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The Fucare Taurus fat tire electric bike brings the same fun-loving, off-road riding you’ve seen with plenty of other adventure-style electric bikes. But this time it gives you full speed 28 mph (45 km/h) operation on throttle only!

Technically, that’s not street legal in many areas since it doesn’t fit the class 3 e-bike designation, which allows operation up to 28 mph without a throttle.

The good news is that this isn’t really an e-bike designed for street use. While you could certainly commute around on it, the Fucare Taurus e-bike is really meant for off-road riding and light trail duty.

It’s not a full-suspension bike, but it does feature front suspension as well as fat enough tires to make decently rough terrain manageable. It will never feel as smooth as a true full-suspension e-bike, but it also comes in at several hundred dollars below the cost of most full-suspension fat tire e-bikes.

Check out my testing in the video below, then keep scrolling for the rest of my review.

Fucare Taurus Video Review

Fucare Taurus Tech Specs

  • Motor: 750W rear geared hub motor (1,200W peak power, 85 Nm torque)
  • Top speed: Claimed 32 mph (51 km/h)
  • Range: Claimed 60-140 miles (96-225 km)
  • Batteries: 48V 25Ah 1,200 Wh
  • Weight: 92 pounds (41 kg)
  • Max capacity: 400 pounds (181 kg)
  • Wheels: 26-inch x 4.0-inch urban tires
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Extras: Large color LCD, LED headlight and taillight, included plastic fenders, 8-speed gearing, front suspension, kickstand
  • Price: $1,599 (at current sale price)

Off-road ready!

It’s been a little while since the last time I was on a Fucare e-bike, but the brand has proven itself as highly capable in the heavy-but-respectable category of Asian imported e-bikes. None of these bikes are going to win on maneuverability, ease of transport, or probably even customer service. But damn, if they aren’t fun to ride!

And the Fucare Taurus ratchets up the fun. Compared to the Fucare Libra, the last Fucare model I was on, the Fucare Taurus is less moped-ish and more off-road ready.

That means we’ve got big 4-inch fat tires in the full 26-inch diameter size. I’m normally a fan of 20-inch diameter fat tires since they usually prove to be a bit more nimble, but when you’re really heading off-road, there’s no substitute for large-diameter tires. The downside is they are heavier, bulkier, and slower to accelerate or turn. But the upside is the ability to roll over larger obstacles with less bouncing around on the bike.

The frame is an interesting truss-style frame that Fucare seems to be a fan of, having used similar styles on their other bikes. I’m not sure there’s any real benefit here, but it looks cool and gives the bike a unique appearance next to all the other cookie-cutter electric bikes out there!

There’s an interesting little feature in the lighting where the taillight is integrated into the rear seat stay. The odd thing, though, is that it’s placed on the right side. I assumed it would be on the left since if you do ever ride on the road, you’re more likely to be on the right side of the lane and, thus, showing cars the left rear side of your bike (in countries with roads laid out the correct way).

But the real claim to fame here is the performance, namely a big motor and an even bigger battery. The motor puts out 1,200 peak watts, and the battery is a massive 48V and 25Ah unit. That’s 1,200 Wh of capacity.

The company claims between 60 to 140 miles (96 to 225 km) of range, but that’s ridiculous – you’ll never get 140 miles. The 60-mile estimate is closer to reality for anyone who wants to use higher than level 1 pedal assist, though going throttle-only will also net you less than 60 miles.

However, a 48V and 25Ah battery is still one of the largest packs on the market, so you’re definitely going to get more range out of the Fucare Taurus than you would from most fat tire e-bikes.

And with the throttle operation up to 28 mph (45 km/h), you’re going to have a blast off-road. To be honest, I rarely got it going that fast on trails simply because it’s a big, heavy bike, and that’s a lot of mass to be moving that fast. I generally found that even 20 mph (32 km/h) felt perfectly fast on narrow trails and even wide-open dirt roads, especially when you hit the occasional washed-out section of road with ruts and bumps.

At the MSRP of $2,499, I would never recommend this bike. But the good news is that it’s on sale for $1,599, at which price I would absolutely recommend it! For that price, you’re getting tons of power and a massive battery, not to mention hydraulic disc brakes, fenders, LED lighting and an 8-speed transmission.

Sure, it’s freakishly heavy and too bulky to carry effectively, not that you’d ever want to carry it very far. And yea, it’s a bit sluggish in the turns from those massive tires. But it’s so much fun off-road with its impressive speed and power that I can look past those shortcomings thanks to the pretty darn good sale price.

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Volkswagen cites slow demand amid EV production cuts at German plants




Volkswagen cites slow demand amid EV production cuts at German plants

Amid several reports that Volkswagen is cutting EV production at two German plants, the automaker revealed the reason – slowing demand.

Volkswagen suspends EV production in Germany

Last week, a report from the German newspaper Automobilwoche claimed Volkswagen was pausing EV production at its Dresden facility in Germany.

Volkswagen’s Dresden facility has built over 150,000 VW Phaeton, e-Golf, ID.3, and Bentley Flying Spur models since beginning production in 2002. Last year, 6,500 ID.3 EVs were built at the location.

The automaker will temporarily suspend ID.3 production at the plant for two weeks during the Saxon autumn holidays, as first reported by Germany’s DPA news. Starting October 16, the electric car will be built again in regular single-shift operation.

Dresden’s roughly 300 employees will be reassigned to other areas, including “innovative manufacturing and testing.”

