A recent analysis found that running an EV is, on average, 2.3 times cheaper than operating a traditional gas vehicle. There’s always been some concern that, despite the environmental cred not pumping gas gives, EV buyers weren’t doing as much for the environment as they thought: if the electricity powering your car comes from coal, you’re still polluting, just from a power plant, not your tailpipe.
But EVs continue to get more efficient and the electricity they use is becoming cleaner.
The company has also entered into a $2.5 million partnership with the University of Michigan to study automated driving systems, received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing permit in California, and acquired a former AM General commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, making the scope of their ambitions and existing US footprint in the EV industry even more clear
Hyundai’s latest EV appears to have what it takes to challenge some stars of the segment.
Hyundai used the New York Auto Show as an opportunity to debut the new electric variant of its Kona compact crossover. The little five-door model competes in the burgeoning field of small, affordable EVs, so it only makes sense to see how it stacks up against two of the major players in the segment: the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.
It seems 15 seconds is really all you need to check out the upcoming Porsche Mission E in all of its glory. While Volkswagen Group, as well as some other German automakers, seem to be dragging their feet and riding on a constant wave of future announcements, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Mission E is the real deal.
Jaguar I-PACE will be the first premium self-driving electric vehicle in Waymo’s fleet
● First Waymo self-driving I-PACE will start tests in 2018, and become part of Waymo’s driverless fleet from 2020
● Up to 20,000 vehicles to join Waymo’s fleet in the first two years of production
Of course, if Uber hadn’t, reportedly, turned off the safety system in the Volvo XC90 PHEV, it’s quite likely it too would have detected the woman walking her bicycle across the road. It also goes without saying that if the car’s operator had of not had his eyes off the road for a full five seconds before impact, there is a chance this fatality could have been avoided.
The Alphabet-owned company is planning to add 20,000 of the luxury SUVs outfitted with its class-leading self-driving car technology within the next two years. The new self-driving car will be one of the handful of autonomous vehicles that’ll be available to hail as part of is “Waymo Service” launching later this year.