Electric Cars

  • 2020 Mini Electric spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mini will mimic Tesla's strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV next year in the form of an electric Hardtop. That's according to Autocar's sources in Mini's engineering department, who claim the car will be positioned as a hot hatch as opposed to an eco-friendly model. As a result, the car will reportedly arrive as a Mini Cooper S E Hardtop. The same designation currently used for the plug-in hybrid version of the Countryman. We know from our spy shots of prototypes there won't be much to distinguish the electric version of...

  • LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 crate engine
    Experts predict 2018 to be peak year for internal-combustion engine sales

    We may have lived through the peak year of car sales with internal-combustion engines (ICE) in 2018. Experts and analysts from several firms believe sales of ICE-powered cars will only shrink from here on out. The analysis comes from a Financial Times (subscription required) report on Sunday, Dec...

  • Jay Leno drives the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC400
    Jay Leno goes for a drive in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

    The first Mercedes-Benz product from Daimler's new EQ sub-brand for electrified cars was revealed last fall in the form of the 2020 EQC. The small electric SUV isn't due in showrooms until mid-2020, but Jay Leno was recently able to sample a pre-production example and has given us the lowdown. Also...

  • Atlis XT
    Atlis XT 500-mile electric truck to challenge Detroit 3's pickup dominance

    There's another electric car startup that aims to challenge the bread and butter of the Detroit 3 automakers, by offering a full-size pickup truck boasting some serious numbers. The company is Atlis Motor Vehicles, which so far has been operating in stealth mode but this week revealed the XT, a...

  • Byton M-Byte interior  -  production prototype for CES 2019
    Byton M-Byte will have a 48-inch screen running the length of the windscreen

    Byton will use this week's 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the production-ready interior design of its upcoming M-Byte electric crossover SUV, and crucially the design maintains the ultra-wide digital screen first shown in concept form a year ago. The curved screen, referred...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Go behind the scenes in the development of the Audi e-tron

    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 big 95-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a reasonable $75,795...

  • Dianchè Bertone BSS GT One

    One of Italy's oldest design houses, Stile Bertone, succumbed to bankruptcy in 2014, with the last of the company's assets put up for sale last November. Included among the assets were the rights to the use of the Bertone name, which were acquired by French engineering firm AKKA Technologies and licensed to Italy's Flymove, a mobility company aiming to launch a new electric car brand called Dianchè. Flymove's plans for the Dianchè brand include everything from small city cars to supercars, with the latter to feature Bertone branding. Sadly, that's about as far as the connection...

  • Faraday Future FF91 prototype
    Faraday Future ends dispute with key investor

    Faraday Future has managed to stave off what seemed like imminent death by ending a dispute with key investor Evergrande Health Industry Group, the same company Faraday Future accused last October of trying to gain its intellectual property. The two firms said Monday that they have agreed to...

  • 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...

  • Porsche Taycan production
    Porsche Taycan performance model could be named Turbo, cost more than $130,000

    The model names for Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric car will fit right in with existing Porsche nomenclature, according to a Wednesday tweet from automotive journalist Alex Roy. Roy posted the tweet and wrote about it on The Drive after receiving the information directly from a Porsche outreach...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2
    Is the 2018 Mustang GT the end of a performance era?

    The V-8 engine has defined American performance since Henry Ford stuck a low-cost flathead V-8 in the 1932 Ford. It made cars faster than their brakes and suspensions could handle during the muscle car era of the 1960s, got choked during the gas crisis of the 1970s, and came on strong again with a...

  • 2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
    Lexus trademarks UX300e, potentially for first electric vehicle

    Lexus could have its first electric vehicle in the pipeline, and a new trademark suggests it will be a variant of the small UX crossover. AutoGuide reported earlier this month that the brand has moved to trademark the "UX300e" name in Europe. The evidence this trademark applies to an electric...

