Electric Cars

  • Renault Fluence ZE production electric sedan

    Every good spy film has a smattering of illicit love, sexy cars and covert operations. Suspending disbelief, such films make for good entertainment. But for one former Renault employee the real world has taken a turn towards the covert world of James Bond or 24 with accusations that he had an offshore bank account to handle payment for plans he allegedly stole from the French car giant. A little under four weeks ago the french automaker suspended three of its executives without pay after claiming they had sold secrets of the joint Nissan/Renault electric car program to “new players from...

  • 2008 Cadillac Escalade Platinum LED Headlights
    LED Headlights Give Your Electric Car An Extra Six Miles

    Your electric car can go six miles further on its battery if you use LED headlights. That’s the conclusion drawn by an automotive engineer with Osram Sylvania, according to Autoblog Green. Electric and electric-hybrid car ranges are impacted by external factors like temperature, whether...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    Mazda2 Electric Car Leasing Starts In Japan

    We first heard about Mazda’s plans to develop a battery-powered electric version of its Mazda2 hatchback back in 2009, with the automaker finally starting real-world trials of prototypes last year. Now Mazda has announced that its electric Mazda2 (a Demio in Japan) is scheduled to commence...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan at Hertz Global EV rental launch, New York City, December 2010
    Electric-Car Startup Coda Announces New CEO, Phil Murtaugh

    Coda Automotive, the electric-car startup that last fall delayed the launch of its all-electric Sedan, announced this afternoon that it had hired Phil Murtaugh as its new CEO. It also revealed that it plans to launch its Coda Sedan electric car into the domestic Chinese market once the car has been...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Photo Gallery: 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport, Ohm-My-God Sports Car

    Driving a Tesla Roadster is an unforgettable experience. To be fair, perhaps driving any car with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds is unforgettable. But the fact that all the Tesla's torque comes from 6,831 lithium-ion laptop cells powering an electric motor--and the relative...

  • Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept crossover, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Launching Eight New Electrified Cars By 2015

    Later this year Mitsubishi’s battery-powered i-MiEV will finally go on sale in the U.S., having already gone on sale in Europe and Japan and making an appearence at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last November. However, it’s hard to get excited over Mitsubishi’s zero-emission...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station

    Researching and writing for GreenCarReports, we've come to respect the insights of Oliver Hazimeh, Director and Head of the Global E-Mobility Practice at global management consulting firm PRTM. This invited post, written by Hazimeh and Principal Aaron Tweadey, offers thoughts on how carmakers can work to attract buyers to new and unfamiliar electric cars. +++++ As the auto industry climbs out of its worst sales slump in decades, carmakers are at a crossroads. On one hand, both government and consumers are pressuring them to launch a new generation of environmentally friendly vehicles that are...

  • Tesla Model S prototype on the road, January 2011, screen capture from video
    Tesla Releases Pretty Video of Model S Sedan Under Own Power

    Hot on the heels of its appearance at last week's Detroit Auto Show as a body-in-white, the 2012 Tesla Model S sedan also clearly moves under its own power. Tesla Motors just posted a beautiful, scenic video on the company's blog showing about 90 seconds worth of a Model S "alpha" prototype...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture
    Big Crash, Small Electric Car: 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Barrier Test

    It's both true and not-so-true: Small cars are dangerous in a crash. It's true, in that the laws of physics indicate a heavier object will have more momentum than a lighter object when they collide, meaning the small one gets displaced. But it's not so true if you're looking at absolute levels of...

  • Ecotality Blink Level 2 residential charging station for electric cars
    Sprint To Connect Ecotality’s Electric-Car Chargers Nationwide

    Electric car charging company Ecotality announced today it has partnered with Sprint to its electric car charging stations. The partnership will make stations searchable on GPS and will enable billing services and the ability to track data on charging habits. This is one of many examples in recent...

  • 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom
    Want To Waft In Eco-Friendly Fashion? Electric Rolls-Royce May Be On The Way

    If Bentley is all about seamless low-end torque from V-8 engines (or the odd W-12), then Rolls-Royce is about 'wafting'. That's the word used to describe the experience of riding in an utterly silent, totally effortless conveyance that sets one above the common man. Which might, if you think about...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S body-in-white
    Five Questions: Peter Rawlinson, Tesla Motors Chief Engineer

    If Tesla Motors had a single message to convey at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, it was this: We're a real car company. Rather than show a completed prototype of its Model S all-electric luxury sports sedan, scheduled to launch by the end of 2012, the company showed the car's shell. That allowed other...

  • Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi Motors

    The Pacific Northwest is a remarkably scenic corner of the continental United States. The striking coastal ranges of Washington and Oregon offer dramatic vistas, temperature (if often damp) weather, and dozens of outdoor activities within a few hours' drive. Now those drives can be done in electric cars, courtesy of the country's first scenic byway and tourism route designed specifically for electric cars. Washington State and several businesses together plan to install a series of charging stations along U.S. Route 2, starting in Everett (just outside Seattle) and reaching 120 miles over the...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric live photos
    Video: 2012 Ford Focus Electric Live Unveiling At 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    Ford’s Volt and Leaf rival has been revealed, making its world debut last week at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and then reappearing again this week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. We are, of course, talking about the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the Blue Oval’s first...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Here Wheego Again: Another China-Made Car To Arrive Late

    Here Wheego again. Pardon the pun, but another China-made car is late to the starting gate. Wheego Electric Cars Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, aimed to introduce its tiny electric vehicle by the end of 2010. But dealers are still waiting for the EV, which Wheego president Jeff Boyd now says will begin...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Bill Ford Jr.
    Ford: Era Of EVs Calls For Closer Eye On Conflict Minerals

    Increasingly, in production electric vehicles such as the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2011 Nissan Leaf, automakers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials. But the rest of a modern car—even an ol' fossil-fuel burner—is no longer just sheetmetal, alloy, and plastics; extruded...

  • Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Electric Car Crashes? Just As Safe As Any Other Volvo

    Despite thousands of automotive gasoline fires in the U.S. every year, we've pretty much normalized the risks of the highly explosive liquid that we use to fuel our cars. But for electric cars, there's a whole new set of potential fears. One may be driving through water--it's not like tossing a...

  • BYD, at Detroit auto show
    2011 Detroit Auto Show Video: BYD On Renewable Energy Generation

    Where is Noah's Ark to save human beings? People pass their eyes drilling into the Earth up to the sky. Each loop of human civilization is closely linked to the exploitation of solar energy—even coal and petroleum. Since sunshine is vital to everything, why human beings don't obtain energy...

  • BYD e6 electric crossover, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    Later today at the Detroit Auto Show, Chinese carmaker BYD will take the wraps off a new incarnation of the e6 crossover it's shown twice before. This time, however, it comes with an upgraded interior, a more powerful drive motor, and a price: $35,000 before incentives. The company hopes to offer its 2012 BYD e6 S (for 'Sport') for sale in selected U.S. markets toward the end of this year. $2,220 more than Leaf, twice the range The price of $35,000, first reported on Plug-In Cars, is just $2,220 more than a 2011 Nissan Leaf compact hatchback, which retails for $32,780, and considerably less...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Nancy Gioia
    2012 Ford Focus Electric NYC Debut: What You Need To Know

    As you may have seen by now, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric was officially launched today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by Ford CEO Alan Mulally. At the very same time, another notable executive--Bill Ford--unveiled it in New York City. He covered the same production details that were...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric
    2012 Ford Focus Electric: Full Production Details Unveiled At CES

    As yet another sign of the gap being bridged between consumer electronics and cars, Ford decided to unveil not only the interface inside its upcoming Ford Focus Electric at the sprawling Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but the production version of the car itself. For those who have...

  • Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi Motors
    Installing Public Electric-Car Chargers Gets Easier In U.K.

    "Planning permission" is what the Brits call the process of getting approval to build or change anything. It can involve the U.K.'s equivalent of local zoning boards, building codes, city inspectors, and many other layers. In England, getting permission to build anything--even something "green"--is...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    Smart Grid’s Silver Spring To Unveil Prius Charging Technology

    In the latest example of the opportunities created by the rollout of electric vehicles, smart grid networking player Silver Spring Networks announced it will unveil a prototype tomorrow of a charging station enabled with its technology for the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (pictured). The...

  • MyFord Mobile App  -  2012 Ford Focus Electric
    MyFord Mobile App 'A Key Component' In Focus Electric Ownership

    In advance of the official introduction of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the automaker has unveiled a new MyFord Mobile app that, Ford says, will be "a key component" in vehicle ownership. The feature, exclusive to Focus Electric owners in North America, will allow owners of the new EV to monitor...