Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

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In many ways, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a continuation concept, taking the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016 and removing the top. It is the same 750 hp electric car as last year, with fearsome acceleration and a range of 500 kilometers (311 mi) but visually, the car achieves so much more. The end result was on show yesterday at Pebble Beach 2017, and as can be seen, it is far grander than most roadsters could hope for.

Source: Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

555-hp Nikola electric side-by-side tears through dirt for up to 200 miles a charge

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The big, 555-hp option is a leap up from the already large 520-hp figure Nikola had been using since first revealing its plans in 2016, and both are quite far beyond the current power levels of other performance UTVs. The UTV market still has plenty of models with double-digit power figures, and the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R is claimed to be the most powerful factory-built side-by-side out there right now with its 172 hp. The Polaris RZR XP Turbo follows closely behind with 168 hp, and we had a pretty damn good time in a Yamaha YXZ1000R with a mere 90 hp on tap. Needless to say, 555 hp is a crazy leap up the power ladder.

Source: 555-hp Nikola electric side-by-side tears through dirt for up to 200 miles a charge

Reuters: Tesla looking to start testing autonomous semi in “platoon” formation | Ars Technica

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in April that the company is working on pushing a long-haul electric semi truck to market, which is set to be formally revealed in September. Now, Reuters has viewed e-mail correspondence between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that indicate that the company has discussed testing semi trucks on the state’s roads.

Source: Reuters: Tesla looking to start testing autonomous semi in “platoon” formation | Ars Technica

Richard Hammond Not Seriously Injured in Horrific Electric Supercar Crash

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Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Hallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee. Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on sight for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.

Source: Richard Hammond Not Seriously Injured in Horrific Electric Supercar Crash

This Patent Could Solve One of the Biggest Issues With Owning a Tesla

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You use your smartphone — not to find a charging station, which you hope is within range, but to summon a charging drone — and you keep driving. Within minutes, a drone is hovering over your car, and your battery is charging. You never even had to leave the road.

Source: This Patent Could Solve One of the Biggest Issues With Owning a Tesla

Experts Predict EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

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Between now and 2021 the cost of batteries used to power electric cars will continue to drop, lowering the price of electric vehicles significantly. This ongoing trend will eventually allow electric cars to undercut gasoline-powered cars by 2030.

Source: Experts Predict EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Electric road powers Renault EVs

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That wouldn’t be a problem, however, if the vehicle was able to draw power from the road as it was driving. Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom have taken a step towards making that happen, with the recent demonstration of a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system.The demo took place this Thursday on a 100-meter (328-ft) test track built by Vedecom and located in Versailles, France, near Paris.

Source: Electric road powers Renault EVs