Volkswagen is bringing back the Elektrotransporter, it looks like!
Volkswagen America had decidedly made a purchase of the van. The restoration process of it would make the vehicle priceless. In the time, Volkswagen is happy to show off the dilapidated Elektrotransporter. Mainly because there have beneficial plans to restore the vehicle. Volkswagen is actually going to show off the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which is part of this year’s historic electric vehicle theme.
There was a research program from the 1970s as part of a certain Valley Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute program within the late 1970s. This is full of real-world data where large-scale EVs would bring in an actual effect for the electric power producers.
In the 1970s there were two oil crises and while all were looking for solutions, mainstream EVs couldn’t really expand for decades. And yet, this was a catalyst for other things such as fuel saving technologies that had electronic fuel injection that could save the internal-combustion engines from certain ruin. That is until EV technology becomes available. The Volkswagen Type 2 didn’t always pose incredible performance statistics. There has been a Elektrotransporter with only so much more lead-acid batteries. They have a 24-battery pack that hangs on to a 1,225 pounds with about 25 miles of range and at least a top speed of 48 miles per hour. This is largely due to a 23 horsepower electric motor. This is in stark comparison to the 80 kilowatt hour battery for the Mercedes-Benz EQC with enough weight of 1,433 pounds. This also come with 200 miles of range with speeds of 402 horsepower.
Volkswagen had a new ID4 to show off with the Elektrotransporter but there was testing with a rear-drive ID4 with about 201 horsepower and also 82 kilowatt hour battery with zero-to-sixty time of 7.4 seconds with an EPA range of about 250 miles.
Recently, Cadillac has been spotted testing out an Escalade with a quad-tip exhaust. They have themselves actually a high-performance model. Technically, this could very well be the new V model. Which is said to be supercharging it’s power off of a 6.2-liter V-8. Though, Cadillac is thinking that their new CT4-V and CT5-V could very well be the last of gas-powered V cars. On top of all this, Cadillac has been promising the sights of an electric Escalade in the future. This is to be utilized in GM’s new Ultium platform. This would be likely by at least 2025, though sooner circumstances may occur. There was much talk about the two engines being currently available. The first one being the previously mentioned V-8. The second? A turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. The former could very well show for about 668 horsepower. and 659 pound-feet of torque within the CT5-V Blackwing.
There was competition in super-SUVs and went hard for the 603-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLS63. This therefore launches the vehicle to 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds.
The Cadillac Escalade has been well-documented.
Also while showing for great bodywork and wheels while also possessing a quad-tip exhaust. The more standard models possess fake dual-exit exhaust pipes. Either wheelbase of these Cadillac Escalades had been seen testing nearby the oncoming C8 Corvette Z06. Even moreso, there’s a powerful version of Cadillac with their largest SUV yet. While it may seem to be different from the brand’s shift towards EV technology, there’s a specific promise that it will deliver. That promise? At the very least 30 new electric vehicles by 2025. An EV version of an Escalade is also along the way. When it will potentially use GM’s brand new Ultium battery, who could be quite certain. Last year would see big sales as Escalades went for over $100,000. We’ll learn more soon, which could keep gas-equivalents running longer than was known.
In 2004, San Francisco acquired two Honda FCXes. But Hydrogen Fuel Cells? That’s what made them powerful. You see, they’re pretty hard to make so wide-spreadly available. But that didn’t stop then-mayor Gavin Newsom. He happenned to speak highly of the legacy soon to be paved by electric vehicles. With a cup of condensate, he drank the healthy tailpipe sludge and stated simply “You are looking, literally, at the future.”
Nowadays, as the Governor, Newsom had an executive order signed into effect last Autumn, regarding that all that was to be sold were new cars and light-duty trucks by 2035. With this being as royal decree as any, plenty of automakers have decided to hike up their haunches to be part of this EVs list. What fun! What joy it must be to compete! Goody!
