Electric Cars

  • Consumer Reports Tesla Model 3 testing Navigate on Autopilot [CREDIT: Consumer Reports]

    Tesla says it has improved its self-driving Navigate on Autopilot system with its latest software update. Consumer Reports begs to differ. Last month, Tesla updated its Navigate on Autopilot software to allow its cars to change lanes automatically, without prompting or warning the driver. This gives the system the ability, for example, to navigate highway interchanges by choosing the appropriate lane. The system fulfills Tesla CEO Elon Musk's promise to develop a system that can drive itself from highway on-ramps to off-ramps without intervention (though several system warnings note that the...

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept
    Audi boosts plug-in plans to include 20 all-electric models by 2025

    Audi on Thursday announced a dramatic expansion of its plans to develop electric and plug-in cars. At its annual shareholders' meeting, the company told investors that it plans to release 20 new electric cars along with 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025 as part of its "four rings" plan to reduce its...

  • 2020 Karma Revero GT
    2020 Karma Revero GT breaks cover–with smaller mustache

    The 2020 Karma Revero GT will trim back its signature handlebar mustache for a bushier walrus variety. And when it goes on sale late this summer, buyers will be able to order it at a new $100 million custom design center adjacent to the Karma factory in Moreno Valley, California. "Our [Karma...

  • BMW i8 ad  -  Dieter Zetsche lookalike
    BMW posts a smart sendoff for longtime Mercedes chief

    German humor, as is quite often pointed out, is no laughing matter. Which is precisely what makes this sendoff to Dieter Zetsche, who on Wednesday stepped down from his position as CEO of Daimler, so funny. In a BMW ad called “retirement is about exploring your wide open future,”...

  • 2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
    2019 Audi E-tron road-trip review: Wait, range ratings aren’t everything?

    Not every electric-car first-drive event urges us to climb a mountain to get a good idea of driving range. Actually make that no other automaker, ever. But that’s what Audi had us do with its 2019 E-tron electric SUV: drive it on a prescribed route that took us nearly 195 miles from...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV charging at EVgo fast chargers at Chevron station, Menlo Park, California
    Want to charge up? EVgo builds chargers at Chevron gas stations

    If electric cars need more public places to charge, maybe they could just go to gas stations. That seems to be the approach behind the latest installations of EVgo stations in California. CHECK OUT: Gas stations OK, electric-car chargers too ugly? The company, which bills itself as the largest...

  • Piech Mark Zero concept

    Swiss startup Piëch wants to be more than a pretty face. The company showed a sleek new electric concept coupe at the Geneva auto show in March called the Mark Zero, which it plans to put into production in 2022, and recently released sketches of two models expected to follow the Mark Zero: a four-seat GT coupe, and a five-passenger SUV. As first reported in Britain's AutoExpress, the two new models will share the same platform as the Mark Zero, which is expected to weigh about 4,000 pounds. The Mark Zero will be renamed the GT-2 in production. The four-seat GT will be called the GT-4...

  • Rivian R1T Overlanding concept
    Rivian builds R1T Overland as cookout camping special

    Rivian hasn't even launched any vehicles, and it's already building special editions and devising expensive accessories for its R1T electric pickup. The latest is a camping special, not sized for a giant slide-in camper, but outfitted with a bed-top tent and an integrated slide-out kitchen for...

  • Tesla Model S Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]
    Report: Apple once attempted to buy Tesla

    Tesla has long been called the Apple of automakers for its alternative approach, its rampant fan base, and its Silicon Valley roots. But the interest could go deeper. Financial analyst Craig Irwin of Roth Capital Partners revealed Tuesday that Apple tried to buy Tesla in 2013, but was rebuffed. He...

  • Canadian reader K's new Tesla Model 3
    "How should EV owners pay for road maintenance?" Twitter poll results

    Last week, after several states proposed new registration fees on electric cars, ostensibly to pay for road maintenance, we wondered what our readers thought would work best. We have nothing against electric-car drivers paying their fair share for road maintenance, but some state proposals seemed...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S
    2019 Tesla Model S Long Range vs. 2013 Model S 85: How do they compare in value?

    When I bought my first Tesla Model S back in 2013, it had already been named that year’s Green Car Reports’ Best Car to Buy, and Consumer Reports had just declared it the best-scoring car they’d ever tested, noting that it broke their rating scale. The Model S was an extraordinary...

  • Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
    Report: EPA model will count fewer deaths to help favor coal plants

    The EPA is following through on plans to reduce the number of deaths it counts as attributable to air pollution, reportedly in an effort to support the Trump Administration's plans to shore up the coal industry. The plans were first discussed at a meeting of a key EPA air-quality standards board in...

