Electric Cars

  • Thomas Hundal: 12-year Old Chevy Volt Salesman

    When it comes to learning stuff, most kids look towards older siblings, parents and teachers to find out how to do something. But a 13-year old car expert in Ontario, Canada is so enthusiastic and knowledgable about cars that he’s helping his local Chevrolet dealership train its staff to be better salespeople. And that includes the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. In an enthusiastic Youtube presentation on behalf of Barry Cullen Chevrolet in Ontario, Thomas Hundal gives the plug-in hybrid a full walk-around on camera, reeling off facts about the interior trim, entertainment system, drivetrain and...

  • BYD e6 Fire: Aftermath
    BYD e6 Electric Taxi Burns After 112-MPH Drunk Supercar Driver Crash

    Over the weekend we heard the disturbing news that a BYD e6 electric taxi in Shenzhen China had burst into flames and killed three of its occupants after being hit by a speeding drunk driver. According to eyewitness reports, the BYD e6 taxi, one of around 400 e6 electric taxis being used in the...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    Mystery Mercedes That Will Get Electric Powertrain Is A-Class: Report

    Ever since Daimler invested $50 million for 9 percent of Tesla back in May 2009, the two companies have had a close working relationship on electric car technology. Since that investment, Tesla has provided Smart and Mercedes-Benz with drivetrains for various electric cars, including...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011
    2012 Tesla Model S Deliveries To Start June 22

    It’s official: in one month, Tesla will deliver its first 2012 Model S electric sedan to customers in the U.S., webcasting the whole ceremony live on the Internet. A few weeks ahead of schedule, Tesla’s engineering team have been working hard to ensure that production is up to speed at...

  • Gas Pump Coffee Machine
    2012 Nissan Leaf Australian Ad Turns Gas Pumps Into Art

    They’re large, hardly pretty, and serve just one function, but Nissan Australia has managed to turn the humble gas pump into art in order to promote its all-electric 2012 Leaf. Unlike its U.S. ad from last year, which asked us to imagine a world where everything was powered by gasoline...

  • Three Nissan Leafs
    Five Ideal Companion Cars To The 2012 Nissan Leaf

    You’ve taken the plunge and shelled out anything from $33,000 upwards for an all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf. Quiet, efficient and full of gadgets, you’ve discovered that it has quickly relegated your gas car to the garage, carrying out the weekend chores, work commutes and maybe even...

  • Better Place Battery Swapping

    Last week, we shared with you our first-hand experience of driving an electric car through a Better Place battery swap station in Israel. Publicly, especially outside of Israel, Better Place’s concept of switching out depleted electric car battery packs for fully charged ones at its proprietary automated switch stations is what the firm is best known for. As we discovered on our recent trip to Israel however, the battery swap stations are just a tiny part of an holistic technological solution for electric car drivers that covers everything from charging stations through to...

  • 1974 Enfield 8000 Electric Car
    Vintage Electric Car Gets New Life: As Street-Legal Tesla-Beater

    Forty years ago, in the midst of fuel crisis after fuel crisis, automakers large and small around the world came up with concept and limited-run electric cars that would, it was hoped, revolutionize city commuting. They didn’t. Powered by several thousand pounds of lead acid batteries, fitted...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5
    Mazda CX-5 Stops Loving Truffula Trees, Starts Hating Electric-Cars

    Automakers love to take automotive journalists somewhere exotic for the official launch of a new car, usually somewhere hot and sunny. So when Mazda announced its European launch of the 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SUV would take place in the rugged, rural landscape of Highland Scotland, we assumed...

  • Traffic
    Virginia’s Hybrid HOV Lane Perks: Anything But Easy

    For years, we’ve covered California’s High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access perks for drivers of ultra-low or zero-emissions cars. Reasonably simple to understand, with a few exceptions, California’s HOV lane rules allows drivers of qualifying vehicles fitted with official HOV...

  • Zagato Volpe
    Renault Twizy: Meet The Zagato Volpe, The New Tiny

    Earlier this week, Antony Ingram asked if the open-air Renault Twizy electric car would threaten the new Smart ForTwo. A little larger than most motorcycles, the two-seat French city runabout has found itself a surprising number of fans, thanks in part to its minimalistic, yet funky design. But...

