Cars

Nissan Has Superfast Charging Plan For New LEAF … It Seems

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years now, we and many others have been saying that no company can compete with Tesla in the electric car market until they offer a good network of superfast charging stations for their drivers. One year ago, there was no solid information anything like this was in the plans, but one had to think it was. Today, we have news of a coalition of automakers working on it in Europe and ChargePoint and EVgo developing such stations in the US, but it seems that every other automaker is years behind Tesla in this regard. That said, it seems Nissan may be the first to try to compete... Read More


Cars

Chevy Bolt Beats Volkswagen Golf GTI (Video)

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Volkswagen Golf GTI was one of the first "hot hatchback" cars way back in the '80s, when it was known in America as the Rabbit. Now in its 8th generation, the Golf GTI has been massaged and polished into a gem of a car that now features a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine that enthusiasts would have killed for back when the GTI was first created. But how does it fare against the Chevy Bolt, GM's first mass-produced all electric car (not counting the ill-fated EV1 and Chevy Spark EV compliance car, of course)... Read More


Clean Transport

Plastic Roads?

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Scottish engineer Toby McCartney had an epiphany one day when his daughter's teacher asked what grows in the ocean. "Plastics!" she replied. McCartney had spent time in India and seen how roads in that country were repaired by putting waste plastic into potholes and burning it. He took that idea and invented the plastic road... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

SF Motors Plans To Produce “Intelligent Electric Vehicles” In Indiana

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

America has a new electric car company, SF Motors, which is a subsidiary of Sokon Industry Group. Sokon’s primary business is making automobiles, internal combustion engines, and auto parts. We know almost nothing about the company except that its world headquarters is in Beijing and it established its US headquarters in Silicon Valley (where else?) last month. It also has a research and development center near Ann Arbor, Michigan... Read More


Clean Transport

ChargePoint Growing In USA & Europe

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

ChargePoint, one of the largest electric vehicle charging networks in the world, has made two significant moves this past week that will see its network grow even larger. In the US, the company is taking over management of the GE electric vehicle charging network, which consists of 1,800 commercial and 8,000 residential chargers. ChargePoint will maintain GE’s existing software and commercial charging spots, helping to make the change to ChargePoint as easy and seamless as possible for existing clients and drivers... Read More


Batteries

Alta Claims Its Redshift MX Has Battery With Highest Energy Density, Better Than Tesla Model S & X

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Alta Redshift MX electric motorcycle is designed to compete successfully against the best off-road bikes in the world. To do that, it needs a great battery that is both powerful and light in weight. Even though it begins with the same 18650 lithium ion battery cells as Tesla uses in its Model S and Model X cars, it packages them in a way that is unique to Alta. The result is an electric motorcycle battery with higher energy density than virtually any other battery in a production vehicle... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

US Congress Working On Autonomous & Connected Car Legislation

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous car technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and ride-hailing services instead... Read More


Cars

4 In-Wheel Motors From Elaphe Power A BMW X6 (VIDEO)

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Ever noticed how once you hear of something new, suddenly you hear about it everywhere you go? Just a few days ago, we did a story about the Michelin Vision 3D printed wheel. One person commented that it would be ideal if it had an electric motor embedded into it. Yesterday, we got an email from Luka Ambrozic, an engineer who is also a spokesperson for Elaphe Motors, a Slovenian company that is doing pioneering work with in-wheel motors... Read More


Cars

San Fran Man Proposes Huge New California EV Incentives

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

California Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco has introduced legislation that would add $3 billion to the state's zero-emissions incentive program over the next 12 years. “We’ve been able to dispel the notion that you can’t clean the environment and grow the economy,” Ting says. “The next wave is electric vehicles.”... Read More


Cars

Electric BMW 3 Series With 248 Miles Range, & BMW’s Half & Half Approach

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

BMW has announced that it will have an all-electric 3 Series sedan on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The company is cutting a number of previously available options throughout its model lineup to pay for electric car research and development. Is there anything Elon Musk cannot disrupt... Read More


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