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Toyota expanding EV manufacturing in China

The Japanese car manufacturers have announced plans to significantly increase production capacities in their Chinese factories. In future, they plan …

Autos

BYD to Deliver First Electric Buses to Montreal and Longueuil

BYD received another order for electric buses in Canada as the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) …

Alternative Fuel

This New Electric Vehicle is Poised to Compete With Tesla’s Model 3

Tesla may be at the forefront of advanced and stylish electric vehicles, but it may soon have some serious competition in the form of the 2018 Nissan …

Electric Vehicles

Pills, 120-hour weeks and erratic decisions - is Elon Musk sleepwalking into disaster?

“If there was a way that I could not eat, so I could work more, I would not eat,” Elon Musk once famously told a friend. “I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal.”<p>It seems the electric car mogul’s quest for productivity is not paying off. In an emotional interview …

Tesla

New super-battery that doesn’t catch fire described as a ‘paradigm shift’

The latest rechargeable battery technology could drastically improve the capabilities of mobile phones and electric vehicles.<p>It seems that nearly …

Electric Vehicles

A graphene breakthrough hints at the future of battery power

Catch the 1E bus from central Belgrade, Serbia, and you’ll be riding the future.<p>The five Chariot e-buses that operate on this route are some of the …

Graphene

Toxic cadmium discovered in 124,000 VW EV and plug-in chargers

In yet another facepalm-worthy bit of news, Volkswagen seems to have equipped some of its European-market electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with chargers from a third-party manufacturer that built them with components containing cadmium.<p>Why is that a big deal? Well, in case you skipped chemistry …

Electric Vehicles

How a Battery Breakthrough May Lead to Electric Cars That Charge in Seconds

Why "flow batteries" might be the answer.<p>An impediment to electric car adoption is the fact that they can take a long time to charge. That means for …

Clean Energy

Nissan debuts pop-top and fully-electric camper vans for summer adventures

Just in time for summer road trips, Nissan has debuted two new camper vans at the Madrid Motor Show. The company showcased mod-style camper vans — …

Campers

BMW Brings the Electric HEAT

All-in-one electric power unit enables modular production.<p>During a recent visit to BMW’s normally top-secret electric powertrain development center in Munich, we had the chance to take a closer look at the company’s next-generation e-power unit, known internally as the HEAT. It didn’t look …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

The next major innovation in batteries might be here

Lithium-ion batteries were first introduced to the public in a Sony camcorder in 1991. Then they revolutionized our lives. The versatile batteries now power everything from tiny medical implants and smartphones to forklifts and expensive electric cars. And yet, lithium-ion technology still isn’t …

Clean Energy

The Surprising Top 5 Trade-Ins for Tesla Model 3

The electric automaker is seeing significant demand for its 'premium' sedan.<p>via Getty Images<p>Tesla's newest midsize sedan is taking the market by …

BMW

Nissan sells its battery business, 225-mile Leaf e-Plus to get LG Chem batteries

When it comes to electric-car batteries, Nissan is no longer going its own way.<p>The company that launched the first modern, mass-market all-electric …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla Gigafactory Now Makes More Battery Power Than All Automakers Combined

It’s official: Tesla Gigafactory is now the largest annual producer of battery power in the automotive world, with a run rate of approximately 20 …

Tesla

Trump administration to freeze fuel-efficiency requirements in move likely to spur legal battle with states

The Trump administration announced plans Thursday to freeze fuel-efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 — a massive regulatory rollback likely to spur a legal battle with California and other states, as well as create potential upheaval in the nation’s automotive …

Pesticides

Honda's SmartCharge beta lets you earn money for charging at the right time

Charging an electric car and balancing the needs of the grid can be pretty complicated, which is why Honda has gamified the whole thing and thrown some cash on top.<p>Honda SmartCharge is a new program available to select owners of the Fit EV in California. Owners will have to download the HondaLink …

Electric Vehicles

Volvo's all-electric Polestar 2 will go up against the Model 3

Now that Polestar's first car (and its only hybrid car) is out the door, what's it going to do for the purely electric follow-up? Give Tesla's Model 3 a run for the money, apparently. Chief operating officer Jonathan Goodman told <i>Autocar</i> in a recent interview that the Polestar 2 would have the kind …

Auto Shows

Norwegians Quietly Revolt Against Tesla

After a fender-bender with his Tesla Model S last February, Tor Havard Wiig figured he’d be back on the road within a week or two. Five months on, …

Electric Vehicles

03 Let's Define Hypermiling

YouTube

Wall Street Journal's Dan Neil Deletes Twitter After Tesla Model 3 Review Blowback

Just how charged is the discourse around Tesla these days? Can a journalist criticize the company without being called a short or a pawn for Big Oil? …

Social Media

Tesla Asks Suppliers for Cash Back to Help Turn a Profit

Electric-car company, in memo, asks supplier to return a meaningful portion of money spent since 2016<p>Tesla Inc. has asked some suppliers to refund a portion of what the electric-car company has spent previously, an appeal that reflects the auto maker’s urgency to sustain operations during a …

Tesla

Nissan LEAF NISMO sport version is officially launching and going on sale this month

Nissan and Nismo, the automaker’s motorsports and in-house tuning division, have been teasing making a version of the new Leaf for a while and it’s now finally happening.<p>The Japanese automaker has announced the official debut and the start of sales of the new Leaf Nismo by the end of the month.<p>The …

Driverless Tesla Model 3 Sets New Hypermiling Record

This Model 3 gives us a glimpse into what autonomous driving could mean for us in the futureYes, hypermiling is a thing. This special driving …

Polestar 2 electric sedan to feature 350-mile range, 405 horsepower

The Tesla Model 3 will see a direct rival from Volvo Cars' newly minted Polestar brand, and the first details about the electric car have come …

Munro Eats Crow, Finds Tesla Model 3 To Be Highly Profitable

<b>Early critic sings a new, more harmonious tune.</b>When Sandy Munro, eponymous founder of Munro & Associates, first got his hands on a Tesla Model 3, he …

Zachary Gets a Model 3

Fill 'er Up, or Plug It In? Oil, Utilities Fight to Fuel Vehicles of the Future

NOVI, Mich.—The world’s largest oil company has 30 engineers working away in this Detroit suburb on a project that sounds counterintuitive: an engine that burns less oil.<p>But there is a common-sense explanation for why the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco, wants a more efficient internal …

Ontario government cancels 758 renewable energy contracts, says it will save millions

Ontario's new Progressive Conservative government says it is cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts in what it calls an effort to reduce …

SiliconX: Scientists hail new alloy as missing ingredient for next-gen batteries

For years, scientists have seen silicon as a hugely promising material in the world of lithium-ion batteries. The primary reason for this is that …

Solar panel installer is fastest-growing occupation in Hawaii, report says

ADVERTISING<p>Hawaii is one of eight states where the occupation of solar panel installer is growing the fastest, according to an interactive map of the …