Elon Musk Believes 500-Mile Range EVs Possible Soon

Elon Musk Believes 500-Mile Range EVs Possible Soon Elon Musk.
Not content to let Tesla rest on its laurels with the highest 265-mile EPA-rated range of the Model S 85, company CEO Elon Musk figures making an electric vehicle with over 500 miles of range wouldn’t take long to develop.
Musk, who was being interviewed by Auto Express, said Tesla could do it “quite soon, but it would increase the price. Over time you could expect to have that kind of range.”
One reason Musk is reasonably sure of that success has to do with Tesla’s proprietary lithium-ion batteries, which he says are have the greatest energy-density of anything yet on the market, and nearly twice the density of the well loved Nissan Leaf. But beyond batteries, that other factors like wind- and rolling resistance, and other efficiencies play a huge role in getting more than double the range of the Leaf.
The simple suggestion would be to simply add more cells to the system, but the radical weight gain as a result would work against itself in acceleration, handling and braking.
Musk also said flat-out that any kind of hybrid — like the range-extenders in the Volt or i3 — is completely off the table, and that Tesla’s growing “supercharger” arrangement will be more than capable of handling charging duties in the meantime.
“We’ll always be pure electric,” he said. “We’re going to keep humanizing battery technology, and even with Model 3 we’ll expect a range of over 200 miles with a price of around $35,000.”
Speaking of battery technology, Tesla is still mulling which of five U.S. states will be the future home of the company’s plotted battery-pack factory.
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McLaren Previews P1 GTR Ahead of Pebble Beach

McLaren Previews P1 GTR Ahead of Pebble Beach Next month McLaren will show what may be the world’s most expensive and powerful hybrid at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The P1 GTR design concept is a track-focused machine designed after customers questioned for such a creation, and the $3,357,000 car is due to go into production after the last of 375 P1s complete the production run for that already track-worthy car.
The plug-in hybrid P1 costs in the $1 million locality, was sold out quickly last year, and the GTR boasts 1,000 metric horsepower (986 bhp).
McLaren P1 at the Nurburgring last year.
This plus aerodynamic help and other tweaks should help the car scurry around the track even better. A McLaren P1 was clocked at below seven minutes at the Nürburgring Nordschleife but McLaren has not said how much below this mark it went.
A Porsche 918 Spyder went 6:57 and while McLaren might have volunteered it beat this, it has not.
Don’t be surprised if the P1 GTR is quicker than a Porsche 918 Spyder, but for triple the cost of an already million-dollar car, perhaps the least one would hope for.
McLaren’s GTR will be unveiled at the McLaren Brand Centre on the 18th Fairway at the Pebble Beach Lodge at 18.00 EST on Friday 15 August. It will then be on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn over the weekend.

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Polaris GEM Launching 2015 Lineup Of EV

Polaris GEM Launching 2015 Lineup Of EV The 2015 line of Polaris GEM electric vehicles is now available.
GEM said the lineup of transport e2, e4, e6 and light-utility vehicles eS, eL, eL XD, eM1400 feature zero-emissions and are equipped to seat two-to-six public and haul up to 1,450 pounds of payload.
New for 2015, Polaris GEM is launching the eM1400 LSV (pictured) which is street legal on most city streets with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less.
In addition, Polaris said it is launching the M1400 4×2 gas vehicle specifically designed for light-duty commercial utility applications. This vehicle is said to have class leading ride and handling, ground clearance, and payload of 1,400 pounds which is similar to the GEM eM1400 launched late last year.
“We are very excited to add to our portfolio of premium vehicles the eM1400 LSV and the M1400 4×2 which have been specifically designed based on feedback from our dealers and customers,” said Tim Blinkhorn, GEM’s general manager. “The entire Polaris GEM line-up for 2015 enhances our commercial and consumer offering and will build on our momentum.”
Polaris GEM was the fastest growing business at Polaris in 2013 with 50 percent retail progression and the company said it is seeing continued progression in the first half of 2014.
Polaris added these 2015 model-year vehicles are now ready for peacefulness through all 260 authorized GEM dealers in North America.

