Electric Cars

  • FastCharge 450-kilowatt charging station prototype

    A research project in Germany that includes automakers BMW and Porsche has successfully demonstrated an ultra-fast charging station that can deliver charge times approaching that of filling up at a gas station. Called FastCharge, the project demonstrated a prototype 450-kilowatt charging station on a stretch of the A8 autobahn between the cities of Ulm and Augsburg on Wednesday. That charging capacity is three to nine times as high as what is currently possible with DC high-speed chargers. An electric test mule from Porsche sporting a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery achieved a charging...

  • Aviar R67
    Russian firm wants to build high-tech EV styled like a classic Mustang

    Classic cars fitted with electric powertrains is starting to become a thing, but there's a Russian company by the name of Aviar taking a very different route to achieve a similar result. The startup company is working on a car that features an electric powertrain, a modern interior, and advanced...

  • Daimler future electrified vehicles
    Daimler to spend $22.75B on batteries through 2030

    German automaker Daimler has put its money where its mouth is with its promise of a fully electrified future: the company announced Tuesday that it will purchase $22.75 billion worth of batteries through 2030. The automaker has plans to not only go all-in on electrification for the Mercedes-Benz...

  • Rivian R1S
    Pininfarina SUV will reportedly borrow Rivian tech

    Pininfarina will launch itself into the car business in 2020 with the Battista electric hypercar (previously PF0), but it will follow up its first act with an electric SUV that will reportedly use engineering from American electric car startup Rivian. Autocar India reported the news on Friday...

  • Teaser for Pininfarina Battista debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show
    Pininfarina Battista is new name of electric Bugatti Chiron rival

    Pininfarina Battista is the chosen name of the electric hypercar currently being developed by the new car manufacturing division of Italian design house and coachbuilder Pininfarina. Previously referred to by its code name PF0, the electric hypercar is scheduled for its debut next March at the 2019...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept
    Fifth VW ID electric car to be upmarket SUV; beach buggy might return, too

    VW has insisted its move to electric cars will help bring back some of the most iconic names from the automaker, and may even spell the end of front-wheel-drive cars. Now, we know Volkswagen has plans for a fifth electric car as part of its ID model lineup, and the beach buggy could even make a...

  • Al Oppenheiser

    The man behind the modern Chevrolet Camaro has a new job at General Motors. Al Oppenheiser, lead Camaro engineer for the fifth- and sixth-generation cars, will now lead GM's newly created electric-vehicle group, Car and Driver reported Friday. GM spokesman Michael Albano told the publication that the automaker wants to move some of its best talent to electric cars as it focuses on zero-emission vehicles. "We have launched the final variant of this generation of Camaro, so the time is right" for Oppenheiser to shift his focus to electric cars, Albano told the magazine. (The announcement seems...

  • Porsche Taycan production
    Porsche Taycan could be sold out for first year; Tesla number one conquest

    Porsche has yet to release its first electric car, the Taycan, to the world, but things are peachy inside the German firm. According to a new report from Roadshow last Friday, the number of pre-orders for the all-electric sedan could lead to a sold-out first year of production. Porsche North...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron quattro first drive review: A new normal for electric luxury

    The Audi e-tron SUV that goes on sale next spring in the U.S. isn’t just Audi’s first fully electric vehicle. It’s the luxury brand’s way of showing how an increasingly inevitable part of the future can fit right in and be a part of four-ring identity. In our first drive...

  • Audi e-tron GT concept
    Audi e-tron GT super sedan will star in "Avengers 4"

    Ahead of the arrival of a production model, Audi plans to show off its latest pride and joy, the e-tron GT concept, on the big screen. Autoblog reported Tuesday that the electric super sedan will have a starring role in the fourth installment of the Avengers series. For now, we'll refer to the film...

  • 2020 Opel Mokka X spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Opel to launch 3 electric cars by 2020

    Opel's new owner, France's PSA Group, is moving quickly with the introduction of new models based on its own platforms, some of which will offer electric powertrains. The first to arrive will be a redesigned Corsa subcompact hatch that Opel on Thursday confirmed will be available to order in...

  • 2018 Lotus Evora GT430
    Lotus to kick off revival with electric hypercar?

    Since Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's acquisition of a controlling stake in Lotus just over a year ago, there's been very little detail in the way of an updated product roadmap for the British performance marque. Before he stepped down in June, former Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales talked about two...

