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Mercedes-Benz revealed its latest Maybach - an electric six meter car

Added by admin 22/08/16

PUBLISHED: 21 August 2016

The future of cars for the one per cent is a sleek electric-powered timeless classic you'll hand down to your children - but not before you've taken the pleasure of driving it yourself.
This is the latest offering from Mercedes-Benz - the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, so named for its six meter length - a measurement more frequently associated with a speedboat.
And while Google pushes forward with self-driving cars, Mercedes-Benz insists this is a car you'll want no help to steer.

'This is a car you want to drive yourself,' said Gorden Wagener, the Daimler AG head of design, said at the launch in California on Friday.

We see a big movement in analog things, and they are sustainable…'
'This is something you pass to your children, like a Leica camera or a chronograph watch. Driving has been a pleasure since 130 years and will stay that way another 130 years,' Bloomberg quoted Mr Wagener as saying.
The engine, can achieve 750 horsepower; the car will hit 60 mph in less than four seconds and can charge 62 miles in five minutes with the average phone charger. [EVPLUS Editor: This would not be possible]

Horsepower: 750
Length: Six metres
Acceleration: 60 mph in less than four seconds
Charge: 62 miles in five minutes


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                                                   Story and image courtesyDaily Mail


Fisker's gorgeous Karma reincarnated as the Karma Revero

Added by admin 21/08/16

Scott Collie August 11, 2016

When the Fisker Karma launched in 2011, it instantly turned heads. Forget about the environmentally friendly construction, just looking at it was enough to get gear heads fired up. Unfortunately, the financial realities of mass production killed the car before it could truly make an impact. Now, thanks to a fresh injection of Chinese cash, the Karma is back. Thankfully, it looks just as good as ever.

From the outside, the Karma Revero looks almost identical to the Fisker Karma. That's no bad thing, because the original design was some of Henrik Fisker's best work – considering he's the man behind the BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9, and the one-off Thunderbolt, that's high praise.

The real changes have been wrought under the skin, where the Revero will be fitted with a new infotainment system, fast-charging capability, and an updated solar panel capable of charging the battery. Karma says the solar-charging technology is an American first, but hasn't revealed details about just how much juice it will provide.

Technology changes aside, there is one area that will have to be better than before, and that's build quality. As is often the case with boutique manufacturers, the original Fisker Karma wasn't quite on par with mass-produced cars when it came to build quality. The fact they had a tendency to catch fire didn't help either.

"Serving a mass market is not, and never will be, our purpose," says Jim Taylor, Chief Revenue Officer at Karma Automotive. "The Revero is for a discerning group of individuals who desire beautiful, clean vehicles and a memorable ownership experience. We are thrilled to start this journey."

Buyers will be able to order through 10 dealerships in North America, and Karma Automotive is also planning a flagship "brand experience center" in Orange County. Existing owners will have the opportunity to reserve a car before the general public, who will get their chance on September 8.

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                                                   Story and image courtesy NEW ATLAS (gizmag)


The Straddling Bus exists, for real

Added by admin 04/08/16

Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)
Transportation / Public Transportation
August 2, 2016

We all laughed when we first saw the vision of the straddling bus in 2010, and then again in 2013, thinking it silly vaporware. Why would anyone build such a thing?
Originally conceived by American architect Lester Walker 45 years ago, there is in fact some logic to it; the right-of-way already exists, and instead of having a bus stuck in traffic, the straddling bus can fly right over it. When we showed a model of it earlier this year, we noted that the designer promised a working one by August.
And here we are in August 2016, and there they are, running a real full size straddle bus down a thousand foot test track. It is officially known as a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), will consist of four cars each being about 22 meters [72'] long, 7.8 meters wide [25.6'] and 4.8 meters [15.74'] high, and can hold 1200 people.
Many of the complaints about the concept seem misplaced. Bike Portland tweets: "watch car culture at work in China. Look at the lengths humans go to not disturb our fragile car ecosystem."
Transport expert Jarrett Walker says much the same thing:
Yes, if your starting point for urban design is that single-occupant cars, despite their extreme inefficiency in using scarce urban space, should be allowed to go anywhere at all, and that the surface plane should be designed solely for their convenience to the exclusion of all other citizens and needs, then this technology makes sense. Remember, the primary cost of transit infrastructure is the cost of keeping transit out of the way of motorists, on the assumption that motorists have the prior claim to absolutely every bit of public space in our cities.

                                                   Story and image courtesy: treehugger


Plug-in electric car sales in July: Volt passes 100,000 with strong numbers (updated)(US)

Added by admin 03/08/16

John Voelcker
Aug 2, 2016

Last month marked a major milestone for U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars: the 100,000th Chevrolet Volt was delivered.

It's the first car with a plug in any segment to reach 100,000 units, and Chevy's justified in celebrating the occasion with a press release and a bit of fanfare.

Both the Volt and the Nissan Leaf battery-electric hatchback went on sale in December 2010, and the Leaf led the Volt in total sales for a majority of the five and a half years since then.

But the well received second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid—winner of the Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy award—has surged past the Leaf, outselling it for each of the last 10 months.

Volt sales in July were a whopping 2,406, its best month since August 2014, for a seven-month total this year of 12,214, and a grand total since December 2010 of 100,964 sales.

The Leaf, on the other hand, logged 1,063 deliveries for a year-to-date total of 6,856.

Total U.S. sales for the Leaf since launch are 96,447, meaning it should cross the line in October or November if that pace continues.

The third best-selling electric car in the U.S. is likely the Tesla Model S, but its maker refuses to release monthly sales or break down quarterly sales by country, so we don't know those numbers exactly.

And fourth on the list of modern plug-in vehicles is still the now-discontinued Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, at more than 42,300 in total. It will be replaced by the Toyota Prius Prime, which goes on sale later this year.

The highest sales of plug-in hybrids now come from Ford, whose Energi versions of its C-Max compact hatchback and Fusion mid-size sedan together have outsold Nissan for many months running, and in many months Chevrolet as well.

Ford will report sales of its plug-in vehicles tomorrow. Other high-volume electric cars are the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen e-Golf.

                                                   Story and image courtesy: Green Car Reports


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