We’ve been talking about the Volkswagen ID family for what feels like an eternity, but we’re finally getting a glimpse at an upcoming production model. Previewed by the original ID concept, this prototype is a hatchback that is expected to be called the ID Neo. The model was snapped in South Africa by Twitter user Theo Calitz (@Theolitz) and first noticed by The Drive. While the prototype is heavy camouflaged, we can see it will follow in the footsteps of the concept. Despite this, the hatchback has a rounder front bumper and a more traditional lower air intake. The headlights are also more conventional, but they retain the concept’s distinctive LED daytime running light ring. The profile and greenhouse appear to be nearly identical to the concept, but the production model appears to have a slightly thicker rear pillar. We can also see familiar bodywork, but designers installed traditional side mirrors and door handles. Other notable changes include a larger rear … [Read more...] about VW ID Hatchback Spotted In The Wild, Remains Pretty Faithful To The Concept
When GM announced a major restructuring of its North American plants last month, the company also pledged to double resources allocated to EVs and autonomous cars. If General Motors is truly planning an onslaught of electric vehicles in the U.S., lawmakers want the automaker to commit that it shall build those cars in America. Two U.S. senators from Ohio, the state that hosts the Lordstown Assembly plant scheduled to stop Chevy Cruze production in March 2019, want some answers from GM. In a letter to CEO Mary Barra, Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown demanded GM to commit to producing all future electric vehicles for American buyers in the U.S. and provide more details of plans to reduce car production in North America. The lawmakers also want to know whether GM will build additional electric passenger cars or shift to electric SUVs and crossovers. The automaker currently builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV (pictured) at the Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, but will … [Read more...] about Ohio Senators Want GM To Build All EVs For The Local Market In The U.S.
Hyundai has announced pricing for the 2019 Kona Electric crossover in the United States and the good news is it starts at just under $30,000 when the maximum available federal tax credit is included. The base price is $36,450, excluding the $1,045 destination and handling charge. Factor in the (still) available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and you can get a 2019 Kona Electric from $29,995 (including delivery charges). That is undeniably a tempting price for an all-electric vehicle that delivers a 258-mile (415-km) driving range. The Kona Electric beats competitors such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV (238 miles/383 km) and Nissan Leaf (150 miles/241 km). Furthermore, it offers more than twice the driving range of the Ford Focus Electric (115 miles/185 km) and VW e-Golf (125 miles/201 km). The 2019 Kona Electric packs a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery with a high density of 141.3 Wh/kg that feeds electricity to an electric motor delivering 201 hp (204 PS) and 291 lb-ft (394 Nm) of torque. … [Read more...] about 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Is Your Sub-$30,000 EV
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk really wants to launch a pickup truck. In fact, he is so keen to enter the pickup market that’s he’s considering fast-tracking the launch of the Tesla pickup. Responding to a question on Twitter about when the pickup will be available to order, Musk said that Tesla could unveil a pickup prototype next year. In recent years, Tesla has enjoyed unveiling prototypes of its new models a couple of years before they hit the market. In 2016 and 2017, it did exactly this with the entry-level Model 3, the Tesla Semi, and the all-new Tesla Roadster. Following a similar timeline to these three, the production-spec Tesla Pickup could be expected to launch in 2020 before full-scale production commences in 2021. Musk has been very open about his excitement for the Tesla Pickup in recent months. In early November, Musk told Recode that he is so excited about the vehicle that he’s not even bothered if it fails to sell well. “I’m personally … [Read more...] about Tesla Could Reveal Pickup Truck Prototype Next Year
The Tesla semi is about to face some tough competition as Volvo Trucks has announced its new VNR Electric will be launched in North America in 2020. Based on the Volvo VNR, the electric variant is being billed as a regional hauler that is cleaner and quieter than traditional diesel-powered semis. Volvo didn’t say much about the semi, but it follows in the footsteps of the standard model. However, it has a handful of unique features including an illuminated grille and more aerodynamic bodywork. Speaking of the latter, the truck eschews side-mounted fuel tanks for flat panels which presumably cover the battery pack. While commercial sales won’t begin until 2020, Volvo Trucks will introduce several demonstration units next year. The company is staying tight-lipped on specifics, but said the demonstration units will use an electric powertrain that is based on the “proven propulsion and energy storage technology currently being used in the Volvo FE Electric.” The FE … [Read more...] about Volvo Aims To Beat Tesla To The Punch With Its New VNR Electric Semi