• Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal

    Tesla [NYSE: TSLA] CEO Elon Musk provided insight Monday behind his "funding secured" comment made last week when he floated the idea of taking the automaker private. Musk released a statement on Tesla's blog and wrote the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia approached him multiple times in the last two years to discuss taking Tesla private. The Saudis are reportedly interested in Tesla in a move to diversify away from oil, he said. Musk on Monday confirmed the Saudi fund bought "almost 5 percent of Tesla stock through the public markets." In July 31 meeting with the fund's managing...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla Model 3 production booms, automaker reports building 5,000 electric sedans last week

    Tesla took every hour—including a couple extra hours Sunday—to meet its self-imposed deadline of building 5,000 Model 3 electric cars in seven days. The automaker reported Monday that it had concluded the three-month period ending Saturday by building 53,339 vehicles, including 28,578...

  • Ford's upcoming small off-road crossover SUV
    Ford's performance future is electric, and here are the vehicles that will deliver it

    Ford unveiled its plans for the future at a press conference Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan, and announced a sweeping push toward electrification, crossovers, trucks, and SUVs—many with a performance bent, hybrid powertrain, or in some cases, both. “Being frozen in the past is a death...

  • Electric motor, shown in 'How Does an Electric Car Work?' video by Learn Engineering
    How does an electric car work?

    Maybe not so shockingly (pun intended), many drivers don't know how an electric car actually works. For many, the knowledge spans as far as plugging it in, letting charge, and driving it off. It's not really as simple as that, even though an electric motor is comprised of far fewer moving parts...

  • 2014 Cadillac ELR
    Cadillac Sweetens 2014 ELR Deal With Free Home-Charging Station

    A free 240-Volt Level 2 charging station could help buyers forget the 2014 Cadillac ELR's steep base price.

  • 2014 Tesla Model S
    2014 Tesla Model S A Five-Star-Safe Car, Says NHTSA

    Earlier this year Tesla was granted a full five stars in the NHTSA's round of vehicle crash testing for its Model S electric car. While the way Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] originally announced that figure drew some flak from the NHTSA itself--suggesting the car was capable of a rating of more than...

  • Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California

    Tax exemptions will help Tesla save money on the purchase of equipment to upgrade its factory.

  • 2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit-Hamtramck
    2014 Cadillac ELR Luxury Coupe Begins Shipping To Dealers

    The 2014 Cadillac ELR is on its way to dealers.

  • Saleen S302 2011 Ford Mustang GT
    Saleen Confirms Electric Car Development

    Now that Steve Saleen, founder of tuning firm Saleen Automotive and creator of the original Saleen S7 supercar, has won back the right to the legal use of his name on new products, the former racer-turned-automotive-entrepreneur is keen to get back to what he loves doing most, building some of the...

  • Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_
    Tesla Battery Fires: NHTSA Seeking Detailed Info, Germany Finds No Defect

    While some see a recent string of three battery fires involving Tesla Motors' [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S electric sedan as nothing more than unfortunate happenstance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is delving deeper into the matter, seeking detailed records from the two fires...

  • Honda Vezel (Japanese market model) at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
    Honda Vezel Unveiled At Tokyo Motor Show: Photo Gallery

    At the Tokyo Motor Show today, Honda unveiled a new model that it calls the Vezel, which will go on sale in Japan before the end of the year. That name may well not be the one it carries in North America, however, where it will give Honda a new and smaller crossover that sits below the compact...

  • Simulation of Tesla Model S as a police cruiser
    Is The Tesla Model S Electric Car The Perfect Police Cruiser?

    The city manager of tony Atherton, California, thinks he'd like some new police cruisers. In fact, George Rodericks suggested to the San Jose Mercury News, "I'd love to see the [Tesla] Model S be used for Atherton's police cars." There are hundreds, if not thousands, of millionaires living in the...

  • Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

    Solar panels are popular for everything from heating water to charging electric cars like the Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S, but they can be expensive to manufacture and hard to install. Soon, though, you may be able to spray solar cells onto a surface to collect energy from the sun. Researchers at the University of Alberta have been experimenting with solar cells (the individual units that make up a solar panel) made from zinc phosphate nanoparticles. These particles can be dissolved into an ink, but still react to sunlight after they're sprayed onto a surface and have dried. In effect, they've...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S P85 service loaner vehicle [photo: David Noland]
    Tesla Model S Maintenance: Almost None Required, Actually

    The Tesla Model S battery-electric luxury sedan is a remarkable car, and it's elevated the public perception of electric cars to a new level. It's won awards, thrilled thousands of buyers, and demolished a lot of stereotypes. But among the things you may not know about Tesla is this: The Model S...

  • 2013 Toyota Prius liftback
    Five Green Cars That Make Supercar Drivers See Red

    You're finally living the dream, with that exhaust note ripping and shrieking behind you, the leather-covered, heavily bolstered carbon-fiber seat holding you snugly in place a mere 3 inches above the asphalt, and pedestrians stopping in their tracks to gape at you. You're driving a supercar...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
    Porsche: Hybrid Versions Of Every Model Planned In Brand's Future

    Porsche is going hybrid—with plug-in hybrid versions of all its major models, eventually. And yes, that means not just the upcoming 918 Spyder and the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, but also upcoming versions of the Cayenne, and even the 'sacred' mid- or rear-engine sports cars—the...

  • Display at Lamborghini’s factory showing solar power production
    Lamborghini Working To Protect The Environment

    When it comes to automakers that are perceived to be “green,” Lamborghini probably isn’t the first company to come to mind. After all, it’s product line consists exclusively of supercars like the Gallardo and Aventador, powered by V-10 and V-12 engines. If you want fuel...

  • BMW engine
    Close Look At BMW’s New Three-Cylinder Engine Family

    BMW has finally taken the wraps off its new three-cylinder engine family, which is expected to debut in the production version of the recently revealed Concept Active Tourer, and even reach the U.S. where it will be offered in the third-generation MINI Cooper. Eventually, it’s likely that...

  • 54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

    Following a long political battle, 2025's Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards have now been confirmed. Announced last year by President Obama, the standards will require a fleet-wide average of 54.5 mpg by 2025, and will operate on a gradual scale.The new targets are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons by 2025, as well as near-doubling the fuel economy of many vehicles. As mentioned, the scale is gradual, with trucks like the Ford F-150 meeting a lower 30 mpg target, while small cars will be required to achieve 61 mpg by 2025. It's also worth noting that...

  • Car2Go Smart ForTwo in Austin, Texas
    Daimler’s Car2Go Car Sharing Scheme Spreading Across North America

    Daimler’s Car2Go car sharing scheme is expanding in North America after trials in Austin and San Diego, among other locations, proved quite successful. The next locations for the scheme are Miami, Florida, and Calgary and Toronto up in Canada. Car2Go is essentially a car sharing program that...

  • 2011 Lexus HS 250h
    Slow-Selling 2012 Lexus HS 250h Hybrid Killed, Very Softly

    Beware, green luxury shoppers: If you like the Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan, get one now—and you might even score the rare discount on a Lexus. Lexus has confirmed that the HS 250h is no more. And it's evidence that even Lexus can make product missteps, and that not every hybrid that Toyota or...

  • BMW diesels used to support the 2012 London Olympic Games
    First Wave Of BMW Olympic Support Vehicles Arrive In London

    BMW will be supplying a fleet of some 4,000 vehicles, primarily 3-Series and 5-Series sedans, to provide VIP transportation and logistical support for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. While critics pan the move for its impact on traffic and air quality, BMW is quick to point...

  • 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
    Porsche Panamera Plug-In Hybrid Coming In 2014: Report

    Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid model will be the highly-exclusive and stupendously-expensive 918 Spyder due next year, but as we confirmed only last week Porsche’s near future will be enriched with even more plug-ins. While a plug-in hybrid version of its Cayenne makes the most sense...

  • The Dutch-built electric Superbus in the snow.
    Electric Superbus Gets Winter Shakedown Testing: Video

    The Dutch-built electric Superbus recently took advantage of some snowy weather to test the ABS and low-traction handing.

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