An Electric Vehicle With A Transmission Tunnel? Polestar Explains Why.

Polestar, the Volvo subsidiary, will release its first battery electric sedan with an unusual design element for an electric vehicle, a transmission tunnel. As one might suspect, this has nothing to do with an actual transmission.

It is a battery storage area which keeps a portion of the three-hundred and twenty-four pouch cells that power the Polestar 2.

Polestar engineers explained that this is both an aesthetic and functional design. Most EVs store their batteries flat and under the floor which is known as a “skateboard” design. This, however, adds to the height of the vehicle and gives way to pour aerodynamics and negatively effects driving range.

The engineers were able to create fast, sleek silhouette by removing batteries from the rear-seat footwells. This also allowed more comfort for these passengers by creating a cockpit design down the center of the vehicle with a raised center console.

The Polestar 2 will most likely reach US sales floors mid-2020 as they go into production next year.

 

 

Ford Announces New Shelby Mustang Specs

Ford has announced that the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 will come equipped with 625 foot-pounds of torque and 760 horsepower.

The new Ford offering was revealed in January. At the time Ford announced it would be the most powerful street legal car they had made and that it would be capable of 0-60mph in a 3 second time frame. The GT500 will have 5.2 liter V-8 and will reportedly complete a quarter mile in under 11 seconds. This new model will also offer a carbon fiber track with no rear seating for weight reduction.

This new Mustang will be available this fall.

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat, with over 700 hp, is going to be a competitor for the new Shelby. The 2019 Mustang GT350 only comes in at 526 hp (for comparison).

While Ford has announced it’s North American lineup would be reduced, their classic Mustang will remain in the stable.

 

Lilium Flying Car Service to Start by 2025

While flying cars have largely been a thing of imagination, there are now many companies trying to make imagination real.

One of them is the Munich start up Lilium who is developing a five seat electric air taxi. Commercial transport is scheduled for 2025. The company hopes to offer pricing that everyday people can afford and would be centered around an app like Uber.

To give as accurate an idea on pricing as possible, Lilium suggested that a trip from Manhattan to JFK would be around a 60 minute flight time and cost $70. Current helicopter rides from Manhattan to JFK cost around $200 per passenger and takes about 8 minutes.

The Lilium aircraft—with its vertical take off and landing ability, can go about 300 kilometers (a little over 184 miles), after a single charge. One charge could take a passenger from London to Manchester (from one end of the UK to the other) in a single journey.

 

Uber to Offer Helicopter Ride Hailing in NYC

It looks like Uber is taking to the skies in New York City as the company gears up to offer a helicopter service in the Big Apple. As with the current app, users will be able to order up flight service on the new “Uber Copter” app. Test flights have already happened on routes between a Wall Street heliport and JFK International.

The service is going to open to the public on July 9th in NYC and will cost about $225 per passenger. Uber supposedly has plans to offer the service in other major cities.

This kind of service isn’t all that new in New York City. A start up by the name of Blade Urban Air Mobility has been offering a similar service through a mobile app with regular flights from Manhattan to three area airports, six days a week for around $200 a passenger.

When Uber went public last month spokes people focused a lot on Uber’s investment all kinds of transportation. While being the world’s largest ride-hailing service, Uber also runs scooter rentals, electric bikes, cars and now has added helicopters to the list.