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  • Pamela Fletcher

    General Motors announced Friday that it would promote Pamela Fletcher to a newly created role to lead the automaker's global electric vehicle program. Fletcher most recently oversaw development of the Chevy Bolt EV and Super Cruise programs. The newly minted role for Fletcher—vice president of Global Electric Vehicle Programs—has significance beyond the position, according to industry analysts. MORE: GM's CEO backpedals from "mandated" electric car statement "It's an indication of the significance of electric vehicles in GM's future...and Pam's been involved with the EVs since Day...

  • Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
    Tesla Model 3: 215-mile, $35,000 electric car revealed

    At a launch event held in Hawthorne, California, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk introduced the Model 3 sedan, the company's highest-volume, lowest-priced effort yet. The Model 3 quite closely follows the style of the Model S sedan and Model X crossover, and it’s unmistakably a Tesla. Yet at a far...

  • ZF E-Mobility Test Vehicle  -  Germany, 2015
    Supplier ZF: Intriguing EV Ideas, But No Plans To Get In The Battery Business

    The supplier ZF has designed and engineered a city-sized EV. Yet it has no plans to build such a model; the one-off prototype is just a means for the German supplier, touting its combined capabilities with TRW Automotive, which it finished acquiring earlier this spring, to flex its muscle on safety...

  • New 2015 Fiat 500e, San Jose, California, March 2015  [snapshot: Joe Nuxoll]
    Why We Call Out Compliance Cars Among All Electric Vehicles

    Often reader comments raise issues that are worth covering for a broader audience. So when our reader Brian Lakatos wrote to ask us about the tone of recent coverage of electric cars, we responded at some length--and then decided to turn the response into an article. (Plus, we hate wasting copy...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV
    Toyota RAV4 EV Electric Car Recalled For Shift Flaw In Tesla Software

    Toyota is recalling certain RAV4 EV electric cars over a software issue.

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf, at Blink DC fast charger  -  Fife, WA
    Some Electric-Car Public Charging Stations Get Used, Others Don't: Why?

    Nearly five years ago, as a tidal wave of charging stations were rapidly planned for some West Coast regions, in support of a new wave of all-electric and plug-in vehicles, the question may have become, 'Where can the stations be installed?'—when it shouldn't have budged from, 'Where should...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype

    Well, that makes two: Toyota confirmed yesterday that it had sold a portion of its shares in electric-car maker Tesla Motors. The Japanese company's sales appear to have taken place at roughly the same time that German automaker Daimler sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla, adding $780 million in cash to its books. DON'T MISS: Daimler Cashes In On Tesla Stock, Sells Share In Electric-Car Maker The sale was first reported this morning by Japanese business daily Nikkei, according to Reuters and other news wires. Toyota invested $50 million into Tesla in May 2010, following a meeting between new...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    More Tesla-Toyota Plans In The Pipeline? Musk Hints At Possibility

    Tesla can now add Japan to the list of countries that its Model S electric sedan is roaming the roads. CEO Elon Musk appeared at a recent ceremony to launch the car, but also used the occasion to hint that there may be another project with Toyota in the pipeline. According to Automotive News, Tesla...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    In Effort To Sell RAV4 Electric SUVs, Toyota Puts 'Cash On Hood'

    The all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV, even with its Tesla-designed powertrain, isn't exactly flying out of dealerships. While it's a low-volume compliance car sold to meet California regulations, Toyota still has to move 2,600 of them over a three-year period that began in September 2012. So Toyota is...

  • 2014 Fiat 500e
    Compliance Car Update: Which Electric Cars Are Loss Leaders?

    The Fiat 500e is perhaps the most critically lauded new all-electric vehicle that arrived in 2013. It's received rave reviews from unlikely sources, like buff-book magazines—even from Consumer Reports. There's reportedly been a long waiting list for these cars, with a $199/month lease deal...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    Buying An Electric 'Compliance Car'? Think Hard About Servicing First

    There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal. And a pair of recent articles about service challenges experienced by owners of the Toyota RAV4 EV underscores that buyers should be fully aware of the context in which their...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Ads: Narrow Focus To Reach Electric-Car Buyers

    Ads for the RAV4 EV will target specific, tech-savvy buyers in the California cities where the car is sold.