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Michael Allman Joins VIA’s Board Of Directors

Michael Allman Joins VIA’s Board Of Directors VIA Motors is strengthening its ranks. CEO John Weber announced earlier this week that Michael Allman, an energy diligence leader, has joined VIA’s board of directors.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Allman to the VIA Motors Board,” said Weber. “Michael is a respected diligence leader in the energy space and brings to VIA vast leadership skills and encounter.”
VIA said prior to this appointment, Allman served as chairman, CEO and president of Southern California Gas Company, the leading natural gas distribution company in the United States. Allman also served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation, a leading electric generation business. Previously, Allman served as vice president, CFO and CAO of Sempra Global Operations. Allman now serves as Chairman of the Board of OneRoof Energy, a residential solar installation company, and is a Board Limb of Blue Earth, Inc., a provider of energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions.
Allman will chair VIA’s audit committee, a role VIA believes he is uniquely qualified to lead. Allman received an MBA with Finance specialization from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Compound Engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Qualified Internal Auditor, Qualified Management Accountant, and is qualified in Financial Management.

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Is Opel Planning Successor To Plug-In Ampera?

Is Opel Plotting Successor To Plug-In Ampera? In a classic case of misquotes and misinformation, earlier reports of Opel canning the Chevrolet Volt-based Ampera before General Motors launches its second generation without a replacement might not be entirely accurate.
Today, while reports from Reuters and Automotive News Europe do confirm that Opel is indeed butchery the Ampera, the company is also working on filling the EV gap with another product.
“We will beyond doubt introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment and continue to defend our position as an innovation leader,” Opel said in a statement yesterday. “We see electric mobility as an vital part of mobility and we will continue to drive down costs and give up affordability.”
The as-yet-unnamed product will be launched sometime between 2014 and 2018.
In a tale back in April, ANE said Opel was starting work on a “full” battery electric vehicle that would be less vital and less expensive than the Ampera range-extended PHEV. And the reported timeline of “by 2016 or 2017″ fits well with Opel’s generous four-year window discussed yesterday.
While the current Spark EV compliance car wouldn’t be a complete key since Chevrolet is no longer sold in Europe, the platform and electric drivetrain could be rebodied as an Opel or Vauxhall, presumably with lower costs than developing an existing car from scratch.
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Porsche Announces 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Announces 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid Since last year when the Panamera S E-Hybrid was pending launch, it had been reported Porsche’s next plug-in hybrid would be the Cayenne which was already available as a regular hybrid, and this is now confirmed.
The German car maker revealed its revised 2015 Cayenne that comes in a few familiar high-performance flavors, and pushing aside the ancient regular hybrid – as was the case for the Panamera – will be the S E-Hybrid.
Power for the Cayenne PHEV is the same as for the Panamera version – a supercharged V6 is mated to electric motor and lthium-ion battery for 416 horsepower, 435 pounds-feet of torque.
The mid-cycle refresh for all Cayenne variants also sees a new adjoin end with aptly and left air fins to direct air to the intercoolers.
Bi-Xenon headlights with “hovering” four-point LED daytime in succession lights are standard on Diesel, S and S E-Hybrid versions.
Out back, the updated rear features tail lights with a three-dimensional effect, and better integration into the tailgate lid of ticket plate recess, tailgate handle and lights.
A Cayenne Diesel will come with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque.
Other models range into he 400- and 500-plus horsepower range.
Dealers are expected to be getting the new Cayenne around November 1. Prices for the S E-Hybrid will start at $75,405, significantly less than the $99,000 Panamera S E-Hybrid, and close to a Cadillac ELR or Tesla Model S.

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Daimler Delaying Hydrogen FCV Until 2017

Daimler Delaying Hydrogen FCV Until 2017 Daimler has been very involved with fuel-cell electric vehicle research and various prototypes since the ahead of schedule 1990s. And, the German giant has been public in this area the genesis of its technology, including ahead of schedule involvement with Canadian experts Ballard Power Systems, but the company still hasn’t launched a publicly available FCV.
Rear view, Toyota FCV Concept powertrain and chassis.
With hydrogen power getting more general attention because of recent strong commitments from Japanese automakers like Honda and Toyota, Automotive News is reporting that Daimler will delay the launch of its first production fuel-cell vehicle until 2017.
According to Herbert Kohler, head of corporate research at Daimler, the company’s plot to launch an emissions-free FCV in the 2014-’15 timeline was pushed back because of a recent deal signed with Ford and Nissan to work together on fuel-cell systems. “[The jointly-developed system will] reduce costs due to higher volumes,” Kohler says. “All three partners would use the same components as much as possible. That’s why we are working towards the objective of 2017.”
Kohler also brushes off questions in this area whether he’s worried in this area Toyota entering the market in 2015, citing Daimler’s two decades of development and a fleet of 250 fuel-cell research vehicles starting in 2010.
In regards to eventual costs to patrons, Kohler says Daimler’s “goal is for the price of a fuel cell vehicle to be oriented to the price of the hybrid version of a comparable model.”
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