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What Is It With Electric Cars And Star Wars Stormtroopers Anyway?

What Is It With Electric Cars And Star Wars Stormtroopers Anyway?

There it was, in one corner of the Fiat display at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show: an odd black-and-white Fiat 500e electric car. On closer inspection, it proved to be the custom-painted "Fiat 500e Stormtrooper" ... though it's not clear that would have been obvious at first glance. Why this... read more

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Electric-car charging network cards, photo by Patrick Connor, Portland

Roaming To Come To Electric-Car Charging Stations, Eventually

Lack of public charging stations is still often cited as a hindrance to greater adoption of electric cars. But even when stations are available, it doesn't necessarily follow... read more November 24, 2015 by 

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla CEO Musk Seeks 'Hardcore' Engineers To Beef Up Autopilot Software

In three tweets late Thursday, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he’s on the lookout for “hardcore software engineers” to “achieve generalized full... read more November 24, 2015 by 

BMW i3 at DC fast-charging station

Some BMW i3 Electric-Car Owners Get Expanded Free Fast Charging

As DC fast-charging networks emerge as a crucial battleground for long-range electric cars, BMW will expand its ChargeNow program for owners of its i3 electric hatchback... read more November 23, 2015 by 

2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

All 90,000 Tesla Model S Electric Cars Recalled For Seat-Belt Check

The news emerged late last week: Tesla Motors is recalling all 90,000-plus Model S electric cars it's built to check that their seat belts were properly connected. The recall... read more November 23, 2015 by 

2015 Chevrolet Volt

Carpool-Lane Access: Very Important For Electric-Car Adoption, It Turns Out

Depending on where they live, electric-car owners can enjoy a variety of perks associated with the vehicle they drive. That's especially true in California, which grants... read more November 23, 2015 by 

Audi of America president Scott Keogh with Audi e-Tron Quattro Concept, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

One-Quarter Of All Audis To Be Electric In 10 Years, Company Says

It was an audacious statement, but there it was. Audi expects that 25 percent of the cars it sells just 10 years hence will be either battery-electric or plug-in hybrid... read more November 20, 2015 by 

Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Production Version To Appear At CES

Back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, an audacious and largely unexpected 200-mile electric car. It quickly... read more November 19, 2015 by 

2016 Ford C-Max Energi

Free Electric-Car Charging For Ford C-Max Energi Owners (For 3 Years)

Charging an electric car is already much cheaper than paying for gasoline, but free charging can be even more attractive. Tesla offers its free network of Supercharger DC... read more November 19, 2015 by 

2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla Model 3 To Aim For 0.20 Drag Coefficient: Report

Tesla Motors is reportedly in the process of tweaking the design of its upcoming Model 3 electric car to lower its aerodynamic drag coefficient. The lowest possible wind... read more November 18, 2015 by 

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Tesla Motors Talking To German Government About Battery Factory: UPDATED

Well, here's one that ought to irk the German automakers. Silicon Valley electric-car maker Tesla Motors is reportedly in talks with the German government to establish a... read more November 17, 2015 by 

Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]

When Will We Start To See 'Tailpipes' On Cars As Morally Wrong?

The economists call them "externalities." They're the costs of people's actions on other people or communities--but the people taking those actions don't have to pay for... read more November 17, 2015 by 

BMW i3 Shadow Sport

BMW i3 'Shadow Sport' Limited Edition Electric Car Offers Moonroof At Last

BMW is finally offering a much-sought option for its i3 electric car--but only to a handful of customers. That option is a moonroof, which hasn't been available on the i3 in... read more November 17, 2015 by 

Audi Q7 e-Tron 3.0 TDI Quattro (European model), Madrid, Nov 2015

Audi Q7 e-Tron 3.0 TDI Quattro: First Drive Of Diesel Plug-In Hybrid SUV

Last week may not have been the ideal time for Audi to show off its second plug-in hybrid vehicle, since its Q7 e-tron SUV is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine... read more November 16, 2015 by 

Audi e-tron quattro concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

Audi e-Tron Electric Car To Offer 150-kW Quick Charging Sites

It’s increasingly clear that the German prestige brands plan to launch luxury electric cars that will go head-to-head with upstart Tesla Motors and its Model S and... read more November 16, 2015 by 

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Diesel Cars For November 2015

While many people are already starting holiday shopping, carmakers are hoping they'll stop by the local dealership as well. It's a new month, which means there's a new round... read more November 16, 2015 by 


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