Jan 30, 2015

[VIDEO] The Tesla Zero to 60 Acceleration is Pretty Insane

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What drives you insane? Sorry, I phrased that wrong. Would you drive something that’s insane? While the colossal dive in oil prices sin...

What drives you insane? Sorry, I phrased that wrong. Would you drive something that’s insane?

While the colossal dive in oil prices since June has slowed the national dialogue on electric cars, no one seems to have told Elon Musk or the other good folks over at Tesla Motors. The company has been cultivating an increasingly “edgy” image to differentiate themselves from the other companies introducing electric vehicles to the market.

Now the company is emphasizing the stellar performance of its new Model S P85D sports car which boasts an impressive acceleration of zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds, according to Forbes. Interestingly, Musk—Tesla’s chairman and chief product architect—tweeted yesterday, “Tesla P85D 0 to 60mph acceleration will improve by ~0.1 sec soon via over-the-air software update to inverter algorithm.”

While still not clear at this time how exactly this will be accomplished, it’s not exactly like the vehicle suffers from a subpar acceleration right now. In the following video produced by Youtube channel DragTimes, the host takes participants in his dual-motor Tesla to show off the “Insane Mode” function. Their reactions pretty accurately summarize what’s going on.

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May 18, 2021

Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab

Dominic Ellis
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Toyota's Proace Electric medium-duty panel van is being launched across Europe as Volvo opens its first fuel cell test lab

Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.

The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.

Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.

Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.

Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.

Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.

"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.

The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.

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