Retro-Tastic Peugeot e-Legend Concept Beautifies Paris

The Pininfarina-styled 504 Coupe makes the leap into the 21st century through a lovely throwback concept.

With 120 years of automotive history behind it, Peugeot is one of the oldest players in the business and the creator of some truly beautiful cars. At the end of the 1960s, the company with the lion badge teamed up with Pininfarina to design the lovely 504 Coupe, and now Peugeot is ready to unveil a modern equivalent in the shape of the e-Legend.

Debuting at next month’s Paris Motor Show, the concept looks to the past to see into the future of Peugeot as the one-off is entirely electric and uses an advanced autonomous driving system. The double headlights are a nod to the coupe’s source of inspiration, as is the square front fascia with a grille added just for décor since it doesn’t serve an actual purpose with the concept lacking a combustion engine.

Carved into the coupe’s bodywork, the wheel arches housing the 19-inch alloys not only look cool, but also serve a second purpose as the front ones incorporate an air passage to boost airflow. The piece of black trim at the bottom of the rear pillar is more than just a throwback to the 504 Coupe since it also contains a screen showing a personalized greeting as well as the charge level.

Inside, the retro theme continues as the e-Legend adopts a minimalist layout linking to the basic interiors of cars from yesteryear. The conventional controls have been replaced by a 6-inch touchscreen and a rotary knob, while to the left of the steering wheel is a digital toggle bar displaying various available commands configurable based on the driving mode.

The concept is a tech-fest, featuring 29-inch screens in the doors and 12-inch displays embedded into the sun visors. There’s also a massive 49-inch curved display, and together with other screens plastered all over the cabin, the e-Legend has a total of 16 displays of different sizes.

Peugeot installed a massive 100-kWh battery pack providing enough juice for 373 miles (600 kilometers) in the new WLTP cycle. Should you be in a hurry, it only takes 25 minutes to recharge the battery enough for 311 miles (500 km) of range.

The electric setup offers a more than generous 456 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and a massive 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque distributed to both axles to help the e-Legend reach 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in less than four seconds before topping out at 137 mph (220 kph).

A production version based on the new 508 would be nice, but it’s only a pipe dream as Peugeot has no plans to create a road-going equivalent of the e-Legend.

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Electric scooters head north as Lime begins first operations in Canada

Lime scooters are seemingly everywhere, including in dozens of cities across the United States. Lime has even begun international operations in France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.

Now the California-based electric mobility company is adding one new country to its list: Canada.

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Tesla Production And Deliveries Graphed Through Q3 2018

We need to keep increasing the scale of these here graphs.

Tesla production and deliveries of electric cars in the third quarter more than tripled year-over-year in line with the company’s guidance.

The latest results make previous quarters looks tiny, but the funny thing is that at full capacity numbers can be 60% higher (10,000 Model 3 and 2,000 Model S/X a week and 140,000+ a quarter).

Tesla Model S/X/3 Deliveries (quarterly) – through September 2018

Production of Tesla Model 3 was at the end of the quarter above 5,000 a week and moreover almost entirely dual motor versions, which required Tesla to reach a production volume of more than 10,000 drive units a week.

Deliveries are now at an all-time quarterly high of 83,500 (can be up to 0.5% higher) (up 219% year-over-year) and >154000 YTD:

  • Model 3: 55,840
  • Model S: 14,470
  • Model X: 13,190

The increase in production is tremendous:

Production hit an all-time high too of 80,142 (up 216% year-over-year) for the quarter and 167,975 YTD:

  • Model 3: 53,239
  • Model S + Model X: 26,903

Sales numbers are higher than production, because there were thousands of cars (produced in the end of Q2) in transit, that were delivered at the beginning of the third quarter.

Tesla already delivered more than 440,000 electric cars so 500,000 will be easy to achieve by the end of this year.


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Tesla’s Tent City Set To Expand: Should Speed Model 3 Prep

The California-based carmaker is eyeing more room to finish electric vehicles

For Tesla, there are seemingly three obstacles the company has faced for the last several years: production issues, delivery issues and ultimately, the room to operate. While the Gigafactory posed a big boost in overall production volume, the Fremont facility still couldn’t keep up with the demand. In turn, Elon Musk and his team decided to bring in an unorthodox solution to a growing problem: build a tent. While many have ridiculed both Musk and Tesla for such a solution, it clearly worked.

The tent is an easy to build, cost-effective and easy to maintain solution for what was and still is a growing problem for the U.S based carmaker. However, it helped Tesla to churn out Model 3’s at an astonishing rate, building these cars like there’s no tomorrow. The company even managed to hit over 5,000 Model 3 vehicles produced per week, proving all the naysayers wrong. However, it seems that the carmaker has outgrown even this solution, as a brand new tent is underway for their outbound logistics yard. In a building permit issued by the City of Fremont, Tesla is set to erect a south lot vehicle wrap tent: Install 50′ wide x 80′ long tent for wrapping vehicles to protect in transit.

Hopefully, this means that Tesla will (at least somewhat) be out of delivery hell to an extent. More vehicles wrapped means more vehicles on flatbeds, getting delivered to their customers. Just recently, Tesla confirmed a whopping 80,000 vehicles and 83,500 deliveries in Q3, pushing their stock to new highs. Even with the whole Elon Musk and FTC drama unfolding for the past few days. Overall, good days are ahead for Tesla it seems, and we’re thrilled by that.


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RAPIDE 3 commercial electric cargo scooter can charge up to 80% in 15 minutes

Gaius Auto has taken to the 2018 Paris Motor Show to unveil their new electric cargo scooter, the RAPIDE 3.

