Nissan’s Newest Electric Vehicle Set to be a Luxury Sedan

Nissan’s Newest Electric Vehicle Set to be a Luxury Sedan

Nissan’s spot in the electric vehicle (EV) area has not only been carved out; it’s also been quite popular. This is largely thanks to the critical and financial success brought on by the Nissan Leaf. While this EV has done extremely well in its own right, it’s not going to be the car manufacturer’s last foray into the space.

Nissan is taking the concept of the EV to a whole new level for themselves.

At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, Nissan revealed their newest EV, a luxury sedan that will most likely compete with luxury car manufacturer Tesla.

This makes it the third time that Nissan has announced a new EV at this particular auto show.

The Nissan Vmotion was revealed back in 2017, while the Nissan Xmotion was revealed in 2018.

 

This EV: the Nissan IMs is specifically described as, “an elevated sports sedan”. But it’s also been said to be a nice mix of a crossover and a sedan. It has all-wheel-drive to make the driving experience fast yet smooth.

The IMs’ battery is under the vehicle’s body to keep the center of gravity low. There’s also two electric motors; one at the front and rear. The quick charging battery generates exactly 483 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan insists that their newest EV will be able to travel up to 380 miles on a single charge using the 115 kilowatt hour (kWh) Battery. Nissan also hinted at the possibility of autonomous driving capabilities.

 

 

All of these details regarding the Nissan IMs is certainly exciting. If you are in the market for a Nissan EV you want to wait for this new offering. Granted, it’s still not going to be available for customers to buy for quite some time.

Until it’s out for sale, all we can do is gaze in awe with Nissan’s newest EV addition.

Source: The Verge

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Cadillac Teased Their First All-Electric Vehicle

Cadillac Teased Their First All-Electric Vehicle

Cadillac is considered to be a popular high-end car manufacturer owned by automobile giant General Motors. Because of this, Cadillac has managed to garner quite the reputation amongst car fans, critics, and rival car manufacturers.

But while they have a lot of gorgeous high-end vehicles, there’s one kind of vehicle they don’t have in their inventory; the electric vehicle (EV).

This has no doubt caused some customers to turn away in favour of a car company that does have an EV in their line-up

But perhaps things are slowly changing over at Cadillac.

General Motors (GM) – the automotive giant that owns Cadillac, had previously announced that the luxury car manufacturer would be the one to lead the charge in EVs. Just days after this pivotal announcement was made, images came out to get eager customers excited for Cadillac’s first ever EV. But no more information came from Cadillac, or from GM for that matter. The vehicle’s name, specs, or anything else concerning it were not revealed in the initial announcement or following images.

Cadillac has explained that such information will be made public, “closer to launch.”

While this will no doubt frustrate people itching for a Cadillac EV, there are some hints available. The images presented by the luxury car brand suggest that it will most likely be a crossover. It will be an EV thanks to GM’s “BEV3” next-generation electric vehicle platform. This particular platform works for many different kinds of vehicles including all-wheel, front, and rear drive.

GM’s intentions to create multiple battery configurations for multiple vehicles could result in a shorter development cycle. That will allow GM to meet customer demands while also still compete with fellow car manufacturers. Given that Cadillac had declared that they’ll be introducing “new models at the rate of roughly one every six months through 2021,” there’s some hope that their EV will come out sooner than later.

Having said all that, it’s still very much evident that Cadillac’s first EV has a long way to go before it hits the streets. With confirmed details far and few between, there’s no guessing as to what Cadillac or GM have planned for the former’s EV foray.

All consumers and critics can do is wait and see as more details slowly come to light.

Source: The Verge

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Tesla Lowers Their Vehicle Prices in Response to the EV Tax Credit Shrinking

Tesla Lowers Their Vehicle Prices in Response to the EV Tax Credit Shrinking

More people than ever are eager to get their hands on the Tesla Model 3– from those who’ve pre-ordered it, to those who’ll buy one soon after its release. This vehicle is super in-demand due to being powered mainly by electricity, not to mention it’s incredibly beautiful and powerful in its own right.

Having said all that, the main downside of this car is the price

Tesla is notoriously a high-end luxury car company; and their vehicles don’t come cheap. A recent change in the U.S. government tax code has resulted in a price change for multiple Tesla vehicles, included the new Model 3.

