10 Questions Motorists Ask About Electric Cars: Some Are Bizarre

It’s time to launch a contest of bizarre worries about EVs.

The independent electric vehicle advice site DrivingElectric.com listed 10 of the most common questions motorists ask about electric vehicles – ranging from practical to bizarre.

For many of us who have been interested in EVs for years or even decades, some of these questions are pretty funny, while others are reasonable. Of course, the main reason behind some of these worries is due to the otherness of EVs compared to ICE. Read More

Compact Renault ZOE Is Immediately A Big Hit In Brazil

Released at the recent auto show in Brazil, the electric hatch undercuts other possible electric competitors.

The 2018 Brazil Motor Show was marked by the launch of three 100% electric cars for the Brazilian market: Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF and Renault Zoe. Of these, however, only Zoe is on sale right now. The French brand announced that the electric hatch would begin to be sold from November 7 on and, in fact, the model is in the store promised by the brand, as verified by Motor1.com. Read More

Honda Reveals Electric CUV With 53.6 kWh Battery Based On HR-V

Honda’s upcoming Everus VE-1 is now a reality and will be produced exclusively for China.

Back in April, Honda unveiled an all-electric crossover concept based on its HR-V. Now, the automaker has partnered with China’s GAC Group to bring the production version to market in China. The VE-1 SUV is currently being showcased at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

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Tesla Model 3 Owner Test Drives A Model S For The First Time

This review turns the table from what has become the norm.

Many people reviewing the Tesla Model 3 are either new EV owners entirely, those that have come from another non-Tesla plug-in vehicle, or current Model S or Model X owners. Additionally, many of those buying a Model 3 that hadn’t previously owned a Model S or X have noted that they’ve at least driven the automaker’s more expensive siblings. This is also true of most professional automotive reviewers, since they likely reviewed the Model S and X prior to writing a Model 3 review. Read More

These Standardized Electric Car Battery Modules Save Money & Time

Standardization is key.

Swiss company ecovolta is introducing a new standardized lithium-ion battery module designed to make electric vehicle development easier, cheaper and quicker.

The standardized modules are certified for transport safety (including UN 38.3), don’t use active cooling and can be connected in packs up to 7,600 kWh (from 24 to over 800 V). The base 10 kWh / 48 V module weight is 50 kg, which translates to 200 Wh/kg. Read More

Cars.com Spends A Week With A Tesla Model X

The attention-grabbing Tesla Model 3 makes Model X reviews like this one a rare find.

We don’t get enough opportunity to talk about the Tesla Model X. Many eyes and ears have been laser-focused on Model 3 news for some time now. Not to mention that Tesla’s flagship Model S still attracts plenty of media coverage. However, in the U.S., vehicles like the Model X are massively popular. Growing families are buying up SUVs and crossovers as if they may soon disappear. Nonetheless, the Model X got off to a bit of a rough start and has arguably never really lived up to its sedan siblings in the eyes of some people. Cars.com decides it’s time to “demystify” the “buzz” around this truly unique vehicle. Read More

Does Tesla Model 3 Summon Work On Snow & Ice?

It turns out the Tesla Model 3 Summon Mode feature has successes and failures when operating on snow and ice.

Interestingly, Tesla Summon Mode has just arrived in a recent over-the-air update for Model 3 owners in Canada. YouTuber Tesla Canuck has noticed that most of the videos showcasing Summon Mode have been shot in warm, sunny weather. Obviously, he lives in Canada, and as you can see from the video, fresh snow has just fallen. In addition, his driveway has a bit of a grade to it. It’s also important to note that he has a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Model 3. Read More

More On Tesla’s Addition Of CCS Combo In Europe, Plus In-Depth Video

TESLA’S EUROPEAN VERSION OF MODEL 3 WILL HAVE A CCS COMBO 2 CHARGING PLUG

As long-time Tesla fans know, the company developed its own DC fast charging standard, and its own proprietary plug, because it couldn’t wait for the legacy automakers to agree on a standard. This is only one of many ways in which the Seers of Silicon Valley have broken away from the pack of car companies and chosen to do things their own way. Read More

BMW Electric Cars: Past, Present And Future

To understand BMW’s EV future, you need to understand its 45-year past.

