Electric Cars

  • Teaser for Nissan concept debuting at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    Nissan has released a video teasing a new concept car set to debut next week at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept will embody Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy which comprises the core tenets of connectivity, electrification and self-driving capability. The mystery car in profile looks a lot like the recently revealed 2018 Leaf hatchback, but it’s raised ride height suggests it’s an SUV of some sort. The SUV thinking also ties in with comments made earlier in the year by Daniele Schillaci, the person in charge of electric cars at Nissan as well as sales and...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
    2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive priced from $24,550

    Smart was one of the first mainstream automakers to introduce an electric car when it launched the first ForTwo Electric Drive on the market late last decade. Smart is now launching a successor, which the company has confirmed will be priced from $24,550. That’s $1,200 lower than the previous...

  • Teaser for 2015 BMW i8
    2015 BMW i8 Teased One Last Time Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut: Video

    After years of development and a handful of concept versions, BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is about to make its auto show debut. We have just one week to go until the covers finally come off but in the lead up BMW has released this teaser video to help build excitement. We don’t...

  • 2014 BMW i3 spy shots
    2014 BMW i3 Priced From $42,275

    BMW’s i3 electric car, due in showrooms next spring, is still a week out from its official reveal but we already know all of its specs and now we have the all-important pricing details, too. We can--finally--confirm that the 2014 BMW i3 will be priced from $42,275, including a $925...

  • 2014 BMW i3 spy shots
    2014 BMW i3 Spy Shots

    BMW’s revolutionary i3 ‘Megacity’ vehicle is now less than a year away from launch and in the lead up to its eventual arrival engineers are hard at work finishing off the final prototype evaluation. The latest spy shots show the i3 doing a striptease that leaves little to the...

  • 2011 Audi A2 Concept
    Audi A2 concept debuts at 2011 Frankfurt auto show

    There’s a new Audi model coming that will be positioned between the entry-level A1 and A3 Hatchback and soon-to-be released A3 Sedan, and now we have our first tangible evidence as to how it may look. We’re of course talking about the Audi A2, the long-rumored successor to the previous...

  • 2009 Mini Coupe Concept leak

    A dealer in San Marcos, Texas, has backed out of an eBay Motors sale, and the Interwebnets are descending upon them. [MotorAuthority] Is Mazda's next-gen Sky-D diesel cleaner than Volkswagen's TDI? [GreenCarReports] MINI's Coupe gets its own online configurator. [MotorAuthority] The secret Lamborghini Gallardo coming to Frankfurt could be a road-going Super Trofeo. [MotorAuthority] Ford has unveiled the limited-edition 2012 Harley Davidson F-150. [TheCarConnection] Is Acura working on a new RSX and a pair of hybrids? [MotorAuthority] Fornasari gets a bit too funky with its latest crossover...

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    Electric RaceAbout EV Laps 'Ring In 9:08: Video

    Yes, electric sports car fans, the Electric RaceAbout, the only of the Automotive X Prize finalists to actually, you know, look like a real car, has taken its turn at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife. Unfortunately, it's not quite as quick as you might have hoped. It's not exactly slow, completing...

  • Bernie Ecclestone
    2012 Porsche 911, V-6 Exige, 458 Spider: Today's Car News

    Volkswagen's 1-Liter car may live on as an Audi e-Tron concept. [MotorAuthority] The convertible version of the Ferrari 458 is due next month in Frankfurt. [MotorAuthority] Bernie Ecclestone gets a bit hysterical over "lethal" F1 hybrids. [GreenCarReports] Australia's FPV tweaks a sedan into GT...

  • Audi E1 e-tron Concept spy shots
    VW 1-Liter Lives On As Audi ‘E1’ e-tron Concept: Spy Shots

    Audi has developed a brand new eco-focused concept car falling under its e-tron umbrella of electrified vehicles; this compact two-seater pod car that was spotted recently on the streets of Berlin, Germany. The new concept, which is believed to preview the smallest of Audi’s future e-tron...

  • Tesla Model S Alpha build cars testing on track
    2012 Tesla Model S Testing On Track: Video

    Just yesterday we brought you spy shots from what appeared to be a hot-weather testing session, and which has the same setting as this official video released today of three Model S Alpha build cars testing on track. The track is partially banked, enabling easier high-speed testing, but also has...

  • BMW i Launch Event, Frankfurt, July 2011
    BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe And i3 Electric City Car: Live Photos

    Our colleague John Voelcker of GreenCarReports is on the scene for the unveiling of the new BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe and i3 electric city car in Frankfurt today, and he's sent us these live images from the event. Jump into the gallery for a more first-hand look at these slick new...

