Hyundai’s Chief Designer: EVs Shouldn’t Reek of Aerodynamics

Consider his new term for when a car screams that it’s electric: “Aero Affected.”

Hyundai last year said it will introduce 14 electric cars by 2025. Chris Chapman, senior chief designer at the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif., has put a lot of thought into how those vehicles will look and feel. We sat down with Chapman last week during a break in our first drive of the Hyundai Kona Electric and the newly designed Nexo fuel-cell car (shown above). Read More

See How Cold Weather Impacts Tesla Model 3

Cold weather impacts every EV and ICE car, but precisely, how does the Tesla Model 3 fare?

One of our most highly respected sources, Trevor Page from Model 3 Owners Club, is situated in the great white north. Trevor lives in Canada and has to deal with extreme cold weather on an almost year-round basis. He’s shared with us before about dealing with EVs in the frigid climate. Most notable is his previous take on charging and range loss in Tesla vehicles in cold temps. But, more importantly, he now has a Tesla Model 3 and he’s updated us with his observations surrounding how the cold weather may impact the EV. Read More

In-Depth Look At Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range Electric Miles

Wow did the Tesla Model 3 news stream in late last evening.

After we signed off and attempted to call it a day at InsideEVs — though our days never really end in the usual sense — Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to make some pretty major announcements. Late last night we learned that you can now order a mid-range Model 3, the single-motor Long Range variant is set to go away, and Full Self-Driving will also become unavailable, at least temporarily. Fortunately, our respected friend, data giant, and Twitter user Troy Teslike (@TroyTeslike) got to work deciphering data. Read More

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Gets Production Green Light

The German automaker is getting serious about its EV plans.

Less than a day after we saw the first spy photos of an all-electric Porsche wagon (or a shooting brake, whatever you prefer), the German company has confirmed it will put the Mission E Cross Turismo concept into production. Yesterday, during a high-rank meeting within the automaker, the board of directors has given the study the green light for production, confirming rumors from earlier this year. Read More

Tesla: More Google Searches Than Any Other Automaker In U.S./China

TESLA IS THE MOST ‘GOOGLED’ CAR BRAND IN THE US AND CHINA [INFOGRAPHIC]

Online searches can say a lot about which car brands are attracting the most interest online. According to Car Buzz, “Car sales and research website Select Car Leasing has just published the results of… a year’s worth of Google search data to find out which car brands were the most queried.” And apparently, “Elon Musk’s tweets are winning the SEO war.” Read More

Previously, buyers of the Tesla Model 3 could buy in to a future full self driving option. Reddit users spotted it earlier today after the launch of the new mid-range Model 3. Read More

Let’s Examine Electric Car Pre-Orders In Norway

Reportedly, there are over 30,000 electric vehicles pre-ordered in Norway

For many, Norway is the beacon of early electric vehicle adoption. Simply put, no other country – relatively to their population numbers – is pushing so many EVs on the roads today. However, Norway is doing it with a rather short list of actual EV models currently on sale in this Scandinavian country. But, it seems that automakers are catching up to the high success rate of electric vehicles, offering their up and coming EV models through preordering for the Norwegian customers. And that tactic is reaping benefits. Read More

Chevy Bolt vs Volt: Which Electric Car Is Best For You?

If you aren’t sure about the difference between a Chevy Bolt and Volt, you’re not alone.

The decision by General Motors to give the company’s two plug-in electric vehicles such similar names was bound to create confusion. “Did you say Bolt or Volt?” is a common refrain among EV shoppers.

To add more confusion, mainstream consumers are uncertain about the differences between a hybrid like the Volt and an electric vehicle like the Bolt. But it’s precisely this technological distinction that distinguishes the two vehicles, as follows: Read More

2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell First Drive

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. Too bad it’s so difficult and expensive to get it into your fuel tank.

When I received the invitation to attend the Hyundai Kona Electric & Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell press drive event I have to admit I was hoping I could manage to spend more time with the Kona Electric than the Nexo Fuel Cell.

More Fuel Cell News

Why Hyundai Pursues Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Porsche Explains Production Process For Electric Taycan

The production of the electric vehicle will be carbon neutral.

Porsche is preparing for the production start of its first-ever all-electric model, the Taycan, with a series of measures that ensure it will “definitely” enter the electric era. The German sports car maker is currently investing six billion euros (approximately $6.94 billion at the current rates), hiring more than 1,200 new employees for its main plant, and launching “an unparalleled knowledge campaign rolled out throughout the entire company.” Read More

Can Modified Tesla Model 3 Long Range Beat Model 3 Performance?

