Screw Tesla, BMW And Volkswagen Will Build Their Own EV Charging Network

America fell pretty far short of President Obama's 2011 call to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. There's a lot of reasons for this, and a lack of charging infrastructure is one of them. So far Tesla Motors has been leading that charge (sorry for the pun) with their Supercharger network, but today… » 1/22/15 1:30pm 1/22/15 1:30pm

So Much For Obama's Call For 1 Million Electric Cars By 2015, Huh?

As President Obama gears up to deliver the State of the Union address for the sixth time tonight, now's as good a time as any to reflect on the mandates, promises and calls to action from his previous speeches. Here's one: that call from 2011 to have 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. » 1/20/15 8:05pm 1/20/15 8:05pm

First Tesla P85D On A Dyno Put Down Way More Torque Than Advertised

The Tesla Model S has kicked out some wacky power readings, but it looks like somebody was able return 864 ft-lbs of torque with a P85D a few times in a row. Pretty impressive considering the factory claims about, oh, 177 lb-ft less. The shrieking jet wail the car makes in an enclosed garage is something else… » 12/27/14 3:38pm 12/27/14 3:38pm

BMW To Phase Out Combustion Engines In 10 Years: Report

I'll let everyone take a moment to clean their spit-take'd screens while I explain more about that report. The report in question is Baron Funds most recent quarterly report, and this 10-year death-watch for the evergreen internal-combustion engine comes directly from their analysts, after a visit to BMW's facilities. » 12/11/14 4:04pm 12/11/14 4:04pm

Ford's CEO thinks it can build an electric car like a Tesla

At this point, no one will question whether Tesla has succeeded in disrupting the entire automotive industry, because it has. Now the question is whether mainstream automakers can truly make electric cars that can compete with Tesla. Accord to Ford's new CEO Mark Fields, the Blue Oval can. » 10/27/14 12:28pm 10/27/14 12:28pm

The Supercar That Runs Using 'Saltwater' Is Likely Bullshit

Last week I wrote an article about a remarkable sounding supercar that uses a revolutionary sort of flow battery that can be recharged with what's implied to be saltwater. The car's design is striking, the specs are very impressive, and the technology seems revolutionary. But it also seems like bullshit. » 9/22/14 4:07pm 9/22/14 4:07pm

How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car?

There are many reasons for considering making an electric car the next car you buy or lease. Besides the many environmental benefits, the promise of energy security, the silky-smooth driving experience with instant torque available without delay and low maintenance, one of the best characteristics of electric vehicles… » 8/27/14 3:40pm 8/27/14 3:40pm

Dear Tesla: Bypassing Environmental Laws Is Bad For Everyone

Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company's upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That's bad news—for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars. » 8/12/14 3:16pm 8/12/14 3:16pm

Here's why Toyota hates electric cars

Why is Toyota so dismissive of electric cars? Seems it can be summed up in one exact quote from Toyota's Global R&D Chief Mitsuhisa Kato, "The cruising distance is so short for [electric cars], and the charging time is so long ... At the current level of technology, somebody needs to invent a Nobel Prize-winning type… » 7/29/14 6:43pm 7/29/14 6:43pm