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Famed U.S. Route 66 To Go Electric In Illinois, With State Support

Famed U.S. Route 66 To Go Electric In Illinois, With State Support

As the song says, you can "get your kicks" on Route 66--but soon you'll also be able to get a charge. The historic highway and the towns it passes through were largely done in by the construction of the Interstate highway system, but the need to stop and charge every so often makes an electric-car... read more

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1898 'P1' electric car designed by Ferdinand Porsche

First-Ever Porsche Turns Out To Be An Electric Car

Here's a great piece of bar trivia: The first-ever Porsche was ... an electric car. While any ardent Porschephile knows that the first Porsche-branded vehicle was the 356... read more January 30, 2014 by 


 
AMC Amitron concept car, 1967

Electric-Car Trivia: When Was Regenerative Braking First Used?

Regenerative braking is a standard and expected part of any electrified car now, from Honda's mild hybrids up through battery-electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S. It... read more January 10, 2014 by 


 
GM EV1 and Tesla Model S electric cars, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, Oct 2013

GM EV1 & Tesla Model S: Looking At 20 Years Of Electric Cars

Last week, we were struck by a single photo that captured electric cars across two decades. The image, showing a GM EV1 and a Tesla Model S on the Worcester Polytechnic... read more October 9, 2013 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

Why The 2013 Nissan Leaf Is Really A 2001 Toyota Prius

A lot of media discussion these days seems to focus overly on the low sales of plug-in electric cars (this piece from Friday, for instance). That despite the fact that... read more September 23, 2013 by 


 
1900 New England Electric vintage car

Electric Cars Are Fast: First-Ever U.S. Speeding Ticket

Speeding is big business. There's no money to be made from it as an individual of course, unless you subscribe to the theory "time is money". But the U.S. Census Bureau... read more April 20, 2013 by  4


 
ESB Sundancer experimental electric car, test drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Oct 1973 [Frank Lodge]

Electric Cars Of The Future...As Imagined In The 1970s

Cars of the future--especially those from the past--always exert a powerful pull on our imaginations. They range from the outlandish (no wheels) to the bizarre (extreme... read more March 8, 2013 by  1


 
1959 Pioneer electric car prototype, with Nic-L-Silver Battery president Geroge Lippincott at wheel

Vanished 1950s Electric Car: Pioneer By Nic-L-Silver Battery Co.

George Lippincott was the founder and president of Nic-L-Silver Battery Company, Santa Ana, California, which made a popular line of American car batteries in the 1950s... read more April 13, 2012 by  15


 
1914 Detroit Electric car, owned by GE scientist Charles Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY, June 2011

1914 Detroit Electric: Pretty Spry For A Century Old (Video)

For decades, old electric cars--those built from the 1890s to 1930 or so, when the last remnants of the industry died out--were nothing more than oddities. Tall, imposing... read more June 20, 2011 by  2


 
Experimental Lucas hybrid-electric car, developed in the 1980s

eBay Find: 1982 Lucas-Reliant Hybrid British Concept Car

The history of the auto industry is littered with the carcasses of the cars and companies that didn't make it. Modern hybrid-electric vehicles were first commercialized by... read more April 27, 2011 by  2


 
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