It’s been more than a year since BMW’s chief executive announced that his company was making a wholesale shift to electric cars. Speaking in Munich in September 2017, CEO Harald Krueger told journalists, “By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles. Twelve will be fully electric.” A couple of months later, the company revealed that it had secured the naming rights for electric models across its entire vehicle lineup – from i1 to i9 for battery-powered passenger vehicles and from iX1 to iX9 for sports utility EVs of all sizes.

Krueger put a fine point on BMW’s transformation into an EV leader by saying that the company’s EV models could offer a driving range of more than 400 miles. Read More

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid By The Numbers

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid – the all-wheel-drive PHEV.

Subaru is introducing this year the Crosstrek Hybrid – the plug-in hybrid version of the 2nd generation Crosstrek, which becomes the first Subaru PHEV.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is equipped with plug-in tech from Toyota (Toyota Prius Prime to be precise) – series-parallel plug-in hybrid system combining a 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER direct-injection gasoline engine, a new Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and two electric motor generators. Read More

Baby Benz Concept Would Make An Adorable Addition To EQ Range

There would be a Smart version on the same platform, too.

Mercedes-Benz has a wide range of crossovers in its lineup ranging from the little GLA-Class to the rugged G-Class, but designer David Voltner sees room for one more. He would add a tiny Smart SUV, too.

Voltner came up with this idea during his internship at Mercedes’ design studio in Sindelfingen, Germany. He identified a hole in the automaker’s lineup between the top of Smart’s range and the bottom of the Mercedes lineup. This pair of SUVs is Voltner’s concept for the vehicles for competing in the missing section of the market. More Renders

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Is Your Charging Station Ready For Winter?

Some chargers handle the bitter cold better than the rest.

Just a few short years ago, there were very little options with regards to electric cars. Luckily that’s changing, and we’re seeing more and more established brands jump on the EV bandwagon and bring an electric vehicle with their nameplate to market. Read More

Electric Jaguar F-Type Might Be Just A Few Years Away

Jaguar is considering a fully electric version of the next-generation F-Type.

The next-generation Jaguar F-Type is at least two years away, but that isn’t stopping the British carmaker for making plans regarding its powertrain. As was revealed today in an article by TopCar, the British company is considering electric propulsion – amongst a range of powertrains being considered for the F-Type – as one of the options. However, Jaguar is also contemplating using a BMW sourced 4.4 Liter TwinPower Turbo engine – currently powering the BMW F90 M5, the BMW X5, and the BMW 7 Series, alongside other models from the Bavarian carmaker. Read More

Range Riddle: Kilowatt-Hours To Drive 184 Miles In A Chevy Bolt?

There’s a lot we don’t know about real-world EV range.

Ever since I started driving a 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt, my third electric vehicle, I haven’t given much thought to driving range. I began leasing the 2017 Bolt in June of last year, and its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack was a big step up from my previous 2014 RAV4 EV’s 42-kWh pack granting 120 miles of range – just as that discontinued Toyota electric SUV was a bump from my 2011 Nissan Leaf’s pipsqueak 24 kilowatt-hours that eked out 84 miles on a charge. That’s a big leap in range in only six years. I rarely take road trips in the Bolt, so I recently embarked on regional trips in the Bay Area to learn more about my EV’s real-world range. The results of one particular trip were perplexing. I hope that you can help solve the range riddle. Read More

Which Tesla Model 3 Accessories Should You Buy (And Not Buy)?

Let’s take a look at what accessories make sense for the Tesla Model 3, and which ones you should probably avoid.