Meanwhile, at Volkswagen’s main BEV plant in Zwichau, one of the two production lines will shut down during the holidays, according to a spokesperson (via Automobilwoche).

The news comes after VW announced at a staff meeting earlier this month it would be cutting 269 temporary jobs at the site.

Although Volkswagen’s ID.3 and Cupra Born will be impacted by the halt, ID.4, ID.5, Audi Q4 e-tron, and Audi Q4 sportback e-tron models will continue regular production in three shifts.

Volkswagen ID.3 production at Dresden (Source: Volkswagen)

Volkswagen is discussing with local labor reps how to proceed with EV production at the Zwickau plant.

The company did not specify how many units or employees would be affected by the changes.

ID.4 (left) quality control at Zwickau plant (Source: VW)

Volkswagen is struggling to attract new EV orders amid higher inflation and weaning subsidies in Europe. Europe’s largest automaker also faces a growing threat from more advanced EV competitors like Tesla and BYD.

Electrek’s Take

The core Volkswagen brand faces pressure as cheaper, more advanced EVs are taking market share at home and abroad.

In Volkswagen’s largest market by revenue (China), the automaker was surpassed by BYD as the best-selling car brand earlier this year.

In the wake of slowing demand, VW slashed ID.3 and ID.4 prices in the region. But how long can VW keep this up?

Volkswagen Group CEO Oliver Blume aims to boost VW brand returns to 6.5% over the next three years. Currently, it’s around 3.6%.

With EV makers like Tesla, BYD, and several other Chinese start-ups expanding rapidly, Volkswagen will need to act urgently to risk falling further behind.

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Honda’s new electric sports car will debut next month, hinting at an NSX successor EV




Honda's new electric sports car will debut next month, hinting at an NSX successor EV

At the Japan Mobility Show next month, Honda will showcase several new products and tech, including a new electric sports car that will headline the booth.

The new electric sports car will “enable the driver to experience the pure joy of driving,” according to Honda.

Although the automaker was light on the details behind the project, it claims the concept will represent “Honda’s continuous pursuit of the joy of driving” while embodying Honda’s universal sports mindset and distinctive characteristics.

Also ready to make an appearance at the booth is Honda’s SUSTAINA-C Concept and Pocket Concept, designed to use limited resources.

Both models are made of recycled and reused acrylic resin with the idea of “resource circulation” for environmental sustainability and future mobility freedom.

Other EV products set to make their world debut include the Honda CI-MEV. The two-seat, four-wheel mini EV uses Honda’s cooperative intelligence (CI) and automated driving for last-mile deliveries and areas with limited mobility options.

A prototype of Honda’s new commercial-use mini EV with a portable external power output device, Power Exporter e: 6000, will also be displayed.

Honda CI-MEV (Source: Honda)

Honda to unveil new electric sports car

Honda revealed plans to launch 30 new EV models globally by the end of the decade, including at least two electric sports cars.

One will be a specialty model, while the other will be a flagship. Speculation suggests one of the models will be an NSX, a two-seater sports coupe (An Acura model in North America), with the other being a GT.

Honda electric sports car concepts (Source: Honda)

Honda teased the upcoming electric sports cars under wraps, showing a low-profile vehicle with a similar body design to the NSX.

According to the British automotive magazine Car, Honda’s EV performance car will ride on the automaker e:n platform, featured in its e:Ny1 electric SUV.

Honda e:Ny1 (Source: Honda)

The EV could also wear the Type R badge, as Honda’s technical consultant, Kotaro Yamamoto, said, “Type R stands for racing. It’s a pleasure transported. An electric car can deliver this, and a Type R is not obliged to use a combustion engine. Even in a fully electric society, there will still be Type Rs delivering ultimate driving pleasure.”

Other than that, Honda is keeping the details under wraps. We’ll learn more about the electric performance car next month.

The electric sports car will make its world debut at the Japan Mobility Show, running from October 28 to November 5, 2023. Media days will be October 25-26.

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Is this the production Tesla Cybertruck?




Is this the production Tesla Cybertruck?

New Tesla Cybertrucks, rumored to be “Master Candidates,” the final step before production, have been spotted coming out of Gigafactory Texas.

For the past month, Tesla has had full and at times, partial shutdowns, of production at Gigafactory Texas as it conducted factory upgrades.

Yesterday, a drone video shot by Joe Tegtmeyer confirmed that workers are now coming back to the factory.

The video showed new Model Y bodies coming out of the factory and new Cybertrucks.

There have been rumors that the shutdown at Gigafactory Texas might have been linked to the start of Cybertruck production.

Tegtmeyer, who often gets to talk to Giga Texas employees as he flyes drones there almost daily, claims that the new Cybertrucks spotted coming out of the factory are “Master Candidates,” the last step before production.

While it can’t be confirmed if they are master candidates or production versions, the two Cybertrucks spotted at the factory did look a lot more refined than the previously spotted prototypes:

The trims and fittings seem to blend better with the stainless steel body of the electric pickup truck.

While we can’t judge the vehicle’s fit and finish too closely because the footage is taken from a distance with a drone, the looks of those two Cybertrucks are encouraging.

Tesla is expected to officially start Cybertruck production any day now with deliveries to start at an event likely within the next month.

More Cybertrucks have been spotted parked at the homes of Tesla employees, which is a good sign that internal testing has expanded.

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