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Detroit Electric SP:01 Continues Development

Detroit Electric doesn’t want you to forget that it’s making a comeback after a 75-year hiatus. The storied electric car maker, which initially revealed its Lotus Elise-based SP:01 back in April of last year with plans on putting the car into production by August of 2013, says it’s currently …

Tesla

2016 Chevrolet Volt Spy Photos: Make or Break Time

Sleeker, cheaper, and available in multiple strengths.<p><b>What It Is:</b> Chevy’s next Volt, wrapped in squiggle-design contact paper and fitted with placeholder lighting elements and sheetmetal. While the camo is heavy with this one, new model seems to be sleeker, lower-slung, and wedgier than the current …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

Selling

Ford C-Max Energi | Plug-in hybrids - Consumer Reports News

The C-Max plug-in hybrid is a variation of the previously tested C-Max hybrid. Dubbed C-Max Energi, this tall wagon is EPA-estimated to get 100 miles …

Daimler, BYD's Denza Brand Reveals First Electric Car In China

As Tesla has confirmed with its recent decision to set up production in China, the Chinese market is impossible to ignore.<p>Most major automakers …

Fisker Karma may relaunch in 2015

A plan for Fisker Automotive Inc. is solidifying that would put the company's gas-electric hybrid Karma luxury automobile back on the road in mid-2015, according to its newly appointed interim president.<p>The hope is that the newly launched car, backed by the deep pockets of Chinese auto-parts …

Here Are the New Electric Cars You'll Be Seeing on the Road by End of 2016

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When investing in the car business, it is important to understand not just what the competitive landscape looks like today, …

2014 Ford Focus Electric Overview

For 2014, Ford’s electric version of the Focus remains the sole pure electric vehicle of the brand.<p>Launched late 2011 as a 2013 model, the Focus …

2014 Chevy Spark EV vs. Fiat 500E, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, Nissan Leaf, Smart Fortwo ED | Comparison Test

The makers of the cars you see here were dragged kicking, screaming, and, in some cases, litigating into eligibility for this test. If truth were ever told, then these automakers would undoubtedly say that they’d rather not be here at all, thank you very much; that all of their accumulated business …

EVs at Home on the Texas Range

Selling electric vehicles (EVs) in oil-rich Texas is comparable to Nixon going to China, and the effort thus far has had similarly unexpected but successful results. Cars that do not use gas are proving surprisingly popular in the Lone Star State, and one of the main drivers for EVs has nothing to …

Detroit Electric's SP:01 Won’t be Made in Detroit, if It's Made at All

For those who can’t keep track of every upstart electric-car startup with grand plans, Detroit Electric is yet another such company, one that wants to sell an ultra-fast, two-seat sports car based on the Lotus Elise. After pledging to employ more than 100 people and crank out 2500 cars at a …

2013 Ford Focus ST: We miss the crazy, mostly

It's cracking fast, it has big grip, but ...<p>You have to give Ford credit for commitment. When the Blue Oval decided to add some crazy to the Focus five-door, it said, "What the hell," and dumped in the whole bottle.<p>That's a philosophy we stand behind without reserve. The resulting Focus ST, though, …

'An Inconvenient Truth' Sequel May Be Coming – /Film

<i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> made quite an impact when it hit in 2006, but it wasn’t enough. The issue of climate change is still far from resolved. Worse, …

Al Gore

A Different Kind Of Cool: The First-Ever Electric Italian Superbike

The 2015 Energica Ego Motorcycle won’t produce that throaty, viscera-jumbling rumble you hear when you fire up a Harley.<p>It won’t let you feather the clutch as you cruise through town or downshift around a bend.<p>Nor will it let you be the neighborhood cool guy tuning the transmission in the driveway …

Watch and Hear the 2014 BMW i8 Accelerate (W/Video)

