Electric Cars

California's Plug-In Hybrid & EV Drivers Get 4 More Years (Of HOV Lane Access)
California's Plug-In Hybrid & EV Drivers Get 4 More Years (Of HOV Lane Access)

Between the tax breaks and the social status boosts, California's car shoppers have plenty of reasons to consider electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. But given the traffic congestion in the state's major cities, perhaps no perk has been more attractive than HOV lane access. In case you missed it...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Electric Car Outselling Entire Buick, Lincoln, Porsche Lineups In CA

Yes, it's shocking. California automaker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is outselling a number of very well established vehicle brands in its home state—with only one model: the all-electric Model S. In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: We Drive The World's Most Efficient Car

At last, for the first time since the now-legendary EV1, General Motors has another all-electric car: the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This past week we spent much of a day using it to get around urban environs in Portland, Oregon, and found it to be one of the best-driving battery electric cars yet...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Next New Tesla Sedan Will Be Smaller, Less Expensive, In 2016

Electric-car startup Tesla Motors has been in the news a lot lately. In the last few months, it achieved its first profitable quarter, delivered more plug-in electric cars than any other maker (Nissan and Chevy included) from January through March, and issued more than $1 billion of new...Read More»

Better Place battery-swap demonstration
Electric Car Startup Better Place Pulls Plug On U.S., Australia

A growing number of cars in the U.S. run either entirely or partially on electric power, and that trend is likely to accelerate with time. The shift from gasoline to electricity will present plenty of opportunities for auto start-ups, but one is already calling it quits. As our colleagues at Green...Read More»

2012 Saab 9-3
Saab's New Owners Set Goal:120,000 Vehicles A Year By 2016

The rumors about Saab's death have been greatly exaggerated -- at least, that's what the brand's new owners say. According to Bloomberg news, Saab's long-quiet assembly lines will return to action this summer, and the company hopes to meet some pretty lofty production goals within three years. A...Read More»

2014 Cadillac ELR
2014 Cadillac ELR: Volt-Based Coupe Plugs In At Detroit Auto Show

Over the two years that the Chevrolet Volt has been produced, it’s ushered in a new era for GM, and a new era of understanding and acceptance for electric cars thanks to its the extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology that’s at its core. Now it’s time to inject a little...Read More»

Nissan Leaf: Lost Battery Capacity
Nissan Leaf Gets Extended Warranty In Wake Of Consumer Complaints

In May of this year, some Nissan Leaf owners in Phoenix, Arizona noticed that their batteries were losing the ability to hold a charge. Independent tests subsequently proved that electric cars running in hot climates could indeed fall prey to such problems. But despite those increasingly loud...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Volt
2013 Chevrolet Volt Video Road Test

Is the Chevy Volt the electric car of the future, or just another stop-gap hybrid along the way to pure EVs? We take a look in our video road test. How does the Volt work? Chevrolet calls the Volt an extended-range electric car. That's because it actually gets its power at the wheels from a 16.5...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Volt
GM Plans To Make 500,000 Electrified Cars A Year By 2017

Yesterday, General Motors made a provocative announcement: by 2017, the company plans to produce 500,000 electric and partially electric vehicles each year. To put that in perspective, in 2011 GM sold just over 9,000,000 vehicles worldwide. If the U.S. auto industry continues its rollicking pace --...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S Signature
Dealers Fight Tesla, New Corvette V-8, Acura NSX Hybrid: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, car dealers are taking on Tesla for selling its cars direct to consumers, and Chevrolet unveiled the new V-8 engine that will power the 2014 Corvette. Acura's NSX Hybrid is expected to debut in production form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and Audi appears to have shelved...Read More»

2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
Audi Unplugs R8 e-tron, Electric Car Program Left In Limbo

In September of 2009, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen loudly and proudly called the Chevrolet Volt "a car for idiots". He spent the next several months back-tracking. Like certain politicians who suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, de Nysschen was clumsily trying to make a couple of...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette crossed flags emblem
2014 Corvette Engine, October Car Sales, Six-Month Passat Test: Car News Headlines

Today we get our first look at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette's new LT1 engine, which improves power output and efficiency while being lighter than the competition. October car sales slowed a bit, but small cars are still going strong, and we take a look at what's new for the 2013 Volkswagen Passat as...Read More»

2012 Chevrolt Volt Gas Station Advert
Study: Chevrolet Volt Drivers Suffer From 'Gas Anxiety'

One of the biggest hurdles facing electric car manufacturers is range anxiety -- that is, the public's fear that the battery on an electric vehicle will run out of juice, leaving them stranded. But an intriguing new study has revealed a different sort of anxiety that afflicts owners of the...Read More»

2013 Nissan Leaf Spy Shots
2013 Nissan Leaf: Future Cars

While the Nissan Leaf electric car hasn't sold as well as hoped, the company is doubling down on its most advanced model. These photos show a prototype for a new, less expensive model of the 2013 Nissan Leaf being tested in Arizona yesterday. The company will start assembling Leaf electric cars in...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) spy shots
Corvette Spy Shots, iPhone 5 Fights Distraction, Front-Drive BMW: Today's Car News

Today at The Car Connection, we show you spy photos of the upcoming 2014 C7 Corvette, tell you how the new iPhone will work to combat distracted driving and spill the beans on a new front-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid concept from BMW. The weekend is nearly here, so be sure to stock up on car news, as...Read More»

Apple iPhone 5 and iOS6 Maps updates
iPhone 5, Mitsubishi i Electric Buyer's Guide, McLaren P12 Hypercar: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we have everything from a guide to the small and efficient Mitsubishi i electric car to a new teaser video of the upcoming McLaren P12's aerodynamics. In between, you'll find a Smart ForTwo wearing an SUV as a hat and spy shots of the 2014 Buick Regal. Oh, and there was...Read More»

2013 Scion FR-S - Photo by Celerity Photography
IIHS Top Safety Picks, Tesla Model S, Range Rover Details: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you news of two IIHS Top Safety Pick-designated sports cars, tell you about a new vehicle for Pope Benedict in the Vatican’s fleet and give you all you need to know about the upcoming 2013 Range Rover. As we head into the weekend, here’s the Friday...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Best & Worst Sellers, Ford Escape Recall, Police Car Of The Future: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you the best and worst of August’s new vehicle sales, tell you about (another) recall for the new Ford Escape and speculate on what the police car of the future may look like. Here’s Thursday’s car news that’s fit to print, as covered by...Read More»

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