On Thursday, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller put forth his vision for the company's future into 2025. The plan is an aggressive one coming out of almost a year of intense public scrutiny and regulatory concerns following VW Group's involvement in a high-profile emissions scandal. The company's new strategy, which was approved by VW Group's board of supervisors, calls for the German automaker to deliver 30 new electric vehicles across Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and its other brands by 2025. "The Volkswagen Group forecasts that its own BEV [battery-powered electric vehicle] sales will be between two and three million units in 2025, equivalent to some 20 to 25 percent of the total unit sales expected at that time," the company wrote in a press release. The press release didn't specifically mention the BUDD-e, Volkswagen's electric concept van, which was built to show off the company's Modular Electric Toolkit (abbreviated MEB in German). In January, Volkswagen's head … [Read more...] about After emissions scandal, VW’s roadmap for the future is aggressive on electric
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The Volt underwent a lengthy development process. We first saw it in the flesh in 2008 at a time when GM was heavily playing up the fact that the car was an EV, not a hybrid (in fact, there are some circumstances when the gasoline engine can send drive to the wheels). It would be another two years before the car went on sale and another year after that until Ars got some time behind the wheel. If the first Volt was revolutionary, the second-generation car is a more evolutionary design. We got our first look at the car at this year's New York auto show, where Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin came away impressed. The new car has a significantly increased range—over 400 miles (644km) compared to 300 (483km) on the older model—with up to 53 miles (86km) on battery power alone. The electric motor is 100lbs (45kg) lighter than before and 12 percent more efficient. Further ReadingHigh Voltage or brownout? Ars checks out the Chevy VoltThe battery has also been heavily … [Read more...] about The 2016 Chevy Volt: An energy-efficient car that doesn’t drive like one
BMW says the new 2019 BMW 3 Series, which debuted last month in Paris, “moves the game on once again in terms of driving dynamics.” So, to learn the tech behind what makes the new car handle better than its predecessor, I spoke with dynamics engineer Robert Rothmiller. Here’s what he told me. The head of functional design and integration for driving dynamics of the new G20 3 Series broke down the main changes to the car’s handling into three categories: weight and track width, body and chassis stiffness, and technical systems. The first of those promises to give the car better grip in turns, the second could improve chassis response and comfort, and the last supposedly yields a better driving experience thanks to changes in the steering system and in damper technology. I’ll begin by discussing technical systems, specifically steering. This is an area where the 3 Series has received significant criticism since the current generation F30 model launched with … [Read more...] about 2019 BMW 3 Series: The Engineering Behind the Handling Improvements
BJ Wilbanks and Carly Gibson join forces as Gibson Wilbanks, also the title of the group’s debut project together. After releasing music separately, Wilbanks has had a successful solo career while Gibson fronts feminist rock band The Pussywillows, the couple teamed up to form a duo that combines folk, country and soul for a standout release that includes the harmonica-driven lead single “Oh Sweet Baby,” which Billboard premieres exclusively today (Nov. 19).Gibson Wilbanks’ harmonies soar on the laidback “Oh Sweet Baby,” alongside foot-stomping rhythms and mesmerizing pedal steel accompaniment. All the while, the couple’s warm harmonies are at the forefront as they sing of a powerful love. “I’ll never leave you oh sweet baby/ I really need you here beside me ... I need your love and kindness to comfort me.”"This song was written on a trip we took one weekend,” Wilbanks tells Billboard. “I was laying in a … [Read more...] about Gibson Wilbanks Delight on Romantic ‘Oh Sweet Baby’: Exclusive
The Broadway fall season is in full swing, and Times Square, the “crossroads of the world,” is virtually impassable. At peak performance times on weekends — meaning all day and all night — the congestion makes the 5 Freeway on a Friday evening seem like a joy ride.While returning to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre after the dinner break during my marathon day at a press preview for Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance,” I found myself trapped in a thronging nightmare. Weaving around the stocky steel barriers set up to prevent the next car attack, I navigated an obstacle course of selfie-taking tourists, bullying SUVs, police officers scanning for trouble and an army of pedestrians resembling extras in a dystopian thriller. A mere three blocks felt like 30. P.S. I was born in Brooklyn. A good many brave souls were scrambling like me to make a curtain for a play or musical. But countless others were plunging into the whirlwind to catch a movie at one of … [Read more...] about Commentary: Everyone wants a piece of Broadway, but what is Broadway these days?