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Consumer Reports says Tesla Model 3 is fun to drive, but has some flaws

Some features disappointed, such as door handles and the keyless entry system.

A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a …

Chevy Bolt (2018) Vs. Tesla Model 3: 'Best Small' EV And Most Popular EV (Cheat Sheet)

What follows is a brief back-of-the-envelope crib sheet for the two highest-profile, mass-market, long-range EVs.<p>The Chevy Bolt just won Consumer Reports coveted “best compact green car” and one of the publications “Top Picks of 2018: Best Cars of the Year.”<p>The Tesla Model 3, on the other hand, …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla, GM buyers to lose $7,500 tax credit within a year

Time is running out for buyers of some of the best-selling plug-in vehicles to get a $7,500 federal tax credit with their purchase.<p>In an SEC filing early Friday, Tesla said it expectsthat it will hit the threshold of 200,000 U.S. sales at some time in 2018. That will lead to the beginning of the …

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Sonnen unveils a free smart home charger that always charges your EV from cheap solar power

sonnen, a Germany-based home battery pack manufacturer, is expanding its lineup of products today with the unveiling of a new smart home charge point that can always charge your electric car from cheap solar power using the company’s community of energy storage devices.<p>Here’s how it works.<p>The …

Chevrolet Bolt wins top 'green car' from Consumer Reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co's (005380.KS) Genesis brand topped the annual ranking of new vehicles by influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports, while General Motors Co's (GM.N) electric Chevrolet Bolt was named top pick for compact green car.<p>Millions of prospective auto buyers consult …

Tesla has transformed the car industry — but its biggest strength could become its greatest liability

Tesla has put the auto industry on notice.<p>That's because Tesla's ideas, and the way it has connected those ideas to an ambitious vision for a future of renewable energy and self-driving vehicles, are as compelling as those coming from any other American business. The company can thrive despite …

Chevy Bolt: The EV that raises bar for performance, range, comfort

It is my opinion that the new Chevrolet Bolt EV is just the second EV that truly functions like a real car. Tesla offers the Model S (and a big price …

It Matters Where Solar Panels Are Made

It's a lot tougher to innovate when the technology doesn't start at home.<p>The oil industry was born in Pennsylvania in 1859, and Americans have played a leading role in it ever since. Even after the U.S. lost its status as the world's top oil producer in the 1970s, 1 it remained the industry's main …

Samsung SDI unveils new batteries to increase electric car range and charging capacity

Samsung SDI has been pushing to carve itself a bigger space in the EV industry and it has been using auto shows to showcase their latest battery products.<p>They are doing it again at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show this week with new batteries that they claim will increase electric car range and charging …

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A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

<b>Video by Inc.</b><p>California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation …

Electric Vehicles Cost Less Than Half As Much To Drive

Electric vehicles cost less than half as much to operate as their gasoline-powered counterparts, according to a study of fuel costs released Thursday by the University of Michigan.<p>The average cost to operate an EV in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered …

Electric Vehicles

GM Is Going To Overrun Tesla

Every now and then, someone writes an article that is so full of holes to push a particular viewpoint that it can cause the blood pressures of …

The Chevy Bolt Outsold The Volt And Now It's Awkward

The Chevy Bolt outsold almost every other plug-in hybrid and electric car that wasn’t a Tesla Model S in 2017, making it one of the most successful …

Electric Vehicles

The 5 Best-Selling Electric Cars of 2017

Tesla is No. 1 on the EV list, but there's a surprising competitor not far behind.<p>Electric vehicle sales are starting to becoming a meaningful part …

Bracing for EV shift, NGK Spark Plug ignites all solid-state battery quest

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Facing the eventual demise of gasoline engines, the world’s biggest maker of spark plugs is turning its focus to a component it believes will be just as vital in the coming era of electric vehicles - next-generation all solid state batteries.<p>Hideaki Hikosaka, a member of …

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China's New Policy Will Move Solar Closer to Where It's Needed

China’s plan to introduce a system to monitor and evaluate the solar-power market will help direct new investments to regions where fewer plants are …

With the world embracing electric vehicles, the U.S. can’t afford to fall behind

On Wednesday of this week, 50 companies led by clean transportation nonprofit CALSTART, including my company, Volta, signed a letter urging Congress to keep a tax credit that boosts U.S. job creation and EV leadership.<p>Yesterday, several sources revealed that the final version of the GOP tax bill …

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

Scientists create self-applying membrane to protect cellA new method of designing batteries, cooked up at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, …

The Automobile 2.0: Chevrolet Bolt EV vs Nissan Leaf vs Tesla Model 3 Long Range

The first comparison test of the practical electric car<p>Can I see a show of hands for all of the Tesla Model 3 reservation holders out there? Now drop your hand if you’re put off when I tell you that the one <i>Motor Trend</i> tested is a big-battery ($9,000), “premium features” ($5,000) Long Range version …

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Electric Cars Are About to Get a Lot Faster and Go a Lot Further on a Charge

Transmissions for electric cars are on the way, and here's why that's important.<p>via SAE<p>One of the biggest gripes about electric cars from many …

Chevy Bolt: "Best Electric Car To Buy" Status For Two Consecutive Years

Chevy Bolt EV<p>For the 2017 model year, <i>The Car Connection</i> said no affordable electric vehicle can touch the Chevy Bolt EV, and this year, nothing has …

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2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Proof that daily-driving duties can indeed be handled by an electric car.<p>Overall Rating:<p>As a reasonably priced all-electric vehicle with a highly livable 238-mile driving range, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has few direct competitors. It teams a powerful electric motor with a large-capacity battery pack …

Fisker has filed patents for solid-state batteries

The company expects production-ready batteries around 2023<p>It seems that we're on the cusp of a solid-state battery revolution. The latest company to announce progress in developing the new type of battery is Fisker. It has filed patents for solid-state batteries and it expects the batteries to be …

Fisker claims solid-state battery ‘breakthrough’ for electric cars with ‘500 miles range and 1 min charging’

When Henrik Fisker relaunched its electric car startup last year, he announced that their first car will be powered by a new graphene-based hybrid supercapacitor technology, but he later announced that they put those plans on the backburner and instead will use more traditional li-ion batteries.<p>Now …

Fisker patents EV battery with a range of 500 miles that can be charged in 1 minute

It might sound too good to be true – but Fisker is working on an electric vehicle battery that can charge up to 100% in just one minute. They’ve …

Fuelling a property boom: Petrol stations the new black but watch out for EVs

In today's low interest rate, cheap debt world, petrol stations are the new black. But for how long has the experts divided as electric and …

As Auto Makers Seek To Match Tesla Charging Network, Problems Loom

Tesla has a convincing recharging setup in the U.S. and Europe, but the successful development of electric cars generally could be jeopardized by the refueling speed and density of the network, with the biggest question concerning the availability of electricity.<p>Some critics say the only sensible …

Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Charger Installation in Your Home: True Costs—and What You Need to Know

When shopping for an electric vehicle, you have to consider the cost of both the car <i>and</i> the electric car charger. Fueling an electric vehicle is as …

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Solar SmartFlower bring sexy, premium quality dual axis tracking to your *front* yard

One of the most futuristic cool solar systems I’ve ever seen is made by SmartFlower. The analogies are built into the structure – like a flower, the machine rises with the sun, opens wide to catch the rays, tracks the sun across the sky and then closes itself away for the evening.<p>The SmartFlower is …