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

    Electric-car charging network ChargePoint has announced a new feature that allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to begin charging their car using near-field communication (NFC) and their smartphone. This doesn’t mean your phone itself is capable of charging your car, of course, though that would be fantastic. Instead, the company—which operates one of the largest EV charging networks in the world—has lifted the lid on a “tap to charge” feature that lets drivers initiate the charging process at 40,000 spots across North America by simply tapping their Android...

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    Car Ownership Rates Plunge In European Cities; Smartphones More Important

    Car ownership rates in European cities are falling.

  • 2008 Samsung QM5
    Samsung To Make Electric Cars As Well As Smartphones, Etc.?

    Recent patent filings from Samsung include important electric-car technologies.

  • Automatic Link device connects to cars' OBD-II ports to gather data for an iPhone app
    What Can I Save Driving An Electric Car? Apps Can Help, Soon

    Last month, Apple Stores in the United States began stocking the Automatic Link. And it might just point the way toward how to convince more car buyers that a plug-in electric car--or other alternatives, from hybrid to diesel to natural gas, for that matter--could make economic sense. The Automatic...

  • PlugScore charging station rating system from Recargo
    PlugShare Launches PlugScore, So Electric-Car Drivers Can Rate Charging Stations

    While the quality of gasoline can vary slightly from station to station, you're always pretty sure of the experience you'll get. There's a gas station in most towns, you pump some fuel into your tank, and you're generally there for no more than ten minutes. There's a bit more emphasis on a quality...

  • 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Connectivity, Navigation Highlights
    BMW i Genius: Artificial Intelligence Answers Electric Car Queries

    It takes customers a little while to get used to any new vehicle, but for new vehicles like the BMW i3 and upcoming BMW i8 sports car it could take a little longer than most. As electric vehicles, and uniquely-styled and equipped ones at that, there's plenty to learn. Just how do the cars work?...

  • Relay Rides smartphone app for car sharing, with 2012 Chevrolet Volt in background

    One way to drive greener is to use fewer cars more efficiently. The average car sits stationary for 23 hours a day; surely if it were used more, we would need fewer cars overall? That's the idea behind Relay Rides, a startup company that connects private parties who want to rent out their cars for a few hours at a time to short-term drivers in need of wheels. GM Ventures, the venture investing arm of General Motors, bought a share of Relay Rides last October--and now the other shoe has dropped. GM announced yesterday that it would soon let owners of its Onstar equipped vehicles rent them out...

  • Uber luxury sedan hiring app
    Uber App To Connect Riders And Drivers Now Legal In D.C., At Last

    Uber, a San Francisco-based startup company that provides on-demand private drivers to customers through its smartphone app, has had an especially bumpy ride since launching in Washington, D.C. in December 2011. But things are looking up now that the D.C. Council voted Tuesday to exempt Uber from...

  • GreenCharge Electric Car iPhone App
    Green Charge Offers 3rd Party Monitoring Of 2012 Volt, Leaf Charging

    In case you hadn’t heard, smartphone apps are the number one accessory for any plug-in car owner. In fact, nearly every mainstream electric car on the market today has its own dedicated iOS, Android and Windows Mobile applications, designed to help you monitor your car’s charge level...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric
    Ford: Using Apps To Maximize Your Electric Car Experience

    Electric cars might have been killed off a couple of times in the past, but the current wave appears to have hit at just the right time. It's not all to do with concerns over global warming or energy prices though - it's the potential to be more connected to your car than ever before - via...

  • 2013 BMW i3 Electric Car Smartphone App
    2013 BMW i3 Electric Car iPhone App Screenshots Teased: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    We’re less than a week away from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and that means automakers are eagerly dropping hints about what we’ll be seeing next week. For BMW, that means posting six screenshots from its unreleased iOS smartphone application for the 2013...

  • New mobile version of GreenCarReports site, December 2011
    New Mobile Version For GreenCarReports! Try It Out Today

    Green-car enthusiasts are often early adopters, even technology enthusiasts. In the digital media world, that means they're likely to access content not only on computers and tablets, but also on a growing variety of mobile phones and other devices. Until now, this site wasn't particularly helpful...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5

    Nearly every electric car on the market today comes with technology that enables you to remotely start its charging cycle, pre-cool the cabin, or check its state of charge using a smart phone or computer. But while owners of the $109,000 Tesla Roadster aren’t among those who had smart-phone connectivity built into their cars when they were made, a group of enthusiasts are on the brink of making remote battery monitoring of their sexy electric sports cars a reality. Called the Open Vehicle Monitoring System, the project started on the TeslaMotorsClub website when a group of like-minded...

  • Toyota Touch Life smartphone synchronizing
    Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets Phone Connectivity With Toyota Touch

    Oscar Wilde once said, "It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information." Now, he might not have said that had he lived in modern times and seen how much useless information is on the internet, but even so we can't help disagreeing a little. Information can be quite...

  • BMW EVolve iPhone App
    Are You Electric Car Ready? BMW’s New App Helps You Decide

    You may recall earlier this year we wrote about an iPhone app designed to help prospective electric car buyers figure out just how big a battery pack their new electric car should have. Allowing full customization of technical parameters such as drag coefficient and vehicle weight, iEV was also a...

  • 2011 Nissan LEAF iPhone App
    Waiting for Your 2011 Nissan Leaf? Here, Have an iPhone App

    We know. You’ve put the deposit down, agonized over the charge station installation and felt a pang of jealousy when you discovered your 2011 Nissan LEAF won’t arrive for another four months. But while all hopes that Santa is bringing that new electric car may be lost you can at least...

  • 'Dial-A-Car' MadeInGermany Self-Driving Taxi (via inhabitat.com)
    Berlin University Showcases ‘Dial-A-Car’ Self-Driving Taxi To Help Reduce Urban Traffic

    Here in the States the self driving Google cars driving around San Francisco made most news outlets, including right here at AllSmallCars.com (more here). Heck, I even heard about the self-driving cars on the morning radio show I frequent. While we contemplate the legalities of a car driving its...

  • iPhone
    Ready For Your Electric Car? Don’t Forget The Smart Phone

    If you’ve got one of the many new electric cars due to launch this year on order you’re probably as excited about going electric as our own Marty Padgett, who is one of the many patiently waiting for a 2011 Nissan Leaf. You’ve already talked with your dealer and perhaps even had a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

    OnStar is already one of the handiest features you can get in a GM vehicle but for Chevrolet Volt owners the connectivity and security feature will be even more helpful. Earlier this year we reported that OnStar, together with Google, was developing a number of new mobile apps that would allow Volt owners to check in on their cars 24 hours per day via a smartphone. Now there is another avenue for Volt owners to stay connected. MyVolt.com, a new website that will give Chevrolet Volt owners the ability to remotely access operational information specific to their vehicle and control various...

  • Smart Drive app, for iPhone and 2011 Smart Electric Drive
    Smart Drive App For iPhone: Who Needs COMAND or iDrive?

    For the upcoming 2011 Smart Electric Drive, which we drove at The Car Connection last week, the brand has rolled out a new app that essentially turns your iPhone into that.

  • 2011 Ford Fiesta
    2011 Ford Fiesta Gets Sync Voice Control for Smartphone Apps

    Well, you can't say Ford (NYSE:F) isn't pulling out all the stops to ensure the launch of its subcompact 2011 Ford Fiesta will be a smashing success. The last piece of news to trickle out of the Ford machine is that the 2011 Fiesta four-door sedan and five-door hatchback will be the first Fords to...

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