Nissan Leaf doubles production in US to cope with demand

With the 2014 Nissan Leaf going on sale this week and next, Nissan is poised to expand production and dramatically boost sales of its U.S.-built battery-electric hatchback.

Gasoline Cars To Remain Dominant In 2040, Energy Agency Says

Cars running on gasoline have been with us for almost 140 years, and diesels for almost 80 years. More than 1 billion vehicles on the planet use those fuels today. Now we have one estimate of a timeframe for such a transition, courtesy of the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

The mysterious story of the battery startup that promised GM a 200-mile electric car

Untested small suppliers almost never get in the door of the world’s major automakers. This is fascinating story about Department of Energy backed Envia Systems, General Motors, and the battery technology that wasn't all it claimed to be, in a big way.

November car sales: Plug-in electric cars hold steady

November car sales were strong for most automakers, and it looks like deliveries of plug-in electric cars were about level with last month's car sales, Voelcker writes. As the year winds toward a close, U.S. car sales are at their highest levels in years. And modern plug-in electric cars will set a new sales record too.The website focuses on the auto industry’s future, the evolution of cars beyond fossil fuels, and the green movement's relevance to car shoppers today.

Tesla backer: Clean tech investors need to see the big picture

One of the world's leading clean tech investors has today urged the sector to resist the temptation to succumb to a crisis of confidence and recognise that the fundamental economic drivers that have driven a decade of rapid growth for the nascent industry remain firmly in place.Speaking at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Industry Growth Forum in Denver, Colorado, Ira Ehrenpreis, a partner at venture capital Technology Partners and a board member at Tesla Motors, argued that while the sector has faced considerable challenges over the past two years the sector still has "the pote

Tesla: our electric cars are ‘four and half times less likely to burn’ than ICE models

Since suffering from its third fire incident in space of five weeks, we’ve been waiting on the rebuttal to widespread media sensualist reporting from electric carmaker, Tesla, and finally, CEO Elon Musk has issued a blog post to put some perspective on things.

Volkswagen reveals Twin-Up! concept plug-in hybrid

While the limited edition and pricey Volkswagen XL1 is beyond the means of most of us, there is good news from the Tokyo Motor Show today, as its maker reveals the Twin-Up! concept, using the same drivetrain technology. The new plug-in hybrid uses a version of the 0.8 litre turbodiesel engine, 27kW electric motor and seven-speed DSG gearbox found in the XL1 to deliver outstanding fuel economy of up to 256.8mpg.

2015 Lexus RC 300h is a hardcore hybrid cherry coupe

Lexus Unveils All-New RC Coupe - Striking Concept-to-Reality Coupe to Launch in 2014 - Development Focus on Body Rigidity Ensures Agile Performance - New Lexus Dedicated Coupe with the Most Aggressive use yet of the Iconic Spindle Grille - New Remote Touch Interface Implements Intuitive Touch-Sensitive Design - New Generation Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Utilized in Vehicle Development TOKYO (Nov. 20, 2013) - Lexus unveiled its striking new production-ready RC coupe, scheduled for launch in 2014, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

Yamaha embraces master auto designer Gordon Murray’s City Car

With most of the new cars and concepts leaked weeks ago there hasn’t been much real breaking news from the Tokyo Motor Show, so it was a bit of a surprise that Yamaha announced that it will be the first automotive manufacturer to embrace master automotive designer Gordon Murray’s revolutionary iStream assembly process and that it will use the iStream process to build a lightweight two-seat city car called the Yamaha Motiv. The Motiv, based on Murray’s T25 and T27 concepts, will be available in both gasoline and electric versions and targeted at the European market.

In the wake of fires, Tesla releases suspension software, while watchdog starts probe

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has recently faced three accident-related fires within a six week period. And while Tesla CEO Elon Musk has maintained that its Model S car is far safer than a gasoline car (5 times even), on Tuesday Musk announced via a blog post that it is taking three steps to address this issue and also give customers more coverage.First off Tesla says it is releasing an over-the-air software update for the air suspension of the Model S that will increase the ground clearance at highway speeds.