  • BMW i3 Concept

    We’ve been reporting about BMW’s first production electric car for the past couple of years, but apart from an ambiguous teaser image there’s been few details released for BMW’s mysterious Megacity Vehicle, the carbon fiber infused i3. Well, all that has changed now as the German automaker has revealed today the first details and images for a new concept version of the upcoming i3 that will be making its official debut this September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. With its zero-emission electric drivetrain and a range of approximately 93 miles, the BMW i3 Concept has...

  • Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma
    2012 Fisker Karma Starts Delivery, First One Goes To Investor Ray Lane

    It may be the last week of the month but Fisker has come true on its promise of delivering the first of its new 2012 Fisker Karma range-extended electric cars by the end of July. The very first car went to Silicon Valley-based investor Ray Lane, who just so happens to be Fisker’s Chairman of...

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    New Gearbox Will Allow Future Fiskers To Offer Veyron-Like Performance

    Because of their high instantaneous torque most electric cars currently in production suffice with just a single-gear transmission, but in the future we may start to see more gears installed in the zero-emission vehicles. In the past we’ve seen Tesla unsuccessfully attempt to install a...

  • BMW ActiveE electric car production line, Leipzig, Germany
    BMW ActiveE Gets Some Behind-The-Scenes Action: Video

    Ever wondered what the BMW ActiveE looks like while it's rolling through the plant, innards exposed to the open air? Here's your answer. The 1-Series bodies in white glide through the Leipzig plant as they are built up into BMW's all-electric, lease-only ActiveE coupe. As it's being build, BMW...

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    BMW To Supply 4,000 Cars For 2012 London Olympic Games

    BMW is to supply a total of 4,000 cars for the upcoming London Olympic Games, which kicks off in July of next year. Among this fleet of 4,000 cars will be no less than 200 electric cars though the i3 (formerly Megacity Vehicle) won’t be on duty as earlier predicted. However, the summer event...

  • Nissan Leaf at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Nissan Leaf Slings Electrons Up Pikes Peak: Video

    It's not quite Monster Tajima's breakneck pace, but the Nissan Leaf did make it to the top of the hill without flipping, going off the side, or breaking--things that can't be said for a lot of the fully race-bred cars that tackled Pikes Peak this year. The 156-turn climb hit a top speed of 72 mph...

  • Volvo series hybrid (range-extended electric car) test vehicle layout

    The Chevy Volt got a bad rap when it finally reached retail, after a few outlets got in a tizzy about the onboard engine actually contributing some power to the wheels under certain circumstances. Despite the confusion and misinformation that followed, the underlying range-extended electric vehicle technology is not only sound, but is set to underpin the next generation of ultra-efficient cars from several brands, including BMW, Audi, and now, Volvo. Extended-range electric vehicles (EREVs), also known as series hybrids, all share a similar basic format: an onboard engine/generator of some...

  • 2010 ALMS Monterey, photos by Joe Nuxoll, High Gear Media
    Electric, Natural Gas Race Cars To Join ALMS?

    The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) has put a lot of stock and effort into making itself one of the greenest motorsports going, and it looks like that push may get even stronger soon, with electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) race cars potentially joining the field. According to a Fox Car...

  • e-Wolf Alpha 1 SRF electric track car
    e-Wolf Alpha 1 SRF Electric Track Car Spy Shots

    Last week we brought you the first details on the Alpha 1 SRF electric track car from Germany’s e-Wolf, and today we have images of an example of the stripped-out, zero-emission racer at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. You may be wondering why e-Wolf is running up laps at the notorious track...

  • Bugatti Veyron L'OR Blanc Grand Sport
    2012 BMW 5er Goes Four, Porcelain Veyron, EV Racing: Today's Car News

    Tesla's Roadster takes top honors at the ReFuel EV races. We interview the driver. [MotorAuthority] The 2012 BMW 528i packs a turbocharged four-cylinder, stop-start, and available all-wheel drive. Awesome. [MotorAuthority] A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport gets a porcelain covering for the L'Or Blanc...

  • Tesla Roadster #16 on track at ReFuel EV races
    Tesla Roadster Wins ReFuel EV Races, We Interview The Driver, Joe Nuxoll

    The ReFuel EV Track Day and SportElectric Time Trial were held at Laguna Seca last weekend, and a group of Tesla employees decided it would be a fun way to get to know each other better. What the others there, mostly owners of a range of electric cars, both production and home-built, didn't know...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric
    Ford Asks, 'How Should The 2012 Ford Focus Electric Sound?'

    Electric vehicles have upsides and downsides. On the upside, they crank out far fewer pollutants than their fossil-fuel-swilling cousins, and they may help ease dependence on foreign oil. On the downside, they're quiet. Too quiet. While some of you might find that a good thing, EV's lack of sound...

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