Showing posts in the category of Electric Vehicles

EPA Says EVs Making (Green) Presence Felt in the US

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The EPA (or Environmental Protection Agency) has announced that for the first time ever, electric vehicles (plus other alternatively-fueled vehicles) are beginning to make a “measurable and meaningful impact.”

The information came as part of a larger annual report called Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends 1975 - 2014 - you can find it here; it's worth checking out as it contains lots of fairly easy to understand graphs.

Detroit Electric SP:01 Ditches Roadster for Coupe

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Tesla Motors’ success has inspired other companies to try and bring electric vehicles to market, and Detroit Electric is one of those preparing to start producing their first model.

Kia Previews SEMA Lineup with Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV

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Although Kia promises that its 2014 SEMA Show lineup will “highlight the imprint motorsports has left on the brand’s DNA,” we struggle to see anything motorsports-related at the Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV.

Unplugged Performance Works with BBS for Unique Tesla Model S Rims

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Unplugged Performance is a company specializing in Tesla Model S mods. It offers individual exterior styling enhancements or a full body kit that’s now being complimented by a newly released set of rims, developed in collaboration with BBS.

Italy’s First All-Electric Supercar is Called Tecnicar Lavinia

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The Lavinia EV supercar has been in the works at Tecnicar, in Italy since late last year. It’s an 800 PS machine that’s expected to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Start Bidding Now if You Want to Be the First VW e-Golf Owner in the US

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The first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf in the United States is auctioned online before retail sales of the all-electric model begin next month. VW of America and Global Green USA today announced the auction, which is hosted online at

GM to Launch a New EV in 2017, May Be Based on the Sonic

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General Motors is reportedly planning to add a new electric model to Chevrolet’s lineup that would sit alongside the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV.

New Dual-Motor Tesla Model S P85D Has AWD and 691HP [w/Videos]

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It’s now official: Tesla’s “D” does, in fact, stand for dual-motor, which is the Silicon Valley-based manufacturer’s idea of all-wheel drive. It not only features all the advantages of having instant torque vectoring capabilities and the inherent grip/handling benefits, but it also promises “insane” performance too.

Tesla Looking into Used Car Sales for Growth

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Tesla Motors is reportedly developing a certified pre-owned program for its Model S sedan, a move that would boost the earnings potential of its retail network.

New Venturi America is a Quirky Electric Buggy with 401HP

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French electric carmaker Venturi visited the Paris Auto Show with the latest iteration of its unusual America buggy that comes with 401hp (407PS).

Revised 2016 Cadillac ELR to Reportedly Debut at LA Auto Show

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The slow-selling Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid is said to arrive at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with a series of engineering upgrades that would make it more attractive for customers.

Nissan Turns e-NV200 into VIP Shuttle

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Nissan unveiled the e-NV200 VIP Concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover, Germany, with the electric van getting an upgraded look and luxury features.

2015 Fiat 500e Gains Minor Updates, Now Available in Oregon

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Previously sold only in the state of California, the money-losing Fiat 500e has now been made available to EV lovers located further north in neighboring Oregon.

Battery Specialist Doubts Feasibility of $35,000 Tesla Sedan

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Dr Menahem Anderman is a known “battery skeptic” and he’s been organizing the Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference for nearly twenty years now. He’s one of the voices that always tries to cull overly optimistic statements and now he’s picking on the supposed $35,000 Tesla sedan, or what’s sometimes been referred to as Tesla’s 3-Series.

The predicted price for the new EV sedan is based on an estimation that the price per kWh will drop to under $100 by 2025. Instead, Dr. Anderman insists the price per kWh will not be any lower than $167 – in fact, he says it’s unlikely to drop below the $200 until then.

Thus, the smaller Tesla sedan will not cost $35,000, but closer to $50,000, in his view, even if the all-electric automaker manages to get its planned Nevada-based Gigafactory going until then.

Even so, the new sedan will feature a battery pack that will be a third smaller than the Model S’, so maybe we shouldn’t discount what Tesla CEO Elon Musk is saying just yet – the model will be the third name in the lineup, after the Model X crossover (pictured).

Via GreenCarReports, Rendering via RM Design

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507 EVs Gather in California, Set World Record [w/Video]

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In case you were wondering, the highest number of electric vehicles to take part in a parade is now 507. The record was set in Cupertino, California this past weekend when lots of Nissan Leafs, Fiat 500es, Ford Focus Electrics and the Model S from Tesla, among others, filled a decent sized parking lot, before setting out in a procession through town – no hybrids were allowed, not even plug-ins.

Toyota Electrifies French City with the World's Largest Fleet of i-Road EVs

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Toyota and the City of Grenoble have launched a new car-sharing service called “Cité lib by Ha:mo” in the French city located in the foothills of the Alps. With the support of three other partners, the metropolitan area Grenoble-Alpes Metropole, EDF and its affiliate Sodetrel and Cité lib, Toyota has inaugurated what it calls an innovative car-sharing service.

California Has 40 Percent of the Electric Cars in the U.S.

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The Golden State is officially the Green State when it comes to electric vehicle ownership, as there are now 100,000 of the plug-in cars roaming California.

VW Skeptical of Fuel-Cell Success Outside Japan

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There seems to be a lot of skepticism surrounding the feasible commercial success and use of fuel-cell electric vehicles.

Renault to Build Bluecar EVs for Bolloré from 2015

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Following the letter of intent signed last year, Renault and Bolloré, the owner of several electric car-sharing schemes, have announced three agreements aimed at promoting EVs.

Mercedes-Benz Applies a Subtle Makeover to 2015 B-Class MPV

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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class was the model which inaugurated the brand’s new FWD platform in late 2011, so it was only natural that the MPV was the first in line for a facelift.