Electric Cars

Why lithium-ion cells with hollow cores matter (Apple Car or not)

Why lithium-ion cells with hollow cores matter (Apple Car or not)

One of the biggest news stories in the automotive industry has been a car that still isn't officially confirmed to exist. It's "Project Titan," Apple's much-discussed project to allegedly develop an electric car. Now, reports out of South Korea indicate that the most unusual feature of this rumored... read more

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2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 better, still needs improvement, says Consumer Reports

The magazine Consumer Reports has been one of the most vocal critics of Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance system. It has called for Tesla to disable Autopilot's... read more October 10, 2016 by

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

At 133 MPGe, Toyota Prius Prime wallops BMW i3 on energy efficiency

Move over, BMW: there's a new efficiency champion in town this year—and you'll have to give back that laurel wreath you've worn since 2014. Last week, final EPA... read more October 10, 2016 by

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive preview

The redesigned 2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive debuted just before the recent the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It switches over to the current-generation ForTwo platform... read more October 10, 2016 by

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2-door DSG 2.0T R-Line S Grille

Could future VW Beetle return to rear (electric) powertrain?

As any experienced journalist knows, you hear lots of good stuff in the corridors and private conversations of any large industry event where media are present. That applies... read more October 7, 2016 by

2017 BMW i3

2017 BMW i3 preview

The 2017 BMW i3 represents the first significant update of BMW's electric car since it went on sale in the U.S. back in May 2014. This mid-cycle refresh includes several... read more October 7, 2016 by

Blue Ridge Parkways, Four Corners of US road trip [photo: Ben Rich]

Touring the four corners of the US by electric motorcycle: trip report, lessons learned

Riding long distances on an electric motorcycle has gotten significantly easier over the past three years. Each summer over that time, I've traveled 4,500 miles or more on a... read more October 7, 2016 by

Henrik Fisker

Fisker is coming back, he says, with 400-mile electric car using graphene cells (updated)

Henrik Fisker has designed some remarkable cars, among them Aston Martins, the BMW Z8, and of course the striking Fisker Karma range-extended electric luxury sedan. That... read more October 6, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, September 2016: new record?

The past week has brought a "hat trick" of good news for Canadian plug-in electric vehicle owners. The Toronto Blue Jays made the major-league baseball playoffs, the Canadian... read more October 6, 2016 by

Evatran Plugless wireless charger for Tesla Model S

Plugless charging for 80 percent of electric cars by end of 2017: Evatran

Wireless charging for electric cars has been talked about almost as long as modern electric cars have been on sale. The thought of charging an electric car without having to... read more October 6, 2016 by

Tesla Autopilot

CA to restrict use of term Autopilot: Tesla-owning pilot weighs in

A recent news item from California aimed directly at Tesla's Autopilot system has me musing on words, meanings, and life and death. Last week, that state's Department of... read more October 6, 2016 by

2016 Electric GT Championship Tesla Model S race car

Tesla Model S race car for Electric GT shown; Munter to drive in series (update)

Earlier this year, a group called Electric GT Holdings announced plans for a race series exclusively for the Tesla Model S electric car. While the Formula E series currently... read more October 5, 2016 by

Citroën e-Mehari

Electric Citroën e-Mehari open-air utility vehicle now on sale in France

In 1968, Citroën unveiled a rather curious utility vehicle. Called the Mehari, it featured minimalist bodywork made of ABS plastic, and an air-cooled two-cylinder engine... read more October 5, 2016 by

wireframe of possible Faraday Future production vehicle, from company promotional video at CES 2016

LG Chem logs another electric-car win: Faraday Future to buy batteries

South Korean firm LG Chem is one of the largest suppliers of lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars. It already counts 25 separate auto brands among its clients, and... read more October 5, 2016 by

Longer-range Renault Zoe electric car, introduced at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Was Paris a tipping point for electric cars? We mull it over

Auto shows are sometimes hot, sometimes not. A lot of it has to do with what cars are shown, whether they're pure design studies, concepts pointing toward future vehicles, or... read more October 4, 2016 by

Jen Smith with her new 2016 Toyota Prius Four

When will plug-in electric car sales exceed hybrid sales? Poll results

The questions of whether and when sales of plug-in electric cars will resume their climb after a static 2015 are much on the minds of green-car advocates these days. It's... read more October 4, 2016 by


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