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1917 Detroit Electric Vs 2014 BMW i3: A Century Of Electric Cars

1917 Detroit Electric Vs 2014 BMW i3: A Century Of Electric Cars

What a difference a century makes, more or less. The 1917 Detroit Electric Model 68 in these photos was painstakingly restored over a period of years by owner Donald Davidson, who is only the car's third owner in 98 years. It's shown with Electric Auto Association board member Chris Neff's 2014 BMW... read more

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1975 Enfield E8000 ECC "Flux Capacitor," by Flickr user Mark Skinner (Used under CC License)

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... read more April 29, 2015 by 

1977 Volkswagen Microbus

VW Bus Hybrid That Never Was: The Microbus Prototype Of 1977

There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. Now, a Volkswagen bus from almost 40 years ago has surfaced to prove the point. While hybrid cars have only... read more March 27, 2015 by 

Citroen DS vs Tesla Model S video screencap

Tesla Model S Vs Citroen DS: Futuristic Car Of 50 Years Ago (Video)

What is today but yesterday's tomorrow? It's not uncommon to hear the Tesla Model S electric car described as a "car of the future," or something to that effect, but it's... read more February 6, 2015 by 

Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

A Brief History Of Three-Wheeled Cars

What do the Elio, Aptera, Toyota i-Road concept and the spectacularly awful Zap Xebra have in common? They--and many more small-volume economical vehicles and concepts... read more August 22, 2014 by 

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


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