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Supercar Blondie reveals the best thing about new BMW i4 electric car

Published: 24/Mar/2020 17:40

by Jacob Hale

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Car YouTuber Supercar Blondie got the chance to try out the electric BMW i4 concept, and revealed one thing that makes it better than other electric cars.

The electric revolution is leading the way for automakers, with many of the major car producers looking to capitalize on the eco-friendly trend that has seen the likes of Tesla become a favorite among drivers.

BMW are one of many looking to get on top of the trend, and the upcoming BMW i4 looks like their attempt to become the staple name for electric car owners in 2020. Now, Supercar Blondie has highlighted one feature that could squash many potential buyers’ fears.

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Blondie has toyed around with some of the most luxurious cars in the world.

One of the most common complaints or fears that potential customers have when looking at electric vehicles is the range and charging times. Bill Gates explained that range was the main issue other than price, while former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond found he was almost caught short of charge after a road trip in his Tesla.

That’s what Blondie suggests is one of the best things about the BMW i4 – it’s charging time. While many electric car owners will have to leave their car on charge overnight, or for an extended period of time, she says you can get 100km (62 miles) from just a six-minute charge.

As Blondie says, this isn’t far off how long it takes to put fuel in your car so, although you won’t get the same amount of mileage for the amount of time charging, it’s definitely helpful if you’re in a rush or only need a small top-up.

Overall, Blondie seems thoroughly impressed with the car in its entirety, which is expected to launch at around $50,000 when it first starts production in 2020.

Though this doesn’t necessarily improve the overall range on the vehicle, and the max range of 370 miles is about the standard, it shows that electric vehicles are advancing at a fast pace and, as soon as charging points are more commonly available, we may see far more on the road.

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The insane tech inside GMC’s new $100,000 Hummer EV pickup

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:25

by Kieran Bicknell

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When GM announced that the next Hummer was going to be electric, few believed them. Fast forward to 2020, and the all-new Hummer is indeed fully electric, and packed to the brim with crazy technology, as YouTuber Doug DeMuro discovered.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage at the moment. With the state of California announcing the ban of combustion-engined (petrol & diesel) cars from 2035 and the entire country of England doing the same, the race is on for manufacturers to bring EVs to the masses.

While GM’s new Hummer isn’t aimed at the masses – since it starts at $100,000 – it is a massive step for the company. It becomes even more significant when you realize precious Hummers were gas-guzzling behemoths, though this one isn’t exactly small.

Doug DeMuro with Hummer EV
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The Hummer’s light bar at the front doubles up as both an illumination device and a charging status bar.

Doug DeMuro reviews the 2020 Hummer EV

YouTuber Doug DeMuro is no stranger to reviewing prototype vehicles, and that’s exactly what he has his hands on for his October 29 video.

While he was unable to drive the Hummer on the open road, he still got to delve deep into the interesting tech and design of the new EV.

With an all-electric range of 350 miles, the Hummer is ideal for everyday driving. Coupled with an ever-increasing EV charging network, and the possibility of an electric-only lifestyle becomes very real indeed.

Features of the 2020 Hummer EV

The light bar on the front of the Hummer is instantly recognizable, but its coolest element is initially hidden. When plugged in to charge, the light bar turns into a battery charge gauge, showing just how much charge is in the battery.

Inside, the interior is firmly rooted in 21st-century design, and represents a “big departure from anything else on the market today.” Screens adorn the cabin, with the instrument cluster and infotainment being a fully-digital affair.

The rear window of the Hummer can be lowered, while there are plenty of hidden storage compartments throughout. These are especially useful in the summer, as it allows drivers to park with the windows down, without their valuables being on show.

Not only does the back window roll down, but the entire roof comes off. Called the ‘sky view roof’ the roof comes off into four components, leaving just a roll bar and the windows.

Power for the Hummer EV comes from three electric motors, which result in mind-boggling performance. According to GM, a performance version will be coming that will hit 60mph in less than three seconds. That’s always impressive, but even more so given the size and squared-off shape of the truck.

The first ‘Edition 1’ models are all spoken for, with deliveries aiming to begin during fall 2021. With numerous other variants confirmed by GM, it will be interesting to see how widely-adopted the Hummer EV becomes.