By David Herron ·
July 31, 2013

Deep Dive: The BMW i3 Electric Car's Carbon Fiber Body

On Monday, BMW released details about its first all electric car, the long-awaited BMW i3. BMW's management team calls the i3 “revolutionary,” based in no small part on the i3's leap forward with the architecture and composition of its body. What’s so special about the vehicle body of the i3?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 30, 2013

Why the Next-Gen Mini Should Be Electric

The next Mini is due next year, and a new concept car hints at a lightweight, aerodynamic platform. Could it be offered as a battery car? BMW is denying any such plans are underway now, but that could change.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 26, 2013

Electric Cars on a Roll, With Lots of Room for Growth

The Electrification Coalition's progress report is positive, despite stalled legislative goals. EV sales doubled in the first half of 2013, compared to the same period last year. And the entire industry is being propelled by the star power of the Tesla Model S.

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By David Herron ·
July 26, 2013

GM Electrification Downplays All-Electric Cars

On Wednesday, General Motors published a roadmap for its vehicle electrification program. Pam Fletcher, global chief engineer for Volt and plug-In hybrid electric powertrains at GM, explains the three broad categories of vehicle electrification: light electrification, plug-in hybrid (or extended-range EV), and pure electric. She also makes it clear that most of GM's emphasis will be on the first two categories—with the Chevy Spark EV, a limited production vehicle, the sole mention of any pure electric cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 23, 2013

Chevy Spark EV Expands to Europe and Korea

The gasoline Spark is an international car, and the plug-in version follows suit. Korea, where the Spark is made, is likely to be a very robust EV market. Europe is still evolving, but there are positive signs.

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By David Herron ·
July 22, 2013

How To Kill EV Range Anxiety: 150-Mile Range and Fast Charging

How much driving range does an electric car need, and how fast does charging need to be, to kill EV range anxiety? Recent research suggests that 150 miles of range combined with DC Quick Charging—a near-full charge in 30 to 60 minutes, or less—would make a major difference for most drivers. The BC2BC All Electric Car Rally, held a few weeks ago, is a valuable case study that further supports this view.

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By David Herron ·
July 18, 2013

Formula E Signs Andretti Autosport For 2014-15 Season

Andretti Autosport announced on Wednesday that it will become the third racing team to join the Formula E electric car racing series. This came on the heels of other recent announcements including choosing Berlin as the tenth host city in the 2014-15 season. The Formula E organization is now working toward approval from the FIA to launch the series.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 18, 2013

Alaskan Capital Pushes to Become a Leader in EVs

When you think about ideal settings for electric vehicle adoption, Alaska probably doesn't come to mind. But in Juneau, the conditions for plug-ins are surprisingly favorable—so much so that it could be only a matter of time before the Alaska capital joins the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles among the nation’s most EV-friendly cities.

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By David Herron ·
July 16, 2013

Rising Gas Prices Help Economic Case for Electric Cars

Those of us who drive electric cars might be blissfully unaware that U.S. average gasoline prices have jumped nearly 15 cents in the last week. The price is expected to continue rising, according to the Energy Information Administration. Drivers of inefficient gas-powered cars could really start feeling some pain, but will rising gasoline prices tip the balance of mainstream consumer interest decisively to electric vehicles?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 16, 2013

Tesla Roadster Battery Life Study: 85 Percent Capacity After 100,000 Miles

A new Plug In America study, based on information from four percent of owners worldwide, is optimistic that the sports cars will go the distance.

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