Electric Cars

  • Honda launches Fit EV electric car and Accord plug-in hybrid test program in Torrance, CA, Dec 2010

    Honda has been slow to the game when it comes to plug-in hybrids and electric cars but at the recent 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show the automaker proved that it was not completely in the dark in this area. On display at the show was a new version of its Fit compact car powered by an electric drivetrain, as well as a platform for a mid-size plug-in hybrid vehicle. Soon after their debut, Honda announced public road trials of several prototype models. The first was a Honda Fit electric car and further down the track an Accord sedan fitted with the automaker’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain will...

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    Tesla Model S Update: Alpha Testing On Track, Deliveries Mid-2012

    The recent opening of a new Tesla store in Milan provided a forum for current Roadster owners to ask Elon Musk exactly what's going on with the Tesla Model S. The answers? Pretty much everything is going according to plan. According to Tesla: Testing of the Alpha models is ramping up to full speed...

  • Think City assembly plant, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Photo Gallery: Think City Assembly Plant Tour, Elkhart, Indiana

    During the Detroit Auto Show in January, we visited the Think electric-car assembly plant in Elkhart, Indiana. It's not necessarily a place you'd expect to find electric cars being put together, but the rows of electric two-seat hatchbacks in blue, red, and black turned out to be surprisingly...

  • 2011 Smart electric drive
    Report: Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Available For Sale In 2012

    The Smart brand has enjoyed modest success in the U.S. since its launch here back in 2007 but with a lack of any new models or updates, the oddly-designed minicar brand has fallen largely off the radar of late. Furthermore, even with all the hoopla surrounding electric vehicles at the moment...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station
    BREAKING: Nissan Leaf To Get Faster Charger 'In a Year Or So'

    You just never know what you'll hear at conferences. You might, for instance, hear Nissan America's director of product planning, Mark Perry, casually mention that the Nissan Leaf electric car now permits Level II 240-Volt charging at 3.3 kilowatts--"and we'll raise that in a year or so." In other...

  • BMW ActiveE at 2011 Geneva Motor Show, photo by Robert Llewellyn
    2011 Geneva Motor Show Through A Convert's Eyes: Guest Post

    by Robert Llewellyn I was only there for one day, and I'm still recovering; car shows are fairly energy sapping events. Everyone I met in Halle 7 said the same thing, "Oh, Geneva is the best one. It's not too big, you can get around and see everything." Remind me never to go to the really big ones...

  • 2011 Irmscher 7 Selectra electric roadster concept

    German outfit Irmscher has just unveiled its latest rival to the Caterham and Ariel Atom set--but with a green flavor--the new 7 Selectra electric roadster concept. Making its debut this week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the 7 Selectra shares the familiar ‘Lotus 7’ roadster body with several other Irmscher models but comes packing a 144V DC electric motor. This particular powerplant is rated at 235 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque--one of the highest torque ratings of an electric motor in an automotive application--and is powered by a lithium iron phosphate cell battery...

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    Electric Car Startups To Square Off Against Big Auto Competition

    Competition is heating up in the electric car sector, and the next few years will be a challenging testing ground for startups looking to gain a foothold among consumers as more and more major automakers launch electric and hybrid cars. Some startups have lofty ambitions. Electric car startup Coda...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
    Anti-Hybrid Cause Launched To Keep Next Mitsubishi Evo 'Pure'

    Democracy can be a messy and ugly thing to watch in practice. Especially when it's being pointed toward carmakers, which aren't often the subject of mass protests pointed toward their future product lines. This morning, we received an e-mail with a link to a Causes page urging Mitsubishi not to...

  • First 2011 Chevrolet Volt delivered to retail buyer Jeffrey Kaffee, in Denville, NJ, December 2010
    Electric-Car Wars: Chevy Volt Still Outselling Nissan Leaf

    Battle of the Titans it ain't. But for the third month in a row, Chevrolet sold more Volt range-extended electric cars than Nissan delivered Leaf plug-ins. During February, Nissan delivered 67 Leaf battery electric hatchbacks, bringing its two-month total to 154. Adding in the 19 delivered in...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos
    Video: Rolls-Royce 102 EX Phantom Electric, Geneva Motor Show

    An all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom. Just think about it: If the engineers do their jobs properly, the occupants should sense absolutely no difference in the near-silent, creamy smooth surge of power that wafts them from estate to yacht, or factory to mansion. And now we have video, courtesy of...

