Showing posts with label EV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EV. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

2022/23 Lucid SUV: the Air square brother.



On September 9th, Lucid will finally present the production version of the Air Electric sedan.
But, from these spy shots, it looks like the sedan will not be the only guest at the presentation. Lucid has apparently been also hard at work on an SUV. Just like everyone else.

While the Air we will see next month will be a production model, the SUV still looks like a concept.
Or maybe not, who knows. At least the production version of the sedan will stay very close to the concept. Maybe the same thing will happen with the SUV.
Not only will this compete with the familiar Tesla Model X. But also the upcoming Rivian SUV.
And maybe the new Cadillac Lyrik. Although it seems both Rivian and Lucid will be playing in a more expensive segment...

I think the Lucid SUV looks quite amazing so far. What do you think?


(Thanks to a reader 'Conrad' for the pix) 
 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Fisker's future: all 4 models ?



I really like the new Fisker Ocean SUV. (From what we've seen so far). Especially its $37 000 base price.
But Fisker is now in the works to use the VW I.D platform for the Ocean.
Which will surely need some redesign of the car to fit that platform (unless it was the idea all along)
I guess they could maybe still make their claimed "late 2022" production date, but I doubt it.

Now they are showing us all the cool new cars they will bring to the market. When the first one is still 2 years away.
The cool sporty one on the right is the e-Motion EV. Which looks great. that one was delayed in order to fast track the Ocean SUV.
So, even though it was introduced about 2 1/2 years ago, who knows...

The one on the left looks like some raised up hatchback sedan. Or a "coupe SUV" as they call these now.
In the back, under cover, we have the pic-up version of the Ocean, the Alaska. (HERE)
Something we have seen before as well. 

It's hard to get excited about any Fisker product (No matter how much I would like to)
With all these promises, delays, change of course, etc... Who knows if any of these will ever be produced, really...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2021 Kia EV: triangular tail lights.





This seems to look good in all pictures we have seen so far. On these, you can see some plastic cladding around the wheels. Even though the car doesn't seem high at all. So this is probably some sort of sporty wagon shape with fake SUV plastic trims around. 
Which is OK I guess, if that helps selling it, why not...

The triangular rear lights seem really cool. And the whole shape seems to have really nice proportions.
This could be really interesting, and appealing to people who don't really like a traditional SUV shape. 

At least, they are trying ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fisker Alaska pick-up



Looking at this picture of the upcoming Fisker Alaska Pick-up (top pic), it does seem closely related to the recently unveiled Ocean SUV. (bottom)

Which makes a lot of sense since they probably share a lot.

It also means the Alaska will not compete with other new full size pick ups from Rivian and others.
Since the Ocean is only 182.7 inches long. Just slightly longer than a Toyota Rav-4.
Which means the new Fisker pick up will compete in the mid size segment.
Like the upcoming Hyundai Vera Cruz or even the longer Honda Ridgeline. (And of course the mid sized crowd from Ford and GM)
Except, of course, the Alaska will be an EV.

Since Fisker has already announced a base price of $37 500 for the Ocean, before incentives. We can expect the pick-up version to be cheaper. At least by a few thousand dollars.
Which means, a sub- $30 000 price after various incentives.
The new Alaska could very well be priced at or under its gas competition.

If it ever comes out, that is...

New Fiat 500 Electric teaser

Fiat released this cute teaser for their new generation 500 hatchback.
Which will only be offered as an EV.
Mostly competing with the new Honda e and Mini Electric in Europe.

No news yet about possible sales in the US.

We won't have to wait long since the new car will be unveiled in a few short weeks. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

All new Fisker Ocean EV






We finally get to see more of the all new Fisker Electric SUV.
Now officially called "Ocean".

No pricing  yet. But Fisker has said it will be much cheaper than the $700 "care by Volvo" lease on the new Volvo XC40 Electric. With a longer EV range.
A while ago, pricing was rumored to start at around $40 000. Not sure if that is still the case, or if this will be a "lease only" offering. 

