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Jun 11, 2020. 7 comments

Volkswagen Has Bungled The Launch Of Its Most Important Car In Decades

Volkswagen Has Bungled The Launch Of Its Most Important Car In Decades

There was a shakeup

at the very top of Volkswagen this week, with Volkswagen Group chairman Herbert Diess stripped of his role as chairman of the Volkswagen brand. Yesterday, we learned a little more why.

Part of it had to do, The Wall Street Journal reported, with delays in getting the ID.3 out the door and into customers. The ID.3,

you’ll remember , is the first part of what Volkswagen...

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Jun 06, 2020. 23 comments

The Impressive Engineering Behind The Cheapest Electric Car In The World

The Impressive Engineering Behind The Cheapest Electric Car In The World

The cheapest new electric car in the world, the $1,200

Changli Nemeca from Chinese e-commerce website Alibaba, is a truly amazing machine. This became clear as soon as my coworker Jason Torchinsky unboxed the car and saw its unexpected features , and even more so when he drove it . But it wasn’t until he and I looked at the tech under the skin that we truly realized the Changli’s...

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Jun 05, 2020. 21 comments

Here's What The World's Cheapest Electric Car Is Like To Drive

Here's What The World's Cheapest Electric Car Is Like To Drive

You’ve all been so very patient, but, finally, it’s time. The world’s cheapest new electric car you can buy

has been ordered from Alibaba , shipped over from China , trucked to my house , unboxed , and now it’s finally time to see if this ridiculous thing actually drives. Are you excited? Of course you are; you’re human. So go ahead and watch that video up there and see for yourself.

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Apr 29, 2020. 14 comments

Dead, For Now: Whatever That Electric Lincoln-Rivian Thing Was Going To Be

Dead, For Now: Whatever That Electric Lincoln-Rivian Thing Was Going To Be

Lincoln

announced in January that it was making some kind of electric vehicle with Rivian, which Ford, Lincoln’s parent, has already invested a bunch of money in . That project is now reportedly on ice.

The car—probably an SUV of some sort, because that’s what sells and that’s what Rivian is already building—was to be Lincoln’s first battery-electric vehicle. But according to Automotive...

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Apr 28, 2020. 19 comments

China’s Iconic Limousine Automaker Hongqi Partners With American Company To Make EV Sports Cars

China’s Iconic Limousine Automaker Hongqi Partners With American Company To Make EV Sports Cars

Chinese automakers have been trying to break into the U.S. car market for decades with virtually no success. But many American companies are still trying to go the other way, and a new U.S. startup just signed a big deal with China’s leading political party’s favorite automaker.

The young U.S. company is called Silk EV, which claims to have a team of “engineers, designers, and suppliers” who...

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Apr 24, 2020. 9 comments

Source Claims That Karma Will Layoff Most Workers And Some Recent Prototypes Have Been Fake

Source Claims That Karma Will Layoff Most Workers And Some Recent Prototypes Have Been Fake

The

Fisker Karma is a car with a fairly short but quite strange life. Originally released in 2012 as a strikingly designed hybrid gasoline-electric sedan most notable for its dramatic proportions and alarmingly cramped interior, the car has since had a change of ownership and is now known as the Karma Revero. Karma has recently been announcing new models and showing prototypes of new...

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Apr 21, 2020. 21 comments

Elon Musk Bizarrely Claims The Tesla Cybertruck Will Float 'For A While'

Elon Musk Bizarrely Claims The Tesla Cybertruck Will Float 'For A While'

Elon Musk is tweeting again. This time it’s about the upcoming

Tesla Cybertruck ’s alleged, um, capability to apparently float, a least “for a while.”

I don’t have any other information for you right now other than Musk’s tweet that the Cybertruck will be capable of crossing streams and it will even “float” according to the executive.

I’m not sure what this means. Presumably most cars are...

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Apr 14, 2020. 14 comments

Fisker Is Aiming For A UN Contract With The Ocean Force E Off-Road Package

Fisker Is Aiming For A UN Contract With The Ocean Force E Off-Road Package

Fisker on Monday unveiled the first of four different accessory packages its Ocean SUV can be ordered with when (if?) it reaches production late next year. The 300-horsepower electric SUV, which starts at $37,499, will come standard with rear wheel drive, but all-wheel drive models can be spec’d up into this Force E package ostensibly designed for off-road rescue and military work. Will we...

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Apr 11, 2020. 22 comments

McLaren Wants To Take On Electric Cars With A New Synthetic Fuel

McLaren Wants To Take On Electric Cars With A New Synthetic Fuel

McLaren is not known for taking the easy way out of anything. This is a company that sold a car with a gold-plated engine bay for functionality, not just cosmetics. And now it thinks developing a car with synthetic fuel may be a suitable alternative to going fully electric.

Fuel-powered cars aren’t going anywhere overnight. There’s a lot of metal moving around on four wheels in the world,...

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Apr 09, 2020. 19 comments

Hey Look, It's A ZAP Xebra

Hey Look, It's A ZAP Xebra

Yesterday evening my wife and I broke shelter-in-place to run out and grab some to-go burgers and shakes from a great local spot that was still operating from a pickup window. And what should I see out of the corner of my eye? A freakin’ Zap Xebra! It was just hanging out in the parking lot of a Spanish-language church as if it wasn’t an abnormal thing to see this strange 15-year-old...

