Electric Cars

Volkswagen to unveil electric car with nearly 400-mile range
Volkswagen to unveil electric car with nearly 400-mile range

Shortly after the Dieselgate scandal broke, Volkswagen announced that it would focus less attention on diesels and more on electric vehicles--you know, like most automakers on the planet. Though we've occasionally questioned the automaker's commitment to its bold EV plan, Volkswagen appears to be...Read More»

2016 BMW i8 with BMW Home Charger Connect charging station
MIT: 87% of vehicles could be electric today with no problem

Skeptics sometimes doubt whether electric vehicles will catch on. They compare them to gas-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs, bemoaning the fact that EVs have shorter driving ranges and higher sticker prices. However, a new study shows that the biggest obstacle standing between EVs and mainstream...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)
Mercedes to take on BMW's i with new electric car sub brand

In order to better compete with brands like Tesla, Porsche and BMW's i division, Mercedes-Benz dealers will soon have a dedicated electric car brand to offer consumers. Mercedes may unveil a new electric car at the Paris Motor Show this fall. The automaker could use that venue to take the wraps off...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Troubles worsen abroad, but VW execs finally wise up

Volkswagen continues its efforts to leave the global Dieselgate scandal behind. Will the company's long, slow slog turn into a death march, or will it end in a victory parade? Check out these recent headlines, and judge for yourselves: 1. VW sales sink even further, but other brands keep rising: No...Read More»

BYD Qin EV300
7 Chinese companies that want to dominate the electric car market

If you've seen photos of Shanghai or Beijing engulfed in smog, you know that China has room for improvement on the environmental front. But change is coming quickly to the world's most populous country, and nowhere is that more visible than in the auto industry. Roughly 40 years ago, China began to...Read More»

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, unveiled at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
Faraday Future gets green light to test autonomous cars in California

The first all-electric cars from start-up automaker Faraday Future are expected to go on sale around 2018 (initially: 2017). In preparation for that event, the company has received approval from the state of California to begin testing its autonomous vehicles on public roads. Sources say that those...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline extended again, Muller promises 30+ electrics by 2025

Next Tuesday, June 21, is the big day: the day that Volkswagen has been ordered to reach an agreement with federal regulators regarding the company's plans to repair and/or buyback 2.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. Or rather, it should've been the big day. Unfortunately for 482,000 owners of...Read More»

Volkswagen Budd-e Concept
Volkswagen's 10-year plan doubles down on electric cars, cuts spending

Reeling from a scandal that has cost the automaker tens of billions already in sales and penalties, Volkswagen announced Thursday a 10-year plan staked heavily on electric cars to revive the automaker after illegally polluting diesels nearly killed it. In a statement, Volkswagen said it was the...Read More»

German Flag
Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030. That official is Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Speaking...Read More»

Porsche Mission E concept electric car
Have electric cars reached a tipping point? For Euro luxury brands, the answer is yes

A tipping point marks the moment in time where an idea steps out of a slim niche, and rockets to widespread acceptance. A reality for more than a hundred years, electric cars have only come close to mainstream success in the last five. Much of the credit goes to scions like the GM EV1 and the...Read More»

Electric-car rally in Geiranger, Norway [Image: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr]
Norway may ban all gas & diesel cars, starting in 2025

The days of gas and diesel vehicles are numbered in Norway. According to several reports, politicians have agreed to bring sales of such cars and trucks to a screeching halt by the year 2025. To Americans and many others, the thought of such a ban might seem absurd--even impossible--but Norway is...Read More»

May 2016 & May 2015 auto sales by segment (via Wall Street Journal)
Do ugly May car sales mean a recession is coming?

The numbers are in, and as expected, May's auto sales stats are nothing to write home about. Is this a sign that America's headed toward a recession repeat? For tl;dr types, the answer is: probably not, but we may be witnessing a cool-down in the country's red-hot auto market. Auto sales in the...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Pushback on 3.0-liter diesel suit, execs rake in $455 million

There's been a lot of news about Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis the past few days. Join us as we pour ourselves a bowl of muesli, drown it in pilsener, and recap the top stories: 1. Volkswagen may compensate struggling dealers: VW's U.S. sales have been slow for many years, but they...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
GM & Lyft plan fleet of autonomous, electric Chevrolet Bolt taxis

In January, General Motors announced a $500 million partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft. Many wondered what the pairing might do for both companies and when it would begin bearing fruit. We got some answers in March, when GM announced that it would loan GM vehicles to Lyft drivers at a...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen and others not so excited about electric cars, resist EV-friendly regs in Europe

Back in October, about three weeks after the Dieselgate scandal began making headlines, Volkswagen announced a major change in strategy--one that involved focusing far more attention on electric cars. But oh, what a difference a few months can make. A study published earlier this week shows that...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Rumor: Apple sets up shop in Berlin, picks Magna to build the electric 'iCar'

The rumors began to circulate in February 2015: Apple is building an electric car. Since then, numerous signs have suggested that the rumor is true, and Apple has done nothing to disabuse anyone of the idea. Until recently, all indications were that the mysterious car would be developed in...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Faraday Future or far-off future? Company may not produce cars by 2018 after all

Remember Faraday Future? The company that debuted a 1,000-hp electric car back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show? Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is, Faraday recently broke ground on a $1 billion production facility in Nevada, not far from the site where the FFZERO1...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3: What we know so far about the production electric car

Just over a week ago Tesla Motors opened the reservation books for its Model 3 electric car, which is expected to be delivered in production form by late 2017. About 115,000 refundable pre-order deposits, at $1,000 each, had already been placed for the Model 3 even before it was shown on the...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 revealed; should you get in line for $35k, 215-mile electric car?

Tesla Motors has previewed its Model 3, an Audi A4-sized pure-electric sporty sedan that will start at about $35,000, seat five adults, accelerate to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, and go at least 215 miles on a charge. Deliveries of the Model 3 aren’t expected to start until late 2017; yet...Read More»

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