caption The 2018 Nissan Leaf. source Mark Matousek/Business Insider I drove the 2018 Nissan Leaf for a weekend in December. The vehicle performed as I would expect given its size and price, but its 151-mile range presented challenges. I was reminded throughout the weekend of the extent to which range anxiety can limit the ways you can use an electric vehicle. Nissan will release a new version of the vehicle, the Leaf e+, in the US in the spring. It will have up to 226 miles of range, according to the automaker. The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle and has set the stage for a new generation of affordable electric vehicles that could reshape the auto industry. The Leaf debuted in 2010, beating the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the market by five years. But until this year, the Bolt had a significant advantage in range – 238 miles compared to 151 miles for the 2018 Leaf. Nissan will release a new … [Read more...] about I drove the world’s best-selling electric car for a weekend — and I realized why electric cars need more than 200 miles of range
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Everyone loves a maverick. A business leader who refuses to back down, a startup that shakes things up and does stuff differently, a clutch of comfortable tech workers who depart a multi-billion dollar company to do their own thing. This week, we encountered quite a few eccentrics. From California deciding, yeah, it is going to try to control the entire American automobile market from within the fifth largest economy in the world, to Tesla head Elon Musk saying, no, I am not going to let the US Securities and Exchange Commission be the boss of me: This week was about looking at the rest of the world and saying, You know what? I’m doing my own thing now. For better or for worse. Plus, we reviewed the (short) history of the hyperloop, the Department of Transportation’s new stance toward self-driving trucks, and why race car drivers (and builders) are secret data nerds. It’s been a week—let’s get you caught up. Headlines Tesla finally released safety numbers … [Read more...] about This Week in the Future of Cars: Go Your Own Way
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 12:46 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 A car discovered dangling from a Toronto bridge was not part of a movie shot, nor did it get there by accident, police said. Passing drivers, spooked by the sight of the dark blue sedan gently swaying in the breeze, alerted officers to the oversized ornament hanging from the Millwood Overpass Bridge, according to reports by CTV News and Global News. The bridge spans one of the city's busiest arteries. MORE: Watch a silo demolition go awry "We had multiple commuters call in that a car had been hanging from the Millwood Bridge," Sgt. Glenn Russell told Global News. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Borg versus McEnroe is a tale of the real-life confrontation on the tennis court that lit up the world of sport. Björn Borg was the then king of Wimbledon, a cool, level-headed Swede. John McEnroe was the opposite. The American was a brash, up and coming pretender to the crown. The film focuses on … [Read more...] about Dude, who hung my car from a Toronto bridge?
A Volkswagen e-Golf on display in Dresden. Photo: DPA. German automaker Volkswagen on Friday said it planned to invest more than €34 billion ($40 billion) over the next five years in new technologies to advance its push to become a global leader in electric cars. "We are reinventing the car," chief executive Matthias Mueller said after a meeting of the group's supervisory board. The bulk of the 2018-2022 spending spree would go on developing electric and hybrid cars, the VW group said in a statement, as well as self-driving cars, new mobility services such as car-sharing, and digitalization. Like other traditional carmakers, Volkswagen is stepping up its focus on the cleaner, smarter vehicles of the future, racing to catch up with US tech giant Tesla which has a head-start in the area. The pivot to zero-emissions cars is particularly important for Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker, as it seeks to shake off a global emissions cheating scandal that shone a spotlight … [Read more...] about VW says will invest over 34 billion euros in cars of the future by 2022
A VW e-car. Photo: DPA Volkswagen aims to be the world leader in electric cars by 2025, brand chief Herbert Diess said Tuesday, as the German car giant shifts its focus to clean-energy vehicles after the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. "By 2025 we plan to sell one million electric cars per year, and by then we also want to be the global market leader in electromobility," Diess said at a presentation of the brand's future plans. "Going forward our electric cars will be the hallmark of Volkswagen," he told reporters at the VW group's Wolfsburg headquarters in northern Germany. The switch to electric will be funded through new investments and economies of scale, Diess said, and is a crucial part of the troubled brand's efforts to reinvent itself. Volkswagen on Friday already announced the biggest revamp in its history, saying that it would cut 30,000 jobs to save €3.7 billion a year by 2020, while ramping up investment in future technologies such as electric cars, … [Read more...] about Volkswagen: We will be global electric car leader by 2025