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    BYD-Daimler Electric Car Partnership Approved: Who Gets What?

    Cooperation between automotive brands is hardly new, but on the face of it the latest joint automotive project between the owner of luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz and an upstart Chinese battery firm best known for missing its own deadlines isn't that obvious. Peel back the layers however and it...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Concept Global Small

    Mitsubishi is currently working on a new global small car positioned below its Colt hatchback and scheduled to enter production at a newly erected plant in Thailand in March of 2012. We first heard about the project late last year but at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show the Japanese automaker rolled out a concept previewing its upcoming model and confirmed its eventual sale in the U.S. The new concept has been labeled the Mitsubishi e-compact and it comes packing an advanced electric drivetrain. From the onset of development, Mitsubishi has intended its new small car to be offered...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    2011 Think City Two-Seat Electric Car Faces Third Recall

    Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems. Most pass unnoticed, except to the owners who get letters in the mail asking them to bring their vehicle back to the dealer. But three recalls in as many months isn't a...

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    2015 Audi A2 Getting Electric And Plug-In Hybrid Options

    It’s no secret that Audi has ambitious goals to become the world’s leading luxury auto brand within the decade and is planning to boost its lineup to 42 different models by 2015. Later this year we will see a new Q3 compact SUV, as well as the recently revealed 2012 Audi A6, but further...

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    2011 EDAG Light Car Sharing Concept Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Debut

    When it comes to solutions for sustainable mobility of the future, drivetrain technology is only one area being investigated in the effort to make cars more environmentally friendly. Other areas include reducing vehicle weight, developing navigation software to predict fuel efficient routes and...

  • Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom
    Rolls-Royce Confirms 102EX Electric Phantom Prototype

    Silent cruising in a seemingly impregnable fortress of fine leather, sensuous wood, and hand-built steel and glass is the ultimate goal of hyper-luxury brands like Rolls-Royce. Which means it's not too surprising that the automaker has confirmed the development of an all-electric version of its...

  • Texas cowboy by Flickr user aechempati
    The Curious Story Of Electric Cars And Texas

    When people think of Texas, there’s always certain stereotypes associated with it: cowboys, twangs, conservative politics, boots, guns and big, gas-guzzling trucks. While some stereotypes are rooted in truth, Texas can surprise you. Like when people actually visit a major city and realize...

  • eRuf Porsche 911 prototype

    Electricity and high-performance cars may or may not mix, depending on your frame of reference, but whether you're a Tesla fan or Formula 1 devotee, it's easy to agree that a hybrid or all-electric Porsche would be a welcome creation for sports car and EV fans alike. Porsche blew us away last year with the impressive 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car and 918 Spyder hybrid concept, confirming its support for the greater electrification of the automobile, and just this week the automaker surprised us all once again with the reveal of its electric Boxster E prototype. However, long before there were any...

  • John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010
    Is One Million Electric Cars By 2015 Too Ambitious?

    In a renewed push for clean energy, President Obama called for one million electric cars to be on American roads by 2015 last month. But is that goal realistic? The government released a report this week saying that by its “conservative” estimates for 2015, the electric car supply in...

  • 2011 Nissan ESFLOW Concept
    2011 Geneva Motor Show: Nissan ESFLOW Concept Live Photos

    While its official world debut isn’t pegged until the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks, the Nissan ESFLOW electric sports car concept has been revealed in the flesh--or should we say aluminum and carbon fiber?--at a special media event in Frankfurt, Germany today. The High Gear...

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    Researchers: 100 Percent Green Energy Possible By 2050

    We approach energy policy with care here, since GreenCarReports is largely about ... well, cars. But a recent article claims it could take just 40 years to convert the bulk of the world's global energy usage from fossil fuels to renewable energy, primarily wind and solar power. That's not only...

  • Tesla Model S and Roadster
    Tesla Motors Earnings: Losses Rise, So Does Share Price

    Silicon Valley startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors released its 2010 earnings report yesterday, and--as you might expect from a startup that has sold only cars for three years--it lost money. Investors apparently weren't fazed by the rising tide of red ink. Tesla shares closed yesterday at...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    California To Be Biggest U.S. Market For Plug-In Cars, Says Study

    California is already viewed as one of the most progressive states towards the adoption of mainstream electric cars. Now, a new study has confirmed what may have seemed obvious: It is likely to be the biggest market in the U.S. for a new generation of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The study...