Electric Cars

Uncle Sam bets on self-driving trucks to save Post Office
Uncle Sam bets on self-driving trucks to save Post Office

The United States Postal Service has a long and proud history of delivery people weathering the elements to make sure you get your mail — and occasionally, you neighbor's bills and postcards, too. The way they go about doing that will change dramatically in the coming years, as the USPS has...Read More»

Jim Hackett (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
New Ford CEO slashes development budgets, plans to focus on trucks and electric vehicles

Ford Motor Company's new CEO isn't ready to abandon the traditional sedan just yet, but the recently minted executive is already on a budget-slicing mission that will focus the automaker on SUVs, trucks, and electric cars in the near future. Jim Hackett, who took the helm at Ford in May after...Read More»

James Dyson
Dyson amps up drive toward electric cars

Fresh off the major announcement that his eponymous vacuum company is aiming to produce its own electric vehicle, James Dyson has expounded on his plans. He’s also gone on a bit of a hiring spree which has seen Dyson poach executives from the likes of Aston Martin and Tesla, a clear warning...Read More»

James Dyson with digital motors  [image: Dyson]
Vacuum maven Dyson plans electric car by 2020

Sir James Dyson, best known for his eponymous bagless vacuum cleaner company, has announced plans over Twitter to build an electric car by 2020. In his emotionally-charged statement, Dyson stressed a decades-long flirtation with the automotive industry. The fundamental basis of Dyson’s...Read More»

Proterra Catalyst electric bus
New electric bus runs 1,100 miles on a single charge

A Silicon Valley mass-transit vehicle builder claims it has set a world distance record for an electric vehicle on a single charge — with a 40 foot city bus. Proterra's Catalyst E2 max covered 1,102.2 miles at a testing facility in Indiana, a distance verified by an independent third party...Read More»

2018 Nissan Leaf
China may open its borders to foreign electric car builders

China may relax strict rules requiring foreign automakers to partner with Chinese companies before building electric vehicles within its borders. If such a change occurs, it carries potentially large ramifications for most of the world’s car manufacturers. As the government pushes for an...Read More»

2017 Lincoln Continental
Lincoln, Volkswagen the latest to join the electrification party

Like Volvo, Jaguar, and to a certain extent BMW and even Uber and others before it, Lincoln is electrifying its lineup, according to Reuters. As is Volkswagen. Far from meaning Lincoln is going fully-electric, the company’s plan is to produce an electrified—hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
To help Floridians flee Irma, Tesla remotely extended range for free

With millions of Florida residents bracing for potential Irma devastation, owners of the Tesla Model S 60 and Model X 60 received a free temporary upgrade. Tesla sent out an automatic, over-the-air upgrade to anyone living in a mandatory evacuation zone, remotely extending their vehicle’s...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
Uber to ban diesels, require electrified vehicles in London by 2025

Uber is taking its own initiative in the global push toward electrified vehicles. Fresh off the heels of Jaguar Land Rover’s proclamation that each new car it introduces will be electrified—either hybrid or purely electric—by 2020, the rideshare giant announced that every one of...Read More»

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar and Land Rover to electrify all new vehicles by 2020

British automaker Jaguar Land Rover says that every vehicle they introduce by the year 2020 will be either hybrid or fully electric. More specifically, the manufacturer stated that each new vehicle will feature an electrified powertrain. The proclamation follows a similar initiative from Volvo...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017
Nissan sells its electric car battery division to Chinese company set to go global

Nissan is selling its electric vehicle battery manufacturing operations to Chinese venture capital firm GSR. Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) will come with a price tag of around one billion dollars, according to reports, and the deal has the potential to create a shock wave through the...Read More»

Audi and Chinese firm Alta Devices team up to develop a glass solar roof panel
Audi developing transparent solar roof panels

Audi and and a Chinese technology firm are teaming up to develop a panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells capable of powering ancillary systems like air conditioning and seat heater, the automaker said on Wednesday. Working with Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese tech firm Hanergy, Audi...Read More»

Jin Zheyong of Anhui Zotye Automobile and Peter Fleet of Ford Motor Company
Ford launches cash-for-clunkers program in UK, may begin manufacturing cars in China

In the UK and in China, Ford is working to put motorists behind the wheels of cleaner, more efficient automobiles--though it's going about it in two different ways. Asian electrification In China, the Detroit automaker has announced a budding partnership with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., a...Read More»

Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
VW revives its iconic Microbus as a self-driving electric van

In a single announcement, Volkswagen has managed to please just about everyone. The company is reinventing its famed Microbus, and will produce it as an all-electric, self-driving van that’s intended for road trips, ride-sharing, and even small businesses. When the small, utilitarian people...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells

Today, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs will run on electricity, not gasoline or diesel. But the electrification...Read More»

Mazda and Toyota logos
What does the Toyota-Mazda partnership mean for shoppers?

Last Thursday, we reported on a rumored partnership between Toyota and Mazda involving a shared plant and collaboration on electric vehicles. The following day, Toyota confirmed that the rumors were true and provided additional details about the tie-up, including: 1. Plans for a joint manufacturing...Read More»

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

No fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of...Read More»

Lucid Air
Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it Faraday Future 2.0?

Start-ups have it rough. They've got to have stellar ideas, carry out loads of market research, design sexy prototypes, and schmooze their little tuchuses off to win money from venture capitalists. It's doubly hard to be a start-up in the complicated world of automobiles, and one of the newest kids...Read More»

OPEC's electric vehicle forecast for 2040 (via Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
OPEC thinks the electric car revolution is upon us, too

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which suggested that the electric car revolution may happen far more quickly than anyone expects. In 2016, BNEF's team of analysts thought that by 2040, 35 percent of the world's new cars would run on electricity...Read More»

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