Chevrolet will only build the 2018 Corvette for four months

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Carbon 65 EditionThe 2018 Chevrolet Corvette's model year will be one of the shortest in nameplate's history. After the Corvette's Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant went offline in August 2017, production of the 2018 Corvette will restart next month. But the plant will stop building the 2018 model year not long after. That's because the assembly plant will...
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Video: /DRIVE on NBC Sports, Season 4 starts tonight

It’s unimaginatively called /DRIVE on NBC Sports, and starts its fourth season tonight. The show is hosted by three guys you may have heard of before – Chris Harris, Matt Farah, and Mike Spinelli. Alex Roy makes an appearance on the show, too. And guess what, it’s a show about ...
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Tesla Looking at Electric Mobile Service Trucks

Tesla is planning an electric service vehicle, according to a company executive.

The new service vehicles would be based on the Model X, or even the Model S, and would replace the conventional trucks the company is currently using to provide mobile service.

Tesla’s President of Global Sales and Services, Jon McNeill, told owners about the plan at an event in Amsterdam this week. The information was relayed by owners attending the event to Electrek.

“We didn’t think that it was very cool to show up to fix an electric vehicle with a combustion engine van. It really bugged us. Some really savvy technicians on our team figured out how to retrofit Model X to fit all the tooling and parts needed to do service,” McNeill said.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Owners Unhappy With Delays At Service Centers

McNeill added that the company had figured out how to put the same gear into a Model S. But the end result won’t be just a Model S with some Tetris-like packaging efficiency. After all, the current service vans are full-size vans like the Mercedes Sprinter. They hold tire mounting and balancing equipment, spare parts, and large tool kits.

The changes required to make the Model S a Model S-ervice are extensive enough that the modified vehicles will need approval for public roads. That means that they are largely a whole new vehicle on the same platform. Approval is expected to happen next year.

Telsa has already said that it is planning to triple service capacity by adding 1,400 new techs, 350 mobile service vehicles, and the ability to schedule service from in the car. The current service vans can handle up to 80 percent of maintenance and service needs for Tesla’s current cars. Even recall fixes can be handled via the mobile techs. As Tesla looks to expand their sales and expand their footprint, having more service centers and more mobile technicians becomes increasingly important.


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Toshiba Introduces New Ultra-Fast-Charge Battery

Toshiba is charging up with next-generation battery tech that takes more charge faster, even in the cold.

The company is touting a new lithium-ion battery technology that it says can double the capacity of the anode. That means better energy density and faster charging. How much faster? Toshiba said that a 200 mile charge (32 kilowatt hours) in six minutes is possible. That’s three-times what current batteries can manage.

The new battery uses an anode made from titanium niobium oxide. It is less likely to suffer from lithium metal deposition during ultra-fast charging, as well as during cold-temperature recharging. Lithium metal deposition happens during those charging conditions. Lithium builds up on the anode, forming dendrites. When that happens, the cell loses efficiency and suffers from reduced charging and a lower maximum capacity. It can even lead to a short circuit that could cause thermal runaway and a fire or explosion.

SEE ALSO: Innovative Lithium-Oxygen Battery Tech Could Significantly Increase EV Range

The titanium niobium oxide anode is synthesized and arranged using a new method that allows more efficient storage of ions. Combined, the two features allow for quicker charging, better energy density, and better cold weather life. It is what allows the 320 kWh charging that Toshiba says the battery can handle. That’s close to three times the charge rate of what a Tesla Supercharger can deliver.

Toshiba tested the new technology using 50 amp-hour prototypes that it said have double the energy density of the company’s current SCiB battery. Toshiba said that their test batteries maintained 90 percent of initial capacity even after 5,000 charge/discharge cycles. More importantly, it can still deliver that quick charge as quickly as 10 minutes at just 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

The battery is still in development, but Toshiba said that it hopes to have the new battery ready to go in an electric car for 2019.

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World’s only Rolls-Royce pickup truck going to auction

Rolls-Royce built a luxury car, rancher made it into a work truck | Bonhams photosWhat is believed to be the world’s only Rolls-Royce pickup truck will be offered for sale November 11 as one of the lots when Bonhams stages the auction of the Bothwell Collection in Southern California. According to Bonhams, the truck was produced in Rolls-Royce’s Springfield, Massachussets, assembly plant as a 1926-model-year 40/50HP...
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