According to the California Energy Commission (the CEC) there are about more than 70,000 public and private vehicle charging plugs. This would definitely fit well for Tesla.
But in general, the hydrogen fuel cell push is not so easy to pursue.
Though there have been positive milestones. Like when Toyota debuted the Mirai. It was a sedan powered by hydrogen-fuel-cells. The automaker would look to do everything they could do by calling customers trailblazers.
FCEV owners face a struggle, however. Hydrogen to have isn’t necessarily always the easiest thing to do. A Mirai owner, Doug Dumitru, decidedly began to help others with a website called H2-CA.com. It’s where people are able to see which stations are able to provide hydrogen to refuel hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
However, there has been issues. Like when in June 2019, a hydrogen production facility from the Bay Area caught fire. From this and similar events, the hydrogen production capabilities have become scarce and not very consistent. So here’s hoping that California’s pledge of $115 million will harness at least 111 additional hydrogen-fueling stations, by 2027.
California-based EV startup Drako Motors updated us on its test program ahead of the start of deliveries of its Drako GTE electric supercar.
While the company’s first vehicle, the Drako GTE, doesn’t do much to accelerate EV adoption with a $1.2 million sticker price, it’s still an interesting vehicle due to being equipped with the first quad-motor electric powertrain.
Critics have been extremely impressed with the cornering power of the machine.
The Drako GTE is equipped with 90 kWh battery pack, 150 kW fast-charging capacity, and four electric motors, one at each wheel, that power range of +225 kW to -225 kW.
It enables some pretty insane torque vectoring that makes the car feel like an agile railgun on the track.
Obviously, it would also translate to some great performance on snowy and icy surfaces, but people who buy $1 million supercars generally don’t use them in those conditions.
That’s OK, because Drako decided to winter test the Drako GTE at Winter Performance Track in Steamboat Springs, Colorado:
To demonstrate the GTE’s capabilities ahead of the first customer deliveries this year, we handed the car off to racing driver Andy Pilgrim and let him loose on the Winter Performance Track, sitting above 6,700’ elevation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Pilgrim powers the GTE through deep, rutted snow, connecting corners with high-speed, tail-out slides that belie its ease of control. Watch the front wheels as Pilgrim enters and maintains each slide, paying special attention to how few corrections he makes, and how little steering angle is needed to rotate the car. Pilgrim is able to guide the steering wheel with his fingertips thanks to the GTE’s lightning-quick responses to driver input and traction conditions. Notice, too, how well the car rides over the deeply marred surface despite Pilgrim’s merciless pace, with no perceptible roll and very little pitch or heave, the suspension expertly soaking up the terrain whether sliding into and through a corner or sending four plumes of snow skyward on its way out.
As of recent, Tesla has been testing out their electric semi on the track. And from the looks of it? Tesla is doing great with it. In fact, this may be very well the first time in a while we’ve actually seen the Tesla semi move all by itself. The prototype was last seen travelling across the country. It’s essentially been quite a while since we’ve even seen the Tesla semi move on the prowl. It was first introduced to the general public in 2017.
Tesla had two prototypes that it had shown before. In such a time, the automaker was able to take them all around the United STates in order to display the real-life world road testing. Therefore, by doing this, customers have become eager to reserve the electric semi. Of course, with a deposit. When they had begun to unveil the Tesla Semi, the automaker was certain that the electric truck was going to become available in 2019.
Of course, it was delayed then like it was delayed for “low-volume” means of production throughout late-2020. Which then was pushed back to 2021. Of course. Elon Musk had been announcing to employees that they want to bring the Tesla Semi into some capacity of “volume production.”
Tesla has made it obvious that they want the electric truck to enter production with deliveries to customers. Yet, now after this footage has been viewable on the Internet, there seems to be a renewed interest.
Behold! The Tesla Semi being Tested!
