Tesla Motors Talking To German Government About Battery Factory: UPDATED

Tesla Motors Talking To German Government About Battery Factory: UPDATED

Well, here's one that ought to irk the German automakers. Silicon Valley electric-car maker Tesla Motors is reportedly in talks with the German government to establish a lithium-ion battery plant in that country, which could kickstart slow sales of its Model S and future vehicles. And as is usual... read more

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (GL63 AMG)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cars In Germany: Getting Worse, Actually

Germany is one of several countries with aggressive plans to curb transportation-related carbon emissions. Over the past few years, its large domestic car industry has worked... read more August 12, 2015 by 

2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

Electric Car Ignorance Breeds Dislike, Says German Study

Daimler, the parent of company of luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, recently completed a large-scale study of electric cars and consumer attitudes toward them in its home... read more August 4, 2015 by 

Ubitricity electric-car charging cord

Ubitricity: German Charging Cord For Wall Sockets Includes Billing

As the number of electric cars on world roads grows, how drivers pay for electricity from public charging stations may become more of an issue. While many U.S. public... read more July 31, 2015 by 

Volkswagen e-Golf (German version)

Germany Mulls Boosting Electric-Car Incentives Under Carbon-Goal Pressure

Several European countries--including Norway, The Netherlands, and France--aggressively promote electric cars as a way to reduce vehicular carbon emissions. But despite its... read more June 17, 2015 by 

Autobahn, Kamener Kreuz, Rush Hour (photo by Dirk Vorderstraße)

German State To Test City 'Eco Lane' For Cleanest Cars, Carpools

Carpool lanes have been an accepted part of the landscape in California for more than 40 years now. But they're less well-known in Europe, where bus lanes have taken priority... read more May 19, 2015 by 

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive at driving school.

New Drivers Start To Take Lessons In Electric Cars In Germany

Ask anyone who's driven an electric car, and they'll tell you it's quite different from piloting a typical internal-combustion car. That's often meant as a compliment, but... read more April 17, 2015 by 

Lampuga electric surfboard

Electric Surfboard: Lampuga Shows Electricity Works In Water Too

There are numerous electric vehicles with two or four wheels, but here's one with no wheels at all. The Lampuga is an electric surfboard that's billed as the fastest of its... read more February 1, 2015 by 

BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

Presuming you don't toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars... read more January 30, 2015 by 

2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Is BMW i3 Electric Car Selling Better In U.S. Than Germany?

One of the notable features of last year's electric-car sales was the strong, and so far sustained, sales of the radical new BMW i3 electric car. The little plastic-bodied... read more January 28, 2015 by 

2014 BMW i3 and 2014 Tesla Model S   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Electric Cars To Target Tesla Model S (Plug-In Hybrids Too)

This was the year when it became obvious that upstart electric-car maker Tesla Motors has startled and worried all of the German luxury-car companies. And now that they're... read more December 29, 2014 by 

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

German Electric-Car Charging Station Plans Accelerate As Grid Gets Greener

After some initial hesitation, Germany is moving ahead with more aggressive plans to encourage its companies and citizens to drive electric cars. The country currently offers... read more December 29, 2014 by Kulan electric vehicle

Kulan Electric Utility Concept: Simple 'Donkey' Vehicle For Parks, Farmers

Naming an electric car after a donkey would normally seem like an odd choice, but this isn't exactly a car. The Kulan gets its name from a donkey native to Central Asia and... read more December 20, 2014 by 

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle

Renewable energy is attractive to many not just for its environmental benefits, but because it means independence from electrical utilities. Now, one small town in Germany... read more December 15, 2014 by 

BMW i3

Germany To Boost Incentives Toward 1-Million Electric-Car Goal By 2020?

When it comes to electric-car incentives, Germany hasn't had policies as aggressive as those in some other European countries. Yet Germany has a goal of putting 1 million... read more December 5, 2014 by 

2014 BMW i3 in Vancouver, Canada   [photo: Don Chandler]

BMW i3 Sales Slow In Germany; Will They Hold Up In States?

Over its first six months of U.S. sales, the 2014 BMW i3 electric car--with or without its innovative optional range-extending engine--has done quite well in the sales... read more November 17, 2014 by 


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