Electric Cars

  • BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

    Automaker BYD is by far China's most aggressive when it comes to electric cars. It launched its F3DM sedan, the world's first production plug-in hybrid, back in December 2008--sales have been poor--and has been testing its all-electric e6 crossover with both taxi fleets in Shenzhen, China, and the Housing Authority of Los Angeles. Encouraging data Now the results are in from a year's worth of the taxi tests, and BYD considers them encouraging. Fifty of the five-seat e6 compact crossovers were used in regular taxi service by Pengcheng Electric Taxi Company. The quoted range for the e6 is more...

  • Toyota Prius at US Capitol, by Flickr user Izik
    Federal Government Saving Gas With Higher-MPG Vehicles Too

    You may recall a few weeks back we reported on police forces all around the nation downsizing their vehicle fleets from big and brawny V-8 sedans to a new-generation of V-6 sedans and SUVs. Turns out the federal government is following suit, switching its vehicle fleet from mostly full-size cars to...

  • Experimental Lucas hybrid-electric car, developed in the 1980s
    eBay Find: 1982 Lucas-Reliant Hybrid British Concept Car

    The history of the auto industry is littered with the carcasses of the cars and companies that didn't make it. Modern hybrid-electric vehicles were first commercialized by Toyota, with its 1997 Prius (sold in the U.S. starting in 2000). But many concepts, development vehicles, one-offs, and other...

  • Coulomb electric-car charger, Madison, WI
    Need a Place to Plug Your Electric Car in? Reserve it First

    Ask any electric car owner to list their favorite benefits of driving an electric car and the chances are that not queuing for gasoline is among them. With relatively few electric cars on the road and public charging stations still hardly oversubscribed, finding a place to plug in is relatively...

  • Electric Cars: How They Work, What You Need To Know (Video)

    Driving the 2011 Chevrolet Volt leads all sorts of people to ask you questions: passers-by, the guy at the parking garage...and sometimes, even museums. A few weeks ago, we had a Chevy Volt for review. At the time, we were asked by the Forward Thinking Museum in Manhattan not only to show its staff...

  • 'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on red carpet
    Elon Musk, Bob Lutz On Red Carpet At 'Revenge of Electric Car' Premiere

    Every movie has to have a premiere, and every premiere has to have a red carpet. When the red carpet is on a Manhattan sidewalk, with plenty of passers-by stopping to gawk, and many of the celebs are arriving in electric cars, things get a little more complicated. Still, last night's premiere of...

  • 'Revenge of the Electric Car' movie: Elon Musk and Bob Lutz

    From Michael Moore's Roger And Me in 1989 to Chris Paine's 2006 Who Killed The Electric Car?, there's no shortage of documentaries that portray auto-industry executives as incompetent, bumbling, short-sighted, arrogant fools. So it may be a surprise that merely five years later, two global automakers and one upstart new car company are the heroes of Paine's new documentary, Revenge Of The Electric Car, in the person of one executive at each. Most startling of all, General Motors--the malevolent villain that heartlessly took back and crushed the EV1 electric cars it had leased to...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Why Californians Need A Parking Permit To Charge Electric Cars

    No one knows the ins and outs of electric-car usage like the early adopters, especially those who've already taken delivery of a 2011 Nissan Leaf or a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. (Or both.) So when a thread on required parking permits to recharge electric cars erupted in our recent article on the opening...

  • GM EV1 Anti-Crush Protests,  Screenshot, Who Killed The Electric Car?
    'Who Killed The Electric Car?' Sequel Premieres Tonight (Video)

    It's taken as gospel by many of the people who have seen it since its 2006 release, and there's no denying its influence. "Who Killed the Electric?" seemingly stung General Motors enough that the company unveiled the Chevrolet Volt concept in 2007 and then, startled by its popularity, decided to...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Prices 2012 'i' Electric Car At $27,990 Before Tax Breaks

    Driving electric just got cheaper, as Mitsubishi announced that its 2012 'i' electric car would be priced at just $27,990 before incentives when deliveries begin in California next January. That makes the 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' the least expensive plug-in car on sale in the U.S. market. It qualifies...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept, New York Auto Show, April 2011
    Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept: New York Auto Show Live Photos

    Blue light bathed the concept car in the corner before Nissan launched its 2012 Versa sedan at the 2011 New York Auto Show today. The images were so striking we thought we'd bring you a photo gallery of Nissan's electric race-car concept, just so you can see it from all angles, looking like nothing...