Tesla is seemingly filming the electric semi behind with a lead vehicle loaded into the back of that car. It’s pretty important to note how they’re being used as the Tesla Semis are equipping themselves with 4680 battery cells and structural battery pack architecture. These new technologies may go far.
Tesla is investing over $600 million from an investment in Bitcoin that is truly starting to pay off. For instance, the automaker has made it known that their investment policy will stop wasting time and start adding cryptocurrency and gold to their holding. And obviously they have been able to acuumulate about $1.5 billion dollars in bitcoin investments. How lucky is that of Elon Musk?
The electric vehicle company has been able to update their investment policy in order to provide more flexibility to diversify and max out their returns on cash. It isn’t quite needed to keep operating liquidity adequate. Also part of the policy, the whole idea of messing around with bitcoin? Yeah it was barely passable by the Audit Committee of their Board of Directors. Not the most enthusiastic about it, as it turns out.
They’re likely to acquire and hold digital assets within the long-term. Tesla has not yet disclosed any sort of number of bitcoins, let alone the average purchase price. But, it stands to reason that the bitcoins are averaging around $35,000 in the month of January alone.
Therefore, Tesla should already be able to have 43,000 bitcoins. Furthermore, they have indeed been making money. In certain areas, the surge of the price has gone up considerably.
Bottom Line? Tesla Is Banking On Bitcoin
Is this a smart move on Elon Musk? Maybe so. A stamp of approval on bitcoin is enough to send value surges through the roof. Though, the move itself is not capable enough to bring EV fans any joy. Bitcoins should encourage more investments by Tesla in renewable energy.
Cryptocurrency itself relies on a dedicated few but proud to process transactions within a decentralized network of computers, requiring almost too old power. So again, is this about saving the Earth, or saving a few bucks off Musk’s back?
You know how the Joe Biden administration is trying to get the COVID-19 vaccination out to all the essential workers? Well, apparently, the American Trucking Association would prefer to receive the vaccinations sooner than later. This may be due to the fact that so many truck drivers risk their lives just to deliver essential product to other folks. But the CDC won’t have any of it. Which may be why the ATA and forty-nine other trucking associations throughout the state are asking the CDC to shift truckers into phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine. This may be pertinent, in fact, to phase 1c.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, also known as the ACIP placed “frontline essential workers” in 1b and “other essential workers” in 1c. That said, truckers have been heavily snubbed by this lack of consideration.
And this really hurts the community too because the less they are acknowledged, the higher the risk of contagious variants spreading throughout the U.S. High-risk populations depend on the workforce in order to deliver vaccine supplies to each trucker.
ATA is very concerned!
The ATA believes that because the death rates have increased, truck drivers are among the greatest risk individuals.
But then you have to take into account how transportation infrastructure workers. They are already being prioritized enough, considering how they continue to ship the product throughout the U.S.
Truckers are the glue that holds together the entire front line response. Without them, daily and indispensable support could not be properly given to all of the other essential workers. Beyond that, high-risk populations depend on the trucking workforce.
ATA mentioned the increase of more contagious types of virus spreading rapidly across the United States.
Senator Maria Cantwell decidedly said she planned to push the Biden administration to give high vaccine priority to food haulers. Fingers crossed, ATA.
NIO showed off a brand new electric car. The NIO ET7 is actually an electric vehicle with a huge battery pack. With the ability to be totally autonomous, the ET7 is especially an incredible electric entry on the part of NIO.
So who is NIO anyway?
NIO has been in reference as “the Tesla of China.” Yet, the Chinese market has been made great as the leading manufacturer of electric SUVs. But they hope to go further than China. Especially with the electric sedan model, which possesses an impressive powertrain. It’s additionally fully-capable with a 480 kilowatt dual-motor drivetrain. It’s also given power by a battery pack that goes up to 150 kilowatts.
NIO has even come out with a specific statement about the powertrain. “The ET7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and has a braking distance from 100 km/h of 33.5 m.” This range figure is based on the NEDC cycle, known to rarely represent real-world driving.
