Ford announces electric conversion motor
Ford Performance has announced an electric crate motor designed to make EV conversions easy. Dubbed Eluminator, it will be unveiled at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas this autumn. The electric motor itself comes from the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT can be ordered online for 3,900 US dollars.
Virgin Hyperloop transports first passengers
Virgin Hyperloop has completed its first crewed test drive. A Hyperloop capsule with two of the company’s managers on board was transported at over 170 kph through a test tube near Las Vegas. Virgin Hyperloop is aiming for commercial operation of the transport system by 2030.
Harley Davidson airs technical details of the LiveWire
Harley-Davidson has published technical details about its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire. The Harvey LEV will be launched in autumn this year and can be pre-ordered from U.S. dealers starting immediately. First prototypes can also be seen at the CES in Las Vegas.
Nissan EVs to literally think ahead (video)
Nissan EVs may soon think men with the machine rather than machine versus human as the Japanese want to bring B2V technology to the CES. B2V means brain-to-vehicle and could signify a whole new phase of autonomous and connected driving.
Terschelling, Tesla, Munich, Light and Charge, Las Vegas.
EV island: Schylge-E-Auto commissions a fleet of 65 Nissan Leaf on the Dutch island of Terschelling. This is said to be the world’s largest island-based electric car-sharing scheme. Additional charging stations have been installed and officials are already considering to increase the EV fleet to 100.
Tesla expands across UK: The California carmaker has opened a new store in Birmingham and has installed three new London Superchargers at Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge and Westfield White City. Tesla has also added Reading, Bristol and Edinburgh to the Supercharger network.
Munich opens mobility hub: There, passengers riding bus, underground or tram can get off to switch to one of the six vehicles of a carsharing fleet, two of which are all-electric. Starting mid-next year, the hub will also feature a bike sharing service.
muenchen.de, br.de (articles in German)
Light chargers update: BWM has recently introduced its “Light and Charge” streetlamps, fitted with a charging station (we reported). Now you can get all the details in English.
Uber competition in Sin City: The start-up Shift wants to implement an app-based service in Las Vegas, telling its customers how to get to their destination quick and cheap. The company’s own fleet features 100 Tesla Model S, Smarts and bikes as well as shuttle and valet services.
washingtonpost.com (with video)