Aston Martin Rapide: Another 800 Horsepower Electric Car. Think it’s a “Tesla Killer”?

August 23rd, 2015 § Comments Off on Aston Martin Rapide: Another 800 Horsepower Electric Car. Think it’s a “Tesla Killer”? § permalink

The Aston Martin Rapide is an incredible vehicle. It’s arguably one of the most impressive sedans in the world, up there with the Mercedes S65 AMG, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, and the finest Bentleys and Rolls Royces. Its two rear doors were added without compromising the integrity of its looks or shape; it’s literally an Aston for the whole family. It has a creamy V12 producing over 550 horsepower, but its velvety demeanor takes precedent over all-out track performance.

It’s every inch an Aston. But it’s aging, and the British marque has big plans for revitalizing the Rapide nameplate — it wants to take a page from Tesla’s playbook, and make an electric model that’s capable of 800 horsepower and is focused more intently on the track and less about dropping the kids off at prep school.

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Yey: Ex-Top Gear presenter brings dream car to East Grinstead

April 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on Yey: Ex-Top Gear presenter brings dream car to East Grinstead § permalink

A FORMER Top Gear Beki Adam – presenter turned parliamentary candidate came to East Grinstead in style last week, thanks to a sporty £50,000 Tesla car.

Saying she was on a mission to bring the way we drive into the 21st century and to show that electric cars “aren’t like milk floats” any-more, independent general election candidate Becki Adam was pleased to show the head-turning vehicle off on Friday at Chequer Mead car park.

But while almost all the cars on Top Gear back in the early nineties when she was a presenter were gas-guzzling machines, Miss Adam is now determined to show how far electric cars have come over the past decade.

She explained she had borrowed the Tesla for the day and invited members of the public along to meet her at one of East Grinstead’s two charging points in the Chequer Mead car park. The other is at the train station. » Read the rest of this entry «

More than half of Nissan Leaf electric car owners say they would never buy a petrol or diesel car again it’s claimed

December 22nd, 2014 § Comments Off on More than half of Nissan Leaf electric car owners say they would never buy a petrol or diesel car again it’s claimed § permalink

More than half of Nissan Leaf electric car owners say they would never buy a petrol or diesel car again.

One owner reportedly even sold his Aston Martin to buy a second Leaf so that both he and his wife could use one every day.

These are just two of the amazing claims made by Nissan GB following the company’s first in-depth survey of its electric car customers in the UK.

An impressive 93% of the 6,500 British owners say that they use their Leaf as their main family car, and 89% report “significant savings” versus internal combustion-engined cars.

Nissan Motor GB limited managing director, James Wright, said: “We were the first to bring a mass-produced electric car to market, so it stands to reason that we are also the first to prove the genuine viability of electric motoring.

“Electric car ownership was a big step for motorists to take when we launched the Leaf in 2011 but we are now seeing that owners who were bold enough to take that step are reaping the benefits.

“The issues that the naysayers said would hinder ownership have not materialised and, in fact, the feeling from Leaf owners is that they would never go back to a traditional combustion engine.”

Furthermore, 95% of owners said they would recommend one to a friend, while 64% say they find it better to drive than a petrol or diesel car.

Among its case studies, Nissan tells of a man whose domestic disputes with his wife over access to their Leaf led him to sell his Aston Martin in order to buy a second Leaf.

Another driver claims to have spent just £400 in travelling 22,000 miles in his Leaf, making use of free public charging points wherever possible.

Recent sales of electric cars have seen huge upturns. In September 2014 Nissan sold 851 Leafs; the most ever sold in one month in a European market. More than 3,600 units have been sold in Britain this year.

Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/half-Nissan-Leaf-electric-car-owners-say-buy/story-25712904-detail/story.html#ixzz3MfIaFYg8
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Hip to be hybrid: BMW i8 supercar sells out

August 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on Hip to be hybrid: BMW i8 supercar sells out § permalink

It has just gone on sale but such is the demand there’s already a 10-month waiting list for BMW’s £95,000 i8

BMW has sold out of its i8 supercar just two weeks after deliveries started, with new buyers now being told they’ll have to wait up to 10 months to get their hands on the £95,000 hybrid machine, the company has said.
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