According to the Verge, Apple Inc. has trebled its 600-person team to increase the muscle of its electric car plans. The project is codenamed Titan and the company hopes to complete it by 2019. While Apple loyalists wait with bated breath for this addition to the tech world, it remains unclear if the car would be fully automated.
Additionally, the 2019 deadline does not necessarily mean that the car would be ready to enter the market and be up for shipping by then. This date is also a year ahead of the initial deadline for the automobile. Titan therefore becomes one of Apple’s most ambitious projects, especially after the company’s absolute lack of prior [...]
The news about Apple‘s electric car project is gaining traction day by day and according to a latest report, the company is negotiating with BMW to use i3 electric cars as a base for the project. Similar reports surfaced in March this year, but BMW denied such claims.
BMW’s i3 is an all-electric car which can run for 80 and 90 miles on a full charge. At a recharge rate of 20 miles per hour, it takes four hours to charge the car from a public charger. The body is made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, which reportedly attracted Apple in the first place. The carbon [...]
As reported earlier by us, Apple has not yet made an official announcement about its new electric car project that is currently being called Project Titan. What we know about it, is that Apple has been on a recruiting spree, hiring about a hundred new professionals from Tesla, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and the like. They have also hired former deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Paul Furgale. In fact very recently, Apple just settled a law suit filed against them by automotive battery manufacturer A123 Systems accusing them of an attempt to use A123 employees to start a battery operation.
Their latest hire is Mr.Betts, [...]
Former General Motors(GM) boss, Dan Akerson has warned Apple to stay away from manufacturing their own car, instead he advised the Cupertino based giant to focus on making in-car technology (something like CarPlay). He also suggested that profit margins on cars are relatively meager in comparison to iPhone which is practically a money minting machine.
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A lot of people who don’t ever operate in it(automobile manufacturing) don’t understand and have a tendency to underestimate. They’d better think carefully if they want to get into [...]
Allison Howard, American graduate student at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia purchased a Nissan Leaf earlier this month. That Nissan Leaf was the 1,00,000th zero-emission car sold by the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here. We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100 percent committed to zero-emission technology for the long term.
– Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Renault-Nissan
Renault-Nissan has sold more zero-emission cars than all other automotive manufacturers put together. Electric cars sold by the French-Japanese alliance have driven approximately 841 [...]
While there have been many electric and hybrid car models around for quite some time now, the idea of charging the batteries manually and “plugging in your car” didn’t bode well with many customers. That might just change now.
Tesla has unveiled a new system that allows people to change the battery pack in their electric cars in just 90-seconds, less than half the time it takes to fill up a car with petrol/diesel.
Musk and Franz Von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer, demonstrated the system late yesterday at the company’s Hawthorne, California, design [...]
VW did launch their new Beetle at the Auto Expo 2012, but they forgot to include this batboy in their Indian lineup. The new E-Bugster Concept is a full electric 114 HP motor powered retro styled ride. The vehicle is powered with 315 KG’s worth of lithium-ion batteries, which are placed in the trunk of the new Beetle. It does 0-100 in 11 Seconds and has a 160 KM range on just battery juices. Fancy yourself an E-Bug?
With the launch of the Chevrolet BEAT Diesel next month, GM plans to unveil an electronic varient of the car. Working alongside Reva for the past year, the auto manufaturer has developed a vehicle with a range of 130Kms on a full charge which taks 8 hours, and a motor that gives 60bhp.
A GM official said that, “The plan is to just showcase our technology and organise test drives for a few people. The vehicles will be assembled here from parts designed and sourced globally. We are not looking to launch this immediately as we do not have the [...]
Luxury car maker Rolls Royce has just announced an electric prototype of its flagship the “Phantom”. Possibly the best luxury car available today. The car dubbed 102EX is still a prototype and the company along with the CEO want people to join in a global debate to see whether or not they should go into production. Primarily if Luxury and an electric motor can co-exist in harmony without denting the ego of the Phantom owner!
Join the global debate at www.ElectricLuxury.com
Volkswagen’s XL1 plug in hybrid diesel (futuristic) concept car, is perfect for the Indian Consumer. If we all remember Maruti’s new advertising campaign “Deti kitna hai?”. This car delivers a whopping 133 KPML range – and that too on Diesel. Brilliant, isn’t it? It also, produces only 24g of CO2 per kilometer traveled.
Volkswagen has achieved a 795kg curb weight by using carbon fiber, magnesium, ceramics, and aluminum to shave down any excess weight from the XL1, Testing shows only 0.186 drag coefficient.