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Tiny 40-Year-Old Electric Car Now As Fast As Tesla Roadster

Tiny 40-Year-Old Electric Car Now As Fast As Tesla Roadster

The era of the modern electric car essentially began in December 2010 with the launch of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. But there were many electric cars before that, from both established manufacturers and small upstart firms. One of those small independent companies was the U.K.'s Enfield... read more

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Icon Helios - Tesla-powered streamliner

Icon Helios Is Gorgeous Tesla-Powered Electric Streamliner Concept

The Tesla Model S is a great car, but if there's one thing the luxury electric sedan is missing it's a bit of Art Deco style. And maybe a hint of World War II fighter... read more August 10, 2014 by 


 
1906 Mercedes Mixte hybrid vehicle

Mercedes-Benz Touts Its Hybrid History From Way Back In 1906

Have you noticed how many automakers seem to have a hybrid or electric vehicle somewhere in their history files? If one were being cynical, you might think the long-forgotten... read more May 12, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen T2 Elektro, historic VW electric car at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin

Volkswagen Shows Off Its 40-Year History Of Electric Cars

While its new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will be the first-ever plug-in electric VW sold in the U.S., the German carmaker has a surprisingly long history of prototype electric... read more March 31, 2014 by 


 
1959 Volkswagen Beetle electric conversion on Rods N' Wheels.

Electric Cars Drive Silently Into Reality TV Shows

Cars have been mainstays of reality television for years, but until now, not electric cars. Tracking their growing sales numbers, it may be that their increasing popularity... read more March 3, 2014 by 


 
1914 Ford Model T

Tesla Model S Electric Car Versus ... Ford Model T? A History Lesson

Well, give Car and Driver points for high concept: In picking a car to test against a 2013 Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan, the magazine chose...a 1915 Ford Model T. Yep... read more February 14, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen Beetle Celebrates Its 65th Year In The U.S.

VW Beetle Celebrates 65 Years In U.S. (With A Few Missing)

Raise a glass to the simple, classic, iconic Volkswagen Beetle, which is celebrating its 65th year in the United States. Well, almost. The first Beetle to reach U.S. shores... read more February 3, 2014 by 


 
1898 'P1' electric car designed by Ferdinand Porsche

First-Ever Porsche Turns Out To Be An Electric Car

Here's a great piece of bar trivia: The first-ever Porsche was ... an electric car. While any ardent Porschephile knows that the first Porsche-branded vehicle was the 356... read more January 30, 2014 by 


 
1970 Chrysler Electric Test Vehicle-1 for sale on eBay (Image: eBay Motors)

1979 GE-Chrysler Electric Test Vehicle-1 Up For Sale On eBay

If you're creating a mass-market electric car, it makes a degree of sense to use a mass-market platform. That's why you'll find some Versa sitting under the Leaf and rather a... read more January 27, 2014 by 


 
1980 Ford Fairmont EVA electric conversion.

Rare 1980 Ford Fairmont EVA Electric Conversion For Sale

If you've ever wanted to meet the grandfather of the Ford Focus Electric, here's your chance. In Lake Elsinore, California, the local Craigslist is carrying an ad for a 1980... read more January 21, 2014 by 


 
Zelectric Motors' 1963 Volkswagen Beetle electric car

Zelectric Motors' 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Car Driven

There is a line of thinking, naturally not shared by many of our readers, that engine noise is an integral part of the experience of driving a car. Lack of it in electric... read more October 18, 2013 by 


 
1914 Detroit Electric car, owned by GE scientist Charles Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY, June 2011

Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation Set Up To Preserve Electric-Car History

With more than 100,000 electric cars on U.S. roads--and thousands more added each month--advocates and historians are turning their attention to the last time cars with plugs... read more July 9, 2013 by  11


 
1900 New England Electric vintage car

Electric Cars Are Fast: First-Ever U.S. Speeding Ticket

Speeding is big business. There's no money to be made from it as an individual of course, unless you subscribe to the theory "time is money". But the U.S. Census Bureau... read more April 20, 2013 by  4


 
1947 Nissan Tama EV (Image: Nissan)

Nissan Leaf's Great-Grandfather: The Tama EV

You might think high gasoline prices are a problem now, but at least it's relatively easy to get hold of. The same couldn't be said in Japan after the end of World War II... read more April 2, 2013 by  4


 
ESB Sundancer experimental electric car, test drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Oct 1973 [Frank Lodge]

Electric Cars Of The Future...As Imagined In The 1970s

Cars of the future--especially those from the past--always exert a powerful pull on our imaginations. They range from the outlandish (no wheels) to the bizarre (extreme... read more March 8, 2013 by  1


 
1979 Oldsmobile 98 Diesel, San Diego, offered on Craigslist, Feb 2013

Diesel History For Sale: 1979 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe, 54K Miles

Fans of diesel-engined cars really, really love their vehicles, and we have a lot of them on this site. So we're hoping that some Southern California diesel car fanatic will... read more February 26, 2013 by  14


 

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