Bentley believes Octopus program will produce electric car breakthrough

Behold Octopus.


Bentley believes in Octopus. That is, Optimised Components, Test and simulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains that integrate Ultra-high-speed motor Solutions. Got that?

Probably not, so we’ll explain. The British luxury marque on Wednesday announced the Octopus program, which aims to produce a breakthrough in electric motors for future electric cars. According to the company, engineers discovered a breakthrough in high-performance EV motor tech in the past 18 months, and now, the Octopus program hopes to produce real results in the next three years.

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Subscribe to an electric Volkswagen Golf for just $11 a day

$11 a day isn’t too bad at all.

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Although car subscriptions haven’t quickly become a new normal like companies likely wanted, we continue to see some creative ways to provide transportation. The latest effort comes from AAA’s car subscription program with help from Electrify America.

The two companies said Tuesday a fleet of electric Volkswagen e-Golfs are now available in the Sacramento, California area for $11 a day. The $11 daily price is a specific play to allow those with lower incomes to use a vehicle. The fact the e-Golf is all electric is just a

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Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Up features Rivian R1T electric truck, debuts Sept. 18

McGregor and Boorman are bringing us (and Rivian) on their first big journey in a decade — and it streams in September.

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The odds are pretty good that if you have even a passing interest in motorcycles¬†— or adventures — you’ve probably clapped eyes on Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s epic travel documentaries Long Way Round and Long Way Down.¬†

For a while, we’ve known that the Hollywood star and his pal were working on a third series titled Long Way Up that would see them braving the wilds of South America on their way

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Handful of vintage Volkswagens could return with an electric twist

The e-Bulli is one of two classic VWs brought back to life, and it sounds like we’re in for more.


Think of it as a futuristic engine swap: taking the internal-combustion engine out and plopping in an electric motor and battery. It’s not anything new, but more companies and automakers are starting to give the idea a closer look.

That includes Volkswagen, which continues to work with a European specialist by the name of eClassics to fit some of its classic cars with electric powertrains. The work’s been successful, if a slew of new trademark filings end up

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