Electric Cars

  • Teaser for Karma Pininfarina concept debuting at 2019 Shanghai auto show

    California's Karma will showcase its future plans with a trio of world premieres at next week's Auto Shanghai 2019. One will be a concept penned by Italy's Pininfarina, which appears to be a coupe judging by a new teaser released on Tuesday. A second teaser hints at a repeat of the mustache-shaped grille. The design was a controversial feature of the original Fisker Karma, which Karma sells in updated form as the Revero. The Pininfarina-designed concept previews Karma's mid-term plans, suggesting that a coupe might be joining the Revero sedan in the not too distant future. Prior to its 2013...

  • 2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots

    Mini is set to launch an electric car in 2019, and we've got the most revealing spy shots yet. As expected, Mini is using its signature Hardtop model for its first volume EV. But there isn't much to distinguish the electric version from its gasoline-powered siblings, at least visually. The car was...

  • 2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Electric Mini Hardtop will be badged a Cooper S E

    Mini will mimic Tesla's strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV this year in the form of an electric Hardtop. As a result, the car will arrive as a Cooper S E Hardtop, Mini confirmed on Monday. The same designation is used for the...

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    FCA to pay Tesla for help in avoiding European emissions violations

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Tesla have become unlikely bedfellows in circumventing European Union emissions violations because of a loophole in the regulations. FCA will pay Tesla for permission to count its EVs in FCA's own fleet under an option in the regulations known as the “open...

  • Teaser for Fisker electric SUV
    Fisker recruits ex-Toyota and VW manufacturing exec for 300-mile electric SUV

    Fisker has recruited a former top manufacturing executive at Toyota and Volkswagen to help lay the groundwork for production of an electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model Y. The EV startup on Friday announced that it has hired Don Jackson as senior adviser of manufacturing. In this role, he will lead...

  • Teaser for V9 electric minivan designed by Faraday Future
    This is the minivan Faraday Future's designing for a Chinese video game company

    Faraday Future on Thursday released a teaser shot of a minivan the EV startup is developing in partnership with Chinese video game company The9. The minivan is called the V9, and it has been developed on the modular platform that Faraday Future debuted in early 2017 in the FF91 crossover SUV. In a...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018

    The battle for electric car supremacy is starting to really heat up now that established automakers are joining the fray. The most recent salvo was launched by Audi in the form of the 2019 e-tron, a mid-size crossover SUV with a 95-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a reasonable $75,795 starting price. Ahead of the showroom arrival in May, Audi on Thursday confirmed that the EPA-rated range for the e-tron is 204 miles. In comparison, EPA range ratings for the Tesla Model X start at 238 miles and top out at 295 miles, while Jaguar's I-Pace comes in at 234 miles. Audi explains the gap with...

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    Lucid sells $1B stake to Saudi Arabia, plans production of Air sedan in 2020

    Lucid Motors confirmed Thursday that it has completed the sale of a $1 billion stake to Saudi Arabia, specifically the Middle Eastern country's Public Investment Fund (PIF). Saudi Arabia's PIF also owns 5 percent of Tesla, CEO Elon Musk revealed last August. Details of the deal with Lucid haven't...

  • Teaser for Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept debuting at 2019 Shanghai auto show
    Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept previews new electric sport sedan

    Infiniti is working on an electrified platform that will underpin a series of models, including some with battery-electric powertrains. The first is due in 2021. One of the models based on the platform will be an electric SUV previewed by the QX Inspiration concept unveiled in January. But Infiniti...

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    Apple hires away Tesla's powertrain chief

    Apple has poached yet another Tesla executive. The technology company has brought on Tesla's head of powertrains, Michael Schwekutsch. Schwekutsch was previously in vice president of engineering at Tesla where he oversaw electric motors, transmissions, and axles. According to his LinkedIn profile...

  • 2019 BMW i3
    BMW i2 rumored as first BMW-Daimler joint project, could replace i3

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler appear to be setting aside their decades-old rivalry for the good of cost-cutting. A new report claims the two German auto giants will pursue joint development of a platform for future electric cars. For BMW, this model is reportedly set to be called the...

  • 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo spy shots

    A new body style for Porsche's yet-to-be-revealed Taycan electric sport sedan has been spotted in prototype form. The car is the production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept Porsche rolled out at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The production version will be known as the...