According to The Verge, thanks to the U.S. federal government cutting the Electric Vehicle (EV) tax credit, Tesla has lowered their vehicle prices by appx. $2000.

The result of this means that the Model 3 will now start at $44 000 USD; the Model S begins at $76 000 USD; and the Model X begins at $82 000 USD.

 

To learn how this happened, it helps to understand how the EV tax credit has changed. It was created by then-President Barack Obama to encourage people to purchase energy efficient vehicles, and to encourage car companies to lean green. However, this was never permanent. The EV tax credit was to be phased out for a company once they built their 200, 000th eligible car. The IRS then drops the tax credit from $7500 USD to $3750 USD by January 1st, 2019. Given the fact that Tesla hit the 200, 000 benchmark during the summer of 2019, it’s unsurprising that they’ve lost the bulk of this tax credit.

When this first became apparent, then-CEO Elon Musk had protested the EV tax credit decrease as 2018 drew to a close. Back in October, Tesla promised customers that any online orders made then would get their new car by the end of the year, allowing the customer to receive the EV tax credit in full. Such claims were made up until the end of December. They even pushed customers to keep checking online or in their closest Tesla dealership for any last minute availability. The result of this aggression, according to Tesla, was that three-quarters of Model 3 orders placed in the last quarter of 2018 were from new customers, rather than from customers with hold reservations.

The result of this aggression, according to Tesla, was that three-quarters of Model 3 orders placed in the last quarter of 2018 were from new customers, rather than from customers with hold reservations.

 

With the prices of all Tesla vehicles coming down, it may make more people interested in buying one of their own. That could be either the incoming Model 3, or another car from the company. It be interesting to see over the next few months or so if Tesla sells more vehicles due to the price reductions.

Source: The Verge

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Harley-Davidson’s First Electric Motorcycle Goes on Sale

Harley-Davidson’s First Electric Motorcycle Goes on Sale

The initiative to go green is a widespread movement that has taken shape in a number of ways. From less waste to using more environmentally friendly products, it’s possible for anyone to lessen their carbon footprint. This is true even in the automotive industry. Luxury brands like Audi and Tesla are in the process of making more environmentally friendly vehicles, as are several other manufacturers such as Honda and Toyota.

But have you ever heard of an electric motorcycle?

According to CTV News, motorcycle company legend Harley-Davidson will have their first ever electric motorcycle available soon. Known as the 2020 LiveWire, this model is expected to come out under the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” plan. This particular plan’s objective is to add more diversity to their existing motorcycle collection.

 

he last part is expanding the electrification; a point that will expand further with more electric models of the LiveWire expected to come out in the next three years.

 

The LiveWire has been a long time coming for Harley-Davidson. The plan to release their newest creation was announced back in 2014. Since then, the first electric motorcycle has been in development for many years. With the announcement that it’s now available pre-order before ultimately being released sometime in August, it seems as though all that work has finally paid off.

Despite being electric, the LiveWire is no slouch. Its throttle can go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds, and is only controlled by twisting the handle appropriately. In addition, its battery has a range of 110 miles. Any reader can keep tabs on its life- as well as other bike vitals- with H-D Connect Service, an app that monitors your bike’s power levels, among other things.

While all of this is clearly impressive, there is one drawback- the LiveWire’s price tag. With a starting MSRP of $29 799, it may make some motorcycle enthusiasts think twice about going green. However, that’s not to say that no one will want to buy the LiveWire now. 

 

If someone loves Harley-Davidson and is also extremely serious about caring for the environment however possible, then they may be willing to cough up the extra cash to buy this electric motorcycle.

 

Source: CTV News

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Tesla Stock Plunges After Shipping Fewer Model 3 Sedans Than Expected

Tesla Stock Plunges After Shipping Fewer Model 3 Sedans Than Expected

The recent numbers regarding Tesla Model 3 has had its issues for quite a while now.

According to Fortune, the number of Model 3s being delivered in the United States was lower than what analysts had predicted for the fourth quarter. The estimate for the final three months of 2018 had been 63,700. However the final number wasn’t quite there. Tesla ultimately delivered 63,150 Model 3s in their last quarter. Despite falling below predictions, the company still managed to perform better here than they did in the third quarter.

