Subaru has been making popular cars for a long time. It has hybrids in the line up now, but so far, it hasn’t rolled out a fully electric car or SUV. That will change over the next decade and a half. Subaru this week has set a mid-2030 target for selling only electric vehicles.
The decision is part of its strategy for a long-term goal of a carbon-free society. Subaru and Toyota will be working together to cut the development and manufacturing costs associated with the move to EVs. This has become common as developing tech for EVs, and autonomous autos is costly. Ford and VW are working together on EVs and autonomous cars.
Subaru has announced that it is developing a battery-powered car with Toyota that will be released in the mid-2030s. Subaru says that by 2030 at least 40% of all the vehicles it sells globally will be BEVs or hybrids. The move will be a significant change for Subaru, a company known for turbo-powered Boxer engines and all-wheel drive.
It produces the enthusiast favorite Subaru WRX. While automakers have shown that performance can be had in an electric car, fans of Subaru may worry about the EV future. Automakers have a long way to come before the mainstream buyer is ready for an EV.
As it stands now, most auto buyers still prefer combustion engine-powered vehicles. Many are interested in hybrids, which often have an all-electric driving range suitable for most daily use. Ford, for instance, has bet big on hybrids rather than full EVs, though the automaker does have the battery-powered Mach-E coming. Subaru will be significantly behind its peers in EVs if its first model doesn’t debut until 2030.
The Bizarre Porsche Cayenne That Was Never Actually Made
Porsche’s engineers eventually came up with two designs for the Cayenne-PMF, both of which varied predominantly over the tail light. But ultimately, the entire idea was canned. With the Cayenne-PFM convertible idea, Porsche originally set to answer four key questions:
- If the windscreen and A-pillars are reduced, and the roof tapers over the rear half, would the car still offer a comfortable seating experience?
- If the Cayenne’s doors are elongated by 20 centimeters and it is offered as a two-door model, does it make sense from a practical standpoint?
- Is it possible to accommodate a quick-folding soft-top roof that also meets Porsche’s standards for quality and design?
- And the most important question of them all: How the rear should look?
Michael Mauer, Chief Designer at Porsche, remarked that “an SUV as a convertible is a challenge both aesthetically and formally.” Mauer, who wasn’t a part of Porsche back then, added that “very strange shapes” emerge when an SUV’s bulky body is amalgamated with a convertible’s smaller, open-roof looks (per Porshe). However, it was not the just aesthetic and practical failures that put the Cayenne convertible plans on cold ice.
“Forecasts regarding profitability were not particularly promising and doubts remained as to whether the car would look as appealing as a Porsche should,” says the official blog marking the 20th anniversary of Porsche’s venture into the SUV segment. As for the one-off Cayenne-PMF convertible unit, it lives on at the Porsche Museum in Germany’s Stuttgart.
Tesla Body Damage Repairs Cost Way More Than You Might Expect
In a YouTube video, Ryan Shaw, a creator who specializes in Tesla and Tech content, described just how much it might cost to repair a Tesla after an accident. According to him, the repair cost of his Tesla Model Y after a rear-end collision was almost $20,000! Some of the most expensive parts that were replaced included the lift gate at $1,200, the quarter panel at $1,150, and the rear bumper at $680. Ryan Shaw’s Tesla Model Y was also involved in another rear-end collision with a repair bill that cost around $10,000. Lucky for him, the repair costs of both accidents were covered by insurance.
It’s not the first time that Tesla vehicles have proven to have expensive repair bills — a windshield replacement for a Tesla Model X could cost you as much as $1,311 without labor. Another YouTuber, Rich Rebuilds, claims he fixed a Tesla Model 3 at his garage for $700 after Tesla estimated the repair cost at $16,000. Also, a Tesla owner based in Finland decided to blow up his Model S after Tesla estimated a cost of $22,600 to replace the battery (via Gizmodo).
Similar stories are all over the internet, and even though the can’t all be verified, it’s a concern that most Tesla owners complain that repair costs are too expensive without a warranty or insurance cover. At the moment, Tesla discourages its customers from taking their cars to third-party repair services.
Supercar Brands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
In 1990, an unnamed businessman from the UAE contacted German racing car manufacturer Lotec and asked for the fastest car in the world. With the promise of a blank check, Lotec began developing the car in 1991, and by 1995, the C1000 was finished. It featured a 5.6L Mercedes twin-turbocharged V8 engine that made over 1,000 horsepower. According to Motor1, Lotec claimed the car had a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 268 mph. The C1000 was strictly a one-off, but at a development cost of $3.4 million, it’s not like many other buyers could have afforded one anyway.
Creating the C1000 gave Lotec owner Kurt Lotterschmid the supercar bug, and shortly after development finished, he set about building a follow-up. By 2001, the brand’s next car, the Sirius, was unveiled. It was planned that five units a year would be created, each car selling for $462,000. The Sirius featured a mid-mounted Mercedes V12 making 850 horsepower, with many of the car’s internals derived from Lotec’s racing parts bin. It was a similar recipe to the Pagani Zonda, which launched just a few years prior, and shared the same engine. However, unlike Pagani, Lotec couldn’t drum up much interest in its ultra-expensive supercar, and only one example of the Sirius ended up being built.
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