Electric cars, hybrids, and related vehicles


#301

Well, if you want to be entrepreneurial about it. Let’s start a company. A mobile supercharger. You just build some sort of access for a truck to roll around at like 3a.m. and supercharge cars overnight. Give them the license plate/parking location and boom, car charged overnight on the street.

This seems like a legit business idea, feel free to steal it from me. Though, I am sure it will go as well as “It’s Alway’s Sunny’s” Door to door gasoline business.


#302

This is the most realistic vision for a ‘flying car’ that I’ve seen. Maybe it won’t produce a commercial vehicle anytime soon, maybe never. But they’re approaching development from the right direction (passenger safety first). And they’re trying to solve the biggest hurdle for any mass-produced personal flying vehicle: the fact that most people aren’t qualified to pilot such a vehicle, and probably never will be. I could see a drone-like vehicle theoretically working, where a personal jet or helicopter never had a chance.


#303

Sudden, the Knightrider Theme song started going off in my head.


#304

‘Hackers can control Nissan Leaf’s heating and access driving history’:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/24/hackers-nissan-leaf-heating-access-driving-history

Hackers can control features in Nissan’s Leaf electric cars over the internet, enabling them to remotely enable the air conditioning and heating, or pull information from the car including driving history, replete with GPS co-ordinates.

The car can be hacked by exploiting a weakness in the way it communicates with its companion app, NissanConnect EV. The app itself can be used to control the in-car climate and check driving range, but only for the owner’s car.

However, the security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the app’s communication with the car is entirely unauthenticated, allowing anyone to send the same commands and requests for information over the web. Worse, the only way the app specifies which car to connect to is with the vehicle identification number (Vin), which is unique to each car. But the Vin for Leaf cars only changes in the last five digits, and is frequently visibly displayed through the windscreen of cars.

The damage potential is low compared with other recent vehicle hacks, particularly the vulnerable Jeeps first reported in September 2015, which could be remotely steered and accelerated by an attacker. But it still allows an attacker to run the battery of a car flat, by leaving the central heating on for hours on end, and greatly compromises the privacy of the user.

I remember a conversation with the Zoe rep when i went to test drive one, i was saying i did not want the computer/app access or keyless entry as they were security weaknesses. He was a 30 year something and gave me this sort of completely-not-getting-it look. But yeah for sure i don’t buy into this modern era ‘convenience’ stuff 99% of the time. It’s like having a credit card you just swipe without a pin, dumb.


#305

‘Chevrolet Bolts are about to start rolling off the production line’:

Decent sounding EV, and i hope it does well for them (us!). :)


#306

The Bolt has an interesting shape. It looks like a minivan got squished in a vise or something. Granted, it may look different in person, but it looks… I don’t know… bulky? The Tesla Model 3 hasn’t been unveiled so this is not a fair comparison, but the silhouette I’ve seen of the Tesla makes it look much sportier. It almost feels like the Bolt is going after the tree-hugging Birkenstock crowd who currently drives a Prius, while the Tesla is going after people who want a sexy vehicle - granted, I think there is enough room in the EV market that they both can succeed, but it definitely feels like they’re approaching different segments of that market.


#307

For anyone interested in two wheels, over at www.rideapart.com they are running blogs (zero below zero) on riding the Zero FX in winter.

The FX is all electric, ~100 km range, 33kW, 95Nm of torque - all in a weight package of 132kg. For myself, a range of 100km would be perfect for the daily commute. The thing that I like about pure electric is the low maintenance. All you need to worry about are tires, shocks, and battery.


#308

It doesn’t help that the photo in the linked article shows the Bolt being squished in a vise or something.


#309

Then there’s this story about Tesla and Singapore…


#310

Well, I am now a proud Tesla depositee! I went to the Tyson’s Corner store and plunked down my deposit on the Model 3. I got there just before noon, and the line was about 70 people. It took just under 40 minutes to get in the building, and about 2 minutes to give my info. Everything moved smoothly and we even were given free Perrier while waiting. As I was leaving I noticed that the line was only about 15 people, so I guess everyone wanted to get it done in the morning.

You don’t get any physical evidence that you have a reservation (they are going to email something but who knows when that will arrive). I did check my credit card and the deposit was charged, so that’s evidence as much as anything else I guess.

I know it’s sort of silly to purchase a car in its first year, especially one where you don’t exactly know the price, but hey, I’m a bleeding edge kind of guy. Plus the deposit is refundable.


#311

Would love to hear your impressions when you get it (which is when btw?). After my test drive of the Zoe, i just love the EV feel, and obviously saving the planet for my children is a big incentive.


#312

I have no idea if I’ll even know my place in line when they email a confirmation. I would not be shocked if it wasn’t until the end of 2017/early 2018.


#313

The stories I’ve seen indicate at least a year away for the Model 3. The car sure as hell seems nifty, in a future-is-now sort of way. Great projected performance stats, and there’s even an all-wheel-drive dual motor version (more expensive of course than the normal version). If this sort of electric vehicle design philosophy–that is, cars that don’t bore you to death–catches on I’d be willing to look at one down the road. Hell, even Toyota is finally realizing people want something that isn’t a snooze fest, and is trying to spiff up the Prius line.

Now if they’d only figure out a way to simulate a clutch pedal and a shifter in a true EV…;)


#314

The website says that deliveries begin late 2017.


#315

140,000 Model 3 pre-orders in a few hours. Not bad for what is currently a vapor-car.


#316

I just wish the Tesla charging stations were universal instead of proprietary. It’s a shame they are building a network of charging stations that other EVs cannot use.


#317

The Bolt has an interesting shape. It looks like a minivan got squished in a vise or something.
Isn’t that a fairly standard crossover shape? I’m not a fan, but they’re extremely common in recent years. I guess the bonnet looks a bit squished, but nothing major.


#318

I didn’t realize that. That’s kind of shitty, to put it mildly. Imagine if you couldn’t only buy gas at certain gas station chains.


#319

Yes, it certainly doesn’t help promote EVs when the charging stations are proprietary. The chargers the rest of the EVs use are universal. A Volt, Leaf, and Prius can all use the same charging station, and there are several different manufacturers who make them.

I’ve decided to install a level 2 charger in my carport. I need to put in an outlet to trickle-charge so we decided to go ahead and pay more and get a level 2 charger put in. We may go with a second EV or a hybrid in the next few years. We have a Kia coming up to the end of the lease in the next 18 months and we may just turn it in and get something else. We both really enjoy driving the Leaf.


#320

I didn’t know the EV tax break expires after 200,000 cars are sold per manufacturer. I went from ‘I would never preorder a car’ to ‘Huh, maybe I should preorder one of these’ to ‘oh, too late’ in the space of 10 seconds.

Is that the final interior? Because that looked extremely bare bones on the pictures Ars took.