Electric Cars

Musk begs Tesla staff to cut costs before company raises cash

Musk begs Tesla staff to cut costs before company raises cash

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is on a mission to show positive cash flow in the third quarter of 2016. The carmaker has yet to turn a profit, and is currently in the midst of several cash-intensive projects, including development of the 200-mile, $35,000 Model 3 electric car, which depends on the... read more

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BMW i8 Protonic Red Special Edition, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Samsung Hungarian battery plant to open in 2018, perhaps for BMW electric cars?

Anticipated increases in electric-car production in 2018 and later now have battery suppliers scrambling to add manufacturing capacity. One of the major players is Korean... read more September 2, 2016 by

Rendering of future Drive Oregon storefront in downtown Portland for education about electric cars

Federal funds to back Portland storefront for electric-car marketing, pop-up roadshows

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that it would award almost $1 million to Drive Oregon over three years, to fund a regional marketing campaign that will promote... read more September 1, 2016 by

BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging

When will electric-car DC fast-charging be available everywhere in the U.S.? Poll results

Energy infrastructure is key to any serious effort to make zero-emission vehicles practical for mass-market car buyers. The world has spent more than a century building an... read more September 1, 2016 by

2017 Karma Revero - first official photo

Karma Revero vs VLF Destino: same shape, different powertrains, radically different missions

In the beginning was the Fisker Karma. Then came battery cell failures, bankruptcy, a Chinese company, a departing designer, a swaggering auto exec, a big honkin' V-8 engine... read more September 1, 2016 by

Oil well (photo by John Hill)

What does OPEC think about electric cars? Same as Exxon: no threat

Just over five years after the first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers, they have become firmly entrenched in the marketplace. Carmakers are planning... read more September 1, 2016 by

Nikola One electric semi truck

Nikola unveils how its electric truck works: custom hydrogen fuel cell

In May, the Nikola Motor Company appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, with a design for a natural gas- and electric-powered Class 8 commercial semi truck. It is to be called... read more August 31, 2016 by

Tesla Supercharger stations at Harris Ranch, California, in April 2013  [photo: TeslaTap.com]

How Tesla may charge Model 3 owners for Supercharger access: credit-card accounts

We already know that Tesla Model 3 owners may not get to use the company's network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations for free. Unlike the pricier Model S and Model X... read more August 31, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Landmark CA climate bill could have wide effects on cars, energy

California already leads to the nation in efforts to limit air pollution and reduce carbon emissions. The Golden State has promoted electric cars like no other, not to... read more August 31, 2016 by

Kandi electric car

China has a plan for all its electric-car startups; they may not like it

It has been an official goal of the Chinese government to encourage the development and sale of plug-in electric cars for several years now. They are intended not only to... read more August 31, 2016 by

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

It's all coming together for electric cars, says Wall Street Journal columnist

A few years ago, a huge amount of media criticism poured down on the new category of electric cars, often on the basis of outright misinformation or—more... read more August 30, 2016 by

Audi Prologue Avant concept

Audi A9 e-tron electric car, Tesla Model S rival, to launch by 2020: report

The established German luxury carmakers are now taking Tesla Motors quite seriously, and are preparing a crop of electric cars to compete directly with its Model S and Model... read more August 30, 2016 by

2015 Nissan Leaf fully charged at start of road trip  [photo: John Briggs]

Electric-car range anxiety exists, but it's overblown, says MIT study

Range anxiety, the persistent worry about not having enough battery range to finish a journey, remains one of the major obstacles to widespread electric-car adoption. Many... read more August 29, 2016 by

2014 BMW i3 REx, Catskill Mountains, New York, Oct 2014

BMW i3 REx range extender: owner assesses pros and cons of limited-power engine

The BMW i3 electric car may be the most ambitious small car of recent years, bristling with new technology and innovation. Its carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body shell... read more August 29, 2016 by

Tesla Model S on Australia's Northwest Coastal Highway  [photo: Robert & Robin]

Tesla 3,300-mile Australian camping trip, sans Superchargers

When modern electric cars first appeared in large numbers about five years ago, long road trips were often an adventure. The relatively sparse network of public charging... read more August 29, 2016 by

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

Labor Day deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and while many people use the holiday for relaxation, automakers hope some will be lured into showrooms as well. Carmakers are... read more August 28, 2016 by


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