Range-Extended Electric Vehicle

2017 BMW i3 preview

2017 BMW i3 preview

The 2017 BMW i3 represents the first significant update of BMW's electric car since it went on sale in the U.S. back in May 2014. This mid-cycle refresh includes several updates, most notably a much larger battery pack and a corresponding increase in its EPA-rated range. Battery capacity rises 50... read more

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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

2017 BMW i3

2017 BMW i3 electric car: longer-range battery, but current 81-mile model to stay

The 2017 BMW i3 will go on sale this fall with significant updates, most notably a higher-capacity battery pack. Its capacity rises a full 50 percent, from 22 to 33... read more June 21, 2016 by

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

BMW i3 REx electric-car lawsuit: range-extender power loss alleged

The BMW i3 is the only electric car in the world sold with an optional range-extending engine to increase driving capability beyond the range provided by the battery. The... read more May 20, 2016 by

2016 Cadillac ELR

R.I.P. Cadillac ELR: what went wrong with luxury electric coupe?

After a long and tortured development process and a short life, GM has quietly euthanized its Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe. The derivative of the... read more May 18, 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

2012 Fisker Karma + Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainer, Hollister Municipal Airport, CA [by Refael Azi]

2017 Karma: same range, new battery, display updates, low production

Karma Automotive intends to place its namesake plug-in hybrid luxury sedan back into production before the end of the year. As well as adopting a new name, the company... read more March 30, 2016 by

2012 Chevrolet Volt crosses 300,000 miles, March 2016  [photo: owner Erick Belmer]

Durable 2012 Chevrolet Volt: 300,000 miles, no battery loss

One of the biggest worries about electric cars--and hybrids for that matter--is whether their expensive high-voltage battery packs will last the life of the car. If not... read more March 8, 2016 by

2016 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR Is Walking Dead (But May Be Great, Rare Used Car)

You almost have to pity the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric coupe: It's a very pretty car with luxurious appointments, but no one wants to buy it. And if the rumors that... read more February 8, 2016 by

2016 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

2016 Chevrolet Volt: Gas Mileage Review

By now, it's hardly a secret that we're big fans of the redesigned second-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. We gave it our Best Car To Buy 2016 award, and we've written... read more January 29, 2016 by

2015 Tesla Model S P85D - 'Chiseled by man and nature'  [photo: George Parrott]

Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2015 Fall Slightly From 2014

The U.S. new-vehicle market set a new record last year, with deliveries of new passenger cars and light trucks totaling 17.39 million. The previous record of 17.35 million... read more January 19, 2016 by

2013 Chevrolet Volt and its replacement, 2015 BMW i3 REx  [photo: Jeff Pantukhoff]

Why A 2015 BMW i3 REx Replaced My 2013 Chevy Volt: Electric-Car Evolution

The car most comparable to the first Chevrolet Volt is the current BMW i3 fitted with the optional REx range-extending engine. Both cars run entirely in electric mode until... read more January 1, 2016 by

2016 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR A 'Disappointment,' Plug-In Hybrids For Most Models: Marketing Chief

When it was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac Converj concept was widely lauded for its looks. That was likely the last time the car that became the... read more December 27, 2015 by

Owner Bernard Freiwald with 2016 Chevrolet Volt, San Francisco, Nov 2015

2016 Chevrolet Volt: Owner's First Impressions Of Car, Range, Dealers, And More

Along with the upcoming fourth-generation hybrid Toyota Prius, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is one of the major green-car introductions of this year. It won’t be available... read more November 15, 2015 by

London Taxi Company TX5

London's Black Cabs To Be Range-Extended Electrics, With Chinese Help

Few vehicles are more iconic than London's black cabs, but that doesn't mean they have to stay the same forever. While the styling will remain recognizable, London taxis are... read more October 28, 2015 by

2016 Chevrolet Volt, first drive in California, July 2015

2016 Chevrolet Volt First Drive: Plug-In Hybrid Home Run

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is just about here, and it builds on all of its predecessor's virtues while resolving most of that car's vices. It's got a lot more electric... read more September 1, 2015 by


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