Cars

Porsche tests a four-motor powertrain for electric SUVs

Sponsored Links Porsche Porsche’s follow-ups to the Taycan may make its powerplants seem conservative by comparison. The Stuttgart crew has revealed that it’s working on a four-motor powertrain for electric SUVs, twice as many as what you’ll find in the Taycan. This isn’t about improving quarter mile times, though. Instead, the design is focused on …

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Tesla will start charging $10 per month for ‘Premium’ in-car data

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Matt York Tesla wasn’t entirely accurate when it said it would start charging for some in-car data on July 1st of last year, but it looks like owners have finally been asked to cough up. The automaker is notifying customers who ordered on or after July 1st, 2018 that it’s switching them …

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Regulators are the only ones who can save us from distracted drivers

I ride my trusty Vespa scooter all around San Francisco. In the Bay Area, it’s more convenient for getting around than a car, and I can park almost anywhere. Riding on two wheels places you above most drivers and makes you hyperaware of others on the road, and what I see more often than not …

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Musk takes the stand in first day of “pedo guy” trial

Enlarge / Elon Musk arrives at federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images Elon Musk has never been someone to back down from a fight. On Tuesday, Musk’s confrontational personality brought him to a Los Angeles federal courtroom to testify in a defamation lawsuit brought by …

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Elon Musk: Tesla Cybertruck already has 200,000 pre-orders

Enlarge / You wanted the future? Here it is. Tesla When Tesla unveiled its new pickup truck last Wednesday, many critics blasted it as ugly and impractical. But despite these criticisms, more than 200,000 people have put down a $100 deposit to reserve a spot in line for the new vehicle, Tesla CEO Elon Musk …

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What do the concept cars of the LA Auto Show tell us about the future?

The Vision Mercedes Simplex re-imagines the 1901 Mercedes 35PS. Brian Won Welcome to the future? Brian Won Three-pointed star even in the details. Brian Won Clear rear wheels. Brian Won Clearly from the future, not the past. Brian Won Classic touches emphasized with the wood rim. Brian Won Strap your custom luggage to the back …

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Tesla wants to reinvent the pickup with the $39,900 Cybertruck

Tesla sent over some better images of the Cybertruck, and I updated the delivery information below. Tesla The interior will seat six. Tesla It’s a bold look. Will the production Cybertruck need side mirrors, though? Tesla The shape says Aston Martin Bulldog, the materials say Delorean DMC12. Tesla You wanted the future? Here it is. …

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Improving autonomous autos by having them guess which humans are selfish

Enlarge / But what does that car think that the spectator is thinking? China News Service Imagine you’re trying to make a left turn onto a busy road. Car after car rolls past, keeping you trapped as your frustration rises. Finally, a generous driver decelerates enough to create a gap. A check of the traffic …

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Watch out, Tesla—Ford gets serious with Mustang Mach-E electric crossover

Ford wanted its first long-range EV to be unambiguously a Ford, so it decided to make it a Mustang. Ford The original plan was for a front-wheel drive compliance car. That got shelved in 2017, and this sketch shows some of the changes that were made. The green line is the original BEV, the black …

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