Recharge Wrap-up: Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, 2-min Tesla history

Massachusetts Hosting Eight "Mass Drive Clean" EV Test Drive Expos

A video summarizes the history of Tesla Motors in about two minutes. From its founding in 2003 to Elon Musk's appearance on the scene, to the Tesla Roadster, to the Model S, Tesla's history has been interesting, to say the least. The big investments, strategic partnerships, near bankruptcies and other milestones and setbacks are covered. The Gigafactory and Model X are mentioned, but the Powerwall, Model 3 and sales in China are not. In two minutes, we can get a pretty good picture of how Tesla got where it is today, which is a helpful reminder, but Tesla's story is particularly interesting when you can take a closer look at all the details. See the video from Bloomberg Business above.

More details have emerged about the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One that Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima will pilot in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 1,475-horsepower vehicle has clocked 0-62 mph in 2.2 seconds, with 124 mph happening in just 5.4 seconds. Its four wheels are each chain driven by individual motors, controlled by Rimac's torque vectoring system borrowed from the Rimac Concept_One supercar. The torque vectoring system takes into account speed, g-forces, steering angle, and yaw rates to provide inputs to each motor 100 times a second. It features a 57-kWh Rimac battery pack and regenerative braking system. Top speed is about 168 mph. Read more from Rimac Automobili and from Team APEV.

Massachusetts is hosting eight "Mass Drive Clean" electric car show and test drive events in 2015. With the help of Plug In America, the free events allow users to learn about EVs and other green technology, and give drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a variety of electric vehicles. Attendees also learn about incentives for purchasing an EV. The first event took place on June 2 in the town of Devens. Read more from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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