It’s time to put the Mountain Pass Performance modified Tesla Model 3 to the test everyone’s been waiting for.

If you read InsideEVs, you’re probably well aware that we’ve been following and covering EV-oriented performance tuner Mountain Pass Performance and owner Sasha Anis for some time. He’s been working diligently on modifying a Tesla Model 3 Long Range (single-motor, rear-wheel drive). Can it keep up with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 Performance? Read More

Tesla Still Fighting To Sell Its Cars In Several U.S. States

TESLA BATTLES ARCHAIC LAWS TO SELL ITS CARS IN CERTAIN STATES

Tesla has many challenges to overcome. According to David Pogue (via Yahoo Finance), “It’s amazing that Tesla even exists. Before Tesla, the most recent successful American auto startup was Chrysler, over 90 years ago. Tesla has survived the first hard part: designing beautiful, fast, high-tech electric cars that a lot of people want and love. Now come all the other hard parts… [including] getting permission to sell them.” Read More

Renault Increased Electric Car Sales In September By 41%

September was one of the better months for Renault EVs.

Renault sold around 3,900 all-electric cars in September (up year-over-year by 41%). EV share out of total Renault volume for the month stands in Europe at around 4.3% (2.7% YTD in Europe).

The Kangoo Z.E. continues sales gains (x2), while ZOE finally got some traction.

Sales results in September and after the first nine months of this year (excluding Twizy) are: Read More

ABB Presents 24 kW DC Wallbox For CCS & CHAdeMO

DC charger on a wall?

ABB presents at the 2018 eMove360° in Munich, Germany (October 17 – 18) its latest charging product, the 24 kW DC wallbox.

It’s designed for single or double output (CCS Combo and CHAdeMO) and can handle up to 920 V battery packs. Despite the compact size that enables installation on the wall, the weight without cables is 70 kg. Read More

Chevy Volt Electric And Fuel Economy Test Exceeds EPA Numbers

How does 63 Miles of EV range and 48 MPG sound to you?

So you think the 2018 Chevy Volt can go only 53 miles on electricity and 42 MPG for a total of 106 MPGe? Well, those estimated EPA ranges of course vary by condition. With a light foot and favorable weather, the Chevy Volt can far outperform those numbers. This test by YouTube channel Fuel Economy certainly puts those EPA estimations to shame. Read More

Atlis Pickup Truck Battery Charges In Under 13 Minutes

Atlis battery pack ready to charge in under a quarter of an hour.

Atlis Motor Vehicles, a startup founded in 2016 to develop XT electric pickup truck and XP electric vehicle platform, achieved its first milestone.

The company’s prototype battery pack was successfully tested at one of the EVgo fast chargers in Phoenix, taking a full charge in just 12 minutes, 35 seconds (the goal was for 15 minutes). The pack is fairly small – at around 3 kWh, but Atlis says that it’s fully scalable and ultimately will need ultra-fast chargers, which the company would like to introduce. Read More

There Are 227 Ways In Which Tesla Can Improve The Model 3

Tesla Model 3 teardown revisited

The tale of the Tesla Model 3 teardown by Munro & Associates continues. Bloomberg published a piece today that again goes over the findings from the work carried out by the firm earlier this year, and includes some recent input from Sandy Munro, the eponymous founder of the firm. According to Mr. Munro, he sent Tesla — for free — a list of 227 ways in which they could improve the mid-size sedan. Read More

Why Hyundai Pursues Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Are hydrogen cars a pipe dream? Hyundai says no.

Last week we took our first spin the 258-mile Hyundai Kona Electric. But that wasn’t the only Hyundai electric vehicle we drove. We also spent an hour or so on the road with the Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell electric car. I can already hear the loud, collective groan from EV fans wondering why Hyundai continues to bother with hydrogen. So we put that question to Hyundai folks. Read More

60-kWh Nissan LEAF Price Possibly Revealed In Dealer Documents

May begin shipping early in 2019

If you like the Nissan LEAF, but were put off by its current 40-kWh battery, you may soon be in luck. A bigger, better battery option is coming if you don’t mind a bit of a price hike. The base version of the current car (no pun intended), with its EPA range rating of 151 miles boasts an MSRP of $29,990. When it debuts sometime next year, the upgraded 60-kWh version may well cost an additional $5,500, which would bring its starting price to $35,400 (excluding destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options). Read More

Cruise Automation Chevy Bolt Spied Without Bulky LIDAR

It appears that GM and Cruise are moving forward with a production-level autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Back in March of 2016, General Motors took a huge leap and acquired 40-employee, autonomous vehicle startup Cruise Automation for some ~$600-700 million. Since then, it has been no secret that the joint effort was slated to become one of the leaders in the space. In addition, we’ve been made well aware that Chevrolet and Cruise are taking their time with development and production efforts for the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV to assure that they get everything up to par. Now, we may be seeing some substantial progress. Read More

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Test Drive: It Feels Very Conventional

Hyundai and Kia first drives stream in and the consensus is these EVs feel “normal” and “conventional,” in a positive way.

