The Mercedes-Benz EQG concept SUV is an all-electric interpretation of the Mercedes G-class SUV. The SUV shares the G-class’s boxy shape. Engineers even copied the G-class’ jutting door handles and meticulously recreated the same “thunk” made by the G-class’ doors when they close. Instead of a spare tire mounted on the EQG’s tailgate, there’s a storage box that can hold a charging cable.
Mercedes plans to produce a vehicle based on this concept, and announced that itwill even drive it through the same Austrian mountain off-road course where the internal combustion-powered G-class model is tested. Each wheel of the EQG is powered by its own electric motor, according to Mercedes, to allow for maximum four-wheel-drive control.
Mercedes also revealed the Mercedes-Maybach EQS, a large luxury SUV intended mostly for on-road use. Mecedes-Maybach is the automaker’s ultra-luxury sub-brand with models and prices that compete against brands like Bentley.
Like the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan, the Maybach EQS SUV has a glass panel that covers the entire dashboard giving the impression of a single enormous touchscreen. On the outside, it has a two-tone paint job, an option on Mercedes-Maybach models. As in the EQS electric sedan, the doors can open automatically as the driver approaches. Mercedes has announced it intends to put a large electric SUV, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, into production in 2022. The Maybach SUV would be based on that.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS, also revealed Sunday, is a high-performance version of the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan. Mercedes-AMG is Mercedes’s high-performance sub-brand. Not just a concept car, this will be the first fully electric AMG production model.
It has two high-performance electric motors, one each for the front and back wheels, producing at total of 649 horsepower. Power output can briefly reach 751 horsepower using a special Race Start mode. The car’s electric motors were specially designed for high performance use performance demands, according to Mercedes.
Mercedes designers also created special sounds for what would otherwise be a largely silent driving experience. The sound, which is generated both inside and outside the vehicle, can vary depending on the driving mode, such as Comfort, Sport or Sport+. In Sport, it’s a gentle hum with an added jet-like overtone during acceleration. In Sport+ it takes on a subtle rumble suggestive of an internal combustion engine.
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department said one person has been arrested after trying to steal a vehicle from the Wegmans’ parking lot and stealing and fleeing with a vehicle from the Oakdale Mall parking lot.
According to a news release, Johnson City Police charged 26-year-old Brandon Hamilton with two counts of robbery in the first degree, a class B felony.
Police said officers responded to Wegmans on Sept. 5 for a report of a man that tried to steal an occupied vehicle and assault a victim there. They said while officers were responding to the incident at Wegmans, they were advised that a man had assaulted a female and stole her vehicle from the Oakdale Mall parking lot.
Officers discovered that the suspect at Wegmans threatened the victim and demanded that he get out of his vehicle. They said after he failed to steal the vehicle, he attempted to assault the victim before he fled on foot.
At the Oakdale Mall parking lot, police said the suspect forcibly removed a woman from her vehicle, pepper-sprayed her, and then fled the scene in her vehicle.
The Vestal Police Department received a suspicious person report and officers with Vestal Police arrived at a location on Underwood Road and found the vehicle that was stolen from the Oakdale Mall parking lot.
Authorities noted that Vestal Police found the suspect and detained him in relation to the incidents at Wegmans and Oakdale Mall parking lots.
Johnson City Police said it was determined that the suspect was responsible for the incidents.
Hamilton was processed and taken to the Broome County Correction Facility for arraignment and remanded to the county jail.
VW unveiled today its new ID Life electric car concept at the IAA Mobility show in Munich.
The German automaker presented it as something that previews its upcoming cheap ~$24,000 electric car.
As we reported last year, Tesla and Volkswagen are currently competing to bring to market the first new affordable electric cars in the ~$25,000 to $30,000 price range.
In September, Tesla announced that it will make a new smaller long-range electric car with its new battery technology starting at $25,000.
Just last week, CEO Elon Musk said that he aims for the vehicle to launch in 2023.
As for VW, the German automaker apparently greenlit a new “small BEV” vehicle program that would start at a price of $24,000-$30,000.
Today, it looks like we are seeing the first glimpse of this new vehicle through the unveiled of the ID. LIFE concept.
