News  from the world of automobiles

News from the world of automobiles

27. April 2020 0 By Horst Buchwald

GM closes its Maven car sharing service

New York, April 27, 2020

Maven was a short-term rental fleet from GM that offered electrified Chevrolet Bolts and Volts. The vehicles could be ordered via a smartphone app.

The rental rate reached over 190,000 users and was available in 17 cities in the United States. Nevertheless, GM began to reduce Maven’s presence in the market. In the past year, the company had removed the service from markets such as New York City, Chicago and Boston.

Maven was only in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto and Washington D.C. active – until the last month when the service was discontinued amid COVID-19. Maven cited the pandemic as one of the reasons it decided to give up the business, but many insiders believe the service was not profitable for the automaker.

 

Improved software performance from Tesla Model S

New York, April 27, 2020

So far, the performance of the Model S has increased from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 2.5 seconds. A software update now improved the vehicle’s acceleration to 2.3 seconds.

This increase is part of Tesla’s latest “Cheetah Stance” setting, which lowers the front air suspension and optimizes weight transfer. The update also provides additional performance when the vehicle is driving faster than 80 miles per hour.

Tesla-CEO Elon Musk führt Jay Leno den ersten Tesla Roadster vorbereitete

New York, 27.4.2020

Küzlich zeigte der Komiker Jay Leno ein Video von Tesla-CEO Elon Musk aus dem Jahr 2008, wie er ihm den ersten jemals produzierten Tesla Roadster enthüllte.

Leno, ein begeisterter Autosammler, war beeindruckt davon, wie “unheimlich leise” das Fahrzeug war. Er äußerte sich auch zum Handling und zur Höhe des Drehmoments.

Leno ist ein ehemaliger Moderator der “The Tonight Show” von NBC und

begann, seine Autosammlung durch eine Web-Show zu dokumentieren, die später zu einer CNBC-Serie und einem YouTube-Kanal wurde.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyePz_Nq2pY

 

Improved software performance from Tesla Model S

New York, April 27, 2020

So far, the performance of the Model S has increased from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 2.5 seconds. A software update now improved the vehicle’s acceleration to 2.3 seconds.

This increase is part of Tesla’s latest “Cheetah Stance” setting, which lowers the front air suspension and optimizes weight transfer. The update also provides additional performance when the vehicle is driving faster than 80 miles per hour.

 

Tesla produces less / Now fresher interiors?

New York, February 27, 2020

Despite declining sales due to the pandemic, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there will be no refreshed versions of the S and X models. Instead, he announced minor ongoing changes.

Two years ago, “Electrek” reported that a significant change in the interior of the vehicles was in the works – among other things, a horizontal infotainment display should be integrated as in the 3, Y and Cybertruck models. It is unclear whether this redesign of the interior is still in progress.

Porsche is likely to offer a cheaper, rear-wheel drive version of its Taycan EV

Stuttgart 27.4.2020

Porsche’s head of research and development, Michael Steiner, confirmed to CAR magazine that the entry-level models would join three existing models of the vehicle. The model would have a smaller battery and would likely be for the Chinese market as the weather conditions in this region do not require four-wheel drive. Steiner did not name a price.


Volvo and the truck division of Daimler work together on hydrogen fuel cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles

Stuttgart, April 27, 2020

The companies stated that they have founded a joint venture for the development and commercialization of fuel cell systems, which is 50% owned by them. The effort will consolidate resources and accelerate innovation in the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Daimler and Volvo, two heavyweights in the heavy truck business, will remain competitors in all other areas. Hydrogen fuel cell engines generate electricity when they combine hydrogen and oxygen that power the vehicle.

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