“Cybertruck represents a highly conservative continuation of the status quo”

Tesla’s electric Cybertruck is billed as a radical redefinition of the car, but in fact draws on old-fashioned ideas of escape, argues Elizabeth Bisley, co-curator of the V&A museum’s new exhibition about car design. The prototype for Elon Musk’s Cybertruck was launched in LA just over a week ago at a testosterone-fuelled event in Tesla’s […]

Lego mocks Tesla with “guaranteed shatterproof” brick model of Cybertruck

Toy company Lego has reacted to the launch of Tesla’s Cybertruck be sharing a picture of a car made from a single plastic brick. The Danish toy brand made the simple model car to mock the blocky Cybertruck electric pickup truck, which was unveiled by Elon Musk last week. Lego posted the picture of the car made from a single, blue […]

Elon Musk unveils Tesla’s Cybertruck electric off-road vehicle

Tesla founder Elon Musk has unveiled the Cybertruck, a bulletproof electric vehicle clad in the same kind of steel being used to make SpaceX’s Starship space craft. Designed to look like the cross between a pickup truck and a stealth fighter jet, the Cybertruck combines a sports car’s acceleration with off-road driving capabilities. Panels of […]

MINI Cooper SE is the brand’s first all-electric car

Oliver Heilmer, vice president of MINI Design, explains how the brand updated the MINI Cooper design to create its first entirely electric car in this video produced by Dezeen for MINI. The MINI Cooper SE is an electric hatchback recognisably designed in the style of MINI‘s iconic Cooper range, and will be available to purchase in […]

Cambridge University team build UK’s most efficient electric car

Students from Cambridge University have built an ultra-efficient electric car that drives using only as much power as it takes to boil a kettle. The Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) student society built the four-seater car, named Helia, with efficiency as the main goal. Their achievement has been to produce a car that can travel […]

Suzuki channels retrofuturism in Waku Spo and Hanare concept vehicles

Japanese auto brand Suzuki has debuted a pair of retro-styled concept cars at Tokyo Motor Show 2019, including a driverless “mobile room” and a hybrid electric coupe with cameras in place of wing mirrors. Suzuki’s latest concept cars both fall under the umbrella name of “waku waku” – a Japanese onomatopoeic phrase used to express […]

Lexus designs LF-30 Electrified concept to develop “mutual understanding” between car and driver

Lexus considered the relationship between a horse and its rider when designing the LF-30 Electrified concept car, which represents the Japanese brand’s vision for a future generation of electric vehicles. With fluid lines and gull-wing doors, the LF-30 Electrified concept was designed to have a futuristic look that is “expected of a BEV” (battery electric […]

Audi replaces headlights with drones and seats with hammocks in AI:Trail car

Audi has revealed its AI:Trail concept car – an all-wheel drive with drones for headlights and other features to enhance the passengers’ enjoyment of the outdoors. The concept vehicle, displayed at last week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, showcases what Audi sees as the future of off-road driving. The partly autonomous, fully electric car’s most unusual feature is […]

Volkswagen rebrands with “flat” logo to mark start of electric era

Volkswagen has rolled out its latest fully electric production car and updated its logo to mark “the start of a new era” for the German automaker. The ID.3 is the first production car in a new generation of fully electric vehicles by Volkswagen, and the first model to bear the company’s rebranded logo. Volkswagen has […]

X Shore electric boats designed for emission-free sea travel

Engine noise, fumes and carbon emissions are all nonexistent with X Shore, one of the first electric boat-makers to target the consumer market. The Swedish company manufactures all-electric boats, emphasising that the “power of silence” and lack of smell facilitates a deeper connection to nature. X Shore launched its first boat model, the Eelex 6500, […]

Hyundai reveals foldable electric scooter designed to be charged in its cars

Hyundai has created a prototype scooter that folds down to the size of a backpack and can be charged in a car using the energy created while driving. The scooter has been designed for use with future Hyundai or Kia models, which would come with designated storage and charging compartments. To make the Hyundai scooter as portable […]

Lamborghini’s first hybrid production supercar will be its “fastest car of all time”

The Lamborghini Sián is the Italian automaker’s first hybrid supercar to go into production, boasting an electric powertrain that makes it the “fastest Lamborghini of all time”. Unveiled ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, the Lamborghini Sián is car maker’s first hybrid model to go into production. With a 785 horsepower V12 engine and a 34 […]

Lotus Evija is the first fully electric hypercar from the British car maker

British car manufacturer Lotus has launched its first fully electric zero-emission hypercar, the Lotus Evija, which claims to be the most powerful series production road car ever built. Lotus gave a teaser preview of the car earlier this year at Auto Shanghai 2019, where it announced the launch of Evija as the first all-electric supercar […]

Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept reimagines grand touring for the year 2035

Bentley looks to the future with the EXP 100 GT concept car that pairs artificial intelligence with sustainable materials made from recycled rice-husks and wine-production waste. Fully electric with the option of autonomous driving, the EXP 100 GT was released yesterday in celebration of the car brand’s 100th birthday. Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon […]

Unu’s networked scooter uses smart technologies to allow for sharing

German mobility company Unu has launched the second generation of its electric scooter, with smart features including anti-theft protection and digital key sharing. The new Unu scooter is an evolution of the Berlin-based company’s debut product, the Unu Classic with additional smart technologies. A digital key function built into the accompanying app allows users to […]

Layer and Nio’s intelligent Pal scooter learns your favourite routes

Layer has teamed up with Chinese automotive company Nio to design an electric scooter that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to autonomously take you on your preferred routes. The smart scooter, called Pal, is a “near-future concept” that aims to alleviate the growing issue of congestion in cities by offering flexible and convenient last-mile travel. […]

10 electric cars unveiled by Chinese car companies at Auto Shanghai 2019

China, the world’s largest car market, is heavily pushing for zero-emissions vehicles to combat its pollution issues, so this year’s Auto Shanghai is packed with electric cars. Dezeen deputy editor Tom Ravenscroft picks out 10 of the best made by Chinese companies. Geometry A by Geely An all-electric sedan, Geometry A is the first car to be released under Geely‘s […]

Lotus to end 10-year hiatus with launch of UK’s first electric supercar

British car maker Lotus has revealed the first glimpse of its first new vehicle in over a decade – an all-electric sports car, called the Type 130. Revealed at Auto Shanghai 2019, the car will be the first all-electric supercar created by a British manufacturer. Few details have been released about the supercar, which will […]

Audi reveals “city car of the future” with living plants

Audi has unveiled its AI:ME concept vehicle, an electric, fully autonomous car, which is designed to be a “third living space” and includes real plants. Revealed at Auto Shanghai 2019, the concept car is fully autonomous, but also has a steering wheel to allow the user to drive when needed. Audi described the compact vehicle […]

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