Apple is allegedly planning to revolutionize the car industry just as it did with music, phones, tablets, high-end designer computers, and, possibly, with watches and TVs. Remember that van we showed you the other day, with the laser mapping contraption on top that turned out to be rented by Apple? Well, it might be a much more taking-on-Tesla project than improving-Apple-Maps-with-Street-View-style-shots endeavor as initially thought. Also, the work might really be on a van of sorts, the sources revealed.That mysterious car project is called "Titan," tip insiders, and already has the green light by Apple's CEO Tim Cook to be staffed with a thousand-strong army of engineers, designers, and the like. With this kind of manpower, Titan is definitely not a one-off whim for a few prototypes of something that will be left gathering dust in the basement, as Apple often does, but rather a deliberate push to enter a new market. Of course, Apple has its CarPlay vehicle infotainment ecosystem … [Read more...] about Who killed the electric car? Not Apple, as it’s working on a ‘Titan’ one
Who killed the electric car
posted on 15 Feb 2015, 04:18 0 1. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013) Wah, thats not bad... I like tesla for researching and pushing electric cars. I will love to see apple making carbon less cars. Can we expect samsung as well to work on electric cars soon? posted on 15 Feb 2015, 04:27 2 2. vincelongman (Posts: 5283; Member since: 10 Feb 2013) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_Samsung_Motors posted on 15 Feb 2015, 04:40 2 3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 942; Member since: 03 Jul 2013) Apple copied Renault, not Samsung. Renault owns that company. 15. Macready (Posts: 1637; Member since: 08 Dec 2014) Samsung started the company 21 years ago and while it sold the majority of shares off, it still partially owns (Renault) Samsung Motors. 24. nctx77 (Posts: 2540; Member since: 03 Sep 2013) Apple copied neither as renault is a typical combustion engine car and has nothing to do with electric car tech. Also, how do you tie Apple to this company when … [Read more...] about Comments for : Who killed the electric car? Not Apple, as it’s working on a ‘Titan’ one
At first glance, Volvo’s announcement earlier this month seems radical: Every new vehicle the Swedish automaker launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. By 2025, Volvo hopes to sell one million electrified cars in a plan it claims will herald the end of the era of automobiles equipped only with an internal combustion engine. These declarations elicited the usual mixture of enthusiasm and skepticism. After all, automakers have promised the moon many times before, only to fall short. Can this storied firm cause a paradigm shift in propulsion technology? If history is a guide, probably not. For at least the next decade or so, Volvo will continue to produce purely gasoline-powered cars, especially its profitable SUVs. Nor will all of its electric cars be all-electric; Volvo will also make plug-in and conventional hybrid electrics. And getting the optimum mix of vehicles will mean the difference between success and failure. All-electrics and plug-in hybrids use big, … [Read more...] about Will Volvo Really Kill the Gasoline Engine?
This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending an early screening of the new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car, a follow-up to Chris Paine’s 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? The showing took place at the Plug In 2011 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, to the delight of several hundred electric-car enthusiasts in the audience. Whereas the story told in Who Killed the Electric Car? makes you want to cry, the new film, written by Paine and P. G. Morgan, moves you to laugh—at GM’s sudden fondness for electric vehicles (or at least its plug-in hybrid, the Volt), at the shift in sentiment generally about electric cars (which thanks to the Tesla Roadster are now seen as sexy), but most of all at the cast of characters who are slowly but surely helping to electrify automobile transportation. The list includes Bob Lutz (of GM), Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors), Carlos Ghosn (of Nissan and Renault), and Greg “Gadget” Abbott (who converts … [Read more...] about Film Review: Revenge of the Electric Car
The electric car isn’t exactly thriving, but it’s a lot healthier than it was in 2003. That’s the year General Motors terminated leases of its EV1 electric two-seater, setting in motion the events that would form the backdrop of the documentary film, Who Killed the Electric Car?When GM hauled its EV1 fleet off to the crusher amid protesting consumers, the car became an automotive martyr and was used as evidence of a conspiracy against EVs.Ten years later, GM is building electric cars instead of crushing them, and the political and consumer climate has changed considerably. Filmmaker Chris Paine even made a sequel: Revenge of the Electric Car.What about the EV1, though? Some say it was the right car at the wrong time, others say it just wasn’t good enough to be commercially viable. So, did political machinations and consumer skepticism kill the EV1, or was it just not a very good car?The EV1 was the first serious modern attempt at an electric car by a major … [Read more...] about How does GM’s fabled EV1 stack up against the current crop of electrics?
