New Chevrolet Volt Ads Attack Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius

New Chevrolet Volt Ads Attack Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius  
Compared to the 2016 Chevy Volt, a Nissan Leaf could leave you stranded, and it’s at least far from range-anxiety free. Similarly, the 2016 Toyota Prius uses 1990s tech in its NiMh battery.
These assertions are not ours, but, but the gist of new attack advertisements Chevrolet has in store to wake public up to the new 53-mile EV range, Volt. The ads are set to debut online this fall, and also on TV.
“We’re going to go head-to-head with Leaf and Prius,” said Chevrolet’s global chief marketing officer, Tim Mahoney in a report by Ad Age. “The ads allow Chevrolet to talk in one way and they allow Chevrolet’s personality to come through. We’re going to be taking more risks.”
This revelation was given to journalists in San Francisco as the automaker has begun shipping first units to California and 10 other states following California emissions rules, and where Mahoney says it has sold the best.
2016 will be a small model year, the rest if the U.S. will get a 2017 model year beginning next spring, but meanwhile the offensive is on.
The Volt, launched its first generation in 2011 and was nearly hidden in plain sight. The car came on te heels of a bankruptcy, bailout, restructuring, and the Volt was a poster child for Republican election hopefuls because Obama backed it.
Chevrolet caught lots of criticism for not marketing it effectively nationwide, and even seemed to tuck its tail between its legs, revealing in January 2014 it has stopped advertising Volt outside California and tech fairs where public could comprehend its value.
Despite that, the Volt was, when objectively examined, really disruptive and now ads themselves will be disruptive for generation two in a mildly confrontational sort of way.
This psychology will include a scene with Leaf drivers stuck between floors in an elevator, an unnerving encounter, to get the point crosswise of an EV being stuck. Getting caught out of juice in a world oriented toward gasoline is no fun – especially when recharging takes a while for the Leaf unless you run out coincidentally at one of the few level 3 quick chargers out there.
What was not reported is the new 2016 Leaf will offer as much as 106 miles range – no doubt to counter the upgraded Volt as Leaf sales have start to fade compared to last year.
And the new Prius will son be shown in a higher-efficienct “eco” version which may have li-ion battery pioneered since 2012 in the plug-in Prius – and it will have superior fuel economy.
But the extended-range electric Volt is unique with skill to run on electricity then seamlessly switch to its 1.5-liter gas engine for hybrid mode.
Those who get it, well, they get it. But Chevrolet is trying to get past a public with apparent Volt blindness to see whether it can beat analysts predictions on tepid sales.
Mahoney said the attack ad thought is part of a “shattering perceptions” strategy that has increased brand perception by 3 percent.
The base Volt starts at $33,995, in this area $1,115 less than last year while delivering significantly longer EV range, and better mileage in gas operation at 42 mpg.
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More Carmakers Might be Cheating on Diesel Emissions Testing

More Carmakers Might be Cheating on Diesel Emissions Testing Volkswagen might not be the only automaker cheating on diesel emissions tests.
Earlier this month, the European Federation for Transport and Environment released a report signifying that automakers could be using software or other technology so that their diesel vehicles perform better during emissions tests than they do on the road. The report points at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors’ Opel brand as potential offenders.
The European environmental assemble based its report on a review of data from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the same organization which outed Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions tests.
SEE ALSO: What Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Is, and Why it Matters
As a result, the report now raises questions in this area how Europe’s emissions testing is conducted and suggests that Volkswagen may not be the only automaker that have used methods to get better readings in emissions tests. The assemble says that ICCT tests have clear discrepancies between lab emissions test results and real-world performance.
Organization spokesman Nico Muzi said that Volkswagen is “just the tip of the iceberg” and that the discrepancies are “experience crosswise the board.”
Considering how bright the spotlight is on Volkswagen, don’t be surprised if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) starts bright it elsewhere.
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Tesla Model X With Ludicrous Speed Will Be Even Quicker Than Some Thought

Tesla Model X With Ludicrous Speed Will Be Even Quicker Than Some Thought While Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the quickest Model X P90D will sprint from to 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, Tesla is telling buyers of the crossover due soon its “Ludicrous” mode will do 3.2 seconds.
Zero-to-60 mph in 3.2 seconds along with a manufacturer-estimated quarter mile time of 11.7 seconds will make the Model X P90D one quick crossover, 0.1 second behind a Model S P85D, and maybe quicker to 60 than the new Jeep Track Hawk. Read more

