Ladies and gentlemen, start your … electric motor? That could one day be the future command spoken at the beginning of automobile races. Or maybe not – after all, one of the appeals of racing is the sound of high-strung internal-combustion engines at full throttle. But there’s almost certainly a place for electric cars in […]

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Wireless charging for EVs has long been sought after. A group at Stanford University is trying to finally achieve that goal. Right now, wireless charging is a pretty limited technology. A few modern vehicles offer wireless smartphone charging, but the range is limited – the phone must be placed in a certain spot. Wireless charging […]

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EV fans tend to have an affinity for ads promoting their preferred cause, Tesla has had its share of volunteers posting home-made video spots, and since March there’ve been dozens of new ones waiting for Tesla to judge them. In case you haven’t heard, the sudden onslaught of creativity was prompted by a 10-year old […]

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Who killed the electric car? Most of us know that phrase as the title of a documentary that explores factors that limited production of EVs, specifically General Motors’ EV1. The actions of automakers, specifically those of GM, are one of those factors blamed in the film. Now one of today’s key figures in the EV […]

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If you haven’t noticed, Toyota’s Prius Liftback and its “Prime” plug-in sibling have seen significant changes in their relative popularity. For this entire decade, Liftback sales dominated all hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars so completely that the term “800 pound gorilla” was often invoked, but today, while still ahead, it’s less of the heavyweight. […]

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is capable of charging up to 20-percent faster than it does on today’s DC chargers, according to initial results in a newly published report from a Canadian research institute. The Bolt’s peak charging rate has been the subject of some speculation. General Motors spokespeople have generally said the Chevrolet Bolt […]

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Will overwhelmed infrastructure lead to doubled or tripled recharge times for EVs? And will that drive sales of plug-in hybrids, given their increased powertrain flexibility, including the ability to switch to internal-combustion engine power? One consultant says yes, that’s what will happen. SEE ALSO: VW Reveals Nationwide EV Charging Plans Nicholas Meilhan, a Paris-based consultant […]

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Toyota is already criticized enough for being boring. Now its CEO is saying that a market shift toward EVs will be boring and expensive. This was said by CEO Akio Toyoda even as he leads a special project team that plans to build an EV by 2020, and as it works to catch up to […]

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Just because you want to drive an electrically propelled car doesn’t mean it has to be unattractive. Although we’ve seen frumpy little eco-mobiles come along in the name of ultra-green earth-hugging minimalist sensibility, most automakers – if they hope to sell their vehicles – are designing cars that will appeal to a broader audience. Of […]

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Today mainstream-priced plug-in hybrids are mostly compact and midsized front-wheel-drive cars while Americans are shifting toward larger cars, AWD trucks, and SUVs. Do you see a disconnect in this picture? Are automakers’ out of touch with what people would snap up in a heartbeat if only they were made available? Is the goal in electrifying […]

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