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Mitsubishi May Offer Gas-Powered i-Miev To U.S. Buyers
Mitsubishi May Offer Gas-Powered i-Miev To U.S. Buyers

Back in June, Mitsubishi unveiled the production version of its i-MiEV battery electric vehicle. The curious-looking five-door hatch went on sale in Japan six weeks later at a retail cost of ¥3 million ($33,800). It runs off a 16 kWh lithium ion battery, which powers an electric motor for about...Read More»

Jay Leno in the Tango EV
Video: Jay Leno Goes Cheek-To-Cheek With The Tango EV

With a price tag north of $100,000 and a production run of just 11 units, Commuter Cars' Tango EV isn't likely to become a bestseller on the lots -- but then, with Jay Leno test-driving it for all the world to see, you never know. It may be terrifyingly tiny, boasting a profile that only a mother...Read More»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
Electrification Roadmap Sets High Standards For EV Adoption

We've often noted that the biggest hurdle for electric vehicles to overcome is the energy and recharging infrastructure. (In fact, that was listed among the most significant obstacles facing the MINI E just last week.) Now, a sprawling coalition of business leaders -- including Nissan's outspoken...Read More»

Aptera 2e, revised
Aptera Ousts Founders Steve Fambro And Chris Anthony

Just three months after the backstabbing and name-calling between Tesla co-founders ended, scandal has begun to rock another California-based EV  start-up: Aptera Motors has booted founders Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony from its rolls. This is the latest in a string of setbacks and delays for the...Read More»

2009 MINI E
The MINI E Isn't Quite Ready For Its Close-Up

Results from field tests of the MINI E have finally come in, and sadly, the EV didn't exactly pass with flying colors. Aside from braking, handling, and other problems that our own John Voelcker discovered during his time behind the wheel, BMW learned that the biggest threat to the MINI E might be...Read More»

From Renault's Zero Emissions Magazine #1
Renault's Sustainable-Mobility.Org Touts Zero-Emissions Tech

In America, we tend to think of Renault as that wacky French outfit responsible for the Le Car craze of the 1970s and 80s. But in fact, the company has been doing some very interesting work on the EV front, thanks largely to its partnership with Nissan. In that vein, Renault recently launched a...Read More»

Chrysler ENVI Vehicles
Chrysler Retools Its EV Program, Possibly For The Better

Last week, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled the company's five-year recovery plan. This week, we've received details about Chrysler's electric vehicle program, which has been given a fairly extreme makeover and a new direction. Most notably, Chrysler's EV development initiative -- known as...Read More»

Ontario green license plate for hybrids and EVs
Ontario Goes Green With New Plates, HOV Perks

High Occupancy Vehicle lanes help reduce traffic congestion by encouraging carpools. In states like California and Virginia, they're also used as incentives for green car buyers, since drivers of approved hybrid and electric vehicles can cruise the HOV lanes even when traveling solo. Now comes news...Read More»

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
Nissan 'Not Intending To Play A Leadership Role In Hybrids'

Speaking of the Tokyo Motor Show, hybrid vehicles, and executive pronouncements, Nissan's head honcho, Carlos Ghosn, has made some interesting statements about Nissan's technology plans. Speaking from the exhibition floor, Ghosn said that Nissan doesn't want to be a big player in the hybrid market...Read More»

Honday EV-N concept [video screencap]
2009 Toyko Motor Show: Honda's EV-N Minicar Concept Video

The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show kicks off today, and even though the event will be much smaller than it's been in recent years, there's already some fun stuff on view. Take, for example, the Honda EV-N concept, a retro minicar with some very distinct styling features, as shown in the weirdly silent video...Read More»

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Honda Officially Considering Battery Electric Vehicle

Back in August, Viknesh Vijayenthiran reported on rumors that Honda would launch a zero-emission battery electric vehicle in the US by 2015. The vehicle in question was described as a lithium-ion battery-powered minicar, and there was some speculation that Honda would unveil a prototype at the...Read More»

Wireless EV charging demo from Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr
Turning Roadways Into Range-Extenders For EVs

Wireless charging has become fairly commonplace for cell phones and other handheld devices (even backpacks can do it), and now, that same technology may be coming to the aid of EVs. A German outfit called Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr has a patent for an electromagnetic induction system...Read More»

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Mazda Raises $1 Billion For Zoom-Zoomin' Hybrids

In January, Mazda North America president Jim O'Sullivan said, "We will not go somewhere unless it's 'zoom-zoom'" -- by which he meant that Mazda would stick with combustion engines rather than hybrid or EV technology for the foreseeable future. By June, however, the company had changed its tune...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept
Audi E-Tron Concept EV Confirmed For Development

The Volkswagen family is growing by leaps and bounds today. Not only is Porsche planning to expand its lineup to include a "bottom-of-the-range" vehicle priced "significantly" below the Boxster, but also Audi has confirmed that it's moving the recently revealed e-tron EV concept into development...Read More»

Aptera 2e leak
Aptera 2e: On-Track For October, Official Shot Leaked

We haven't heard much from Aptera for a while -- at least, not since Jay Leno gave the company's 2e prototype a test run on LA's freeways. But despite the lack of updates, production on the 2e seems to be moving swiftly ahead, and an official image of the production model has been leaked to the...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Step Up To The EV Plate

The American South may not be the first place you think of when it comes to EVs, but two Southern utility companies -- Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have both announced that by 2020, every vehicle purchased for their combined 10,000-vehicle fleet will either be a plug-in hybrid or an...Read More»

Renault Fluence EZ concept, 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
Better Place Sets Goal Of 100,000 EVs By 2016

Better Place has never been afraid of thinking big. Heck, the company's basic premise -- that electric vehicles can be built with easily swappable batteries -- is one of the most outside-the-box ideas we've heard in a while. So it should come as no surprise that Better Place is now thinking even...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen E-up! Concept
Volkswagen Working On Electric Vehicles For American Market

Volkswagen gave us a preview of its first series electric vehicle at last week’s 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, where the company also confirmed that the first cars will be on sale around 2013. The preview was in the form of the 2009 Volkswagen E-Up! electric-vehicle concept, which featured an...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Volvo Working On Another EV (For Real This Time)

Yesterday we broke the news that Volvo is launching a fully electric vehicle next month. And although that's technically true, the news probably isn't very interesting to car buyers since the vehicle in question is a golf cart. However, Volvo and EV fans are in for a bit of luck: the company has...Read More»

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