Watch the Falcon Wing Doors Operate On Tesla Model X

Watch the Falcon Wing Doors Operate On Tesla Model X An amateur record uploaded to YouTube has given us a new look at the Tesla Model X falcon wing doors in action.
The Tesla Model X is the automaker’s third vehicle and will officially launch on Tuesday at an event held in Fremont, Calif. One of the most unique features of the Model X will be its falcon wing doors, which open vertically, nearly like gull-wing doors. The variation is that the falcon wings are double hinged, so they don’t swing out to the side of the vehicle.
In the record, we can see one of the falcon wing doors opening and finishing, though this test mule requires the driver to hop out and end finishing the door.
This month, Tesla invited Model X Signature Edition buyers to configure their cars, which start at $133,200. These models include the 90-kWh battery with the electric motors providing 503 horsepower to all four wheels, giving the Model X a zero-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Pricing and power details on other models has not yet been revealed.
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Model X Seat Questions Have Some Tesla Fans Sitting on Pins and Needles

Model X Seat Questions Have Some Tesla Fans Sitting on Pins and Needles As Tesla fans await the release of the Model X later this month, much speculation has gone forth in this area its cargo room, middle-row seats’ folding skill – and ultimate utility of the new 7-passenger electric crossover.
Images posted this week by buyers configuring their car from Tesla’s online Design Studio show the X holding a bicycle and a load of boxes. These images answer some questions, but not absolutely settled are several questions including in this area the middle seat row.
The anxiety some have expressed had one Model X reservation holder say tongue in cheek the beginnings of a “Seat Gate” are in the making as public speculate without full info to settle questions. Read more

5 Surprising Cars Not As Quick As Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous’ Model S

5 Surprising Cars Not As Quick As Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous’ Model S There was a time when electric vehicles were considered slow and dull.
Apparently, things can change in just five years, because now, some electric vehicles are honest ludicrous when it comes to honest-line acceleration. Tesla has added a “ludicrous mode” for its Model S that gives the sedan the capability of going 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, which the American automaker said makes it the fastest accelerating car on the road at the time of the announcement. Since then, Tesla has carefully reworded it to say “fastest accelerating sedan” as to not ruffle the feathers of those digging up 0-60 mph times to debunk the American automaker.
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Regardless, ludicrous mode makes the Tesla Model S silly quick and here are 5 surprising cars it’ll surely beat to 60 mph and likely in a drag race down the quarter mile. Read more

GM’s Mystery Vehicle Reported As Cadillac Compact Crossover

GM’s Mystery Vehicle Reported As Cadillac Compact Crossover It appears that General Motors‘ mysterious model could be a Cadillac crossover.
Recently, the American automaker announced a $245-million investment into its Orion Assembly Plant, promising that it’ll bring a “new vehicle program” that the plant has by no means seen before.
We noted enthusiasts are hoping it will be an electrified, and if a report is right, they were not far off.
Motor Trend said that a source at GM told the publication that the mysterious car will be “a future crossover with no predecessor” and that “the gaps in [Cadillac’s] product lineup are obvious.”
The implication was this hint was enough to connect the dots, and unsaid was any other intonation in a personal interview leading MT to make the leap and write the tale.
And, considering the Orion plant produces the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano, a compact crossover does makes sense, likely wearing an XT3 or even an XT1 badge.
SEE ALSO: GM Investing $245 Million To Build Mystery Car Alongside Chevy Bolt
Cadillac has already taken the Volt powertrain and made the ELR, and although it hasn’t been as successful as the automaker would like, it would make sense for Cadillac to bring the upcoming Bolt’s electric powertrain to a new crossover model. Naturally, a traditional compact crossover with a standard gasoline engine wouldn’t quite be a model the plant has “by no means seen before,” but an all-electric crossover aimed at even the Tesla Model X would be.
Reports are also going out to expect the new model to head into production in 2017 and arrive as a 2018 model.
This may be right, and while we said in our report GM may be “sandbagging,” it has quoted 3-4 years timeframe for its unprecedented car it has yet to formally announce.
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Small Automakers Forced By California To Make Plug-in Hybrids

