First introduced at CES 2020, the Sony VISION-S electric sedan concept has come a long way since then. It’s essentially a technology showcase for the company, starting with always-on connectivity. For autonomous driving, is comes equipped with over thirty sensors, including CMOS, solid state LiDAR, radar, and time-of-flight cameras. All of these sensors and cameras combine to form Sony’s advanced driver assistance suite, called “Safety Cocoon”. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NIO Chief Executive William Li claimed that the company’s latest battery technology will give the all-new ET7 a drive range of over 621-miles between charges. With a starting price of $58,378 USD, it puts this vehicle in direct competition with the Tesla Model S in China. However, the base price does not include the battery pack, as that can only be leased from the company, bumping the base price up to $69,185 USD. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Sung Nak Lee is an automotive designer by trade and Honda fan at heart, so what better way to combine both passions than to create a concept that takes the NSX to a whole new level. Introducing the Acura Allure. Featuring a sleek hourglass-shape designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, there are two lounge seats that can be reconfigured into a single central seat when not in full autonomous mode. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Looking for an electric hypercar that’s even faster than many motorcycles? If so, then look no further than the Aspark Owl. This 1,985-horsepower electric hypercar is unofficially the fastest accelerating car in the world, with a new showroom opening in Osaka, Japan, while orders are now open for North America and Europe. It set a record 0-60 mph time of 1.72 seconds during testing at Misano World Circuit in Italy a few months on street-legal Michelin tires. Read more for a video and additional information.
Volkswagen’s Mobile Charging Robot can be summoned either with a free app or Car-to-X communication, and it operates completely autonomously. It’s capable of steering the vehicle to be charged and then communicates with it, whether that means opening the charging socket flap or connecting the plug / unplugging. The entire charging process happens without any human involvement whatsoever. To charge several electric vehicles simultaneously the mobile robot moves a trailer, or a mobile energy storage unit, to the vehicle, connects, and then uses this to charge the batteries. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Alpha Motor Corporation officially unveils the ACE, an all-electric coupe designed to be an urban electric vehicle that will transform zero emission mobility. It balances versatility, performance, and sustainability on an ultra compact footprint that supports multiple body styles including coupe, sedan, and utility crossover. How so? It’s actually built on a modular vehicle platform that is an extension of Alpha’s much anticipated ICON EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle). Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Apple has been working on self-driving car technology since 2014, code named Project Titan, and is now targeting 2024 to begin production on a passenger vehicle that could include its own next-level battery technology. At one point, the iPhone maker decided to focus solely on self-driving software and reassessed its goals, that is until Doug Field, an Apple veteran who had worked at Tesla, returned to oversee the project in 2018. Read more for a video and additional information.
Mobility company Zoox Inc. has just officially unveiled its fully functional, electric, autonomous vehicle that is designed for dense, urban environments. This purpose-built robotaxi is capable of operating up to 75 miles per hour, and is the only vehicle to offer bidirectional driving capabilities as well as four-wheel steering, which means you can drive through compact spaces as well as change directions without the need to reverse. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Lordstown Motors is hard at work building the production version of their all-electric Endurance pickup truck using their Alpha skateboard chassis. Featuring in-wheel motors, it looks like a blast to drive without a shell on, especially since it’s ultra light and generates up to 440 kW of power. The company tested this skateboard chassis at a real test track, on the back roads, including mud, water, snow, and even a few jumps thrown in. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
Some US states are requiring that all new passenger vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2035, but what if you have a classic car that could use a modern upgrade? Zero Labs has just the modular skateboard electric platform for the job. It’s claimed to be the “world’s first complete electric platform developed specifically for transforming the most beloved classic gasoline and diesel vehicles into clean energy heroes,” and is great for vehicles like the Ford Bronco. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.