Electric Vehicles

Diesel Cars Awarded Five Slots on AAA’s Green Car Guide Top 10 List

Diesel Cars Awarded Five Slots on AAA’s Green Car Guide Top 10 List

The Automobile Association of America’s recent Green Car Guide, which reviewed 83 hybrids, electrics, CNGs, clean diesel vehicles, and partial zero emissions vehicles, gave diesel cars top honors. Half of the top 10 highest scoring cars on the AAA guide’s list were clean diesel vehicles.
The list included five clean diesels, …

Google Debuts Driverless Car

Google Debuts Driverless Car

Google, a company better known for its search engine than automotive prowess, announced plans to build its own driverless car Tuesday.
The company plans to eventually manufacture such autonomous vehicles without traditional driver controls, such as an accelerator pedal, gear shift, brake, and steering wheel, with the only controls being a …

Nissan, FedEx Partner on EV Cargo Van Trial

Nissan, FedEx Partner on EV Cargo Van Trial

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nissan and FedEx announced at the Washington Auto Show on Wednesday that the two companies will begin a trial of Nissan’s newest electric vehicle, the e-NV200.
The Nissan e-NV200 is a 100%-electric compact cargo van based on the NV200, a traditionally powered vehicle that made its debut at the 2007 …

Los Angeles Auto Show: Plug Me In

Los Angeles Auto Show: Plug Me In

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the luxury electric car market was heating up as Audi, BMW, and Cadillac touted their newest models in the country’s most energy-conscious region.
Electric cars, which currently make up 1% of light vehicle sales, are hot and automakers have been closely following Tesla Motors’ …

Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

Volkswagen’s e-Golf, the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle, will make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
The e-Golf’s electric propulsion system provides a driving range of between 70 and 90 miles (112 to 145 kilometers), and develops 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.  From a standstill, …

Third Tesla in Six Weeks Destroyed by Fire

Third Tesla in Six Weeks Destroyed by Fire

A Tesla Model S was destroyed by fire in Smyrna, Tennessee on Wednesday after the car hit a tow hitch that was on the roadway, causing an electrical fire, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  The driver was uninjured.
The accident was the third reported Tesla fire in six weeks.  The …

8 States Push for Increased Electric Vehicle Sales

8 States Push for Increased Electric Vehicle Sales

To combat the stagnant state of electric vehicle sales in the U.S., eight states, including California, New York, and Massachusetts, have agreed to work together to encourage the adoption and sale of EVs.
The states’ efforts will include the adoption of a universal payment method for charging, as well as updating …

Everyone Uses Electricity – But Who Drives Electric Cars?

Everyone Uses Electricity – But Who Drives Electric Cars?

Electricity drives the world we live in – be it everyday appliances or computers, television, and phones.  More recently, it has extended its reach to automobiles.  While a majority of the American population may be using an electronic device at any given moment, plug-in vehicles represent less than 1% of …

Spied: 2014 BMW i3 Megacity Electric Vehicle

Spied: 2014 BMW i3 Megacity Electric Vehicle

The production version of the BMW i3 Megacity vehicle, the Bavarian automaker’s first-ever all-electric production car, is getting closer to its launch (the first customer deliveries are slated for fall) and an i3 mule has been spotted by The Diesel Driver driving around Munich, albeit highly camouflaged.  Engineers are presumably …

New York Auto Show Roundup: Small, Efficient German Cars

New York Auto Show Roundup: Small, Efficient German Cars

NEW YORK—German automakers debuted several small, efficient cars on the first day of the New York International Auto Show, while General Motor’s Cadillac division showed an updated CTS that it hopes will recapture buyers of imported luxury cars.
BMW introduced the 328d, its highly anticipated diesel sedan. This is BMW’s first …

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

DETROIT—General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla all introduced new electric vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
On Tuesday, GM, the nation’s largest automaker, unveiled the Cadillac ELR, a luxury version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and said it would be offered for sale later this year.
Nissan, in turn, …

Dallas Fort Worth Airport Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Ports

Dallas Fort Worth Airport Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Ports

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport announced that they have installed two Electric Vehicle charging ports that will be free for valet parking customers to use. The move will make the use of electric vehicles feasible for travelers who otherwise would be otherwise hampered by their EV’s limited range.
The Level 2 …