The US Military has revealed a look at a radical new'ultra survivable' future combat vehicle. The secretive DARPA X-Vehicle project is designed to protect troops, and allow them to go almost anywhere. It features radical wheels that can convert from tires to tank tracks at the push of a button. DARPA says the aim of the project, officially known as the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program is to ''improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor.' 'We're looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids,' said Maj. Amber Walker, the program manager for GXV-T in DARPA's Tactical Technology Office. 'For mobility, we've taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.'
Volkswagen's ongoing diesel emissions scandal puttered forward again today as a US federal judge finally approved the $14.7 billion settlement between the automaker and owners of some 475,000 diesel vehicles. According to Reuters, Volkswagen will start buying back those fraudulent vehicles around the middle of November. To refresh: the massive settlement is one of the largest consumer class-action settlements ever in the United States. Just over $10 billion of the cost will go towards the aforementioned vehicle buybacks and compensating VW owners, while the other $4.7 billion will used to offset emissions and build more zero emission vehicle infrastructure. That cost does not include another $1.8 billion in legal fees related to the scandal, and the car company could still face billions more in settlement costs for another 85,000 vehicles.
The California-based maker of electric autos said Sunday that it delivered 14,370 vehicles in the April-June quarter, a decline of 450 vehicles from the first quarter that Tesla attributed to an "extreme production ramp up" and a number of custom-ordered vehicles still being shipped. Tesla said it anticipates delivering 50,000 vehicles in the second half of the year. While that second-half target would match its vehicle deliveries for all of 2015, it would still be just shy of the guidance provided by the company in April.
General Motors Co. is promising two new electric vehicles on Chevrolet Bolt underpinnings in the next year and a half and more than 20 electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2023. The company also pledged to start producing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for commercial or military use in 2020, and to convert its entire model lineup to zero emissions in the future. The two new electric vehicles probably will be SUVs or maybe a sportier car designed to compete with Tesla Inc.'s upcoming Model 3. GM says most of the new vehicles will be based on a new electric architecture with a longer range than the Bolt's 238 miles. The automaker made the announcements Monday at its technical center in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Executives offered few specifics on the new vehicles.