2011 Kona Electric Ute – Cool Electric Cargo Bike!

Well Kona has stepped up to the plate and is delivering 3 new electric bikes to the market for 2011.Their regular Ute has been on the market for a couple of years and has established itself as a nice cargo bike capable ofhauling some groceries and other odds and ends.There have been pictures floating around the internet of Ute’s that had electric conversion kits added to haul the extra weight, but now for 2011 Kona is offering an “off the shelf” ready to go electric cargo bike.

The police may like it, the BMW C evolution electric scooter

It’s a big difference between the U.S. and Germany. BMW manufactures expensive vehicles for customers in America, and this is also true in Germany, but BMW is also known in its home market as a supplier for several police and emergency services. With the Bavarian company about to enter the electric motorbike market, it’s introducing this week a police version of its upcoming C evolution electric model (it will launch next Spring in Germany).It may be successful among those clients! Most bikers who ride a BMW may not like the idea of an electric propulsion, but the police should.

Tesla founder Elon Musk: A gas car is 5 times more likely to catch fire than a Tesla

The head of electric car maker Tesla pushed back aggressively against claims that the company’s vehicles are a fire danger, saying that only 3 in 25,000 Teslas have caught fire and that those incidents were the result of high speed impacts.“It hurts to see articles that the car is unsafe… nothing could be further from truth,” said Elon Musk, noting that Teslas are five times less likely to catch fire than gas-powered cars, which produce hundreds of fire-related injuries every year.Musk spoke Tuesday afternoon at a Business Insider event in New York City, where he de

Nissan Autonomous Cars Coming To Showrooms By 2020

When it comes to high-tech features, Nissan's achievements are often overshadowed by those from other automakers. But Nissan has been working long and hard to make its cars safer and more efficient. The best example of that is probably the all-electric Leaf, but the company has also debuted a ...

Tesla: As Disruptive To U.S. Car Market As Toyota, Nissan Were?

In its decade of existence, electric-car startup Tesla has accomplished many things the auto industry didn\\'t think it could do.But could Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] be as disruptive to the existing industry as were Toyota and Nissan, the two largest Japanese car importers during the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties?That\\'s ...

Slow and silent? Porsche set to hybridize every one of its models, including the 911

Don’t think for a red-hot second that this spells some kind of neutering of Porsche’s fire-breathing sporting machines. Hybrids don’t have to be wimpy, just look at the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar for a perfect example.

Next Generation of Electric Motorcycle Design

Collaborative engineering has become more vital now than ever, as companies are learning what they do best and are looking to others to help perfect a product. Brammo, an electric motorcycle company, did just that when they started development on what they hoped would be the fastest electric ...

Geely Coming To U.S. In 2016: Are Americans Ready For Chinese Cars?

China\\'s auto market is booming. Despite some signs of a slowdown, sales remain very, very strong, showing double-digit gains.One of the big dogs in China\\'s marketplace is Geely, best known to Westerners as the owner of Volvo. In fact, according to AutoNews, Geely is getting so big that ...

Volkswagen Unveils Production e-Golf

Today, Volkswagen unveiled its production-ready e-Golf, a vehicle that will have its world premier alongside the VW e-Up! next month in Frankfurt, Germany.The electric Golf is based on latest Golf platform, but its electric drivetrain seems to be fairly similar to early Golf blue-e-motion prototypes.The production e-Golf still ...

The Tesla Model S now has 12% of the California luxury market

Business Insider reports that Tesla Model S has already taken 12% of luxury market in California! We need Gen III Tesla Electric Car for mass market ASAP."Elon Musk is very bold with his predictions and people should listen now. Every single new Tesla Model S is proving his point. Tesla Model S is driving the electric revolution now and Tesla Gen 3 Model for mass market will be the game changer for electric cars.""Euro Pacific Canada has produced the very interesting report Lithium Industry - A Strategic Energy Metal, we ...