How to open fuel door on BMW i8 Hybrid

The BMW i8 Hybrid is a phenomenal vehicle. Few vehicles on the road today can compete with its exotic design, and even less can boast the same amount of comfort for their driver and passengers. While the BMW i8 is a leader in many of these regards, it is not without a few quirks. One quirk in particular is frustrating to both vehicle owners and renters alike is the sticky fuel door that will leave you stranded at the pump.

In an attempt to produce “The Ultimate Driving Machine” BMW has pressurized the entire fuel system of the i8 hybrid. When you push the fuel door release button on the drivers door, a message will appear on the dashboard stating “Preparing To Refuel”. On rare occasion this message will stay on the dash, and the door will not open. If this ever happens to you, follow these simple steps to quickly open the fuel door. read more

Another Player Enters the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Game

hydrogen fuel cell

The automotive arena is all about change these days, with alternative powertrains positioned firmly at the top of the agenda. The movement began at a snail’s pace and took some years to gain any real traction, but now, many brands are off and running and it is now completely commonplace to see new hybrids emerge. Honda has not only entered the arena, but is moving forward with hydrogen fuel cell technology—something few are dipping into at this juncture.

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Honda announced that it intends to show off a model of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as early as the Tokyo Motor Show, which shall commence October 29th-November 8th with the title “Mobilityscape Tokyo” and the overall direction of smart mobility and city cars. This makes the event ideal to unleash a new variant, which has been code named the Honda FCV at this early stage in the game. Here is what we know so far: read more

Prototype Electric Aston Martin Aims to Challenge With 1000 Horses

electric Aston Martin

Is Aston Martin busy engineering a radical electric beast capable of churning forth 1000 horsepower? Word is circulating that an electric Aston Martin with four doors and a serious need for speed could be approved for a 2020 production run.

The electric version could look like the Rapide, according to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

The official word on the electric Aston Martin supercar has not been given, so this information is all speculation that began to take shape on the heels of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer gave sparse details about a special prototype engineers are tweaking in order to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution level with the addition of batteries. read more

DeltaWing Gearing Up To Spread Improved Fuel Economy Tactics?

DeltaWing

It is quite common for a new vehicle to boast about power and fuel economy figures, it is not so typical, however, for a company to attempt to share the wealth of information with competitors in efforts to spread the trend. It seems that the DeltaWing concept is taking the initiative to lighten the load on the planet–recommending lighter weight vehicles and sharing ways to achieve better fuel economy both on and off the track.

The DeltaWing concept first emerged back in 2010 as a potential replacement for the Indy car chassis. It was developed for racing, so it is obviously insanely lightweight. Over the past few years, the concept found its niche in endurance racing, competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other feats. In an unusual maneuver, they opted to tweak out a road version of the DeltaWing, perhaps just to see what could be achieved. The street DeltaWing concept has traditional doors, a windscreen and even packs in 4 seats. Key areas like power to weight ratio, drag coefficient and aerodynamics were considered and reconsidered to return an impressive EPA-rated fuel economy of nearly 74 miles per gallon highway, with a combined rating of 57 miles per gallon. This information is made even more important with the upcoming regulations taking effect in 2025 forcing all vehicles to meet the 54.5 mile per gallon mark. read more

Koenigsegg Regera: The Next Big Thing

Koenigsegg Regera

The Koenigsegg Regera is but another example of those crazy Swedes and their ability to craft some of the worlds most blisteringly fast and breathtaking machines. Koenigsegg has been building speed demons for just 20 years, yet is always among the first brands uttered when the top fastest cars come up in conversation.

The Koenigsegg Regera is a potent little number pushing forth 1,500 horsepower from her shapely frame. That is roughly 300 more than the Bugatti Veyron, which held the title of ‘Fastest Production Car’ for a few years. The Regera was officially introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as a means for the young-ish company to continue pushing the envelope and to perhaps flex a bit of muscle at the Hennessey Venom GT, which now holds the fastest production car record. read more

The Qiantu K50 Event! Aptly Named Electric Supercar?

Qiantu K50 Event

Meet the Qiantu K50 Event!, the first electric supercar homegrown in China. The creators were so enamored by the new creature, that the name actually does includes an exclamation point. But is this machine actually an event or merely a welcome mat for things to come from the country? Let us delve further into the underpinnings and capacity of the beast to work that out.