Aside from the Powertrain, the ET7 is impressive for Extensive Autonomy
It has a price starting up at roughly $69,000 United States Dollars, before electric vehicle incentives. NIO has a Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) model, with a cheaper price and a monthly cost for the battery pack.
NIO as a company has their electric sedan coming loaded. With maybe 33 sensors and 4 Nvidia Orin chips that can collectively have a total computing power of 1,016 TOPS.
NIO’s trying o go about it like Tesla does, for sure. And there’s even more rumors where safety features are enabled by autonomous driving tech. However, autonomous driving features are to be available as a subscription. Additionally, there are 11 8-megapixel high-res. cameras, one ultralong-range high-res. LiDAR and 5 millimeter wave radars.
While it does come about as an impressive vehicle, the possibility of 621 mile-range actually being a figure to refer in real-world driving seems relatively impossible.
Trucks like those from UPS, Inc., FedEx Corp., and even the smaller player that is Boyle Transportation are looking to ship out the Pfizer vaccine. Like, now. It’s heading all over the United States in hopes that health care workers and nursing home caretakers can be among the first to receive the supposed cure. In the form of a vaccination.
3 million doses are supposed to arrive at distribution centers all around the world. 94 degrees below zero is how they’re being stored. They will be utilizing dry ice and GPS-sensors. The sensors especially to track how each shipment of the vaccination is safe and colder than Antarctica itself.
This certainly is a nation with vaccination fever.
But the shipping companies are totally eating it up.
You almost wonder what a world would be like without the vaccines. But more importantly, how soon are the truck drivers / plane flyers / boat captaineers getting the vaccination themselves?
God forbid there’s some sort of oversight where the vaccination is left vulnerable to infection. Could that and would that cause a whole slew of new problems? Who really knows? There has to be a better way of keeping things safe than just below sub-zero canisters. But maybe they have already thought of all the outcomes and have therefore avoided them ten-fold. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.
And then there are those party-poopers who believe the vaccination was rushed out… Well, here’s the thing. You can’t so easily deny yourself the opportunity to branch into trying new things. And you also have to be healthy enough to trust yourself and your immune system.
Just look at truck drivers. They’re usually very fearless because these truck drivers have gone to Hell and back, yet still display positive personality traits. So if you can trust yourself to handle the heavy, maybe the immune system in you is ready.
Nissan is huge on developing electric vehicles for the industry. So much so, the creators of the Leaf are decidedly partnering up with a startup for it’s next shocker. Is the shocker a truck? Otherwise known as Nissan EV. But does it need to be with a startup that they continue moving forward?
Who is the startup Nissan EV will be looking at to help?
Hercules is the name and battery-electric powertrains are their game. The company was founded by former employees at GM and Fiat Chrysler. It may seem unorthodox that a major OEM is taking up some confidence with a startup. But it’s actually quite common. Or did you not see Porsche and Rimac kiss in the hallway?!
The best thing to say about Nissan EV and the productivity that they’re making is that Carlos Ghosn, a major auto industry executive, may have helped them out a bit.
Who’s Carlos Ghosn?
A man on the run who has narrowly evaded the law, Nissan’s former chairman believed in the EV revolution before anyone knew what it was.
He would go on to believe in 2011, that by 2020, all electric cars currently on the streets would account for 10% of the roadworthy vehicles you see today. Sadly, while it is en-route, the EV revolution has only gotten to 1 – 2% thus far.
Ghosn himself wanted Nissan to partner with Mitsubishi and Renault to unify as one to conquer what he thought would be massive for any model in the Nissan EV line. The union so far has so far created the Nissan Leaf, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Renault Zoe. The big issue as of a result has been facing newcomers like Tesla. That company? Hah. They’ve primed themselves as the luxury cars to have in your possession. Eight new models are planned by the Nissan-Mitsubishi-Renault to be released by 2022. But will they release a new lease on life?