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BMW’s i division is hard at work building a secret prototype battery-powered i8 sports car which could result in the coupe discarding the plug-in hybrid powertrain and going fully electric in the future. According to sources speaking to British publication Autocar, the plan is the electric i8 will be based on the i division’s carbon […]

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A Nissan engineer has let slip that the new Leaf electric car will feature a little over 200 miles of range. Nissan’s global director of electric vehicle engineering, Kazuo Yajima, told Autoblog that a new 60-kWh battery pack is coming in the next Leaf that will allow it to travel between 210 and 220 miles […]

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Some have hoped the revised Chevrolet Volt’s sales would break through a glass ceiling this year, but with 2016 nearing the halfway point, indicators are it will be fortunate to exceed the original Volt’s best sales year in 2012. The first-generation extended-range electric Volt was launched late 2010 for model year 2011 and sold just […]

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As its name implies, the Electra Meccanic Solo battery-electric vehicle has room for a driver only, with room in back for a few bags of groceries. The three-wheeler with driving range of 125 miles isn’t meant to replace the family hauler, but can fill a need, said the company’s CEO, Jerry Kroll. “It addresses the […]

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As part of ongoing efforts to scrub its diesel-stained image, Volkswagen has in store a purpose made electric vehicle called NUVe it aims to show in Paris this year. The pre-production concept car will be built on the modular MEB chassis, according to German publication Auto Bild, and interior space utilization could be as good […]

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Japan’s CHAdeMO association has released a new protocol supporting current electric vehicle fast charging and upcoming 200-mile plus electric cars. During CHAdeMO’s annual General Assembly in Tokyo, the association announced an amendment to the current protocol that will enable 150 kW power transfer. The first installations are expected in 2017, with full compatibility with CHAdeMO-compatible […]

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Hyundai’s Genesis brand says it intends to introduce an all-electic luxury vehicle. Speaking from the sidelines of an auto show in Busan, South Korea, Senior Vice President Manfred Fitzgerald said the EV will add to other electrified vehicles Hyundai and Genesis have in store. “We will definitely go as Genesis brand down the road of […]

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May sales for the Nissan Leaf amounted to just 979 units, a 53-percent decline from 2,104 sold last year. Despite a 30-kWh battery now available, today’s reality for EV buyers in the U.S. seems to be ruling out the Leaf from the days of 2,000-3,000 monthly sales it has experienced. Today’s present reality: A 200-plus […]

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Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan’s European electric vehicle division head, is forecasting that 20-percent of its vehicle sales will be electric by 2020. “We’re committed to zero emissions and I passionately believe that’s where [our lineup] is headed. We believe that by 2020, where the market conditions are right, we’ll be selling up to 20-percent of our […]

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In a bid to make more relevant electric cars, Volkswagen is contemplating a new modular chassis architecture that could save cost and time in developing purpose-built EVs. Called “MEB,” the battery in-flat-floor architecture could serve as the underpinnings of a new all-electric Phaeton by 2020, but VW engineers say more is possible. The BUDD-e concept […]

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