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  • There's been a lot of discussion and consideration given to the topic of public charging stations for electric vehicles. The old "chicken verses egg" conundrum is called to mind as auto makers and politicians seem to fumble around without really knowing what to do and where to allocate funds. Will people buy electric cars without a complex network of public charging points available? Why should we invest in these charging stations if there really are aren't any electric cars on the roads yet? Shouldn't we wait to see if the public actually buys these cars before we spend tens of millions of...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Porsche Plans Electric Boxster, Testing Begins 2011

    Porsche have already stunned their sports car fans during the past decade by offering diesel and hybrid versions of their Cayenne sports utility vehicle. More recently, they've had success in racing with their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which provides up to 160 extra horsepower via a Kinetic Energy Recovery...

  • Three-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle in traditional Japanese style, photo by Kyodo Photo.
    What Wacky Forms of Electric Tourist Transport Can YOU Invent?

    It must be Friday, when the silly stuff comes up. According to Japan Times, in the Kansai region of Japan, four companies have got together to produce a new vehicle which they hope will capture the hearts and minds of eco-minded visitors needing a way to get around the ancient cities of Kyoto and...

  • Aptera 2e during Automotive X-Prize handling tests, from Consumer Reports video on YouTube
    Aptera Grits Its Teeth, Glosses Over Auto X-Prize 2e Handling Issue

    Optimism is a useful thing for a startup company, maybe even a requirement. But the April newsletter from Aptera Motors, which is struggling to launch its ultra-aerodynamic three-wheeled electric vehicle in the face of delays and funding constraints, smooths over some crucial handling issues with...

  • Renault EV Concepts
    Report: Launching Renault EVs With Better Place in Denmark

    Living in Denmark, I was recently able to sign up for a Renault Fluence Electric Vehicle, and was subsequently assigned # 25 on the waiting list. I also arranged an interview with Soren Hyltoft from Renault Denmark to get answers to my many questions about how the Fluence EV program and the...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    With Initial EV Prices High, Is Conversion an Option?

    Early this week, Mitsubishi announced that the U.K. purchase price of the 2010 i-MiEV would be a hefty £33,699 ($50,465). With prices for plug-in vehicles on the high side for the foreseeable future, is conversion a better solution for drivers who don't want to wait to plug in? Granted, the...

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California

    On Friday, Aptera held its first online Town Hall Meeting--a chat among eager followers and some of the Aptera marketing team. Their intent, according to the opening spiel,  was to "reduce some of the mystery around the company and open our supporters and depositors up to some of the great things that are happening here at Aptera, as well as talking about some of the challenges." Sadly though, most of the specifics will remain a little hazy for three or four more weeks. The upcoming 2011 Aptera 2e electric (and Aptera 2h plug-in hybrid) are three-wheeled, Space Age, plane-without-wings...

  • G-Wiz charging in the U.K.
    G-Wiz! the Electric Car That Started a Revolution

    In early 2004, a tiny new car appeared on the streets of London. It confused, surprised and confounded everyone who saw it. It was more compact than a Smart ForTwo, it had cheeky, quirky styling that demanded attention, it could turn around in the width of a narrow street, it squeezed into the...

  • Why Dogs Love the Third Door in the 2010 Mini Clubman

    Price: starting at $24,350 If you were wondering what the point of the third door in the Mini Clubman was exactly you aren't alone. The reason you couldn't figure it out is because the creatures it was designed for cant speak. Not English anyway. The third door in the Mini Clubman is the perfect...

  • Word Spreads of the Mazda2

    An exciting post hit the internet today from the Mazda North America Facebook account and it stated, "At dealer meeting today, Mazda confirmed that the Mazda2 subcompact car will be sold in the U.S. in late 2010." It is simply amazing how fast the news spread through the Mazda world after this...

  • Abarth/Ferrari 695 Is a Go

    Still waiting for that entry level Ferrari the more common man can afford? This may be as close as we will ever get to a Ferrari for the masses. Confirming leaks in the British and European automotive press, Fiat's Abarth and Ferrari subsidiaries have gotten together to offer a special 500 to honor...

  • 2010 Mazda3
    New 2010 Mazda 3 Test Drive

    -HOW IT LOOKS I always loved the design of the Mazda3 hatchback. And I also really like the new design. Sure, it is not as "pure" as the previous one. But I think it looks really good in real life. The sedan also looks much better and substantial than the previous rather boring design. I know lots...