One of the biggest problems with the electric cars is their range or lack of charging stations for such vehicles. To improve the current situation and encourage people to buy electric cars, the leading car manufacturers have agreed that they will jointly invest in the construction of a network of ultra-fast charging sites across Europe.
Driven by the huge demand for Tesla's cars in the US, manufacturers such as Daimler, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche will finance the project, which will start next year. In the first phase, they plan to build 400 charging stations. By the end of 2020, they want to ensure that drivers have thousands of charging points across Europe where they will be able to recharge their electric cars. The network will allow ultra-fast power levels of up to 350kW.
"The availability of high-power stations allows long-distance electric mobility for the first time and will convince more and more customers to opt for an electric vehicle," Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said.
With time, electric cars will become the standard, so it isn't surprising that many manufacturers are unveiling their first electric cars nowadays. Jaguar is aware of this fact, and they recently introduced their first fully electric car the Jaguar I-PACE.
The Jaguar I-PACE certainly won't go into the category of affordable electric cars, but it is a stunning car. The person behind the design is the legendary Ian Callum, the man who has worked and designed for Ford, TVR, and Aston Martin.
The I-PACE Concept can achieve a charge of up to 80% in 90 minutes with a 50kW DC rapid charger, and the company says you will be able to drive 350km (218 miles) with one charge.
The most impressive info about the car is that it can go from 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds even though its technically an SUV.
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk confirmed that he plans to choose a location for Gigafactory 2 in Europe next year. He also added that the factory would combine both the production of batteries and complete cars.
Earlier this week, Musk announced the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering. During a press conference, Musk stated that Tesla is planning significant investments in Germany and Europe.
But is seems that the Gigafactory 2 won't be the only one in Europe. Musk says that long-term Tesla will have maybe two or three vehicle and battery factory locations in Europe.
Free use of Tesla's superchargers was certainly one of the positive sides of buying a Tesla electric car. However, starting from the beginning of 2017, these same charges will not be completely free.
Any customer who buys a Tesla car after January 1st, 2017 will have to pay a small fee when filling up at a Supercharger station. Tesla didn't specify how much the fee would be, but it will be less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car.
We've designed our network so that all customers have access to a seamless and convenient charging experience when they're away from home, as our intention has always been for Supercharging to enable long distance travel. That's why today we're announcing a change to the economics of Supercharging - one that allows us to reinvest in the network, accelerate its growth and bring all owners, current and future, the best Supercharging experience.
Within the next few years, it will take us only 12 minutes to cross a distance of 150 kilometers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, if the futuristic transport system goes as planned in the United Arab Emirates.
The project was launched this week with the signing of an agreement between the Roads and Transport Authority agency of Dubai and Californian company Hyperloop One.
"This historic agreement will help us begin to analyze the possibilities of the world's first Hyperloop system," said Rob Lloyd, the Hyperloop One CEO.
Lloyd also pointed out that the first studies will help analyze the "value that would Hyperloop One brought to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates."
Two years after launch, Google is making Android Auto available to all vehicles. Once you grab the 2.0 app update (which is rolling out in the coming days), a "driver friendly interface" will be available to you, so you can take advantage of Auto whether you have an older, incompatible car or not.
The interface focuses on directions, music, and communications while doing away with pretty much everything else, and presents it in such a way that all information is easily visible at a glance. Additionally, calls can be made and messages sent with voice commands (with more functionality to come in the next few weeks). Making it even easier, the app can be set to automatically start when paired with Bluetooth, making Bluetooth-supported car mounts a great fit.
While the Americans await November 8th when they will find out who the next President will be, Hyperloop One has something else planned. The company, with strong connections to Elon Musk, teased their November 8th event when, they say, a big moment in transportation history will happen.
The announcement will be made in Dubai, which is impressive as it is, so it should be interesting to see what Hyperloop One has prepared.
In the video posted on YouTube as a part of the announcement, they showed some quite remarkable travel times between cities in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, Dubai to Riyadh in 48 minutes, Dubai to Doha in 23 minutes, Dubai to Muscat in 27 minutes.
This would reduce the emissions but also help Dubai with an enormous number of people this port has to handle every day.
Tesla's Gigafactory is looking pretty amazing, as new drone footage shows. The footage was taken by Duncan Sinfield and posted to YouTube.
It looks like Tesla is busy finishing what is going to be world's largest building by physical area once done.
Tesla expects that the Gigafactory 1 will reduce the production cost for their electric vehicle battery and Powerwall and Powerpack battery packs by 30%. Its projected capacity for 2018 is 50 GWh/yr of battery packs and its final capacity upon completion of the entire factory is 150 GWh/yr. This would enable Tesla to produce 1,500,000 cars per year.
Henrik Fisker wants to forget all about its past failures and start a new page. He launched a new company, Fisker Inc. earlier this year, previously known as Fisker Automotive.
Fisker Automotive is related to what some call the biggest failure in the history of electric cars. In 2011 they announced the Fisker Karma, a $108,000 electric car, that turned out to have a pretty bad karma... The car was recalled multiple times due to many issues and the entire fiasco ended with the company filing for bankruptcy.
Given the history, Fisker's decision to come back to the electric car market is brave. But, he is back with a new car - EMotion.
Uber is working on something that could be the next big thing, a service called Uber Elevate, which is teased as an "on demand aviation" service.
The company teased that it has a future vision of flying vehicles that would take passengers to the skies, freeing up the roads, with the Uber app being used to secure a flying car to take you to that business meeting, dinner, or the airport.
Uber expects the first of its flying cars to arrive in 2026, with the flying vehicles capable of hitting around 150 miles an hour and taking multiple passengers. The proposed flying vehicles would take off and land on repurposed parking garages and existing helipads, and as The Wall Street Journal points out, it will "enable carbon-spewing autos to be taken off the roads, reducing traffic for earthbound commuters and making Uber's core service more efficient. In some design renderings by Uber and others, the vehicles look like small airplanes with a set of pivoting propellers for flying horizontally or vertically".