The Qiantu K50 Event at a glance: 

  • The electric supercar is the product of China’s CH-Auto and has been compared to the likes of Tesla in terms of driving experience. In the appearances arena, the shapely body has been likened to the Bugatti Veyron, which is certainly a compliment. There is little doubt—this is one sexy machine.
  • The head engineer of the project, Lu Qun, is quite determined that he can carve out the same success enjoyed by other electric supercar makers.
  • The company seems to have taken a page from Elon Musk and opted to begin at the top when crafting an electric car. This approach can also work for non-hybrid vehicles, as Lexus proved with their first-ever supercar, the LFA.
  • The Event! derives power from a set of electric motors producing 400 horses mated to a 41.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
  • This creates an impressive range of approximately 150 miles, which is well within the confines of a typical commute. It does fall a touch shy of the electric Tesla Model S, but that slight is accommodated in the form of speed. The Event! can nail the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in a scant 4.0 seconds, making it faster than all other electric vehicles in China save the P85D.
  • Overall curb weight is just 3,714 pounds and the Qiantu K50 Event! can carry two passengers.

Overall, there are endless comparisons to Tesla, and the Event! is similarly priced in the $115k ballpark. It would seem that this newcomer has what it takes in both the looks and power arenas to compete with major players, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for a market attack. read more

Electric Aston Martin Rapide Will Be More Powerful

Electric Aston Martin Rapide

Fans of the hybrid and electric car movement can rejoice in a bit of good news: The all-new electric Aston Martin Rapide shall be even more powerful than her standard siblings. How much more powerful? That would be hundreds more horses. For the time being, the electric Aston will be made available in both the United States and China, possibly expanding to other areas later.

The electric Aston Martin Rapide at a glance:

  • The model features a high-capacity specialized battery placed in the engine bay and transmission. Basically, there is an electric motor mounted on each axle, with all working parts generating approximately 1,000 horses. That is a full 450 more than the standard Rapide siblings.
  • It boasts the same 6.0-liter V12 as the Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Range is estimated at 200 miles in electric mode, which is a step further than some competitors have managed at this juncture in the game.
  • The electric sibling is emerging in sync with new and more stringent CO2 regulations being put into place around the globe. The new tweaks toward a greener future should allow the luxury brand to keep that famous V12 purring while staying within the environmental guideline limits.

Aston Martin has not revealed the exact launch date for the electric Rapide hybrid, with best guesses placing the release within two years. That gives motivated buyers some time to save up for the vehicle, which will likely exceed the $300,000 pricing level. Will the new offering electrify the masses like the trendy Fisker Karma? It seems that so long as the hybrid performs flawlessly and maintains the distinctive brand appeal, companies are having little trouble unloading them as people gear toward greener horizons. read more

Dubai Police Now Equipped with Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Fleet

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

The Dubai police are equipped with an enviable arsenal of exotic vehicles at their disposal, and now they have something more to deepen the green envy: 3 new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid cars. The luxury hybrids were given to the force at Dubai Police Headquarters with many high titles in attendance and much exuberance.

The greener additions to the Dubai police force serve as a visual reminder of the government’s recent drive for more eco-friendly and sustainable vehicles. What better way, after all, to promote change than leading by example? The region is packed with immense wealth and because of that, it is also brimming with all types of supercars. There is a definite push on the pedal gearing up for a surge in hybrids and electric options. This could be the perfect arena to further the hybrid and electric movement, as they are often more expensive to purchase at this time, and money is typically not an issue in Dubai. Could this be the financial jolt companies need to produce fleets of more affordable hybrid options for the masses? read more

Tech Savvy BMW May Offer Plug-In Versions of New Lineup

BMW plug-in

BMW previously mentioned offering plug-in options for the core models, but has since changed gears with plans to provide a more expansive approach. According to BMW North America CEO Ludwig Willisch, “With the introduction of every new model, there will be a plug-in hybrid version of that, too.” Imagine seeing BMW plug-in models gracing dealerships across the nation, it seems like a concept far into the future, but could be coming quite soon.

This full-force style mentality makes perfect sense seeing as how the BMW plug-in technology has been created to fit all brand products. It seems like yesterday that the mere idea of hybrid or electric vehicles becoming mainstream was brushed aside as a pipe dream–now most leading automakers are onboard with the technology and implementing it with more availability than previously imagined. Will it soon be as commonplace to see hybrids and plug-ins charging up as it is to see lines at the fuel stations? If the momentum continues, that could be a very accurate prediction. read more

The Electric Supercar Concept You May Not Know About: Meet Lavinia

Lavinia electric supercar

Hailing from Sicily, the Lavinia electric supercar concept boasts a sultry shape and ample power. The newcomer coupe is said to be capable of churning out 800 horsepower, though exact engine specifications are not available this early in her concepting phase. Thus far, there are impressive claims and a very attractive fiberglass body to praise. The rear view is a bit awkward–though it is still early and that could be altered for the better.

The Lavinia electric supercar concept could reach production because it has the right specs and appearances to compete in the market.  read more