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

    Electric car prices have tumbled in the past year, with price cuts and lease deals making them far more affordable than they were just a couple of years ago. Latest to join the party is Toyota. While the company has been slow to get behind electric cars with any real force, a new no-interest finance package and half-price lease deal should help boost demand for its RAV4 EV electric crossover. You read that correctly--The Detroit News reports that Toyota has halved the cost of leasing its electric RAV4, now $299 per month rather than $599 per month, over the same three-year term. The cost of...

  • Ron Johnston-Rodriguez, speaking about EV tourism at a TEDx conference in Olympia, WA
    Electric Vehicle Tourism Sparks Washington State: TEDx Video

    Back in February, the folks at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington hosted a TEDx conference. One of the event's speakers was Ron Johnston-Rodriguez. Johnstron-Rodriguez founded Plug In North Central Washington. That sounds as if it might be a regional chapter of Plug In America, but its...

  • Price Campbell (center) with parents Marvin & Mea after a driving lesson in the Nissan Leaf
    Learning To Drive In A Nissan Leaf: Video

    Last year, Michael Thwaite wrote about the experience of teaching his daughter to drive in a MINI E. As he pointed out, the all-electric car made for a smooth ride, which helped cool his nerves and those of his daughter. Also, the low speeds they maintained on the training course meant that hours...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    Want To Get A 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV? Here's How

    It might be a compliance car, built by Toyota for the sole purpose of meeting California’s regulations for zero-emission vehicles, but the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is one of the most highly-anticipated plug-in cars of 2012. The anticipation is with good reason. Combining the practicality of a...

  • Stanford Ovshinsky.
    Hybrid Battery Inventor Stanford Ovshinsky Dies At 89

    Unless you’re deeply into the history of electric and hybrid electric vehicle technology, the chances are you might not recognize the name of Stanford Ovshinsky. But if you’ve ever driven a Toyota Prius Hybrid, or any number of all-electric cars with nickel-metal hydride battery packs...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    Toyota Announces Financing, Lease Options For 2012 RAV4 EV

    As one of the most highly anticipated new electric cars of 2012, the Toyota RAV4 EV combines the practicality of an SUV with an all-electric, Tesla-engineered drivetrain for impressive performance. When we drove the 2012 RAV4 EV back in August, we already knew Toyota was planning on selling it in...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

    As most electric car fans will tell you, it’s much easier for automakers to build an all-electric car from scratch than it is to repurpose an existing gasoline model with an electric drivetrain. In the case of Toyota’s RAV4EV however, the Japanese automaker, with help from Californian luxury electric car company Tesla Motors, has turned its RAV4 crossover SUV into a limited-run all-electric model. While Tesla handled the all-electric drivetrain, Toyota’s team tackled making the car go further, by reducing the drag coefficient of the popular SUV from 0.31 to 0.30. The lower...

  • 2014 Tesla Model X all-electric crossover with 'Falcon Doors' open
    2014 Tesla Model X Vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: Electric SUV Showdown?

    The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is unique, the only all-electric compact sport-utility vehicle sold by a major automaker in the U.S. Behind the wheel, its Tesla-developed powertrain makes it peppy but quiet, while it maintains all the cargo and people space of the original gasoline version. There's really...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: First Drive From Behind The Wheel (Video)

    The new 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is quick, relatively fun to drive, and the only all-electric crossover utility vehicle on the market today. It has a good, intuitive touchscreen display and instrument cluster that shows both the maximum possible range and a constantly updated range based on both the...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: First Drive Of Tesla-Powered Crossover

    If the ideal electric car has a real-world range of 100 miles or more and the practical utility that American families buy crossovers for, the future may be arriving this year. The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV has every bit of space that the gasoline versions do. Its Tesla-engineered battery pack and...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV launch at EVS-26, Los Angeles, April 2012
    2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: Some Dealers Already Accepting Orders

    When Toyota first announced that it was going to resurrect its iconic RAV4 EV after an absence of nearly ten years, electric car fans rejoiced. After all, the original 1997-2003 RAV4 EVs are so reliable and so beloved that they still command a high price at auction. When the production version of...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV launch at EVS-26, Los Angeles, April 2012
    More Details, Live Photos: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Electric SUV Launch

    This is what it looked like yesterday when the wraps came off the production model of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Toyota's first battery electric vehicle in more than a decade. The exposition hall at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium is more likely to see displays of electric vehicle...

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