The best April Fools
Germany’s seriously funny jokes: German-language publication Blick listed our April Fools joke article, “German carmakers show full e-mobility commitment,” among the best April Fools jokes of the automobile industry. Here, we give you serious insight into some of the best jokes from 1 April.
Tesla claims discrimination by NY courts
The Californian EV manufacturer says they face discrimination by New York’s infrastructure policies, as they only provide initiatives for providers that support both CHAdeMO and CCS. Clearly Tesla does not feel they should have to upgrade their chargers.
Tesla is suing a former employee who is alleged to have stolen trade secrets in connection with technology for autonomous driving. A former Apple employee was also charged with stealing trade secrets by the FBI last year.
Horsing around at the charging station
When Twitter user MyModel3 posted this curious picture of a horse and cart at a supercharging site, it became a welcome invitation for a thread with a fusion of equestrian humour and electric mobility gags. Generally, people were impressed with the horsepower.
When quantity is put over quality
According to a recent survey in China, nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they regretted buying a new-energy vehicle (NEV). Batteries are the most common customer complaint: Problems range from draining too fast, to running dangerously hot, others do not perform as advertised. Around 40 NEVs spontaneously combusted in China last year.
Denver police car swankier than usual
In Denver, Colorado, police have been driving around in a Tesla Model S for a couple of years before hardy local journalists finally found out where it came from: The car had been confiscated during an illegal marijuana bust.
Windsor Castle installs two charging points
It seems the Royals now require a couple of charging point for their modern steeds. Prince Charles purchased an electric car last September and Prince Harry’s used a Jaguar-E Type Concept Zero for his royal wedding, but Prince Philip was already onto it when he drove one of the first prototype electric vehicles in the […]
Kids and grown-ups love it so
For its 110th anniversary, Bugatti is releasing a downsized version of Type 35 aka the Bugatti Baby, a race car from the 1920ies. The new Bébé II features swappable Li-ion batteries and two speed-caps at 20 kph and 40 kph so that both children and adults may take it for a spin.
James Bond goes electric
Similarly to other British celebrities, James Bond will be going electric in her Majesty’s service in the next film. While the movies have always been noted by car enthusiasts, the Aston Martin Rapide E, is upholding the tradition and exclusively so as only 155 units will be built.
It’s just Japan on the moon
Toyota is looking to put a fuel cell-powered rover on the moon. The development is part of a recent agreement between Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a cooperation in international space research.
When life gives you lemons…
The “24 Hours of LeMons” is a bizarre long-distance race in the USA, in which only cars with a value of 500 dollars or less are allowed to participate. Now they are introducing a category for electric cars.
It looks like a car, but…
In China, some 4,678 Tesla Model 3 appears to be temporarily detained by customs due to incorrect product labels. Apparently printer settings are to blame. Tesla is working on the labels under the careful eye of customs officials, who will resume clearances after they pass review.
Trigger-happy Tesla drivers annoy Norwegian fire departments
Nothing is more appealing than a button. New Model 3 in Norway are newly equipped with the “e-Call” button and is supposed to be used to alert emergency services to road accidents. Apparently, Norwegian test drivers trying out the new Model 3 couldn’t resist trying it out, which caused Norwegian emergency services to issue a […]
Volvo limits its cars to top speed of 180 km/h
Volvo has announced that it will limit the top speed on all its cars to 180 kph from 2020. At first glance the reasons are purely noble: Volvo declares every human life lost through an accident in a Volvo is one too many. This argument is compelling when speeding remains one of the most common reasons […]
FedEx robot delivers live on television
The US logistics company FedEx has presented a battery-powered delivery robot named SameDay. They managed to get it on the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, fit for a stairclimbing exercise but not quite advances enough to talk.
Ludicrously fast electric skateboard
Australia’s BajaBoard presents the Pantera, an electric skateboard that can reach a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph). That is why BajaBoard speaks of a “technology demonstrator” that is for use on private property and not public roads. “Obviously,” the firm added.
Test ride anyone? Audi targets Tesla drivers
What happens if an Audi e-tron happens to be ready and waiting near a Tesla Supercharger? It sounds a bit like a joke, but it did happen. And what is best, we found out, that the barely-undercover guerilla marketing of Audi employees was captured on video.
Zero emissions musicians on the road
The Philadelphia area musicians Rick Denzien and Debra Lee are convinced electric mobilists. On their last tour, the self-declared Zero Emission Musicians travelled a solid 8,070 miles in their Tesla Model 3 on their way to California and back, visiting over 50 superchargers.
Arcimoto’s electric Rapid Responder to save lives
Arcimoto has announced that it will test its fully electric trike, the Rapid Responder, in pilot programs in Oregon and California. The vehicle was originally released as a fun utility vehicle (FUV), and will now be outfitted for first resonders and law enforcement.
Porsche plays for the record
Porsche converted the last set of tyres from its 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans in 2017 into a record of the feasible kind. They pressed the tires into a vinyl record titled ‘The 24 Minutes of Le Mans’ that is a retelling of Porsche’s history at the 24-hour race. What a lifecycle.
Blocking charging stations is over
For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction: After some unpleasantly disgruntled combustion engine drivers have been deliberately blocked charging stations, practical solutions are now ready to put an end to the practice – firstly in China, and now in Taiwan.
Corolla rags on plug-ins
In a new TV advert for the Corolla hybrid, Toyota dished out some dirt against their plug-in competitors and called on customers not to “get left behind” and invest in their self-charging hybrid.
Back to the future via Easter egg
New Easter eggs in Tesla software continue to appear: A recently-discovered hidden function unfortunately does not allow time travel, but offers numerous references to the cult movie “Back to the future”.