  • BMW ActiveE electric car, at BMW Manhattan media event, April 2011
    BMW ActiveE Lease Price: $499 A Month For Electric 4-Seater

    The choices among electric cars just keep getting better, as BMW has now announced the lease details for the first stage of its evolution into BMW-branded electric cars. The ActiveE, an all-electric version of the 1-series, will be available for lease requests later this summer. It will be offered...

  • BMW ActiveE

    Electric cars, at the moment, cost more to buy than gasoline cars of similar size and with similar features, powertrain excepted. Leases on electric cars from mass-market brands like Nissan and Chevrolet are often a little more competitive. The 2011 Nissan Leaf is $349 a month, the 2011 Chevy Volt $350 per month (both prices are after a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit). But befitting its brand, BMW isn't exactly bestowing bargain-basement prices on its electric-car lease: It'll cost you $499 per month on a 24-month lease, after a $2,250 down payment. Reservations for the car begin this...

  • Electric-Car Charging Stations Pop Up All Over, Hotels Included

    While AllCarsElectric posts are regularly written from at least three countries, occasionally we get to cover electric-car events in our own back yard--specifically, Palo Alto, California. On Friday, we attended a ceremony to inaugurate the first electric-car charger installed at any hotel in very...

  • 25 Most Electric-Vehicle-Ready Cities
    Is Your City Ready For Electric Vehicles?

    Ford has identified the 25 most electric vehicle (EV) ready cities in the U.S., based on the company’s latest research. The 25 cities are dotted all over the country from Hartford to Honolulu. A previous Pike research report highlighted 6 cities expected to be early EV adopters: New York, Los...

  • 2013 Audi A3 leaked official sketches
    Redesigned Audi A3 Getting New Sedan Model, Six Different Power Sources

    Audi is currently working on a new generation of its A3, a preview of which we got at last month’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Audi A3 Sedan concept. Since then we’ve received these official sketches showing the design of the production version due early next year. While...

  • Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
    Why Silicon Valley Won't Be Detroit For Green Carmakers

    We don’t hear “death of Detroit” stories as often now as we did a year ago. When GM and Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy and the entire U.S. industry laid off tens of thousands of workers in one year, the effects on an already battered Detroit region were dire. And they led to a...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott
    Consumer Reports: Usually Thoughtful, Not Always Accurate

    Last week, the Associated Press distributed a video report called "Are Electric Cars Worth the Price?" (It's embedded at the bottom of this article.) The video featured this author as an example of someone who owns both the 2011 Nissan Leaf and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and it included commentary...

  • Gas pump

    Forget hydrogen. You can mostly ignore natural gas. Even diesel may not grow much. The two fuels that will largely power us for the next 20, maybe 30, years are already here. They are gasoline (with some ethanol in it), and electricity. That's it. That's all she wrote. First, gasoline Those hallowed green visions of a gasoline-free future in our lifetime will not come to pass. We've spent a century building a global economy around oil, and it will likely take most of another century to change it. In other words, gasoline will power some of our vehicles for a long, long time to come. It won't...

  • 2011 Audi A3 e-tron prototype
    Audi Presents Battery-Powered A3 e-tron Prototype

    The growth of Audi’s ever-expanding family of ‘e-tron’ electrified concept cars and prototypes shows no signs of slowing with two more additions joining the fold this month alone, the latest being the battery-powered A3 e-tron revealed this week. The newest addition brings the...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype
    Toyota: No Plans For Quick Charging In RAV4 EV

    When the RAV4 EV reaches its Phase One stage next year, and a limited-production vehicle goes on sale, it will have one key difference versus the Phase Zero prototype we drove in the San Diego area this past week. While the RAV4 EV prototypes have a proprietary charge connector from Tesla Motors...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype
    2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype: First Drive

    Just a year ago, seeing the 'RAV4, Powered by Tesla' startup greeting would have been almost unthinkable. Yet last May, Toyota and Tesla inked a deal that took the industry by surprise—and left a lot of observers scratching their heads. And nearly eleven months since that deal—and nine...

  • BMW and Brilliance 5-Series plug-in hybrid prototype
    BMW 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

    BMW has taken the wraps off a new plug-in hybrid prototype based on its long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan, which it will be showcasing in just a few weeks at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Built in collaboration with its Chinese alliance partner Brilliance Auto, development of the new prototype is the...

  • Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules
    Battery Advance To Give Electric-Car Charging In Gas Fill-Up Time?

    An advance in battery technology could help push past one of the persistent criticisms of electric vehicles: the extended time needed to charge the battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois published a paper in Nature Nanotechnology on a change to the cathode of a battery that allows for...