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Casey Neistat blown away by “spaceship-like” electric Mercedes

Published: 25/Sep/2020 12:59

by Kieran Bicknell

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Popular YouTuber Casey Neistat has hit headlines after returning to YouTube to create daily vlogs. With him, he brings a wealth of previously-unseen footage, such as the time he drove the incredible Mercedes EQS electric car.

With more governments shifting towards outlawing internal combustion engines, electric vehicles (EVs) are looking to become the de facto mode of transport in the future.

In his September 25 video, YouTuber Casey Neistat reveals he was invited to drive the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept back at the start of 2020.

Reflecting on his most popular TikTok to date being a short clip of the EQS, Neistat chose to use the footage to build up a ‘vlog’ style video.

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YouTube: CaseyNeistat
The interior of the Vision EQS is “like a spaceship” according to Neistat.

“What’s the point?”

Immediately it is obvious that the Vision EQS is unlike any other EV seen on the road today. While only a concept car, Mercedes are actually building a production version of the all-electric vehicle. Unfortunately, the production version is unlikely to be as polarizing as the concept.

The interior is perhaps the most striking part. Clad in white leather, the raked-back seats, ambient lighting, fighter-jet steering wheel, and glass canopy look like something from Star Trek or Tron. Casey is shocked upon experiencing it for the first time, saying “this is like a spaceship!”

While behind the wheel of the EQS, Neistat asks the Mercedes representative “what’s the point in building such a fancy car, if you’re never going to actually make it?”

One of the coolest EVs of 2020

They answer stating that they will in fact build a car “similar to [the EQS] but not exactly like it.” Mercedes have now followed through with their promise, and the production version is expected in 2021.

Powered by electricity only, the production version will have over 460hp (equivalent) from its electric motors. Not only that, but Mercedes says it will have a 435-mile range, and be built in a carbon-neutral factory.

Without a doubt, this is one of the coolest EV concepts seen during 2020. Casey says it’s “not lost on him” that he gets to experience such “amazing things” as this.

With his recent return to YouTube and his daily vlogs, we might see more unreleased footage of the car at some point.

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Nico Rosberg reveals insane way they test electric hypercar batteries

Published: 18/Nov/2020 13:19

by Kieran Bicknell

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While traditional gasoline or diesel-powered cars are simply crash-tested for safety, the electric motors in EVs are a lot more complex. While visiting Rimac to see his all-new hypercar, F1 ace Nico Rosberg discovered the dramatic way that manufacturers safety-check EV batteries.

If we said to you that testing EV batteries involved a lot of fire, many people wouldn’t believe us. Well, it’s true, as F1 star Nico Rosberg discovered while visiting the Rimac factory in Croatia, Europe.

Gasoline-powered cars are crash tested in a very conventional way. Cars are mocked-up, and put through a series of scenarios to test their structural integrity, including the safety of the gas tank.

With electric vehicles (EVs) having complex battery packs in place of gas tanks, the testing process is a lot more involving, and certainly just as dramatic to watch.

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YouTube: Nico Rosberg
Nico will be one of the first to receive the new Rimac C_TWO hypercar.

Nico Rosberg visits Rimac factory

While visiting the Rimac factory to see the progress of his all-new 1900hp C_TWO electric hypercar, Nico was treated to a tour by owner Mate Rimac. They discovered a number of fascinating insights into how the C_TWO is being built and tested, but the safety checks for the batteries seem like something out of this world.

To ensure the batteries are safe (homologated) for use in EVs, they are literally set on fire. Since the lithium-ion inside the batteries is so flammable, they have the potential to burn for days on end. Therefore, they need to be tested substantially before they are approved for use.

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The test process itself is wild. A fully-charged battery is placed above a vat of burning fuel, and passed through the flames a number of times on a mechanical rack. After 30-seconds in the flames, the battery is removed, and the flames must extinguish themselves within five seconds to pass the test.

As Mate Rimac says in the video, the extensive testing is partly due to people being “very cautious” of such new technology.

Thankfully, the batteries used inside the Rimac C_TWO passed the test with flying colors, but not every test goes so smoothly. With the recent legislation brought out in both the state of California and England to move forward the deadline of all new cars on sale being electric, we will likely see more and more EV hypercars in the years to come.