This Is The McLaren F1 Designer's Vision For A Better Smart Car

Legendary McLaren F1-designer Gordon Murray has been obsessed with his T.25 and T.27 city cars lately, and now it looks like engine-maker Yamaha could put some of Murray's fascinating ideas into production with the Yamaha MOTIV. Just think of it as a Smart Car you'd want to drive. » 11/22/13 8:50am 11/22/13 8:50am

Some thoughts on the Tesla Model S fire saga

What happens when you take a 4,000lb man-made container filled with potential energy, propel it at 110 feet-per-second and put Earth’s biggest fool, man, in the driver’s seat? Disaster. One way or another, this always ends in some form of disaster. » 11/10/13 1:28pm 11/10/13 1:28pm

Tesla Model S - a month of use in NYC

In my first month with the Model S, my wife Jennie and our two kids have done what most car-owning NYC residents typically do: taken trips to New Jersey and Connecticut, parked in two feet of snow and slush and in various garages, driven it up and down between midtown, Chelsea Piers, and downtown on the streets and the … » 2/19/13 9:18am 2/19/13 9:18am

Show Us The Best Electric Sports Cars Out There

Performance cars with electronic help are already here. The fantastic Porsche 918 is almost ready, BMW has put through its i8 diesel-electric supercar some ice almost a year ago, and with Ferrari's Enzo replacement (whatever they will call it), plus the "97%" ready McLaren P1 also using KERS, there is no question that… » 1/07/13 3:00pm 1/07/13 3:00pm

The Horribly Ironic Reason Why 338 Fisker Karmas Were Destroyed

When we exclusively reported on dozens of Fisker Karmas being destroyed by water and flames during Superstorm Sandy, we didn't yet have a full picture of just how bad the damage to the luxury hybrid brand was. » 1/03/13 9:00am 1/03/13 9:00am

Fisker Recalls All Karma Hybrid EVs Over Fire Risk

Fisker is again recalling the Fisker Karma hyrbid-electric luxury vehicle after the most recent fire was linked to a faulty cooling fan. There are approximately 1,000 of these EVs on the road and two fires so far this summer. » 8/18/12 5:48pm 8/18/12 5:48pm

I Drove A Wicked Fast Electric BMW And It Made Me A Believer In EV…

Whenever I hear someone say "electric cars are the future" I just shake my head and laugh. Sure, all those gas cars, millions of them, along with thousands of gas stations will disappear over night. And all the muffler shops and emission centers, too! » 7/23/12 4:00pm 7/23/12 4:00pm

You Are Not Alone. America Hates Electric Cars [Updated]

Electric cars are terrible. They just are. They're a solution for a problem we don't have. Or rather, they're a solution for a problem we aren't about to change: our sprawling, big-ass cities filled with things we can't afford to buy yet must haul around. (Like kids.) » 1/05/12 12:00pm 1/05/12 12:00pm

The Ford Focus Electric will cost almost $40,000

GreenCarReports points out that Ford has posted pricing information for its new all-electric Focus, and the $39,995 price tag isn't just bad — it's ludicrous. The similarly all-electric Nissan Leaf stickers at $36,050, while the Chevy Volt — which you can actually, you know, drive between cities — runs $39,995. All… » 11/02/11 1:30pm 11/02/11 1:30pm

How Fisker got $500 million in government loans for a fuel economy flop

When Fisker Automotive won heaps of praise from Vice President Joe Biden and a $529 million loan from the U.S. government, officials touted the Karma luxury sedan as getting up to 100 miles a gallon, going 50 miles on a full battery charge and offering "supercar" performance. None of those targets were met — but Fisker's … » 10/20/11 12:00pm 10/20/11 12:00pm

Tesla Motors secretly asks for more government money

With federal aid for green-tech startups under assault in Washington, Tesla Motors took to the webs last week touting how its $465 million federal loan had helped create hundreds of jobs — but it didn't reveal that it's now asking for more government money. They also won't reveal why they want it or how much they're… » 9/26/11 2:30pm 9/26/11 2:30pm

Audi's two-seat, Messerschmitt-like electric car caught testing in…

Because European automakers see a world where their cars may be regulated to extinction by the European Union, they're trying everything to find suitable alternatives. Audi's next answer: this two-seat Messerschmitt-like revival due for a Frankfurt unveil in September. » 8/08/11 3:30pm 8/08/11 3:30pm