As for specs, the base model should be getting an EV range of 250 to 300 miles.
The solar roof is said to add about 1000 miles of range a year. Which actually seems a bit ridiculous.
But at least, it seems to be clear and you can actually see through it. (Unlike the one in the Karma)

This could be quite interesting. If it really happens...





Monday, October 21, 2019

Mazda's new EV Interior Teaser Video





Just a few seconds and very quick shots of the interior. but it already looks like a new design direction for Mazda. Which is a good thing.
Although all their cars look quite nice, it has been a while since we have seen something looking really new from them.
That console doesn't look like anything they've done so far.
And I also applaud this new "cloth trend". Instead of cheap leather everywhere these days.

This looks similar to what we have seen in the Volvo Polstar 2 and Audi E-Tron GT Concept last year.
And IMO, it always looks great.

I actually cannot wait to see this new Mazda EV Crossover. It should be competing with the Hyundai Kona EV in the US. And the upcoming Chevrolet "Bolt based" Crossover.



Wednesday, October 09, 2019

2021 VW ID.4



While we are not getting the cute ID.3 hatchback in the US, VW will be selling us the upcoming ID.4 Crossover.
Which will be slightly larger than the ID. And based on the exact same platform.

The photo on top is a pretty realistic illustration of what to expect.
Since it matches very closely the covered car VW showed at the Frankfurt Auto show a few weeks ago (middle pic) and prototypes of the real things (bottom)

At least, this is already looking pretty nice and really modern. Something VWs have not been for a long time.
And much nicer than the Tiguan or Atlas.

The main problem for VW will be to convince US buyers to trust them.
Not only because of the obvious Dieselgate nightmare. But also due to decades of poor reliability ratings.
Due mostly too...electrical/electronic problems.

Monday, May 02, 2016

2017 BMW i3


It pretty much looks the same.
Except maybe, the dark wood finish inside, which I haven't seen before?

And, finally, the large sunroof will be available in the US. (It was only available last year as part of some limited edition series)

The big news is the new battery.
It now gets a 115 miles range.
Much better than the 81 miles from the current version.
But really, still behind the best. In just a few months, the cheaper Chevrolet Bolt will be available with a range of over 200 miles.
It is also a "short while roomy" hatchback.

I really like the i3 though. It drives great, and the new range is a bonus. Plus the range extender is still available which adds about 95 miles using gas.
And the availability of that giant sunroof makes it more attractive. (Neither the Volt of the Bolt offer a sunroof option. )

Currently, the i3 is quite expensive. As it starts at $42 400 before  incentives.

BUT... They do offer a really good deal on the lease, which starts at $319 a month.
And $349 for the one with the range extender.

While the Volt is almost $10 000 less. The official lease offer right now is $299 a month.
So only $50 less than an i3 with range extender.

Sure, much longer range etc... But basically a BMW for only $50 a month more than a Chevy.

What do you think?



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Honda Clarity EV and Plug-In Hybrid coming up





Honda will start selling pure EV and Plug-In hybrid versions of the all new Clarity next year.
The "regular" Hydrogen version is still on track for later this year.

I think this is a great move from Honda. they have just announced their 2017 Accord Hybrid.
And there is no plug-in version this time. This will be the Clarity's job.
They also claim that version will have over 40 miles of pure EV range.
Which is better than anything else in the segment, except the Volt.

I sat in the Clarity and I can tell you it is quite roomier than the Volt.
Although the trunk is pretty tiny. And it is not a hatchback.

And... It doesn't look much better in person.
Granted, it looks 100 times better than the poor Toyota Mirai. But really, what doesn't...

The design is way overdone. The starting shape is fine, but they added so many bits and parts everywhere that it ends up looking like an 80's rejected design from Citroen.
Which is really too bad.

Maybe the "non-hydrogen" versions will be slightly different. (These rear fenders covering the wheels... What were they thinking?)
I think the first generation actually looked much nicer.

