Electric Cars

News In Brief: Tesla Plays Climate Change Card In Copenhagen
News In Brief: Tesla Plays Climate Change Card In Copenhagen

The international Convention on Climate Change is making headlines this week, so it's no surprise that EV startup Tesla and its spotlight-friendly CEO, Elon Musk, are taking their show to Copenhagen, offering test drives of the current Tesla Roadster and crowing about the car's eco-friendly...Read More»

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Better Place Wants The Danish To Roll In EVs

We've mentioned Shai Agassi and his game-changing EV startup, Better Place, several times on TCC. Now comes word that he's brokered an intriguing  deal to install charging and battery-changing infrastructure across Denmark, and the Danish government has agreed to nix the 200% new car tax (yes, you...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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We're Gonna Walk Down To 'Electric Avenue' (With Earplugs)

Halloween is done and Thanksgiving is looming, so that can only mean one thing: just two more months until the 2010 Detroit auto show! This year's gathering will see a new display area for up to 20 electric vehicles -- many of which come from smaller companies like San Jose's Green Vehicles that...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»

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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»

2010 Toyota Prius
Thefts Down, But LoJack Looks Ahead To Hybrids and Electrics

In any normal vehicle, a slight drain on the battery is no big deal. But if you have a hybrid—or, for that matter, if you have a finicky old British roadster in the garage that needs to be hooked up to a trickle charger all the time—you want to minimize what's tapping into your power. That's...Read More»

2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept
Tokyo Motor Show Comes & Goes, Infiniti Confirms Electric Car: Today’s Car News

The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show has released its secrets, and the High Gear Media crew has covered all the latest from the Japanese capital. Apart from a Lexus supercar, a few EVs and new sports cars from Toyota and Honda, there was not much else to shout about it. [2009 Tokyo Motor Show] Of more concern...Read More»

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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»

2010 Dodge Ram 2500
Ford Hybrids Lead Sales, Dodge Rams Aren't Sheep: Today's Car News

Cheap is the new black, or so we're told--luxury-car buyers are opting for less features and lower prices as we begin to pull out of phase one of the Great Recession. [Automotive News, sub. req'd.] There's no MultiAir V-8 in the works for the Alfa Romeo brand, despite its new kinship with the Dodge...Read More»

2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept
Toyota FT-86 Spied, GM Ramps Up Volt: Today At High Gear Media

We're ramping up for next week's 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, but today at High Gear Media there's more going on than the new Toyota-Subaru coupes and the upcoming Mitsu Lancer Evolution MR Touring. Here's a sample of what you'll find across the entire High Gear Media network right now: TheCarConnection...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro V-6
GM's Tricks, Nissan EV, and 2011 Explorer [Today's Car News]

Is GM up to its old tricks? They're planning on building an additional 1 million cars and trucks next year, which could outstrip any sales recovery. [Detroit Free Press] The tape and camouflage are coming off the 2011 Ford Explorer, bit by bit. Expect the real thing to show up at the 2010 Detroit...Read More»

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