Electric Cars

 
2017 BMW i3: up to 114 miles of range from 50-percent battery increase

2017 BMW i3: up to 114 miles of range from 50-percent battery increase

For its fourth year on the market, the 2017 BMW i3 electric car gets a huge boost in battery capacity and hence its EPA-rated range. The battery capacity rises 50 percent, from 22 to 33 kilowatt-hours, and the company says the rated range for the battery-electric version will be up to 114 miles... read more

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2015 Tesla Model S 70D, Apr 2015  [photo: David Noland]

High Tesla warranty costs show learning to make cars is hard

Tesla Motors has received high praise not just for its electric cars, but also for its high standard of customer service. Customers have been as impressed with the company's... read more April 29, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis   [photo: Martin Gillet via Flickr]

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai with experimental nanowire-based battery cell

Experimental nanowire-based battery cell recharges 100,000 times or more

Many of the obstacles impeding widespread electric-car adoption—including range, durability, charging times, and cost—can be traced to the limits of current... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
NextEV Formula E race car

Another aspiring Chinese Tesla: NextEV and its founder William Li

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Tesla Motors should feel very flattered indeed. The Silicon Valley carmaker's success has spurred a number of Chinese... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf: real-world range vs. EPA estimates over six-month test

The reality of range—reproducible, real-world daily-driving range—is one of the most important concepts you have to become familiar with if you’re new to... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf  -  Long-term test car

VW e-Golf: Do its 3 modes do what electric-car drivers want?

Take any number of electric cars from different automakers for a brief test drive, and one thing will be abundantly clear: There’s not yet a norm for how EV powertrains... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Now, finally, the Germans are getting scared of Tesla?

When the Tesla Model S launched four years ago, the all-electric luxury sedan certainly had its critics. Many of them were executives at German luxury carmakers, quick to... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
Frame from "Tesla—Not a Dream" unofficial commercial video, 2016, directed by Freise Brothers

Tesla fan commercial: electric car rescue from post-apocalyptic landscape

When fans of a particular electric car start creating their own unofficial commercials for the car, it usually means one of two things. Either the existing ads are... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Hyundai Veloster 3dr Coupe Man Turbo Rally Edition Grille

Hyundai to launch all-electric SUV in 2018 with 200-mile range

Carmakers need to launch more plug-in electric vehicles to meet global regulations on emission reduction and energy efficiency. And small to mid-size SUVs are the... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Updated 2016 Tesla Model S 90D now rated at 303 miles highway range

If 200-mile electric cars are the new black, then what does that make 300-mile electric cars? With the launch of the Chevy Bolt EV less than a year away, and 400,000... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Four new (or updated) electric cars coming for 2017

Among battery electric cars on sale in the U.S., only three vehicles have sold more than 10,000 copies since 2010: the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and BMW i3. But four new or... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X electric SUV: so about those falcon doors ...

It's unusual for a CEO to express doubts about a new vehicle he's just launching—especially if it's only the company's third-ever vehicle. But at a January presentation... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
LeEco LeSee concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Faraday Future's backer shows another electric luxury sedan

Chinese electronics giant LeEco is the main backer of Faraday Future, the Los Angeles startup that plans to launch its first electric car sometime in the next few years. But... read more April 24, 2016 by


 
Renault delivers 50,000th Zoe electric car

50,000th Renault Zoe electric car delivered (after 200,000 Nissan Leafs)

The Nissan Leaf may be the best-selling electric car in history, with more than 200,000 sales, but the Renault half of the Renault-Nissan Alliance can now trumpet a milestone... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford Focus Electric, from presentation on Ford electrification plans, Dec 2015

Ford says 'no thanks' to 200-mile electric car race, for now

Electric cars with 200 miles of range will be the next big step in expanding the global market for plug-in vehicles. Leading the charge will be GM, with the 2017 Chevrolet... read more April 22, 2016 by


 

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