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Tesla Model X (Image: Tesla)

Emirates Electric Road Trip | Fully Charged

The Emirates Electric Road Trip was an amazing experience.
A combination of educational exercise, motivation to open new charging stations throughout the Emirates and a wonderful tour of an incredible area of the world.
The Emirates are investing more in renewables than you can literally poke a stick at.
They extract huge amounts of oil that they sell to us and they are using the money to create a long term, viable and sustainable energy infrastructure.
Okay, and they are building some ridiculously tall towers.

The EVRT team are organising a pan-European trip later this year. Details here: https://www.europeevrt.com/

Tesla Model S is one of the cars spearheading the electric car booms (Image: Getty)

Motorists are moving away from diesel cars and opting for alternatively fuelled cars

Tesla Model S – why its diesel–powered rivals should be very afraid: motorists are moving away from diesel cars and opting for alternatively fuelled cars such as electric or hybrid, suggests new research

New car registrations in the UK achieved a 12-year high in January with 174,564 cars being registered – a 2.9 per cent increase on January 2016.

Figures collected by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders show that diesel car sales were down by 4.3 per cent in January.

The reason for the dip in interest for car buyers purchasing diesel cars could be due to the recent emissions scandals that have embroiled companies such as Volkswagen.

The government is now planning a diesel scrappage scheme to encourage motorists to ditch cars that are heavy polluters.

In total there were 78,778 diesel cars registered in January.

It is good news for electric car companies however as the alternatively fuelled vehicle segment grew 19.9 per cent to take a record 4.2 per cent market share.

Tesla Model S is one of the cars spearheading the electric car booms (Image: Getty)
Tesla Model S is one of the cars spearheading the electric car booms (Image: Getty)

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular as car companies are looking to vehicles powered by alternative and sustainable fuel sources.

Figures show that 7,270 AFVs including hybrids, were sold in January.

Read more: Express

Renault ZOE in Emirates Road Trip

The first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EEVRT) concluded at The Sustainable City in Dubai last week, successfully opening nine new charging stations in the UAE and further driving electric vehicle adoption in the country.

The new, free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations, supplied by ENGIE, were opened at three AccorHotels, including Marjan Island Resort & Spa in Ras Al Khaimah (three), the Novotel Fujairah (four), and at the Sofitel Corniche in Abu Dhabi (two).

Accelerating the transition towards a sustainable low-carbon future, the four-day event took place from 29th January to 1st February 2017 when 11 electric vehicles left Dubai and traversed more than 700km across the UAE. The charging stations installed have opened up a whole new stretch of electric vehicle driving for the UAE.

“The UAE has already come a long way in moving towards taking a more environmentally friendly stance when it comes to vehicles, and we hope that this event showed people how much of a difference it can make.

Thank you to everyone who made the Emirates EVRT possible. It was a truly momentous event for the region and one we are extremely proud of,” says Ben Pullen, Founder and Managing Director of Global Electric Vehicle Road Trip who brought the event to the UAE.

The response from participants and event partners who experienced the event for the first time was overwhelmingly positive. Intrigued by how the electric cars would perform during the longer drives to Jebel Jais and Fujairah, the participants were pleasantly surprised by the acceleration and range of the new Renault Zoe and Tesla vehicles.

One of the most interesting experiences was to witness the regenerative braking which is a technology that allows the batteries to re-charge when driving down hills.

Through driving down Jebel Jais the Renault Zoe Long Range model was able to achieve around 50km of extra range.

“As pioneer and leader of 100% electric vehicles in Europe, Renault was glad to support the Emirates EVRT initiative that is developing the awareness of pure sustainable mobility in the UAE. We have shown through the use of the new Renault ZOE with 400km autonomy that autonomy was no longer an issue to move freely in the seven Emirates,” says Emmanuel Guiffault, Marketing Director of Renault Middle East.

Read more: Emirates 247

Tesla Model S P100D: Face Bending Acceleration

The additional driving range is welcome, but the range-topping Model S’s increase in performance is overkill, even if it is very entertaining

What is it?

