Electric Cars

  • Sketch for proposed Volkswagen electric off-road SUV

    The Volkswagen brand may build a dedicated off-road electric SUV as part of the ID family of vehicles. Call us intrigued. Auto Express reported on Thursday that VW is considering building an off-road electric SUV and said VW’s strategic head Michael Jost is personally championing the effort inside the brand. He provided the official sketches shown here as an idea for what form the electric off-roader could take. Such a vehicle would do battle with the Land Rover Defender and Jeep Wrangler, and perhaps Ford's upcoming reborn Bronco. However, Volkswagen would differentiate itself with the...

  • Audi compact electric crossover SUV teased - Image via Autoweek.nl
    Audi PB18 electric supercar given green light, future e-tron teased

    Audi on Wednesday held a launch event for its e-tron electric crossover SUV in the Netherlands, where the brand provided new details on a number of upcoming EVs. Autoweek.nl was in attendance and was able to source a teaser image for a compact electric crossover that will sit below the small...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes with more power, range

    Nissan on Tuesday finally unveiled a long-range option for its Leaf electric car. The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus made its debut at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and will be in showrooms in the spring. Nissan didn't say how much the Leaf Plus would cost when it goes on sale. The Plus in...

  • Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle
    Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle starts just under $30,000, 0-60 in 3.5 sec

    Harley-Davidson's hushed hog will start around $30,000 when it reaches showrooms later this year. The Wisconsin-based motorcycle maker announced Monday at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the electric LiveWire motorcycle will cost $29,799, not including destination charges...

  • Hyundai Elevate concept
    Hyundai takes off-roading to next level with Elevate walking car

    A car that can walk? Yes, that's exactly what Hyundai has proposed with its Elevate concept unveiled Tuesday at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The concept combines the power of an electric car and the capability of robotics to rethink where cars can travel. Wheels with robotic...

  • 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

    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 on hand to detail the vehicle is Mercedes engineer Bastian Schult. He provides interesting insights on the design of the car, the ideal care of the battery, and issues of compliancing across various markets. However, when it's time for a drive, Leno seems to be most interested in the car's...

  • 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
    Bertone name revived for electric supercar project

    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...

  • 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

    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 company thinks it can help revolutionize how EV owners charge their cars. VW isn't the first company developing mobile fast chargers, but it's the first automaker to get into the game. Freewire Technologies, backed by BP, has released its own mobile fast chargers. The major benefit VW sees is 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 teases reborn beach buggy with 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...

  • 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

    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 announced the signing of a partnership agreement with California's Mullen Technologies to develop and assemble electric cars in the United States for sale across North America under the brand name Qiantu. The first model will be the Qiantu K50 electric sports car first shown at the 2016 Beijing auto...

  • 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
    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...

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