Battle of EV Giants?

After the great progress of US EV leader TESLA it was only a matter of time before the Chinese muscled in. So is this where Electric motoring really starts to get interesting – and serious? And does it take computer led companies rather than traditional motor manufacturers to set the pace?

2015July-TESLA-STesla Model S ‘Ludicrous Mode’ Will Convert Electric Car Non-Believers To Radical Believers: Why? Because VrooomThe article is hereThe 691 horsepower Tesla Model S P85D is already an insanely fast vehicle, with the electric car even boasting of an Insane Mode. However, Tesla Motors apparently thinks that this is not fast enough as it has decided to release an upgrade to the car that would take it to 762 horsepower with a Ludicrous Mode.The new Tesla Model S P90D will pack 762 horsepower and will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, a figure which is just barely slower than that of the Koenigsegg Agera R supercar. The updated vehicle is also capable of going a quarter mile in only 10.9 seconds.This means that the Tesla Model S will be accelerating at a force equivalent to 1.1G, meaning that the acceleration will make the driver feel that he is going faster than falling.

The Ludicrous Mode option will be offered to new buyers for $10,000. For Tesla Model P85D owners, the upgrade will only cost $5,000 plus installation costs, with the reduced cost offer available over the next six months.

With the upgrade, the Tesla Model S will become the “fastest-accelerating car on the road.”

Ludicrous Mode will not only be limited to the Tesla Model S though. It will also be available for the Tesla Model X SUV once it launches, allowing the vehicle to reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds slower compared to the McLaren F1 car.

2015July-YouxiaXThe Youxia X is a new Electric Super Sedan from China The article is hereThe incredible Youxia X electric super sedan, unveiled yesterday evening in China and set to compete against the upcoming Tesla Model 3. Power comes from an electric motor with 348hp and 440nm, and range is 460 kilometer. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2016 by a new Shanghai-based company called Youxia Motors.

We feel pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the car … the Youxia X is by far the most beautiful vehicle we have seen coming out of China, ever and period. Rear light units are superb, and so is the subtle rear wing integrated in the boot lit. Profile is sleek and sporty, the wheels are huge and fitted with shiny silver multispoke alloys.

The grille is a work of art, more on that below. The name of the car and company, ‘Youxia’ (游侠), comes from the Chinese name for the American ‘Knight Rider‘ television series (霹雳游侠), starring a car called KITT and a man called David Hasselhoff.

Production is scheduled to start in 2016 and deliveries will begin in early 2017, if everything goes according to plan.

Price will range from 200.000 to 300.000 yuan ($32.000 – 48.000). Surprisingly cheap for such a big car but the amount includes the entire 90.000 yuan green-car subsidy of the Chinese government. Youxia says this price will set up the X for competition with the upcoming Tesla Model 3.

Mainstream manufacturers are, however, coming to market and BMW, for example is already well established with their i3 ~

BMWi3” The BMW i3 is an electric car, with all the design elements you expect from a BMW. Available with accents of BMW i Blue or Frozen Grey, the virtual kidney grilles lend a classic BMW look. The Black belt, an unmistakable design element, runs from the front, over the roof, to the rear in all BMW i models. The sculpted front bumper wraps around the sides of the car, for a precise definition that underscores the dynamic stance of the i3. The i3 will take you from 0 to 37 mph (60 kph)  in under four seconds and to 62 mph (100 kph) in only 7.2 seconds.  The BMW Range Extender gives you the reassurance to drive further, by increasing your range to 186 miles (i). Switch it on whenever you need to and the petrol engine will directly charge your battery. Or, if the battery dips below 20% it automatically cuts in, giving you an extra 86 miles with just one nine-litre tank of unleaded petrol.