Five years after the announcement of its first line of electric motorcycles, Tarform began its first deliveries in the US. The company has gone through a series of challenges closely related to the coronavirus pandemic, but it appears to have recovered enough to deliver the product to its first customers.
The Brooklyn, New York-based company says the electric motorcycle is a custom-made, handmade product that is very different from current electric motorcycles.
Tarform’s design and engineering teams put in thousands of man-hours before arriving at the current unique electric motorcycle design. The company says it has pushed the boundaries of technology as well as overcome unexpected challenges over the past few years. Disruptions in the supply chain could also prevent the company from implementing its plans.
Tarform Luna Racer Edition and Scrambler Edition are the first models released by the company. Pre-orders for the two models began in 2020. The $42,000 Tarform Founder Edition electric motorcycles were the first hand-built models scheduled for production.
The Tarform electric motorcycles have a top speed of 193 km/h and a range of 193 km, while the 10 kWh battery supports fast charging. The motorcycle weighs 200 kg.
Motorcycles are equipped with a round screen that displays speed, range and remaining battery power.
The Most Reliable Cars, SUVs, and Brands You Can Buy in 2023: Latest Consumer Reports Rankings
The Most Reliable New Cars, SUVs, and Brands You Can Buy in 2023 The Most Reliable New Cars, SUVs, and Brands You Can Buy in 2023 Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that has been protecting consumers since 1936, has released its annual Auto Reliability Index. for 2023.
This ranking lists the most reliable new cars, SUVs, and brands you can buy today. Toyota and Lexus dominate Consumer Reports’ list of the most reliable cars and brands of 2023, with Mini a surprise third. This may come as a surprise since the brand has outpaced several Japanese automakers, including Acura, Honda and Subaru.
|Model||Reliability rating (out of 100 possible points)|
|#2||Toyota Camry Hybrid||87|
|#4||Toyota RAV4 Prime||84|
|#10||Toyota Highlander Hybrid||75|
“Buying a reliable car is a good way to avoid the inconvenience of repairs while the car is under warranty, and it’s also a smart way to save on the cost of car ownership over time,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “That’s why consumers consistently tell us that reliability is one of the most important factors when buying a car.”
|Brand||Reliability rating (out of 100 possible points)|
This year, Consumer Reports collected data on more than 330,000 vehicles through surveys distributed to its members. Most of these vehicles ranged from the 2000 to the 2023 model year, including a few early 2024 model year examples. The study covers 20 problem areas, including electric motors, batteries and charging aspects of electrified vehicles (EV, PHEV, HEV).
Why do you need HDMI in a car? New Mitsubishi Outlander presented
The mid-size Mitsubishi Outlander crossover has been improved in terms of equipment for the Japanese market in the new model year.
In addition to the existing USB-C and USB-A connectors, the car now has HDMI, which allows for easy transfer of images from a mobile device to the display of a multimedia system. Owners can play video games, high-definition movies or navigation map data.
All Outlander models now come with headlight washers and rear fog lights. The color range of the crossover has been replenished with two new options: gray metallic in a graphite shade and a combined color with a silver metallic roof and black metallic body.
The Black Edition, which features gloss black trim, now comes standard with a third row of seats, a panoramic sunroof, head-up instrumentation and a Bose audio system.
The fourth generation Mitsubishi Outlander, based on the Renault-Nissan CMF-CD platform, is equipped with petrol engines, including hybrid variants, with power ranging from 161 to 252 hp.
The car is produced in Japan and China.
Mitsubishi will release two models based on Renault cars
Mitsubishi will add two more models from the Renault Group to expand its range in Europe, starting with a compact all-electric crossover from Renault’s Ampere EV division in 2025.
The Japanese automaker, following the compact crossover, will release another model, called “a derivative of Renault,” as stated by top managers of the Renault-Nissan alliance, without going into details. The car will be manufactured by Renault rather than Ampere and is expected to be powered by an internal combustion engine.
In Europe, Mitsubishi, which is majority owned by Nissan, now sells the Colt small car, based on the Renault Clio, and the ASX, a small crossover based on the Renault Captur. The Mitsubishi Colt and ASX models are manufactured by Renault.
The new electric crossover “will be a key element of our lineup,” Alex Thomas, head of marketing at Mitsubishi Europe, told Automotive News Europe. “Our strategy is to focus on core segments in Europe,” he added.
Mitsubishi has published a teaser of an electric crossover, which in profile resembles the Renault Scenic E-Tech. Mitsubishi did not specify which Renault model it would be based on, but said it would be built on Scenic’s Alliance CMF-EV platform, which has been renamed AmpR Medium.
Next year, Mitsubishi will launch a new version of its Outlander plug-in hybrid midsize SUV, which was discontinued in Europe in 2021.
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