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  • Porsche Taycan prototype

    Porsche won't leave Taycan owners to their own devices when it comes time to charge their electric sedans on the road. The German luxury and sports car maker announced Monday that every Taycan will come with three years of free charging at Electrify America stations. The goal is to provide Taycan owners with a coast-to-coast charging network to rival Tesla's network of Supercharger charging systems. Electrify America is also part of the VW Group, set up after the automaker's diesel scandal, which makes the Porsche partnership a shoo-in. The "free" charging is actually built into the sale...

  • Volkswagen mobile fast-charger system
    VW shows off mobile fast-charging station for electric cars

    Today, the vast majority of charging stations are fixed in place after installation. Next year, VW plans to join a short list of companies looking to change that. On Thursday, the German automaker showed off a mobile fast-charging station for electric cars it plans to implement in 2019, and the...

  • VW ID R at Pikes Peak
    VW details the engineering behind charging ID R Pikes Peak racer

    Volkswagen will attempt to set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the electric-car class with the ID R electric racer on June 24. But even before the car hits the course, an incredible amount of planning has gone into ensuring the ID R is a has every chance to compete...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, 2017 Los Angeles auto show
    Volkswagen to install 2,000 fast chargers across US by end of 2019

    Volkswagen and its Electrify America unit announced plans to install 2,000 fast chargers at 500 stations across the country by the end of 2019. VW's announcement on Wednesday included news that it also plans to install numerous chargers at 100 Walmarts in the U.S. The plan is part of VW's agreement...

  • Porsche Mission E concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Porsche's 800-volt fast charging stations will rival Tesla's Supercharger network

    Porsche's first battery-electric car, the production version of the Mission E, will feature immense charging infrastructure support from the brand itself. Eventually, Porsche's 800-volt "Turbo Charging" stations will populate highways and offer Mission E drivers a Tesla-like charging...

  • Amazon patent for mobile drone electric car charging
    Amazon patented a drone that can recharge your electric car on the go

    Range anxiety is still an issue with electric cars, even though 240- and 300-mile EVs are now on the market. No matter how far the range, an EV driver could run low on charge with no charging station nearby. Amazon might have a solution for the electric equivalent of running out of gas. The United...

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

    Charging an electric car isn't exactly the same as stopping at a local fuel station to fill up in a matter of minutes. In fact, owners of electric vehicles often wait for 20 to 30 minutes while their car charges. Tesla may be interested in making the wait time at its Supercharger stations a tad more bearable and is reportedly mulling over the addition of convenience stores to its charging stations. While there are no definite plans, Grub Street reports Tesla is seriously interested in attaching 7-Eleven-like stores to its Supercharger stations. At FSTEC, the largest food and technology...

  • Tesla Supercharger for city centers
    Tesla taking Supercharger network to city centers, starting with Chicago and Boston

    Tesla has largely focused its Supercharger charging station network on highways and popular roads, but the Silicon Valley automaker will soon change that. Tesla announced it will begin to expand its Supercharger charging network to city centers, with downtown Chicago, Illinois, and Boston...

  • 2014 BMW i3
    BMW Gives i3 A Boost With New $6,500 DC Fast Charger

    Up until now, if you can claim being near a publicly available fast charger, you're probably among the fortunate few in a handful of major cities (or among a few electric-highway projects, mostly on the West Coast). And for vehicles like the all-electric version of the 2014 BMW i3, which use the...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    BMW Launching 360 Electric-Driving Assistance At LA Auto Show

    BMW 360 Electric is a suite of technologies and services that BMW hopes will make electric cars more convenient.

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars
    Tesla's 'Supercharger' Fast-Chargers Spread To East Coast

    Having successfully launched its first ‘Supercharger’ fast-charging stations on the West Coast back in September, electric car startup Tesla has quietly added more of the stations on the East Coast. The new stations make it possible for owners of the Tesla Model S, the only model...

  • Volvo C30 Electric
    Volvo Starts Testing Of Electric Car Fast-Charger

    Development of Volvo’s C30 Electric prototype is continuing nicely, though the automaker remains coy on when we might see a production version. The fact that the C30 is being discontinued doesn’t bode well for the eventual launch of the C30 Electric, though it’s likely the...

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

    At the start of this year, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk made the bold promise his company would eventually launch a network of fast-charging systems to allow owners of electric cars to extend their driving range with a level of convenience at least approaching that of conventional combustion cars. In June, Tesla gave us some more clues about the new system, which it nicknamed a “Supercharger,” and promised to deliver the first examples before the year was out. Tesla has now lived up to that promise, announcing the first six Supercharger stations, which will allow the...

  • Wireless charging mat  -  Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf Goes Wireless: Charging Mat Under Development

    Nissan is working on an inductive (wireless) charging mat for the Leaf that should make charging a matter of simply backing into a parking spot, and hitting a screen prompt to verify that you'd like to charge.

  • Nissan's 10 minuite rapid charger
    Nissan Unveils 10-Minute Electric Car Charger, But It's Still 10 Years Away

    There are at least three obstacles standing between electric cars and mainstream drivers: range-anxiety, battery recharge times, and the fledgling charging infrastructure. The good news is, Nissan may be well on its way to eliminating one of the three. Working in partnership with Japan's Kansai...

  • Google's Electric Vehicle Fleet Infrastructure
    Google Buys 30 Leafs, Volts, and 250 Charging Stations: Video

    Google built its reputation as a small, simple search engine, but there's nothing small about the company's investment in electric vehicles. Google has just placed an order for 30 Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts, as well as 250 EV charging stations from Coulomb Technologies. Google will add the...

  • Google and DOE map of alternative fuel locations
    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...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 PHEV
    Watch: 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Comes With A Smartphone App

    Just yesterday, our colleagues at All Cars Electric gave readers a sneak-peek of the 2012 Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, an intriguing new wagon that promises to earn up to 745 miles on a fully charged battery and a full tank of diesel. But of course, no high tech ride would be complete without the...

  • Powermat

    Last month, we told you that GM cars would soon feature built-in charging devices from Powermat and that the Chevy Volt was first in line for the goods. Now, Powermat has announced that it'll soon offer a version of its wireless charger for cell phones and other mobile devices that will fit any car. Powermat made the announcement this week in Madrid, at the Mobile World Congress. The new device take the form of a cradle that attaches to a car's windshield, with arms that adjust to fit a range of mobile phones and other devices (the Nintendo DSi, included). Like Powermat's existing products...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    2011 Nissan LEAF And Others 'Connected To The Cloud'

    Cloud computing is very much a feature of 'Web 2.0'. Rather than using a location-dependent center of resources such as a server, cloud computing uses shared servers, all of which can be used to provide resources, software and data. For Average Joe, this might mean using web-based word processing...

  • Powermat wireless charge pad in Chevrolet Volt
    Powermat Portable Device Wireless Charging Pads Coming To GM Cars

    Imagine being able to charge multiple portable devices, from MP3 players to USB sticks to smartphones and Bluetooth kits, in your car without having to deal with pesky cables. We all know every brand of portable device loves to you use its own proprietary charging cable but a new solution from...

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