When you’re an astronaut, you may be looking for a heroic means of getting to the moon. But the thing about NASA is that they not only get help getting to the Moon. They also get help reaching the ground floor of their go-ahead. Or have you never heard of a NASA motorhome? The vehicle allows for astronauts to enter a vestibule on wheels and relax in their final minutes to hours, on Earth, before heading high up into space. It’s there that you see astronauts from Apollo onwards drive to the Saturn V in a 1967 Clark Cortez. Otherwise known as the first Astrovan.
The Cortez had it all. A Slant Six engine from Chrysler, a four-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. Even after upgrading to a 4.9-liter Ford 302 engine, the Astrovan was indistinguishably a place of comfort for the astronauts themselves. NASA used the Cortez for over 15 years during the space shuttle age. After a while, the crews on the shuttles would grow too large. Therefore cramping the style of the Cortez. Eventually, NASA changed their choice in Astrovan size to that of the Aistream Excella, complete with a rear-drive GM motorhome chassis.
NASA believes nowadays that a new astrovan is in order. As per the SLS program, NASA gears forward with the return to spaceflight given the Artemis missions. However, to reach the modern-day Orion rockets, it’s a given that the Astronauts will need an Astrovan in order to move forward in their extraterrestrial journeys. It’s still unknown who it is that will make the cut for the new Astrovan. One could say it’s going to be a Mercedes-Benz. Another could say it’ll be a modded-out Rivian. Maybe Tesla wants to wane the competition? Who knows which model it could be? As long as it takes astronauts safely, the point is well made, that you could never treat an astronaut too much like a rockstar.
Audi is teaming up with Ken Block in order to change the way the industries’ outlook on the whole of electrification in racing.
Recently, Audi has been investing their energy into redeveloping the electric vehicle portfolio they possess. This is just another step in the race against the other carmakers. Ken Block has made it known that his association with Ford has recently been easy to extinguish. According to Block, “Audi is the brand that ignited my passion for motorsport… Together, we will develop innovative projects and push the boundaries of electric mobility.”
Audi HQ received a visit from Ken Block recently.
And in that visit, the Audi Sport Quattro S1, as well as the Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo, were on full display. Ken Block has the capacity to move electric cars fast and far. Audi nor Ken Block have been specific about their plans regarding the projects but to be fair, the Head Hoonigan is citing the union as a “game changer.” Audi Sport managing director Julius Seebach has made it known that “With Ken Block, we’ve got exciting things in store that go perfectly with our strategy.” For Ken Block, they’re the obvious choice. He references his kids as a real inspiration for his decision to synchronize with Audi. Especially when it comes to family ties. “They think that the sound of electric cars is just as cool as the sound of internal combustion.”
Some critics on the Internet are torn. They enjoy that Ken Block is involving himself, similar to the Gymkhana series from years before. Whereas some individuals view this as unnecessary. After all, why speed up the odometer when the charging time remains slow and sluggish when using an electric car. Nonetheless, he’s an insider looking out for a car company, much like he can provide the car company some clarity. Then again, the carmaker may very well have paid the most for his flexibility.
If you have any idea about Volkswagen these days, you know they’re laying heavily into the SUV sector. Whether it’s the Tiguan, Atlas models or the incoming EV ID.4, Volkswagen has the bases covered. In any case, there’s a new car in town. And it’s also known to be the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. This vehicle happens to belong to the subcategory of subcompact SUVs.
Therefore, this is an offering the Germans are likely making to best appeal to other vehicles. Taos happens to utilize an MQB-based architecture. It’s where the wheelbase reaches either 105.6 inches for the AWD or 105.9 for the FWD. In either case, there is enough space that can access a large amount of cargo. (Approximately 25 cubic feet.)
Furthermore, if you’re unaware of the distinguishment between the Taos and other Volkswagen models, you may very well rest your sights on the broad and wide LED lightbar.
Volkswagen has a brand new 1.5-liter version of the EA211 turbocharged inline-four engine.
The original version of that Volkswagen engine can be easy to find in the Jetta sedan. In which case, there’s a 1.4-liter EA211. The variable geometry of that turbocharger allows the engine to push towards a 6400 rpm redline while creating 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In which case, it all produces about 1750 rpm. When you consider it, that’ll be a good use to merge onto highways and create a front-wheel-drive that will accelerate the turbo-four along with a conventional 8-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle itself has very smooth shifts and even features a drive-mode selector, showcasing Normal, Eco, Sport as well as Individual settings. In the most aggressive of modes, there’s also the dual clutch enabled.
Overall, to grab this car for an AWD SEL model of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, that would cost you about $32,685, with another $1450 at least.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA, there have been actualy evaluations looking into the faultiness found within the Tesla Autopilot systems. Amazingly enough, this shows plenty of ways the driver assistance technology has been able to work in order to “monitor, assist, and enforce the driver’s engagement with driving while Autopilot is in use.” In total, the NHTSA has been able to spot about 11 crashes to occur in about nine states. Yet, the 765,000 different models of these electric vehicles by Tesla run the risk of going through a recall for safety’s sake. The actual evaluation is really just making sure that the crashes weren’t able to top while the Tesla models themselves were on Autopilot or perhaps Traffic Aware Cruise Control engaged.
NHTSA says: “No commercially available motor vehicles today are capable of driving themselves.”