If it looks plastic-like, it’s because it is made of recyclable materials.
The exterior is reminiscent of the Mini, but as you can see, this is still very much just a concept show car.
However, Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, made it clear that it previews the previously mention cheap electric car coming to the German automaker’s lineup:
“The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility. The concept car provides a preview of an ID. model in the small car segment that we will be launching in 2025, priced at around 20,000 euros. This means we are making electric mobility accessible to even more people. In creating the ID. LIFE, we have consistently focused on the needs of younger customers. We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression. The customer of tomorrow won’t simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer. The ID. LIFE is our answer to this.”
Through the concept, we also get an idea of the powertrain specs that VW aims to hit with the new ~$24,000 EV.
They are talking about a front-wheel-drive 172 kW drivetrain powered by a 57 kWh battery pack:
“The ID. LIFE is based on a smaller variant of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that has been developed specifically for the small car segment. This is the first time a vehicle based on the MEB has front-wheel drive. With its 172 kW (234 PS) electric motor, the ID. LIFE accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, while its 57 kWh high-voltage battery enables a range of some 400 kilometres (WLTP).”
A 400 km WLTP range could translate to over 200 miles of EPA range on a single charge, which is also what Tesla is trying to achieve with its own cheap EV.
In another nod to Tesla, which just launched the Model S Plaid with a video game console in the back, VW says that the ID. LIFE comes with its own video game
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shared her thoughts recently about how tech giant Apple might approach the development of the rumored Apple Car.
Apple has been working on projects related to car development since at least 2014. Rumors and reports have been inconsistent. At one point, reports indicated that Apple had decided to focus on vehicle software. But now it appears that Apple is focused not only on software but also a car for consumers.
Adam Jonas, also an analyst at the investment firm, talked with Huberty about the Apple car project in an interview published by Morgan Stanley,
“The car is essentially the next mobile device, and this is a category that Apple has focused on for years,” Huberty said, adding that Apple tends to focus on markets where “computing will become central to a human’s everyday life.”
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One of the most common questions is, “Why doesn’t Apple just focus on software and services?” Huberty said. After all, making the hardware and software right out of the gate as Tesla has done is fraught with complexity. And for a new car company, getting it right isn’t always possible.
“Apple takes the other side of that. The strategy is about doing fewer things, but doing them really well, and increasing the chances of success,” she said.
“Apple is successful when they’re vertically integrated. They want a hand in the design, in how the software communicates with the hardware, what are the right components and technologies to use,” Huberty said.
“So, they can’t be successful in services until they’re successful in selling the device that this new type of computer and services sit on top of,” she said.
That means it is probable that Apple will come out with an electric vehicle.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple comes to market with an EV…They did this with the iPhone, where in the first iPhone, there was no app store. It was first about getting the hardware right,” Huberty said.
“I think the focus right now, I’m sure, is on design and the vehicle itself, but with well thought out plans around what services could emerge longer term,” she said.
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As Tesla has shown, development of an autonomous or “self-driving” vehicle is a major focus. For example, Tesla’s FSD (Full Self Driving) option on vehicles like the Model Y adds $10,000 to the cost of the car but provides hands-free driving in many scenarios using Tesla’s AI software.
Say goodbye to the Logan MCV (Multi Convivial Vehicle / Maximum Capacity Vehicle) and hello to the Jogger, a new smallish family car from budget-friendly brand Dacia. Ahead of Friday’s online debut, the Renault-owned marque is revealing the car’s outdoorsy name carrying the same “er” suffix as the hugely popular Duster SUV.
The new teaser video seemingly confirms we are dealing with a wagon version of the Logan sedan / Sandero hatchback, complete with rugged Stepway cues and the same lovely orange paint. The brief video shows quarter glass that pops out along with the same nifty roof bars as the Sandero Stepway where they can be positioned both longitudinally and transversely.
Available with a choice of five or seven seats, the Jogger has Volvo-esque taillights with Dacia’s Y-shaped graphics and an upright rear end to maximize cargo capacity. The headlights seem to be largely carried over from the latest Logan/Sandero twins and should have standard LEDs for the daytime running lights and the short beam.
