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Could Tennessee top Michigan in U.S. electric-car production (if not California)?

Could Tennessee top Michigan in U.S. electric-car production (if not California)?

Today, battery-electric cars are built in volume at only three locations across the entire United States. Tesla builds its three different electric models in Fremont, California; the new 2018 Nissan Leaf has just gone into production in Smyrna, Tennessee; and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is built at the... read more

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Tesla Model S undergoing assembly

Tesla now building 2,000 electric cars a week, it says

As with any auto manufacturer, the vehicle production rate at Tesla Motors is intensely scrutinized by shareholders, fans, financial analysts, and competitors. Almost two... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

2017 Chevy Bolt EV pre-production cars now being built (video)

There are just nine days to go before the much-hyped Tesla Model 3 is unveiled to the world. But it appears that the makers of a different affordable 200-mile electric car... read more March 22, 2016 by


 
Tesla factory, Fremont, California

Tesla Factory Retooling Completed Ahead Of Planned Production Boost

Tesla Motors has now completed upgrades to its Fremont, California, plant ahead of an expected production increase. The electric car-maker shut down the factory for two weeks... read more November 26, 2014 by


 
2012 Renault Fluence ZE electric car, powered by Better Place in Israel [photo: Brian of London]

Electric Car Life-Cycle Analysis: Renault Fluence ZE Vs Diesel, Gas Models

The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars is a source for much debate these days. They use less energy on a wells-to-wheels carbon basis than the vast majority of new... read more October 3, 2014 by


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

2014 Nissan Leaf Domestic Content: Now Closer To Volt, Focus Electric

Last fall, we learned that the first year of U.S. production of the Nissan Leaf electric cars, built in Smyrna, Tennessee, had only 15 percent North American content. This... read more March 31, 2014 by


 
2014 Ford C-Max

Ford Focus & Ford C-Max Hybrid: Is Now The Best Time To Buy?

Dry announcements about temporary auto-plant shutdowns can sometimes offer hints to possible bargains on new cars. In this case, Ford said it will close the plant that makes... read more October 23, 2013 by


 
2013 Toyota Prius liftback

All-New 2016 Toyota Prius: What We Know So Far

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may retain the same shape as its predecessors, but it's likely to be different in several important ways. With spy shots of 2016 Prius... read more June 3, 2013 by 28


 
2013 Detroit Electric SP:01

Delays At Detroit Electric Postpone Electric Sports Car By A Month

Forgive the cynicism, but color us not all that surprised at the news that startup automaker Detroit Electric is postponing production of its SP:01 electric sports car by "at... read more June 2, 2013 by 5


 
BMW ActiveE electric car production line, Leipzig, Germany

BMW ActiveE Electric Car Shown On Leipzig Assembly Line (Video)

You might call it pure propaganda, but confident young BMW worker Mirco Schwarze describes the process of assembling the BMW ActiveE electric car in a way that makes it all... read more July 18, 2011 by 2


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Why Silicon Valley Won't Be Detroit For Green Carmakers

We don’t hear “death of Detroit” stories as often now as we did a year ago. When GM and Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy and the entire U.S. industry laid... read more April 13, 2011 by 12


 
Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Electric Car Factory: Think Sets Up Shop In Indiana, RV-Land

Quick, name the electric cars currently on sale. Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and ... ummmm ... oh, yeah, Smart Electric Drive. Now name the ones built in the States. Hmmmm... read more March 22, 2011 by 5


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant

Chevy Volt Production May Rise; It's Not As Simple As You Think

It all started when General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the company wanted to "double" production of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, its range-extended electric car. Various media... read more March 10, 2011 by 4


 
Think City assembly plant, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Photo Gallery: Think City Assembly Plant Tour, Elkhart, Indiana

During the Detroit Auto Show in January, we visited the Think electric-car assembly plant in Elkhart, Indiana. It's not necessarily a place you'd expect to find electric cars... read more March 7, 2011 by 5


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

2011 Nissan Leaf Laurels: Euro Car of the Year, U.S. Cell Plant Underway

Initial deliveries of the 2011 Nissan Leaf battery electric car have been fitful, compared to hundreds of Chevy Volts sold each week. But Nissan's first modern mass-produced... read more January 26, 2011 by 1


 
Ford Rouge Assembly Plant, Michigan, where Ford F-150 pickup trucks are built

Greening The Rouge: Ford's More Sustainable Pickup Plant

A green roof is not at its most photogenic in a Michigan winter. In fact, it's hardly green at all--more like gray and brown--though it still insulates the building below... read more January 18, 2011 by 3


 

 
 

 
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