Electric Cars

  • Accenture 2011 survey, 'Plug-in Electric Vehicles: Changing Perceptions, Hedging Bets'

    If you plan to shop for a new car this year, there will be a range of plug-in hybrids and EVs competing for your attention. But according to a new survey, only about 30% of you feel comfortable considering them -- and some of you are downright offended by their presence. The news comes from consulting firm (and former Tiger Woods employer) Accenture, which recently issued a report entitled, Plug-in electric vehicles: Changing perceptions, hedging bets. It's a compilation of several thousand surveys conducted with consumers around the world, gauging their understanding of electric vehicles and...

  • Protoscar Lampo3 electric prototype
    Protoscar Lampo3: Best Electric Sports Car You Can't Buy Yet?

    Protoscar isn’t new to designing and building electric car prototypes. The Swiss firm, who specializes in design and engineering, has previously revealed the Lampo and the Lampo2, both prototypes for electric sports cars. For 2011, the firm has taken a new direction with the Lampo3...

  • Porsche Boxster E electric prototype
    Porsche Wants High-Performance Electric Cars, Testing Plug-In Panamera

    Porsche recently took the wraps off its second hybrid model, the new 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, as well as confirming development of an electric sports car and the announcement that a number of zero-emission ‘Boxster E’ prototypes are already running around Germany. Add to that the...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    New Management, Structure, Cash For Electric-Car Maker Think?

    Back in January, we toured the Think electric-car assembly facility in Elkhart, Indiana, "the RV capital of the world." We got some striking photos of hundreds of the City electric two-seater cars that Think was gearing up to sell, assembled in the U.S. out of kits shipped from the manufacturing...

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California
    Aptera Struggles Toward Production Of 3-Wheel Electric Car, Maybe

    One of the most remarkable--and most delayed--of the promised new generation of electric cars is the three-wheeled Aptera 2e. The unusual, highly aerodynamic vehicle was designed by a startup automaker in Southern California. The resin-bodied car was a finalist at last year’s Auto X-Prize...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    BMW i3 Electric Car Coming With 100-Mile Range And $35,000 Sticker: Report

    The upcoming BMW i3, the car formerly known as the Megacity Vehicle and the first production all-electric car from BMW, is set to revolutionize the way mainstream cars are engineered and built, with most of its internal structure and body being composed of lightweight composite materials such as...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station

    So you bought a 2011 Nissan Leaf, and paid for the optional $700 quick-charge connector. Now you're able to get an 80-percent battery recharge in just 30 minutes, albeit from very few places right now. Promising, right? Not so fast, sonny. It appears that U.S. makers of electric cars are likely to adopt a completely different quick-charge standard, one that will be used solely in North America. The likely standard won't be compatible with the "CHAdeMO" quick-charge hardware in your Leaf, or any of the other Asian electric cars that offer it. So Nissan Leaf owners and those with other new...

  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson
    Top Gear: Doing Another Silly, Deceptive Electric-Car Stunt?

    Uh oh, here we go again. Or not? The crew of the British car show Top Gear have been spotted in the British town of Lincoln, traveling in a pair of electric cars, the 2011 Nissan Leaf and a Peugeot iOn (which will be sold in the States as the 2012 Mitsubishi 'i'). Hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James...

  • Audi e-tron Neckarsulm Development Center
    Behind The Scenes At Audi e-tron Electric Car Development Center

    As we reportedly recently, the next-generation of super sports cars won’t be nitrous-snorting, quad-turbocharged, gas swilling beasts, but rather they will offer ultra-high mileage and in some cases no emissions whatsoever. Yes, they will still be stupendously fast, but almost all will come...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Concepts To Make Electric Cars Cool: VW Bulli, Nissan Esflow

    The 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March brought a number of new models out of the closet. But for the green car fan, two concepts were the gems of the show: the return of the legendary Volkswagen Microbus, and an electric sports car from Nissan that just might be affordable. Bulli for the Microbus The...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric Microsite
    2012 Ford Focus Electric Edges Closer To Production With New Microsite

    The 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt had better watch out. The Blue Oval’s contender in the zero-emissions segment, the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus Electric, is edging closer to production. This week it gained a new microsite on the official Ford website. We already had a look at the car...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    China Rigs Electric-Car Incentives Against Chevy Volt, Foreign Cars

    Here in the U.S. the government, both at the federal and state level, offers an array of incentives for eco friendly vehicles such as clean diesels, plug-in hybrids and electric cars. However, the U.S. isn’t the only major automotive market with such incentive programs in place. Over in China...

