New electric motor could eliminate transmissions

New electric motor could eliminate transmissions

Update: This article has been updated to clarify some technical details as well as the overall cost savings of the Hunstable electric machine. It isn’t just batteries that are making big strides in electric cars. Several companies are also striving to make electric motors more efficient and...

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President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

President Trump derides electric cars, suggests “one car per family” with Green New Deal

President Trump hasn’t minced his words—or his policy—in declaring that he doesn’t think electric cars are a good idea. At a Thursday night rally in... read more March 31, 2019 by

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus  -  Driven, March 2019

Chevrolet tax credits, Tesla delays, Nissan Leaf Plus range drive: The Week in Reverse

Which new electric car didn't give us any range surprises in a recent test drive? What new features have been enabled on some Teslas? This is our look back at the Week In... read more March 30, 2019 by

2019 Chevrolet Volt

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2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

No deal for Chevrolet Volt, Chevy Bolt EV buyers in final days of tax credit

Consumers have less than three days to buy a plug-in Chevy Volt or Bolt EV from GM and still qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax. And yet Chevrolet isn't making any final... read more March 29, 2019 by

eTorque system in 2019 Ram 1500

Hybrid or not, 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque does some smart things with 48V tech

As more mainstream vehicles, like the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, get increasing levels of electrification, but stop short of becoming fully electric or even full-fledged hybrids... read more March 29, 2019 by

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New wind and solar power costs less than keeping old coal running

From an environmental standpoint, it's rare that buying something new can have a lower impact that keeping whatever's old. But that's what's happening with renewable energy... read more March 29, 2019 by

In-wheel motor teaser  -  from Nissan BladeGlider video

Motor supplier sees mass-produced in-wheel motors around 2023

In-wheel motors have been the future for electric cars—including fuel-cell cars and series hybrids—for decades. Their benefits include simpler packaging and more... read more March 29, 2019 by

Smart ForEase concept, 2018 Paris auto show

Tesla Model 3 delays, Chevy Volt lessons, EPA emissions recalls: Today's Car News

We look back at 10 lessons learned over eight years of Chevrolet Volt production. Owners are reported delays in delivery of the Standard Range Tesla Model 3. The EPA plans to... read more March 28, 2019 by

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Global warming threatens global seed bank in Norway's Arctic

Politicians may argue over the academic merits of global warming theories. But the arguments are no longer just academic. A recent report by the Norwegian Center for Climate... read more March 28, 2019 by

2012 Jeep Compass

Recalls of older cars for excess emissions may get more sunlight this year

Earlier this month, the EPA announced a voluntary recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of nearly 900,000 older vehicles for excessive emissions. The announcement may have... read more March 28, 2019 by

Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure

$35,000 Tesla Model 3 deliveries still delayed

Tesla finally introduced its long-promised $35,000 Model 3 earlier this month, but it still isn't delivering them according to numerous media and owner reports. In the call... read more March 28, 2019 by

2019 Chevrolet Volt

10 lessons from the short life of the Chevy Volt, 2011-2019

On February 15, GM ended production of the innovative Chevrolet Volt with little fanfare. Over two generations and nine model years, the company sold more than 150,000 of the... read more March 28, 2019 by

Drive.AI self-driving car in Arlington, Texas

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Tesla Model Y

Which electric SUV would you buy? Twitter poll results

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Lithium-ion battery cells

Researchers learn how to better predict battery degradation

Some electric-car owners go to great lengths to preserve the battery life in their electric cars. Others just plug them in every time they're finished driving and charge them... read more March 27, 2019 by

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Global warming emissions hit record level in 2018, IEA reports

The International Energy Agency reported on Tuesday that global warming emissions reached a record level in 2018, despite efforts in the U.S., Europe, and China to reduce... read more March 27, 2019 by

Tesla LeMons

Could grassroots racing bridge the electric-car culture clash?

The daily news cycle already provides plenty of fodder for taking sides for or against electric cars. In the real world it’s just not that polarizing. Most people who... read more March 27, 2019 by

Electra Meccanica eRoadster, an electric Intermeccanica Speedster replica

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The first features of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Capability are starting to show up in customers cars. The Nissan Leaf Plus goes long on range, light on charging worries... read more March 26, 2019 by

Volkswagen ID Buggy concept

Which classic VW kit would you like to see revived as an EV? Take our Twitter poll

When Volkswagen introduced the ID Buggy concept at the Geneva auto show earlier this month, it also presented an interesting proposition: The company suggested that it would... read more March 26, 2019 by

Tesla Model 3 Enhanced Summon video still [by YouTuber  Nagaraj Kelageri]

Tesla starts Hardware 3 rollout: Enhanced Summon, red-light warnings

Like Teslas rolling through parking lots on their own, the self-driving future is inching closer. This week, Tesla owners began to experience new features of the company's... read more March 26, 2019 by


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