As the automaker that almost single-handily made electrified cars mainstream with the Prius, Toyota surprises by not having a single pure, long-range electric car like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 in its lineup. That will change in five years.
The Japanese automaker has been pretty quiet about its future EV plans, but a new report from the Chunichi Shimbun Daily claims it’s hard at work on a new electric car set to arrive in 2022, first in Japan and then elsewhere around the world.
The model will be built on a new platform, use a solid-state battery that can recharged in just a few minutes, and have a driving range on par or better than its rivals.
Compared to the from the lithium-ion batteries that currently power today’s EVs, solid-state batteries have greater energy density, offer faster charging times, and use solid electrolytes rather than liquid ones, making them safer than lithium-ion batteries. They could soon show up in several new EVs in the new future.
Toyota, unlike its contemporaries, hasn’t been very supportive of fully electric vehicles, deciding instead to bet on fuel cell vehicles like the Mirai. However, the company seems to have had a change of heart.
New Lotus Evija Is An Electric Supercar With 2,000 HP
There is a new electric hypercar speeding into town, and it has nearly 2,000 horsepower.
Lotus has unveiled its latest creation, the Evija electric hypercar.
Billed as the world’s first pure electric British hypercar, the Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) is powered by four electric motors that generate a combined “target output” of 2,000PS (1,973 horsepower), which should make it the most powerful series production road car ever built if the British sports car maker successfully delivers that lofty output figure.
The Evija electric hypercar stays true to the brand’s ethos of making lightweight, fun-to-drive cars. It’s made out of carbon fiber and weighs just 3,700 pounds, which although heavy for a Lotus, is light for an EV, especially one with a 2,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The battery provides a driving range of around 250 miles (402 km) and is mid-mounted just like the engines in Lotus’ normal cars. Once depleted, it can be recharged fully in a mere nine minutes when using a 800 kW charger and up to 90 percent capacity in only 12 minutes when using a 350 kWh charger.
Lotus says the Evija can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 6 seconds, and to 186 mph (299 km/h) in less than 9 seconds. Top speed is expected to be around 200 mph (322 km/h).
“The Lotus Evija is a car like no other,” said Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus. “It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”
Only 130 units of the Lotus Evija will be built, each costing a $2.1 million in the United States or £1.7m duties and taxes in Europe when sales begin in 2020. Buyers are required to make a $310,000 deposit.
MINI Rocketman Concept Is Being Developed
The model will be developed and built in China by Great Wall and sold around the world.
Not long after unveiling its first all-electric, the Cooper SE, MINI might already be working on its second electric vehicle.
According to senior source at BMW that spoke with Autocar, the British automaker has approved the Rocketman concept for production. The new model will be built in China as part of a partnership between BMW and Great Wall Motors and should arrive by 2022.
“We’re advancing plans for a model along the lines of the Rocketman,” the source stated. “It’s a car we have been looking at for a long time, but to build it profitably at the price point we think customers are prepared to pay, you need a joint venture partner to share costs. Great Wall Motors has provided that opportunity with a shared electric car platform that will be used by Mini”
Although production will take place in China, MINI’s new electric car will be sold worldwide. Autocar speculates it will be a variation of the Ora R1, an electric car that’s cheaper than any new car sold in North America.
The cute little Ora R1 (pictured immediately above) looks like a Honda E and Smart ForFour hybrid. It is powered by an electric drivetrain that consists of an 30.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor rated at 47 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, though buyers have the option of a bigger, 33-kilowatt-hour pack.
Mini hasn’t made anything official, but if the report is accurate, expect a vehicle that looks little like the Rocketman.
Bentley EXP 100 GT Is An Ultra Luxury Electric Car For The Future
The British automaker celebrates its centianial with an excellent demonstration of extravagance.
Bentley turned 100 years old in 2019, and as part of it’s birthday celebration, unveiled a stunning electric car concept that looks to the future.
The EXP 100 GT concept is a vision of a Grand Tourer for 2035. It rides on an all-electric platform, provides a choice between fully autonomous operation and human-piloted driving, and features a flexible interior with three different seating configurations.
At 19-feet long and 7.8-feet wide, and with a curb weight of 4,188 pounds (1890 kg), the EXP 100 GT is a very large coupe with great visual presence. Designers blended proportions of Bentley’s historic grand tourers and futuristic elements to craft a GT car “for the world of 2035.” You will definitely notice the massive illuminated grille (it’s comprised of 6,000 LEDs) and round, beveled headlights.
The interior is flush with sustainable yet luxurious materials such as 5,000-year-old copper-infused riverwood, British farmed wool carpets, and embroidered cotton surfaces.
Power for the EXP 100 GT comes from four electric motors that can easily accelerate its large heft from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 2.5 seconds on route to a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h). The battery pack delivers an estimated driving range of 435 miles (700 km) and can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes.
Since the EXP 100 GT is a vision of the future, autonomous driving technology is a centerpiece of it’s design. Drivers will have five self driving modes to choose from: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize.
“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future,” stated Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design. “Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this car connects with its passengers’ emotions and helps them experience and safeguard the memories of the really extraordinary journeys they take.”
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