2017 Tokyo Motor Show: Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept teased

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MITSUBISHI will tease a hybrid-engined performance SUV at October’s Tokyo Motor Show, called the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept. Hinting that the Evolution badge will finally make a comeback, but not on a sedan, the “very high performance automobile” will “blend Mitsubishi Motors’ signature 4WD and electric powertrain know-how with advanced Artificial Intelligence technology under a low slung aerodynamic SUV Coupe shape”. READ ALSO: VOLKSWAGEN ID ELECTRIC CAR TO LAUNCH IN 2020 ALONG WITH NEW VW GOLF That potentially means an electric motor will potentially fill the low-down torque hole that highly strung turbocharged performance cars sometimes suffer from, but wrapped…

This Honda shows why electric cars still have a long way to go before they post massive sales

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 EVs are still relatively expensive when compared with mass-market gas vehicles. • Government support will help make EVs more accessible, but many gas-powered cars still cost half as much. • New-car buyers are uniquely price-sensitive – they might look at EVs, but they won’t buy. Electric cars have two major problems to overcome before they can go truly mainstream: price and charging. The arrival of long-range EVs hasn’t really changed anything – although the newly launched Tesla Model 3 is so compelling that many buyers are liable to give it…

The Electric Cars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: What To Expect

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The new season of international auto shows kicks off in Frankfurt next week. While big industry car shows are often more about sending a message than revealing actual production plans, the Frankfurt event looks promising for EV fans. There will be a few unveilings of refreshed electric car models offering new designs and features—as well as pre-production vehicles showing progress toward market introduction in the next couple of years. And of course, we can expect a few helpings of eye-candy in the form of way-out fantastical electric concepts with advanced…

Can Flying Taxis Work? Tencent Invests in German Aviation Startup Lilium To Find Out

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The Chinese internet giant Tencent has become an investor in a German aviation company called Lilium, which is developing an electric flying taxi that can take off and land vertically but fly horizontally. Lilium announced a $90 million series B funding round on Tuesday, in which Tencent joins existing investors Atomico and Obvious Ventures, along with the Lichtenstein-based private banking group LGT. READ ALSO: BMW TO OFFER 12 FULLY ELECTRIC CAR MODELS BY 2025 BUT Lilium said it will use its fresh investment to grow its team beyond its current headcount…

THIS WEEK IN THE FUTURE OF CARS: PERFIDIOUS GREED

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THIS WEEK THIS WEEK WAS all about bold behavior: fake robots slinging pizzas, dignified statues dignified statues wearing wigs to celebrate crap cars, startups taking bald-faced swipes at Tesla and its electric dominance. But no move was so naked and downright nutsy as Uber investor Shervin Pishevar’s public call-to-arms, a statement that addressed (in mind-boggling grandiosity) the legal battle between ex-CEO Travis Kalanick and the ridehail company’s board. BUT Didja miss it all? Don’t worry, ye “bitterly barren barons of moral turpitude.” Let’s get you caught up. READ ALSO: JAGUAR EMBRACES ITS…

Mercedes’ parent company will debut a self-driving, electric smart car concept next month – here’s what it will look like

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Daimler plans to show off a self-driving, electric Smart car concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The company envisions the vehicle, dubbed the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo, being used for car sharing in cities. People would be able to request an autonomous car pick via their smartphone and the vehicle would take them to their desired location. READ ALSO: BMW READYING TESLA-RIVALING ELECTRIC I CONCEPT CAR People would be able to request an autonomous car pick via their smartphone and the vehicle would take them to their desired location.…

Auto companies like Hyundai, Tata Motors, advance plans to make electric cars in India

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Hyundai, Tata Motors MUMBAI: Signalling a major change in stance, carmakers are advancing plans to make electric cars in India by giving them preference over hybrid versions. Automakers such as Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra are leading the race to roll out electric cars soon. READ ALSO: NISSAN SHOWS LEAF ELECTRIC CAR REVAMPED WITH MORE RANGE   Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest carmaker, is considering the assembly of electric vehicles in India as early as 2019 and has dropped hybrid car plans for the market. BUT Tata Motors is…

World Rallycross set to add electric cars in future

Electric cars are set to become part of World Rallycross Championship events, which could happen as soon as 2020, organisers have revealed for the first time. Series promoter IMG has confirmed that it is working with manufacturers and the FIA on plans to introduce electric technology into the mixed-surface discipline. “We’re talking to a number of manufacturers and working with the FIA about what it [electric rallycross] might look like,” World Rallycross Managing Director Paul Bellamy told Motorsport.com. “It will be 2020 at the earliest but we’re in discussions about what…