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Tesla Gigafactory is open for business
Tesla Gigafactory is open for business

The contrasts between Tesla Motors and its would-be rival, Faraday Future, are pretty stark right now. Earlier this week, Faraday unveiled its second curious, high-tech prototype, but it has yet to produce anything that consumers can drive. Worse, due to financial troubles, construction of the...Read More»

SolarCity
Tesla puts Master Plan in action, reaches $2.6 billion deal to merge with SolarCity

Over the past 24 hours, rumors began circulating that Tesla would announce details of its anticipated merger with SolarCity today. And lo, the rumors have proven true: this morning on the Tesla blog, the automaker posted information about the massive, $2.6 billion deal. The two companies have...Read More»

Anthony Jannarelly's i-Mo concept
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»

Elon Musk Shows Akio Toyoda 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
Tesla & Toyota Getting Back Together?

For several years, Tesla Motors and Toyota had a thing going on. The affair started in 2010, when the two automakers began collaborating on the Toyota RAV4 EV. Last May, Tesla and Toyota announced that they were breaking up, but according to Auto News, Tesla CEO Elon Musk may soon try to rekindle...Read More»

2015 BMW i8
Following In Tesla's Footsteps, BMW Offers To Share Electric Car Technology

Well, this is interesting: according to Auto News, BMW wants to share its electric-car technology with other automakers. Why is that interesting? Because Tesla Motors did something very similar last month. Was BMW inspired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk's (nominally) altruistic act? Or is BMW trying to...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Tesla Promises Battery-Swapping For Model S. Because That Worked So Well For Better Place

Yesterday, something unusual happened. In the wee hours of the morning, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla would conduct a live battery-swap on the Model S this Thursday night (i.e. tomorrow) at 8pm Pacific Time. Why is that unusual? Because a high-profile start-up called Better Place built an entire...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»

minivan - AAA roadside assistance
TCC Tip: Be Safe And Green—Round Up And Recycle Used Batteries

If you swapped out your car battery some cold morning this winter, and for some reason you kept the old one, recycle it now. Don't even think about setting it aside somewhere, perhaps at the back of the garage, in the basement, or on a tool bench, where it might corrode or leak. Thankfully, there...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»

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