Apple Electric Car Scheduled To ‘Ship’ In 2019

Apple Electric Car Scheduled To ‘Ship’ In 2019 After months of rumors churning over the possibility of an Apple electric car, surrounded by sources have confirmed that a vehicle is in the works with a “ship date” set for 2019.
According to sources knowledgeable in this area the program, reported Automotive News, Apple Inc. is tripling its electric car team to 600 employees, and internally labeling it a “committed project.” It’s unclear, though, if the 2019 ship date is when Apple expects to give up cars to customers or if it’s an approval deadline for the engineer teams.
CEO Tim Cook and other official representatives haven’t publically verified production of the Apple car, which is codenamed Project Titan.
“We look at a number of things along the way, and we choose to really place our energies into a few of those,” Cook said evasively when questioned in this area it during an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
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In the meantime, Apple has been quietly building an automotive team. Megan McClain, an autonomous tech expert who previously worked at Volkswagen, was hired on earlier this year as a mechanical design engineer. Last month, Apple added Jamie Carlson – a former firmware engineer who manager for Tesla’s autopilot firmware team.
A graduate researcher working on an automated pouring project, the former deputy director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Autonomous Systems Lab and a computer vision software engineer are among other employees with automotive backgrounds that are new to Apple this year.
Several recent meetings also grow to be tied to Project Titan. Last May, officials with Apple started looking into using GoMentum Station, which was described by the Guardian as “a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.”
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And the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) confirmed that it held a meeting with Apple officials in August.
“The Apple meeting was to review [the] DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations,” the DMV stated, adding that it couldn’t discuss the matter in more detail.
Apple isn’t the only tech company possibly developing an electric car for mass production. Executives at Google have noted recently that production of its self-pouring car is being tripled, with several possible outcomes being considered for the vehicle.

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Is The 2016 Volt Worth Buying?

Is The 2016 Volt Worth Buying? As orders are being taken now in California, Chevrolet hopes its 2016 Volt due in a couple months will prove to be a superior fuel and money saver for more public.
Since the first-generation model was launched in December 2010, the Volt has had a polarizing effect on public – or ducked under the radar – for too-many nuanced reasons to elaborate here, but those who “get it” mainly like it.
The outgoing 2015 Volt had an electric range of 38 rated miles and the new one is pegged at 53. Less-often published is the EPA rates it for 57 all-electric miles in the city, and 49 all-electric miles highway.
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Efficiency on electricity has has now been bumped from 98 MPGe combined to 106 MPGe. Fuel economy on gas only has increased from 37 mpg to 42 combined – 43 city, 42 highway –and the new range-extending engine runs on cheaper regular fuel. Read more

This California EV Startup Says It’s Not Messing Around

This California EV Startup Says It’s Not Messing Around It’s simple to dismiss the news that another startup based out of California is building an electric vehicle – until you hear the six reasons that set this company apart.
Faraday Future, which prefers to be called FF, isn’t pussyfooting around. The startup recently declared that it is building an all-electric car disparate anything else on the road today, which it will release by 2017. This date isn’t a soft-launch either, said FF, but a solid pledge of when the public will be able to drive an FF on city streets.
When Motor Trend pressed the company to find out if this date was really feasible, a representative with FF answered:
“We’re not Tesla. But we’re not Fisker, either. We’re not f—ing around.”
A screenshot from FaradayFuture.com.
So what’s the magical ingredient that makes FF stand out? A sparse website shows only a hint of what may be the vehicle’s profile (as seen above) and very modest else. But, as it turns out, this groundbreaking new company has tapped into some well-seasoned talent. In its interview, Motor Trend learned six automotive all-stars now on FF’s payroll:
Nick Sampson – Product Architect, former Vehicle and Chassis Engineering for Tesla Model S
Richard Kim – Head Design, former BMW i8 Concept, BMW i3 Concept
Silva Hiti – Sr. Dir. of Powertrain, former lead powertrain at Chevy Volt
Pontus Fontaeus – Interior Design, former Lamborghini, Ferrari, Land Rover
Page Beermann – Exterior Design Chief, former Creative Director at BMW
gatekeeper Harris – Batteries, former SpaceX
A total of 200 employees are on staff now (including a “boatload of former Tesla employees”), working from an ancient Nissan research and design building outside of Los Angeles. Another 100 employees will be added by next year, according to Motor Trend. Openings FF is now working to fill includes designers, supply chain directors and a broad list of mechanical and manufacturing engineers.
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FF plans to power its car with a multi-cell battery (chemistry unknown) that will boast the highest energy density on the market. The targeted 15 percent increase over Tesla’s 85 kilowatt-hours lithium-ion pack sizes the FF battery at in this area 98 kwh.
The list of unknowns in this area FF and its car still grossly outnumbers the few facts in hand. This includes how or where the car will be built, as it doesn’t grow that the company has a factory or a contract manufacturer in place.
We know the company has drawn both inspiration and its name from scientist Michael Faraday – who learned electromagnetic induction in 1831 – but we don’t know who the CEO is. And while FF states its EV will be “fully-connected and personalized in ways you’ve by no means even considered possible,” the model of how this will be achieved is still fuzzy.