Combining the cargo capacity of a light truck and the nimbleness of a scooter, the RAPIDE 3 electric cargo scooter could have a huge impact on the transportation market of the developing world. It fuses a classic three-wheeled vehicle design with the latest in battery technology to create a revolutionary new commercial vehicle.

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Skoda Vision RS Plug-In Hybrid Hot Hatch Powers Into Paris

Previewing the Rapid replacement, the concept also foreshadows a VW Golf GTI competitor.

Coinciding with the unveiling of the Kodiaq RS, the new Skoda Vision RS concept is a sharp five-door hatchback serving a taste of things to come in the compact car segment. Essentially, this is an early look at the Rapid successor, with the future model set to evolve into a proper, more refined compact hatch to compete with the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus. With this concept previewing a potential RS version, it has been designed to give us an idea of what to expect in terms of a GTI and ST rival.

Looking a million times more exciting than the Rapid / Rapid Spaceback on sale today, the Vision RS embraces a much more stylish design language that hopefully will rub off onto the production models. The vehicle is 4356 millimeters long, 1431 mm tall, 1810 mm wide, and with a wheelbase measuring 2650 mm. That makes it longer, lower, and much wider than the Rapid Spaceback, and we’re expecting similar proportions for the regular production version coming next year. With a cargo capacity of 430 liters, it offers an extra 15 liters over the Rapid Spaceback.

Aside from featuring a promising design inside and out, the Vision RS also catches the attention thanks to its hybrid powertrain combining a 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine with an electric motor. It has a combined output of 241 hp (180 kilowatts) good enough for a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a decent 7.1 seconds before maxing out at 130 mph (210 kph). It needs 8.9 seconds to complete the 50-75 mph (80-120 kph) task.

Using a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be fully recharged in two and a half hours, the concept has an all-electric range of 43 miles (70 km). Being a hybrid, it means the Skoda Vision RS manages to remain quite frugal and emits just 33 g/km of CO2 to provide the best of both worlds – performance and efficiency.

Skoda will have the Vision RS and the Kodiaq RS on display starting tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show where the two will share the spotlight with the Octavia G-TEC and the Karoq Scout and Karoq Sportline.

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What’s The Best Jaguar I-Pace Highway Speed For Long Trips?

…and how does that change with different charging speeds?

As we told you yesterday, the Jaguar I-Pace, like every electric vehicle, will return different range results depending on how it is driven. For long-distance trips, it would be nice to have a good strategy that takes driving speeds and charging times into consideration. Luckily for us, electric vehicle YouTuber Bjorn Nyland has put together a video (above) that does just that. Let’s take a quick look at his findings.

There is a fair amount of number crunching going on here. Nyland has taken the time, though, to not only give us estimates for different road speeds, but also with different charging speeds for both 50 kW and 100 kW stations — note: the top I-Pace charging rate is about 84 kW, but Nyland tells us that Jaguar will increase that to 100 kW and possibly higher in the near future.

Consequentially, the best speed to travel at, as well as how long you should stay connected to chargers, varies according to the charging speed you can get access to. A 100 kW DC fast charger will allow for faster driving speeds and shorter charging times than a 50 kW supply. Nyland offers up several charts throughout the video, using various configurations of the Tesla Model X for comparison. We’ve dropped in the most visually helpful one below.

As you can see, 50 kW DC fast chargers are far less helpful than the more powerful 100 kW stations, and they also slow down your suggested cruising speed. Luckily, as Nyland notes, despite there being a bit of chicken and egg thing going on with electric vehicles and charging facilities, the number of fast charging stations continues to increase. This means, of course, our trip speeds will also increase.

While this is great data, most owners are going to find their I-Pace does its job of carrying you about your daily routine quite well. For those longer trips, an initial amount of investigating might be in order to make sure your travel time doesn’t last any longer than it needs to. Generally, though, we make the same long trips repeatedly, so only the initial journey will require any amount of planning.

 

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Lutz On Tesla: Deliveries Aren’t Necessarily Money-Generating Sales

Humor us some more, Mr. Bob Lutz.

Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of GM, in his most recent CNBC discussion on Tesla’s production and delivery results in Q3, surprised us a little bit… by how far off his analysis and understanding of production and deliveries numbers actually are.

We are a little sad that Bob Lutz is trying to convince the general public that because Tesla doesn’t have dealers, delivery numbers are not necessarily sales that generate money – “The cars remain in the Tesla system” and on how the company is so different from the rest of the automotive industry. Bob Lutz undermines his own credibility, but well, that will not stop Tesla.

Tesla reports deliveries as sales:

“Our delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct. Final numbers could vary by up to 0.5%.”

Well, Tesla’s sales number are, in fact, different from the automotive industry – simply because they are growing like crazy and the Tesla Model 3 happens to be one of the best-selling cars in North America, at a time when cars are losing popularity.

Further into the discussion it gets more reasonable as even Bob Lutz notices it’s improving financially for Tesla (“may not lose as much cash in third quarter” or even achieve some modest profit). However, scepticism about Tesla’s unique battery or other technologies remains unchanged.

Lutz expects that soon other manufacturers will be selling long-range electric cars, comparably as good and with the ability to sell them at a loss to fulfill emission requirements (as these EVs will be just a small part of their business). But selling any product at a loss is not a wise business strategy, regardless of volume or percentages.


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Green Deals: Anker Roav Electric Pressure Washer $119 shipped (Reg. $160), more

AnkerDirect via Amazon offers its Roav HydroClean Electric Pressure Washer for $118.99 shipped when promo code ROAVWW22 is applied during checkout. Regularly $160, today’s offer is a match of our previous mention and the best available. This electric pressure washer is powered by an 1,800W motor that provides 2100psi of pressure. It includes a 35-foot cable and 26-foot hose. Ships with three spray nozzles as well. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

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