A new video has surfaced showing what accelerating in the BMW i8 looks and sounds like from inside the cockpit. In the short clip from <i>Bimmerpost</i>, we can see the digital dials work inside the colorful gauge cluster display as the plug-in hybrid sports car accelerates to 120 kmh (around 81 mph).<p>The …

Tesla Beefs Up Model S Bellies With Titanium Plating

In the words of Smokey the Bear, “Only [titanium plating] can prevent [electric-car battery] fires.” To that end, Tesla has added three underbody plates to all new Model S sedans to prevent its floor-mounted battery pack from rupturing during a crash or an impact with road debris. The move comes …

Honda Smart Home May be Automaker’s Next Green Venture

Apparently bored with cars, bikes<p>,and lawnmowers—along with the occasional private jet and humanoid robot—Honda’s engineers zippered on some Carhartts and built the company’s first house. Dubbed the Honda Smart Home, the structure is located on-campus at the University of California,Davis, and it’s …

Tesla's Fire Fix: Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield

Follow Antony<p>Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has announced a fix for the Model S electric sedan to prevent future debris-related fire incidents, of the …

Tesla

The 16 Plug-In Electric Cars You Can Buy (Or Can't) For 2014

Electric cars may still seem futuristic, but there are actually 16 different plug-in models you can buy today.<p>Availability depends a lot on where you …

Electric Vehicles

Going Wireless: How Induction Will Recharge EVs on the Move

Technically speaking, juicing electric vehicles on the fly isn't all that complicated.<p>More than a century ago, Nikola Tesla studied high-power electromagnetic energy transfer without wires. Which raises the question: Why would Elon Musk, today’s tender of the Tesla flame, be investing more than …

Watch Ford's clever response to Cadillac's "Poolside" ad

Another take on the message that hard work is a good thing.<p>The Cadillac "Poolside" ad for the plug-in ELR coupe, starring actor Neal McDonough, certainly accomplished it mission of getting people's attention. The spot, which was viewed by millions during the Sochi Olympics and this year's Academy …

Cadillac Goes The Informative Route For New ELR Ad: Video

Follow Antony<p>Cadillac's last advert for its ELR range-extended electric coupe was... polarizing, to put it mildly. Called "Poolside", its lead …

Sequels

VW Battery-Only Golf A Stop-Gap Before Plug-In Hybrid Arrives

BERLIN, Germany – Volkswagen showed its commitment to the electric car revolution when it unveiled its battery-only powered E-Golf, but this is really a stop gap for VW, which plans to concentrate on plug-in hybrids to save fuel and carbon dioxide emissions.<p>VW, Europe’s biggest car manufacturer, …

Volvo Gives Update On Flywheel Tech, Eyes 2020 Rollout

About a year ago we brought you the first details on a flywheel-based hybrid system Volvo is developing that could reduce fuel consumption by up to …

Clean Energy

How Much Better Does Gen-2 Volt Need to Be?

The Chevrolet Volt’s popularity has been hit or miss, but what would it take to make it the solution it was originally meant to be?<p>We may find out …

Electric Vehicles

Jay Leno's Garage goes eco with Ricardo HyBoost

"Now before you turn away, this is not another boring hybrid car thing..." Despite the slightly defensive introduction from Jay, the latest episode of <i>Jay Leno's Garage</i> is actually pretty fascinating. The Ricardo HyBoost is a 2009 Ford Focus that has had a 1.1-liter engine swapped in for the stock …

Three-Cylinder Engines Possible for Future Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz is considering the use of three-cylinder engines for hybrid applications in future compact vehicles. In an interview at the Geneva auto show last week, powertrain chief Bernhard Heil told us that space and packaging considerations with transversely mounted engine applications could …

EV life: Fiat 500e plug-in car close to perfect

I thought it might be a good time to provide feedback at 5,000 miles on my electric car experiment. In October I leased an all-electric Fiat 500e, as the cost of the lease was less than I was spending each month on gasoline to drive my conventional vehicle.<p>The Fiat's battery range of 80-90 miles …