By Nick Chambers ·
August 02, 2011

The Top 11 Discoveries From the BMW i3 and i8 Unveils

The BMW i subbrand represents a paradigm shift of everything from how cars are built, to what materials they use, to what kinds of impacts their construction has on the environment, to what kinds of tools they offer drivers. After the attending the unveiling of the first two i cars--the i3 and i8--in Germany last week, 11 discoveries rose to the surface.

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By Larry E. Hall ·
June 28, 2011

EV Records Shattered At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The headline news from Sunday’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the 10-minute Holy Grail time has finally been broken. But for EV fans, the big news is the record times set by Iuko Hanawa in the purpose-built Summit HER-02 electric racecar, and Chip Yates on his SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing electric motorcycle. Plus, Chad Hord and the Nissan LEAF became the first winners of the new Electric Production Class.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 24, 2011

Will the Prius V Get the Plug-in Treatment Too? According to Toyota it's a Possibility

A few weeks ago, at a Prius V launch event, Toyota confirmed that the Prius V could rather easily support a plug-in system. Whether or not it ever gets one is another question entirely.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 23, 2011

The Nissan LEAF is Truly Enjoyable to Drive; There's Nothing Half-Baked About it

Although my history with the Nissan LEAF goes back much longer than most—having been one of the first five Americans to drive the pre-production prototype in Japan last year and taking it on the first public full range test last October, among many other run-ins with Nissan's electric car plans since 2008—there was still one type of experience with the LEAF in my life that was missing: living with it as a daily driver. Here are some impressions and revelations of a six day test of it.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 14, 2011

An Exhilarating Ride in the Citroen Survolt Electric Supercar

A few weeks ago, at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany, I was given a rare opportunity to ride along as professional Le Mans driver, Olivier Lombard, took me on several laps of a short sport track in the black-and-blue, sexy, sleek, angry-insect-looking Citroen Survolt. It was exhilarating and provides a hopeful glimpse of what the future of performance cars holds.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 07, 2011

First Charging Stations Open Over the Cascade Mountains in Washington

Stevens Pass, a well known Pacific Northwest ski resort popular with the denizens of Seattle, Washington, has installed two Level 2, 240 V electric car charging stations—making it one of the first, if not the first, ski resort in the United States to do so. The stations also make Stevens Pass the first business on U.S. Route 2 to support plans to make that green and lush scenic mountain corridor EV-tourist friendly. Now it's just up to the state to follow through on plans to install a series of DC Fast Chargers to support them.

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By Nick Chambers ·
May 13, 2011

Chevy Volt's 'Mountain Mode' is Vastly Underrated, Yields New Driving Strategies

Recently I had the opportunity to use the Volt as if it was my personal vehicle for an extended period of time. It was the first time I was able to drive it for more than a few hours or a couple hundred miles at a time. As part of that time I took it on a 300+ mile road trip over the Cascade Mountains from where I live in central Washington to Seattle and back and discovered how useful the car's "Mountain Mode" could be, even when there are no mountains.

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By Nick Chambers ·
May 12, 2011

Bipartisan Support for Electric Cars Firms Up in Congress

Two bills introduced nearly simultaneously in both the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate by two groups of bipartisan politicians indicate that the wheels for encouraging targeted and heavily-funded deployment of electric cars in the U.S. are about to be greased.

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By Nick Chambers ·
May 02, 2011

Review: Revenge of the Electric Car

At its core, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is a feel good film that electric car enthusiasts the world over will instantaneously connect with and even attain a sense of accomplishment from. In many cases beautifully put together and full of candid insight into some influential larger than life personalities, the film is certainly worth the admission price—but it also suffers from a lack of in depth analysis of major controversies and explanation of some key issues.

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By Zach McDonald ·
April 28, 2011

BMW CEO Apologizes For Disparaging Plug-ins

Yesterday, BMW North American Chairman and CEO Jim O'Donnell was quoted in the Detroit News as saying that electric vehicles “won't work” for more than 90 percent of the population. Today, O'Donnell was forced to issue an apology, reaffirming his company's commitment to plug-ins.

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