LEGO offers classic VW pop-top campers while BMW offers EV SAV
There’s a new LEGO kit, and it’s got a pop-top – a tent.
The new LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van is based on its namesake from the late 1960s and 1970s and has a sliding side door, a circumferential windshield, functioning steering and a pop-up roof with a tent. The detailed camping interior has hinged cupboards, a refrigerator, a sink and a gas stove with a teapot. The set contains folding chairs and a surfboard as well as a sticker set with retro decals and a choice of German or US license plates.
“The Volkswagen Camper is a rare type of vehicle that inspires affection like few others,” said LEGO designer Sven Franic. “We know the LEGO version is going to be a lot of fun for people lucky enough to have camping or going out, or have always wanted one.”
The LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van hits stores August 1st and will cost around $ 180 in the US. The 13.5-inch long model consists of 2,207 pieces and is intended for the more experienced modeler, says LEGO.
Bimmer crossover becomes electric
BMW has a new electric Sports Activity Vehicle called iX xDrive50, which was designed as a purely electric vehicle from the start. And it will have a combined output of 516 horsepower from its electric four-wheel drive system, an estimated 0 to 60 mph time of 4.6 seconds, and a range of about 300 miles, BMW said. The iX includes direct current fast charging with up to 200 kW, available 5G and Personal eSIM support, a one-piece panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading, the BMW Curved Display and iDrive 8.
Its BMW kidney serves as an intelligent sensor panel with a self-healing function. The iX body structure is an aluminum space frame, while the body consists of CFRP and high-performance thermoplastics as well as high-strength steels and aluminum. The base price is $ 83,200 and is expected to be available in the US in early 2022. A stronger iX M60 model with 600 hp is planned for the future.
Italian automaker shows virtual electric car
Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina has a new autonomous electric car, but it’s not real.
The 17.7-foot TEOREMA concept is a virtual design that allows passengers to “share experiences along the journey and offer moments of privacy if desired,” said Pininfarina. The slim, very low (55.1 inch) design thrives on an electric skateboard chassis with a battery under the floor, in which passengers simply “go inside when the stern opens and the roof expands up and forward” says the design company. This interior space can be used in different ways.
The driver can choose whether he would like to steer the car alone at the front in a central seating position. The seat can be rotated when TEOREMA is in autonomous mode, enough distance between driver and passengers to “give everyone the feeling of having their own private cocoon”. The side of the interior can be used as a backrest as there are no doors, which makes the car stiffer and lighter. When the car is in REST MODE, the entire interior becomes a social space in which people can move to any desired position.
EV charging network for “Boost”
Electrify America says its new “Boost Plan” will more than double current EV charging infrastructure in the US and Canada. More than 1,800 fast charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers are to be installed by the end of 2025, increasing the use of 150 and 350 kilowatt chargers and paving the way for more electric vehicles in North America, it says.
Electrify America had previously announced that it would invest $ 2 billion in infrastructure, education, and access to Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) in the United States over a 10-year period
“We decided to double our current charging infrastructure in North America over the next four years to meet the need for the rapid growth of electric vehicles that virtually all automakers have come to expect and to make electric vehicle rollouts more accessible and attractive than ever do. ”said CEO Giovanni Palazzo.
Electrify America claims it is the largest open DC fast charging network in the United States. The charging locations are on his online map below. specified electrifyamerica.com/locate-charger. The company said it has installed an average of four stations per week since the first charging station opened just over three years ago in May 2018. The expansion will bring Electrify America’s network to 49 states and the District of Columbia.
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