Inside, it is also vastly nicer than the Mirai.
As the Toyota is not only ugly and weird, but also really cheap.
The Clarity has a much nicer interior.

But when you compare it to many other current "regular" cars, it's really not that amazing. I think it should really be more futuristic.

It will all depend on price of course. Will all the incentives included, the Plug-in version might end up costing less than the Accord hybrid.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LeEco LeSEE





I know, what a weird title.

LeEco is a Chinese company that is pretty much the equivalent of Netflix here (Even weirder right?)
They have a deal with Aston Martin to produce an all electric version of the rapid Sedan in 2018.
And, most important (or even weirder), they are the big investor behind the new Faraday Future electric car company.
That company still claims they are building a $1 billion car factory near Las Vegas.
(The whole thing sounds really, really fishy)

Faraday was not able to even show a running prototype of the car they are supposed to build in that factory.  (They had a stupid FF Zero1design study model a few months ago)
Since this is directly from the parent company, it might very well be that car. Or a version of it.

Of course, since this is a Chinese concept, it does come with outlandish claims/specs:

- The production version will come out "sooner than later". (good to know...)
- Will be made "In the US, China or elsewhere".
- Voice command for self drive and self park
- Front end doubles as smart screen
- Competes with Tesla (Like everything else these days)
- Production car will be "very close" to this concept
- 130MPH top speed
- No mention of range. At all. (Which is basically what people care the most in an EV...)



Here is a really obnoxious CGI video of the whole thing.
My advice: turn the sound off! The soundtrack is quite horrific.
(But fits perfectly the general obnoxious mood of the whole "art piece")

Hey, this might actually be all true. And really come out, who knows.
I mean I would be the first one to love a super good looking, futuristic luxury EV.
And yes, competition would be great for Tesla (They might start making more reliable cars)

At least, they didn't call it "LeCAR"...









Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2017 Hyundai Ioniq US version





Still a really good looking car. In my opinion.
I do hope this sells a lot and steals from the new Prius. With its inexcusable ugly design.

But.. The final specs aren't that great.

As mentioned before, there are there versions.
The regular Hybrid is powered by a 1.6 Liter engine and a 6 speed auto. A total of 139HP
No MPG specs yet.

The Plug-in version has a range of "more than 25 miles".
Sure, that is better than the new Prius Hybrid's 22 miles. But we are in 2016!
When a Volt gets over 53 miles on EV mode.
So this is kind of disappointing. Unless it is price really well. Which means much less than the Prius.

Finally, an all electric version is available.
With a 110 miles range. Again, not that great. It matches the latest version of the Leaf.
But an all new Leaf is scheduled for next year.
And the 200 miles Bolt is around the corner.
So again, pricing will be key. This needs to be cheaper than the Leaf equivalent.

The Ioniq seems really cool, but doesn't bring anything really new. Or more advanced than the competition.

At least it looks good.


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Chevrolet Volt test drive. Part Three


 Here are a few more observations about the new Volt, after driving it for a full week.

I do like the design a lot. Even though I do understand people who miss the more original 1st generation.
It is a little bit blender, but still very modern.
More so than most other compacts out there. And, it is still a hatchback. But looking more like a 4 door coupe now.
it is really slick looking. And has a more upscale feel and look to it.

 Inside, the first thing you notice is the new screen.
The first thing I wanted to do with it is angle it more toward me. But it's not adjustable.
(So don't ever try that. I'm begging you!)

So it lays a bit flatter than it should. But it's actually fine, and not much of a problem to get used to.
Plus, it is quite large and very sharp. And perfectly positioned above everything else on the dash.

The shiny bits have more of a satin finish now. Which is much nicer, and again, more upscale.
The plastics are hard, but everything does look and feel very solid.
(Except the super cheap feeling and sounding turn signal stalk)

The doors still have that heavy feel to them, which I like.

 There is enough room for 4 adults. As you can see. There is a seatbelt for a 3rd human in the back seat, but I cannot imagine how legs would even fit.


