Tag: electric vehicles

127 Posts

Jul 15, 2016

Is the End in Sight for Gas Engines?

Jim Motavalli

Internal combustion won't disappear overnight, but it's making more and more sense to switch to simpler electric drivetrains--and automakers are thinking the unthinkable.

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Jul 11, 2016

One-Percenters: Electric Cars Hit a Big Sales Milestone

Jim Motavalli

Make no mistake, at one percent of national sales, EVs aren't ruling the road--that role goes to crossover SUVs. But a modest upward trend is encouraging.

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Jun 09, 2016

"Calling All Electric Cars! Time for Police Duty!"

Jim Motavalli

BMW is leasing 100 plug-in i3s to the LAPD. Cop squads these days are using Bugattis, Ferraris, Teslas, Chevy Volts and electric motorcycles.

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Apr 29, 2016

Chasing Tesla: Ford's Working on a Long-Range, Affordable EV

Jim Motavalli

Ford joins GM and Tesla in the race to sell 200- to 300-mile electric cars for $35,000. It could be the EV's sweet spot.

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Feb 17, 2016

E-Golf Extended Test: Can It Hack a New York Winter?

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Volkswagen -- the company -- has 99 problems, conservatively speaking. But VW’s electric car, that is to say the silk blue metallic e-Golf SEL premium we’ve been testing for the past eight months and 11,080 miles, isn’t one of them.  

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Jan 13, 2016

In Detroit, Electric Cars on the Turntables--Whether the Public Wants Them or Not

Jim Motavalli

One in three new car sales is now an SUV, but it was plugs that dominated in Detroit. Why, if the public is looking elsewhere? Well, there's a little thing called CAFE, and it means that automakers have to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025. That means electrics and plug-in hybrids.

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Jan 05, 2016

At CES, Future Visions from Bosch, Faraday and Ford

Jim Motavalli

A plug-in Batmobile--with no room for Robin--from the upstart Tesla challenger. And from Ford? Alliances and a bid for part of the $5.4 trill.

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Dec 23, 2015

Colorado's Great EV Deal: A $10K Leaf and Plug-In Pale Ale

Jim Motavalli

Fort Collins, Colorado and Orlando, Florida are "deployment communities" for electric cars, and that includes lots of public charging, EV rental cars, and cheap deals. How does a $24,000 BMW i3 sound?

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Nov 20, 2015

Turning the Electric Corner at the LA Auto Show

Jim Motavalli

Plenty of SUVs debuted in LA, but the subtext was a big shift to electrics and plug-in hybrids. Audi, for one, says 25 percent of its sales will be electric by 2025.

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Nov 09, 2015

This Dune Buggy Is Electric, 3-D Printed and Crowd Sourced

Jim Motavalli

Local Motors has the Beach Boys on speed dial with its 3-D Swim, a lightweight carbon-fiber battery car with a built-in surfboard. And, yes, its body is 3-D printed atop a BMW i3 chassis.

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