Byton begins road testing its electric car in China

Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototype

Chinese electric-car startup automaker Byton has begun testing its upcoming M-Byte electric car in China, the company said Tuesday.

The company introduced the car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and gave reporters rides to demonstrate its self-driving and electronics capabilities.

Byton said Tuesday that it had begun real-world tests, driving a prototype of the car on public roads in Nanjing, China.

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Dyson plans to build electric-car test track in Britain

Dyson Hullavington campus for electric car development

In another step to show it’s serious about building an electric car, Dyson, the British vacuum-cleaner maker, has laid out plans to build a test track in Britain.

Reuters reported Thursday that Dyson plans to build a vehicle test track at a former World War II airfield in Wiltshire, England, to go along with previously announced plans for an office building that can accommodate 2,000 employees to work on the company’s electric-car Continue reading “Dyson plans to build electric-car test track in Britain”

Fact of the week: Internal combustion cars still waste 70 to 88 percent of energy

Energy losses from internal combustion car [Source: DOE]

Conventional cars manage better fuel economy every year.

According to the latest Department of Energy “Fact of the Week,” though, their efficiency ranges from a-little-better-than-before to still-abysmal.

This week, the DOE noted that of all the energy splashed into a conventional car’s gas tank, only 12 to 30 percent actually goes to move the car down the road.

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How to save gas on Labor Day trips

Overloaded Subaru Legacy with stuff on roof

Labor Day is one of the biggest travel weekends for all year, as Americans close out the summer and enjoy a last excursion before heading back to school.

That makes it one of the biggest weekends for gas sales too, though nobody wants to spend more than they need to on fuel.

If you’re making a trip longer than you can comfortably take your electric car, we won’t judge, but here are some tips to minimize the gas you’ll need. (Hint: most of Continue reading “How to save gas on Labor Day trips”

Drive with Mercedes EQ app to check whether electric cars suit you

Mercedes-EQ logo

Drivers around the world will need more information and education on electric cars if automakers are to realize zero-emissions goals. Mercedes-Benz has taken a creative step to show drivers that they may be ideal candidates for a switch to the electric lifestyle.

The German luxury brand is testing the waters with its “EQ Ready” smartphone app in Australia and New Zealand, which is designed to analyze driving habits and show users how an electric car could benefit them. A Continue reading “Drive with Mercedes EQ app to check whether electric cars suit you”

Tesla works on tech to flash indicators when drivers forget

Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]

The turn signal is one of the most essential passive safety measures onboard every single new car. Yet, millions of drivers choose to ignore the ability, and let’s face it, the decision puts other drivers at risk. Tesla appears ready to flick the indicators whether a driver likes it or not.

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Total seclusion: Rolls-Royce Privacy Suite turns Phantom into rolling meeting space

Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantom Privacy Suite

Elites will have no need to wait until their destination to discuss pressing matters, at least not when they’re in the back seat of Rolls-Royce’s Phantom.

On Friday, the British ultra-luxury marque debuted its new “privacy suite” for the extended-wheelbase Phantom at the Chengdu auto show currently on in China.

Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantom Privacy Suite

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Chinese vehicle manufacturer LDV to produce Tarantula SUV

LDV has announced its latest SUV, the Tarantula, will go on sale in China next year, with aspirations to also enter the European market

LDV, formally Leyland DAF Vans, has announced that it will start production of its mid-size SUV concept the Tarantula, in 2019. The interestingly named SUV will offer a mix of powertrains, including petrol, diesel, hybrid and pure EV variants. While the car will be initially limited to the Chinese market, a spokesperson confirmed that the marque is hopeful Continue reading “Chinese vehicle manufacturer LDV to produce Tarantula SUV”

New 2018 Volkswagen T-Cross SUV: teaser sketches released

VW previews its small T-Cross SUV in sketch form, with an official debut set for the Paris Motor Show in October

Volkswagen’s new baby SUV – the T-Cross – will take to the stage at October’s Paris Motor Show. New official sketches give us our best look yet at the compact SUV, which will go up against rivals such as the SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross and Kia Stonic. 

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What is hypermiling and how do you do it?

Hypermiling helps you get the most from every last drop of fuel to maximise MPG. We explain how it works, and how it can save money…

With high fuel prices being the bane of UK motorists’ lives, some drivers have started going to extreme lengths to get the best miles per gallon they can while driving their cars. In the US, this is known as hypermiling, but the techniques used by hypermilers to deliver fuel economy that exceeds manufacturer claims can be applied by every driver who wants to Continue reading “What is hypermiling and how do you do it?”