  • Better Place Battery Swap Station
    Better Place Electric-Car Battery Swapping: Live Report

    Electric-car infrastructure firm Better Place has spent the past few years creating some serious waves in the electric car world with grandiose claims that it can make electric cars as convenient to use as gasoline ones. Alongside its fully integrated smart-grid network of charging stations...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production version road test, San Diego, CA, Jan 2012

    What makes a new car a success? Is it the awards it wins, initial sales figures, how many people order it, or the average amount of time it stays on a dealer lot before being sold? Together, all of the above help us work out which cars are popular and which ones aren’t, but according to Cars.com (via Autobloggreen), the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is proving to be a runaway hit on dealer lots nationwide. Quick to sell Using nationwide car sales data for the months of March and April, Cars.com concluded that on average, Toyota’s plug-in hybrid spends just five days on the...

  • Project Visio.M: Electric Car
    German Consortium, Including BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Design A Better Electric Car

    BMW and Daimler have traditionally been rivals in the automotive world, but last week we learned that engineers from the two rival German companies have been working together on a joint project to design and test a safer, more affordable, more efficient electric car. The Visio.M project, funded to...

  • '39 Pontiac Electric Car Conversion (© Roanoke College)
    Converting A Car To Electric? How About A ’39 Pontiac Silver Streak?

    For as long as electric cars have existed, enterprising individuals around the U.S. have sought to convert gasoline cars to electric power. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from classic British sportscars through to SUVs and pickup trucks converted to run on electric power, with...

  • BMW ActiveE
    BMW ActiveE: Extended Drive Report (Video)

    BMW’s 1,000-strong fleet of ActiveE electric cars are stationed around the world, with the largest number of test cars concentrated in the U.S. Earlier this year, we got the chance to step behind the wheel of the very first BMW ActiveE to be delivered in the U.S., but earlier this week, we...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012
    2012 Ford Focus Electric: Here’s What Dealers Have To Do To Sell It

    In order to become an official automaker-approved dealer, dealers often undergo a lengthy process to prove they meet with sales and service requirements before the automaker will allow them to sell its cars. For prestige, luxury or specialist cars like high-performance sports cars or plug-in...

  • Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Do We Really Need 500-Mile Electric Car Batteries?

    Back in January, we told you about IBM’s quest to build a rechargeable lithium-air battery that could theoretically let an electric car travel 500 miles on a single charge. Since then, more firms have joined IBM on its Holy Grail adventure, leading to a flurry of stories heralding the end to...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL

    California and the Pacific Northwest may be the undisputed capital of electric cars in the U.S., but in Europe, that accolade is currently held by Norway. Last week, Nissan Europe announced it had sold 1,000 of its Leaf electric cars in just six months in the nation. In February, Leaf sales accounted for nearly 2 percent of Norway’s new car sales. But why are electric cars so popular in Norway, a country of just 5 million people? Moreover, can we learn anything from Norway about encouraging people to make the switch to electric cars? Incentives. Lots of them If you think California is...

  • Massachusetts Electric Car Plate
    Is It A Hybrid Or Electric Car? In Massachusetts, Check The Plate

    These days, unless you’re an ardent fan of hybrid or electric cars, it can be pretty hard to tell them apart from their gasoline equivalents. For the average motorist it isn’t an issue, but for first responders attending the scene of an accident, it’s important to know what a...

  • First 2012 Coda Sedan customer car emerges from Benicia, CA, assembly plant, March 2012
    Coda Plans Second Electric Car, Withdraws DoE Loan Application

    When Coda Automotive started production and sales of its 2012 Sedan earlier this year, it ended years of doubt and confusion about the firm’s abilities to bring a highway-capable electric car to market. Yesterday, Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh confirmed Coda’s intent to manufacture a second...

  • Audi A6 L e-tron concept
    Audi Unveils A6 L e-tron Plug-in Hybrid: 2012 Beijing Auto Show

    Earlier today, German automaker Audi unveiled the latest in its e-tron plug-in concept cars at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Based upon the A6 L, a highly-popular Chinese-only variant of the A6 sedan, the A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid concept combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct injected gasoline...

  • Domino's Human Electric Scooter Pizza Alert System
    Domino’s Electric Delivery Scooter: Best New Alert Sound

    Today is Friday, which means we, like many other editorial teams around the world, are on the lookout for a fun, lighthearted story to end the week. This week, our chosen light-hearted story comes courtesy of the humble pizza delivery scooter. Hated in cities worldwide for their annoying, buzzing...

  • Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf
    Will Electric-Car Charging Stations Get 'Roaming' Or Stay Proprietary?

    There’s an ongoing joke among electric car owners that every new electric car should come with a free wallet. Why? To store the array of cards, tags and access keys that electric car drivers inevitably collect to gain access to an increasingly complicated public charging network. Earlier this...

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