Electric Cars

Spotted: BMW Z Vision Concept
Spotted: BMW Z Vision Concept

At the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, BMW unveiled the X5 EfficientDynamics concept, a hybrid diesel variant of the BMW X5 luxury SUV. Last week, BMW announced that it's bringing a new concept vehicle to Frankfurt this September -- a vehicle that will take the EfficientDynamics concept at least one...Read More»

Jesse James with hydrogen land-speed record contender, by Spencer Weiner - Los Angeles Times
B-List Star-Mechanic Mouths Off: Jesse James On Green-Car Tech

We always liked watching Jesse James on "Monster Garage." He was quiet, and usually brought a needed touch of reality to the hype, jumpy editing, and quick-and-dirty projects his shop cranked out for Discovery Channel's cameras. Which is why we're disappointed that the mechanic /...Read More»

Renault Twingo
Renault Helps Mercedes On New Smart, Plans Return To U.S.

No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about...Read More»

toyota-iq
Revamped Toyota iQ To Be Company's First Fully Electric Car

Toyota's iQ is a popular guy these days. A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that the iQ will serve as the base for Aston Martin's first foray into the citycar segment. (In fact, Aston Martin likes the iQ so much they're not touching anything under the hood.) And now comes word that after many...Read More»

Teaser image of Nissan EV
Nissan Relies On Subsidies For EV Profitability; Releases First EV Teaser

Nissan has garnered a lot of headlines in the past few months -- largely because of its buzz-worthy EV project. You might recall that Nissan recently received a $1.6 billion loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, which the company will use to ready its factory in Smyrna, Tennessee for production...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma
2010 Fisker Karma To Make Track Debut At Monterey Historics

Fisker Automotive will show its Karma Plug-In Hybrid sedan driving under its own power for the first time—on a racetrack. The powertrain debut will be more than a ceremonial run for the press and a handful of enthusiasts. The Karma will run right amidst the vintage racing action at the Monterey...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: First Photo, Going Electric Too?

Who says the new age of electric vehicles won't be any fun? According to AutoWeek, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gullwing supercar will get in on the green action with a plug-in version due in 2015. The new electric SLS eDrive, AutoWeek says, will carry the same body and high-flying doors as the...Read More»

China 3
Detroit Electric Holdings And Dongfeng Ink Partnership To Develop EVs in China

The American marketplace may be sluggish right now, but manufacturers and investors are betting big on China. Not only is there a fair amount of money floating around that country--the new home of Hummer and Volvo--but China is also set to become the world's biggest auto market in the very near...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2013 Tesla Model S [photo: David Noland]
Car-Charging Start-Up Sparks Interest

From Elon Musk to Bob Lutz, many folks are amped about electric vehicles. Unfortunately, there are still lots of hurdles preventing EVs from becoming attractive to mainstream consumers. Not least among those hurdles: the little matter of charging batteries. Prepping America--or any country--for...Read More»

Jay Leno rides the Zero S electric motorcycle
Video: Jay Leno And The Zen of Zero S Electric Motorcycle Maintenance

A couple of months ago, we posted video footage from a 24-hour race of electric motorcycles made by California-based Zero Motorcycles. And while we loved the concept of the bikes--not to mention their looks and a lot of other things--we were slightly disappointed with their sound. Or rather, the...Read More»

2010 Mazda3 MPS
Mazda Zoom-Zooms Down The Hybrid Road

It's been a strange year for Mazda--at least on the drivetrain front. Last summer, rumors circulated about the company's top-secret "Volt-killer": a hybrid vehicle with a combustion engine that powered an electric motor that in turn powered the wheels. Then in January, Mazda North America president...Read More»

Jeep American Flag
'Buy American' Provision To Boost U.S. Development Of Electric Vehicles

You may recall that there's a mammoth bill on energy policy in the works, and that in addition to the fairly contentious regulations put forward in the American Clean Energy and Security Act, there's also a cash-for-clunkers amendment wrapped up in its tailpipe. Now, things have become slightly...Read More»

2008 Prius Plug-in Hybrid prototype
Toyota Hit Hardest By New California Emissions Standards

Yesterday, Toyota announced that it will launch a fleet of plug-in hybrids later in 2009. The company's timing couldn't have been better. California's new emissions legislation set to take effect in 2012 has a special requirement for automakers that sell over 60,000 vehicles per year in the state...Read More»

2009 WheeGo Whip
Review: 2009 WheeGo Whip NEV -- Challenge To Smart ForTwo?

So why is TheCarConnection.com (emphasis on CAR) reviewing a neighborhood electric vehicle? Valid question. Answer: Because WheeGo has told us that their 2009 Whip NEV will make the transition into a fully highway capable model sometime next year, so this could be an up-and-coming competitor to the...Read More»

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid
Toyota Prius-Based Plug-In Hybrid: Coming To An Outlet Near You

Not news: Toyota's developing a plug-in hybrid based on the third-generation Toyota Prius. News: Toyota is releasing 500 of them into the wild by the end of 2009. Of that total, 200 will go to Japan, 150 to the U.S., and 150 to Europe. (France is a confirmed recipient, with Germany, Holland, and...Read More»

2009 Tesla Roadster         Photo Credit: Rex Roy
Elon Musk Speaks About Three New EVs, Including Next-Gen Tesla Roadster and 2010 Smart EV

Tesla chairman Elon Musk is in the news again, making small talk about three upcoming EVs. Tesla is producing two of those in conjunction with its new lifepartner, Daimler; the other it'll handle on its own. The two Daimler projects include the already-discussed, already-seen Smart EV plug-in due...Read More»

Honda FCX Clarity
Driven: 2009 Honda FCX Clarity

Early on an unseasonably warm morning this past weekend I was already getting some good seat time behind the wheel of a hydrogen-fueled 2009 Honda FCX Clarity. By the way, just remembering that there are only three of these fuel-cell sedans in existence, other than the seven that have already been...Read More»

Well-blinged Toyota Camry
Link Love From The Car Connection: Toyota Camry Blinged, Plus Videos For 'Mission One' Electric Motorcycle, Grand Turismo 5, And Jay Leno's EcoJet

♦  There's a lot of car bling on the market, but not everyone knows how to use it. We think the owner of this Toyota Camry did a pretty awesome job of walking the fine line between "80s futurism" and "chromed-out mid-life crisis". And hey: at least it gave gramps a weekend project...Read More»

Bentley in camo
Link Love From The Car Connection: Bentley Bubba-fied, Dodge Viper Bid, And Chrysler's PR Team Tries To Stay Busy

♦  Sometimes you folks send in images that we can't explain, and frankly, we don't want to. Sometimes, we just want to stare in slackjawed amazement, as we're currently doing at this photo of a Bentley coupe that's been camouflaged--not just in "spy shot camo", but honest-to-Jughead "deer...Read More»

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