The ELF Electric Pedal-Mobile: What Happens When Your Bike And Car Bone

Of all the press cars I’ve had since I’ve moved to NC, the one that’s gotten the most attention by far has no doors, no floor, and all of one lonely horsepower. It’s both the crudest and yet most futuristic vehicle I’ve had so far. It’s a fascinating halfway point between bike and car called the ELF. I had one for a… » 4/20/15 3:25pm Monday 3:25pm

China Breaks New Ground For Shit Non-Givery With A Beetle Knockoff EV

Yesterday, I was pretty excited to see this shameless BMW i3 knockoff at the Shandong EV Expo in China. And today, our friends at CarNewsChina who are covering the show have found something even better: an electric, four-door latest-generation VW Beetle knockoff, complete with a badge that’s half Volvo and half Nissan. » 3/24/15 11:45am 3/24/15 11:45am

Finally, A Really Ridiculous Looking BMW i3 Knockoff Can Be Yours

Have you always wanted a BMW i3, but for religious or moral reasons you're against speed and quality? If so, today's a fantastic day for you, my friends, since you can move to China and buy yourself a Jinma JMW2200. Think of the money you'll save! And, if everyone who sees it is really, really drunk, everyone will… » 3/23/15 9:35pm 3/23/15 9:35pm

The Endura Was Basically The Tesla Model S Of 1978

If things had gone a little differently in our world, like the oil crises of the 1970s never really improved, we may have focused on electric cars much more. And that may have made Tesla-like cars come much sooner. Like that Globe-Union Endura up there. It’s like an alternate-universe 1970s Tesla Model S. » 3/19/15 3:35pm 3/19/15 3:35pm

The Volkswagen e-Golf Is Great As A Golf But It's Not Half A Tesla

The Volkswagen e-Golf is, at its core, a Volkswagen Golf. That's not some metaphorical, figurative thing either. This isn't about "the platform," or "the feel" – it is a Volkswagen Golf. Except for the fact that it's powered by electricity. And I love the electricness of it, but the problem is the Golfiness. » 2/18/15 10:10am 2/18/15 10:10am

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