Monthly Archives: November 2019

Tesla Introduces It’s 500+ Mile Range Cybertruck At Los Angeles Design Centre

Tesla finally unveiled their long awaited  Cybertruck on Thursday at the Tesla design center in Los Angeles  to a packed crowd. The event started off with a beautiful display of lights  And a short intro by a hologram of a young girl in a short dress after which Elon Musk  strolled in. The whole event had a very cyberpunk like feel to it with Musk’s assistants dressed like the actors in the Matrix with long trench coats and futuristic suits.

Now coming to the truck itself when I first saw it, I thought it looked futuristic but also quite comical  as it looked more like a rendering of a futuristic concept pickup truck or something that I would expect to see  in a video game but not in real life. However, by the end of the presentation, I felt like the oddness of its look has sort of grown on me and I feel like the fact that it looks so different from any other truck out there and that they have been so bold in their  design without trying to play it safe is part of the appeal as well. It kind of reminds me of toothless from the movie How To Train Your Dragon in the sense that it looks cute but is still very powerful.


The presentation starts off  with Tesla’s Chief designer Franz von Holzhausen showing off the  strength of the Cybertruck’s  external structure by swinging a sledgehammer first to a regular truck door and then to the Cybertruck’s. However, this wasn’t all that  convincing as It was obvious that he hit the regular truck door a lot harder. Next was the “armor glass” test which ended up being a complete fail as the glass cracked when Franz tossed a  steel ball onto it. However, I’m not sure if they didn’t expect this to happen or whether it was some kind of a marketing ploy but Elon did look a bit unsettled when it happened, so I can’t say. My favourite part of the whole presentation was when they brought in the ATV  and loaded it onto the truck while showing off it’s retracting bed cover and adaptive suspension . That was really cool. 

Construction And Exterior:

Coming to the  truck itself, it’s construction features an exoskeleton instead of a body on frame that is found  in most pickup trucks. The exoskeleton is made from cold rolled steel which supposedly can be up to 20% stronger than hot rolled steel. The armor glass according to Elon is bullet proof and can stop a 9mm bullet but based on the demo where the glass cracked with a steel ball, I have my doubts about whether it’s true. The truck has 100 cubic feet external storage and Tesla claims that it’s tonneau cover is strong enough to stand on.  Payload capacity for the top model is at 3500 pounds which is good and better than the Ford F-150 but nowhere near as much as the F-450 (7640 LBS) or F-550 (12,730 LBS). The towing capacity for the tri-motor is at 14,000 pounds which is again better than and the F-150 (13,200 LBS). The suspension can be raised or lowered by 4 inches in either direction


On the inside,  the truck can accommodate 6 people,     3 in the first row and 3 in the second with  the center seat in the first row being foldable and there is also more storage space underneath  the second row of seats. The 17 inch touch screen features a new user interface that looks very slick ok but it is unclear whether this interface will be implemented in Tesla’s  other models. Also, there are no turn indicator stalks and no turn indicator lights in the prototype model that was shown, So it is unclear as to how that will be implemented as there is just a long strip of led lights in the front and back. Unlike in the model 3  and model S where you select the gear using the signal stalks, in the Cybertruck this is done using the touch screen and i’m guessing turning autopilot on and off will be done via the touchscreen as well. 

People who have  taken a ride in this truck  say that there is plenty of headroom in the backseat  even for a 6 footer with even more headroom in the front seats as the roof of the truck slopes towards the rear. The dash kind of looks strange and has some kind of a marble looking thing but isn’t clear what exactly it is made of. 


Musk has stated on twitter that there will be an option to add solar power to the  truck which gives it an Additional 15 miles of range per day with the possibility of adding solar wings that would possibly double the range to 30 miles per day.


The truck comes in three  models single motor RWD, dual motor AWD  and tri motor AWD. All models come with a 6.5” bed, 100 cu.ft of storage, autopilot, adaptive suspension and a 16 inch ground clearance. The tri motor has the best performance with a reported 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds, 500+ miles of range and 14,000 LBS of towing capacity . Prices are $39,900 for the single, $49,900 for the dual and $69,900 for the tri motor but you will have to pay an additional $7000 for full self driving.

Production Dates:

Production for the single and dual motor is expected to start in late 2021 and for the tri  motor in late 2022. You can book a Tesla Cybertruck now on their website by paying a $100 fully refundable deposit.

Lexus Introduces The UX 300e Electric Crossover At Guangzhou Exhibition

Lexus has introduced its first  battery electric vehicle , the Ux 300e at the Guangzhou International automobile exhibition. The car is based on the GA-C  platform which is shared by the Prius, Corolla, C-HR and of course the Lexus UX crossover. 

The car is of course very similar in design to other UX models so you may not realize on first look that it is an EV car. The  UX  300e’s  motor has a max output of 150 kW (201 hp) which is on par with the Kia Niro EV 64kWh version  and a max torque of 300 Nm (221 lbf-ft) which is lower than the Niro (391 Nm). The battery capacity is pretty decent at 54.3 kWh and charges at 6.6 kW on AC and 50kW on DC which isn’t that great considering both the Niro EV and Ioniq Electric can charge at 100kW DC.  The range is NEDC rated at 400 km or 248 miles but as we know there is always a significant difference between the NEDC rating and real world performance and the EPA rating too is likely to be much lower. For example, the  Ioniq Electric has an NEDC range of 170 miles whereas the EPA estimate is 124 miles. Charging from 0% to 80 % should take around 55 minutes with a 50kW DC charger or around 8 hours to fully charge on AC.

