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About Jo Borrás

Jo Borrás I've been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.

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97% of Auto Mechanics Can’t Work on Electric Cars, New Report Concludes

December 10th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Recently published studies from the UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) revealed that as many as 97% of active auto mechanics aren’t qualified to work on electric cars. Worse, of that 3% of auto mechanics who are qualified, the vast majority of them are employed at manufacturer dealerships, presenting prospective EV buyers with very limited service options

Electric Tuk-Tuks Power EV Revolution In India

November 12th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

When you think of the countries that are driving the EV revolution, you might think of China, or Norway, or — being the birthplace of Tesla and all — even the United States. One country you probably don’t think about, however, is India. You should think of India, though, because there are more than 1.5 million electric tuk-tuks on India’s roads right now

Gogoro Scores DHL & Taiwan Post As Battery Swap Partners

November 8th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Taiwanese electric scooter startup Gogoro has a sharp design, smart engineering, and massive capital behind it. Now, it’s taking its über-clever, battery swapping electric scooters to the big time by partnering with DHL and Taiwan Post to supply the two shipping giants with Gogoro 2 utility scooters

Is Dyson’s Plan To Produce Electric Cars In Singapore Smart?

November 7th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

British ultra-millionaire James Dyson recently confirmed rumors when he announced that he’d be taking his electric motor expertise to the electric vehicle market last year. When he did, the assumption was that he’d be building the cars somewhere in the UK — but that’s not what’s happening. Dyson will be building his electric car in Singapore

Spice-X SX-1 — Electric Track Rat Designed To Be “Affordable”

August 12th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

With cars like the American Tesla Roadster and Croatian Rimac Two getting serious media attention, it might seem like Italy is losing its stranglehold on the exotic supercar market of the future. A collaborative joint venture between a number of Italian automotive supply companies is hoping to bring the focus back to Italy with a beautiful, lightweight, and fast track day special called the Spice-X SX-

Nissan LEAF Nismo Arriving This Month (In Japan)

July 21st, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Nissan first showed a sporty, Nismo-tuned version of its new Nissan LEAF back in October of 2017. Since then, there hasn’t been much to report — until now. That’s because Nissan has announced that the Nismo LEAF is set to go on sale in Japan as early as July 31st!

A Mercedes Electric SUV Has Been Testing In Spain

July 6th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

The upcoming, 100% electric Mercedes SUV is set to be revealed early next year. Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want Tesla and Porsche to get all that sweet, electric PR, though. As such, they’re giving everyone a sneak peek at the new EV in these photos from a hot weather testing session in Almeria, Spain

800HP Electric Mustang = Quick, Quiet, Powerful, Fun

July 6th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Mitch Medford is an interesting guy. He’s a hot rodder and drag racer, through and through. He appreciates the classics, and has a refined style that leans towards clean, uncluttered builds. Clean, uncluttered builds with massive amounts of tire-shredding torque, that is. It’s that thirst for speed that led him to build the 800 HP, 10-second ’68 Mustang fastback you see here. Did I mention yet that Mitch’s Mustang is fully electric

Honda PCX Electric Scooter Uses Battery Swapping

February 6th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Honda recently introduced an electric version of its PCX scooter. But this isn’t your usual, plug-in EV. The new Honda PCX Electric scooter features batteries that are designed to be easily removed when they’re spent and swapped out for fresh ones, so you can get back on the road and keep on riding

Via Motors (Bob Lutz Startup) Enters Joint Venture with Volvo/Geely

February 4th, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Founded by industry “favorite” Bob Lutz, electric truck-builder Via had big plans. Back in 2015, the company had plans to sell 50,000 new vehicles by 2018 — which, I mean, just didn’t happen. As recently as August of last year, in fact, Via was still talking about putting an electric pickup on the road “within two years." But, before you write Via off completely, consider the following: it just got a massive cash boost from Volvo’s parent company, Geely

Sierra Club Video Slams Ford

February 3rd, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

Despite what seems to be an about-face at CES 2018, Ford still hasn’t brought a new, electrified vehicle to market since 2013. Worse, the company seems content to let China lead the way in electrification, and only seems interested in EVs insofar as they keep the Blue Oval relevant over there, as opposed to over here

Tesla Model 3 With Dual-Motor AWD Confirmed By Configurator

February 1st, 2018 | by Jo Borrás

With less mass than the Model S, the Tesla Model 3 has some serious sporting potential — and that would be especially true if the car was offered with the same dual-motor, AWD setup found in the ludicrously fast Model S. Tesla hasn’t officially confirmed that a hi-po Model 3 is coming, of course, but one intrepid Redditor found this image below, which depicts a Model 3 fitted with two motors that are handily highlighted in red

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