Tesla takes us on a high-speed journey through the battery production line at their $5 billion Gigafactory. It’s a robotic ballet of epic proportions, as thousands of the individual cylindrical battery cells come together. While not a single human is seen in the video, Tesla is hiring people for their battery division.
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It seems as if the primitive design of Tesla’s Cybertruck makes it fairly easy to replicate, so this one resourceful dad decided to build his kid a Cybertruck body for his electric go kart. Just for fun, he let the kid use it to tow his Mercedes-Benz R-Class MPV. It also does a mean J-turn.
One challenge for electric vehicles is the limited availability of chargers. Volkswagen is showing off a robot that can drive around a parking lot, connect to a vehicle, and charge it no matter what space it’s parked in. It can also leave a charging pack next to a car and fetch another to charge multiple vehicles at once.
Wheelkinetic claims their electric scooter is the most portable and lightweight model you can buy. The BooZter folds to just 10″ x 18.5″ – small enough to fit into a backpack – and weighs just 6.5 kg (14.3 lb). Despite its size, its makers say it can run up to 20km (12.4 mi) on a 2-hour charge. It has a 100 kg (220 lb) weight capacity.
The DeLorean DMC-12 is best known as the time-traveling car in the Back to the Future movies. While the real DeLorean could eventually hit 88mph, it didn’t exactly do it quickly with its 130 hp V6. Electric Future checks out a modded DMC-12 that can zoom from 0-to-60 in about 5 seconds thanks to parts from a Nissan Leaf.
Electric bikes can be great, but their limited range gets in the way of longer rides. The Rocket eBike promises rides up to 100 miles thanks to a big battery pack, efficient motor, and regenerative braking. The bike folds up small so you can toss it in your back seat, has a full suspension, and hits a max speed of 28 mph.
The eFTR Jr. is Indian Motorcycles’ first electric mini-bike for young motorcycle lovers. Paying homage to the FTR750 Flat Track race bike, the eFTR Jr. is powered by a 36v electric motor using a twist-handle throttle. The mini-bike plus protective apparel and accessories are built for riders 8+ and up to 175 pounds.
Built by STARD Austria for the FIA’s World Rallycross Projekt E series the Ford Fiesta ERX is an impressive pure electric race car capable of hitting 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. Watch as pro driver Ken Block puts its 600 hp and 800 lb-ft. of torque to the test on the track, then leaves just a bit of rubber on the tarmac.
Taking inspiration from the electric quad bike teased by Elon Musk during Tesla Cybertruck reveal, the guys from Rich Rebuilds created their own interpretation of the vaporware all-terrain vehicle. Cranking out insane amounts of torque, Starscream is a pure-electric, rear-wheel drive ATV started life as a Yamaha Raptor.
German tuning firm Prior Design takes Porsche’s 750hp electric Taycan Turbo S and gives it the widebody treatment. Front fender flares add 60mm (~2.36″) of width, while the rears add 100mm (~3.93″), making way for enormous 22″ five-spoke wheels. Ample carbon aero components keep the EV closer to the ground.
Hyperion is showing off the XP-1, a hydrogen-powered electric car that’s said to zoom from 0-to-60 in under 2.2 sec. with a top speed of 220+ mph, and provide up to 1000 miles of range. Its futuristic cockpit touts a wraparound digital display and massive glass canopy. Here’s hoping it makes it past the rendering stage.
This burnout machine was built by Ford Performance and RTR to show off the potential of a pure-electric drivetrain. Based on the Mustang Mach-E, this one-off prototype uses seven motors and a high-performance battery to generate 1400 hp, while its monster wing and aero bits create up to 2300 lb of downforce at 160 mph.
Electric bikes are a genius solution for eco-friendly transportation. The fun, flexible, user-friendly Tern HSD e-bike is designed to get you places (like outside for a change), carry passengers, and haul cargo up to 375 lbs. Shorter than standard bikes, the mighty, mini HSD folds or flips up to easily stow between pleasure cruises.
Sporting sleek, concept car looks, the all-electric Ariya kicks off a new direction for Nissan. The crossover offers up to 389hp in its e-4ORCE AWD version, and up to 300 miles of range with its 90kWh battery. Its interior is modern and minimal, and offers tech like ProPILOT Assist 2.0, which enables hands-free highway driving.
If you want to charge up the big battery packs in a Tesla in any reasonable amount of time, you need a special high-voltage charger. But is it possible to recharge one of Elon Musk’s electric cars with human power? Watch as nine cyclists in Finland attempt to do just that, with their bicycles wired up to a Tesla Model X.
Urban Rover’s stubby electric skateboard is great for weaving in and out of tight places. At just 17″ long, it’s small enough to toss in your backpack, and this premium model features a 250W motor that can hit speeds up to 15mph. It’s controlled by a wireless remote that offers three different speed settings. Save big in The Awesomer Shop.
The A1 electric bike is designed for versatility. With its low frame, air suspension, and fat, puncture-resistant tires, it can ride just as easily on city streets and bumpy trails. Its 250W motor can be equipped with a 14.5 Ah or 17.5 Ah battery pack for a range up to 70 km (~44 mi) and a top speed of 32km/h (~20 mph).
This rugged electric skateboard is built for all-terrain riding. It features 4-wheel independent suspension and an impressive 6.1″ ground clearance to take you over the roughest surfaces. It comes in 2WD or 4WD configs, with 2000W or 4000W of power, respectively. Top speed for both boards is 27 mph.
Cleveland Cyclewerks‘ electric motorcycle offers versatility through its configurability. Riders can choose between five drive modes from max range Eco to a high torque boost mode. It’s powered by a 17.5 hp, 300-amp motor, with a hot-swappable battery pack, and can drive up to 180 miles in Eco mode. Top speed is around 85 mph.
This extravagant electric motorcycle features a dramatic body made with real wood, wrapped around an exoskeleton chassis. At its core is a battery pack capable of 186 miles of range, and a high-torque motor that can achieve a top speed of 136 mph. The company is taking €2,000 pre-order deposits the €60,000 bike.
Tesla finally has some serious competition for the Model S Performance. In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the star takes Porsche’s incredibly impressive electric sports car for a ride, chats with Porsche product expert Calvin Kim, and gets a small taste of what the 750 horsepower electric drivetrain in the Taycan Turbo S can do.
Designed by Denzel Electric and Pablo Baranoff Dorn, this stunning mid-drive electric motorcycle is built on a lightweight carbon fiber frame. Its weight maxes out around 165 lb, and it can hit speeds up to 62 mph in sport mode. In eco mode it can offer up to 75 miles of driving range.
This pedal-assisted electric three-wheeler from japanese company Envision is perfect for jobs where you need to carry lots of gear. Its mid-section storage area provides a balanced ride, and its front independent suspension leans into turns. It can carry up to 60 kg (~132 lb) of cargo, and has a range up to 150km (~93 mi) in its Eco mode.
Designed for use by snow resorts, this unique electric vehicle from Austria is basically the winter equivalent of a go kart. With its lower operating speeds and low center of gravity, it’s more beginner-friendly than a snowmobile, and looks like a fun way to spend some time when you’re not hitting the slopes.
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