  • Carpool lanes I-5, Seattle, Washington [Credit: SounderBruce-Wikimedia Commons]

    On Monday, we took a look at how electric cars have become the new norm in Norway. There, they've moved beyond early adopters and die-hards to the early mass market. In Norway, 31.2 percent of new-car buyers chose an electric car. It's like this not just because of new incentives for electric-car buyers, including as exemptions from sales, emissions, and road taxes. READ THIS: Why Norway leads the world in electric vehicle adoption That led us to wonder what types of incentives our readers see as most effective to sell larger numbers of electric cars. So our Twitter poll this week asks: "What...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    Seawater could bring breakthrough for hydrogen cars

    The biggest problem for hydrogen fuel-cell cars has been where to get a plentiful, affordable supply of hydrogen that doesn't contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Now scientists may have come up with what some have called the holy grail of clean transportation: a way to create hydrogen...

  • General Motors next-generation electrical platform
    GM builds new electric architecture for EVs, self-driving cars

    As future cars go electric, self-driving, and more connected with the outside world, they're going to faster connectivity inside the vehicle. To that end, General Motors just introduced a new electronic platform for its vehicles that it says can carry 4.5 terabytes of processing power per hour...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
    Big investment not enough for long term at Tesla, Musk says: report

    Tesla may have only enough money to survive another 10 months, CEO Elon Musk told employees in an email on Thursday. The email was first reported by Reuters, which was shown a copy. In response, Musk told employees he will review "all expenses of any kind anywhere in the world, including parts...

  • Cars queuing for DC fast charging  -  Ståle Frydelund/Norwegian EV Association
    Why Norway leads the world in electric vehicle adoption

    Norway has only 5.26 million people—about half the size of Los Angeles County in population, and with only about 35 percent of LA's vehicles on its roads. But there's one measure in which Norway trumps America's most saturated EV market. Per capita, Norway has more electric car owners and...

  • 2018 BMW i3
    2018 BMW i3 recalled for circuit-board issue causing sudden shutdowns

    Some BMW i3 models from the 2018 model year are being recalled for an issue that could cause sudden power loss and shutdown. At root of the issue is a printed circuit board, part of the Electric Motor Electronics (EME) module, that may not have been made to specifications. The issue could cause the...

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]

    A preliminary report released on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed an important piece of information in the fatal crash involving a 2018 Tesla Model 3 earlier this year: Autopilot was engaged. On March 1, the Model 3 was traveling southbound on U.S. 441—a divided highway—in Delray Beach, Florida. A semi tractor-trailer was crossing those lanes to turn northbound, but slowed before the turn, obstructing the lane ahead of the electric car, which struck the left side of the semi’s trailer and then continued traveling for 1,600 feet (nearly a...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
    Volkswagen says EV batteries to last "the life of the car"

    In an announcement last month, Volkswagen joined Nissan and Tesla as the only automakers to explicitly warranty not just the batteries in its cars but specifically how much life it expects them to retain. Frank Blome, the head of VW's Center of Excellence in Battery Cells, said in an outward facing...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886
    Mercedes-Benz lays out plan for carbon-neutral future

    Mercedes-Benz's CEO-apparent Ola Källenius laid out a plan Monday, just after the Norway launch of its EQC electric SUV, that outlines the development of an entire "carbon-neutral" passenger-car fleet. Källenius, currently the head of product development at Mercedes, has been named future...

  • Polestar 2
    Volvo announces battery suppliers for upcoming EV lineup, including Polestar

    Volvo, one of the first automakers to announce it would add electric power to its whole lineup, on Wednesday took the unusual step of formally announcing who will supply the batteries for all those electric cars. The company stated that it will source $1 billion worth of lithium-ion batteries from...

  • 2020 Honda E prototype
    "Honda e" becomes official name of Urban EV, more hybrids to come

    Honda last week confirmed a new name for the Urban EV concept that it has showed twice at European auto shows recently. The car will be dubbed the Honda e when it goes on sale in Europe, though the company did not specify any time frame. The company said it has already received 6,500 "expressions...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 first drive  -  Norway, May 2019
    First drive review: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover charges ahead, luxury first

    Norway has a lot of electric cars—so many that it can make anyone driving a new vehicle with an internal combustion engine look like a Luddite. Mercedes-Benz brought us there to experience the EQC—and possibly to normalize it in a sea of EVs that makes California look like a land of...