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Tesla ‘Model D’ Still a Mystery


Just days ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has created huge speculation about his California-based company’s newest model. At Hawthorne Airport in LA, on Oct. 9, the intrepid executive will take the wraps off what he calls the Model D. The shocking news came via a tweet from the CEO, [...]

GM Reveals ‘Secret’ Chevy Volt


Chevrolet issued a press release this week about its “secret,” next-generation Volt. As engineers sent the extended-range EV out to the test field, they made it known to the world that the new car is ready for its 2015 debut in Detroit, but officials left the camouflage in place during testing. See the video clip [...]

‘Refreshed’ Cadillac ELR Will Debut in LA


Officials at Cadillac announced this week that an updated version of the range-extended EV would be unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show, which is open to the public from Nov. 21 to Nov. 30. In addition to exterior and interior changes, the 2016 ELR will offer new engineering as well. Industry insiders say the [...]

Experts: Sept. Auto Sales to Rise 10 Pct


Early word from multiple news outlets is that September car sales will post at least a 10 percent increase when compared to last year’s numbers. The entire span of 2014, so far, has demonstrated undeniably strong sales growth, with three of the industry’s big players, Nissan, Chrysler, and GM all looking at gains of 10 [...]

EV Sales Surge in Europe


European EV sales spiked up 91 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest data from JATO Dynamics. No single model dominates the statistics, though the leaders of the segment included Tesla Model S, BMW i3, and the venerable Nissan Leaf. Previously, the Renault Zoe had topped the EV leader board, but as the [...]

New Fiat 500e Now Available in Ore., Calif.


Fiat announced this week that its new 2015 electric car, the 500e, would be available in both California and Oregon. Prices begin at $31,800 and lease rates are set at $199 per month with $999 due at signing, for a 36-month agreement. Fiat initially built the EV in order to meet California smog laws, as [...]

DiCaprio, Bieber Happy Now? Fisker Karma Returns!


Wanxiang Group of China will relaunch the Fisker Karma luxury hybrid-electric car, possibly in time for the 2016 model year. The fresh-faced version will be largely based on the final model made by the former owners, namely the 2012 Karma. Reuters reported that an unnamed source within Wanxiang said the new car will be almost [...]

National Drive Electric Week is Biggest Ever


Thanks to a well-organized sponsorship by Nissan Motors, the ongoing National Drive Electric Week is proving to be a huge success, featuring more than 125 local events all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Running from Sept 15-21, and previously called National Plug In Day, the event works to inform the world’s drivers about the [...]

2016 Volt Update: GM Breaks Silence


GM executives revealed more details about the upcoming, second-generation Chevy Volt this week, noting that the new model will feature upgrades all around, which presumably includes more electric range. Larry Nitz, GM’s director for powertrain development, said that Volt drivers have historically driven about 66 percent of their miles in electric mode, while a full [...]

‘Leaf’ Venucia e30 Unveiled for China


The joint venture between Japan’s Nissan and China’s Dongfeng Motors announced this week that it has begun selling its Leaf clone in local Chinese markets. What some are calling the ‘sister’ to the Nissan all-electric Leaf is the first EV from the joint venture and is expected to sell briskly. Officials conducted a meticulous 300-vehicle [...]

Kia Reveals Pricing, Specs for Soul EV


Kia released pricing and other information about its new electric model, the Soul EV. The car will carry a base price of $33,700 before tax incentives, and boasts an EPA driving range of 93 miles per charge. For now, U.S. consumers will be able to purchase the car in California dealerships, with likely market expansions [...]

Tesla Wins Again: Lowest ‘Price-per-Range’ Ratio


According to a recent study by MojoMotors, the Tesla Model S offers the greatest range per dollar of price among all electric vehicles. The rankings were created by simply dividing each car’s list price by its miles-per-charge, or range. The Model S “costs” about $301 per mile of electric range, while the Chevy Spark EV [...]

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