"Environmental absurdity", "shameless lie", "hypocrisy"... For several days now, Internet users have had no shortage of qualifiers for a publication showing an electric vehicle charging station in front of a large white box. The photo is accompanied by a comment that shows the disappointment of its author: "Electric charger on a diesel generator... We are the stupidest species on the planet!" Shared several million times on Facebook, we find this image on other social networks like Instagram or Twitter, always with the same kind of accusations. However, not a single detail appears on the photo, neither the place where it was taken, nor its author. By doing a reverse image search on Google, we find that the image has been…
A production version of the 805PS DS E-Tense Performance prototype could become a reality, but it would be a track-only car, limited edition and packed with Formula E technology. With a 0-100km/h time of just 2.0 seconds, this electric car would be one of the fastest ever produced, but would have a "very high" price tag, DS managing director Béatrice Foucher told Britain's Autocar ). The concept was presented in February this year as part of a development project with the engineers of the Formula E team DS Techeetah, in which the French firm has a large stake. The E-Tense Performance has a 335hp front engine and a 469hp rear engine, which combine to produce 805hp. Foucher states: "We would…
The performance of normal electric cars is so impressive that they can easily put modern supercars to shame, and with the industry's current path towards full electrification this could very well be a problem. This is exactly what Christian von Koenigsegg, the famous Swedish virtuoso and founder of Koenigsegg Automotive AB, claims. Talking to the people of the Top Gear show, the founder and CEO emphasized that his company plans to create electric hypercars, but that it will be a very big challenge for it. "This is a big challenge for any brand that creates extreme cars," Koengiseg stated when asked if he wanted to create an exciting electric model. "There are ways. I don't think anyone can tell too…
German automaker Porsche will reportedly partner with Red Bull, according to documents published by Motorsport.com. The partnership will see Porsche take a 50 percent stake in Red Bull Technology (RBT), which should result in the development of a power unit that will meet the 2026 F1 engine rules. The documents only mention RBT, but the deal is supposed to extend to Red Bull's F1 business. The documents suggest that Porsche and Red Bull plan to go public with their partnership on August 4. Red Bull currently uses engines from Honda after reaching a deal to use the Japanese automaker's engines until 2025. The move saw Red Bull establish a new operation called Red Bull Powertrains Limited. Honda left F1 at…
Mini announced last month that it was entering a new design era with the introduction of its new design language, Charismatic Simplicity. It was then confirmed that the design language will be announced at the end of July, with the promotion of a fully electric crossover concept. It is the Aceman concept that has just experienced its premiere. All future Mini models will be based on an architecture made for electric powertrains and through its new design philosophy, Mini will reduce the number of components and instead concentrate on essential styling elements. At Mini, they want future models to "achieve an emotional, intuitively discernible identity" and will ensure that each future Mini model has "its own individual charisma that is…
The Lamborghini Miura is arguably one of the most beautiful supercars ever created, while the Countach model has one of the most striking shapes in the automotive industry. However, if you walked into any Lamborghini showroom in the early 1970s, when these cars were brand new, you would have seen another supercar equipped with an identical V12 and designed with the same purpose in mind, although despite all this there are few people in this world who would call the Jarama model beautiful or unforgettable. Among that small group of people is Ferruccio Lamborghini, who claimed in an interview that this is his favorite model because it is sportier than the Espada and more useful than the Miura car. However,…
And the redesigned Citroen C3 Aircross will be offered in a special Rip Curl version. The C3 Aircross Rip Curl was prepared in cooperation with a well-known manufacturer of sports equipment, and the vehicle is primarily intended for younger customers. Its blue metallic details contrast with the body color and black roof. There is a choice of four different body colors: "Steel Grey", "Platinum Grey", "Pearl Nera Black" and "Polar White". The package also includes 17-inch aluminum wheels in "Origami Black", tinted rear side windows, a white Rip Curl logo on the bottom of the rear door, Grip Control and Hill Assist systems, an interior in the ambience called "Blue Jeans", as well as seats with blue-grey sports fabric often…
AvtoVaz has announced that it has started production of the legendary model, in equipment levels adapted to current conditions. The first version is labeled Classic '22, and was developed to completely overcome the dependence on parts from foreign subcontractors. In other words, all unavailable equipment has been removed from the offer. In the official announcement, they reveal that what is important remains, which is permanent all-wheel drive with differential lock and reduction options. The new old Niva is mounted on steel wheels, has a hydraulic servo, and instead of infotainment, it gets a classic pre-installation for the radio. Other equipment includes additional steel engine protection, daytime running lights and a trip computer, according to Index.hr. Of course, the 1.7 petrol…
EV startup Rivian is slowly becoming a reality rather than just a promise. The company says it built 2553 vehicles during the first quarter of this year, and a few thousand customers have already received delivery of their R1T pickups. The first examples of the R1S SUV are now starting to hit the ground as well. We tested the R1T Launch Edition earlier this year and have now driven the R1S SUV in New York's Catskill Mountains. After our first experience with the pickup, we came away impressed with its blistering acceleration, confident handling, and posh interior. Given the similarities between the R1T and R1S, we weren't surprised to find that the SUV possesses many of the same qualities. The…
In the medium term, the VW Group no longer sees cars with internal combustion engines as a cost-effective alternative to electric cars. The new boss of the Volkswagen brand, Thomas Schäfer, expects a significant increase in vehicle prices as a result of the planned EU emission standard Euro 7, Welt am Sonntag reported. Vehicles with gasoline and diesel engines would be 3,000 to 5,000 euros more expensive due to a more complex exhaust system, Schäfer said, adding: - On smaller cars, these additional costs can hardly be absorbed. The initial Volkswagen Polo, which would cost 22 or 23 thousand euros in 2025 (when the introduction of Euro 7 standards is planned), is simply not sustainable and makes no sense, according…