The interior cabin has not been previewed so far, but with Dacia being all about cost-cutting to drop the prices as much as possible, expect the dashboard to be virtually carried over from the Sandero Stepway pictured below. It will be vastly more practical thanks to its three-row layout or a two-row configuration with a huge cargo area behind the rearmost seats.
2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway
2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway
While Dacia offers great value for money, there are many people complaining about the lack of a more powerful engine in the Logan and Sandero. It remains to be seen whether the Jogger will offer a four-cylinder unit as opposed to the sedan and hatchback duo available strictly with naturally aspirated and turbocharged three-pot mills. It would make sense to add a beefier engine considering the new wagon will be bigger and therefore heavier, especially with seven people or the cargo area completely full.
Following the world premiere scheduled to take place on September 3, the new Dacia Jogger will be showcased at IAA Munich next week. It should go on sale either by the year’s end or early 2022.
Man dies in single-vehicle crash in Oconee County, coroner says
Crash happened on Martin Creek Road near JP Stevens Road
Updated: 7:47 AM EDT Aug 30, 2021
LOOK AS WE GET INTO TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. PATRICK: WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS OVERNIGHT. A CAR HIT D ANKILLED A PEDESTRIAN IN GREENVILLE COUY.NT DESTINY: THE CRASH HAPPENED JUST AFTER 10 SUNDAY NIGHT ON AUGUSTA ROAD. TROOPERS SAY A PERSON WAS CROSSING THE ROAD NEAR EMILY LANE WHEN A CAR CRASHED INTO TH.EM THE PEDESTRIAN DIED ATHE T SCENE. THE DRIVER WAS NOTUR HT. PATRICK: BREAKING NE OWSUT OF OCONEE COUNTY. A MAN DIED IN AN OVERNIGHT CRASH. THE CORONER SAYS THE CSHRA HAPPENED JUST AFTER 11:00 SUNDAY NIGHT ON MARTIN CREEK ROAD NEAR J.P. STEVENS RD.OA HE SAYS 53-YEAR-OLD RORTBE ABRAHAM OF CLEMSON WAS THROWN FROM HIS VEHICLE AND DIED. TROOPERS SAY HE WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BT.EL STARTING TODAY, STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK ON SCHOOL BUSES. DESTINY: OUR DANIEL ROBIONNS JOINS US LIVE NOW FROM THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH THE REASON BEHIND THE CHAN.GE GOOD MORNING. DANIEL: DESTINY, PATRICK. THE ANSAD YS TYHE MADE THEIR DECISION AFTER REVIENG DATA INCH SOOLS WITH THE RISE IN CASES. THE DISTCTRI SAYS THESE ADDED PRECAUTIONS ARE TO HELP EPKE THE TRANSMISSION RATES OF THE VIRUS LOW INTO KEEP THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OPEN SAFELY. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS IT WILL EQUIP ALL STATE-OWDNE SCHOOL BUSES WITH AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FACE COVERINGS TTHA ARE IN LINE WITH CDC REQUIREMENTS. SCHOOL LEADERS SAY IF A STUDENT GETS ON A SCHOOL BUS WITHOUT A FACE COVERING, THE BUS DRIVER SHOULD OFFER THE STUDENT A MASK. HOWEVER NO STUDENT SHOULD BE NIEDDE TRANSPORTATION FOR FAILING TO ADHERE TO THE CDC OR DER. THE DISTRICT SAYS THEY WILL FOLLOW THAT ORDER AND ARE EXPANDING BE SIX FEET DISTANCE REQUIREMENT IN BETWEEN STUDENTS TO HELP WITH AVOIDING VICOD-19 CASES ACROSS THE ENTIRE DISTRICT. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENT AND THE RESPONSE ON OUR WEBSITE WYFF4.COM. , LIVE IN GREENVILLE THIS MORNING, DANIEL ROBINSON, WYFF NEWS 4. DESTINY: TOMORROW, THE SOUTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR TWO CHALLENGES TO THSTE ATE’S REFUSAL TO LET SCHOOL DISTRICTS REQUIRE MASKS. THEY THREATENED TO HOLD BUDGET FROM SCHOOLS. SCHOOLS ARE — ARGNGUI THAT REQUIRING OR BANNING MASKS HAS NO PLACE IN THE BUDGET. THE DISTRICT SAYS THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF VICOD-19 CASES AND QUARANTINES. MAYLAND EARLY COLLEGE LLWI CONTINUE ON A REGULAR SCHEDULE, BUT FOR THE OTHER SCHOOLS, THE DISTRICT SAYS STUDENTS WILL PICK UP DEVICES TODAY. THEY WL ILHAVE REMOTE INSTRUCTION TUESDAY THROUGH THURSD.AY THERE WILL BE A TEACHER WORKDAY ON FRIDAY. STUDENTS ARE SET TO RETURN NEXT TUESDAY. PATRK:IC STARTING TODAY AT DMV’S IN SOUTH CAROLINA COME ALL SKILLS TEST FOR REGULAR LICENSE APPLICANTS WLIL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. AND BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 7TH, THE DMV WILL BE GIVING A MODIFDIE SKILLS TEST. APPLICANTS WILL BE IN THE CAR ALONE. THE EXAMINER WILL WATCH FROM
