By John Gartner ·
May 23, 2011

Fuel Cell Vehicles and EVs: More Alike Than Not

For the last few decades, the interest level in (and DOE funding for) FCVs and EVs has had somewhat of an inverse correlation, with one rising while the other falls. Most conversations and development efforts have focused on one vehicle architecture or the other, not both. But taking a view from above, these two platforms are more alike in form and function than they are different.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 12, 2010

Volkswagen Sales Chief Says Government is Forcing Them to Build Electric Cars

Is Volkswagen truly serious about electric cars? Based on the comments and tone that their Board Member responsible for sales conveyed at a media roundtable in Germany this week, it's hard to gauge just how real the EV is for Volkswagen.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 28, 2010

Five Canceled Electric Car Concepts: Lessons Learned

It’s easy enough for a car company to write up a press release, push an exciting electric-drive concept car to an auto show platform, and strike up the music. In the process, hopes are raised for a ground-breaking electric car—only to be dashed with the swipe of an auto executive’s hand. Takeaway: No matter what anybody says, be skeptical until you see a confirmed launch date and price—and multiple reviewers have taken a test drive of a production model, not a concept or test prototype.

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E-Golf Will Be VW's First Electric Car

By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2010

Volkswagen believes an electric version of the Golf will sell better than the e-Up!, an all-electric minicar. So, the company will launch its electric car program with the e-Golf.

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By Zach McDonald ·
April 26, 2010

Volkswagen Will Look to China to Determine its EV Future

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement today that VW will judge Chinese consumer reaction to electric cars before it commits to a full scale EV strategy. The company had said in the past that it planned to be the worldwide leader in electric vehicles by 2018, projecting that EV sales would come to make up 3 percent of its total business.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 18, 2009

Hybrid and Electric Cars Will Emit Vroomtones


After years of complaints from blind pedestrians that ultra-quiet hybrid cars pose a safety threat, the auto industry is responding by producing on-board devices that emit sounds, such as jet engines, boings, or human voice saying, “Excuse me.” One day, electric car and hybrid drivers might download “vroomtones” for their cars, the way they download ringtones for cell phones today.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 15, 2009

VW Unveils World’s Most Efficient Road-Legal Hybrid

By the end of the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Volkswagen will have unveiled as many as nine world premier vehicles. What’s the common denominator? “Maximum efficiency," according to VW. The coolest in the bunch is the L1, a two-seat hybrid concept that could get hundreds of miles per gallon, and the E-Up! all-electric minicar. With these futuristic concepts, VW is pointing to small innovative platforms, new levels of aerodynamic design, and electric or hybrid drive.

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