mirror, and a forward collision-avoidance system.

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster has not been rated yet by the NHTSA, but the 2017 model received an Overall 5-Star National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) rating.


The 2019 Hyundai Veloster comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain                        10 years/100,000 miles
  • New vehicle                       Five years/60,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance        Five years/Unlimited miles
  • Anti Perforation               Seven years/Unlimited miles

Observations: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Many high school graduates take a Gap Year before heading off to college, during which time they usually travel, taking in the sights and cultures of far-off lands. Hyundai also took a Gap Year in 2018, but they did something far more significant: they redesigned the Veloster into a markedly more impressive car than the last model.

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The R-Spec is one of the Veloster choices–one we like very much

The 2019 Veloster is offered in four models: 2.0, R-Spec, Turbo and N. Within these four there are trim packages and optional equipment to choose from. The Veloster R-Spec nudges into the hot hatch category, but at a lower entry price than the high performance Veloster N.

If you have read this far then it is obvious you are not a crossover or SUV fan. If you believe that a car must be fun to drive, then you must give the Veloster Turbo R-Spec a spirited test drive, and see for yourself, because experiencing is believing.

Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!

Photos By Lex Adams

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Tesla Model 3 Expected To Dominate Electric Car Market In Germany

Germany’s Center of Automotive Research founder expects Tesla could sell 20,000 vehicles a year in Germany.

After a rough start in 2017, the Tesla Model 3 has gone on to attain a truly commanding position on top of the United States’ plug-in sales charts. This year the U.S. plug-in market is up over 50% compared to 2017. This fantastic growth was fueled primarily by Tesla’s newest model. So it is no surprise that analysts are predicting the Model 3 will help expand the electric vehicle market in Germany as well.

According to Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, founder of Germany’s Center of Automotive Research (CAR), “If it works with the production and an early sales start of Model 3 in Germany, for Tesla altogether up to 20,000 sales in this country in 2019 are possible.”

If Tesla is able to meet these lofty expectations, it would become the country’s largest EV brand. Dudenhöffer forcasts that Smart will be the best selling brand in 2018 at around 7,000 yearly sales. The best selling individual model is likely to be the Renault Zoe or the VW e-Golf with over 6,000 units sold in 2018.

Combined, Tesla is currently selling less than 2,000 Model S and Model X each year in Germany. To reach 20,000, at least 18,000 Model 3 sales would be required. This is easier said than done. For the past 2 quarters Tesla has been consistently producing 4,500 – 5,000 Model 3’s weekly. Although Elon Musk has recently indicated that a steady 7,000 per week is within reach.

Of course 7,000 a week is likely still not enough to meet these expectations. Tesla will be greatly expanding model availability in 2019. China and the rest of Europe continue to wait for the vehicle’s launch early next year. Sales in the United States and Canada should remain solid in 2019 as well. Availability of the mid-range Model 3 has already made the electric sedan more accessible. Future production of the short range model will increase demand even further.

Hopefully the electric automaker is already focused on reaching 10,000 per week.


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

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Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.

Source: Teslarati

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch New Tesla Roadster Appear In Stunning “Tale Of Light” Video

A Tale Of  Light – Tesla Roadster 2020 in digital form.

The new Tesla Roadster is one beautiful car, but it needs a few years still before it will ultimately hit the market (hopefully in 2020, but you know Tesla has delays from time to time, right?).

Filmmaker The Yazuki decided to sweeten the waiting period up by creating a video with a dark Tesla Roadster and light, which reveals the“True Power” of this amazing electric machine.

If enthusiasts around the world already are making such enticing works of Roadster art, then just imagine all the tuning, races hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars and endless reviews of the Roadster when it becomes available. Just like we’ve seen so far with the Model S, Model X and even Model 3.

Original Vimeo version of video: The Yazuki – A TALE OF LIGHT – TESLA ROADSTER 2020

A TALE OF LIGHT – TESLA ROADSTER 2020 from The Yazuki on Vimeo.

Base Specs:

  • Acceleration 0-60 mph 1.9 sec – 1/4 mile 8.8 sec
  • Top Speed Over 250 mph
  • Wheel Torque 10,000 Nm
  • Mile Range 620 miles
  • 200 kWh battery pack
  • Seating 4
  • Drive All-Wheel Drive (three motors – two for rear wheels, and one for front axle)
  • Base Price $200,000
  • Base Reservation $50,000
  • Founders Series Price $250,000
  • Founders Series Reservation (1,000 reservations available) $250,000

Source: Teslarati

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch Renault Twizy Race Mercedes-AMG GT R In Reverse

Let’s do this a bit backwards.

When you think of the Renault Twizy, you would probably liken it to a lawnmower or a golf cart, but beating a Mercedes-AMG GT R in a race would never cross your mind, right? I mean, who in the right sense would put these two on a drag strip? Apparently, Top Gear did, and it’s probably the most fun video we’ve had to watch this weekend.

Yes, yes, the AMG GT R could obviously smoke the Twizy on a straight-line race, twice or even thrice, before the Renault could even finish the quarter-mile strip. But there’s a catch here: the Merc races in reverse.

Now, we’re talking.

Now, as for the Twizy, being a two-seat environment-friendly machine has its downside – it can only produce 17 hp and 42 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 50 mph. Disappointing, but at least that’s faster than a rear-facing AMG GT R.

With the figures laid out above, we reckon, is a quarter-mile enough for the Twizy to catch the AMG GT R given that the EV has a higher top speed? Which do you think would win? Watch the video above and see the cutest drag race of the year.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla will cover difference of tax credit if it can’t deliver by the end of the year, says Elon Musk

As it pushes to deliver an incredible number of vehicles during the last week of the year, Elon Musk says that Tesla will cover the difference in the value of tax credit if it can’t deliver by the end of the year. more…

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Tesla To Pay Tax Credit Difference If It Can’t Deliver Car By End of 2018

Tesla has you covered, provided you did your part.

Provided you were promised delivery by year’s end and made a good faith effort to accept it, Tesla is willing to cover the additional expense tax credit expense.

That’s the latest word from Tesla CEO Elon Musk who says that Tesla is racing to deliver all cars, mainly the Model 3, as promised by the end of 2018. That’s before the federal tax credit phaseout kicks in starting in 2019.

This is all part of a big end-of-the-year push and end of the quarter effort. But what Tesla is doing here is actually quite astonishing. Basically, Musk is saying that if it’s Tesla’s fault your car doesn’t arrive on time, don’t worry. Tesla has got your back. The typical credit difference will be $3,750, provided you qualify for the full amount, which is $7,500 right now, but it drops by half in 2019.

Musk added a comment on Model 3 Mid Range too:

It seems as though Tesla will be delivering cars in load after load right up until December 31.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Nissan Trademarks IMS & IMQ: Possible Electric Crossovers

Nissan IMx concept will start a whole series of IM concepts?

According to the latest news, on December 10 Nissan registered in the European Intellectual Property Office two trademarks for automotive use – the IMS and IMQ – which are probably related to the Nissan IMx concept and Nissan IMx KURO concept.

The IM means Intelligent Mobility, so the IM_ could become a template for more electric concepts – the following models would get separate letters like S and Q. We will know for sure in the next couple of motor shows.

It’s expected that Nissan will introduce the production version of an electric crossover or SUV within two years, once the new platform for BEVs is completed.

The IMx is equipped with dual-motor all-wheel drive (320 kW, 720 Nm) and offered range of up to 600 km (373 miles) of range in JC08 (which means about 225 miles/360 km translated to real world/EPA driving).

Nissan IMx KURO concept

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Source: Electric Vehicle News