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It's About To Get Real: Apple Accused Of Poaching Battery Designers
It's About To Get Real: Apple Accused Of Poaching Battery Designers

Earlier this week, most of the internet realized that the rumors are true: Apple is preparing to build autonomous electric cars like its high-tech rival, Google. But for those who still refuse to believe that Tim Cook & Co. could do such a thing, consider this new bombshell: according to...Read More»

2012 Mitsubishi i
Jelly Belly And Mitsubishi’s Electric Car: Sweet Treat

Mitsubishi had a sweet idea, pairing up with the Jelly Belly Candy Company for some custom graphics to plaster on the side of the automaker’s upcoming electric car, the 2012 Mitsubishi i. The novel promotion, in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo, featured a...Read More»

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BMW ActiveE: Important Proving Ground For BMW’s First All-Electric Vehicle, The i3

BMW, eager to get in the electric-car arena, announced this week in New York that it will lease 700 of its BMW ActiveE cars beginning this fall in select markets for a $499 per month, 24-month lease with $2,250 down. The ActiveE, a four-seater, is based on the 1 Series Coupe. The company will begin...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Feds Ramp Up Funding For Riskier Renewable Fuel Projects

How will we be fueling our cars 20 or 30 years from now? Will we plug in, as some of us soon will with EVs such as the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but not have to worry about battery life? Or will we be gassing up, much like we do today, but with home-grown cellulosic ethanol that's far more sustainable than...Read More»

2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi, introduced at 2010 Chicago Auto Show
2010 Chicago Auto Show: Ford's Green 2011 Transit Connects

At the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, which kicks off Wednesday morning, Ford will have several introductions. Among them are two green versions of its 2011 Ford Transit Connect small commercial van. All-electric van First, Ford launches its very first all-electric car, to be known as the Transit Connect...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010
First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Volt

GM's audacious attempt to leapfrog the popular Toyota Prius, with its green halo, has gotten it more publicity than any General Motors car in decades. The car is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. And now we've driven it. For more than an hour, we piloted a pre-production...Read More»

Tesla Roadster as used by videogame designers
Seven Things You Didn't Know About the 2010 Tesla Roadster

High Gear Media has partnered with Tesla Motors on a new writing contest where YOU can win a tour and road test of the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. You can submit as many articles as you like and enter multiple times. Enter now! Well, maybe you actually knew some of these seven if you're a true Tesla...Read More»

Nissan LEAF
Preview: Cars Of The Future, Coming Sooner Than You Think

Grab any science magazine from the last century, and you'll see ideas and sketches for cars of the future, from atomic-powered to levitating. But the future is here already, and it's going on sale at a showroom near you over the next three model years. Here's our roundup of the most significant new...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid To Go On Sale in 2011

Toyota has been a late and cautious entrant into the field of plug-in vehicles, gradually rolling out a small fleet of Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid versions of the third-generation Prius. But for the first time, the company has announced that it will put the car on sale to regular consumers. The...Read More»

Porsche lightweight lithium-ion 12-Volt starter battery
Porsche Offers Lithium-Ion Battery, But Only For Starting

Lithium-ion batteries are part of the path to the Promised Land of electric vehicles. The all-electric 2009 Tesla Roadster was the first sports car to run on lithium cells, and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 was the first hybrid electric vehicle to feature them. Now Porsche has joined in, offering a...Read More»

Mitsubishi MiEV
Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi MiEV

Over the past year, the little Mitsubishi MiEV electric minicar has been making the rounds in the U.S. and abroad, with test fleets in the works in a number of countries. And although Mitsubishi hasn't yet announced how the MiEV might be sold or leased to the public in the U.S., it hasn't hesitated...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»

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

What is it?: Mild hybrid version of the big Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan The basics: Teutonic solidity, impeccable equipment, better fuel economy On sale: This fall Price: $87,950 Exactly one year ago, our editor Marty Padgett wrote about the European launch of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept
Frankfurt: Audi e-Tron Electric Car Has Awesome Torque, All-Wheel-Drive

Audi of America's President Johan de Nysschen may have put his foot in his mouth by calling buyers of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt "idiots," but Audi headquarters seems to like electric cars. Enough, at any rate, to trumpet the complete specs of its all-wheel-drive, all-electric e-Tron concept car...Read More»

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'Saudi Arabia of Lithium' To Produce Batteries By 2016

Whether you’re concerned about national security or have green motivations as well, you might be eagerly awaiting electric cars and plug-ins in hopes of escaping your reliance on OPEC and foreign oil, but as of late there’s been plenty of coverage suggesting that future battery supply could be...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID lithium-ion battery pack
Study: Lithium Fears Unfounded, Plenty To Meet EV Demand

There's been growing concern in the green car community about EVs and their reliance on lithium batteries -- specifically that there's not enough lithium on Planet Earth to go around. Thankfully, analysts over at Gerson Lehrman Groups have put those fears to rest (for now). According to their data...Read More»

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Norwegian Electric-Car Maker Think Newly Solvent, Resumes US Plans

These days, you can't turn around without finding electric-car news and updates. The 2010 Tesla Roadster, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and 2012 Nissan Leaf all sop up their share or more of ink and electrons. Now, add the Think City to that list. Think, the Norwegian electric-car company whose City is...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Reveals New, Smaller 2011 Buick Crossover (Nee Saturn Vue)

General Motors announced today that Buick will launch a five-passenger crossover next year, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow in 2011. And it looks to us like the Saturn Vue is getting a three-shields makeover. GM released an image of the new Buick crossover's grille. Which looks a whole lot...Read More»

Nissan LEAF electric vehicle
Charging Stations Part Of The Deal For 2012 Nissan LEAF EV

Listen up, early adopters and EV fans. If you're one of the first 5,000 buyers of the 2012 Nissan LEAF that was just announced this week, it looks like you'll get a home-based charger as part of the deal. Arizona-based eTec has been selected for a $99.8 million grant and will exclusively supply the...Read More»

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