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Apr 03, 2020. 22 comments

A Lucid Air Prototype Delivered Over 400 Miles On A Charge

A Lucid Air Prototype Delivered Over 400 Miles On A Charge

Back in February, before the entire state of California went on lockdown, Lucid Motors was busy doing some long range testing in its Air sedan prototype. Ever since the car was first teased, Lucid has thrown around some pretty big numbers, including 400 plus miles of range, a 0-60 time of around 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.

Thursday Lucid backed up its claim that...

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Apr 03, 2020. 22 comments

GM And Honda Are Making Two New Electric Cars Together For America

GM And Honda Are Making Two New Electric Cars Together For America

Sorry, I meant “vehicles” in the headline. These will be vehicles of some type—probably a crossover and an SUV if I had to guess, though neither company said what Thursday—and they will be made here and allegedly ready for the 2024 model year. GM is supplying the platform, while Honda is doing the interior and exterior design work, which is probably for the best.

The project was announced in...

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Mar 28, 2020. 19 comments

Aftermarket Exhaust Company Pivots To Making Teslas Sound As Fast As They Are

Aftermarket Exhaust Company Pivots To Making Teslas Sound As Fast As They Are

Over the last decade electric cars have really entered the zeitgeist in a big way. Something enthusiasts have been talking about—at least since Tesla proved EVs don’t have to be slow or boring—is the sound. You’ll hear many automotive fanatics poo-poo the genre for not having the throaty rumble of a tuned-to-the-hilt naturally aspirated V12 that a similarly quick supercar might have. One...

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Mar 26, 2020. 24 comments

Here's An Update On The $900 Chinese EV I Ordered From Alibaba

Here's An Update On The $900 Chinese EV I Ordered From Alibaba

Sure, the world may be collapsing all around us thanks to the relentless march of that spiny little bastard, the Coronavirus, but some important things are still pressing on, undaunted. One of those things is the progress of my order of a

$900 Chinese-built electric car from the huge website Alibaba . I’m delighted to inform you that Jalopnik’s car has been built, and I have pictures of our...

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Mar 25, 2020. 22 comments

Solar Charging May Be The Key To Shoring Up America's Rural EV Infrastructure

Solar Charging May Be The Key To Shoring Up America's Rural EV Infrastructure

Electrify America and Envision Solar have joined forces in an attempt to bring electric car charging to routes through rural areas without steady and reliable access to a power grid. The initial test will involve thirty of these “EV ARC” units deployed throughout California’s Central, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys to help EV drivers traverse parts of the state that had previously been...

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Mar 17, 2020. 13 comments

I Ordered A Brand-New Chinese $900 EV Online

I Ordered A Brand-New Chinese $900 EV Online

Everyone, everyone, drop the that damp bag of pizza rolls and emerge from your social-distancing pillow-and-blanket forts, because I have good, non-Coronavirus-related news! As part of a bold new experiment, I have bought a new car! Finally! And not just any car—with our eyes boldly open to the future, we’ve bought an electric car. Not some boring Tesla or something, either. Something much...

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Mar 12, 2020. 16 comments

Tesla Is Now The Most Valuable Industrial Company In America

Tesla Is Now The Most Valuable Industrial Company In America
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

Tesla is more valuable than Boeing, Ford is rethinking its Europe strategy, and the guy behind the Chevy Volt got a new job at BMW. All of that and more in The Morning Shift for Thursday, March 12, 2020.

1st Gear: Tesla Stock Is Down A Bit From Its Recent Tear But

It is still trading very highly,...

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Mar 11, 2020. 7 comments

Tesla Has Built Its Millionth Car

Tesla Has Built Its Millionth Car

Credit where it is due, Tesla has come a long way in the last 12 years. To get from the first Tesla Roadster in 2008 to the millionth car—this bright red Model Y Performance—has been a strange and sometimes beautiful journey. There hasn’t been a new car manufacturer, especially one with a sedan-heavy lineup, to find this kind of success in a really long time.

And it’s just so funny that the...

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Mar 07, 2020. 13 comments

Teaser Shows Possible Electric Chevy Camaro And It's Graciously Not A Crossover

Teaser Shows Possible Electric Chevy Camaro And It's Graciously Not A Crossover

I’m still not convinced the new electric

Ford Mustang Mach-E looks good enough to carry that name, but it makes sense to brand a new electric crossover that way if you want to sell a lot of them. Now it looks like GM may be following up with an electric Chevy Camaro, and it’s graciously still an actual sports car. GM Debuts New EV Platform It Pioneered Two Decades Ago

The sign reads “our...

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Mar 05, 2020. 17 comments

Finally: An Electric Car That Embodies Old-School Gasconade

Finally: An Electric Car That Embodies Old-School Gasconade

I didn’t think we’d need two posts about

the Fiat 500 today, but then again, I don’t think anybody could have been prepared for the ostentatious majesty of the Bvlgari “Never Too Much” edition of the cute little car.
I Sincerely Hope The New Electric Fiat 500 Makes It Back To America

Fiat has revealed the next generation of the compact 500, being pitched as “the first FCA car born…

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