  • Prototype for Porsche Taycan, the production Mission E

    Porsche hasn't built its first battery-electric car, the Taycan sedan, but it already plans to increase production. The German brand's CEO Oliver Blume told WirtschaftsWoche in a report last Friday that strong demand has led to increased production. Blume said the added production will be split between the standard Taycan sedan and the Cross Turismo variant Porsche confirmed for production earlier this year. Porsche initially estimated it would sell 20,000 Taycans per year, but the higher-than-expected demand has been—excuse the pun—shocking. In Norway, for example, where Porsche...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    Rivian's third model to be rally-raid style performance car

    Rivian is fresh off of its two high-profile debuts at the 2018 LA Auto Show where it showed an electric pickup truck and SUV, but there's a third model in the works and it should delight enthusiasts: it's a rally-raid style performance car. Rivian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe told Autocar last week...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    VW's next-gen cars could be its last with internal combustion engines

    Volkswagen's generation of cars scheduled to start arriving around 2026 will likely be the brand's last to be fitted with internal combustion engines in most major markets. That's according to Michael Jost, strategy chief for the VW brand, who said the automaker will slowly phase out internal...

  • 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante with electric powertrain
    Aston Martin to electrify its classic cars

    Aston Martin is following Jaguar's lead with a reversible electric car conversion for classic models, and the first to receive the treatment is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. Jaguar last year rolled out an E-Type whose original powertrain was swapped for a battery and electric motor. It proved so popular...

  • Formula E Attack Mode
    Formula E race cars to get "Attack Mode"

    The Formula E series will spice things up with a new "Attack Mode" fitted to race cars for the 2018/2019 season. Think of the new mode as a combination of a Joker Lap and a push-to-pass system. The former installs an alternative route the driver must take on a particular circuit, while the latter...

  • Audi e-tron GT Concept, 2018 LA Auto Show
    Audi e-tron GT won't change much says design chief; what you see is (mostly) what you'll get

    The Audi e-tron GT concept car that made its debut last week at the 2018 LA Auto Show is nearly production-ready, according to Audi design boss Mark Lichte. “This is a metal sheet body already, and you can imagine how close it is with a metal sheet body," Lichte said in a roundtable interview...

  • 2020 Ford electric SUV teaser

    Ford irked the Mustang community early this year when it announced that the cherished Mach 1 name would be used on an electric crossover SUV with styling inspired by its iconic pony car. Due to the strong negative response to the use of the name on something other than a Mustang, Ford in August said the SUV would go by a different name when it arrives for 2020. We now have the potential reveal of the new name Ford has chosen: Mach E. First discovered by The Drive, Ford on November 26 filed trademark protection for “Mach E” and “Mach-E” with the United States Patent and...

  • Byton M-Byte and K-Byte concepts
    Byton production to start in 2019, US launch slated for second half of 2020

    Byton only unveiled a concept of its first model, the M-Byte SUV, in January but the Chinese electric car startup is confident of starting sales in its home market by the second half of 2019 and expanding into Europe and the United States a year later. The information was revealed by Byton CEO and...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    Electric cars could lead to end of FWD, say VW execs

    The front-wheel-drive layout may be approaching the end of its heyday if the future VW execs imagine comes to pass. In a roundtable interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show, Matthew Renna, North American head of e-mobility, said future electric cars will likely have their powertrains in the rear and use...

  • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, 2018 LA Auto Show
    Bentley's CEO says no to EVs until battery tech matures

    Bentley, which previously appeared more than ready to launch an electric car, has pumped the brakes. The brand's CEO Adrian Hallmark told Automotive News Europe (subscription required) in a Monday report that the company wants to wait for battery technology to advance. Today, and in the near...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo RC concept
    Nissan reveals Leaf Nismo RC race car that won't actually race

    Nissan in 2011 graced us with a race car concept based on the first-generation Leaf electric hatchback. Nissan built the concept to draw attention to the seemingly untapped performance potential of electric cars, though the concept wasn't particularly fast, its electric motor generating just 107...

  • Rimac C_Two wind tunnel testing
    Rimac C_Two undergoes extensive wind tunnel testing

    The Rimac C_Two may be nearly sold out, but the electric supercar isn't ready for prime time just yet. Engineers are still hard at work finalizing the car ahead of production, and Rimac gave fans a look behind the scenes in the wind tunnel. Rimac started from a clean sheet with the C_Two which...

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