Electric Cars

The MINI E Isn't Quite Ready For Its Close-Up
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»

The Triac, by San Jose's Green Vehicles
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»

Ontario green license plate for hybrids and EVs
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»

Honday EV-N concept [video screencap]
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»

2009 fiat 500 convertible 500c 2 020
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»

Tesla Roadster with CA Clean Air Vehicle sticker  --  flickr user jurvetson
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»

Aptera 2e leak
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»

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