Volkswagen’s ‘E-Up!’ Electric Car.

Volkswagen 'E-Up!' Electric CarVolkswagen has been showing the electric ‘E-Up!’ at auto shows since 2009 and it’s now slated to be released in the US in 2014. We could say “it’s about time” or instead, we could assume that Volkswagen has used this time to perfect their new ‘E-Up!’ electric car. Here are some of its specs:

  • Range of 93 miles per full charge.
  • 80% charge in 30 minutes with quick charge option.
  • 80 hp engine hits 0-60 in 14 seconds (1970 VW bus’ish?)

I sure hope it’s the former and Volkswagen has worked out the issues with their electric vehicle. As a proud owner of a Volkswagen vehicle, I know how idiosyncratic they can be. Holding one leg out of the driver’s side window in an futile attempt to get the passenger side window to roll down is a problem. And completely ripping out the floor mounted gear shifter to get my VW out of park is also a very big problem – especially when it happens twice.

Good luck Volkswagen and we’ll see if the ‘E-Up!’ is a big hit. I do hope that the extra time VW took to release the ‘E-Up!’ was necessary to get it running error-free because if it fails, the entire electric vehicle market gets a black eye. [Wired]

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Henrik Fisker Pushed To Resign From Fisker Automotive.

Henrik Fisker of Fisker AutomotiveFirst Henrik Fisker stepped down as CEO of Fisker Automotive in 2012 and now he’s being pushed to resign from the company he co-founded. The double-suck for Henrik Fisker is that he’ll have no say on how the suffering electric car company bearing his name will be divvied up.

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Release Date For Tesla Model X Pushed Out One Year To Late 2014.

Tesla Motors - Model X 7-Passenger SUVWhen the Tesla Model X does finally come out, it’ll be the electric 7-passenger SUV/minivan that families have been waiting for. Unfortunately, it’s going to be one year later than expected which means I will not be able to afford it in 2014 instead of 2013. [Wired]

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Video Guide For First Responders: How To Safely Dismantle A Tesla Model S.

Dismantling a Tesla Model S with the Jaws of Life.The video is crazy to watch but absolutely necessary. Taking the Jaws of Life to an all-electric Model S has some high-voltage risks so Tesla Motors created a “how to” video on safely dismantling the vehicle. The video is informative for firefighters and probably running in loop mode on the computers at the American Petroleum Institute. [Wired]


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The New York Times vs Tesla Motors For Dummies.

Tesla Model S in snowHere’s our version of the New York Times vs Tesla Motors saga for dummies by a dummy.

  1. Feb 8: New York Times columnist John Broder wrote an article about his unfavorable experience driving the Tesla Model S EV along the Tesla Supercharger network: “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway”

  2. Feb 11: Elon Musk tweets about Mr. Broder’s article and calls it a “fake”:

    Elon Musk then follows it up with this tweet:


  3. Feb 12: Mr. Broder writes a response to Mr. Musk’s tweets in The New York Times article “The Charges Are Flying Over a Test of Tesla’s Charging Network”

  4. Feb 13: Elon Musk posts “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” on Tesla’s blog and using the data extracted from John Broder’s review Model S, counter the claims he made in the original article. Among other issues, the data shows that Mr. Broder did not fully charge his Model S, drove in circles, cranked the heat and often exceeded the recommended cruising speed of 55 mph.

  5. Feb 14: John Broder responds to Elon Musk’s post by tweeting:

We’ll see what happens next between these two but one good thing that did come out of the NY Times/Tesla battle is that I finally figured out how to embed tweets into my posts. I’m now up to 2011!


Update: Feb 14 4:41 pm PST: John Broder has responded to Elon Musk and Tesla and it looks like this story is becoming a he said / she said matter. Counseling may be next. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Like Putting A Turd In A Hot Dog Bun: The 638 HP VLP Destino Has Fisker Karma Body And Corvette Heart.

VLP Destino - Fisker Body, Corvette HeartWait a second, didn’t Fisker get a $500 million loan from the US Department of Energy to build more fuel efficient electric vehicles? It sucks to think that a good chunk of the millions they spent designing the Karma EV is now being utilized by the roided up and fuel inefficient VLP Destino.

The franken-muscle VLP Destino was developed by Gilbert Villareal and former Ford, Chrysler and GM executive (and Chevy Volt supporter) Bob Lutz and it pairs a Corvette engine with the Fisker Karma body. From Wired:

“Together, they’ve [Villareal and Lutz] struck a deal with Fisker to provide decontented ‘rollers’ of the Karma, sans the dinky four-cylinder engine, battery pack and electric motors. In their place, VLP has fitted one beast of a motor: the Corvette ZR1′s supercharged 6.2-liter V8, good for 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. If that’s a bit much for your taste (or lack thereof), they’ll put in the Z06 ‘Vette’s 550-hp LS7, saving you about $20,000 in the process.”

Basically, they’re taking all that’s good about the Fisker Karma OUT and putting all that’s bad about consumption IN.

We have no choice but to mark this one down as a Jubbling shit sandwich. [Wired]

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