Electric Cars

 
2017 BMW i3 electric car: longer-range battery, but current 81-mile model to stay

2017 BMW i3 electric car: longer-range battery, but current 81-mile model to stay

The 2017 BMW i3 will go on sale this fall with significant updates, most notably a higher-capacity battery pack. Its capacity rises a full 50 percent, from 22 to 33 kilowatt-hours, and the EPA-rated range of the battery-electric model will be 114 miles, BMW announced last month. The new battery... read more

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Mercedes-Benz wireless inductive charging system

Mercedes-Benz S550e plug-in hybrid to offer wireless charging

Some carmakers have experimented with wireless charging, and certain third-party suppliers offer systems that can be retrofitted to existing vehicles. But Mercedes-Benz may... read more June 20, 2016 by


 
Tomcar LV1

Australian electric off-roader will never see the light of day

Over the last decade, the Australian car industry has been in a long-term decline. Ford, General Motors, and Toyota have all decided to end local vehicle production, opting... read more June 17, 2016 by


 
1907 Victor High Wheel Runabout (left) and 1906 Pope-Waverly Victoria Phaeton

110-year-old electric cars sold at auction as collectors start to appreciate them

The history of electric cars dates back more than 100 years, almost to the dawn of the automobile. At the turn of the 20th century, electric cars were actually quite popular... read more June 17, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X for trailer towing: Edmunds is not convinced

The Tesla Model X is the only electric car currently available from the factory with a towing package. Tesla says its electric luxury crossover SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds... read more June 17, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking  [photo: owner 'Puzant']

Tesla can look at owners' driving behavior any time; is that legal?

It happens every so often: a driver claims that a car accelerated out of control just before it crashed into something or other. Only in the last 10 years have automakers had... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

What hurts Nissan Leaf sales: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt EV electric cars?

The numbers are in, and for the Nissan Leaf electric car, they're not pretty. Despite a boost in its EPA-rated range from 84 to 107 miles, its year-to-date sales of 4,697... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
Concert on Volvo electric bus, Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo electric buses: quiet enough for classic-music concerts

One advantage of electric city buses is the lack of noise from their powertrains. That makes it much easier to read a book, take a nap, or even listen to some live music... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
Tesla gallery at Nordstrom

Tesla to sell electric cars at Nordstrom department store, expanding retail footprint

From the beginning, Tesla has taken a different approach to selling cars than other automakers. Instead of franchised dealerships, it relies on company-owned stores, usually... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

Plug-in electric car sales for May flat: Leaf struggles despite range boost

U.S. sales of cars with plugs were essentially flat last month, as low gas prices and perhaps anticipation of longer-range entries within months kept a lid on buyer interest... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
Tesla Energy for utilities

Tesla to provide batteries for energy storage farm in Kauai, Hawaii

While its electric-car manufacturing continues to get the most attention, Tesla quietly continues to build up its energy-storage business as well. Today, the still-incomplete... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

Plug-in Electric Car Sales in Canada, May 2016: Canada crosses 20,000 cars with plugs

The Chevy Volt's May sales numbers put it in the driver's seat in Canada for the fourth time in five months The country welcomed its 10,000th plug-in electric vehicle around... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S undergoing assembly

Tesla now building 2,000 electric cars a week, it says

As with any auto manufacturer, the vehicle production rate at Tesla Motors is intensely scrutinized by shareholders, fans, financial analysts, and competitors. Almost two... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell prototype

Mercedes fuel-cell GLC plugs in like an electric car: what does that imply?

This morning, Mercedes-Benz announced that its upcoming GLC F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell crossover SUV would also include a battery pack that plugs in to recharge. Just like an... read more June 13, 2016 by


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

Tesla Model S suspensions, NHTSA, NDAs: what you need to know (further update)

A post on a small auto-industry blog that accused startup carmaker Tesla Motors of concealing potentially hazardous suspension breakages blew up into a major media... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

GM commits to more efficient, electric, and autonomous cars

General Motors will focus more heavily on electrified cars and alternatives to traditional car ownership to meet anticipated future regulations and predicted consumer trends... read more June 13, 2016 by


 

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