  • Porsche Taycan prototype testing

    The Porsche Taycan, the brand's first electric car, is nearly here and the firm announced Thursday the electric sedan has entered its final test phase. The Taycan will continue to pound miles outside of the Arctic Circle, South Africa, and the deserts in Dubai. So far, the German brand said Taycan prototypes have covered nearly 4 million miles and the majority of the miles have been endurance runs. Some of the most extreme temperatures the electric sedan has faced include chilling minus 95 degrees and 122 degrees. Engineers also took great care to ensure the car charges appropriately in such...

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    Future Smarts to be built in China in joint venture with Geely

    Daimler's troubled minicar brand Smart has been thrown a lifeline by Geely which will help with the development of a next-generation lineup to be built in China and sold globally. Daimler and Geely on Thursday signed an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture based in China to own, operate and...

  • Faraday Future completes first pre-production FF91 on August 28, 2018
    Faraday Future's latest lifeline: a Chinese video game company

    Faraday Future, the California-based electric car startup, has been in limbo since the middle of last year due to financial woes, but the company has received a new lifeline. It comes from a rather unlikely place: a Chinese video game company. The startup announced it has signed a joint-venture...

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    Audi design boss confirms A4-sized electric sedan

    Audi will add an electric sedan about the size of the A4 to its lineup, the automaker's design chief, Marc Lichte, has confirmed. Lichte made the confirmation during an interview with Autocar published on Tuesday. “There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the e-tron GT...

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    Evelozcity changes name to Canoo as it readies first EV for 2021

    Evelozcity, an electric car startup based in Los Angeles and formed by ex-Faraday Future staff, announced Monday that it has changed its name to Canoo. The odd name was picked because of its connection with the word “canoe,” which the company hopes will conjure up thoughts of both...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla referral program returns, but with a twist

    Tesla operated a very generous referral program for years but axed it on Feb. 1 due to high costs. Less than two months later the referral program is back—with a few twists. A lot of the benefits remain from the old program, but they've been drastically scaled back. For example, the old...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

    The General Motors Orion Township plant in Michigan will be home to a new Chevrolet electric car, the automaker announced Friday. GM will invest $300 million in the facility, to build the new Chevy electric vehicle and bring 400 new jobs to the plant. The announcement did not address specifics on the new electric car, but GM shared it will be based on an "advanced version" of the current Chevrolet Bolt EV platform. It's widely suspected to be the boxier, Bolt-based crossover that GM has teased on its product map. The Bolt EV is the only current vehicle to ride on GM's BEV2 platform, which can...

  • Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts
    Volkswagen looks to develop European batteries for EVs

    Last week Volkswagen Group announced plans to double-down on building electric cars with 20 new models and an additional 7 million cars over five years. So far it's said that the battery cells for its MEB vehicles will come from four different global suppliers: CATL, LG Chem, Samsung, and SK...

  • 2021 BMW iX3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 BMW iX3 spy shots

    Prototypes for an electric version of the BMW X3 have been spotted and follow an earlier sighting of a test mule. The vehicle, which will go by the name iX3, is confirmed for launch in late 2020, meaning we'll likely see it arrive as a 2021 model. After stumbling with the oddball i3, BMW decided to...

  • Teaser for Porsche Taycan debuting in September 2019
    Porsche to only use dedicated EV platforms for electric models

    Porsche is open to turning every model it sells into an EV, bar the 911, which CEO Oliver Blume said last fall would never be a pure electric car. But any EV that Porsche launches won't be offered with an alternative powertrain utilizing an internal-combustion engine, Blume told Auto Express during...

  • Faraday Future completes first pre-production FF91 on August 28, 2018
    Faraday Future sells headquarters in leaseback deal

    Faraday Future has sold its headquarters in Gardena, California, and is leasing it back for now. Real estate company Atlas Capital purchased the site on March 8 and is leasing it back to the electric car startup, which originally bought it in 2014 for $13.2 million, The Verge reported on Wednesday...

  • First Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R rolls off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan
    Flat Rock plant will be home to Ford's next-gen Mustang, EVs

    Ford on Wednesday announced a shakeup in production plans for future electric and self-driving cars. Under the latest plans, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant south of Detroit will become a production hub for Ford's electric cars, though the site will also continue to build Mustangs—including a...

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