The dream of driving 1,000 miles per hour is stuck in neutral.Bloodhound SSC, a British project to build a land-speed record car, found itself in a position familiar to many big-dream engineering projects: constantly scrounging for enough funding to keep the effort alive. Last week we learned that Bloodhound had gone into "administration"—essentially the U.K.'s version of bankruptcy, and needed about $33 million to stay afloat. It did not find it, and now the project seems finished. Or is it? In the days since, driver Andy Green told the BBC that the Bloodhound SSC car was up for sale. For a cool quarter-of-a-million pounds (a shade over $300,000 in American currency), this missile on wheels could be yours. And Green just so happens to know a team of engineers who'd be happy to resume work on their dream project. The Bloodhound project was Popular Mechanics' cover story back in March 2014, and we've been covering it since at least 2009. The mission encountered plenty of bumps on … [Read more...] about Could Someone Save the 1,000-Mph Bloodhound SSC Project?
In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are starting to show a trend: electric vehicles are selling well, especially in places where there are strong monetary and non-monetary incentives to buy them. According to Veloz—a group of electric vehicle industry stakeholders that includes GM, Honda, Nissan, Pacific Gas & Electric, Uber, and Lyft, among others—electric vehicle sales in California hit a cumulative 512,717 since 2010. "Overall, this year has seen exponential growth in electric car sales," Veloz wrote. "Electric cars accounted for 7.1 percent of California car sales in the first three quarters of the year, with fully electric, zero-emission car sales outpacing plug-in hybrid sales 4.1 percent to 3 percent respectively." Veloz's data tallies not just fully battery-electric vehicles but also plug-in hybrids as well as the … [Read more...] about Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famous for the use of his Twitter feed, where he often engages with his almost-24 million followers. Sometimes it gets him in trouble—as with the case of the infamous "420" tweet that landed both him and Tesla with $20 million fines. Sometimes it gets him dates, as was the case with a bizarre theory involving an artificial intelligence that some people believe will one day torture digital replicas of people who knew about the intelligence but failed to help usher it into existence. (Yes, really.) And sometimes, Musk just uses Twitter to tell the world what his engineers have cooking. On Sunday evening, a few hours before appearing on 60 Minutes, Musk engaged in the last of these. First, he just wanted to remind owners of the most recent Tesla vehicle about the most recent update, Navigate on Autopilot: But then came more momentous news: What Musk is promising sounds like a big upgrade to the functionality of the system, consistent with Tesla's approach of … [Read more...] about Elon Musk promises Autopilot update to allow for “no driver input at all”
By Ray Magliozzi Published 11:19 am PST, Monday, December 10, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Electric cars are a good, lower-maintenance option 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Dear Car Talk: Electric motors have been around a long time. They are simple devices with few moving parts. They have no complicated valve trains, no head gaskets to blow, no piston rings, no oil to change and no coolant to leak out. I am an old man, tired of car maintenance and in need of a low-maintenance, reliable vehicle. It would seem that an all-electric car is the solution to my problem, but life has many ugly surprises. Are there excessive maintenance issues with e-cars? Serious reliability problems? Am I missing anything that I need to know? — John I don’t think you’re missing anything, John. You’re right. Electric motors are simple. Much simpler than internal combustion engines. And they’re pretty … [Read more...] about Electric cars are a good, lower-maintenance option
If anyone thought that Elon Musk had turned over a new leaf following a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over illegally manipulating Tesla's stock price, think again. On Sunday, CBS' 60 Minutes interviewed the Tesla CEO, which gave Musk an opportunity to let the world know exactly what he thinks about SEC. Spoiler alert: not much. As you may recall, this all started in August, when Musk took to Twitter to tell his 23.6 million followers that he had secured funding to return Tesla to private ownership via way of an oblique drug reference. Further ReadingTesla is outgrowing Elon MuskDespite adding "Funding secured," it turned out there was in fact no such possibility. The resulting yo-yo effect on Tesla's stock price led to a deluge of complaints with the SEC from investors both short and long who lost money as a result, and it caused us to question whether or not Musk's presence at Tesla was actually a good thing for the company. In this case, the SEC took … [Read more...] about Elon Musk makes mockery of SEC settlement in 60 Minutes interview