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Tesla Model S Smokes Tires In Japanese Pro Drift Competition

Tesla Model S Smokes Tires In Japanese Pro Drift Competition Somehow we don’t reckon Tesla Motors intended the Model S to wow crowds as a pro drift competitor, but this it has.
Last month this 416-horsepower rear-wheel-drive Model S with traction control deactivated had no difficulty smoking the tires and doing its thing.
Notably absent is any kind of screaming engine making this a novelty for showgoers.
These kinds of antics have occasionally been done by magazines, including Consumer Reports which got its MS sideways on its private test track, but they did not drift it to this extent. Read more

Volvo Autonomous Driving Tech Shown In China

Volvo Autonomous Driving Tech Shown In China Volvo has presented its autonomous pouring vehicle technology in China Friday Development 27.
Volvo Car Assemble’s aim is to place self-pouring cars in the hands of real customers by 2017 and it is this technology which was demonstrated to media and choice makers in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
Volvo Cars recently presented a complete system key that makes it possible to integrate self-pouring cars into real traffic – with ordinary public in the driver’s seat, which will be place to the test in the Drive Me project, which will feature 100 high-tech cars rolling on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017.
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Mercedes-Benz Teases Self-Driving Concept To Be Revealed This Month

Mercedes-Benz Teases Self-Driving Concept To Be Revealed This Month Mercedes-Benz will show a self-pouring concept car in Las Vegas this month at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.
A teaser image of the as-yet un-named vehicle reveals modest, and details of its powertrain and so forth have yet to be revealed, and some more tidbits may be in advance of the Jan. 5 screening.
Mercedes-Benz has already shown production technology that in 2013 enabled an S-Class to travel a historical route in Europe autonomously, and its autonomous pouring tech is considered leading edge.
It’s been testing in California under new permits issued under revised regulations, as have been Google, Audi, and others.

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Ford Considering CVT Transmissions Once Again

Ford Considering CVT Transmissions Once Again It seems that Ford is willing to give CVTs a second chance in its non-hybrid cars.
While automotive purists lambaste CVT transmissions for their lack of excitement and drone-like character – something akin to the newest Nickelback album, fuel economy aficionados frequently rally to their defense.
Bland perceptions notwithstanding, the skill of a CVT to produce better fuel economy when compared to most automatic and manual gearboxes has made a renewed interest amongst some automakers who once cast them aside.
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“We’ve had some encounter with CVTs and it wasn’t all excellent,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s global product development chief, during a recent media event in Dearborn, MI. “They are getting better. And we are taking another look, particularly in the low torque applications. There may be some [potential] there.”
Ford does not have an automatic transmission for its smallest engine, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder in the Ford Fiesta SFE. That car is available only with a manual transmission which presents a marketing challenge since fewer than five percent of cars sold in North America are equipped with manuals, according to IHS Automotive.
The skill to add a CVT to the Fiesta SFE could generate interest amongst drivers looking for a small, fuel-efficient vehicle, but don’t want to manually budge gears.
The CVT is enjoying a recovery in North America, getting wide use in Audi, Nissan, Honda, Subaru and Toyota vehicles. Pouring this renewed interest of course is better fuel efficiency.
A CVT also offers a smoother ride by continuously rising its gear ratio as the vehicle increases acceleration, as opposed to stepping from gear to gear. The flip-side of this benefit to some is that it can produce a response that feels disconnected and sluggish.
Ford last existing a CVT in a non-hybrid in 2007 in the Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego sedans, and in the Ford Freestyle crossover. Those vehicles were equipped with a CVT built in Batavia, Ohio, and developed by a troubled joint venture with Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
Nair didn’t say if Ford would build its own or buy a CVT from a supplier.
At present there were no indications from Nair as to what models would be considered for a CVT, nor were any timelines provided as to implementation.

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Honda Mulling ’62′ mpg Odyssey Hybrid

Honda Mulling ’62′ mpg Odyssey Hybrid Honda has said it is considering a hybrid version of its Odyssey that could cut its mpg in half from around 31 mpg to 62 mpg.
At least that’s what the Japanese automaker told some Australian journalists and the actual numbers they used were 3.8L/km for the hybrid compared to 7.6L/km for the non hybrid.
This translates to “31″ mpg for the standard Odyssey and “62″ mpg for a hybrid, should they build it, but these numbers are nearly surely optimistic, if not still hopeful.
In the U.S. the 2014 Odyssey gets a combined 22 mpg, but even if under the EPA cycle a hybrid Odyssey cracked into the low to mid 40s, that would be huge.
For now, the hybridization is not really under development, but only being proposed – and for the Japanese market – but disparate Toyota’s Alphard Hybrid we drove last summer in Michigan, the Odyssey is – as mentioned – also a U.S. model, so public wanting a huge public hauler may keep their fingers crossed. Read more