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What Is It With Electric Cars And Star Wars Stormtroopers Anyway?

What Is It With Electric Cars And Star Wars Stormtroopers Anyway?

There it was, in one corner of the Fiat display at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show: an odd black-and-white Fiat 500e electric car. On closer inspection, it proved to be the custom-painted "Fiat 500e Stormtrooper" ... though it's not clear that would have been obvious at first glance. Why this... read more

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BMW i3 Electric Car To Get Longer Range Next Year, CEO Says

The BMW i3 electric car will get a longer range next year, and it will soon be followed by another "i" model, the carmaker's chief executive says. That would expand the BMW... read more October 22, 2015 by 

1917 Detroit Electric Model 68, restored by Donald Davidson  [photo used with permission of EAA]

1917 Detroit Electric Vs 2014 BMW i3: A Century Of Electric Cars

What a difference a century makes, more or less. The 1917 Detroit Electric Model 68 in these photos was painstakingly restored over a period of years by owner Donald... read more September 18, 2015 by 


LAPD Gets Tesla Model S, BMW i3 Electric Cars As Police Cruisers

Only a handful of models are typically used as police cars, usually big sedans and SUVs from the Detroit Three carmakers. But the Los Angeles Police Department is getting... read more September 14, 2015 by 

2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 REx Electric Car: 'Coding' Unlocks Features Owners Want (And May Void Warranty)

The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission... read more August 28, 2015 by 

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BMW i3: How Far Can You Go Without Touching The Brake Pedal?

The regenerative braking system in the BMW i3 electric car is quite extreme. If you plan ahead and allow enough stopping distance, by lifting off the accelerator, this little... read more August 20, 2015 by 

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Test Pays BMW i3 Electric-Car Owners To Let Utility Delay Charging

The rise of modern electric cars has brought concerns that their cumulative charging needs could have an increasing impact on electric power grids. Too many cars charging at... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

Apple Wanted To Use BMW i3 As Basis For Its Own Electric Car: Report

BMW and Apple have long cooperated on advanced technology. The German carmaker was the first in the world to incorporate iPod recognition into a car, more than 10 years ago... read more July 24, 2015 by 

2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 Electric Car Quirk: No AM Radio--But Why?

The BMW i3 electric car is a tour de force of advanced engineering--and the most energy-efficient car sold in the U.S. this year. Its body shell is made of carbon-fiber... read more June 29, 2015 by 

Stevens Creek BMW i Center, Santa Clara, California, May 2015 opening

First Standalone BMW Electric-Car Sales Facility Opens--In CA, Of Course

Electric cars are still a rarity in most of North America, and for that matter most of the world. But California, which has led automotive trends pretty much since the Second... read more May 26, 2015 by 

2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

Back in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit. The company--which specializes in... read more May 5, 2015 by 

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Next BMW 7-Series To Use 'Carbon Core' Based on i3 Electric Car Body

The BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe are audacious examples of advanced technology in many ways. Not the least of it are body shells made of carbon-fiber... read more April 20, 2015 by 

2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in dealership showroom

Electric Cars Are City Cars? Not In U.S.: They're Suburb Cars Here

Automotive journalists who write about electric cars hear the phrase "city car" a lot. As in, "Battery-electric cars are perfect city cars, but [fill in different powertrain]... read more April 14, 2015 by 

2014 BMW i3 electric cars waiting at East Coast shipping port for distribution, May 2014

BMW Targets Twice As Many Electric-Car Sales This Year

Sales of the two BMW "i" plug-in electric models have been fairly good over the past year, and that's leading the company to reach for a more ambitious goal. BMW aims to... read more April 8, 2015 by 

BMW i3 on

Buy An Electric Car Online? In Japan, BMW i3 Is Sold On Amazon

The direct online sales model used by Tesla Motors has ignited a vigorous discussion--to say the least--over the state laws that protect franchised dealers in the U.S. Now... read more April 3, 2015 by 

2014 BMW i3

BMW i3 Electric Car: Ultimate Guide

Ever since we got wind of BMW's 'Megacity' electric vehicle, it's been one of the most anticipated electric cars around. Now, it's simply another electric car available to... read more March 20, 2015 by 


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