Electric Cars

London's Black Cabs To Be Range-Extended Electrics, With Chinese Help

London's Black Cabs To Be Range-Extended Electrics, With Chinese Help

Few vehicles are more iconic than London's black cabs, but that doesn't mean they have to stay the same forever. While the styling will remain recognizable, London taxis are about to get a significant overhaul--with help from a Chinese benefactor. The London Taxi Company (LTC) unveiled its new... read more

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Honda Fuel Cell Preview Drive, Tokyo 2015

2018 Honda Plug-In Hybrid To Offer 40-Mile Range, Use Fuel-Cell Vehicle's Platform

Later this week, Honda will unveil the production version of its hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. And roughly two years after that car goes on sale... read more October 27, 2015 by 

Nissan electric car concept debuting at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan's Tokyo Autonomous Concept: Next Leaf Electric Car--Or Not?

As we head out to the Tokyo Motor Show, the teaser photos and previews are starting to come in thick and fast. One from late last week was a shadowy image issued by Nissan of... read more October 26, 2015 by 

2016 Nissan Leaf

Both Electric And Gas Cars Lose Range In The Cold; Electrics Just Lose More

When it comes to electric cars, one of the biggest fears for potential customers is range anxiety in general--but for many, it's specifically their cold-weather range... read more October 26, 2015 by 

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

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Degradation Update

Last summer, I wrote in this space about an apparent loss of battery capacity in my 2013 Tesla Model S after a three-month Supercharging binge. I wondered whether, despite... read more October 26, 2015 by 

Tesla Model S caught in landslide

Tesla Model S Saves Woman, Child In Landslide

Carmakers like to talk enthusiastically about good crash-test results, but they can seem somewhat abstract compared to real-world crash damage. A car protecting its occupants... read more October 25, 2015 by 

Nissan Leaf 'Advanced R&D Electric Vehicle' shown at company annual meeting, Yokohama, Jun 2015

Battery Breakthrough To Boost Nissan Electric Cars To One In 10 Sales Around 2020, Exec Says

Back in November 2009, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said 20 percent of his company's sales would be electric cars by 2020--and that electric cars would make up 10 percent of... read more October 23, 2015 by 

Vauxhall Ampera

Younger Car Buyers In U.K. Want Electric Cars Far More Than Older

Electric cars represent a relatively small number of new-car sales today, but could a change in buyer demographics change that? Cars with plugs still seem fairly alien to... read more October 23, 2015 by 

2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Reliability, Take Two: Are Newer Owners Less Tolerant?

Tesla's stellar reputation was somewhat tarnished earlier this week with the news that Consumer Reports is withdrawing its recommendation for the Model S. The magazine said... read more October 23, 2015 by 

Tesla Model S Autopilot engaged during cross-country record attempt

Autopilot drives Tesla Model S Electric Car Coast-To-Coast (More Or Less)

The Tesla Autopilot autonomous-driving system was only released last week, contained in one of the company's periodic software updates. Tesla itself doesn't consider the... read more October 22, 2015 by 

2015 BMW i3

BMW i3 Electric Car To Get Longer Range Next Year, CEO Says

The BMW i3 electric car will get a longer range next year, and it will soon be followed by another "i" model, the carmaker's chief executive says. That would expand the BMW... read more October 22, 2015 by 

Aston Martin RapidE concept

All-Electric Aston Martin RapidE: Now THIS Is A Tesla Competitor! (Video)

Almost any new electric car tends to be pitched as a "Tesla competitor" these days, down to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV subcompact hatchback. Yesterday, however, British... read more October 22, 2015 by 

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

2017 Chevy Bolt EV Development: GM, LG Chem Reveal Deep Partnership

When General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV concept last January at the Detroit Auto Show, the 200-mile electric car was a shock to the industry... read more October 21, 2015 by 

2015 Tesla Model S P85D - 'Chiseled by man and nature'  [photo: George Parrott]

Tesla Model S: Too Many Problems To Recommend, Consumer Reports Says

Every honeymoon comes to an end sooner or later, and so it was with Consumer Reports and its former paramour, the Tesla Model S electric car. As part of its yearly... read more October 21, 2015 by 

Saab 9-3-based development mules for Turkish national car project

Old Saab 9-3 To Become Turkish National Car; Electric Version May Be Included

By all rights, Saab should have faded into history long ago--but like a zombie, the Swedish brand continues to shamble along. Back in 2012, a consortium known as National... read more October 21, 2015 by 

VW Driver magazine, Spring/Summer 2007 issue, distributed by Volkswagen to its owners in the U.S.

Even In 2007, As VW Designed Dirty Diesels, It Said Electric Cars Were The Future

Many journalists tend to have pack-rat tendencies, but sorting out old press kits, files, and magazines can have unexpected rewards. So it was for auto writer John Rettie... read more October 20, 2015 by 


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