Overview

With all eyes on the Hyundai Kona EV at the moment, it could be easy to overlook Hyundai’s other electric offering, the Ioniq Electric. That would be a mistake because this car has a lot to offer. And, the entire Ioniq line-up has a particularly important task, that being to take on the Prius. To show just how serious Hyundai is about dethroning Toyota’s efficiency mainstay, they match the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models but go one further by offering a fully electric version – something that Toyota has yet to do. Read More

Majority Of Plug-In Cars Sold In U.S. Are Pure Electric

Pure electric wins over plug-in hybrid.

According to US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, between December 2010 and July 2018, most of the plug-in electric cars sold in the U.S. are battery electric cars (53%), while plug-in hybrids take the remaining 47%.

We already have data for August and September, which clearly shows that BEVs outsell PHEVs 3:1, which means that the overall share of BEVs in the entire plug-in fleet will become higher each month from now on, at least until the automotive industry finds some plug-in hybrid contenders for volume BEVs (mostly Tesla Model 3). Read More

Nissan Starts Sales Of Sylphy Zero Emission In China

Electric Nissan Sylphy now on sale in China.

The Nissan Sylphy is one of the most popular models in China, which in the past 12 years found 2.6 million customers. This fall, the Japanese brand is introducing an all-electric version – Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission – based on the Nissan LEAF.

Production of the Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission began this summer. In September, Sylphy was officially launched in Hainan, which appears to be the first Chinese province committed to having only new energy vehicles (NEV) on its roads by 2030. Read More

Mercedes-Benz EQA Spied? Lack Of Exhaust Might Be A Giveaway

The lack of exhaust suggests there’s an all-electric powertrain underneath.

This camouflaged vehicle has all the lines of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback, and there might even be some temptation to call it a tester for the hot AMG version. There’s just one problem – the new A-Class is already here, so what’s up with this camo-wrapped model wearing heavy coverings on the front end? Actually, we should draw your attention to the back, where there’s a curious absence of exhaust. Read More

Check Out The World’s Best Classic Car Electric Conversions

From the royal wedding Jaguar E-type to the DIY kits for VW Beetles and Morris Minors, these are the classic EV specialists leading the charge

A new spark of life in classic EVs

Electric-powered vehicles, EVs, are steadily gaining in popularity, and not just in the new car world. Several companies are producing conversions for classic cars, swapping the original engine for an AC motor and state-of-the-art batteries.

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Audi’s U.S. EV Plan: Another Indication That OEMs Aren’t On Board

AUDI’S ‘TESLA KILLER’ STANDS DOWN

We journalists who cover the electric vehicle industry really want to believe automakers when they say they’re going to get serious about EVs, although we’ve been fooled so many times. Audi’s recent multi-million-dollar extravaganza for the launch of the e-tron convinced this correspondent (and quite a few others) that the company was serious about selling an EV in volume. Then we heard the news that Audi does not plan to ship any inventory vehicles to its US dealers. Read More

Meet The All Electric Arcimoto FUV

Are 3 wheels better than 4?

The Fast Lane Car recently had the opportunity to test drive the new all-electric three-wheeler Arcimoto FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle), which is now in pilot production stage.

The rainy weather was not necessarily welcoming for testing a vehicle like this, but with the small roof it’s better covered than an ordinary motorcycle anyways (the Arcimoto is typically classified as a motorcycle). Read More

Google Maps Now Offers Detailed Charging Station Info

Google Maps now includes a charging station search feature

Google announced that Google Maps got a new feature of searching for charging stations and displaying information about the sites.

As of today, Google integrated the first several major networks. The company says that the ability to search for electric vehicle charging stations starts rolling out on Android and iOS, with desktop launching in the coming weeks. Read More

Can A Tesla Model S Drive From Copenhagen To Oslo In 6 Hours?

Bjørn continues to test the potential of a Tesla Model S P100D.

Our Norwegian speed skating friend got ahold of a Tesla Model S P100D recently and has performed several tests. This may be because the Model 3 has taken Tesla’s flagship car out of the limelight, or because Bjørn is a Model X owner, so many of his tests have been tackled in his personal Tesla: Optimus Prime. Regardless of the reason, it’s nice to have some fresh Model S video content to share, aside from the daily dose of drag races. Read More

Hyundai Kona Electric: Compelling EV That U.S. May Barely Get to Know

Calling an EV a “compliance car” is largely considered an insult.

