Range-Extended Electric Vehicle

  • Frame from 2014 Cadillac ELR video on YouTube, with actor Neil McDonough

    Why do we watch car commercials? For this? For attitude? Other enthusiast hobbies, they do their thing, they meet at the cafe, they take the weekend off--OFF. Why aren't you like that? Why aren't we like that? While there's a lot to be said for the rhetorical construction of the speech delivered in this ad, it's also something approaching the height of conceited puffery--filtered through an implication of certain plant-infused political leanings and ownership of at least two copies of The Wealth of Nations--one signed by Adam Smith. MUST WATCH: 7,000 Horsepower Top Fuel Dragster On Dirt: Yes...

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    Fisker DOE Loans Blocked, Work Stopped On Project Nina Plant

    Fisker was forced to stop work on its plant in Delaware and lay off 26 employees after the Department of Energy blocked access to federal loans due to what it claims are several contractual milestones that are yet to be met by the Californian startup. The information was confirmed to Bloomberg...

  • 2012 Infiniti Emerg-E Concept teaser
    Infiniti Calls Its Mid-Engine Electric Concept The Emerg-E

    We already know Infiniti is bringing a new sports car concept to March's 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and that it will come packing an advanced range-extended electric drivetrain. However, the automaker has today released the name of the concept car, which we can confirm will be called the Infiniti...

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept
    Mercedes Planning Range-Extended Electric B Class For U.S.

    At this April’s 2012 New York Auto Show Mercedes-Benz is expected to unveil the first of its new compact range destined for sale in the U.S., a four-door coupe based on the latest “MFA” front-wheel drive platform that debuted in the new B Class. Mercedes has decided against...

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    Battery Supplier Issues Fix For Fisker Karma Batteries

    In the wake of recent news regarding short circuits in Fisker Karma battery assemblies, supplier A123 Systems has developed a solution to resolve the issue.

  • 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport
    Prices Rise 6 Percent On 2012 Fisker Karma

    With all the controversy surrounding the issuance of DOE loans and a not so bright EPA rating, Fisker has announced that customers will now have to pay more for its first model, the Karma range-extended electric sedan. Fisker confirmed to Fox News that prices on the 2012 Fisker Karma will rise by...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma

    Fisker Automobiles will begin using Bridge of Weir Leather, both for its quality and for its low-carbon-emissions manufacturing process.

  • First factory-built Fisker Karma live photos
    Fisker’s Project Nina To Enter Production By End Of 2012

    Californian startup Fisker Automotive has been taking a lot of flak from the media following the launch of its first model, the 2012 Fisker Karma range-extended luxury sedan, due to the company’s decision to build the car in Finland despite borrowing more than half a billion dollars in...

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    2012 Fisker Karma Only Gets 20 MPG With Range-Extender?

    This week the 2012 Fisker Karma cleared its last hurdle for sale in the U.S., having finally received emission certification and fuel economy ratings from the EPA and thus allowing dealers to begin selling the car. However, the story is not all good. The Karma appears to have fallen short of...

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    2013 Fisker Surf Preview: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Shooting brake, n.: (1) A sports car, generally a two-door coupe, with an elongated roof and hatchback-like rear cargo area; (2) completely awesome. The 2013 Fisker Surf, though it's a five-door and perhaps more accurately categorized as a sports hatchback or as a member of the funky new breed of...

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    BMW To Supply Engines For Fisker’s Project Nina

    The luxurious Fisker Karma features a humble GM Ecotec engine for its range-extending duties, and in initial reviews there has been mention of the rough sound of the engine seeping into the cabin at times. For its future models, including the U.S.-built Project Nina, Fisker will be going with BMW...

  • Jimmie Johnson, racer and Volt owner.
    The Chevy Volt's Newest Advocates? NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon

    NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon both drive a Chevy Volt, at least part-time, off the track.

  • Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car

    Just a few days ago, our sister site GreenCarReports brought you the exclusive news that the Cadillac Converj was once again headed to production. Today, Cadillac confirmed the news, revealing the ELR. The ELR is billed as the production version of the Converj, though it is still early in its development cycle. Performance, pricing, and market release are therefore all still either secret or undetermined. We expect more photos or design sketches to emerge soon. The ELR will get its power from an electric propulsion system that uses a T-shaped lithium ion battery pack, an "electric drive...

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    Fisker’s Next Model Will Be A Crossover?

    Fisker's second model is expected to be a more practical crossover, a concept of which could be unveiled as early as September's 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

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    Dealer Takes 2012 Fisker Karma For A Spin: Video

    The 2012 Fisker Karma is a range-extended electric car claimed to return a fuel economy of 100 mpg and costing $95,900.

  • Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma
    2012 Fisker Karma Starts Delivery, First One Goes To Investor Ray Lane

    The 2012 Fisker Karma is powered by a pair of electric motors rated at a combined 408 horsepower and a 959 pound-feet of torque.

  • Fisker Karma at Laguna Seca
    Fisker Hiring Staff To Build Project Nina At Former GM Plant

    The last we heard, Fisker had delayed the U.S. launch of its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan yet again, this time until July, but now the company has come out and announced that it’s already hiring for its next major project. Back in 2009 Fisker acquired the rights to a former GM plant in...

  • Prince Albert of Monaco and Henrik Fisker drive Fisker Karma on Monaco Grand Prix circuit, May 2011
    Fisker Karma Hits The Track At Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

    Though the car is officially in production, there’s still no sign that deliveries of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan in the U.S. are about to start despite continuous claims that the car is coming. Despite the setbacks, Fisker managed to roll out one example of the svelte sedan...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept live photos

    It’s official. Jaguar has confirmed today that its gorgeous C-X75 supercar concept will be heading into production and should be hitting a road near you by late 2013. Today’s announcement is in response to overwhelming praise given to the concept since its debut last year at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, as well as a chance to showcase the talents that Jaguar and its partners can muster. We say partners because the new Jaguar supercar is being developed together with the Williams Formula 1 team, as well as parent company Tata Motors. Williams in particular will be providing insight...

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    Report: Buick To Get Own Version Of Opel Ampera

    Buick is reportedly the next recipient of Chevrolet’s ‘Voltec’ range-extended electric car platform, with news surfacing this week that GM’s mid-level luxury brand will get its own version of the Opel Ampera. Buick, you may recall, is already selling a rebadged Opel in the...

  • Lotus Engineering Range Extender
    There Could Be A Little Lotus In Your Next EV

    As much as Lotus may be straying from the straight and narrow path of simplicity and lightness, the rest of the automotive world may be becoming a little more Lotus-like--or at least a few manufacturers may be. At the Geneva Motor Show this year, Lotus Engineering unveiled the production version of...

  • 2010 Lotus City Car Concept
    New City Car To Be Built By Lotus, Proton And One Other Automaker

    Back at September’s 2010 Paris Auto Show Lotus unveiled a new minicar concept simply dubbed the City Car, confirming the automaker’s intent to venture into new territory--both in terms of price and vehicle category. Along with the unveiling of the City Car concept, Lotus also announced...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept, Unveiled at 2010 Beijing Motor Show
    Report: Chevrolet Planning Volt-Based ‘Amp’ For 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    Since the very beginning of GM’s reinvention of the electric car, we’ve known that the automaker would eventually launch a whole range of vehicles based around its common ‘Voltec’ range-extended electric drivetrain. The first car, of course, being the new 2011 Chevrolet...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Video: See The Chevrolet Volt Built In Under Two Minutes

    Ahh, the beauty of time-lapse video. The technology allows us to see the construction of the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt, from beginning to end, in less than two minutes, from when the first few pieces of metal and welded together to the point where the cars are driven off the production line. The...

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