Electric Vehicles

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

MUNICH—BMW will accelerate its plans to bring additional electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the market, the automaker said Tuesday at an event in Munich. It is also introducing a new feature that will automatically switch off internal combustion engines in its hybrid cars when they enter heavily polluted city centers, …

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to work together on electric vehicle technology.
The two said such a collaboration is essential as the industry moves from traditional internal-combustion powered cars and trucks to ones that are autonomous, connected, electric, and can be shared.
“Together, we have the opportunity to cater more …

Tesla to End Online Sales of New $35,000 Model 3

Tesla to End Online Sales of New $35,000 Model 3

Just weeks after announcing a major shift to online sales, Tesla said it would end online sales of its recently released $35,000 version of its new Model 3 sedan.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s lowest-price electric vehicle and the $35,000 version was released last month, following the release of higher priced …

Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

Tesla will finally deliver the mass-market electric vehicle it promised three years ago.
The automaker unveiled its standard range Model 3, priced at $35,000 before incentives. It also said it was making significant changes in how it will sell cars going forward.
In addition, Tesla said it will close almost all of its …

Volkswagen Plans €20,000 Tesla Competitor

Volkswagen Plans €20,000 Tesla Competitor

Volkswagen will reportedly introduce a new electric vehicle that will compete with Tesla yet sell for less than €20,000 ($22,719).
The German automaker will convert multiple factories to produce electric vehicles according to a report in the Handelsblatt. The new electric vehicles will be based on the automaker’s MEB electric vehicle …

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Drivers in California who own older low- and zero-emission vehicles will soon lose the right to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes.
The move, which is expected to affect some 220,000 drivers and vehicles, goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
Drivers who received the stickers which permit them to …

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn …

Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota, which led the gas-electric hybrid revolution but has lagged behind rivals in offering fully electric vehicles, announced its strategy for that market.
The plan calls for the Japanese automaker to invest ¥1.5 trillion ($13 billion) in research and development by the year 2030. Half of that investment will be earmarked …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, …

Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

Tesla unveiled its first ever electric semi-truck on Thursday evening at an event in Los Angeles that also included the surprise reveal of a new electric sports car.
The Roadster, as the new sports car is dubbed, carries the same name as Tesla’s first vehicle, which was produced from 2008 to …

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market …

U.S. Dept. of Energy to Supercharge Development of ‘Extreme Fast Charging’ Systems

U.S. Dept. of Energy to Supercharge Development of ‘Extreme Fast Charging’ Systems

The United States Department of Energy announced that it plans to provide up to $15 million on research projects to develop what it called “extreme fast charging” systems for electric vehicles as well as batteries capable of very fast charging.
The agency said the new systems will likely decrease charge time …