Today’s two top-level Le Mans Prototypes, the Porsche 919 and the Toyota TS050 (shown above), use hybrid drivetrains to offer staggering performance. Soon, LMP1 cars will be required to use even more electric propulsion. In a new set of regulations announced today, the World Endurance Championship (WEC) governing body revealed that it will require LMP1 hybrids to run portions of races on electric-only power starting in 2020.
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.
The new model is a flow battery, which is not does not require an electric charging station to be recharged. Instead, all the users have to do is replace the battery’s fluid electrolytes — rather like filling up a tank. This battery’s fluids from used batteries, all clean, inexpensive, and safe, could be collected and recharged at any solar, wind, or hydroelectric plant. Electric cars using this technology would arrive at the refueling station, deposit spent fluids for recharging, and “fill up” like a traditional car might.
Both Chevy and Tesla are being a bit cagey about official range.Chevy pegged the Bolt at “more than 200 miles” per charge. Tesla put a 215-mile figure on the Model 3 — but insisted that was just the starting point.That said, I’ve heard that Chevy has done more testing and will officially revise the Bolt EV’s official range to around 240 miles.Until it’s official, however, I have to give this one to Tesla simply because it’s given a higher preliminary number. Though, I expect the Bolt to win this category in the long run.
Audi confirms it will make a possible Tesla Model X rival, which will have an electric drive range of more than 300 miles.
The news was confirmed by Audi’s senior engineer, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, in a press release for 2016 Audi R8 e-tron at Geneva Motor Show last week.