Electric cars won’t only be good for the environment — they’ll be good for your power-hungry tendencies, too. As per a new report from the New York Times, companies are looking to turn away from the traditional 12-volt systems to provide the juice for these cars of the future, and looking to a 48-volt standard instead.
Audi researchers have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical: Without using any petroleum whatsoever, they’ve created a small batch of synthetic gasoline. Continue reading… “Audi made synthetic gasoline without using any petroleum”
Audi’s new Tesla Model S rival will offer a
280-mile all-electric range with room for a whole family
Audi has revealed that an all-new, all-electric family car with a 280-mile range is currently under development. Technical development boss at Audi, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that the model, which is set to rival the Tesla Model S, will arrive in 2017.
At the LA Auto Show in California, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that his employer plans to release an electric car with a range of 280 miles “around 2017.” Hackenberg wouldn’t say what kind of car – or crossover, perhaps – it will be, but one report said it would be “a large car, fitting five large people with ample luggage space.” Most observers expect it to be a sedan to take on the Tesla Model S.
Audi’s Piloted Driving A7
Audi’s new and impressive Piloted Driving A7 has a smaller, but very intriguing piece of driver assistance technology called Traffic Light Assist. The new technology promises to help drivers make every green light.
Tesla Model S
More people bought a Tesla Model S, the $70,000 (and up) electric car, in the first quarter of 2013 than bought any of the similarly priced gasoline-powered cars from the top three German luxury brands, according to data from LMC Automotive. About 4,750 buyers bought a Model S while just over 3,000 people bought Mercedes’ top-level sedan. (Video)
Audi has became the second company (Google was first) to be licensed to run autonomous vehicles in Nevada. As seen at an exhibition of the tech from its Electronic Research Laboratory, its cars are already well on their way to ditching the driver.
Self-driving Toyota Prius, modified by Google.
Google is quietly lobbying legislators to make Nevada the first state to allow autonomous vehicles on public roads. The company’s self-driving cars might soon become more than a pet project. (Video)