The Tesla Model S P100D gets its moniker thanks to the addition of a 100kWh battery. It’s a hardware upgrade for Elon Musk’s company, which can usually be relied upon for an almost constant supply of revisions and software upgrades over the air.

If the official figures for the Model S P100D are to be believed, a range of 381 miles is available from a fully charged battery. Even taking into account the kind nature of official NEDC tests, the real-world range of this electric vehicle should comfortably exceed 250 miles if you drive carefully.

The trouble is that being careful is trickier than you might think. As well as increasing the range, Tesla has increased the Model S’s performance to hypercar-hassling levels. A software update for cars with the Ludicrous Speed upgrade (standard on the P100D) now means you can access Ludicrous Plus mode.

This additional technology comes at a hefty price. Allied to a recent 5% price hike blamed on Brexit, the P100D costs £132,700 not including the Government green car subsidy. In other words, it costs nearly twice as much as the basic rear-wheel-drive Model S 60 model.

What’s it like?

We could start this section by talking about the increased range, but let’s face it:

face-bending acceleration is far more interesting.

Three power levels are available: Sport if you’re ferrying your in-laws around, Ludicrous if you want to scare your passengers, and Ludicrous Plus if you want to give someone a mild panic attack.

To engage Ludicrous Plus, you need to hold the icon for Ludicrous mode on the touchscreen for a few seconds before releasing it. You then get a Star Wars-style animation of what a warp drive might look like. Select the ‘Yes, bring it on’ icon (not the one marked ‘No, I want my Mommy’), and you can finally get full power.

At this point, it doesn’t really matter if you use launch control or just flatten the throttle pedal, because the way the Tesla gains speed is borderline scary. If you’re not careful, your head is thrown back against the seat’s head rest violently as your mind attempts to make sense of what’s happening.

Read more: Autocar

Vegan Interior Option (Image: Tesla)

Tesla now offers a vegan interior option

After launching the Model X, Tesla introduced a new seat developed in-house featuring an ‘Ultra White synthetic leather’, which served as a vegan faux-leather option for Tesla buyers. It was only available for the Model X for a limited time, and earlier this year it made its way to the top of the line Model S P100D.

Vegan Interior Option (Image: Tesla)
Vegan Interior Option (Image: Tesla)

Now it is finally available for all models, and Tesla discontinued all but one option using its original seats.

The seats of the Model X were actually one of the main reasons why the volume production of the vehicle was delayed. CEO Elon Musk wanted to make it a “sculptural work of art” since they are front and center when the Falcon Wing doors are opened.

In what has become a habit for Tesla, the company has in-sourced the design and production of its seats – something fairly rare in the automotive industry, which has a tendency to outsource almost everything but the engines and assembly.

Musk said in a conference call ahead of the unveiling of the Model X in September 2015:

“We have substantially in-sourced the seats at this point. Tesla is producing its own seats.”

During Tesla’s 2015 shareholder meeting, two proposals were brought forward to offer vegan animal-free options for Tesla’s vehicles. Tesla’s board of directors recommended that shareholders vote against the proposals and they were struck down, but the company went ahead with vegan anyway.

Musk listened to a PETA representative during the meeting and said he would look into the alternatives she was proposing.

After that, Tesla quickly introduced the Ultra White synthetic leather option for the Model X, and now it’s finally available for all trims of the Model S.

Read more: Electrek

Santa's new electric sleigh, based on a Model X (Image: Tesla Motors)

Yule Included!!

A very Happy Christmas to all customers of Fuel Included, and everyone who knows us.

Santa's new electric sleigh, based on a Model X (Image: Tesla Motors)
Santa’s new electric sleigh, based on a Model X (Image: Tesla Motors)

2016 was a pretty rough year for many people, so here’s hoping that 2017 will bring you everything you’re hoping for. For now, have a great Christmas and enjoy your time with friends and family.

Merry Christmas to one and all!