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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe to get longer range, other updates: report

BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe to get longer range, other updates: report

The updated 2017 BMW i3 electric car debuted earlier this week with several notable changes, including a larger battery pack BMW says will allow for 114 miles of range. With the i3 taken care of for the time being, BMW's other "i" model may soon get an update was well. The i8 plug-in hybrid coupe... read more

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Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

How Tesla could keep some tax incentives for Model 3

Tesla's success so far in selling its Model S and Model X electric cars—and attracting reservations for the Model 3—is good news for the company, but not... read more May 2, 2016 by


 
MINI Rocketman Concept MkII

Next electric MINI confirmed by development team?

Before the BMW i3, there was the MINI E. Along with the BMW ActiveE—based on the 1 Series coupe—this electric version of the second-generation BMW MINI was built... read more May 2, 2016 by


 
BMW i8 Formula E pace car

How wireless charging works for electric cars, explained

Today's electric-car drivers are used to plugging them in to recharge, but technology now exists that would allow them to cut the cord. Wireless charging for electric cars is... read more May 2, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW i3

2017 BMW i3: up to 114 miles of range from 50-percent battery increase

For its fourth year on the market, the 2017 BMW i3 electric car gets a huge boost in battery capacity and hence its EPA-rated range. The battery capacity rises 50 percent... read more May 1, 2016 by


 
1978 Ferrari 308 GTS electric-car conversion

Electric Ferrari, Magnum, P.I. style

What do you do with a toasted Ferrari? This 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS looks like it drove straight out of an episode of Magnum, P.I., but underneath it's very different from that... read more May 1, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen Budd-e Concept

As VW pledges more electric cars, it supports biofuels as alternative

Are there many different ways to reduce the carbon associated with road vehicles? Or are electric vehicles the best and only viable way to proceed? That's the debate at the... read more April 29, 2016 by


 
BMW E1

BMW i3 wasn't German maker's first innovative electric car

No question exists over whether the BMW i3 is a remarkable and innovative car. From its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell to its electric powertrain, not to mention... read more April 29, 2016 by


 
2012 Fisker Karma from the Rogers' Classic Car Museum collection

Fisker Karma to be Karma Revero, orders to open later this year

After it bought the remains of bankrupt carmaker Fisker Automotive, Chinese auto-parts Wanxiang laid out plans to relaunch Fisker's Karma luxury plug-in hybrid. With namesake... read more April 29, 2016 by


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D, Apr 2015  [photo: David Noland]

High Tesla warranty costs show learning to make cars is hard

Tesla Motors has received high praise not just for its electric cars, but also for its high standard of customer service. Customers have been as impressed with the company's... read more April 29, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford Focus Electric 5dr HB Grille

Ford CEO Mark Fields confirms 200-mile electric car coming

What a difference a week makes. Just last week, Ford's director of electrification programs and engineering, Kevin Layden, told reporters that the company had no immediate... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis   [photo: Martin Gillet via Flickr]

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai with experimental nanowire-based battery cell

Experimental nanowire-based battery cell recharges 100,000 times or more

Many of the obstacles impeding widespread electric-car adoption—including range, durability, charging times, and cost—can be traced to the limits of current... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
NextEV Formula E race car

Another aspiring Chinese Tesla: NextEV and its founder William Li

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Tesla Motors should feel very flattered indeed. The Silicon Valley carmaker's success has spurred a number of Chinese... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Germany announces $1.4 billion electric-car incentive plan

After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Now, finally, the Germans are getting scared of Tesla?

When the Tesla Model S launched four years ago, the all-electric luxury sedan certainly had its critics. Many of them were executives at German luxury carmakers, quick to... read more April 27, 2016 by


 

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