Subaru is getting ready to dip a toe into the market for electric cars. It needs to if it wants to continue selling it products in places like China with strict efficiency and emissions rules.
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Elon Musk tweeted that production of the Tesla Model 3 is expected to begin in July and a new software update for cars with the second generation hardware package would arrive in June. Read on for more Twitter tidbits.
Opel has 4,000 orders for the Ampera E, the European version of the Chevy Bolt. On May 17, the first three were delivered to their new owners. It is no coincidence that they were finished in red, white, and blue.
A year ago, BMW’s carsharing program known as ReachNow folded up shop in San Francisco and moved to Seattle. The service began with 370 cars, including electric BMW i3 sedans and conventional 3 Series and MINI offerings. A year later, the ReachNow fleet has grown to more than 700 cars and expanded to Portland and Brooklyn. It now has more than 50,000 members.
California is about to begin testing a new “point of sale” clean vehicle rebate plan in San Diego. Under the present rules, people who purchase a qualifying EV can get a check back from the state for up to $7,000, depending on their income level. California started indexing its rebate program to income level a few years ago to avoid the charge that the incentives the state was offering were mostly benefiting wealthy tech tycoons and Hollywood stars replacing their Porsches with Teslas. The state is much more interested in encouraging low-income families to give up their inefficient and pollution-belching commuter cars and drive a low- or zero-emissions (and far safer) car instead.
Originally published on Gas2. The Nio EP9 supercar went to the Nurburgring last year and set the fastest lap ever for an electric car – 7 minutes 5.12 seconds. That was impressive. Then last week, the company brought an updated version of the EP9 back to the Nordshliefe (north course) at the Nurburgring and set the […]
Daymak says its C5 Blast Ultimate electric go kart will be the world’s fastest vehicle. It combines an electric motor with four fans for forward thrust and 8 more fans for upward thrust.
An Israeli company claims it has a new battery that can go three hundred miles on a charge and then be replenished in only five minutes. If true, the electric car revolution just took a giant leap forward.
Originally published on Gas2. General Motors said this week it will construct a battery factory in China this year. China wants new cars to be electric as soon as possible. China says it wants all manufacturers to make “new energy vehicles” — defined as plug-in hybrid, battery electric, fuel cell or other alternative fuel vehicles — […]
The Electrica Meccanica Solo three-wheeled electric car can be reserved for a $250 refundable deposit. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
Plug In Adventures has modified a Nissan LEAF for the 10,000 long London to Mongolia rally this summer. The drivers will chart where charging locations can be found along the way to help other electric car adventurers.
Tesla has started installing automatic emergency braking after it was criticized by Consumer Reports but the updated system only functions at speeds up to 28 miles per hour. Not good enough, says CR.
Fastned is well on its way to becoming one of the largest electric car charging networks in Europe. Last week, it announced it was working with German authorities to construct a fast charging network in that country. Now, Fastned says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Transport For London to do the same […]
Continental, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, is planning to lower its investment in internal combustion powertrains and boost investment in electric car components.
Audi will begin accepting reservations for its e-tron quattro from customers in Norway. The all electric SUV is scheduled to begin production in 2018.
Tesla says it will double the size of its Supercharger network this year, including 1,000 new locations in California as the company gears up for the launch of the Model 3 midsize sedan.
Wireless charging website Plugless says US electric car drivers have logged over 11 billion miles since 2010 when the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf first went on sale. The Tesla Model S and Model X are catching up fast.
During the Long Beach grand prix weekend, a beta version of the Faraday Future FF 91 made a surprise appearance at the Mother’s Car Wax car show.