If every car on the road was a self driving, autonomous car, here’s a list of 4 things we don’t we need anymore:
1. Traffic Lights: Self Driving Cars Don’t Need Traffic Signals
Imagine 4 swarms of bees zipping through a 4 way intersection…
No collisions because they have instant reactions, and even better, communication with each other to indicate where they’re going.
It might look something like this:
2. No Car Parks: Autonomous Vehicles Don’t Need Car Parks Or Parking Buildings
Article Source Green Car Reports
After unveiling its Generation EQ electric SUV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz announced some ambitious future electric-car plans.
Late last week, the luxury carmaker said a production model based on the Generation EQ will be the first of no fewer than 10 electric cars it will sell under a new EQ sub-brand.
That would seem to make EQ the equivalent of rival BMW’s “i” sub-brand, which currently includes two models, with a third rumored for 2019. Continue reading
Article Source Green Car Reports
Toyota is one of the world’s three largest carmakers, along with General Motors and Volkswagen Group.
Having placed its bets for the future of zero-emission transport on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, it’s by far the most resistant of the three to the notion of battery-electric cars.
But a recent news story might possibly indicate a crack in the company’s intransigence.
It hinted that Toyota may now plan to offer an electric car beyond the low-range “city car” ghetto it’s traditionally assigned to battery-only vehicles. Continue reading
Article Source Inhabitat
Nissan‘s electric car, the Leaf, has been around since the auto-manufacturer launched their 2011 model in December 2010. While there have been hints of a second generation Leaf, comments by Nissan Europe’s Electric Vehicle Director suggest the company may be working on a subcompact electric car instead.
Electric Vehicle Director Gareth Dunsmore told Auto Express, “We’ve investing $5.4 billion in electric cars such as the Leaf, so we need to ensure we’re satisfying as many types of customer as possible. In Europe, that could mean looking towards B-segment hatches and SUVs or crossovers.” Continue reading
Article Source TheGuardian
Tesla announced on Wednesday that from now on all of its electric cars will be built with the components required to turn them into fully autonomous vehicles at a later date. Now chief executive, Elon Musk, has released a video showing what that really means.
The video shows a Tesla Model X driving out of a garage, picking up a human driver – who is required to be in the driving seat for the car to legally self-drive in the US – and then driving itself around some public roads, navigating junctions and highways before returning to a parking lot, letting out the human driver and then going off to park itself. Continue reading
Our guide to public charging stations gives you the lowdown on where you can charge electric cars and plug-ins, and how you should do it.
So you’re interested in buying an electric car, and are wondering how many charging stations there are around the country, and how they work. Look no further, as our guide answers those questions and many more. We’ll talk you through the different types of public charging station and how much they cost to use, and give you a brief guide to charging conventions and etiquette. This guide concentrates mainly on electric cars (EVs), though much of what we cover will also be of interest those considering a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Continue reading
Article Source Forbes
The auto industry has convinced itself it needs to produce more electric vehicles, but there’s one more decision to make – should it go for battery only, or plug-in hybrid.
At the moment, the future looks to be with plug-in hybrids, with battery-only less favored. Meanwhile Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is adamant it has to be pure electric. A plug-in hybrid is a mere interim solution on the way to an all electric future, Musk says.
The weight of evidence currently available suggests Musk is wrong. Admittedly, this “evidence” is really subjective, but it comes from reliable corporate players.
According to Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co of Germany, a big privately owned major supplier of components for the automotive and aerospace industries, by 2030 about 38% of global vehicles will be hybrids of one kind or another, while pure electric vehicles (EVs) will account for just 10%. That still leaves just over 50% powered by traditional internal combustion engines (ICE). Continue reading
Article Source Fastcoexist
Owning an electric car can be harder if you live in an apartment than a house, since most apartment building garages only have enough power to charge a few cars; if you don’t park at the right time, you won’t be able to plug in. One startup is trying to solve the problem with smarter charging stations: By sending data between the stations, it’s possible to retrofit old buildings to support many more cars at once.
“Most parking garages are designed with enough power for the lights and maybe the gate and an elevator but not a whole lot more,” says Joseph Nagle, director of marketing for EverCharge, the Bay Area startup. “It’s because of that that it gets really expensive to get additional power into most buildings.” Continue reading
Article Source The Guardian
The number of plug-in electric cars on the world’s roads is set to pass the landmark of 2m vehicles by the end of 2016, with industry observers saying the electric car revolution is finally underway.
A surging market in China is leading the way and Chinese-made models have pushed into the top five best-selling models. Europe is the second biggest market, followed by the US, but their traditional car manufacturers face a stern challenge from China and from Tesla, whose much-anticipated Model 3 is expected to go into production in 2017.
The electric vehicle market has made a number of false starts. Barack Obama predicted a million in the US alone by 2015 – the reality was a quarter of that, with people put off by short driving ranges and high prices. However, electric vehicle (EV) sales have now passed 1% of the whole auto market in Europe and China and experts believe a turning point has been passed. Continue reading
Article Source Technology Review
The future of cars may be electric, but bringing that future into the present will require tough policy decisions to be made by governments.
A new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and McKinsey & Company reaffirms what MIT Technology Review has said in the past: by 2030, electric vehicles will be a dominant mode of transport. In fact, the new research estimates that as many as two-thirds of all cars on the road in some wealthy cities could be electric by that point.
Anyone who visited the Paris Motor Show last month may think such a future is inevitable. There, as many as two dozen new electric cars were announced. Many will be on sale as soon as next year, and most by 2020. Proclamations by BMW suggest that electric cars could make up as much as 25 percent of its sales—that’s in the region of 500,000 cars per year—within the next 10 years. Continue reading