Police are looking for information after a man was found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a Daytona Beach retention pond.First responders were called to the intersection of Tournament Drive andChampions Drive on Sunday afternoon where they discovered a 2021 Ford Explorer completely submerged in water.Inside the vehicle was 75-year-old Wayne A. Martin, a resident of LPGA International.Medics attempted to revive Martin without success. “Investigators believe Martin was driving the Ford east on Tournament at alegal speed when the vehicle ran the stop sign at Champions without anyapparent attempt to slow down. It then went over a curb, off the road and into the retention pond located east of the intersection,” a release states. Police said he may have had a medical episode while driving. Anyone who saw what happened or has information about it is asked tocontact Officer Ryan Forrest at 386-671-5447.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —
Police are looking for information after a man was found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a Daytona Beach retention pond.
First responders were called to the intersection of Tournament Drive and Champions Drive on Sunday afternoon where they discovered a 2021 Ford Explorer completely submerged in water.
Inside the vehicle was 75-year-old Wayne A. Martin, a resident of LPGA International.
Medics attempted to revive Martin without success.
“Investigators believe Martin was driving the Ford east on Tournament at a legal speed when the vehicle ran the stop sign at Champions without any apparent attempt to slow down. It then went over a curb, off the road and into the retention pond located east of the intersection,” a release states.
Police said he may have had a medical episode while driving.
Anyone who saw what happened or has information about it is asked to contact Officer Ryan Forrest at 386-671-5447.
A Tesla Model 3 struck a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper’s vehicle on Saturday just weeks after the NHTSA established an investigation into the semi-autonomous driving functionality. The driver and FHP confirmed the vehicle was operating on Autopilot.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a 27-year old was driving his Model 3 westbound on Interstate 4 near Orlando at around 5 a.m. eastern time on Saturday morning when the vehicle struck a Highway Patrol vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road to assist a disabled automobile on the shoulder.
The driver stated that the vehicle was operating on Autopilot, according to FHP and ABC affiliate WFTV9. The driver of the Tesla, along with the owner of the disabled vehicle, had minor injuries. The Trooper on the scene was unhurt.
Happening now: Orange County. Trooper stopped to help a disabled motorist on I-4. When Tesla driving on “auto” mode struck the patrol car. Trooper was outside of car and extremely lucky to have not been struck. #moveover. WB lanes of I-4 remain block as scene is being cleared. pic.twitter.com/w9N7cE4bAR
Interestingly, the accident occurred just weeks after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into Tesla Autopilot. The agency told Teslarati that it would investigate eleven separate instances of accidents that occurred under Autopilot operation. However, several of the accidents in the investigation were ultimately not the fault of the system itself and was actually a result of gross negligence by the driver. Two of the eleven incidents being examined were caused by the driver being intoxicated. Another was caused by a driver with a suspended license, and four were the result of incorrect Autopilot use.
