Friday, October 14, 2016

Genovation Welcomes Pre-Orders For 205.6-MPH Electric Corvette

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Does $750,000 US electric car sound costly or is it worth it for the world's fastest street legal all-electric car?

Genovation Cars, a small American company based in the state of Maryland, had spent years creating an electric vehicle for the high-performance market. Converting one of the oldest running nameplates into a green supercar, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe was transformed into the Genovation GXE, The GXE emerged as record-setter this past July becoming the quickest public road-worthy electric car 205.6-mile per hour (330.881 kilometers per hour) run at Kennedy Space Center in Florida certified by the International Mile Racing Association, On the same week as reports that Audi pulled the plug on its R8 e-tron supercar after a very short construction run, Genovation has started accepting orders for its intended limited production vehicle.

At a cost of $750,000 in the currency of Canada's southern neighbour (translating to approximately $990,239 Canadian dollars), the price of the Genovation GXE equates to roughly 10 times the price of a well-equipped Chevrolet Corvette. The additional price incorporates the  More powerful than a current Corvette ZO6, the GXE's twin electric motor setup delivers a maximum output rated at 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Technical details of the battery pack was not released but is said to provide the car with enough charge to propel the vehicle for 130 miles. This complete power assembly for the Genovation GXE is positioned for 50/50 weight distribution as well as for a low center of gravity to maximum driving performance and handling.

A rarity on an electric car (also being found less on current performance cars) is the seven-speed conventional manual transmission found in gasoline-powered Corvette. Available through a typical console shifter or with the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Genovation Cars explains the gearbox remained to promote a desired level of acceleration for the GXE. The seven-speed transmission also creates a hands-on sports car driving sensation not easily found in present electric vehicles.  

Genovation will produce just 75 examples of the 205.6-mile per hour GXE with each vehicle built to the specific tastes of its owner. Keys for the first Genovation GXE are expected to be passed to buyers by late 2019.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Henrik Fisker Attaches His Name To New All-Electric Plans

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The electrified luxury car marketplace has become the new promised land for 21st century motoring. Long-established companies such BMW, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors have offered vehicles that can operate primarily on electrical power for at least a short distance. However, relatively newer production car builders such as McLaren and Tesla Motors found opportunities to claim a piece of the high-end vehicle segment. Halfway in 2017, a new but familiar Fisker Inc. will rejoin the electrified luxury vehicle market in a completely fresh manner.

Nine years ago, automotive designer Henrik Fisker founded a company that applied the expertise behind the style of the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9 into a radical sedan. Fisker Automotive set out to create a luxury car based on the plug-in hybrid powertrain, First revealing the elegant Fisker Karma in 2008, the vehicle transcended the confides of traditional electric car styling seen at the time. The Karma's four-door coupe posture was enough to make detractors of electrified motoring enchanted by a substantial beauty for a plug-in electric/gasoline hybrid. Presented as a stunning concept, the Fisker Karma transition into production was marred with delays, recalls and a heavy loss caused by a massive natural disaster. With financial ruin occurring with the previous Fisker Automotive company, the namesake founder left as the automaker acquired by a Chinese buyer and has been relaunched as Karma Automotive. The Karma Revero is essentially an updated rebrand of Fisker's plug-in hybrid sedan.

After a few ventures following his departure from the brand that built the Karma, Henrik Fisker formally announced his new business venture appears to go squarely against Tesla Motors.The new company Fisker Inc. is devoted to creating a new all-electric vehicle that will feature a battery providing superior driving range. The proposed new car planned to be unveiled next year will employ a Fisker Nanotech battery said to be game-changing technology boasting impressive performance through high energy capacity and the usage of lightweight construction methods.  “Both the technology and the market are more mature now than when we first started out as pioneers in the electric vehicle industry, and our new vehicle will be the most innovative and cutting-edge electric car ever created.” said Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker. 

The future Fisker Inc. product is set to compete in a yet-to-be determined niche in the premium car market. With many details still outstanding, it's unclear at this point if the vehicle will be focused as a competitor to the Tesla Model S or the Model 3. However, giving some indications to the vision, Henrik Fisker commented  "If the electric car is to succeed as a mass market vehicle, we need a radical new battery technology and battery pack integration – and our vehicles will have just that. With our game-changing battery technology, now is the time to develop more affordable, mass market vehicles”. 

