Nissan has lost the plot — puts gasoline engine in ‘EV,’ says it’s 100% electric driven

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I don’t even know where to start with this one. So I’m just going to take it step by step. Earlier today, Nissan, that Japanese car company that usually has its head screwed on pretty well, posted a tweet. And it’s the most insane tweet I’ve ever read, and I follow Elon Musk. The tweet outlined Nissan’s ePower technology, which it says is a 100% electric-motor driven system. Except, it’s not, because it has a gasoline engine. It’s 100% electric-motor driven in the sense that only the electric motor is connected to the wheels, but the battery that powers it…

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Amsterdam tree versus Jaguar i-Page: Jag wins

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When we talk about the future of cars, most of the time we are talking about electric drivetrains. But we shouldn’t forget that as technology develops and gets more advanced, cars are also getting safer. This case in point was made today in a windy Amsterdam when a tree fell on a Jaguar i-Pace EV, and left it totally unfazed as two other cars — an Audi and Mercedes — took the brunt of the tree’s branches. Hello from the other side pic.twitter.com/EX2ukbQkXI — Venz (@venz) March 11, 2021 It seems the Audi’s rear window has been smashed, but the…

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Swappable batteries: Will motorbikes succeed where electric cars failed?

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Good news two-wheeled friends! A group of key motorbike makers are coming together to define industry standards for swappable batteries. Yamaha, Piaggio, Honda, and KTM have all reportedly signed an agreement to work together on the technology for motorbikes and light vehicles. The agreement sees the companies form a consortium, which is open to other manufacturers to join. So if you’re from or know someone who works at BMW Motorrad, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, or any other motorbike manufacturer, politely, please can you get on board with this? Kawaski and Suzuki were reportedly part of a similar deal which was discussed last…

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Watch Jay Leno get nostalgic and swoon over this 1909 EV

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It seems there’s never been so much chatter about electric cars as there is today. You’d think that electric cars are a product of the modern era, a totally new technology never before seen. Well, if you think that, you’re wrong. Sorry pal. When personal automobiles began to gain popularity among the upper echelons of society over 100 years ago, they weren’t gasoline, they were electric. People had charging points at their homes, and there were even battery swap stations for public use. [Read: How do you build a pet-friendly gadget? We asked experts and animal owners] One of the…

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Ever wondered what’s inside a Tesla battery pack? Watch this

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Electric vehicle maker Tesla is lauded for its no compromises approach to battery technology. It knows drivers want big range, coupled with fast and ample recharging facilities. When it comes to these features, it’s fair to say that Tesla has set the standard. But what exactly goes into its battery packs. What do they even look like? [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] Thankfully, electric vehicle restomodders like to take Tesla battery packs apart, and cannibalize the parts to electrify other vehicles. There are a bunch of videos floating around the web showing Tesla batteries at certain…

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn might save Chinese EV startup Byton with a $200M investment

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One of Apple‘s main component suppliers is reportedly in talks to buy a financially beleaguered electric vehicle (EV) maker. According to a Bloomberg News report which cites “people familiar with the matter,” Foxconn Technology Group is in discussions to invest $200 million into Chinese EV startup Byton Ltd. [Read: The Kalashnikov CV-1 was meant to kill Tesla and impress Putin — but where is it?] The funding injection would allegedly help Byton begin manufacture of its M-Byte electric car by the first quarter of 2022. Although that information is not confirmed, and sources have not been named. Byton is one…

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Hyundai bought Boston Dynamics for nearly $1B — now build a walking car!

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At the start of last November, reports surfaced that Korean carmaker Hyundai was in talks to buy Boston Dynamics, the company that makes those robot dogs that will probably lead the charge when the machines rise up. Now, various reports confirm that a deal has been reached, and it will see Hyundai take over Boston Dynamics from its current owners, Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, for $921 million. As Gizmodo reports, this is the third time in seven years that the unprofitable Boston Dynamics has changed hands. The company spun off from a research unit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in…

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