As we previously pointed, the Tesla Model 3 is wooing people to stretch their budgets. We’ve learned that many new Model 3 owners may have driven a budget compact car in the past. It’s also important to note that the car is attracting a wide mix of buyers. Many Model 3 owners already own another Tesla vehicle (or two), and/or are previous luxury car owners. While one family may be scraping together loose change and trimming some fat to make Model 3 ownership a reality, others find the car inexpensive and less extravagant compared to luxury cars they’ve driven in the past. Read More

Jaguar I-Pace Or Tesla Model S 75D? The Winner Might Surprise You

The Jaguar I-Pace signifies a big leap for Jag into the electric car segment.

However different, the Tesla Model S 75D and the Jaguar I-Pace are similar in many areas. Both of them represent vehicles that are built to rule their respective markets and both try to bring a dose of luxury in the electric vehicle world. The Model S 75D is a bit longer in the tooth, while the I-Pace signifies the ramp-up in the brewing war for the higher-end electric vehicle market. Read More

Tesla’s Third-Largest Shareholder Willing To Provide Capital If Necessary

TESLA’S THIRD-LARGEST SHAREHOLDER BACKS THE ‘GENIUS’ OF ELON MUSK

Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford is Tesla’s third largest shareholder, and the fund managers want everyone to know they are still bullish on the stock. Instead of obsessing about Elon Musk’s salty tweets, investors should focus on the vast opportunities that Tesla is poised to take advantage of, Baillie Gifford’s Iain McCombie told Morningstar. Read More

China Sets New Plug-In Electric Car Sales Record In October 2018

Total sales are expected to exceed 1,000,000 this year.

China has not only set a new all-time record for plug-in electric car sales in October, but beat the previous one from September by a huge margin of 14% or about 14,500.

The total result is roughly 119,400 (up 85% year-over-year) at very high 5.8% market share (also a new record)!

Taking into consideration sales of almost 751,000 during the first 10 months of 2018 (at average 3.6% market share), there is a big chance to exceed 1,000,000 in 2018 (sales in the last months of the year are usually the highest in China). Read More

Schaeffler Presents Transmission Units For Audi e-tron

Ok… so there is only one gear, but two gearboxes?

Schaeffler boasted that its supplies the single-speed transmissions for the Audi e-tron all-electric SUV, which uses two electric motors (one for each axle) for all-wheel drive.

Schaeffler developed two versions:

  • transmission in a coaxial arrangement drives the rear axle
  • transmission in a parallel arrangement drives the front axle

Both transmissions have a planetary gear design and are ready for up to 400 Nm of input torque. The rear coaxial unit weighs just 16 kg and has an integrated parking lock for very high loads. Read More

Check Out Results From Biggest Electric Car Winter Test Ever

The tested cars were the Opel Ampera-e, BMW i3, new Nissan LEAF, Hyundai IONIQ Electric and Volkswagen e-Golf.

The Norwegian EV Association performed what we believe to be the biggest electric car test in a winter wonderland setting ever with five electric cars tested.

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The LEAF and e-Golf were noted to be the stand outs in this group of 5:

“Particularly the Nissan LEAF and the Volkswagen e-Golf stood out from the crowd regarding safe and steady handling underway, while BMW I3 (the only car with rear wheel drive) and Opel Ampera-e were somehow a bit more nervous.” Read More

2019 Chevy Volt Still The Plug-In Hybrid Champion

Despite newer options from Toyota and Honda, CNET says the Chevy Volt is still the PHEV champ

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced several major improvements to the Chevy Volt for its 2019 mid-cycle update. Owners had been clamoring for many of these changes since the Gen 1 Volt launched in 2010. Now that the new model year has started arriving at dealerships, reviews are trickling in. So far the response is quite positive. Read More

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid First Drive: The Overachiever

The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is trying to outshine the rest of the Subaru family by trying to do it all.

The first-generation Subaru Crosstrek arrived in 2013 and aimed to capture the hearts of city-dwellers that spend their weekends outdoors. Customers who desired a compact SUV (or is it a lifted hatchback?) with off-road chops to travel beyond city limits began to take note of the Crosstrek’s credentials. With each model year, it built up its stature in the market, outselling itself again and again. In 2018, Subaru sold 280 percent more Crosstreks than it did the year the car launched five years ago, making it the brand’s third-best overall seller. Read More

Tesla Model 3 Production Hits Estimated 125,000

Soon it should increase by 1,000 every day.

