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Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn’t Affect Vehicle Range

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Former Tesla employees have created a $125,000 electric trailer that can be towed without using an electric vehicle battery.

Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn't Affect Vehicle Range

Ben Parker and Toby Kraus, two Tesla veterans, have founded a new company that aims to reimagine recreational vehicles. Called the Lightship L1, their first product is an electric powered camping trailer that they claim can be towed by an electric vehicle without compromising its range.

Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn't Affect Vehicle Range

“With 90% of the market being towed vans, we started by building an all-electric travel trailer that is unlike any other van available today, and that’s just the beginning,” said Toby Kraus. “We are leveraging our expertise in electric vehicle development and design to create a brand that creates the ultimate outdoor travel experience for everyone and encourages more people to enjoy on-the-wheel fun.”

Lightship claims that thanks to its efficient design, the Lightship L1 is three times more aerodynamic than traditional travel trailers, helping to increase range. He will receive a built-in battery with a capacity of 80 kW • h. In motion, the trailer actually pushes itself, while, according to Lightship, an electric vehicle with a range of 500 km can be driven all 500 km, even towing a trailer.

Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn't Affect Vehicle Range

Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn't Affect Vehicle Range

However, this is not only useful for electric vehicles. It also means that a truck with an internal combustion engine can go further. The Lightship L1 has solar panels up to 3kW, which means the trailer can meet the life needs of owners.

Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn't Affect Vehicle Range

The Lightship L1 is 8.2 meters long, 2.5 meters wide and up to 3 meters high in camping mode. A fully loaded trailer weighs 3,400 kg and can accommodate four to six people, depending on configuration.

Tesla Veterans Build an Electric Caravan That Doesn't Affect Vehicle Range

Pre-orders can be placed by paying a $5,000 deposit, and production is expected to begin in late 2024.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 for China: separate seats in the second and third rows, a refrigerator and a price 10 thousand dollars higher than in the USA

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This week, Toyota revealed the cost of the Land Cruiser 2024 in the United States, and now the Chinese media have distinguished themselves by revealing the cost of the car in China. Only if in the USA the SUV is simply called Land Cruiser, then in China, as in many other markets, it is Land Cruiser Prado 250.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 for China: separate seats in the second and third rows, a refrigerator and a price 10 thousand dollars higher than in the USA

The cost of the basic version of the SUV in China will be 65 thousand dollars – 10 thousand dollars more than in the USA. The price of the top version is 79 thousand dollars. The most expensive version is equipped with a projection screen, leather interior, heated and ventilated front seats, a JBL sound system with 14 speakers, a panoramic roof with a sunroof and even a refrigerator! And in China, the Land Cruiser Prado 250 will have a version with separate seats in the second and third rows; such versions have not been announced for other markets (USA, Japan).

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 for China: separate seats in the second and third rows, a refrigerator and a price 10 thousand dollars higher than in the USA

But what the American and Chinese Land Cruisers have in common is their external design: in China, similar to the USA, the basic version will have round headlights, the middle version will have rectangular ones, and the top version will again have round ones. The “Chinese” has only one power plant: a hybrid system based on a 2.4-liter turbo engine with one electric motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The power of such a system is 330 hp.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 for China: separate seats in the second and third rows, a refrigerator and a price 10 thousand dollars higher than in the USA

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 for China: separate seats in the second and third rows, a refrigerator and a price 10 thousand dollars higher than in the USA
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 for China: separate seats in the second and third rows, a refrigerator and a price 10 thousand dollars higher than in the USA

More details about the Chinese Land Cruiser Prado 250 are expected on February 29: on this day, pre-orders are expected to begin.

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Alternative “Gelendvagen”. Ineos Fusilier unveiled, very similar to Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Alternative Gelendvagen Ineos Fusilier unveiled very similar to Mercedes Benz G Class

Ineos Automotive has unveiled its third vehicle, an all-electric SUV called the Fusilier (fusiliers were infantry soldiers in the 17th century French army). Like the brand’s first model, the Grenadier, the Fusilier has a retro design, but this time the SUV is very similar to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

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According to the creators, Fusilier will provide “world-class off-road capabilities without compromise on asphalt.” The SUV will have a steel body with a steel bottom, but the doors will be aluminum. The car will be offered both in a purely electric version and in a rechargeable hybrid version with a “stroke extender” in the form of a gasoline internal combustion engine.

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Ineos said it developed the Fusilier with input from Magna. The SUV will be produced at the Magna plant in Graz (Austria), which also produces the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, BMW Z4, Toyota Supra and Fisker Ocean.

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Volkswagen T-Roc 2025 was photographed for the first time. This will be the last new Volkswagen model with petrol and diesel engines.

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The second generation Volkswagen T-Roc crossover appeared in live tests for the first time. In April 2023, Volkswagen announced that the new T-Roc would be the automaker’s last new model with internal combustion engines – subsequent new products will be pure electric vehicles.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2025 was photographed for the first time.  This will be the last new Volkswagen model with petrol and diesel engines.

The car was tested in camouflage; it covers both the front and the back. However, it can be said that the second-generation T-Roc will be somewhat similar to the third-generation Tiguan introduced last year. The rear window is more raked than the first-generation model, giving it a coupe-crossover look.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2025 was photographed for the first time.  This will be the last new Volkswagen model with petrol and diesel engines.

If the T-Roc 2025 looks similar to the Tiguan, then the units, apparently, will be borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf MK8.5 presented in January of this year. That is, the crossover will receive a pair of “soft” hybrid power plants with a power of up to 150 hp, a pair of plug-in hybrid systems and two diesel engines. It is not clear whether there will be an “evil” R version in the second-generation T-Roc range, but if there is, then it should receive units from the Golf R.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2025 was photographed for the first time.  This will be the last new Volkswagen model with petrol and diesel engines.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2025 was photographed for the first time.  This will be the last new Volkswagen model with petrol and diesel engines.

The official premiere of this crossover is expected in 2025.

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