Recently speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, in his typically candid fashion, gave some interesting insight into his company’s Department of Energy Loans and how it was indeed Daimler that saved Tesla, not the government.As a quick side note, if you haven’t seen Chris Paine’s excellent Who Killed the Electric Car?, or his follow up Revenge of the Electric Car, do so now. Both films are a great look into the modern history of the electric car and help give insight into the birth of the current generation of EVs on, or coming to, the market.In Revenge of the Electric Car, a plucky Elon Musk is struggling to keep his company afloat. The young Tesla CEO reveals that in the startup’s early days, he had to wire $3 million of his personal fortune so that the company could pay its employees.Now, in the wake of a $465 million DOE low-interest loan guarantees Tesla received under the government’s … [Read more...] about Elon Musk: Daimler, not the government, saved Tesla
If you’ve seen the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” then you know that electric vehicles are not a new invention. In fact, they date back just about as far as the gasoline-powered versions that would eventually take hold and enable global mobility.It stands to reason that EVs – just like gasoline cars – have had a fanboy following nearly as long, complete with enthusiast drives and picnics. At these events, men (not sexist, just realistic) stand around, kick tires, and talk about their cars before going on a cruise.This is exactly what took place in Washington, D.C. on May 27th 1914.Calling themselves the Electric Vehicle Association of America, the group of electric car owners gathered, played some games and then embarked upon a 14-mile journey that would take them more than and hour and 15 minutes to complete. On May 27th 2013, a new generation of EV enthusiasts will gather to commemorate the 99th anniversary of that first event. … [Read more...] about Washington D.C. will be host to EV ‘Electric Sociability Run’ for the second time in just 99 years
Charles and David Koch have used their considerable wealth to fund numerous conservative causes, and their next spending spree could help boost the oil industry and target electric cars, according to a new report.The Koch Brothers are planning a new lobbying group that could spend up to $10 million a year to kill the electric car, according to The Huffington Post. James Mahoney, a confidante of the brothers who also sits on the board of their company, Koch Industries, has reportedly teamed up with lobbyist Charlie Drevna about starting up a new pro-petroleum lobbying group.The unnamed group is expected to use paid and earned media to promote the oil industry, but will also target electric cars specifically. The launch of this group is partly attributable to “electric cars and the subsidies for them,” an unnamed oil-industry source familiar with the matter said. The involvement of Mahoney indicates the new group is “being driven by the business side of … [Read more...] about Koch Brothers plan multimillion-dollar campaign against electric cars
It’s still not clear who killed the electric car, but it’s apparent who did in the efficient one: We did.In 2012, the Obama administration unveiled new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that required carmakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. The target, which is actually closer to 40 mpg in terms of the figures consumers see on window stickers, was the most ambitious of its type ever enacted in the U.S.But now the regulatory agencies overseeing CAFE are backtracking. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) now say the 54.5-mpg standard is off the table, according to Automotive News (subscription required).The decision came as part of a scheduled assessment of carmakers’ progress toward improving fuel economy. And here’s the zinger: CAFE standards must be reassessed not because carmakers aren’t improving efficiency, but … [Read more...] about SUV love killed America’s most ambitious efforts to boost fuel economy
When Volkswagen unveiled the production XL1, the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, we jumped for joy.It is essentially – save 500 horsepower – everything we dream future cars to be: fuel-efficient (261 mpg!), tech-savvy, and visually dynamic.We then learned Volkswagen would only make a limited run of the XL1s, around 250 or so. Then we learned they weren’t likely to ship any Stateside. If they did send some across the pond, it’d only a hand-full, 20 or so.Now we’ve learned VW is considering the XL1 as a lease-only car, according to Auto Blog Green.How are we not surprised?Since the debacle of the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s and the ensuing “Who Killed the Electric Car” documentary, we figured automakers had learned their lesson not to keep their extremely forward-thinking cars under veritable wraps.We wonder: why make them at all if we can’t even keep them? We realize only a few would actually ever be … [Read more...] about Forget about adding the Volkswagen XL1 to your car collection, Jay Leno, it’ll only be available for lease