Electric Cars

Have electric cars reached a tipping point? For Euro luxury brands, the answer is yes
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»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Hyundai Ioniq video preview

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars are all now a permanent part of the automotive landscape. Hyundai isn’t about to be left out of that brave new world. Its green-car ambitions gets a serious boost with this--the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. MORE: Read about the Hyundai Ioniq The Ioniq breaks...Read More»

Volkswagen Budd-e Concept
Volkswagen Dieselgate Update: Judge Sets March Deadline For Repair Plan, EPA Asks For EVs, More

It's been another dizzying week of Volkswagen dieselgate news. Based on what we've seen, the company appears to be inching toward plans to repair 11 million "clean diesel" vehicles equipped with emissions-test-cheating software. However, those plans may not be limited to a straightforward recall...Read More»

Charles and David Koch, The Koch Brothers (work via DonkeyHotey on Flickr)
Koch Brothers Want To Kill The Electric Car Again (And They'll Spend $10 Million A Year To Do It)

It seems fairly clear to most observers that petroleum's days are numbered, and that cars of the future will run on electricity. There's plenty of debate about where that electricity will come from -- batteries? fuel cells? -- but when you have conservative performance and luxury marques throwing...Read More»

Aston Martin RapidE concept
Aston Martin RapidE Electric Car Will Be Co-Developed With Faraday Future Sibling

Performance brands haven't always been excited about the transition to electric cars. Many seemed to fear a loss of power, terrified by the thought of producing stylish-but-pokey golf carts for the well-heeled. Then came Tesla, which showed everyone that electric cars could be very, very powerful...Read More»

Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept
Faraday Future's 1000-HP Electric Car: Should Tesla Be Worried?

Last August, we told you about Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, who had vowed to launch an electric car company that would rival Tesla Motors. In November, we told you that Yueting had made good on at least part of his promise by founding Faraday Future, which was planning a $1 billion...Read More»

Oil well (photo by John Hill)
OPEC Laughs In The Face Of Electric Cars

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has issued its annual World Oil Outlook report, and to absolutely no one's surprise, it's pretty optimistic about the future of fossil fuels. Among OPEC's big predictions: 1. By the year 2040, 94 percent of vehicles that roam the world's...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk Wants California To Forgive Volkswagen For Dieselgate (But There's A Very Big Catch)

The ongoing Dieselgate scandal has thrown Volkswagen into an administrative, public relations, and financial crisis. But while many residents of Planet Earth seem eager to shove Volkswagen under the bus, the automaker received a vote of support from 45 entrepreneurs and investors, who asked...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt Video Road Test

It's only in its second generation, but it's fair to say the Chevy Volt is one of the most important vehicles ever built in America. Now it's time for Volt 2.0, and it's better in every way. Will that be enough to keep eco-friendly drivers steering in the direction of Chevy showrooms? We get some...Read More»

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
2017 Honda Clarity Preview Video

​ Will hydrogen really be the fuel of the future? Honda thinks it might, so it's putting down some serious money to develop its second fuel-cell powered production car--but it's also hedging its bets for electric cars and plug-in hybrids at the same time. We got our first look at the Clarity at...Read More»

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