 The one thing still missing, is a sunroof. Or some kind of glass panel. At least as an option.
As the roof is pretty low.
GM still gives the "weigh excuse". Which I don't buy. (The new Hyundai ionia will offer a sunroof)

The Bose stereo sounded very good. Although, like most Bose car systems lately, it wasn't very loud.

Overall, I loved my week with the new Volt.
It feels as solid and sporty as the old one.
But it is much quieter when the all new gas engine comes on.
And when it does, power seems to be almost the same as in the EV mode.
The ride is very comfortable, and the car feels super solid over any surface.
The steering is really nice, a little bit on the heavy side, which is a welcome change from most other cars.

As I mentioned before, I got 56 miles out of a full charge (it is rated at 53)
And my gas mileage when the battery was empty was 46 on the freeway and 42 in the city.
Which is, again, better than the official numbers.

I think the Volt is the best way to get into an EV right now.
As a range of almost 60 miles of pure EV is plenty for most people.
Plus, once it's empty, you end up with a very comfortable, quick car that gets great mileage anyway.
It is truly the best of both worlds.
Until we can charge a 300 miles battery everywhere in 15 minutes, the Volt is the best option.
(The Model S is still a rich guy's toy)






BUT....
There is one thing that drove me crazy, most of the time.
As you can see, the stereo system had a lot of trouble recognizing songs from my phone.
As most playlists showed "empty".

When switching to Apple CarPlay, things were different.
But NOT better. As  playlists after the letter "B" were non existent.
Using a different phone, different cables, restarting the phone never fixed the problem.
It would work one time, and nothing a few minutes later, etc..

I checked various forums online, and it looks like quite a few people have that problem.

A few of the solutions included upgrading to the latest version of iOS.
( I did have iOS 9 already)
And, weirdly enough, getting rid of the Pandora app.
I did all these, but it was too late to really check it.
It was working the last evening I had the car.

After mentioning this to GM, they decided to send me another Volt for a few days in a couple of weeks.
Which is really nice.

So I will check this again.
I hate to be picky, but the car is , in general,  my favorite place to listen to music. And I do want to make sure this isn't a general issue with this otherwise great car.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chevrolet Volt test drive. Part one.

 I got the Volt yesterday. For a week.
It had an EV range of 45 miles when delivered to me. (Not the full 53 I was hoping for...)

Still, plenty for a few day-drives.
I was curious about the gas mileage when the car is not in EV mode.
So I used the "hold" mode, which saves "the juice" for later. A very cool feature.

 As you can see. For these few miles, MPG was very impressive.
But I also noticed that it did use some of that juice. By the end of the day, in the "hold" mode, my total EV range was only about 39 miles...
(The picture above was taken today, after charging)



At the end of the day, I plugged it in. At a regular 120 outlet. So technically, it should take about 13 hrs to get a full charge.
Which I didn't need since it still said "39".

But, about 13hrs later, I was still at "just"  49 miles. Not the 53 miles advertised for the full charge.
Maybe that plug at the lot where I parked the car was defective? Or something else...
Who knows.

 
 The rear hatch is really big. And quite heavy.
But the inside cover is just a rather flimsy cloth sheet. Unlike the solid stuff found in most other hatchbacks. Maybe to save weight?
 Someone was asking me about rear legroom. so here it is.
I am 5'11" and drive pretty far from the steering wheel, and that's what's left behind me.
Which isn't bad. Technically, the new Volt has a bit more rear legroom.

And here is what it looks like whith an actual super good looking human.

Someone was also asking about visibility. 
And I was mentioning the rather high position of the rear window.
So this is what it looks like when you turn around. 

Not that you really need to, since it comes with a back up camera.

So far there is plenty of power all the time. If you drive in a relaxed manner, the engine almost never comes on during normal city driving.
And when it does, it is much quieter than before. It just seems to be far away...

Next, I will try to compare MPG when the battery is completely empty.
And, of course, check the actual range of the full EV mode.