Owners of the UX 300e  will also have a dedicated app with which they can check the battery’s  state of charge and the driving range left as well as timer function to schedule charging and also functions to  control the air con, seat heaters and window defrosters. . There are also monitoring systems to help prevent overcharging and managing the battery temperature. The car has insulation to suppress outside noises but also comes with active sound control to allow natural  ambient sounds to filter in to have a better understanding of driving conditions

Lexus is yet to release any information  on pricing or trim levels but they did upload a promo video which looks pretty cool.

Mercedes Undercuts It’s Rivals By Pricing It’s EQC 400 Electric SUV At $67,900

Mercedes Benz has announced that it’s electric EQC 400 SUV will start at $67,900 when it goes on sale  in the USA in early 2020.  Although that isn’t a small sum by any means. it is still priced lower than  it’s competitors with the I-Pace starting at at $ 69,500 while the e-tron starts at close to $75,000 and the Model X is of course the most expensive at almost  $85,000.

The EQC 400 is based on the GLC platform and is equipped with two electric motors that can produce 402  horsepower with a top speed of 180 km/h and a 0-100 time of 5.1 seconds. It features an 80 kWh battery with a claimed range between 445 and 471 kilometers or 276 and 292 miles which has so far not been EPA tested. 

However in a range test by youtuber Bjorn Nyland  he claims that the EQC gave him a range of 261 miles while the I-Pace and e-tron were 236 miles and 230 miles respectively, which is pretty good considering that both the I-Pace and e-tron  have a similar usable battery capacity to the EQC. The EQC 400 also features 7.7 kilowatt AC charging and 110 kilowatt DC fast charging which means that charging upto 80 percent should be possible in under 40 minutes.

The front of the EQC 400 features multibeam LED  headlamps which sort of blend into the grille design  while the rear features LED strip lights that run along the back giving it a distinctive  look. For wheels. the premium and advanced trims come with 19” AMG 5-Twin Spoke Wheels while the progressive trim comes with 19” 5-Twin Spoke Aero Wheels.

The  progressive  trim comes with all the standard equipment,  while the premium trim additionally includes the the AMG line exterior package, hands free access package, surround view camera package,  Aero package with aluminium running boards and wireless mobile charging with NFC pairing. The advanced trim includes Leather upholstery,  heated rear seats and ventilated front seats in addition to the premium package. All trims come with the 13 speaker Burmester surround system, rear view camera, heated and powered front seats and sliding sunroof.

The EQC 400 includes the MBUX  the infotainment system that features touch control, voice control and augmented video and the paddle shifters on the steering wheel allow you to select different levels of brake energy regeneration. Also as it is based on the GLC platform you still unfortunately get the transmission tunnel which is of course completely unnecessary as this is an electric car and there is no driveshaft.

VW Plans To Offer 30 electric car models in China by 2025

VW Has announced that it they plan to invest over 4 billion Euro In the Chinese Market next year and spend around 40% of that on production, development and research related to electric vehicles. The company also predicts that they will spend more on on new energy vehicles than  on fuel cars in the future. 

VW currently offers 14 electric models China and announced that they plan on offering 30  locally produced e-cars by 2025. They also plan to start producing their all electric cars in Anting and Foshan next year sometime around October which would be based on their Modular electric drive Toolkit and with a total capacity of 600000  units per year. 

Initially,  the plants will be used  to produce the China specific ID model  and in the future other MEB based electric cars will be produced as well. Also both these factories  were exclusively designed for producing all-electric cars.   

The group  currently has 19.5 percent market share in China and according to their CEO  every 5th car sold in China comes from the VW group.

Hyundai Reveals Their New 2020 Ioniq With A Bigger Battery At LA Auto Show

Hyundai revealed their new 2020 Ioniq  at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the car comes in three versions;  hybrid, plug in hybrid and electric with all of them featuring the new Hyundai smart sense active safety features and driving assistance systems 

The 2020 Ioniq electric has a higher battery capacity at 38.3 kWh compared to the 28 kWh battery in the previous model giving it an EPA rated 170 miles of range which is more than the EPA rated 150 miles on the 2019 Nissan Leaf’s 39.2 kWh battery.  The motor puts out 134  horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque compared to the 118 hp on the 2019 model. It also has a 7.2 kW  charger which provides a faster charging rate than the 6.6 kW charger in the previous model.

Both the hybrid and the plugin are equipped with a 1.6 litre GTI 4 cylinder engine that outputs 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor on the hybrid which is powered by a 1.56 kwh  battery outputs 32 kW and a maximum torque of 125 lb-ft . the plug-in on the other hand outputs 45 kW and has the same max torque.The 8.9 kwh battery on the plug-in offers 29 miles of range. 

The 2020 Ioniq  has a new 10.25 inch touchscreen and the system runs both apple carplay and android auto with touchscreen buttons for adjusting the air-con instead of physical buttons. Unfortunately there is no way to control the temperature of the ac vents at the rear.

Eco friendly materials like  bio thermal plastic olefin which contains 25% sugarcane and  bio metallic paint with soybean oil extracts as well as bio fabric have been used in the car.

On the outside both the the hybrid and the plug-in  have a new mesh type of radiator grille while the electric has a closed grille with a distinct pattern. 

Other features include  Front Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection,  cyclist detection, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Eco-Driving Assist System and  1-pedal driving capability.

Prices for the Ioniq hybrid  start at $23,000 and for the  plug-in at $26,300