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Volvo Trucks Will Release All-Electric Semi Truck In 2019



Hybrid Volvo Truck

Volvo Trucks promises to introduce a new line of electric trucks in 2019 to rival the Tesla Semi.

Like Tesla, the company believes electric trucks will change urban transportation by drastically reducing noise and exhaust emissions and opening up new ways to manage logistics, allowing more transport assignments to be carried out at night and and lowering the number of trucks that need to compete for road space during rush-hour. It is in the process of testing electric trucks with pilot program partners and plans to roll out production units to Europe in 2019.

Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks, stated:

“By using electrically powered and quieter trucks for goods transport in urban areas, we meet several challenges simultaneously. Without disturbing noise and exhaust gases, it will be possible to operate in more sensitive city centres. Transport may also take place throughout less busy periods, for example in late evening and at night.”

Unlike Tesla, however, Volvo Trucks will initially focus on urban logistics in crowded European cities, an increasing number of which have ambitious goals of eliminating emissions from vehicles. Nilsson added:

“We believe in full electrification for urban distribution as a first step. However we are working with electrification for other transport applications. This is only the beginning.”

Volvo hasn’t announced if any other markets outside of Europe will have access to its new electric trucks, but considering Volvo trucks are commonplace on North American roads and freeways, a cross-Atlantic trip only seems natural.

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Tesla Pickup Truck Looks Like ‘Armored Personnel Carrier’



Tesla electric pickup truck

The ‘cybertruck’ supposedly doesn’t look like the renderings we’ve seen online.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has dropped a few more hints about the company’s all-electric pickup, particularly that the Blade Runner-inspired truck is very different in appearance to the numerous speculative renderings that have popped up over the years.

“Cybertruck doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen bouncing around the Internet,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s closer to an armored personnel carrier from the future.”

Previous comments by Musk also suggest it will have an electric powertrain that delivers “crazy torque” and impressive towing capabilities, a dynamic air suspension system, a rotating tailgate that drops very low to the ground, and 240-volt outlets for industrial equipment used by welders and other professionals.

The company even wants to sell the all-electric pickup truck for less than $50,000 so that it appeals to the mass market.

The Tesla pickup isn’t likely to enter production until after Tesla is able to produce the Model Y in high volume.

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Offers Two Battery Options, Much Lower Price



Baby blue Porsche Taycan 4S Electric Car

The 4S is nearly $47,000 less expensive than the midrange Turbo edition.

Porsche has expanded the Taycan lineup with the addition of the Taycan 4S, a more affordable version of its first electric car.

The Taycan 4S is powered by an all-electric drivetrain consisting of two electric motors, a two-speed transmission, and a 79.2 kWh kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

The larger 93.4-kWh battery of the Turbo and Turbo S models is available as part of a $6,580 Performance Battery Plus package.

The Taycan 4S produces 522 horsepower in standard form and 563 horsepower with the upgraded battery. Both battery configurations allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3.8 seconds and reach a top sped of 155 mph (249 km/h).

Porsche hasn’t announced how far the either Taycan 4S versions can drive on a single charge, but the electric range will likely span from around 225 to 250 miles based on the EPA’s testing.

Models equipped with the 79.2 kWh battery can be recharged up to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S has a starting price of $103,800 in the United States, which is nearly $47,000 less than the Taycan Turbo. Deliveries begin in spring 2020.

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Dyson Won’t Make An Electric Car After All



Dyson Electric Car Patent Sketch

The company couldn’t make the project ‘commercially viable.’

Vacuum maker Dyson has unexpectedly terminated its plans for an electric vehicle after determining that the project would not be financially feasible.

In an , company founder Sir James Dyson praised the team for developing a “fantastic” electric vehicle but said they couldn’t find a way to make it “commercially viable.”

Dyson was also unsuccessful in finding a buyer for the project after deciding to kill it.

The electric vehicle, which was expected to be ready sometime in 2021, was apparently far along in development, with prototypes already undergoing testing. However, the task of preparing for volume production proved too onerous.

“This is not a product failure, or a failure of the team, for whom this news will be hard to hear and digest,” Dyson stated in the email. “We have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable.”

The $2.5 billion investment dedicated to the project won’t completely go to waste, since Dyson will still work on the project’s IP and solid-state battery tech for its household products.

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