Electric Cars

2009 Toyko Motor Show: Honda's EV-N Minicar Concept Video
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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Chrysler And Fiat Are Building An Electric Car

Chrysler board member Alfredo Altavilla has informed the press that Chrysler and Fiat are working on an electric car. Although he didn't provide specifics, Altavilla did say that the R&D process is "going very well" and that Chrysler is providing electric propulsion technology for the vehicle...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»

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Prius Owners Beware: CA Carpool Lane Stickers Expire In 2011

No, it's not just because there are too many hybrids in the carpool lane. New hybrid owners have already been denied those coveted yellow carpool stickers for some time but those with the stickers continue to enjoy driving solo in the carpool lane—for another 15 months, that is. California's...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»

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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»

Peugeot Globule concept
WTF Friday: Peugeot Concept Gives Us Pause

We were going to write something potentially clever about this new mass transit concept from Peugeot--the Globule--that's made from four electric pods covered by a flexible polymer coating. We'd planned to discuss its complete lack of practicality. We'd hoped to talk about Peugeot and how it never...Read More»

Fisker Karma
Fisker Scores $529 Million Low-Interest Loan From DOE

A couple of weeks ago, Fisker gleefully announced fuel efficiency stats for its upcoming extended-range Karma sedan (67 mpg, though the math is a little fuzzy).  Now the upstart automaker has another reason to celebrate: the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Fisker a $529 million low-interest...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»

Nissan LEAF
Coming Soon: Ringtones For Your Hybrid Or EV

Apart from battery life, range, and recharge time, it appears that there's another downside to electric vehicles: they're too quiet. While that may sound like great news for folks living near an overpass, it's not so good for children, the elderly, and the hearing- or sight-impaired. As a result...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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Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!

It's been a busy week in the auto industry -- especially for European automakers. The big theme of Frankfurt has clearly been green technology, and most manufacturers in attendance claim to have some sort of electric vehicle in the works. The majority of those EV announcements have been vague, but...Read More»

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