NoCal’s Elation Hypercars is showing off its $2 million electric sports car. The Elation Freedom is slated to produce 1414 hp via its three liquid-cooled motors – or 1903 hp for buyers who opt for a fourth drive unit. It also features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which should help offset the weight of its 100kWh or 120kWh battery.
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Mobility company Segway’s Ninebot division presents a tricked-out version of its Gokart. Its electric motors make more than 70 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 23 mph. It has a handbrake and drift assist mode, drift-optimized tires, a rear wing, and more. Maximum acceleration is 1.02G – about 1.5x the previous model.
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.
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.
Cadillac’s crossover EV is sleek, modern, and elegant. Powered by GM’s new Ultium battery system, it will come in RWD and AWD variants, with up to 300 miles of range. Tech highlights include a 33″ LED dashboard, and the latest version of Caddy’s Super Cruise. Cadillac plans on putting the LYRIQ into production by 2022.
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.
Volvo spin-off Polestar shows off its vision for the near future, with a pure EV with clean, minimal styling. Its interior is made with sustainable and recycled materials, dramatically reducing the use of plastics. Its Android-powered UI is designed for clarity and ease of use, and it’s packed with the latest in safety tech.
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 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.
Tesla’s Cybertruck might be getting most of the attention, but well-funded startup Rivian is working on an electric pickup that actually looks like a truck. Its R1T and R1S have offer a neat party trick – the ability to turn on a dime by independently controlling its four motors. It only works on loose terrain, but it’s still awesome.
Ford aims its new EV head-on at Tesla with a Mustang-inspired crossover packing the latest tech. Available with RWD or AWD, and a drive range up to 300 miles, typical AWD models will make up to 332 hp and 417 lb-ft. of torque, while the performance GT model is targeting 459 hp and 612 lb-ft. of torque. A $500 deposit reserves a vehicle now.
Ford and Webasto turned up at the 2019 SEMA Show with a car that teases the automaker’s electric future. It looks much like any well-equipped pony car, the Mustang Lithium an 800-volt battery pack and a motor that generates 900+ hp and 1000+ lb-ft. of torque. In an unexpected twist, it has a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Toyota went back to the drawing board with its hydrogen-electric sedan, turning a frog into a prince in the process. The stylish new car will move from FWD to RWD, riding on the same platform as the Lexus LS, enhancing its overall performance, and targeting 30% more range. Now if only the hydrogen infrastructure would catch up.
The What’s Inside? channel presents one of its more costly videos, as they rip apart open one of the powerful drive motors from a Tesla Model S to see all of the gears, goo, and other goodies inside. This particular rear motor dates back to 2012, and was purchased off of eBay.
Porsche has been teasing its pure-electric, all-wheel drive sports sedan for a while. The production car – and its impressive specs and tech have been revealed. The first two models are the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, with 670hp and 750hp, and 0-to-60 times of 3.0 and 2.6 secs, respectively. Inside the cars, you’ll find screens, lots of screens.
British sportscar maker Lotus is showing off an upcoming pure-electric hypercar that makes an astounding 1972 horsepower and 1250 lb-ft of torque. Through the use of lightweight materials and sleek aerodynamics, it can hit speeds over 200 mph, and its battery pack allows for a range of 250 miles at more normal speeds.
Builder Colin Furze previously made a pulsejet-powered drift trike. While it was fast, it wasn’t exactly environmentally-friendly. So he decided to build himself a fully-electric version, with an insane 20,000 watt power source. We’re glad he finally put a helmet on when he hit the road circuit. Build video here.
A new variant of the MINI Cooper that runs purely on electric power. Its front-wheel motor cranks out 181 hp, and its battery offers a range of roughly 124 miles. Like other MINIs, expect go kart-like handling, possibly even more so thanks to the battery pack’s low center of gravity. We rather dig the funky new wheel design too.
Toyota and The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have teamed up to study mobility in space, with a fuel cell electric vehicle which could be used for human exploration on the moon. Despite energy transport limitations, its could cover 10,000 km in its lifetime.
We prefer the boxier Honda Urban EV Concept, but its near-production version still packs a lot of charm. The e Prototype now has four doors, and retains its massive digital dash. It will have a range of nearly 125mi and charge to 80% in 30min. Production will begin in 2019.
Automotive madman Jimmy Built managed to cram the drive unit from a Tesla Model S and the battery pack from a Chevy Volt into an old Honda Accord. The result is a crazy lightweight car that can do 0-to-60 in about 2.7 sec, and sounds like a remote-controlled toy doing it.
The EQC SUV is the first model from Mercedes-Benz’s pure-electric EQ line. The 402 hp AWD vehicle can go up to 279 mi per charge and go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9s, with a top speed of 112 mph. Its 80 kWh battery pack can charge to 80% in 40 min at DC quick charge stations.
Jaguar Classic will offer a custom version of its iconic E-Type roadster which replaces the straight-6 with an electric drivetrain derived from their stellar I-PACE EV. Target range for its 40kWh battery pack is 170 mi, and Jaguar can source and restore a car, or convert yours.
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