As of November 19, 2018, Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 Tracker indicates estimated cumulative production of the Tesla Model 3 at 125,323.

Because the tool is based on estimated production rates in a particular quarter (production for previous quarters were officially announced) there is always the uncertainty of up to a few thousand. Read More

This Simple Graphic Shows Us All How An Electric Car Works

When Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current motor in 1887, he paved the way for the invention of the electric vehicle more than a century later. Electric vehicles could make gas- and diesel-powered vehicles obsolete by the year 2025, effectively ending the reign of the internal combustion engine. The acceptance of electric vehicles into car culture has already begun, with the Tesla Model S winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 2013. Read More

Let’s Look At The Tesla Pickup Truck & Its Electric Competition

An electric pickup truck could be a massive success, and it’s not just Tesla that plans to bring one to market.

While Tesla has announced it will eventually offer an all-electric pickup truck, it will be some time before that happens. CEO Elon Musk has already clarified that it will follow the upcoming Model Y crossover, which won’t be out for a few years. We also learned recently that GM may not have any plans for bringing and electric truck to market anytime soon. As far as other OEMs are concerned, there’s not anything promising on the horizon. However, a handful of startups are diving in, and you may be quite surprised at the number of potential entrants. Read More

Tesla, Nissan, GM Join Hands To Lobby For U.S. EV Tax Credit Recharge

TESLA JOINS GM AND NISSAN IN LOBBYING TO LIFT THE CAP ON THE FEDERAL EV TAX CREDIT

The $7,500 federal EV tax credit is probably not the most efficient way to encourage EV adoption – it mainly benefits higher-income taxpayers, and it doesn’t provide any incentive for auto dealers to get interested in selling plug-in vehicles. However, it’s better than no incentive at all, and there’s little doubt that it has encouraged a substantial number of EV purchases. Read More

Hyundai Sold Record Number Of Plug-In Electric Cars In October 2018

October was big for Hyundai, which set several new records.

In October, total sales of plug-in cars – reported by Hyundai – stands at an all-time high of 7,139, which is 191% more than a year ago.

The plug-in car share out of overall volume increased to a record 4.3%! The biggest splash comes from Kona Electric (more below).

Additionally, Hyundai sold some 192 NEXO hydrogen fuel cell cars (599 YTD). Read More

Video: Tesla Model 3 Performance Versus BMW M3

In this day in age, comparing products on YouTube is a thing.

Of course, that can become a bit annoying. Certainly, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is a spectacular battery-powered machine. However, there’s more to things than straight-line acceleration and sheer speed off the line. Although entertaining, these videos are slowly getting old.

We all know the Model 3 specs. For some, the current BMW M3’s specs can be recited even in our sleep. In turn, it would be a bit more educational if YouTubers started doing more in-depth videos that really get our blood flowing. Read More

People Will Pay More For A Tesla Model 3 Due To The ‘Tesla Stretch’

THE ‘TESLA STRETCH’ IS PROVING CAR BUYERS WILL PAY MORE FOR A MODEL 3

The Tesla Model 3 is turning out to be an electric car that’s seducing car buyers across multiple market segments. According to CleanTechnica, “45% of current electric car drivers plan to buy a Tesla next.” Okay, that’s understandable. Non-Tesla EV drivers might be interested in a Tesla. That said, it’s extraordinary how many gas-powered car owners, from vastly different auto segments, are transitioning to Teslas. Read More

273,000 Passenger Electric Plug-In Cars Sold In Europe: Q1-Q3 2018

The plug-in car market in Europe is growing.

According to the latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, in the first nine months of 2018, total passenger plug-in car registrations (including a tiny number of FCVs) in the European Union and EFTA (Norway + Switzerland) amounted to 273,702 (up 35.4%).

