Electric Cars

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

    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 2015, and it's likely Audi Sport engineers, the folks who bring us the RS and R8 models, are the ones adapting the layout to a rear-wheel-biased all-wheel-drive system for a hotter e-tron in about year. Audi could call the model an e-tron S, which would fall in line with its performance...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron has cameras instead of mirrors*, but do they really work?

    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 Thank outdated regulations for that.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...

  • 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

    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 carbon fiber construction—all wrapped in a package that resembles an original Ford Mustang. The car is called the Aviar R67 and it boasts some pretty spectacular numbers. How about 840 horsepower and 0-62 mph acceleration in only 2.2 seconds? Because that's what Aviar is promising. The R67 is...

  • 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...

  • Al Oppenheiser
    Camaro chief engineer reassigned to work on electric cars

    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...

  • 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

    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 as "Avengers 4" since the movie doesn't have an official title, but Audi confirmed with the publication that the electric car would star alongside the Marvel superheroes. It's a pretty safe bet Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, will have something to do with the car. Downey Jr.'s...

  • 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...

  • Prototype for Porsche Taycan, the production Mission E
    Demand for electric Porsche Taycan surging, CEO says they'll build more

    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...

  • 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

    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 involves a dedicated button to provide more power to the car to momentarily make it quicker and allow it to overtake other cars. Attack Mode briefly unlocks about 300 horsepower of additional output. Drivers must be off the racing line to activate Attack Mode, which is usually a slower way around a...

  • 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
    Could Ford's Mustang-inspired electric SUV be called a Mach E?

    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...

  • 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...

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