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Battery Co. Sakti3: A 480-Mile EV Will Happen


The founder of Michigan-based battery maker Sakti3 announced this week that the company would manufacture solid-state lithium packs that could double the range of a typical electric car like the Tesla Model S. An affiliate of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a division of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Sakti3 researchers believe that [...]

Formula E Set for Sept. 13 Beijing Debut


Formula E racing is set to begin its debut season on Sept. 13 in Beijing, China. Race officials disclosed that BMW would utilize Qualcomm Halo wireless charging to replenish battery packs on the event’s pace cars. BMW will have four pace vehicles at the historic race, which features drivers in all-electric, single-seat vehicles. Ten teams [...]

NEVS Unveils Saab 9-3 EV


National Electric Vehicle Sweden, formerly known as Saab, this week unveiled a prototype of its new EV, the Saab 9-3. The company’s facility in Trollhattan is in full production mode now, and the model being shown is actually an earlier, test version. The fresh-faced EV resembles the classic Aero 9-3 in many ways. Cargo space [...]

BMW i3 Tops ‘Fueleconomy.Gov’ List


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ranking of the ten best cars for fuel economy puts the new BMW i3 EV at the top of its list. The EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality compiles combined mpg (or mpg-equivalent) data and ranks cars according to efficiency. The BMW i3 places first on the current listing [...]

Renovo Coupe EV Revealed at Last!


California-based electric carmaker Renovo Motors is displaying its first model, the Renovo Coupe, at the current Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. A reworked Shelby Daytona featuring all-electric drive, the Renovo EV is a sleek, 500-horsepower supercar that carries a lithium-ion battery 740 volts strong. Two motors that boast an output of 1,000 foot-pounds of torque [...]

‘Nat’l Drive Electric Week’ Set for Sept. 15-21


Organizers of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 15-21) are planning events in more than 113 North American cities to talk up the advantages of electric transportation. Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club helm the national EV love-fest that aims to get people to drive an EV for the first time. [...]

LA Auto Show 2014: Update


The 2014 LA Auto Show will open its doors to the public on Nov. 21, and is set to feature a record number of world and North American model debuts. Nearly 60 debuts in all will fill the venue, 25 of them vehicles that are being revealed for the first time anywhere. Global debut name [...]

Breaking News: 2016 Chevy Volt at NAIAS


Official word from GM is that the next-generation Chevy Volt will appear at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in Jan. 2015. The event will mark the model’s global debut. The company has also revealed that its fresh-faced EV will feature more technology than the car’s predecessor. Industry analysts think the new Volt will eventually be [...]

Volkswagen, SunPower Join Forces for Solar Driving


The second-biggest solar manufacturer in the U.S., SunPower Corp., is teaming with Germany’s Volkswagen AG to show consumers how to make driving a truly green experience. Volkswagen will soon begin promoting home-based solar systems through its dealerships. SunPower makes a set of rooftop panels that can collect and supply clean electricity for a plug-in car’s [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big


GM’s plug-in, extended-range EV, Chevy Volt, was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in Canada during the month of July with 132 units sold. That edged out archrival Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, by just 15 units. Leaf Canada sales totaled 104 in June and 117 in July. With a full five months left in the year, Chevy [...]

Where Will Tesla Build the ‘Gigafactory’?


There is still no official word on where Tesla Motors will locate its so-called gigafactory, a facility that will produce lithium-ion packs for the carmaker’s Model S and other electric vehicles. But many analysts are making much of the fact that Tesla did indeed break ground in Reno, Nevada, for what might become the company’s [...]

Volt, Leaf, Tesla July Sales ‘All Good News’


July was a positive month for plug-in kings Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The extended-range electric vehicle Volt sold 2,020 units to best last July by 13 percent. Tesla Motors, a company that only makes electric luxury cars, announced that it is selling 2,500 vehicles per month on average. For Nissan, the news was even [...]

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