By Nick Chambers ·
January 21, 2011

Mitsubishi Will Make Electric Cars the Focus of a Major Strategic Shift

There's no question that Mitsubishi has been struggling as of late—especially in the U.S., where sales have slid badly and the company's Normal, Illinois, factory has been sitting idle a large part of the time. As one of the few automakers to have joined the push for electric vehicles early on, watching the slide has been a bit disheartening. But as part of gigantic strategic realignment to try and reverse the trend, Mitsubishi has announced that electric cars will be the centerpiece of its bid to grow sales globally.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 20, 2011

Tesla Will Unveil Electric SUV in 2011 and a $30K Electric Car in 2015

Talk is cheap, and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk is using it to make some pretty bold claims about the future of the company. At the Cleantech Investor Summit in Palm Springs, California, yesterday, Musk told a crowd that Tesla would be unveiling their own electric SUV—the Model X—later this year. As a bit of icing on the talk cake, Musk also said that they were on track to sell a $30,000 Tesla vehicle within four years.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 20, 2011

Ultra Tiny Electric Car Passes High Speed Crash Test With No Cabin Intrusion

Tiny cars are unsafe, right? It's one of the reasons most often cited by Americans for buying large vehicles. However, a startup British EV maker is itching to prove that theory wrong. Legendary supercar designer Gordon Murray has taken his race car experience and applied it to his ultra-tiny T.27 EV with spectacular results.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 18, 2011

Video: Tesla's Model S In-The-Flesh, On the Road

A couple of weeks ago Tesla released some engineering video walkthroughs of the Model S and announced that the company already has some "alpha" build prototypes on the road. But even though they were showing off the engineering and frame of the Model S at the Detroit Auto Show last week, the company didn't have any of those alpha prototypes on hand. Lest you start to think the company is blowing smoke, today they released a video of the Model S in action, driving on roads at speed.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 18, 2011

Former Star of Anti-Electric Car TV Show Becomes EV Racer

As much as many electric car supporters love the British humor of the wildly popular automotive show, Top Gear, the show never seems to miss an opportunity to make electric cars look bad. Now one of its former stars, Ben Collins (known as "The Stig" when he was on the show), is making waves by becoming an enthusiastic EV supporter and joining the fray as one of the world's first EV Cup race drivers.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 17, 2011

Hyundai Says to Expect Electric Car Soon, Likely a Plug-in Sonata

Although Hyundai's recent strategy has been more focused on making the highest mileage non-plug-in vehicles they can, that doesn't mean electric cars are out for the brand. In fact, according to Mike O'Brien, Hyundai's Head of Product Planning, we can expect an announcement very soon regarding the introduction of Hyundai's first mass-market plug-in vehicle.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 13, 2011

Nissan Addresses Slow LEAF Launch, Says Expectations Could Have Been Better Managed

If there's anything that most every person in the initial group of LEAF orderers is, it's passionate. Sure they all come from a large range of different backgrounds and offer a swath of political bents—but their passion is what drove them to be the first in line. So it hasn't been all that surprising that the passion of some has driven them to become increasingly critical of what they say is a lack of transparency on Nissan's part about why the initial deliveries of Nissan LEAFs were so slow. At the Detroit Auto Show, Brian Carolin, Nissan's Senior Vice President of Sales, addressed this issue in an interview with PluginCars.com.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 10, 2011

Volvo to Deliver 1,000 C30 Electrics, Shows Off Special Electric Car Safety Features

While the usual auto show formula calls for as much glitz and shininess as possible, at the Detroit Auto Show today Volvo was proudly displaying a completely mangled, crash tested C30 electric car. Given that a major question people always seem to have about electric cars is, "What happens to this thing in a crash?," the move by Volvo to settle people's fears seems incredibly effective. And what better way for Volvo—a company synonymous with safety—to differentiate themselves from the plug-in competition?

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 07, 2011

Best Buy to Provide Ford Focus Electric Charging Stations At Lower Prices Than Competition

Highlighting their increasing push into selling electric car accessories—and supporting their nationwide rollout—Best Buy will team up with Ford to help new Ford Focus Electric owners wade through the installation of charging equipment.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 07, 2011

Ford Unveils Focus Electric, Claims Better Driving Dynamics Than Other Electric Cars

After showing off the new MyFord Mobile smartphone app this morning—which will allow remote monitoring and control of all future Ford plug-in cars—Ford today unveiled the final production version of the Focus Electric, set to be launched in 19 markets later this year. The Focus Electric provides many features that make it an enticing EV package, including higher speed charging, highly customizable displays, and liquid cooled/heated batteries.

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