The first all-electric car from Fisker Inc. is slated to be debut to the public in the second half of 2017.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chevrolet Bolt EV Charge In Canada With $42,795 MSRP Price Tag

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At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, General Motors' volume-leading division Chevrolet made a bold presentation of a concept representing the notion of the bowtie brand's first serious production vehicle not to be powered by an internal combustion engine. Besides the existence of the all-electric Bolt EV Concept, Chevrolet made a bold-looking pledge of an affordable battery-powered vehicle that can be driven to a range beyond 200 miles (320 kilometers). The original Bolt EV Concept quickly morphed into the production-ready all-electric concept car preserving a surprisingly hefty account of the design features touted on the auto show floor almost two years ago. A subcompact hatchback with a share of economy and technology, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will soon need to face the test of persuading a mass market to realistically consider an option to gasoline power.

As the early 2017 arrival of the all-electric Chevy is being prepped, the remaining formal details of the Bolt EV is being released. The two factors of range and price boasted through the creation of the concept car are the primary attributes that must transfer to the production car to be successful. Earlier this month, the pivotal range numbers for the potentially game-changing electric car was released exceeding expectations. Through EPA testing in the United States, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV reach a maximum estimated distance of 383 kilometers (238 miles).

On September 20th, Chevrolet finally announced the price consumers will accept in the decision for an electric car future.  For the Canadian market, the base LT trim version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will wear an MSRP of $42,795. Initially appearing somewhat staggering for a small car, several provinces offer electric vehicle incentives that will reduce the overall cost by more than one-quarter. In the province of Ontario, the estimated cost of the Bolt EV LT after benefits is calculated at $31,434. In addition to Ontario, provinces of British Columbia and Quebec will also provide major rebates to buyers of the Bolt EV.

Standard features included with the base sticker price of the 2017 Bolt EV LT includes DC Fast charging compatibility, Michelin self-sealing tires, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen control center, rearview camera and a steering wheel paddle system called 'Regen on Demand'. Chevrolet's electric car will also incorporate a function allowing drivers to match and compare their driving styles against other drivers in a manner to promote greater range efficiency. A Premier version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is also going to be available with a higher price that adds surround camera as well as leather seating featuring heated comfort for both front and rear passengers.

Proving to be an effective answer as a relatively affordable electric vehicles suited for a large sum of everyday drivers, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is seen as direct competition to the Model 3 that was heavily-publicized by Tesla Motors.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fastest Bug On the Salt Flats: Volkswagen Beetle Exceeds 205 Miles Per Hour at Bonneville

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1935 was defined by two milestone events in automotive history. In Germany, the first two prototypes of the 'People's Car" were  constructed with guidance of Ferdinand Porsche. These vehicles quickly emerged as the precursor of the Volkswagen Beetle serving as an influential design ranked alongside the Ford Model T in significance. In the United States on a massive bed of salt in Utah, British speed record setter Sir Malcolm Campbell bettered an effort from a previous outing on Daytona Beach. On September 3rd of 1935, Campbell piloting his Rolls-Royce engined Blue Bird sailed to a 301.129-mile per hour land speed that stood for two years. 80 years after both moments, Volkswagen and the Bonneville Salt Flats combine for a new historic achievement.

The stage for land speed records since the early part of the 20th century, the Bonneville Salt Flats, the sight of a yellow compact car exceeding the performance threshold defining most supercars could be the wackiest if it wasn't the Volkswagen Beetle (one of the world's most versatile vehicles). For the 2016 Utah Salt Flats Racing Association World of Speed event, a specially-configured version of the modern Volkswagen, the Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) roared through a flying mile at a speed of 205.122 miles per hour with the speedometer eventually reading 208 miles per hour through the run.

Piloted by Automobile magazine's contributing editor Preston Lerner through the Bonneville Speedway located near Wendover, Utah, the Volkswagen Beetle LSR featured a lowered suspension, limited-slip differential, a Salt Flat wheel/tire combination and an stripped interior outfitted with a roll cage as well as race seat. However, the main source for the 205.122-mile per hour success was a heavily-modified version of the Volkswagen EA888 turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the stock 210-horsepower Beetle R-Line. Producing insane horsepower similarly seen in the Beetle race car used in the Red Bull Global RallyCross Series, the gasoline engine was souped-up by upgraded by new pistons, camshaft, connecting rods and a meaner turbocharger system. The Volkswagen Beetle LSR's 543 horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque measured at the flywheel arrives from the engine said to have produced greater than 600 horsepower. 

Talking about his 205.122-mile per hour record conforming to Southern California Timing Association G/BGC rules, Preston Lerner described the effort in the Volkswagen Beetle LSR, "as a serious thrill. "We had enough power to go even faster if the salt hadn't been so sketchy. But seeing 208 miles per hour briefly on the digital readout was an experience I'll never forget." said Lerner.