Highly mentioned thanks to his technological developments in recent times, Elon Musk continues to put his signature under new things with his company called The Boring Company, established in addition to Tesla. Having accomplished his long-time mentioned underground tunnel Project in California, Musk made an investment more than 10 million dollars for his tunnel, which is under prototype stage yet. Thanks to this attempt, carried out in order to facilitate life, the vehicles will be able to get access both faster and more convenient through a road network to be established under the ground. In the video, released for promotional purposes, it is seen that an apparatus was attached to the front wheels of a Tesla model means of transport. Unlike the first explanations, made in the beginning, the vehicle moves both under the control of the driver and on its own power. It is an object of curiosity what will be experienced later on in this Project that is anticipated to be used by everyone in the following years.
The most popular of the automobiles, which are gradually used much more today, and that are operated with alternative sources of energy, are now electrical automobiles. And charging is the main problem of these electrical automobiles, which are started to be manufactured by almost all brands. This issue, leaving question marks in the minds of most people, seems to be cleared by two world-famous brands, i.e., BMW and Porsche thanks to their innovative devices, which can perform charging in just 3 minutes. 3 times faster than the recently used charging devices, this technology can charge a car so as to move the same up to 100 kilometers. It is anticipated that this device, which is under prototype stage yet, will have a place near the motorways in time. This, application, which will be free of charge in the beginning, will be shaped within time based on usage. Although only two brands offer such an advantage for now, it seems that this sweet competition will increase thanks to the ever-lasting and constantly advancing technology.
Planned to be manufactured by BMW trademark in 2021, high-end electrical automobile was offered to the visitors in Los Angeles Fair. Having a very different internal design than that of what we are used to, this automobile reminds the X5 model, however; it offers much more internal space as it is an electrical car. The internal design with wood, fabric and digital displays has a rather minimalist concept. Holding two motors in the front and at the back, it was explained that BMW Vision iNext can reach a speed of up to 100km/h in approximately 4 seconds and that it can cover a distance of 611 kilometers in just a single charging operation. Having the characteristics of being a revolution for electrical cars, one of the most remarkable characteristics of this car is that it has two driving modes, called as Boost and Ease. While the driver drives the car on its own in Boost mode, in Ease mode, the steering Wheel automatically enters into its compartment and the automobile moves on its own. BMW calls this new model as a ‘’new period in driving comfort’’ thanks to the rapidly advancing technology.
As the interest in electrical automobiles gradually increases, significant developments are experienced on the part of commercial vehicles as well. Producing autobuses for Hyundai as well, while producing several minibuses and buses under its own brand, Karsan, which is at the same time one of the leading companies of the automobile industry, launched its fully electrical vehicle, Jest Electric in European market. Produced in cooperation with BMW, the minibus has the technical equipment of model i3. Most of the software platform of this new generation minibus, final speed of which is 70 kilometers per hour, was carried out by Turkish engineers. Currently put up for sale in Europe with a price starting from Euro 165.000, Jest Electric decided not to enter into Turkish market in the beginning. It is highly probable in a very short time to see Karson on the roads, which stated that a special finance management is considered for Turkey.
A project developed at the University of Swansea in the UK can convert almost any kind of plastic waste change into automobile fuel. Nowadays, electric vehicles, which are rapidly becoming widespread, will be able to use plastic wastes as fuel if the plans work correctly. If the plastic wastes, which have been lost to nature for an average of 450 years, can be used in such an effective manner, the fuel demand of the world population will be alleviated. Developed project, converting plastic waste to hydrogen source and synthesizes hydrogen with oxygen thus convert it to fuel for cars and other vehicles.
Swedish automobile giant Volvo made debut its concept of a new driverless car. Volvo introduced the new Volvo 360c concept. The model is completely autonomous and draws attention with its interior design. The model does not have a driver's seat for the driver due to there is no need a driver. It can be hosted to whether a bedroom, or a living room for you. The external design of the 360c, powered by the electric motor, has a highly futuristic line. There is no official information related to the technical components of the model. Volvo Company has not yet disclosed the information regarding when the model will be put into production and on sale.
In recent years, LEGO has made one of the most interesting campaigns. The firm produced a true size Bugatti Chiron, designed by the LEGO Technic series, using more than 1 million parts. The LEGO Bugatti Chiron, which runs 20 kilometers per hour, is the result of a total of 13,500 hours work. LEGO’s engines technically give the vehicle 5.3 horsepower. The LEGO cost of the engines is 70 thousand dollars.
