Wrightwood, California (CNN Business)Just in case you were worried electric cars were going to be boring, Porsche made the Taycan. It isn't perfect and, yes, it is expensive, but it is absolutely not boring. Sure, Tesla offers the aptly named Ludicrous Mode that can launch a Model S from a dead stop to 60 miles an hour in something gut-twistingly close to two seconds. That is also not boring. But the Porsche Taycan Turbo S can get to 60 almost as fast as a Tesla and it can rip through a twisting canyon road at high speed as easily as cruising a beachfront boulevard. Except it's way more exciting than cruising a beachfront boulevard. Despite having four doors, the Porsche Taycan looks and feels surprisingly like a proper sports car. Despite having back doors, the Taycan is a 750 horsepower sports car that takes full advantage of the performance potential offered by electric power while mitigating its downsides -- like size and weight, for example. The Taycan has four doors not … [Read more...] about Porsche’s first electric car is pricey but insanely fun
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According to interviews given to German publication Manager Magazine (Google translate) this week, sources from Porsche, Mercedes, and Audi said that they are all readying electric cars to respond “to the success of the Californian newcomer Tesla with its Model S.” Porsche’s chairman Matthias Müller reportedly said that the company is working on an all-electric car that will be based on the company’s Modular Standard Platform (Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten in German, or MSB for short) and look similar to the company’s Panamera (which has already been introduced with a hybrid electric engine). The car will be "an advanced battery-powered variant [that] is tasked with challenging the Model S on both performance and range,” Autocar UK says. The publication added that Porsche is aiming for a curb weight lower than the 4,647 lbs of Tesla’s Model S in its forthcoming car, and that it will come with a synchronous electric motor … [Read more...] about Porsche, Mercedes building electric cars to challenge Tesla
THE owner of Jaguar Land Rover gave a Brexit boost yesterday amid plans to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in its British plants. The fresh investment – believed to be imminent and worth hundreds of millions of pounds – is likely to be in electric cars for the future. In January it announced plans to cut some 4,500 jobs, mostly in Britain, on the back of lower Chinese demand and a slump in European diesel sales. There have also been reports that the carmaker’s Indian parent company Tata is considering selling a stake the luxury car after a record corporate loss. But the company has signalled that it would invest in electrification, saying electric drive units would be produced at Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre. It also said there would be a new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, in Birmingham.The new funds would also be a welcome boost to the UK car industry which has been buffeted by bad news in recent weeks. Last month, Jaguar Land Rover’s … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover’s owner unveils plans to invest millions of pounds in British plants for electric vehicles
The black dust that caked Margaret Gordon’s Venetian blinds was the first bad omen. Her West Oakland neighborhood, criss-crossed by freeways and nestled close to a busy port, was gradually poisoning her lungs, she says. When Gordon moved to an affordable housing complex on 7th and Willow Streets in 1992, she could hear trucks rumbling by throughout the day, shipping goods from the port, crawling along the Interstate 880 underpass and rolling out of the post office parking lot. Gordon was diagnosed with asthma, as were her two grandchildren, who lived in the same building. Respiratory ailments were so widespread among children in the neighborhood that the nurse at Prescott Elementary School carried a shoebox full of inhalers. Two decades later, air pollution still looms near ports and freeways. The transportation sector accounts for 41% of greenhouse gas emissions in California, and 10% derives from heavy trucks, which comprise only 4% of all vehicles on the road. The California … [Read more...] about Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?
All the competitors in the series share a powertrain package making max power of 671 hp. The Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes an EV for a new entry in the upcoming ETCR series, which is for electric vehicles derived from production cars. The Romeo Ferraris team from Monza, Italy, is creating the machine, and competition begins in 2020. Romeo Ferraris released the first image of the race car on Instagram (above). The crew is the first non-factory team to join the ETCR Series. Other entries include automaker-backed efforts from Cupra and Hyundai. Save Thousands On A New Alfa Romeo 8049 MSRP $ 39,840 MSRP $ 39,840 Save on average over $3,400 off MSRP* with Motor1.com Car Buying Service SEE PRICING The ETCR series begins in 2020 with a four-race calendar, but the number of events should grow in 2021. The rules stipulate the racing machines must use a four- or five-door production vehicle as a starting point. They must use an electric motor with 402 horsepower … [Read more...] about Electric Alfa Romeo Giulia Debuts Ahead Of Going Racing In 2020