Electric Cars

  • 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car has been around in one form or another for several years now, so there's a lot of information to keep track of. Once simply known as the Mitsubishi 'i', the tiny egg-shaped electric car, with four doors and four seats, has been on sale for several years now U.S. but has never really sold in high volumes. With a starting price of $23,845 before federal and local incentives (and after Mitsubishi's $850 destination and handling fee), the diminutive i-MiEV is one of the cheapest electric cars available. It also carries an EPA rating of 112 MPG equivalent - only...

  • The open road
    Your Guide To Long-Distance Electric Car Publicity Drives

    You might think that electric vehicles aren't naturally suited to driving long distances just yet, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people giving it a go anyway. Here then is the GreenCarReports guide to the world of long-distance EV publicity stunts, arranged conveniently by distance, shortest to...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Chevrolet Volt: Ultimate Guide To Everything You Need To Know

    The Chevrolet Volt is now here, on sale in most states, and ready to plug in--and to answer all your questions about what it is, how it drives, how to buy it and how to wade through all its new technology, there's only one solution. Here, you'll find High Gear Media's comprehensive coverage of the...

  • Opel Ampera
    Europe Gets Chevy Volts In 2012, Most In Drag As Opel Amperas

    So far, the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has been sold only in North America. That's about to change, as the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant restarts after a month of retooling that raised Volt production capacity to 5,000 cars per month. While the Volt will go to China (despite...

  • Nissan's City of St. Petersburg cargo ship for transporting Leaf electric cars
    Nissan Goes Toyota One Better With Cooler-Looking Cargo Ship (Video)

    Call it the battle of the clean-car cargo ships. First Toyota retrofitted its Auriga Leader car transporter ship with a diesel hybrid powertrain, allowing some energy to be recaptured in a bank of nickel-metal-hydride batteries just like those used in its Prius and other hybrid cars. That ship got...

  • Chevrolet Beat EV electric vehicle with GM executives, India, June 2011
    Will GM's First All-Electric Car Be A Chevy Spark Minicar?

    Sometimes news comes out of adding up little pieces of information. Doing that with a few items from the past week, we're beginning to wonder if General Motors might launch an all-electric car in the U.S. in the next couple of years. Based on recent spy photos from renowned photographer Brenda...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype

    This much we know already: Tesla Motors will build battery packs and electric drive systems for the upcoming 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV electric crossover. What we didn't know was where that car would be assembled. Would it be the Canadian factory that builds standard gasoline RAV4s for North America, or the cavernous Tesla Motors plant in Fremont, California, where the electric-car startup plans to build its 2012 Model S all-electric luxury sports sedan? Today we learned the answer. Toyota issued a statement saying that the "jointly developed" RAV4 EV would be built in its plant in Woodstock...

  • 2008 Ford F-150 pickup with ALTe extended-range electric powertrain
    ALTe To Test Extended-Range Electric Retrofit In Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

    Electric vehicles of various sorts are just now showing up in dealer showrooms. But that leaves a quarter of a billion gasoline vehicles running around U.S. roads. What to do to clean them up? Various entities have proposed to retrofit existing vehicles with various types of electric powertrains...

  • 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in sports sedan at Fisker Santa Monica, July 2010, from WebRidesTV
    Next Fisker Model: Wagon-Crossover At Frankfurt This Fall? (Video)

    Fisker Automotive still hasn't seen fit to let more than a small handful of journalists drive its extended-range electric 2012 Fisker Karma luxury sports sedan, and not yet on public roads. But founder Henrik Fisker continues to wax eloquent about the company's future plans. At the launch of the...

  • BMW i Launch Event, Frankfurt, July 2011
    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Motorcycle Engine As Range Extender

    Diversity among electric cars is rapidly expanding, from the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi 'i' to the upcoming Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, which provides just 9 to 13 miles of electric range. Now, it turns out, the 2014 BMW i3--the all-electric urban four-door subcompact that BMW showed...

  • BMW i3 Concept
    2014 BMW i3 Moves Us Closer To Autonomous Driving In Cities

    Driving is often a pain, particularly in dense, congested urban cores. Start and stop, brake suddenly, stay carefully in your lane, drive defensively, then park in tight spaces. What if the car could do all that for you? Last week, BMW showed off its new BMW i3 Concept, which points the way toward...