Small Automakers Mandatory By California To Make Plug-in Hybrids When it comes to zero emissions vehicles the state of California will bend its rules for less vital automakers, but only a modest.
Environmental regulators in California have chose that even small automakers will have to comply with clean-car rules that mandate the sale of zero-emission vehicles, but has adjusted the rules to allow plug-in hybrid vehicles to earn credits for less vital automakers.
Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo have all pleaded with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to be exempted from the mandate, saying that their small R&D budgets prohibit them from developing and selling electrified vehicles as easily as other automakers including Ford, GM and Nissan.
The board’s choice will allow the five less vital automakers, all of which have less than $40 billion in annual global revenue, to have the option of selling plug-in hybrids to earn credits towards compliance, rather than being mandatory to sell all-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. If the automakers aren’t able to sell enough, they will still need to buy credits from automakers such as Tesla, that sell electric vehicles in generous numbers.
The state could still tweak its rules following a midterm review next year.

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2016 Prius Spied Testing In Thailand

2016 Prius Spied Testing In Thailand Only last week what was said to be a 2016 Toyota Prius was seen in California, and now one has been spied testing in Thailand.
The next-generation Toyota Prius was previously expected to debut by now, but the Japanese automaker pushed its unveiling in peacefulness to revamp its styling. The 2016 Toyota Prius spied here closely resembles the current model with just a lot of black tape, hinting that Toyota won’t drastically change its styling for the next iteration, although we can’t see the adjoin end. The larger changes to the 2016 Toyota Prius will be its platform with the new model riding on the Toyota New Global Architecture that will help the well loved hybrid shed 20 percent of its weight.
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Reports say that the 2016 Toyota Prius will have a thermal efficiency of 40 percent, compared to the current model’s 38.5 percent. The previous generation Toyota Prius had a thermal efficiency of 37 percent. If the next-generation Prius turns out to be rated at 40 percent, it could possibly have the highest thermal efficiency rating out of all mass-produced passenger vehicles. It is also expected that the 2016 Toyota Prius will be available with either nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion batteries, with the latter being more expensive but offering a better all-electric pouring range.
The 2016 Toyota Prius will make its debut later this year and the plug-in hybrid model will follow in mid-2016.

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GM Says Will Fall Short of Electrified Vehicle Sales Goals

GM Says Will Fall Short of Electrified Vehicle Sales Goals GM has admitted that it won’t hit its electrified vehicle sales goals.
The brand was aiming to have 500,000 vehicles that use electrification of some sort in the hands of customers by 2017, but as of the end of 2014, just 180,834 were sold. That is an increase of in this area 30,000 GM electrified car sales over 2013.
“For our commitment to electrification, our forecasted outlook now projects us, along with the broader automotive diligence, diminishing small of expectations for 2017,” said GM in its 2014 Sustainability Report. “GM is committed to electrification and our choice-winning eAssist, extended-range electric vehicle and battery electric vehicle offerings, but consumer demand for these vehicles has not kept up with our initial projections.”
GM lays the hold reliable for its shortfall on the lower price of gasoline combined with the increase in competition. Despite missing its target, the American automakers still “aspires” to hit its goal of 500,000 electrified vehicles on the road.
In 2016, the new redesigned Chevy Volt will hit the market along with the new Malibu Hybrid. Chevy is also plotting the Bolt all-electric vehicle, which the brand says will be capable of 200 miles of pouring and will be sold in all 50 states.

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Will Lamborghini Pick Turbo Or Hybrid For Its SUV?

Will Lamborghini Pick Turbo Or Hybrid For Its SUV? After teasing the public for three years, Lamborghini revealed that it is finalizing plans for its next vehicle this year, which may be a hybrid SUV.
Lamborghini CEO and President Stephan Winkelmann talked in this area the SUV last week with Road & Track Web Editor Alex Kierstein, and clarified why a hybrid powertrain would be considered.
“It’s clear that if we are going to have a third model, if it’s an SUV – we are working on something like this, without having an official goal – this could be a car where you have turbos, you also have for the first time hybridization, surrounded by a Lamborghini. This would then benefit fleet consumption of our brand,” said Winkelmann.
“So there are advantages, and there are things we’re looking into, but first of all we have to get the ‘go’ for the third car. We don’t want to be thought of something that’s not going to happen.
“By this year we should know [in this area the third car].” Read more