Buckingham councillor Warren Whyte, the man in charge of the county’s failing children’s services has come under fire for “flaunting” his Tesla car worth tens of thousands of pounds on social media. In May, councillor Whyte set up a Twitter account dedicated to the leased vehicle and has since posted more than 100 times about the car’s day-to-day-ventures – including trips to Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire.He appears to tweet pretending to be the car under the handle @RedTesla75 writing: “My human is getting excited…the delivery date has been brought forward to Friday 22 June” and boasting he named the vehicle Whiplash – “thanks to its rapid acceleration”.Environmentally-friendly Tesla – owned by controversial business mogul Elon Musk – specialises in electric vehicles which start at a price of £66,000.However questions have been raised over whether the councillor tasked with … [Read more...] about Buckingham councillor under fire for ‘flaunting’ his expensive Tesla car on social media
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ELON Musk has stunned space enthusiasts worldwide by announcing plans to send a test space vehicle to Mars in the first half of 2019. He made the surprise timeline claims while addressing an audience at the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, yesterday. How long does it take to travel to Mars? There's an immense distance between Earth and Mars, which means any trip to the red planet will take a very long time. It's made more complicated by the fact the distance is constantly changing as the two planets rotate around the sun. The closest the Earth and Mars would ever be is a distance of 33.9million miles – that's 9,800 times the distance between London and New York. That's really rare though: the more useful distance is the average, which is 140million miles. Scientists on Earth have already launched a whole bunch of spacecraft to (or near) Mars, so we have a rough idea of how long it takes with current technology. Historically, the trip has taken anywhere from … [Read more...] about How long does it take to get to Mars, how many light years away is it and what was Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch?
In an interview, the longtime chief executive talks about his vision for the auto industry’s turbulent next decade. By January 15, 2018, 5:00 AM EST Photographer: Greg Ruffing/Redux Sergio Marchionne, one of the longest-serving CEOs in the auto industry, has a stark warning: Carmakers have less than a decade to reinvent themselves or risk being commoditized amid a seismic shift in how vehicles are powered, driven and purchased.Developing technologies like electrification, self-driving software and ride-sharing will alter consumers’ car-buying decisions within six or seven years, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV chief executive said in an interview. The industry will divide into segments, with premium brands managing to hold onto their cachet while mere people-transporters struggle to cope with the onslaught from disruptors like Tesla Inc. and Google’s Waymo.“Auto companies need to quickly separate the stuff that will be … [Read more...] about Fiat Chrysler’s Marchionne: The Future of Cars Will Be Electric and Commoditized
Buying a new electric car is a huge decision, not least because they’re still so expensive. Unlike petrol or diesel cars, charging plays an important role in the purchase. Electric cars take hours to fully charge, while a petrol car which can be filled up in minutes. Then there’s the question of how much the vehicle costs to charge. With so many different charging companies dotted around the country it can be difficult to know the definitive cost of charging your car compared to plugging it in at home. The good news is that whether you’re out and about or at home, charging an electric car is much cheaper than paying for fuel. So while this new world can take a bit of getting used it, it’s absolutely worth it in the long run. In order to take advantage of this though, you will have to get your head around how electric car charging works. It’s a bit fiddly, but once you understand it the whole process will feel like second nature. Charging speed … [Read more...] about Electric Cars: How Long Do They Take To Charge And How Much Does It Cost?
Christian Wolmar 7 July 2018 9:00 AM 7 July 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I was worried that going to the autonomous vehicle exhibition in Stuttgart would be tantamount to an atheist walking into St Peter’s while the Pope was conducting a mass. There is something religious about the fervour with which adherents to the driverless credo practise their faith and promise us a new kingdom. Their proselytising has indeed convinced many. Politicians are making outlandish statements, such as Jesse Norman’s two weeks ago, that ‘Our entire use of roads is to be revolutionised by autonomous vehicles’, and pouring large sums — a promised £180 million so far — into bizarre research projects such as the development of strange robot cars slower than a Reliant Robin and allowed only on pavements in Milton Keynes. The public, too, has been won over. Ask the average Joe in your local or even Basil in his … [Read more...] about The dream of driverless cars is dying