There are many malls and apartment complexes that come with electric vehicle (EV) chargers and parking bays. The only problem is that you need to go look for them, and given that they aren’t exactly many around, this can be an issue. However, Volkswagen might have solved that problem with EV charging robots.
While it might be a while before we start seeing self-driving cars hit the roads and become more common, the self-driving revolution has already started with shuttle buses. In fact, over in Doha, Qatar, Volkswagen has announced that they will be working with the Qatar Investment Authority on a project known as “Project Qatar Mobility”.
The Volkswagen I.D. R electric racecar has smashed the 20-year-old record at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb. Romain Dumas, the man behind the wheel of this electric racecar, was able to complete the climb on Friday in just 41.18 seconds. That was half a second clear of the previous 41.6 second record set in 1999 by former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld.
Two of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers have been talking about a potential deal on a partnership for developing self-driving cars. Volkswagen and Ford are reportedly close to reaching a deal, according to the former’s chief executive today. The two companies have been in talks for months and these comments from a high-ranking VW executive show that they have entered into a fairly advanced stage.
Until the day comes when electric car chargers are readily and easily available everywhere, we imagine that it might take some convincing for people to adopt electric cars. However for those with range-anxiety, it seems that Volkswagen might have the answer in the form of a mobile EV charging station.
Siri, Apple’s digital personal assistant, can now allow you to lock and unlock your Volkswagen car with just a voice command. This has been made possible by the car manufacturer allowing the assistant’s integration with its VW Car-Net app. The iOS app allows users to lock and unlock their car, check estimated fuel range or charge, and even enable alarms.
German auto giant Volkswagen is reportedly developing a cheaper electric car which it will sell of under 20,000 euros or $23,000. The company is also said to protect jobs in Germany by converting three of its factories to manufacture these cheap electric cars in the country.
Volkswagen has been pursuing an aggressive electric vehicle strategy elsewhere and it’s now turning its attention to another major market, the United States. The German auto giant has confirmed that it plans to manufacture its electric microbus and crossover SUV in the United States.
Many major car manufacturers have launched car sharing services as the demand for such services continues to grow. Volkswagen will be throwing its hat in the ring as well with electric cars. The auto giant has confirmed that it’s going to launch a car sharing service next year called WE that’s only going to offer electric cars.
By now Apple’s interest in self-driving cars is pretty well-known, although exactly what Apple plans to do with the technology remains to be seen. Could it be that Apple wants to make their own self-driving cars? Or could it be that Apple wants to make the technology that powers self-driving cars?
Over the years we’ve seen companies like Ford and Chevrolet redesign and reinvent some of their classics like the Mustang and Impala respectively. However while the cars might have retained their names, their designs have evolved over the years where it isn’t quite as recognizable as it once was.
Last time when cars were sold, they would come with a radio built into them and that was it. In the past customers would have to pay more to add a CD player, but these days a CD player is almost a given, but it looks like music streaming could be the way to go. So much so that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Volkswagen have partnered up with Apple […]
It could eventually become common for cars to not have steering wheels but that depends on how quickly self-driving technology advances and how quickly all of the legal and regulatory hurdles are taken care of. Some major car manufacturers have already started creating concepts of cars that are fully autonomous and without steering wheels. Today, Volkswagen has revealed one such concept of its own.
Given how many gas stations there are in the US, it’s safe to say that finding one to stop at and refuel your car is probably not too difficult. However it is a different story when it comes to charging stations for electric cars in which there are quite as many, although the efforts we’re seeing from various companies is helping to improve that situation.