According to a recent study, 97% of short-range EV drivers do all of their charging at home (or work – where available). So why is there such a huge push among non-EV drivers for a larger public network? Think about this: How often do you actually use a gas station? Once a week, maybe twice if you drive more often. The odds are pretty good that you consistently use just a few stations that are close to home or work – that’s it. So you’re not really using the entire network of gas stations – why would you feel you need a huge choice to plug in an EV?
At last year’s Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, my wife and I were excited at the launch of the entirely new Hyundai Kona. When we heard it was going to be available as an EV we were even more interested, and it went to the top of our next future car list. We loved the colour of the launch vehicle – Acid Yellow (Lime Twist in the U.S.), we always want something out of the ordinary – something better than the typically boring silver/black/charcoal/white options that permeate society – so this was right up our alley! You may recall we’ve covered this vehicle in a very brief 15-minute test drive last year, from a local dealer. This time we got it for a week – one of the coldest and snowiest weeks of the winter. As a bonus we even got the Acid Yellow one!!!
In Part 1: Horsepower & Speed we highlighted the powerful new vehicles at the show, be it supercars or pickup trucks. This time we’re focusing on the future of the automobile and transportation as we’ll come to know it. Like it or not – EV’s are going to dominate all modes of transport in our future and that’s for the better. Already China has cities that have ditched the diesel and run exclusively on electric buses… bye bye diesel fumes. In the U.K. they are pressing forward with electric commuter trains and the infamous black cabs (taxis) are being muscled aside with the new EV variant. Time to check out this years’ EV future and present vehicles.
Every year, the Canadian International AutoShow brings more than 1,000 new cars, trucks and SUVs in front of consumers, making it one of the best places for prospective consumers to begin shopping for their This year, more than 30 vehicles will be making a Canadian or North American debut at the AutoShow, including passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, five concepts, racecars, electric vehicles and two all-electric racecars. Also expected to make their Canadian debut in Toronto are undisclosed reveals from Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru and McLaren. To get you revved up, we’re giving you a 2-part breakdown of the debuts….
BMW describes the new 4 Series Gran Coupé as follows; “combines the sleek look of a two-door coupé with the functionality provided by four-doors and expansive spaciousness, including a wide-access luggage compartment” – that pretty much describes the car in a nutshell. There aren’t many (any?) people that would put the picture of a 4-door vehicle up on their wall to drool over, but a supercar or a coupe…that’s a different story. BMW are providing the beautifully designed coupe worth drooling over, but adding 3 more doors for practical purposes… for people that WANT a coupe, but NEED a 4-door sedan/hatchback…the Gran Coupé… not to be confused with the 3 Series Grand Turismo (GT) which is exactly the same, but different.
LOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – The new Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for consumers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while happily driving past filling stations. When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different advanced electrified powertrains. First to arrive in 2016 was the hybrid, then in 2017 the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and now a fully-electric powertrain.
LOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version of Kia’s beloved, award-winning and unconventional compact utility vehicle. In conjunction with that world-debut, the all-electric, battery-powered Soul EV was also unveiled. Just as quirky, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing, the Soul EV provides the opportunity for lovers of the Soul to drive without ever stopping for gas.
At this years’ AutoShow in Toronto, my wife and I came away more than impressed with the entirely new Hyundai Kona, and when we heard it was going to be available as an EV we were even more excited that it could go to the top of our next future car list. We were drawn to the Kona at the show by the unique look and the incredible paint colour – Acid Yellow (Lime Twist in the U.S.).
APRIL 25, 2018 ~ The announcement was made with little fanfare as it was tucked away in the company’s first-quarter financial results. Buried underneath various statistics is a rather blunt statement that the company will “not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America.” Models (already long-in-the-tooth) such as the Fusion, Fiesta and Taurus will be phased out over the next few years. The company will keep the Mustang and confirmed plans to launch the all-new Focus Active in North America next year.
[Rendering bird´s eye view Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheim] Stuttgart.~ Another Porsche Experience Centre has been given the green light: The world’s seventh customer experience centre from the sports car manufacturer is due to be built at the Hockenheimring. Over the next two years, a 176,000-square-metre area at the heart of the historic circuit will see the construction of a state-of-the-art building complex, a handling course, several driving dynamics areas and an off-road course. The work is due to start towards the middle of 2018, with the experience centre expected to be operational by the end of 2019. Porsche is implementing this project in collaboration with emodrom-group, the company responsible for the strategic development of the Hockenheimring.