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Nissan Has Superfast Charging Plan For New LEAF … It Seems

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


Chevy Bolt Beats Volkswagen Golf GTI (Video)

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)


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

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


ChargePoint Growing In USA & Europe

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


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

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


US Congress Working On Autonomous & Connected Car Legislation

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


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

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


San Fran Man Proposes Huge New California EV Incentives

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.”


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

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


Arcimoto SRK IPO Reveals Expected Average Price

July 2nd, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The Arcimoto team, based out of Eugene, Oregon, did a great job with its electric three-wheeler, the SRK. I think an electric three-wheel platform, otherwise known as RT3, is one of the most ideal solutions to urban mobility, allowing for fast and convenient hops throughout the city. And the Arcimoto SRK certainly looks like it would be fun to own, whether I lived in a city, the countryside, or the desert. I briefly test drove an early version of the SRK at the Los Angeles Auto Show and was immediately impressed


Tesla Model 3 Month Is Here

July 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said on multiple occasions in the past year that the target was to start production of the Tesla Model 3 in July. When he first said this (on one of Tesla's quarterly conference calls), he was very hesitant to say it because he indicated it was a strict target for suppliers specifically because they knew not all suppliers would end up meeting the target. To try to really meet the target (or not go far beyond it), Tesla had penalties in place for suppliers who missed the deadline. Furthermore, as a backup, Tesla said it was preparing production capacity for any critical parts of the car itself in case its suppliers fell through


Electric Car Market Up 27% In Europe

July 1st, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market had more than 21,000 registrations last month, up 48% over the same month last year. Year-t0-date, the market is up 27% this year, with the EV share standing at 1.4%. With quality control issues solved in the second half of the month, the Renault Zoe was once again Master in Command, with the BMW i3 and Outlander PHEV recovering some ground over the ageing Nissan Leaf



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