Zach Bowman, Contributor
The first Mini E, cobbled together by putting a battery pack where the rear seat used to be, was BMW's very first attempt at building a modern electric car.
Only a few hundred were built, back in...
Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions (update)
The U.S. Justice Department sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles yesterday over allegations that diesel engines in its light-duty trucks included equipment to defeat Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests. First reported as impending last week, the suit alleges that FCA fitted up to eight...Zach Bowman
DC fast charging for electric cars: what's here, what's coming, what's hype?
Drivers who want to use their electric cars for trips beyond a radius from their home charging site rely on DC fast-charging sites. Now Charged magazine has written a comprehensive guide to the current state and future of DC charging. Today, most publicly available chargers using the CHAdeMO and...Zach Bowman
Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla
As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units. Now, a Daimler company will go up against Tesla in that field under the branding of its most famous luxury-car make. Mercedes-Benz Energy announced yesterday that it is...Zach Bowman
Musk fires head of automation firm key to Tesla Model 3 factory
Tesla and Klaus Grohmann have parted ways. Reuters reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk ousted Grohmann over the executives concerns over how his company's legacy clients, including Tesla rivals like Daimler and BMW, would be served in the future. Grohmann's company, Grohmann Engineering, specializes in...Zach Bowman
EPA's Ann Arbor test lab threatened; emission tests in the balance
The 436 scientists who spend their days testing new vehicles and enforcing environmental rules at the National Fuel Emissions Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, face a very uncertain future. The lab sits in the crosshairs of President Trump's proposed budget, which eliminates 99 percent of its funding, as...Zach Bowman
A new report from Autolist says the Tesla Model S is faring well as a used car when compared to other luxury models.
On average, the electric car sells in around 87 days, which is about 5 percent...
Jeep Yuntu Concept for Shanghai may have plug-in hybrid powertrain
The Jeep Yunto Concept made its debut Wednesday at the Shanghai auto show, and it appears to be a plug-in hybrid. The automaker has been tight-lipped about the concept's drivetrain, but the vehicle on display in China clearly shows "PHEV" badges on the front doors. No surprise there, as the Chinese...Zach Bowman
Ending tax credits would kill electric-car market, Edmunds says
The electric-car market may be in for a serious downturn when current federal tax incentives end, assuming the Trump administration declines to extend them, according to a new analysis. In 2010, the government began offering tax credits of $2,500 to $7,500 to the first 200,000 U.S. buyers of...Zach Bowman
Most Fords will be hybrid or electric by 2025 ... in China
Ford has aggressive electrification plans for China. In a recent announcement, the U.S. automaker said that 70 percent of the vehicles it sells in the country by 2025 will be hybrids—either plug-in or conventional—or fully electric. Ford builds vehicles in China through a joint venture...Zach Bowman
2017 Tesla Model X electric-car pricing, feature changes
Tesla has released updated pricing and features for its 2017 Tesla Model X all-electric crossover utility vehicle, including lower prices for both the 75D and 90D models. Like the changes released at the same time to the Model S sedan, the new lineup increases the distance between the two lower-end...Zach Bowman