• Volvo C30 Electric

    Volvo showed us its C30 Electric zero-emissions hatchback at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show back in January, which included a crashed example with the car's expensive battery pack fully intact, but now the automaker has confirmed that customer leases are about to start. Unfortunately, those leases are only scheduled to begin in Europe as Volvo has no plans to bring it over to the U.S. anytime soon. It doesn’t matter too much as the initial customer leases will mainly be provided to companies, authorities and governmental bodies. The markets Volvo has on its list include Sweden, Belgium, the...

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    Need To Charge Your Electric Car? There's A Google Map For That

    Despite the best efforts of some in the auto industry to keep electric cars off the roads, they're back. Given the current state of technology, the EV's revenge will likely be slow and steady, but most experts agree that electrics are the future of transportation. There are, however, several...

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    New 'EVolve' App From BMW Decides Whether You're Ready For An EV

    Electric vehicles and other alt-fuel rides are big news these days. Tech fans and green enthusiasts can't wait to get their hands on 'em, while others think that hybrids and their eco-friendly kin are part of a vast communist conspiracy. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, there are many...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell battery electric vehicle (Europe only)
    Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell Electric Car: Another Daimler Experiment

    This morning Daimler released complete details on its 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, a limited production electric conversion of its aging A-Class five-door small hatchback, sold mostly in Europe and not available in the United States. The A-Class E-Cell is Daimler's second vehicle to use...

  • Alyssa Milano with the Nissan Leaf
    Alyssa Milano Is Charmed By The Nissan Leaf

    There's been a lot of talk about electric rides lately, most of it having to do with the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. (They're not the only EVs on the market, obviously, just the two getting most of the publicity right now.) What's weird is this: much of the chatter about the Volt seems...

  • Video: On Top Of (And Around) The World With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tesla And TAG Heuer

    It would be really easy to make fun of Leonardo DiCaprio. Heck, if nothing else, the guy was in Titanic, which, according to our extensive research, is the sole reason for the continued popularity of Riverdance. In most countries, that would be worth a death sentence or two, or at least a good...

  • C30 BEV

    Volvo increases the development of cars powered by electricity by building an electric test fleet.

  • Ford Focus BEV for The Jay Leno Show's Green Car Challenge
    Video: Jay Leno Show Ford Focus BEV Hot Hatch

    The Ford Focus BEV is based on a European Focus ST.

  • 2011 Ford Focus preview
    Ford hopes to sell 5,000 to 10,000 Focus electric cars per year

    Electric cars may be all the rage these days but making the technology cheap enough for mass-market will take some time. One of the leaders in this field is Ford, which is expected to have one of the first mass-produced all-electric cars on the market with its battery-powered Focus. Arriving in...

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    Ford working on next-generation lithium-ion batteries

    One of the biggest things holding back the mass embrace of the electric car is their supposedly short driving range compared to conventionally powered cars, as well as their relatively expensive nature considering the youth of the technology and low production volumes. To combat this, Ford claims...

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    Mulally: electric vehicles are our future

    The times, they are a changin'. Carmakers that had seemed bulletproof, or at least too big to fail, are teetering on the brink of insolvency. Government regulations and stipulations on loan money are cinching down emissions and efficiency requirements. And tax incentives are spurring development of...

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    More details emerge on Ford’s upcoming electric compact

    Ford confirmed at last month’s Detroit Auto Show that it would launch an all-electric compact car in 2011, co-developed with automotive parts supplier and independent vehicle manufacturer Magna International. Today new details on Ford's efforts to but electric wheels on the ground have...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV concept

    Toyota used last week’s Detroit Auto Show to unveil its new FT-EV concept, a compact urban runabout based on the iQ minicar and powered by an all-electric drivetrain. The carmaker also used the Detroit event to announce plans to launch an urban commuter ‘battery-electric vehicle’ (BEV) by 2012 in the United States. While it’s safe to assume the new electric vehicle will be similar in shape and size to the FT-EV concept, Toyota’s national alternative-fuel vehicle manager in the U.S., Bill Reinert, has revealed to Automotive News that the carmaker is still...

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    Ford reveals electric future, confirms electric compact car for 2011

    Ford has used the opening day for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show to announce plans for its future electric vehicle (EV) program, confirming several zero-emissions vehicles for the North American market as well as next-generation hybrid and new plug-in hybrid models. Ford will call on its global...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV concept
    Toyota reveals iQ-based FT-EV Concept

    Toyota has announced that it will display its new FT-EV concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, while also confirming that it will launch an urban commuter ‘battery-electric vehicle’ (BEV) by 2012. The world's largest carmaker also revealed that it will start consumer trials of a fleet...

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