electric cars

J.D. Power: Hybrid and EV Cars Will Be 3.5% of Sales by 2015

Somehow it seems appropriate that an outfit named J.D. Power and Assoc. is weighing-in with some optimism on the future of electric-powered vehicles…
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Tesla and Toyota: A Match Made on Wall Street?

Tesla’s new partnership with Toyota comes at a trying time in the history of both companies. The recent announcement initially seemed to be…
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Chinese Eager for Electric Cars, Survey Shows

Sixty percent of Chinese who own a car or are planning on buying one would consider buying a plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle,…
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Better Place Starts Electric Vehicle Battery Swap in Japan

News broke early this week that Better Place, the Silicon Valley car-charging infrastructure upstart, is launching the first tests of its battery-swapping scheme…

Brace for Impact: the West Coast Anticipates Electric Vehicles

It’s hard not to see the flurry of activity preceding Dec 2010’s slated electric vehicle launches as an expression of joyous excitement. A…

Tomorrow’s Electric Cars at the 2010 North American Auto Show

In 1986, I bought my very first car. It was a red 1980 Chevy Chevette. And I loved that thing. I drove it…

Ford Ups the Ante on EVs

Ford is investing another $450 million in electric vehicle development and facility retooling, bringing its total investment in this area to a cool…

This is Not Yo Mama’s Nissan Altima

The 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid is definitely a step up from its previous incarnations. I test drove this vehicle this past week across…

Cruisin in the Fusion: Does Ford’s Latest Hybrid Earn its Green Cred?

After six days and more than 400 miles of real-world road testing of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, I am happy to report that the car…

China Produces More Cars than the U.S.

It’s true: The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that China surpassed the U.S. last year in the total number…

Los Angeles: The New Electric Car Launchpad?

The unthinkable has happened. Los Angeles plans on resurrecting the city’s 400 abandoned electric vehicle charging stations that have been collecting dust for…

New Study: How Soon Can We Expect Wide Benefits from Plug-In Hybrids?

With GM’s Volt and Toyota’s Plug-In Prius coming to the market within the next two years, how soon can we expect plug-in hybrids…

Chrysler Pulling Plug on EV Development? Maybe Not

It wasn’t all that long ago that Chrysler Corp. pocketed more than $12.5 billion in government bailout funds to avoid a bankruptcy filing,…

Landmark “Electrification Coalition” Plays Down Environmental Benefits of EVs, Plays Up Oil Dependence

More than a dozen top executives ranging from Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn to David W. Crane of NRG Energy and Frederick W. Smith of…

Mitsubishi Chemical Uses the Sun to Chill Out Trucks

Somehow it’s a fitting juxtaposition: using solar power to cool down. Mitsubishi Chemical has developed a solar technology system that enables solar cells…