BYD, the Chinese automaker with a much-hyped investment from Warren Buffett, sold just 33 e6 all-electric cars and 417 F6DM plug-in hybrids last year. Maybe the revolution is a five-year plan. (Thanks goatrope!)
It'll be harder to make fun of electric cars if Nissan actually build the ESFLOW concept — a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive EV. It's the car you'd get if a 370Z ravished a Leaf — and God, do we want it.
Vice President Joe Biden went to Indiana today to hawk President Barack Obama's plan for spooling up electric vehicles, including instant $7,500 rebates on EVs. Nobody told him electricity is already a cheaper source of energy than oil.
Nissan's doing damage control after stirring up 20,000 pre-orders for the all-electric Leaf then delivering only 19 in December, saying it should have lowered early sales expectations. Maybe just a fist bump from the polar bear next time. [PlugInCars]
From new technology to social change, the events of the past 12 months will impact cars and transportation for years to come. Here's ten ways we predict 2010 changed the future of what you'll drive.
Honda showed off a new Fit that only travels 100 miles, tops out at 90 mph and will likely be slower than the current version when it goes on sale in 2012. Also, it's electric powered, so there's that.
Students from the Imperial College of London have spent the past four months driving the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina in an electric sports car. They cross their finish line today after 13,000 miles and several breakdowns.
Actor Nathan Fillion's ardent evangelism for the Arcimoto Pulse, an electric three-wheeler, includes charming potential customers. Unfortunately for them, Arcimoto has pushed back its previous target of selling vehicles this year, and hasn't set a new one.
Wired's Chuck Squatriglia has been writing about life with the i-MiEV, Mitsubishi's pill-shaped electric car. Here he finds that the snubs from other electric vehicle drivers cut deepest. — Ed.
Pulitzer Prize-winning auto writer Dan Neil took to HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher to talk up electric cars and the GM/Chrysler bailout, but really stepped up when radio talk show host Dana Loesch debated the proper usage of "teabagger."