Lamborghini Terzo Millennio: A visionary electric hypercar

The Terzo Millennio from Lamborghini
Updated 19 November 2017
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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio: A visionary electric hypercar

LONDON: Lamborghini has revealed details of its electric hypercar concept, Terzo Millennio (Third Millennium).
The concept, developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addresses key areas of electric technology including energy storage, innovative materials, propulsion systems and design.
The Terzo will use electric supercapacitors instead of traditional batteries to give it extra power. More advanced carbon-fiber structures are used in the Terzo Millennio and the body shell will gather energy for storage purposes.
The project also aims to develop a “self-healing” carbon-fiber structure, which contains materials that can repair cracks and other structural damage automatically.
Each wheel will be driven by an integrated electric motor.
Thanks to the four supercapacitors and the lack of an internal combustion engine, the designers have had more freedom when crafting the hypercar.
Lamborghini officials insist that this concept does not mean that Lamborghini is going fully electric or even hybrid, and said that it will continue to produce its cylinder engines.


Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

Updated 13 September 2018
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Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

NEW YORK: Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.
The move comes as Volkswagen emphasizes electric autos and larger family-oriented vehicles, said Hinrich Woebcken, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America.
But Woebcken opened the door to reviving the model at some point, alluding to the company's 2017 decision to unveil a revamped Volkswagen Bus as a possible template.
"Never say never," he said in a statement.
Volkswagen plans to offer the two final edition models in both coupe and convertible styles. The cars will include nods to earlier versions and be priced at $23,045 and up, the company said.
"The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle's many devoted fans," Woebcken said.
The sedans made their US debut in the 1950s and were popularized with the 1968 Disney movie "The Love Bug."
US sales ceased in 1979, but the vehicle continued to be produced in Mexico and Brazil, according to Car and Driver. VW revived the "New Beetle" in the US 1997.
However, the vehicle's history goes back to the Nazi era, having first been developed by Ferdinand Porsche with support from Adolf Hitler.