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Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Safety Shield In Detail (Photos)

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Safety Shield In Detail (Photos)

When I first heard last week that Tesla was offering Model S owners a free retrofit that would install its new underbody shield and deflector plates, I called my local Tesla Motors service center almost immediately. It seemed like a no-brainer. The titanium shield and two aluminum deflector plates... read more

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Nissan Leaf at Haleakala volcano screencap.

Nissan Leaf Vs The Volcano: The Silent Ascent

Electric cars may inspire "range anxiety" among the unfamiliar, but a single battery charge can take you to some amazing places. The top of a volcano, for example. As part of... read more April 8, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Roadster, Reva i, & Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at charging station in Oslo, Norway

One Percent Of Norway's Cars Are Already Plug-In Electrics

Overshadowed by their spectacular sales success in March, electric vehicles hit a momentous milestone in Norway last month. Fully one percent of Norway's passenger-car fleet... read more April 8, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Is Tesla Motors A Carmaker...Or Really A Grid-Storage Company?

Many among the Detroit auto media were skeptical of Tesla Motors for years, correctly noting just how hard it is to start a car company and build a genuinely appealing... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
2011 GMC Canyon 2WD Reg Cab 111.2" SLE1 Air Vents

'Super Greenhouse Gas' Emissions From Air Conditioning A Climate Concern

When it comes to the environmental impact of cars, all the attention tends to be focused on the gasoline, diesel, or electricity that powers them. But to understand how cars... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
China

China's Electric-Car Future: Government Subsidies, Buyer Resistance

Over the last few years, China has experienced some of the highest city pollution concentrations anywhere on earth--with concentrations of pollutants climbing far past... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

GM To Add Plant Jobs, Invest $450 Million For 2016 Chevy Volt

New jobs and plant updates by carmakers often get little attention outside the towns involved, but sometimes they telegraph information about future models. The Detroit News... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
Fomm Concept One

Electric-Car Concept From Japan Floats Like A Boat In Emergencies

There are electric cars and (a few) amphibious cars, but what about electric amphibious cars? In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, there have... read more April 6, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Had To Happen: Hacking Into A Tesla Model S Electric Car

"Jailbreaking" used to mean... well, breaking out of jail. In the modern world though, it typically refers to the process of cracking software codes to take greater control... read more April 5, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Sets Record For Single-Month Sales In Norway

In the last few years of electric car sales, the only records cars have been breaking are their own. Nissan, for example, has just had its best March ever for Leaf sales. And... read more April 4, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

CA Electric-Car Incentive Update: Funds Run Out, Green Stickers Gone

Access to carpool lanes on California's legendarily crowded freeways is a big perk. So is getting a check in the mail that cuts the purchase cost. These incentives were... read more April 4, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada For March: Volt Returns To Triple Figures

While the Nissan Leaf is gaining momentum, the Chevrolet Volt remains in the driver's seat for March in plug-in electric-car sales for Canada. The Chevy Volt returned to... read more April 4, 2014 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S, brief test drive, New York City, July 2012

What Are Tesla Model S Drivers Browsing In Their Connected Cars?

One of the alluring features of the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan is its always-on 3G 4G cellular connection and built-in Internet browser. But have you ever wondered... read more April 4, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla Gigafactory Faces Skepticism From Panasonic, Analysts

Elon Musk, CEO of startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors, is no doubt used to skepticism. Now he faces new doubts over the company's plans for a massive "gigafactory"... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Electric-Car Sales Surge In South Korea, Supported By Subsidies

Sales of plug-in electric cars are very regional right now, globally as well as within the United States. Norway, for instance, has seen electric-car sales soar because it... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen e-Golf (European model) test drive, Berlin, March 2014

Volkswagen Could Offer Wireless Electric Car Charging By 2017

Volkswagen is on a plug-in car push right now, releasing several plug-in vehicles over the course of this year and the next. It's keen to invest in related technology too... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
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