  • Volkswagen beach buggy teaser on corporate Christmas card

    Volkswagen may have teased its idea for a reborn beach buggy with an image on its corporate Christmas card. Autocar reported on the image Thursday, which shows Santa Clause behind the wheel of an open-top, lifted buggy. We can even see knobby tires in the sketch on the front passenger tire. Even more evidence this mysterious vehicle is meant for the beach? A sand flag sits on the rear of the car. The placement of such flag is to ensure a vehicle is still identifiable in a dust cloud. Santa has to get to coastal areas somehow, we suppose. The original beach buggy was a kit car released in 1964...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    2018 Tesla Model 3 first drive review: This is the future, today

    It’s not a hypercar, supercar, or even a sports car, and yet it’s one of the most hyped vehicles of the last decade. The Tesla Model 3 needs no introduction. The linchpin in Tesla’s Master Plan, the Model 3 is supposed to be an affordable, high-volume electric car. It’s not...

  • Qiantu K50, 2016 Beijing auto show
    China's Qiantu will build its 400-horsepower electric sports car in America

    It was two years ago that we first learned of a Chinese design company by the name of CH-Auto looking to branch out into production of high-end electric cars, starting with a small electric sports car to potentially be built in the United States. CH-Auto has been quiet since then but last week it...

  • 2019 Nio ES6
    Nio ES6: Second volume model from China's Tesla debuts

    Chinese electric car startup Nio has come a long way since it showed up in 2016 with its EP9 track-only supercar. The company has managed to launch a mid-size crossover SUV called the ES8, start trading on the New York Stock Exchange, and get a factory under construction in its home market...

  • Lilium Jet VTOL concept
    Former McLaren design boss joins Lilium flying taxi startup

    Frank Stephenson shocked many when he stepped down from the lead design role at McLaren in early 2017. It turned out he wanted to apply his design skills in an entirely new segment: flying taxis. The renowned designer, responsible for cars like the McLaren P1 and 650S (and in earlier roles the...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Audi working on faster e-tron electric SUV

    Audi's first electric SUV, the 2019 e-tron, has yet to launch, but the company's performance arm, Audi Sport, is hard at work on a faster, performance-oriented model that could arrive as soon as late next year. The original e-tron quattro concept showed off a three-motor electric powertrain back in...

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

    The 2019 Audi e-tron will skip out on one piece of technology when it arrives in the United States, hence our asterisk in the title. U.S.-spec e-trons will not receive the futuristic camera-as-mirror technology. Thank outdated regulations for that. Instead, we'll receive standard side mirrors, while Audi outfits international models with a side-camera system, something Lexus offers on its ES in some markets. Green Car Reports took a deep dive into the system in a Thursday report, and it was an eye-opening experience to say the least. Mounted on the upper door sills are two 7-inch, 1280x1080...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018
    Battery breakthrough could lead to more stable, higher-density batteries

    Honda believes it has discovered a breakthrough in solid-state batteries that could lead to higher-density units compared to today's lithium-ion batteries. The new battery is also much more stable, a boon over today's lithium-ion batteries which pose a risk of overheating due to their property...

  • Robert Downey Jr. and Audi design chief Mark Lichte in e-tron GT concept
    Robert Downey Jr. met Audi design chief to discuss e-tron GT

    Audi will showcase another vehicle in its long-running ties with Marvel films when "Avengers 4: Endgame" debuts next spring. None other than the e-tron GT electric sedan will star alongside the Avengers and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, aka, Iron Man. Ahead of the film's premiere, Downey Jr. met...

  • First Tesla Model 3 AWD Performance produced
    Tesla seeks $167M from ex-employee in ongoing legal battle

    Tesla sued a former employee for allegedly stealing confidential photos and video of Tesla's manufacturing systems and other trade secrets this past summer, and it's just been reported the electric car company is seeking $167 million in damages from the lawsuit. CNBC reported Tuesday that Tesla's...

  • FastCharge 450-kilowatt charging station prototype
    BMW and Porsche demo 450-kw charger capable of adding 62 miles in 3 minutes

    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...

  • 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...

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