On today’s Transport Evolved: Formula E, more upcoming plug-ins from VW, self-driving Google cars, a surprise i3 purchase, BMW get all confused over their own range extender and a new portable charging station for DC rapid charging cars.
These stories and more, on today’s Transport Evolved, with Mark Chatterley and Michael Thwaite.
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From Michael’s bio on this site: “I placed an order for an Aptera EV but was rejected because I was living on the wrong coast. It turned out to be a blessing – If you’ve been around EVs long enough, you’ll know that not all of them make it. Instead I plonked down a deposit on a Tesla Roadster, a life changing decision. The Roadster turned out to be an attention grabber that can draw the unsuspecting into trying something that they might not ordinarily do – once they do, they never feel the same about what a car is supposed to be again.
“I’ve now gone “All Electric.” We said goodbye to our last old fashioned car three years ago and I can report that, it works. A family of four can live without cars that go 1,000 miles on a charge – I suspect that you could too.”
Where is Nikki?
New Cars and Events
Formula E has secured an agreement with Chinese TV channel CCTV-5 to show all the races. As with other channels that have signed on, this is a free-to-watch channel. Brilliant!
Mitsubishi is opening up its dealers to the public so they can get a look at the Outlander PHEV up close including demos of the SmartPhone App and explanations of how charging works along with the UK grant. Is this what is needed to get more people to consider an EV?
VW is adding to its list of upcoming plug-in cars by saying that the 8th generation Passat will come in a plug in version. Passat will be a plug-in hybrid version that aims to allow drivers up to 31 miles of all electric range and a combined electric and standard fuel range of over 600 miles. The plug-in hybrid comes with a 115kW/156PS petrol direct-injection turbocharged engine and an 80kW electric motor. This is connected to a 9.9kWh liquid cooled lithium ion battery. It will have a top speed of over 130mph (210km/h) and will do 0 – 62mph in less than 8 seconds.
A self-driving car future gets one step closer with Google saying they are making 100 prototype self-driving cars!
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The BMW Section!
One of the trio of presenters from BBC’s Top Gear has bought a BMW i3. James May went for the REx version, or as he called it ‘coward mode’. Is this a good sign?
Even after saying this year that there won’t be another car in the i-range for a while until they find out how popular the cars are, this week it emerged that BMW may already have another i-car in testing.
BMW gets i3 REx tax status in New Jersey wrong meaning the car costs 7% more than they thought!
The MINI Superleggera – let’s all just take a moment to admire!
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It was supposed to be just another cargo run, but for Ken Mallory and the three-person crew of the Raven, an anomaly in deep space changes everything. An unexplained turbulence shakes the small ship like never before, allowing a deadly virus aboard. One by one the infected crew is thrown back in time to relive a near-death experience, only this time death may be closer than they remember. Be sure to check out this excellent and chilling short story by Aaron Crocco, also available as an audiobook from In Ear Entertainment.
And finally… VW’s first attempt at an advert for their e-Golf sees a man saying goodbye to his local petrol station.
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