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LEGO offers classic VW camper van while BMW offers EV after-sales service

There’s a new LEGO kit, and there’s a pop-top tent, that is.

The new LEGO Volkswagen T2 camper van is based on its namesake from the late 1960s and 1970s and features a sliding side door, wrap-around front window, functional steering and sunroof with tent. The detailed interior of the campsite features opening cupboards, refrigerator, sink, and gas hob with teapot. The set includes folding chairs and a surfboard, as well as a sticker set that includes retro decals and a choice of German or American license plates.

“The Volkswagen Camper is a rare breed of vehicle that arouses affection like few others,” said LEGO designer Sven Franic. “We know that the LEGO version will bring a lot of fun to people who were lucky enough to have or go camping in one, or always wanted one.”

The LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van goes on sale August 1 and will retail for around $ 180 in the United States. The 13.5-inch-long model has 2,207 pieces and is designed for a more experienced model maker, according to LEGO.

The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 EV crossover.

The Bimmer crossover goes electric

BMW has a new electric Sports Activity Vehicle called the iX xDrive50, designed from the start as a purely EV. And it will have a combined output of 516 hp from its electric all-wheel drive system, an estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a range of around 300 miles, BMW said. The iX will feature fast DC charging up to 200kW, available 5G and Personal eSIM support, a one-piece panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading, the BMW curved screen and iDrive 8.

Its BMW grille serves as a smart sensor panel with self-healing capabilities. The iX body structure is an aluminum spaceframe, while its body features high performance CFRP and thermoplastics, as well as high strength steels and aluminum. Its base price will be $ 83,200 and is expected to arrive in the United States in early 2022. And a more powerful iX M60 model, with 600 hp, is planned for the future.

Pininfarina Teorema Concept

Italian automaker presents virtual EV

Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina has a new self-driving electric car, but it’s not real.

The 17.7-foot-long TEOREMA concept is a virtual design, designed to allow passengers to “share experiences throughout the journey and provide moments of privacy whenever they want,” said Pininfarina. The sleek, super-low design (55.1 inches) sits on an electric skateboard chassis with a battery below the ground, passengers “walking inside as the rear opens and the roof extends outward. up and forward, ”says the design company. This interior space can be used in different ways.

The interior of the Pininfarina TEOREMA concept.

The driver can choose to drive the car, sitting alone in the front in a central seating position. The seat can swivel if TEOREMA is in autonomous mode, a sufficient distance between the driver and the passengers to “give everyone the feeling of having their own private cocoon”. The interior side can be used as a backrest because there are no doors, which makes the car stiffer and lighter. When the car is in REST MODE, the whole interior becomes a social space where people can move to any position they want.

A Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid is charging.

The electric vehicle charging grid to obtain a “boost”

Electrify America says its new “Boost Plan” will more than double its current electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the United States and Canada, with plans to have more than 1,800 fast-charging stations and 10,000 personal chargers installed. ‘by the end of 2025. The expansion will increase the deployment of 150 and 350 kilowatt chargers and help pave the way for more electric vehicles in North America, he said.

Electrify America had previously announced that it would invest $ 2 billion over 10 years in infrastructure, education and access to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the United States.

“We have decided to double our current charging infrastructure in North America over the next four years to meet the rapid growth need for electric vehicles expected by virtually all automakers, and to help drive EV adoption more. accessible and attractive than ever. . “said CEO Giovanni Palazzo.

Electrify America says it is the largest open DC fast-charging network in the United States, with its charger locations identified on its map online at electrifyamerica.com/locate-charger. The company said it has installed an average of four stations per week since opening its first charging station just over three years ago in May 2018. The expansion will bring Electrify America’s network to 49 US states and in the District of Columbia.

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