  • Ryan Reynolds Nissan Leaf Spokesperson
    Electric Car Sales: Leaf Trounces Volt, But Don't Take It Seriously

    It was a slow month for electric-car sales, with just over 1,000 Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt vehicles together delivered during July. Nissan delivered 931 Leaf battery-electric cars, a decline from June's 1,708, and Chevrolet--which is suffering from a now-ended four-week summer shutdown for...

  • BMW i Launch Event, Frankfurt, July 2011

    BMW revealed two new electric, hybrid, and range-extended models--the BMW i3 electric car and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid

  • BMW i Launch Event, Frankfurt, July 2011
    BMW i3 Electric Car And i8 Plug-In Hybrid Live Photos

    If you were hoping for the production versions of BMW's first production EV and sports plug-in hybrid, you're out of luck, but if BMW keeps up its recent practices, the concepts unveiled today will be very close to the final cars. These live photos from the unveiling in Frankfurt should give you a...

  • BMW i8 and i3 concept cars
    BMW i3 Electric Car And BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid: Overview

    BMW today revealed concept versions of its first-ever production electric cars: the i3 battery electric minicar and i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe. The designs and details of both cars were unveiled in a Frankfurt press conference that was broadcast globally on the Internet. That degree of...

  • BMW i3 Concept
    BMW i3 Concept: Battery Electric Urban Minicar—Full Details

    The concept version of the 2014 BMW i3 unveiled today in Frankfurt shows just how radical a change BMW has made from its legacy of gasoline-powered, front-engine, rear-drive sporty vehicles. For one, it’s entirely powered by electricity. The flat lithium-ion battery pack is built into the...

  • BMW i8 Concept
    BMW i8 Concept: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe—Full Details

    While its sports coupes are more of a known entity, the i8 Concept shown in Frankfurt today may be the most radical coupe BMW has ever built. Its “stream flow” lines, characteristic of the new BMW ‘I’ sub-brand, include an adaptation of the BMW twin-kidney grille and...

  • Volt_China
    Electric Cars Dirtier Than Gasoline Equivalents In China

    EV fans are probably sick of arguing the case for electric cars whenever someone brings up the old "well to wheels" scenario. "Well, where does the electricity come from?" they ask. Familiar with it? Most of us have pre-prepared figures as to why EVs are cleaner, even considering the fuel burned to...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser

    BMW is holding a global press conference in Frankfurt, Germany tomorrow to promote its new i division aimed at sustainable motoring solutions for the future. Our own green car expert John Voelcker is on his way to Frankfurt as you read this and will be bringing us all the information direct from the conference. So what can electric car fans expect out of it? Well, we’re expected to get our first look at the BMW i3 minicar, a vehicle formerly known as the Megacity and one that is expected to be the luxury automaker’s first mass-produced electric car. But it won’t just be...

  • First factory-built Fisker Karma live photos
    First 2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car Delivered, Finally, To Investor Ray Lane

    After multiple delays and slipped deadlines, you might be forgiven for assuming it would never happen. But it did. Fisker Automotive has delivered one of its first production cars, a 2012 Fisker Karma extended-range electric sports sedan, to a paying customer. The video below shows the handover two...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S body-in-white
    2012 Tesla Model S: 'Blank Slate' With 'Awesome Door Handles'

    Tesla Motors has a bit of a problem: It needs to keep itself in the public eye between its last electric Roadster and next summer, when its 2012 Model S electric sports sedan is scheduled to arrive. Toward that end, the company has been publishing regular updates on the new car on its blog. The...

  • Blink EV charging point at IKEA store
    IKEA Latest To Announce Electric Car Charging Points At Stores

    Furniture and homewares giant IKEA has joined a grown list of retail firms announcing plans to install electric car charging points at their stores across the nation. Just this week we reported about Walgreens announcing plans for 800 charging points, and before that we saw Cracker Barrel and Best...

  • Engine Maintenance Mode screen on 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Even A 3000-MPG Chevy Volt Has To Turn On The Engine Sometimes

    As Chevrolet very often point outs in marketing its 2011 Volt extended-range electric car, more than 70 percent of U.S. vehicles cover less than 40 miles a day. That means that if you recharge a Volt every night, and cover less than that distance daily, your car might never, ever need to switch on...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i electric car x-ray image
    2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Car: X-Ray Cutaway Shows Layout

    Here's a view of a car you've probably not seen before, though it may be familiar to you if you've ever been in the hospital. The image above shows the 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle after an X-ray scan, allowing you to see many of the vehicle's key components. X-rays pass cleanly through...