Electric Cars

 
Here's how California's carpool (HOV-lane) stickers work now: updated

Here's how California's carpool (HOV-lane) stickers work now: updated

For years, green-car buyers in California have enjoyed a special perk: access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes that can whiz past gridlock, even with just a single occupant. Now, updates to the rules signed into law in October by Governor Jerry Brown will likely change the way owners and shoppers... read more

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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Appreciating the i-MiEV: oldest modern electric car still in production after 10 years

Think back, if you can, to early 2008. In the real world, that's just 10 years ago, but in electric-car time, it's several millennia. The Tesla Roadster had been announced... read more March 23, 2018 by


 
2018 BMW i3s

BMW: we won't mass-produce electric cars until 2020, with cheaper cells

BMW sold more than 100,000 cars with plugs last year, adding together its battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. That's roughly on a par with Tesla, and ahead of both... read more March 23, 2018 by


 
Winter testing of electric cars in Norway by the Norwegian EV Association (Norsk Elbilforening)

Five electric cars tested in cold Norwegian winter: how did they do?

Drivers in the parts of North America that get winter weather are deeply familiar with snow-clogged wheel wells, iced-in wipers, and weak batteries, to list just a few. Our... read more March 23, 2018 by


 
BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show    [photo: Tom Moloughney]

All-electric BMW i4 to be production version of i Vision Dynamics concept

Very few automakers these days build concept cars just for fun, and only occasionally are they pure styling concepts intended to showcase future design language. So when the... read more March 22, 2018 by


 
Bob Lutz at Via Motors extended-range electric truck conversion launch, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Via Motors to collaborate with Chinese maker Geely on electric trucks

Electric trucks are getting more attention now than they did eight years ago, as the world prepared for the launch of the first modern electric cars to be sold in volume. The... read more March 22, 2018 by


 
Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, by Flickr user Adam Baker (Used under CC License)

Mitsubishi helps Costa Rica toward goal of Latin American electric-car pioneer

Costa Rica isn't what you'd call a bastion of automotive sales. Wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, the country is home to 4.8 million people who buy just 154,000 vehicles... read more March 21, 2018 by


 
2018 Nissan Leaf with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Molly Pitcher travel plaza, Feb 2018

Plug-in electric car sales in Feb better than Jan lows, winter doldrums not so bad (final update)

Sales of plug-in electric cars tend to be lower during the winter months, unlike the rest of the market, and February was little exception to that rule, though not as bad as... read more March 21, 2018 by


 
Prototype production of battery modules for BMW Group’s fifth-generation electric powertrain

Silicon anodes to boost lithium-ion battery capacity within a few years

The main impediment to mass electric-car adoption is price, and the driving force behind that is the cost of lithium-ion battery cells. The performance of those cells... read more March 21, 2018 by


 
Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan electric crossover utility with AWD will be breakthrough: exec

Could a specific vehicle give electric cars the breakthrough they need to reach the mass market? So far, neither the world's highest-selling battery-electric model—the... read more March 21, 2018 by


 
Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

In what segments will electric cars do best by 2025? Twitter poll results

As U.S. car buyers increasingly opt for crossover utility vehicles of all sizes over passenger sedans and hatchbacks, that shift has come to pose a problem for electric cars... read more March 21, 2018 by


 
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Automakers, electric utilities want electric-car tax credit extended

With Tesla likely to hit 200,000 electric cars sold in the U.S. later this year, it will begin a phasedown process during which the income-tax credits available to its buyers... read more March 20, 2018 by


 
Porsche Mission E concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

Porsche execs on 2020 Mission E, more electric cars to follow

Auto journalists often relish interviews and roundtable sessions with German executives and engineers. They usually haven't been beaten into submission and forced to stick to... read more March 20, 2018 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

When do you expect to buy your first battery-electric car? Take our Twitter poll

Plug-in vehicles, both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, now represent slightly more than 1 percent of U.S. new-vehicle sales. That number is expected to rise... read more March 20, 2018 by


 
2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: first drive review of 310-mile electric car

“The Tesla Model S was a moment. The Model 3 is a product.” That pair of sentences perfectly summarized the several hours we spent last month with the 2018 Tesla... read more March 19, 2018 by


 
Prof. John Kelly on battery life in Nissan leaf, Chevy Bolt EV [video: Weber State University, Utah]

Battery life of 2018 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric cars: what manuals suggest

It's one of the major questions for any electric-car buyer: How long will the battery pack last? And what would it cost to replace it if I do need a new one sometime down the... read more March 19, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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