A preliminary evaluation is up-to-date in the sense that the agency has a better opportunity. In an effort to comprehend 11 Tesla crashes occurring since 2018. The NHTSA has mentioned before to not really take these cars very seriously. And you would have to be an idiot not to agree with that. To be able to program a car to drive by itself and without an accident is totally ridiculous. NHTSA is essentially collecting intel on how Tesla had their Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autopilot technologies work for the better.
Of course, they have been curious on multiple occasions.
Back in 2019, the NHTSA asked Tesla for more information for how the automaker would respond. This in regards to fires occurring in vehicles. Then, in 2020, there was the issue of immediate acceleration in their vehicles. Other aspects of these vehicles have come into play and affected the agency’s judgment of Elon Musk’s brainchild. It’s pretty wild to think about but the NHTSA is actually doing all they can to warn Tesla. In an effort that maybe they shouldn’t be the biggest automaker in the world. The NHTSA is likely
You have to acknowledge that Ghostbusters is maybe one of the best horror-comedies of all time. And with that said, they had the coolest props. Specifically, we’re referring to the Ecto-1! A super rad ghostbusting-mobile that revs to the rescue of our scientific heroes! The Ecto-1 has a lot of history behind it. Would you like to know more?
What more is there to the Ecto-1?
The vehicle was a 1959 Cadillac chassis Miller-Meteor ambulance and hearse in one vehicle. There had been two used in the movie. Most folks would likely be more familiar with the post-transformation version. Leading up to the movie, the Ecto-1 was driven all around just for people to take notice. Who would have even noticed the adult film star, Ron Jeremy, as a extra stunned by the Ecto-1 tears up on the scene?!
If we’re going to be honest, the Ecto-1’s original model wasn’t all the rage back then. Only 400 units were built of a vehicle with a 320-horsepower, 6.3 liter V8 below the hood. The unfortunate part is that the car itself had weighed beyond 7,300 poinds and was not the easiest car to drive.
Another fun fact was that the Ecto-1 had a very different look in conception. The vehicle was supposedly going to be black, with purple, green and yellow details all around the vehicle. But during filming, it would not have looked as simple to distinguish from other bumps of the night. If you think that’s scary, the collaboration between former automakers Miller and Meteor is stunningly difficult to recreate.
Are you aware that the Ecto-1 itself had at one point almost phased out of existence? Were it not for a collective of committed fans, the vehicle wouldn’t really have that much prevalence in the world that we live in today. Check out the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife below.
Stellantis is making a merge between Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Group one year, and then makes electrification plans throughout all brands as a result. There’s plenty of room based on the new electric vehicle platform, upwards of a 500-mile range that allows for power underneath the brands of Dodge, Chrysler and plenty more. Stellantis has made it known that they’re fronting an “electrification strategy” which involves a €30 billion investment.
A CEO of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares, has made it known that this union of machine and electricity is very well-sought out in the industry. Tavares had this to say about Stellantis: “The strategy we laid out today focuses the right amount of investment on the right technology to reach the market at the right time, ensuring that Stellantis powers the freedom of movement in the most efficient, affordable and sustainable way.”
Stellantis has been teasing all-electric editions of vehicles from their main brands anyway.
So it’s interesting to know that we’re seeing a future where battery-electric vehicles will vary per different sizes. What a shocker!
This is all based on the latest of electric vehicle platforms with a new policy! 500-miles will have to reach in range before you even think you’re going to run out of juice. This is underneath the Dodge brand and others.
More announcements were made later on throughout the day. And from the looks of it, Stellantis has a very bright future ahead of them when it comes to their services.
This includes a strategy to target more than 70 percent of sales in Europe. Additionally, it’ll rise to over 40 percent in the USA for Low Emission Vehicles by the year 2030.
There are also plans of dual battery chemistries, such as high energy-density options and nickel cobalt-free alternatives throughout 2024. There are also solid-state battery tech introductions that will come through in 2026.
The Tesla Model S Plaid isn’t really a type of vehicle that should be considered as a hypercar. Yet, here is the vehicle itself going from Zero to Sixty in only 1.99 seconds. And sure there are more features to behold when thinking about the Tesla Model S, but the performance is what is really eye-catching about the vehicle. It was able to manage to hit sixty miles an hour below two seconds and a quarter-mile in about 9.23 seconds. That’s not something one would’ve expected from a production 4-door sedan.
Certainly, the thing that Tesla was trying to accomplish here, was that the craziest, fastest car running on electricity could very well be made by them. Elon Musk himself thought it would be pretty important when regarding the future of sustainable energy. The Model S Plaid is certainly getting in addition a tri-motor powertrain with about 1,020 horsepower of peak power. The technology hitting this machine is a worthwhile sight to enjoy.
To speak about how fast that must be would be a very taxing and slow process. So it might as well be better to show you through this clip. Who’s to say but evidence!
Take it away, Tesla!
And you would almost assume that Tesla has done it all. But I swear to you, if they can make anything besides these superfast Tesla cars that will no doubt be inserted into those Boring Company tunnels, then it will be going underwater.
If not screeching through space. That’s what I can imagine happening. It’s a fun thought, and maybe even a little scary. But that’s what life is sometimes, right? Crazy scary. Sometimes, we have to expect that the surroundings nearby will have us covered in some sort of whirlwind. Can we make our way out of it? Maybe. Maybe not always.
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.