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Startup That Refills Your Car At Work Or Home Hits Silicon Valley

Startup That Refills Your Car At Work Or Home Hits Silicon Valley

A major perk of driving an electric car is never having to visit a gas station, since overnight home recharging is simple and convenient for most. Now a new startup company hopes to offer that same perk to drivers of gasoline-powered cars. Booster Fuels is a fuel-delivery service that allows... read more

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Image from Faraday Futures online sites, July 2015

Faraday Future: Startup Promises Long-Range Electric Car In 2017

Over cocktails, two former Lotus colleagues met up in Irvine, California, the mecca for car design. They realized they shared a common dream: to create a next-generation... read more July 20, 2015 by


 
Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

Elio Motors Raises $22 Million From Small Investors, Still Needs $130 Million More

As one website put it--in a piece tagged to lure Tesla Motors fans--Elio Motors is "the other automotive startup" to which those fans should presumably pay attention. But... read more July 13, 2015 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Is Next Battery Advance Not In Chemistry But Fabrication?

Electric cars today are hampered by relatively short ranges, long charging times, and higher costs than comparable internal-combustion models--all problems that stem from... read more June 26, 2015 by


 
Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

Elio Motors Offers Shares To Public In 'Crowdfunding' Investment Quest

When Paul Elio said in April that his startup carmaker, Elio Motors, was pursuing crowdsourced funding, most journalists likely imagined sites like Kickstarter or GoFundMe... read more June 23, 2015 by


 
1,000th body for 2012 Tesla Model S on display at Tesla Motors factory, Fremont, CA, Oct 28, 2012

Tesla Model S, Three Years Later: What Electric Car Taught Us

Three years ago today, the very first production Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan was delivered to its buyer. That would be Silicon Valley venture capitalist Steve... read more June 3, 2015 by


 
Elio Motors founder Paul Elio at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

The Challenges Paul Elio Faces To Launch A Three-Wheel, 84-MPG, $6,800 Car

Startup Elio Motors, which needs $230 million to begin production of its radical lightweight, two-seat, three-wheeled fuel-efficient vehicle, is still about $165 million... read more April 8, 2015 by


 
Elio Motors founder Paul Elio at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

Elio Motors: First-Ever Auto-Show Press Event In NYC Touts '84-MPG' Three-Wheel Car

Startup automaker Elio Motors put on its first-ever car-show press conference last week, taking the last slot on Thursday's media schedule at the New York Auto Show. Founder... read more April 6, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

How Many Tesla Model S Electric Cars Have Been Built So Far?

While Tesla likely won't reveal last year's total production of Model S electric cars until it releases year-end financial results, it has said it expected to build 33,000... read more January 16, 2015 by


 
FreeWire Mobi Charger mobile electric-car charging station

Mobile Battery Carts: The Answer To Blocked Charging Stations?

The number of public charging stations available to electric-car drivers is growing steadily, but that expansion brings a somewhat delicate problem. Charging stations are... read more December 18, 2014 by


 
Lit Motors C-1 electric motorcycle test video screencap.

Lit Motors C-1: Video Shows Self-Balancing Motorcycle On The Road

Building an automotive startup is never easy, especially when the product offered by that company defies easy description. Lit Motors has been steadily developing its... read more November 7, 2014 by


 
Echo Automotive's EchoDrive bolt-on plug-in hybrid kit

Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

Starting a company is tough; starting a company in the green automotive field may be even tougher. So it seemed like the engineering team from defunct startup Bright... read more September 5, 2014 by


 
Echo Automotive's EchoDrive bolt-on plug-in hybrid kit

Will 'Bolt-On' Plug-In Hybrid Package Succeed For Fleets Where Bright Failed?

"Green is a tough sell if it doesn't actually save money." Those are the words of Echo Automotive chairman Jason Plotke, whose company aims to make bolt-on hybrid solutions... read more June 17, 2014 by


 
Henry J. Kaiser and Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors  [Kaiser image courtesy Kaiser Permanente]

Why Tesla's Elon Musk Must Sell 6 Million Electric Cars To Make History

Many entrepreneurs have tried to start car companies in the U.S. over the past century, but the last person to do so from the ground up with a brand that survives to this day... read more June 5, 2014 by


 
Better Place Battery Swapping

The Epic Failure Of Better Place, As Covered By Fast Company

The remarkable scope, overwhelming ambition, and epic failure of the Better Place electric-car service in Israel is worthy of a book, or several. But until one appears, Fast... read more April 28, 2014 by


 
Smith Electric Vehicles Newton

Electric Truck Maker Smith Vehicles Suspends Operations, Not Shutting Down

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has become the latest electric-vehicle building startup to cease operations--though the company says it isn't shutting its doors for... read more April 11, 2014 by


 

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