  • PHEV – 140,758 (up 33.6%)
  • BEVs – 132,944 (up 37.4%)

Compared to total registrations of 12,304,711 cars, it is about 2.2% market share (however share in particular markets highly varies). Read More

Malta’s First Car Sharing Club Introduces 150 Renault ZOE

Renault delivered 5,000 EVs for car sharing schemes in 23 countries

Republic of Malta

Malta’s first car sharing club – GoTo Malta – is launching 150 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 electric cars, which will be available 24/7.

The project is backed by the government, which provides 450 parking spaces throughout Malta and Gozo that are reserved exclusively for GoTo Malta. Each parking space will get a charging point, as GoTo Malta is installing 225 dual output charging pillars (450 stalls total). Read More

MotorWeek Tests Out The Jaguar I-PACE

MotorWeek Says: Jaguar I-PACE is the real deal

In the latest overview of the Jaguar I-PACE, MotorWeek was impressed. The British brand introduced its electric car ahead of Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and has set the bar high. Well, maybe the pricing and efficiency is still a drawback, but it’s a high-end model after all.

We especially enjoyed the footage as the blue I-PACE looks stunning and it should provide some diversity among the sea of Teslas. Read More

More Details On Volkswagen’s Plan To Invest Billions For EVs

Volkswagen Group is gearing up to mass production of electric vehicles, thus a magnitude of strategical changes are required.

Volkswagen may be a bit late to the EV party, but they’re certainly aiming for a fashionable entry. The German carmaker is set to invest almost 44 billion euro in the next five years, covering everything from e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services, and digitalization in its vehicles and at its plants. The sum represents approximately one-third of the total expenditure for Volkswagen in the 2019-2023 planning period. Read More

Meet The New Rookie Who Is Behind Mercedes’ Next Big Project

Gary Paffett was once caught out by inexperience, when he thought the DTM was “too easy” after a first title. After a 13-year wait for his second championship, it’s a lesson he will have to remember as a Formula E rookie.

There were 135 starts, 11 wins and 13 years between the first championship and the second. He watched 10 rivals claim the crown for two other marques. But two things remained the same for the whole time: this was the DTM and he raced for Mercedes.

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Tesla Begins Solar Roof Ramp Up At Gigafactory 2

More than 800 workers are now full-time employees at the Buffalo Gigafactory 2 location

Led by Ryan Nungesser – the top level on-site employee – the Buffalo located Gigafactory 2 is ramping up production to fulfill all the Tesla Solar Roof orders after months of delays and several production issues. What Tesla envisioned as a holistic approach to clean energy production, the Tesla Solar roof is an integral part that will generate electricity from a roof, which will then be stored in a Tesla Powerwall battery storage, then used to power up both your home and your vehicles. Read More

Video: Boring Company Breaks New Ground, Announces Medieval Castle Watchtower

The first tunnel at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorn, CA is nearing completion

The Boring Company (TBC) currently has several high-speed underground transportation projects in the works. Most are still in the preliminary planning stages. However, a 2-mile test tunnel located beneath SpaceX’s headquarters is now nearly finished.  The Boring Company CEO Elon Musk shared a video on Twitter today of the company’s first tunnel breaks “through the other side.” Read More

27% Of Cars Sold In Iceland In October 2018 Were Plug-Ins

Plug-in market share approaching one-third.

Iceland again shows that it’s the top plug-in market with record market share of 27% in October! Part of the reason behind such a high result is the general decrease of car sales, but anyways, in the first 10 months of 2018. some 18% of cars sold in Iceland were rechargeable.

In October, sales amounted to about 267 plug-ins, which shows how tiny the market is. The biggest player in Iceland is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with 66 sales last month and 888 YTD (compared to 3,012 plug-ins overall). There is a chance that the Outlander PHEV will become the first model to pass 1,000 sales in one year. Read More

Here Is How Volkswagen Trains High Voltage Experts

Two weeks of training and you become a High Voltage Expert

Electrification brings huge changes to dealerships as electric car service differs from combustion engine cars. One of the main new topics that needs to be addressed is the high voltage system.