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Because of its unfamiliar nature to many people, Autopilot receives a bad reputation and is often misrepresented and misunderstood by media and critics. Tesla Autopilot is not a fully autonomous driving functionality and is standard with every Tesla from 2017 or later. Tesla has never indicated that Autopilot is a replacement for human drivers and has said on numerous occasions that the system must be used while the driver is fully attentive and still focused on the road. To operate Autopilot in a vehicle, the driver’s hands must be on the wheel at all times in case of a needed intervention, and the wheel has sensors that confirm the driver is still maintaining ultimate control of the vehicle.
While the driver told FHP that the vehicle was operating under Autopilot, it is still the responsibility of the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. Frequently, the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving suites are abused by some. When these irresponsible acts of operation result in an accident or injury, Tesla takes the blame and not the driver. Unfortunately, this is not an accurate depiction of how safe Autopilot actually is.
There are plenty of hidden costs involved in buying and driving a new vehicle, from depreciation to maintenance. If you add them all up, the national average cost hit $9666 this year, according to AAA. (Find out your own cost with AAA’s interactive tool.)
Different vehicle segments stand out in different ways, with electric vehicles having low per-mile charges but high depreciation, while half-ton pickups have the highest overall driving costs.
Changes in methodology mean it’s not easy to directly compare annual average costs through the years, but AAA does point out that when it did its first Your Driving Costs study, in 1950, gas was 27 cents a gallon and the average car cost nine cents a mile to run.
Calculating out the exact dollar amount someone pays for transportation each year can be futile. Each person has their own situation, and some people pay more for track tires each year than others pay for 12 months of bus tickets. Still, there’s something to be learned from general trends—like the fact that the overall average cost to own and operate a new car in 2021 was $9666.
That’s the headline number from the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) latest “Your Driving Costs” study, which is the group’s annual attempt to figure out how much Americans spend buying and driving their cars. Using a proprietary formula, AAA has been figuring out what it costs the average driver to operate their car through these studies since 1950 and, while the methodology has been adjusted through the years, the mission remains the same: take the most popular models on the market and “[break] down the cost of owning a new car including depreciation, finance, fuel, insurance, license/registration/ taxes and maintenance/repair/tires.”
Depreciation is listed first there, and that might be because that is unsurprisingly where new cars end up costing owners the most money. For 2021, new cars cost their owners $3,900 in annual lost value, based on the difference between the purchase price and its estimated trade-in value after five years. Insurance was another $1342 a year, while financing adds $712. Taxes and fees came to $669, and then there are the running costs of 10.7 cents a mile for fuel and 9.6 cents a mile for maintenance, repair, and tires. AAA’s “average” costs are based on driving 15,000 miles a year.
While these average costs are interesting, differences between vehicle types and powertrains mean certain figures will stand out depending on which vehicle category you’re looking at. For example, electric vehicles have lower per-mile fuel and maintenance costs, but they suffer from high depreciation rates (which can make buying a used EV tempting for those interested in such a vehicle). The vehicle segment with the highest overall driving costs is half-ton pickups, which cost an average of 77.3 cents per mile. The lowest? Small sedans, at only 48.2 cents per mile. Subcompact SUVs benefit from low depreciation rates, but medium SUVs are the segment that is
A Tesla vehicle operating on autopilot slammed into a Florida police cruiser on a highway near Orlando on Saturday, just days after CEO Elon Musk admitted faults with the experimental self-driving software amid a federal investigation into the system.
The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on Saturday when the trooper had activated his cruiser’s emergency lights on the way to help a disabled vehicle.
The Tesla hit the cruiser on its left side and then collided with the disabled vehicle, highway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes told the Orlando Sentinel.
The 27-year-old Tesla “driver” and disabled vehicle driver suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash, according to the report. The state trooper was unhurt.
An email to Tesla seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a formal investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system after a series of crashes with parked emergency vehicles.
The agency said it had identified 11 crashes since 2018 in which Teslas on Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control have hit vehicles with flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.
The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles — or nearly every car that Tesla has sold in the US since the start of the 2014 model year, including the Models Y, X, S and 3, the agency said.
On Monday, Musk acknowledged issues with the company’s latest auto-pilot technology.
“FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great [in my opinion], but Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible. We’re trying to have a single stack for both highway & city streets, but it requires massive NN retraining,” Musk said in a tweet.