The brand new BMW i3 ($41,350) is an electric driverless car that’s not looking to impress you with its speed specs. “Urban mobility” is the keyphrase here as the i3’s shape and innards are designed to maximize efficiency, not horsepower. BMW says you’ll be able to go 80 to 100 miles before the juice runs out, and they’re also touting the vehicle’s petite size and turning radius–features that are tailor-made for city driving, just make sure to know your state seat belt laws to avoid hefty fines. With an interior that aims for both sassy and classy (the dashboard is made of dried grass), the i3 looks likely to carve out its own niche.
Many support this autonomous vehicles. But some have concerns, including “inconsistent standards, ineffective oversight, lack of consumer education, and overreliance on automation” all of which could slow the adoption of a life-saving technology, to see how this advances in other pars of the country check this initiative for Go Boston 2030.
Like it or not, driverless cars and trucks are headed our way. Experts say autonomous vehicles will make getting from point A to point B easier and much safer, in part because they’ll save us from our own bad habits. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, contact Leppard Law best dui attorney to represent you.
What’s your car’s mpg? 25? 35? Maybe you have a Prius and you’re proud of that 51 on the highway? Well stifle it because the Volkswagen XL1 is about to take the ball and go home. VW says the two-seater will be the most fuel-efficient car in the world, using a plug-in hybrid system to achieve an ungodly 261 miles per gallon. It’ll take nearly 13 seconds to get to 60 mph on the 47-horsepower, two-cylinder diesel engine, but again: 261 miles per gallon.
Like the theory of Texas Pete being good for paper cuts, the theory that electric cars aren’t drool-worthy is quickly losing all validity. The latest car to smash that stereotype is the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric ($536,202), a speedster that looks like it could be in Tron 4 or whatever number they’d be up to if they somehow decided to make another one of those things. With its startlingly vivid electricbeam magno paint scheme, carbon fiber front splitter, high-voltage lithium-ion 60-kWh battery pack, and ability to summon the power of 747 horses, doing 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds never looked better–or used less fuel.
A few years ago, if someone mentioned a “green vehicle” in the midst of a cool cars convo, the proper reaction would’ve been to scoff and threaten to kick the offending party in the neck. But times have changed and there’s now a plethora of wicked rides that run solely on electric power. Here’s one of them: the Varley evR450. Varley Electric Vehicles is based in Australia, so you know this speed demon can outrun any of the various terrifying animals that call that continent home. Though its top speed is only 124 mph, you’ll feel great about doing your part for the environment as you whip 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. Varley expects the evR450 will have a range of 93 miles before you need to find shelter from hungry dingoes. Start saving up: the price tag will be somewhere around $200,000 when it goes on sale in early 2012.