by on January 29, 2019
Designed to be safer, cheaper to operate, and more comfortable than existing big-rigs, the Tesla Semi Truck aims to dramatically improve freight delivery. Its battery pack, situated underneath the cab, provides up to 500 miles per charge, and performance beyond what any diesel rig can provide. Notably, it can go from 0-60 in 20 seconds with a full, 80,000-pound load — the same feat takes a minute in a conventional truck — and climbs 5% grades at a steady 65, 20 mph faster than its competitors. I...
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by on January 28, 2019
BMW is adding another SUV to its lineup with the full-size X7 model. Unmistakably a BMW, the familiar twin-kidney grill and Hofmeister kink are present, but never in such large, muscular fashion. While the exterior is a relatively radical styling departure for BMW, it's the interior that makes leaps over the German manufacturer's current offerings. An effort to give the interior an atmosphere not dependant on time of day is notable, with contour and laser light piping in the glass roof giving it...
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by on January 4, 2019
The automotive industry is making across-the-board moves to electric vehicles, and French manufacturer Peugeot isn't about to be left behind. Ahead of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Peugeot has released its E-Legend concept EV with a design that harks back to the classic 504 coupe of the 60s and 70s. In a world where aerodynamics leave automotive design with a feeling of sameness across the industry, the E-Legend breaks from convention with a classicly proportioned exterior and sharp features. The i...
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by on January 4, 2019
With the 360c concept car, Volvo isn't just looking to the future of autonomous travel — Volvo is looking to replace an entire industry. Volvo envisions the electric, fully self-driving 360c as an alternative to short-haul air travel and allowing faster, more enjoyable commuting from the suburbs to city centers. The 360c's interior can be configured for multiple passengers in an office-like setting, as a living space, or with a bed and storage for a single passenger on trips of up to 200 miles, ...
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by on January 4, 2019
The Mercedes-Benz W125 Silver Arrow Grand Prix car was ahead of its time upon its debut in 1937 and one of the most powerful race cars ever built until the 1960s. Mercedes drew on this racing history for the EQ Silver Arrow concept, an all-electric single-seater that harks back the company's prewar designs. The nearly eighteen-foot-long car has 738 horsepower thanks to electric motors at the front and rear axles. In a nod to the future, the dash screen alerts the driver to which lane features in...
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by on January 4, 2019
Infiniti has announced plans to feature an electric drivetrain in every model by 2021. At the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Infiniti unveiled the Prototype 10 Speedster, a modern take on the classic pre-war racers of the 30s and 40s. The Prototype 10 is an all-electric vehicle that hints at the future of Infiniti's design language, while featuring a modular platform that will underpin the company's vehicles moving forward. While it's a slightly impractical single-seat concept, the car h...
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by on January 4, 2019
There are concept cars, and then there are concept cars with technology that is firmly in the realm of science fiction — and designer Daniel Simon's Galaxion is definitely the later. The Galaxion is a grand tourer powered by no less than a miniature nuclear fusion reactor with a body made of bioengineered mussel shells, making it a high-science fiction concept. The design is intended for the aristocracy of a far-away planet and was included in Simon's book Cosmic Motors, a collection of futurist...
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by on January 4, 2019
The Dendrobium D-1 was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and turned quite a few heads — and not just because of its styling. The startup is claiming some very ambitious numbers, aiming for 1,800 horsepower and 1,475 lb-ft of torque from a completely in-house designed electric drivetrain and storage system. In order to save as much weight as possible, the D-1 will use a carbon fiber tub and exotic alloys, with a targeted weight of 3858 pounds. Dendrobium will unveil the car to the public on ...
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by on January 4, 2019
Aston Martin makes some the finest cars on the road, but they're aiming their ambitions a little higher with their latest concept. Taking their history as the preferred transportation of legendary spy James Bond to the next level, the Volante Vision Concept is a VTOL urban aircraft designed for short hops in high style. The Volante Vision has real aerospace backing too, with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, and the Rolls-Royce aircraft engine company providing input and suppo...
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by on January 4, 2019
Byton debuted its first concept vehicle at the 2018 CES show, an all-electric crossover with a lot of tech. Their second concept is a level four autonomous sedan that comes standard with cameras and LIDAR sensors front and rear. The car is capable of self-driving and fully autonomous operation in some but not all environments, but the equipment likely means that it will be upgradable in future. The Chinese startup has a studio in California and completed a $500 million round of funding — meaning...
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by on January 4, 2019
Electric vehicles are changing what is possible in automotive design. The Nobe 100 takes electric technology and packages it in a small, three-wheeled city car wrapped in a beautiful, vintage-themed design. With a range of 137 miles and a top speed of 68 MPH, the Nobe is perfect for urban travel, but its most impressive features have nothing to do with performance. The car is made entirely from reusable or recycled parts and has upgradable systems to keep the car relevant long into the future. N...
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by on January 4, 2019
Volvo's S90 executive sedan refocuses the driving experience on the passenger with the Ambience concept. Passengers can set an atmosphere in the car by using a smartphone app to choose between seven visual themes, complete with smell and synchronized audio. An image is projected onto the car's interior roof, with choices ranging from a pleasant rain to the Northern Lights. Each theme is enhanced with one of four different scents by Byredo from a vent in the center console. Add that to features l...
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