The Pwn2Own contest has chosen the Model 3 for their competitors to hack into. It’s a first for this contest, making this an unprecedented move. Furthermore, it will be the only vehicle to participate in the automotive category. The idea is that the hackers will have to try and find a new way to compromise the security of the Model 3. Whoever wins in this category gets to take this sexy, powerful vehicle home as their prize.

The contest in question- often referred to as just Pwn2Own- is arguably the largest event for competitive security research.

 

The caveat is that, when a car manufacturer delivered their 200 000th EV, the tax credit would be slashed from $7500 USD to $3750 USD. That happened to Tesla during the summer of 2018, after they hit the aforementioned goal. By early January of 2019, Tesla responded by knocking the price of their vehicles- including the Model 3- by $2000. This move was clearly intended to make up for the reduction in the EV tax credit for consumers.

The lowering amount of Model 3s being delivered in the U.S. is clear, but it’s not just the only consequence of the EV tax credit being cut. Tesla’s stock has also taken quite the hit because of this mess. As of now, the car company’s shares fell to as much as 8 percent to $306 USD prior to regular trading. This is in comparison to when their stock had advanced by 6.9 percent in 2018. Not only that, but that increase occurred while most car companies saw their stocks decrease.

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has revealed his next steps in increasing the number of Model 3s being delivered. By February of this year, the company will begin to fill in orders for the Model 3 in China and throughout Europe. This is expected to make up the delivery decrease seen in the U.S. While it’s not guaranteed to fix the entire problem, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Here’s hoping that with this, Tesla’s numbers- and stock- will see a positive change in a few months time.

 

Source: Fortune; The Verge

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Hyundai & Kia Are Imagining a Future in Which EVs Will be Able to Charge Themselves

Hyundai & Kia Are Imagining a Future in Which EVs Will be Able to Charge Themselves

As the electric vehicle (EV) market

continues to grow at a rapid rate, so

does the demand for chargers to keep

them fully powered at all times. This

makes perfect sense, especially for

anyone who owns an EV. Yet because

more companies are making them, more

consumers will want to buy them.

With more EV owners comes more

people who need to charge their

vehicles. That’s going to be a problem.

You may be confused as to why that’s a problem. After all, we want more people to buy EVs. But this increase will soon overwhelm the few charging stations that are currently out there. There simply aren’t enough that exist to prevent overcrowding, nor are more being built fast enough. It also doesn’t help that most who use charging stations are guilty of just leaving their EVs there long after they’re fully charged. So it’s clear that something needs to change- and that could very well happen.

According to Engadget, car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia are addressing the issue of consumers leaving their EVs to charge for far longer than what’s necessary.  Their solution is to create a system where an EV is automatically guided to a wireless charging station, and then- upon being fully charged- drives away. That then frees up a spot for another EV, meaning that more can be charged in a single day.

This was revealed in a concept video released on Hyundai’s YouTube channel. In the video, viewers can see how Hyundai and Kia want to take wireless charging, and combine it with their Automated Valet Parking System. An accompanying app will tell the owner if a public charger is in the building, and then the owner can send a command to get their EV to the available charger. The EV is promptly charged with wireless magnetic induction until it reaches full capacity. At that point, it will move to an empty parking spot automatically so that another can take its place. The owner will know when their EV is charged and moved because they’ll receive a real-time update through the app. They can even have their vehicle summoned to them with the app if they so wish

The entire process is a cool concept for sure. However, it’s exactly that- a concept. There’s not much more to it other than that. Unfortunately for those interested in this becoming a reality, it’s important to remember that it won’t happen overnight. Another important thing to keep in mind is that Hyundai and Kia could change their mind on making this concept become a reality.

So, when could this actually happen? According to Hyundai and Kia, it wouldn’t be for quite some time. They said in the announcement that they’re, “considering on commercializing the technology upon the launch of level 4 autonomous vehicles around year 2025.” Having to wait over six years isn’t great, especially if it’s not guaranteed to ever come to be. But perhaps it will all be worth it in the end.

Source: Engadget

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