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Revamped Toyota iQ To Be Company's First Fully Electric Car
Revamped Toyota iQ To Be Company's First Fully Electric Car

Toyota's iQ is a popular guy these days. A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that the iQ will serve as the base for Aston Martin's first foray into the citycar segment. (In fact, Aston Martin likes the iQ so much they're not touching anything under the hood.) And now comes word that after many...Read More»

Teaser image of Nissan EV
Nissan Relies On Subsidies For EV Profitability; Releases First EV Teaser

Nissan has garnered a lot of headlines in the past few months -- largely because of its buzz-worthy EV project. You might recall that Nissan recently received a $1.6 billion loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, which the company will use to ready its factory in Smyrna, Tennessee for production...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Air Vents
MIT Student-Built EV Charges In Ten Minutes

Take one 2010 Mercury Milan hybrid, add 7,905 lithium iron-phosphate batteries and untold hours of MIT student labor, and what do you get? A kickin' EV with a 187kW motor that can hit 100mph in about nine seconds and coast for 200 miles before it needs a plug-in. Added bonus: those students have...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma
2010 Fisker Karma To Make Track Debut At Monterey Historics

Fisker Automotive will show its Karma Plug-In Hybrid sedan driving under its own power for the first time—on a racetrack. The powertrain debut will be more than a ceremonial run for the press and a handful of enthusiasts. The Karma will run right amidst the vintage racing action at the Monterey...Read More»

2011 Dodge Circuit EV
Dodge Circuit Bolts Toward Production (Probably)

We haven't spoken much about the Dodge Circuit lately -- not since Marty Padgett pointed out that the much-vaunted EV was included in Chrysler's restructuring plans. But we have good news for green roadster fans: Car & Driver has run a piece on the Circuit praising the car and noting that...Read More»

Lotus EV minicar concept
Lotus EV Minicar Looks Vaguely Familiar

Automotive Engineer magazine wanted to know how far Lotus could push the design envelope on a fully electric minicar. Judging from the sketches the company cranked out, the answer is: not very far at all. To be sure, there's some innovation at play, like the rooftop solar panels and the...Read More»

2017 Toyota RAV4 LE FWD (Natl) Dashboard
More Zoom-Zoom: Japan Considers Mandatory Engine Noise For Hybrids

Remember when we raved about all-electric Zero Motorcycles but were let down by their lack of noise? (Jay Leno agreed.) Well, it turns out that folks have similar concerns about hybrid and electric cars--especially in places like Japan, where hybrid sales are strong. Because the motors of those...Read More»

McDonald's Sign
Fries, Apple Pie, Or 110 Adapter? McDonald's Adds Charging Stations For Hybrids And EVs

Given the volume of disposable material it consumes on a daily basis, McDonald's may see like an unlikely place to set up a charging station for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. In fact, the idea of ANY fast food joint catering to EVs seems a little weird to us--much less one in Cary, North...Read More»

2018 Toyota RAV4 SE FWD (Natl) Instrument Panel
Best Buy Goes Green

For some time, rumors have circulated about big box stores entering the auto biz. And now--despite the qualms people might have about taking vehicle advice from salespeople who still get allowances from mom and dad--it appears those rumors have come true. Best Buy began selling electric bikes and...Read More»

Catfight
He Said, He Said: War Of Words Keeps Tesla In The News

You've got to hand it to Tesla: the company does a great job of staying in the headlines. Sometimes, that's for laudable things--like the opening of the company's first European showroom, or receiving a sizeble loan from the Department of Energy. Then again, sometimes it's because the company's CEO...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
On Capitol Hill: New Bill Aims To Boost DOE Fund For Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Development

Remember those loans we mentioned on Tuesday--the ones that the Department of Energy made to Ford, Nissan, and Tesla for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles? At the time, we said that certain members of congress were interested in doubling the amount of funds available to automakers, from...Read More»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
Over 5 Million Charging Points On The Way To Support Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure

We've talked a good bit about plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles, and the hurdles they'll have to jump before being fully embraced by consumers. Among the biggest of those obstacles is the necessary infrastructure for quickly charging the batteries in those vehicles--no matter where drivers...Read More»

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Detroit Electric Holdings And Dongfeng Ink Partnership To Develop EVs in China

The American marketplace may be sluggish right now, but manufacturers and investors are betting big on China. Not only is there a fair amount of money floating around that country--the new home of Hummer and Volvo--but China is also set to become the world's biggest auto market in the very near...Read More»

2008 Renault Z.E. Concept
Renault To Preview Production EV at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

The charge toward full-electric vehicles is proceeding at a snail's pace to the public's eyes, though behind the scenes at many of the world's major automakers, progress is fast and furious. Renault aims to be one of the leaders of this next wave, and will preview a production electric vehicle at...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2013 Tesla Model S [photo: David Noland]
Car-Charging Start-Up Sparks Interest

From Elon Musk to Bob Lutz, many folks are amped about electric vehicles. Unfortunately, there are still lots of hurdles preventing EVs from becoming attractive to mainstream consumers. Not least among those hurdles: the little matter of charging batteries. Prepping America--or any country--for...Read More»

Jay Leno rides the Zero S electric motorcycle
Video: Jay Leno And The Zen of Zero S Electric Motorcycle Maintenance

A couple of months ago, we posted video footage from a 24-hour race of electric motorcycles made by California-based Zero Motorcycles. And while we loved the concept of the bikes--not to mention their looks and a lot of other things--we were slightly disappointed with their sound. Or rather, the...Read More»

2010 Mazda3 MPS
Mazda Zoom-Zooms Down The Hybrid Road

It's been a strange year for Mazda--at least on the drivetrain front. Last summer, rumors circulated about the company's top-secret "Volt-killer": a hybrid vehicle with a combustion engine that powered an electric motor that in turn powered the wheels. Then in January, Mazda North America president...Read More»

Jeep American Flag
'Buy American' Provision To Boost U.S. Development Of Electric Vehicles

You may recall that there's a mammoth bill on energy policy in the works, and that in addition to the fairly contentious regulations put forward in the American Clean Energy and Security Act, there's also a cash-for-clunkers amendment wrapped up in its tailpipe. Now, things have become slightly...Read More»

2008 Prius Plug-in Hybrid prototype
Toyota Hit Hardest By New California Emissions Standards

Yesterday, Toyota announced that it will launch a fleet of plug-in hybrids later in 2009. The company's timing couldn't have been better. California's new emissions legislation set to take effect in 2012 has a special requirement for automakers that sell over 60,000 vehicles per year in the state...Read More»

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