Ludicrous Mode Means Tesla Model S Is The Quickest Accelerating Car

Ludicrous Mode Means Tesla Model S Is The Quickest Accelerating Car Three new changes are coming for the Tesla Model S, including a new “ludicrous mode.”
If the P85D’s “insane” mode was not enough for you, when this setting is engaged, the now-quicker Model S will reach 60 mph in a reported 2.8 seconds making the previous P85D’s 3.2 seconds seem sluggish.
The upgrade is for the P85D, and will set owners back $13,000. The new P90D will include dual motors and a 90 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery (more on that in a minute). Power output is a mind-blowing 762 horsepower, increased over the P85D’s already outrageous 691.
The sensation of “ludicrous mode” was described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk as “quicker than diminishing,” and this is literally right. Any passengers will want to make sure they are well braced for the 1.1 gs of force felt with the full acceleration. Read more

California Raises Green Car Rebates For Low-Income Buyers, Cuts Off Top Earners

California Raises Green Car Rebates For Low-Income Buyers, Cuts Off Top Earners Yesterday the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted to increase state rebates to as high as $4,000 for plug-in electrified vehicles and $6,500 for fuel cell vehicles to better subsidize low-income earners, while also setting a limit on the highest earners.
Those in a middle income range will see no changes to state rebates enabling $2,500 for buyers of all-electric vehicles, $1,500 for plug-in hybrid buyers, and $5,000 for fuel cell vehicle purchasers.
The Robin Hood-like gesture followed SB1275, legislation from last year by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León requiring the board to set income-level limitations for those receiving this state-level perk over and above federal tax credit eligibility.
The choice is a response to complaints that rebates – such as the present $2,500 discount for buyers of all-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S – was subsidizing the wealthy and doing nothing for those less fortunate.
ARB’s vote is effectively a $1,500 increase crosswise the program for low-income folks. It raise a $2,500 EV discount to $4,000, a $1,500 PHEV discount to $3,000, and a $5,000 FCV credit to $6,500.
What defines low income or upper income?
Low-income qualifications can be met by those earning 300-percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, this is capped at $73,000 reports the San Francisco Tale. For an individual, it is $48,000.
Whether the extra $1,500 will help increase sales is being questioned.
The middle ground of those who make more and who are still eligible for the $2,500 EV credit, $1,500 PHEV, and $4,000 FCV credits is for those earning between $73,000-$340,000.
So, with the ARB setting the upper limit to those earning up to a third of one-million dollars per year, Tesla is not having its customer base overly targeted. But, those earning more than $340,000 will not be eligible for California rebates.
Underlying these rules is the authority the Air Resources Board has to impose penalties and rewards as it sees appropriate to budge the emissions lower for vehicles sold in state.
Both all-electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell cars are zero-emission vehicles, but FCVs do refuel quicker, and grant longer range in many cases.
A similar rationale by the ARB has been seen for its worthwhile manufacturers more Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits for FCVs than EVs.
Toyota MIrai.
This is right even for cars like the 85-kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S which may travel 270 miles, and has a growing arrangement of Supercharger station, and is a state startup, no less. It’s been capped at four ZEV credits while FCVs are eligible for nine.
At the upper limit of EV pricing, Tesla’s nationally available Model S starts at $75,750. A Toyota Mirai, for now existing in only California is to start at $57,500.
Buyers and sellers of FCVs are existing the sweetest carrot on a stab to go FCV by the rule makers in California.
And, now, low-income buyers of cars like the Nissan Leaf may also get up to $3,000 For a Ford C-Max Energi, $4,000 for a Nissan Leaf, or $6,500 for a Mirai.
Whether these amounts will spur sales for these types of vehicles remains to be seen. Since 2010, California has handed out 110,000 rebates to qualifying car buyers.
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Model S Driven At 125 mph For 12 Minutes On Autobahn – Video

Model S Driven At 125 mph For 12 Minutes On Autobahn – Video Tesla’s Model S is the highest rated range EV on the road, but in Germany Tesla owning enthusiast Bjørn Nyland cruised for 25 miles at 125 mph to exhibit how much more energy it has potential to consume under heavier use.
“The autobahn stretch was 40 km [25 miles] which I covered in 12 minutes averaging 200 km/h or 125 mph. Consumption was 520 Wh/km (840 Wh/mi),” he said.
The 25-mile (40 km) trip ends at the German-Danish border where speed limits drop to 100 km/h (62 mph).
The Model S is a release-speed vehicle and does not benefit from a multi-speed transmission which lowers motor in commission rpm at speed.
For U.S. drivers traveling slower this matters less, and with Superchargers enabling free fill ups, it may not be a worry for Nyland either.
Note car’s the state of charge meter before and after as it drops by more than 100 indicated kilometers during the high-speed highway drive.
Quick starts, heavy foot and drivng the car quick without preconditioning the battery in cold also contribute to inordinate consumption. Read more

