Electric Cars

The Questions About Better Place
The Questions About Better Place

The venture-funded Better Place consortium has ambitious plans to remake transportation for the 21st century. And they've gotten a lot of press, including more today for their release of a PR video demonstrating a two-minute battery pack swap. We weighed in on our skepticism over that one already...Read More»

Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV)
Toyota Pushing Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car Up?

Bio-ethanol, biodiesel, E85, pure electricity - there are almost too many "alternative" fuels out there already, but hydrogen is shoving its way into the room. And at Toyota, it's pushing to the front of the class, with a fuel-cell-powered car potentially on the road by 2014. The company had...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype grille
Nissan's Audacious Claim: Our EV Will Cost No More Than a Regular Compact Car

It seems to be electric vehicle season out there, with Ford, Chevrolet, and now Nissan giving rides in their development prototypes. In each case, a close-to-final drivetrain was mounted in a development "mule" far from the final production vehicle. Of the three, Nissan has by far the most...Read More»

2009 Honda FCX Clarity, being delivered to 19-year-old actress Q’orianka Kilcher
Electric Cars Are Coming! Hydrogen...Maybe Not So Much

We get asked a lot of questions by friends and colleagues looking to buy cars and trucks, as we noted elsewhere this morning. But we also get asked a lot about future cars, especially hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The standard question is either, "When should we expect...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus - European model
Going Green: Ford Plants $550M into 2011 Focus Factory

Call it clever strategy or just a sign of the times, but Ford's doing a 180-degree turn and spending more than half a billion dollars to retool its Michigan Truck plant to produce the next-generation 2011 Ford Focus and the 2012 Focus EV. Ford is already ahead of the PR curve--and your car-shopper...Read More»

Renault Kangoo be bop ZE electric vehicle
So What Would You Think About a Saturn Kangoo Be Bop, Huh?

Sometimes just when you think the industry can't get any weirder...it does. Take, for instance, two news items that crossed our desk in sequence today. First, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal area reporting French carmaker Renault and its partner Nissan have apparently joined former race...Read More»

Saturn Vue Two-Mode Hybrid
GM Hangs Onto Hybrids As Saturn Sails Into Sunset

It should hardly be a surprise that GM doesn't plan to toss out years of hybrid engineering work when it bids adieu to the Saturn brand. We always felt that recent reports to that effect made no sense. Instead, the General will hang onto the intellectual property it derived through designing and...Read More»

GM-Segway Project P.U.M.A.
GM and Segway Look Ahead…To An Electric Rickshaw?

If you ask some of the foremost automotive designers, transportation experts, and futurists what personal transport will look like several decades from now, they’re likely to converge on a landscape that includes vehicles that are lower-impact, intelligent and networked, and definitely more...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze And Volt 'Family 0' engines Share Space

Yesterday General Motors announced that despite massive cutbacks, it will still be investing $250 million to make the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will power (or help power) the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The catch: no new plant or production facility space will be...Read More»

Tesla Roadster NYC
'08/'09 Tesla Roadster Driven By AllCarsElectric In NYC

Sister site AllCarsElectric.com spent a day quietly blasting around New York City in a Tesla Roadster, the all-electric icon for the petroleum-free automotive movement. Site creator and New York neurologist Lyle Dennis found the Lotus Elise-based, carbon fiber-bodied roadster to be swift, tidy...Read More»

2011 Dodge Circuit EV
2011 Dodge Circuit EV: It's A Roadster

A nice surprise for fans of sports cars with cross-hatched grilles: Yesterday's restructuring plan for Chrysler shows that its first electric vehicle will be the the 2011 Dodge Circuit (nee EV) sports car--but it won't be the Lotus Europa with a nose job Chrysler's been showing. Instead, the...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Ford Gets $55 Million Tax Incentive For Electric Development

Today Ford announced it is the recipient of a $55 Million tax incentive - a refundable tax credit - from the state of Michigan. The money will be channeled through the newly formed Michigan Advanced Battery Credits initiative, with the stipulation that Ford use it to continue development of...Read More»

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VW and Toshiba To Partner On Electric Drive Systems

On Thursday, VW signed a letter of intent with the Toshiba Corporation with the objective of jointly developing electric drive units for VW's proposed New Small Family of vehicles. In addition to electric drive units, the companies will also be working on high specific energy density batteries...Read More»

Tesla Model S unveiling
Tesla Teases Model S Electric Sedan

Network site AllCarsElectric today showed us this second teaser image of Tesla's upcoming Model S electric sedan. The vehicle is slated for a March 26 public debut and is said to retail for under $60,000. Despite being perhaps a touch crazy - and the head of a company that's being decimated by...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
GM Paves Way For Chevy Volt Infrastructure At D.C. Auto Show

Yesterday GM announced an initiative at the Washington Auto Show aimed at preparing "early-adopter" cities around the U.S. for plug-in electrics like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Specifically, GM hopes to drum up support from city officials and raise public awareness of the benefits of and concessions...Read More»

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