Gümüşhane University, Vocational School, Mechatronics Program, Computer Programming and Energy Systems, Engineering students and academicians with a team of 13 people, autonomously designed electric car. The car, which costs about 130.000 TL, is charged in 2 hours from the 3 kW battery and it reaches 110 km maximum speed. It received support from TUBITAK and produced within 4 months and 95% domestic production, and is given the city's important tourist areas Tomara Waterfall name “TOMARA” for draw attention.
The number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded 3 million in 2017. Nordic countries remain leaders in market share. Electric cars accounted for 39% of new car sales in Norway, making it the world leader in electric vehicle (EV) market share. In Iceland, new EV sales were 12% of the total while the share reached 6% in Sweden. China and Germany also saw strong growth. being other countries in top 5 ranks of the list. As the use of electric vehicles continues to increase, and the special charging stations also increase constantly in parallel to increase in EV.
Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of Tesla, has announced that the vehicles of the US's largest international electric car producer will be launched in Turkey later this year. Elon Musk, answered the question "When will Tesla be launched in Turkey", of a Twitter user, in a post on his Twitter account. “Btw, planning to launch Tesla in Turkey later this year,” Elon Musk said in a post on his Twitter account. “Love your country & will be there in person for the launch,” he added.
Hamburg became the first German city to ban some diesel cars and implement it. The use of old-model diesel vehicles was totally banned on two main roads where vehicle traffic was intense in the city. The cars with old-model diesel engines are restricted to be used in two main streets in Hamburg, to the north of Germany. Thus, Hamburg became the first city to enforce this law following the Federal Administrative Court's decision that high-emission vehicles would be subject to disqualification from driving as a last resort in the prevention of air pollution.
Toyota Otomotiv Sanayi Türkiye (Turkey) aims to increase student's professional knowledge and skills by ensuring them to be trained in concordance with the latest technologies and concordantly continues to donate tools and equipment. 26 vehicles are donated to business high schools, vocational high schools and universities in Afyon Ankara, Antalya, Bilecik, Bursa, Diyarbakir, Edirne, Elazığ, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Isparta, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kastamonu, Kocaeli, Konya, Kütahya, Mersin, Niğde, Şanlıurfa , Trabzon, Yalova and Yozgat for use in technical trainings.
In the future, tires will be able to clean the air. By photosynthesis they will absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. This will reduce air pollution especially in big cities. Tires are no longer only for the vehicles to hold on to the road, but also for cleaning the air. The concept of Oxygene photosynthesizes while the vehicle is on the road, thus improving the air quality. The Oxygene concept absorbs the humidity on the road through its tread, pulling the carbon dioxide in the air to feed the algae in its sidewalls. This is the photosynthesis, after which oxygen is released into the air.
Audi, started their Smart Energy Net Management which is their pilot project enabling for the electricity being obtained from sunlight to be used in cars, homes and heating systems as being distributed in a controlled way. With this study being realized at household level for the first time, contribution is made for balancing all electrical network. Pilot program began to be used in households in the regions of Ingolstadt and Zurich. Audi connected all these systems in the households where there is solar panel and battery storage system, with a software that is designed to distribute the energy being collected in a smart way among the households.
Luxurious automobile company Porsche, has announced Mission E for the first time in year 2015. Porsche, which stated that they will launch it in 2019 if everything proceeds as planned, is targeting to be admired for long charging periods besides powerful nature of the vehicle. Porsche Mission E, which has a superior charging devices of 800 volts, can realize charging that could last for 400 kilometers of traveling on road, in only 15 minutes. When batteries of vehicle are completely filled, the vehicle can travel for 480 kilometers but due to battery structure, it is generally recommended for you not to charge the vehicle fully. Porsche, which targets to be the competitor of Tesla, is planning to realize this through charging stations besides the vehicles. Charging stations that will be added to 189 Porsche dealers in America will be providing services as competing with the stations of Tesla.
At Martorell factory of SEAT, smart robots are carrying 23 thousand and 800 parts on each day and they are traveling a distance of 436 thousand kilometers in total in a year. As the parts are carried with the help of robots, it is enabled for factory workers to work more efficiently and production period is reduced by 25 percent. After it is ensured that robots carry the correct piece by reading a bar code, warehouse door is opened with the help of a sensor and robot begins touring within the factory. While automated robots carry engines, gearboxes and door glasses from one place to another, they can carry a weight of one thousand and 500 kilograms in single turn.