Electric Cars

2010 Detroit Auto Show: Scion iQ To Debut As A Hybrid Hatch
2010 Detroit Auto Show: Scion iQ To Debut As A Hybrid Hatch

The Toyota iQ is a popular minicar in many parts of the world, and we've known for a while that Toyota was planning to market it as a Scion in the U.S. The timeline for the iQ's launch, however, has been the subject of rumor and speculation: at first it was thought to be 2011, then it was bumped up...Read More»

Tesla Roadster as used by videogame designers
Seven Things You Didn't Know About the 2010 Tesla Roadster

High Gear Media has partnered with Tesla Motors on a new writing contest where YOU can win a tour and road test of the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. You can submit as many articles as you like and enter multiple times. Enter now! Well, maybe you actually knew some of these seven if you're a true Tesla...Read More»

Nissan LEAF
Preview: Cars Of The Future, Coming Sooner Than You Think

Grab any science magazine from the last century, and you'll see ideas and sketches for cars of the future, from atomic-powered to levitating. But the future is here already, and it's going on sale at a showroom near you over the next three model years. Here's our roundup of the most significant new...Read More»

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
You Too Can Test-Drive a Very, Very Fast 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport!

We write a lot about Tesla, certainly more than their share of the sports car market, given that they're just coming up on 1,000 cars delivered. But the 2009 Tesla Roadster that we reviewed last spring is one amazing electric vehicle. And now you too can have the chance to road-test a Tesla. In...Read More»

Mitsubishi - Best Buy
Mitsubishi, Best Buy Test MiEV; U.S. Electric Car Due In 2011

Mitsubishi today announced a new partnership with electronics retailing giant Best Buy, to place four vehicles initially with Best Buy’s Geek Squad computer-tech team. Through the agreement, the companies hope to study real-life vehicle range and any issues that might arise in a hard-use fleet...Read More»

Mitsubishi MiEV
Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi MiEV

Over the past year, the little Mitsubishi MiEV electric minicar has been making the rounds in the U.S. and abroad, with test fleets in the works in a number of countries. And although Mitsubishi hasn't yet announced how the MiEV might be sold or leased to the public in the U.S., it hasn't hesitated...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt - testing on Pike's Peak, October 2009
GM To Work With National Federation of the Blind on 2011 Chevy Volt Sounds

Since at least 2007, advocates for the blind have been concerned about the lack of noise from hybrids running in electric mode. The imminent arrival of all-electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2012 Nissan Leaf has only raised their level of alarm. Now General Motors has announced that...Read More»

Tesla Model S Sedan
Tesla To Choose Downey For Model S Electric Sedan Plant

Two adjacent Southern California cities have been competing for the factory where Tesla Motors will build its all-electric 2012 Model S luxury sports sedan. Now, a pair of local papers have scooped the automotive press and broken the news: Downey beats Long Beach. Downey Mayor Mario Guerra told the...Read More»

2009 Los Angeles Auto Show GM Car Hero
2009 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

It's not quite the glamorous Staples Center--home to the Grammys and a certain celebrity endpoint this year--but just next door to the tabernacle of music sits the Los Angeles Convention Center. The convention center's the next roosting spot for the car world, as the industry sets down next month...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»

2009 Nissan Land Glider leaning EV concept
Leaning Nissan Land Glider EV Concept Headed to 2009 Tokyo Show

Proving that city cars don't have to be sleepy little streamlined dice, the Nissan Land Glider EV concept being prepped for the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show ties together easy maneuverability and parking with a sense of excitement behind the wheel, despite being piloted by a surprisingly sedate woman in...Read More»

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky displays the first electric parking lot in Israel.
Is Better Place's Shai Agassi Fudging the Math On Cost of Driving Electric?

Shai Agassi, the founder and CEO of Better Place, is by all accounts a supremely charismatic entrepreneur. He has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to wire Israel with electric-car recharging stations and battery quick-swap facilities, and will offer to sell his customers as many miles as they...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept
Frankfurt: Audi e-Tron Electric Car Has Awesome Torque, All-Wheel-Drive

Audi of America's President Johan de Nysschen may have put his foot in his mouth by calling buyers of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt "idiots," but Audi headquarters seems to like electric cars. Enough, at any rate, to trumpet the complete specs of its all-wheel-drive, all-electric e-Tron concept car...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept
More Photos, Details On Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Plug-in hybrids aren't new at Toyota. They don't have any on the street yet - at least for retail customers - but they are prepping test fleets of plug-in Priuses all over the world, including the U.S., Europe and Japan. Even before those cars get to the field, however, Toyota will bring a plug-in...Read More»

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'Saudi Arabia of Lithium' To Produce Batteries By 2016

Whether you’re concerned about national security or have green motivations as well, you might be eagerly awaiting electric cars and plug-ins in hopes of escaping your reliance on OPEC and foreign oil, but as of late there’s been plenty of coverage suggesting that future battery supply could be...Read More»

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Norwegian Electric-Car Maker Think Newly Solvent, Resumes US Plans

These days, you can't turn around without finding electric-car news and updates. The 2010 Tesla Roadster, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and 2012 Nissan Leaf all sop up their share or more of ink and electrons. Now, add the Think City to that list. Think, the Norwegian electric-car company whose City is...Read More»

Ford's Focus-based Battery Electric Vehicle
Ford Testing Car-To-Grid Communications For Plug-in Hybrids

It's one of the primary concerns of the electric-vehicle revolution: how do we charge so many cars, and still keep that electricity (relatively) inexpensive? Ford hopes it may have an answer in the form of its new vehicle-to-grid communication technology. Allowing the owner to program the car's...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt: 230 MPG City, 100 MPG And More Total

GM confirms that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will get 230 mpg city, and a composite fuel economy (city and highway) of more than 100 mpg according to draft regulations being developed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This morning, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson revealed that the...Read More»

General Motors' mysterious 230 logo
GM's Mysterious '230' Ad Graphic Leads To Wild Speculation

It's fairly rare in these days of digital distribution that a secret stays secret until it's intended to be told, but General Motors appears to be doing a bang-up job with its mysterious '230' campaign. Speculation across the web on the meaning of the 230 number in the graphic - which uses a...Read More»

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