Chevy Releases (Almost) Full Details And Specs for 2016 Volt

Chevy Releases (Almost) Full Details And Specs for 2016 Volt Full details on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt – including specifications, standard equipment and optional upgrades – have just been released by General Motors. The only tidbit missing now is the price.
GM listed all of the information in its 25-page ordering guide online. The carmaker isn’t long-suffering orders quite yet for the next generation Volt, but, and a representative didn’t have a released date available.
For 2016, the Volt comes in two different trim levels. As the base model, the 2LT Hatchback has fewer color and trim options. And though it doesn’t include perks like wireless charging for devices, automatic parking help (which are automatically added with the upgrade to 2LZ Premier trim), the basic Volt is far from meager.
SEE ALSO: How Much Better Is The 2016 Volt?
Chevy has upgraded much of the Volt in a go to position the hatchback as more of a premium vehicle. Standard equipment now includes a Wi-Fi Hotspot and two air bags have been added. A rear vision camera, previously an upgrade on the 2015 Volt, is now included in the base model, and the touch-screen console grew to an 8-inch show.
Regen on Demand, a new standard for 2016, gives drivers more control over energy regeneration, with a paddle-style switch mounted on the steering wheel. The charging system also includes a new feature that links to car’s GPS for smarter charging, as clarified by Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah.
“Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for ‘home’ charging and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at ‘home’ based on GPS data,” said Farah. “The new Volt will give owners superior flexibility for charging on their stipulations and make public charging simpler.”
SEE ALSO: Chevy Borrows Volt Tech For 2016 Malibu Hybrid
In addition to the automatic parking help and wireless charging for devices listed above, the upgraded 2LZ trim also gains a set of eight Bose speakers for premium sound. Heated adjoin seats, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors are all included as part of the comfort package.
Many of these are available as options on the 2LT package, but a few options can only be tartan if you are ordering the 2LZ trim. Several driver help features can be added upgraded Volt, such as side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, automatic high beam headlights and a sensor to keep the car centered in the lane.
The specs sheet shows that the new Volt has grown all around, adding nearly half an inch to the wheelbase, 0.8 inches to the sides and 3.3 inches to the length. The extra inches don’t transfer surrounded by to start more space for the passengers, though.
Not each aspect of the Volt grew. The new generation will be 243 pounds lighter, with a curb weight of 3,543 pounds. The fuel tank also shrank slightly from 9.3 gallons to 8.9 gallons.
GM hasn’t released pricing yet on the car or its options – that announcement will come later this year before deliveries start in the fall. MSRP for the 2015 Volt starts at $34,345 (without dealer fees or potential rebates). Many are predicting that the base 2016 Volt will be priced at, or possibly even under, this in peacefulness to remain competitive.

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BMW Plans For Third Member Of i-Series Post 2020

BMW Plans For Third Member Of i-Series Post 2020 Last week a top BMW executive said the German automaker is beginning to conceptualize its next i-series model and projects its release some after 2020.
According to an Automotive News Europe interview with the R&D chief Klaus Froehlich, the gestational process is just getting started.
“We are still in the strategic research phase where we brainstorm,” he said. “Teams that start with a white sheet of paper. They talk with customers, hold workshops, then present their thoughts and we choose.”
Thus BMW is starting from scratch, and a one might expect of the i-series, this will not just be one of rebranding an already existing model.
The company also plans to use its i-series research as a sort of technology funnel. So the advancements seen within the i3, i8, and eventually the third limb of this assemble will trickle down to the rest of its consumer vehicles. For example the i8′s plug in power-train will be seen in a multitude of 3 series, 4 series and the X5.
As far as battery improvements for BMW, there is steady progress; Froehlich says that there’s a “minimum 20 percent battery density improvement each three years.”
SEE ALSO: Is a 200-Mile EV the Next Automotive Benchmark?
These developments will boost the limits and performance of the i3 and i8 as newer model years are released. But it is not speculated that owners of earlier models will be able to upgrade their batteries due to their unification with the chassis.
Nor was it reported how BMW would cope with 200-mile range purpose-built EVs priced in the mid 30s by 2017 expected to come as the Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Volt, and potentially Ford if a rumor reported by Automobile magazine holds at all right. Read more