Modified VW ID. R aims for electric Nurburgring lap record

The tweaked 671bhp VW ID. R electric racer now sports bodywork reminiscent of old Group C Le Mans cars

Volkswagen has revealed an evolution of the fully-electric ID R. racing car, which has moved from being a Pikes Peak hillclimb challenger into an electric racer aiming at the Nurburgring lap record for battery powered vehicles.

The updated ID. R still uses a 671bhp all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain fed by two lithium ion batteries, but Volkswagen says that the system has been adapted Continue reading “Modified VW ID. R aims for electric Nurburgring lap record”

How to clean desert dust off your car

Each year Saharan desert dust leaves thousands of UK cars looking distinctly grimy. Here’s our guide on how to clean yours

It seems to be almost a yearly occurrence; a dust cloud filled with sand from the Sahara blows its way over the UK, leaving cars covered in a fine layer of dusty sand.

The Saharan dust, also known as ‘blood rain’ for its red colouring, is lifted from the Sahara desert by strong winds and carried high into the atmosphere where it gets caught inside rain droplets. Continue reading “How to clean desert dust off your car”

Ford reveals self-braking trolley to end supermarket collisions

Ford’s self-braking supermarket trolley uses sensor technology to detect and avoid everyday accidents

You might find it hard to believe but Ford has built a supermarket trolley equipped with self-braking technology. The prototype design uses similar autonomous safety tech to that found in Ford passenger cars, where it’s dubbed Pre-Collision Assist.

Data gathered from a sensor allows the trolley to detect obstacles and trigger the brakes when an imminent impact is detected, either in Continue reading “Ford reveals self-braking trolley to end supermarket collisions”

Volvo launches comprehensive online car-buying service

Volvo Online allows customers to configure and finance a new Volvo in just 20 minutes; service will guarantee value of part exchanges

 Volvo is the latest company to embrace internet car sales, with the launch of Volvo Online allowing customers to configure and arrange finance for a new car in as little as 20 minutes – less time than it takes most people to do their weekly shop. The service will also allow buyers to part-exchange their old car online for a guaranteed value.

Customers Continue reading “Volvo launches comprehensive online car-buying service”

New 2020 Lotus sports car to be brand’s first electrified model

The new unnamed Lotus sports car is set for launch in 2020, and our exclusive images preview how it could look

Lotus will launch an all-new sports car in 2020, its first new model for 12 years. It will also be the firm’s first vehicle to feature an electrified powertrain ahead of the all-electric Type 130 hypercar, which was confirmed at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show.

Since the Evora was launched in 2008, Lotus’s model portfolio has been littered with special-edition versions of the Continue reading “New 2020 Lotus sports car to be brand’s first electrified model”

Musk: Tesla will introduce Autopilot-informed insurance product next month

2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X

Over the first quarter of the year, Tesla reported a much higher-than-anticipated loss and revenue below what analysts had been expecting—tangled up in logistical delivery issues in Europe, import issues in Shanghai and Beijing and finally, book-ended by a flurry of deliveries in Europe and China in the last 10 days of the quarter.

As financial experts pored over the financial numbers, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the discussion toward a different Continue reading “Musk: Tesla will introduce Autopilot-informed insurance product next month”

New Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 2019 review

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the fastest production car ever to have lapped the Nurburgring, but is it as good as the stats suggest?Verdict4The Aventador SVJ is the most advanced car Lamborghini has ever made. The active aero is hugely impressive and the engine modifications have added an extra layer of drama, yet despite this it’s also beautifully old fashioned and spectacularly inappropriate. It’s the last hurrah for Lambo’s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 and as swansongs go, Continue reading “New Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 2019 review”

Teslas go farther, Ford and Rivian, Sono production, Colorado fines: Today’s Car News

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T

Two of the most popular electric-car companies had big news moments today. Startup electric truck-maker Rivian announced a $500 million tie-up with Ford. Tesla revamped its Model S and Model X lineups with both longer and shorter ranges. Colorado plans fines for charging-space violators. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

On Wednesday morning, Ford announced that it will invest $500 million in startup pickup-maker Rivian to use its electric Continue reading “Teslas go farther, Ford and Rivian, Sono production, Colorado fines: Today’s Car News”

Colorado bill aims to fine ICEholes who block charging spots

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV at Whole Foods, Frisco, Colorado

As one of the top states in the nation for electric-car sales, Colorado hopes to do something about charging problems.

In the state’s General Assembly, the House passed a bill on Friday to fine drivers who park non-electric cars in any electric-car charging space $150, statewide. The bill is now headed to the state Senate.

As electric cars, and especially Teslas, have become more popular, charging infrastructure has not kept up. Continue reading “Colorado bill aims to fine ICEholes who block charging spots”

Ford invests $500M in Rivian to tackle Tesla, future electric vehicles

Rivian R1T electric pickup concept

Electric vehicle company Rivian announced on Wednesday that Ford has invested $500 million in it, in return for Rivian’s help developing a new electric Ford model.

Rivian recently took $700 million in investment from Amazon and others.

Rivian reportedly held talks with General Motors earlier in the year. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe told Bloomberg at last week’s New York auto show that those talks had ended, and hinted that it was because GM wouldn’t agree Continue reading “Ford invests $500M in Rivian to tackle Tesla, future electric vehicles”