• VW ID R at Pikes Peak

    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. Specifically, Pikes Peak sets a time limit for any car competing to recover after a sudden end to its run. For VW, that meant making sure the electric racer's battery could be completely charged in just 20 minutes. Thus, engineers worked to find the proper battery and charging system combination to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars
    Tesla 'Supercharger' Fast-Charging System Has Landed

    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...

  • 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 and DOE map of alternative fuel locations

    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 obstacles standing between mainstream consumers and widespread EV adoption -- notably, driving range and anxiety about charge point location. Last week, we gave you some pointers on the former, and now, thanks to Google and the Department of Energy, we can help with the latter, too. Back in March, Google...

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    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
    Powermat Car Charger Rolls Out To Other Cars (Not Just GM Models)

    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...

  • 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...

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