In the UK, Volkswagen recently trained 30 new High Voltage Experts (HVE) that will be able to perform all electric-related tasks in 15 competence centers around the country. Read More

Tesla Model 3 With Track Mode Toasts Tires: Incredible Drone Footage

A bird’s eye view as this Tesla Model 3 Performance with Track Mode tears up some tires.

Tesla lover, hardcore YouTuber, and amateur racing guru Erik Strait (DAErik) is at it again. Erik produces informational videos to help Tesla owners, builds his own Tesla-related appliances, runs a Tesla inventory site, and now races his Model 3 Performance at a raceway in the mountains of Colorado. Did we mention he has a life outside of Tesla and a “real” job as well? Anyhow, this time Erik is checking out Track Mode on the Tesla Model 3 Performance, so much so that he’s burning up his tires. Read More

BMW Reveals Battery Capacity & Range Details On New 330e PHEV

New BMW 330e iPerformance to get a 12 kWh battery.

BMW revealed a few more details about the upcoming 330e iPerformance, scheduled for launch in summer 2019.

The new generation will get a 12 kWh battery (57% more than the previous 7.6 kWh) so the all-electric range is expected to double to 60 km (37 miles).

The new powertrain brings improvements to the top speed in all-electric mode (from 120 km/h to 140 km/h), and introduces an all-new XtraBoost mode for 30 kW more power for a while. Read More

BYD Receives Order For 27 Electric Buses From Denmark

Denmark’s capital will get 27 BYD buses next year.

BYD, the biggest player in the electric bus segment in Europe, received this year its first order from Denmark, which becomes the second new country for BYD after Portugal.

The Danish bus company Anchersen ordered 27 electric buses for its fleet in Copenhagen (the company operates on 19 of Movia’s routes). It’s great to see that Anchersen decided on EVs – its first ever. Read More

Audi Q2 E-Tron Spied

Probably not coming to U.S.

The Audi e-tron SUV just made its official debut in September and the automaker will follow that shortly with the reveal of its e-tron GT sedan at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. With a pipeline product promising 12 all-electric vehicles by 2025, it’s probably no surprise that spy shots have appeared of yet another battery-powered Audi. This one — supposedly called the Q2 e-tron — may not make it to America, though. Read More

Which Are The Cheapest EVs To Own?

You have to consider all of an EV’s long-term ownership costs to determine which is the best deal.

There’s a distinct difference between what it costs to purchase a given vehicle and what you’ll actually pay to own it over time. Electric vehicles are no exception. To determine which would be the best long-term deal, you’ll want to consider the costs of depreciation – how much the vehicle will have lost in value at trade-in time – how much energy it consumes, and the cost of insurance premiums, maintenance charges, state fees, and out-of-warranty repair bills. Read More

Hyundai Will Satisfy U.S. Hunger For Kona Electric

Will accept orders from every state

Early reviews of the Hyundai Kona Electric have been quite positive and we expect there is quite a bit of pent-up demand out there for an all-electric crossover that marries over 250 miles of range with a reasonable price tag. With the initial U.S. sales plan consisting of supplying only California dealers, with the eventual addition of stores in other ZEV states, there has been, however, some amount of disappointment in the car’s suspected unobtainium status. Turns out, that worry about availability may be premature. Read More

We Visit Rivian, And Its Pickup Truck Is The Real Deal: Watch This Video

While we can’t yet divulge details about Rivian’s upcoming vehicles, to say they’re incredible would be an understatement.

*Check out Rivian’s new video entitled “The Electric Adventure Begins” above.

Aside from Rivian’s upcoming products, what impressed us the most was the size, beauty, level of organization, and overall reality of the Rivian facility in Plymouth, MI, which is one of several throughout the U.S. Moreover, CEO RJ Scaringe embodies the utmost in intelligence, drive, vision, and passion. In fact, it would be unfair not to point out that every executive we met, every presenter, and every employee we had the pleasure to meet shared these traits. This is arguably a team of all teams, to say the least. Rivian as a company, as well as its vehicles, are truly everything we could ask for and expect from a startup that is well-placed to achieve maximum success in the space. Read More

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