  • Three weeks ago, in a suburban park in Roseville, California--just outside the state capital, Sacramento--a community celebration of Earth Day served as a gathering of the greenest cars now available. Both participants and random park-goers were drawn to the cars, providing a chance for eager owners to educate members of the public one-on-one. They explained what plugging in to recharge was really like, compared the costs of driving on grid power (low) to those of gasoline (high), and generally helped familiarize citizens with the new and unfamiliar concept of electric cars. A familiar 2011...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept live photos
    The Fastest, Coolest, Sexiest Supercars Now Come With Plugs

    Supercars: sleek, blindingly fast, ultra-expensive objects of lust for 14-year-old boys and sober-suited executives alike. For decades, supercars were powered solely by gasoline. But now there's a new gang in town, and they've upended all the rules. The newest, coolest, most jaw-dropping supercars...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    Is GM’s U.S. Boss Scared By The 2011 Nissan Leaf Electric Car?

    You’d hardly expect Mark Reuss, the North American President of General Motors, to be a fan of the primary rival to the company's 2011 Chevrolet Volt. But in a recent interview with the Nashville Business Journal, the man responsible for starting the GM Performance Division took his dislike...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    Toyota Denies Prius Range To Go All Plug-In Hybrid By 2014

    In about a year’s time Toyota will launch the long-awaited plug-in hybrid version of its top-selling Prius, selling it alongside the regular version of the Prius that’s already available today. According to a new report from Japan’s Nikkei business daily, however, Toyota may make...

  • Delta Motorsport E4 Electric Coupe, launch event at Silverstone race course, U.K., May 2011
    Delta Motorsport E4 Electric Coupe: LIVE PHOTOS From U.K. Launch

    It's not every day that a brand-new electric sports coupe is launched, much less at a fabled race course. So we're delighted to bring you these live photos from Silverstone race track in the U.K., where the Delta Motorsport E4 Electric Coupe is about to take to the tarmac. The sleek electric...

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology electric road trial; photo courtesy KAIST
    Txchnologist: Coast To Coast On Electric Roads Without Stopping?

    We ask a lot of our cars: Heat me, cool me, be silent, be comfy, be exciting, and, increasingly, propel me without costly and polluting gasoline. It’s the latter request that confounds, since batteries, the most obvious replacements for gas, are heavy and have limited energy storage. But what...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at dealership after software upgrade, May 2011, photo by George Parrott

    Nissan's new electric car, the 2011 Leaf, is rolling out slowly. Recently, it came to light that early-delivery vehicles are failing to start after the air conditioning has been used under certain circumstances. Nissan has developed a software update to fix the problem, and will install it in all affected Leafs for owners who bring in their cars. The update is supposed to take only about 60 minutes at Leaf-authorized Nissan service centers. But when I took in my Leaf (VIN #320) yesterday for a 9 am appointment, after 90 minutes the service manager came to the waiting area to tell me that "the...

  • John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010
    April Electric Car Sales: Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Steady

    Sales of plug-in electric cars continued at a steady pace in April, with 493 Chevrolet Volts and 573 Nissan Leafs sold during the month. That brings yearly totals of the cars to 1,703 and 1,025 respectively. There were also 326 Volts and 19 Leafs sold last December, the month in which each car...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Tough To Be Wheego: Germany Crushes Electric Car From 'Hand-To-Mouth' Startup

    It's hard to start a car company. Really, really, really, really, really hard. Which is why little Wheego Electric Cars is having a tough time of it at the moment. Last week, CEO Mike McQuary told industry trade journal Automotive News that the company was "living hand-to-mouth" and that its first...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    Chevy Volt Goes North For 2012, Priced At C$41,545 In Canada

    With Chevrolet on track to complete its rollout of the 2011 Volt range-extended electric car to all 50 states by the end of this year, the carmaker is turning its sites to other countries. And it's starting next door in one of the two closest foreign countries to the U.S., one right on our border...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe electric car
    Wheego CEO Says Electric-Car Company Survives “Hand to Mouth”

    Atlanta-based Wheego Electric Cars Inc may have just delivered its first all-electric two-seat LiFe, but it is also fighting for its life. Talking candidly to Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News, Wheego CEO Mike McQuary painted a bleak picture of the firm and its future. “My constraint is...

  • Scenes from dedication of electric-car charging station at Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA
    Electric-Car Warning: Check Your Utility Bill Carefully!

    It is apparently quite possible that the local utility company that provides the power to charge your new electric vehicle may not have "all its ducks in a row" when it comes to charging you properly for that electricity. I recently bought both a 2011 Nissan Leaf and a 2011 Chevy Volt, and well...