Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has announced the Superchargers charge-ups station and it will be available free for Model S drivers. The Supercharger rapid car charging network will initially be available in six locations throughout California. It will be powered by solar technology, developed by solar installer SolarCity.
The Superchargers stations can charge the Model S automobile with 100 KW of power and provide three hours of driving at 60 mph in about half an hour.
Kia has radically redesigned its 2013 Forte which will be called K3 in Korea. The sketches shows the car has no door handles and side mirrors. Current Kia retains the tiger nose grille in the design.
The actual new model will debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November 2012.
Tesla Motors began its landmark launch of the electric Model-S sedan. The first 1200 S Models to be delivered will have 85-kwh batteries, and later come the 60-kwh versions, eventually followed by the 40-kwh versions. Tesla will also be offering demos over the next 45 days in its Get Amped Model S Tour.
The battery-electric car, will sell for $50,000 to over $100,000.
The state of Nevada has issued a first license for Google’s self-driving Prius provided there are two people inside the car at all times. The Google modified Prius uses video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and a laser range finder to look out for traffic.
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BMW is recalling mor than 1.3 million 5 Series and 6 Series models worldwide due to battery problem which could cause a fire. In rare cases this could result in owners not being able to start their vehicle. In extremely rare cases the electrical system could malfunction, leading to a scorching of the boot floor and a fire may result.
Owners of affected cars will be contacted in the coming weeks and asked to arrange a visit to their dealer.
Toyota has just released the US pricing for the Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Starting price for entry level is $32,000. Prius Plug-In Hybrid Advances retails at $39,525. The Levinton 16 Amp, Level 2 charging station for $999, starting from early next month. The Prius plug-in hybrid will be offered in 14 western and East Coast state.
Honda is recalling 936,000 Fit compacts, CR-V, and City models worldwide to update the software on the automatic transmission to decrease the possibility of transmission damage. In addition to that, another 26,000 CR-Z hybrid models will also be recalled in the US Canada, Japan, and other markets dues to defective programming of the electronic units.
Honda says it will begin sending recall notifications to customers on Aug. 31.
Google’s self-driving Prius crashed near Google Headquarters due to human error when it was driven manually.
Statement from Google:
Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.
This Google project is aimed at creating less traffic accidents and improving transportation safety and productivity.
Microsoft and Toyota is working together to create a in-car technology connected to the Internet via Microsoft’s services, allowing people to monitor and control their electric and hybrid Toyotas from their homes and in the car.
Toyota is looking to deploy its Microsoft’s Azure platform powered telematics system across its 2012 fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The car company giant will establish a global cloud platform within three years.
New info has emerged for the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid car, under the hood it will be a V8, 3.4 liters, 500 HP propulsed by the same three electrical engines. This hybrid car has four modes. E-Drive is a pure electric mode which allow the car to go for 16 miles. Hybrid Mode uses both the internal engine and also electric propulsion. Sport Hybrid uses electric power to boost the engine giving more the power to the rear wheels. Race Hybrid mode uses a push-to-pass button using battery and electric for passing.
Porsche is starting production of its 918 Spyder hybrid sports car which can hit 100kph in just 3.2 second. It is powered by a 500-horsepower V8 engine and electric drive-systems that enable the vehicle to run up to 25 kilometers on electric power. The price tag is rumored to be over $600,000. Will you buy one? You can in early 2013.