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Volkswagen Bus to be revived as an electric vehicle - cancelled in 2013, the classic Volkswagen Camper may find a new lease on life as an eco-friendly EV. The iconic “hippie wagon” may soon see a very apropos resurrection from the dead. Speaking at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen board member Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser announced that the German auto company was working on a brand new camper concept - one that would run on batteries, rather than petrol, powering an electric motor driving the front wheels. Dr Neusser said that the new car would maintain 3 iconic design principles of the original Type 2 microbus, first introduced in Germany in 1950. “First the wide, solid, D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the center section; and, third, the front end must have a very short overhang.” In 2011, the company took a stab at an electric concept it called the Bulli, clearly inspired by the Type 2, but closer to a small van, with 4 hinged doors and 1 bench seat in the front and another in the rear that could be folded flat to make a sort of bed. The Camper, in comparison, contains a small mobile home with optional kitchen equipment and detachable canvas tents and awnings; seats that could be folded out into beds; a folding table, and a small refrigeration unit. Production on all VW Type 2 units, incl. the Camper, ceased in 2013. Production had been outsourced to Brazil after safety regulations introduced in the 70s in Germany meant that it could no longer be made there. In 2012, Brazil introduced legislation that went into effect on Jan 1, 2014, dictating that all cars made in the country must have ABS and airbags on both driver and passenger sides. VW decided that, rather than make a completely new vehicle, it was more cost effective to simply say goodbye to the Type 2 after 63 years of production. However, Dr Neusser now said that if the cost of production on the new electric Camper was feasible, the car could make it to market. The VW team continues to work on the concept.

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The Koenigsegg Regera Makes NYIAS Debut

Koenigsegg Automotive, along with their US distribution partner Manhattan Motorcars, is pleased to announce the North American debut of the new Koenigsegg Regera at the New York Auto Show.

The Regera is an automotive revolution unto itself, combining three electric motors and an internal combustion engine to deliver an astonishing 1500 hp directly to the rear wheels – with no gearbox. The Koenigsegg Direct Drive system has replaced the traditional transmission, meaning less weight and minimized transmission losses. It uses power from the electric motors combined with just a single final drive to deliver a seamless driving experience that is a first in the automotive industry.

ROOKIES! CONTESTANT INFORMATION. 

NAME: 白銀 つむぎ/ Shirogane Tsumugi 


NICKNAME/TITLES: TSUMI

ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY: Synthesised Entertainment

TRAINING PERIOD: Three years and half a month

BIRTHDAY: 15 August, 1998

BIRTHPLACE: Yokohama, Japan

BLOODTYPE: A


HEIGHT: 5'8.5 / 174 cm // WEIGHT: 112 lbs / 51 kg


SPECIALITY: High notes, Futuristic voice, costume designing. 


HOBBIES: Sewing, sketching


LANGUAGES: Japanese, bit of Korean and a bit of English

 INSTRUMENTS: Keyboard, electric guitar auto tune 

TRAINER’S NOTES: Despite being skilled in terms of vocals, Shirogane often uses auto tune to resemble a more futuristic feel in her music, as well as steer attention away from her natural abilities. She constantly says that it’s because her voice is ‘painfully ordinary’, however it is not ordinary in the slightest. She occasionally sings without the aid of an auto tuned microphone, but this is usually only to fit the vibes said song gives off, or to match the rules of a competition. She also can get incredibly picky over costumes. Make sure you show her the outfits before the show, or it might result in a delay due to her demands of them being remade.


BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Shirogane originally worked for a company which focuses towards the sound synthesisers vocaloid, but in a more human form. Due to naturally long hair and what people called a 'resemblance’ she would part time perform as Hatsune Miku, and often dyed her hair a lighter tone of blue for the job. In early 2013, the company was forced to close under a copyright claim.

 NETIZEN COMMENTS:

 
[+657, -234] She should use auto tune less, on the rare occasions she doesn’t use it her voice sounds great!

 
[+283, -98] Her outfits are adorbs whenever she’s given permission to take charge of costumes! (◕‿◕✿)


[+123, -465] She’s just another Hatsune Miku reject?


[+1,234, -243] Ohmygosh why does she look so kawaii no matter what song she sings?!

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The “Detroit Electric” auto on promotional tour through mountains from “Seattle to Mt. Rainier”. C.1919.

The Detroit Electric (1907–1939) was an electric car produced by the Anderson Electric Car Company in Detroit, Michigan. The company built 13,000 electric cars from 1907 to 1939. 

Anderson had previously been known as the Anderson Carriage Company (until 1911), producing carriages and buggies since 1884. Production of the electric automobile, powered by a rechargeable lead acid battery, began in 1907. For an additional US$600, an Edison nickel-iron battery was available from 1911 to 1916. The cars were advertised as reliably getting 80 miles (130 km) between battery recharging, although in one test a Detroit Electric ran 211.3 miles (340.1 km) on a single charge. Top speed was only about 20 mph (32 km/h), but this was considered adequate for driving within city or town limits at the time.

The Detroit Electric was mainly sold to women drivers and physicians who desired the dependable and immediate start without the physically demanding hand cranking of the engine that was required with early internal combustion engine autos. A statement of the car’s refinement was subtly made to the public through its design which included the first use of curved window glass in a production automobile, an expensive and complex feature to produce.

The company production was at its peak in the 1910s selling around 1000 to 2000 cars a year. Towards the end of the decade the Electric was helped by the high price of gasoline during World War I. In 1920 the name of the Anderson company was changed to “The Detroit Electric Car Company” as the car maker separated from the body business (it became part of Murray Body) and the motor/controller business (Elwell-Parker).

As improved internal combustion engine automobiles became more common and inexpensive, sales of the Electric dropped in the 1920s, but the company stayed in business producing Detroit Electrics until after the stock market crash of 1929. The company filed for bankruptcy, but was acquired and kept in business on a more limited scale for some years, building cars in response to special orders. The last Detroit Electric was shipped on February 23, 1939, (though they were still available until 1942).

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Consumer Reports rates Tesla S 99 out of  100.

They like the electric car’s power, “pinpoint” handling and quiet, well-crafted interior. With Tesla reporting its first quarterly profit in its 10-year history, the car maker is on a roll.

The tested Model S equipped with an 85 kilowatt hour battery was able to get 200 miles between charges. Range varied between 180 miles on cold winter days to about 225 miles in more moderate temperatures. However, it takes 12 hours to charge on a 240-volt electric-car charger.

All that doesn’t come cheap, the Model S starts at around $70,000 with a 60 kilowatt hour battery before a federal tax credit. A sedan equipped with a larger, 85 kilowatt hour battery starts around $80,000. Consumer Reports recommended buying the sedan with the larger battery.