“This technology is completely untapped,” Joe Napoleon said of the eerily quiet all-electric but blindingly quick Chevrolet Camaro EL1. “Everybody talks about it. Nobody does shit about it. We’re going to go debunk all the myths.” That’s what the owner of Napoleon Motorsports has to say about this latest creation, which takes the team from its roots in short-track racing and Pirelli Trans-Am into Formula Drift’s top Pro class. Team operations guy and self-proclaimed “enabler” Ron Bergenholtz was a bit more blunt describing the reaction to the EL1, which Travis Reeder is driving this season. It’s Formula Drift’s first electric car, and a build that has the potential to open up a whole new world of big-power performance electric builds. “All of the sudden you guys come into the scene,” Bergenholtz exclaimed, “and completely shake up and break the system with a sledgehammer!” wouldn’t even … [Read more...] about This Camaro Became Formula Drift’s Groundbreaking First Electric Car After Getting Hit by a Train
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New York City is proud of its six upcoming Nissan Leaf cabs, but more than a hundred years ago an all-electric fleet of taxis served the city using technology that even today would still be considered cutting edge. Advertisement Here's the story of how their fall from grace killed electric vehicles in the United States — and the world. In the early 20th century, electric cars were actually mainstream. In 1900, there were more electric automobiles on New York City streets than cars powered by gasoline. True, there were only 4,192 cars sold in the United States that year, but 1,575 of them were electric. The advantages were obvious — electrics were quiet, clean, and easy to use. Battery power looked like the ideal choice for personal urban transportation (For what it's worth, both electrics and gas-engined cars were both beaten in sales by steam-powered cars — 1,681 of them, to be precise — but who the hell really thinks steam still makes sense?). Street car … [Read more...] about How A New York Taxi Company Killed The Electric Car In 1900
Shell has stepped up its move into electric vehicle infrastructure with the installation of its first ultrafast charging points in western Europe – but they are so powerful that no car currently on sale today would be able to fully exploit them. The chargers at a motorway service station outside Paris are one of 80 European locations the Anglo-Dutch firm is planning for swift charging by 2020, including as many as eight in the UK. The new points can add 150km of range to a car’s battery in five minutes, or fully recharge the latest models entirely in about 10 minutes, three times faster than the best chargers available today. Porsche’s Taycan is expected to be one of the first models capable of taking advantage of the faster charging speeds when it goes on sale in 2019, cutting the time required for recharging closer to that of refuelling. Current electric vehicles will be able to use the chargers at a slower rate. Oil companies have shown an increasing appetite to … [Read more...] about Shell starts rollout of ultrafast electric car chargers in Europe
If you want to dig a few hundred horsepower out of a junkyard to stuff in your project car, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal than a GM LS engine. These V8s are plentiful, relatively cheap, and there are aftermarket parts out the wazoo to crank out whatever amount of horsepower you want. But what if you don’t want to internally combust? What if you’re looking for some more environmentally friendly hot rodding? What then do you drop in your Karmann Ghia? Well, the answer to that question seems to be the Tesla Model S drive unit and Chevy Volt battery combination. I’ve spent the last ten years as an electric vehicle engineer, mostly at Tesla, but also Canoo, and the last twenty digging through the ass-end of the automotive supply chain to find parts for my various hot rods (including my hybrid Honda S600). As such, I’m interested in how electric hot rodding is shaping up, and what solutions people are finding in junkyards. Advertisement If you … [Read more...] about What Is The Electric Version Of The LS Swap?
Koo Kwang-moKoo Kwang-mo, the 41-year-old chairman of LG Corp, has been leading 220,000 staff and executives at home and abroad for one year and five months. The industry was surprised that such a young person took the helm, but LG sources say that the company’s much-needed transformation has started. “March forward with determination that there will be no future if we fail to respond properly and swiftly in the face of an unprecedented crisis,” said Koo, at a president-level workshop last September. Given the state of the company, the pep talk was much needed.The mobile communications (MC) division of LG Electronics, 33.7 percent owned by LG Corp, which makes and sells smartphones, has been losing money for 18 consecutive months. This year alone, it has accumulated a deficit of 350 billion won ($300 million).The sense of urgency is growing as future businesses, such as LG Chem’s next-generation car battery and LG Display’s OLED TV panel, are struggling. … [Read more...] about Young leader takes LG’s challenges head-on