It usually means the manufacturer didn’t really want to build and sell an EV but they had to in order to comply with the California Air Resources Board’s requirements for zero-emission vehicles.

In such situations, the manufacturer slapped an electric powertrain into an ICE platform, and usually made the minimum required, selling them only in California, or in some cases expanding sales to the other ten “CARB states.” In most of these cases, the cars were full of compromises, had short ranges, rarely had DC Fast charge availability, and the OEMs had to subsidize the cost greatly, just to get them in consumers’ hands.  So why did I leave last week’s Hyundai Kona Electric press drive with that compliance car feeling in my gut? Read More

Graphing The Downturn Of Ford Plug-In Electric Car Sales: 2010-2018

Ford once was selling more than 3,000 plug-ins a month.

Something worrying is happening at Ford, as the company several years ago had three plug-in models on sale in the U.S. and now is selling just the Fusion Energi. The C-Max Energi and Focus Electric barely note any sales (inventory still left over, though production has ceased).

In effect, Ford sustained sales below 500 a month for the second consecutive month, with Fusion Energi trim choices narrowed down and still no announcement of new plug-in models. Read More

See Lot Full Of Audi e-tron SUVs Outside Of Factory

We get a first glimpse of Audi e-tron electric SUVs parked outside the factory.

InsideEVs’ reader and supporter Ashot Hovhannisyan reached out to us via email with some exclusive shots at the Audi Brussels factory in Belgium. He was able to snap some photos of a number of Audi e-tron vehicles at the factory. In addition, he is waiting for them to start factory tours so that he can attend and keep us informed. Read More

Watch New Jaguar I-Pace Electrical Storm Ad

It’s just a bit of electricity. Nothing to be afraid of.

Jaguar released another ad with the I-PACE, which once again proves how much the company cares about the successful launch of its first all-electric mode.

There are no details in the clip on the car though, but it does feature more than one Jaguar and suggests that the I-PACE is ready for the Electrical Storm? Read More

ChargePoint And FLO Initiate Roaming Agreement In North America

It’s definitely time to move to an open network for EV charging.

It’s not fun or convenient to register for multiple accounts, carry around a bunch of different cards, or incur a handful of access fees. A seamless electric vehicle charging experience is just another step forward that will work to push EV adoption. Now, we have two of North America’s leaders in electric car charging — ChargePoint and FLO — entering into the first ever partnership for the area. Read More

NIO ES8 Sales Hit 1,766 In September, Over 3,000 YTD

NIO is ramping up ES8 production and sales.

The new Chinese all-electric car manufacturer – NIO – happily announced that in September it delivered 1,766 ES8 SUVs, which since launch in late June already noted 3,368 deliveries.

So far, NIO is delivering more cars every month, but that will not necessarily be the case in October, because the company will be installing a second production line for both the ES8 and upcoming ES6. Read More

Tesla Shows Off Model 3 Drive Gears After Million-Mile Testing

Those motors will outlast the car.

Tesla reiterated yesterday that the Model 3 drive systems are designed for over 1 million miles (1.6 million km) and that it’s validated, which means tested in under simulated real-world conditions.

As proof, the company shows off how the gears appear after testing. Elon Musk, in a separate tweet, adds that both motor and gearbox are in solid condition after 1 million miles. Read More

Let’s Take A Look At Ron Baron’s Tesla Forecast

RON BARON’S TESLA FORECAST THROUGH THE LENS OF GALILEO

Ron Baron is a legend in the investing world – his eponymous fund group has about $30 billion under management. Baron recently gave a meaty interview about Tesla to CNBC. There’s a lot of interesting material here, beyond Baron’s headline prediction that Tesla could earn a trillion dollars in revenue in 2030. Read More

BYD To Introduce Tang BEV And Song MAX PHEV By End Of 2018

Even more plug-ins in the pipeline from BYD.

More than 25,000 plug-ins sold in a single month by BYD in September 2018 in China is a record not set to last. The Chinese manufacturer is busy at work to expand its lineup to include new models.

Currently BYD offers several all-electric and plug-in hybrids: Tang PHEV, Song PHEV and BEV, Yuan BEV, Qin PHEV and BEV as well as e5 and e6 BEVs. Read More

Hyundai Kona Electric – Is This The Chevy Bolt EV Killer?

Hyundai rolls out another solid plug-in offering with the Kona Electric

Everyday Reviews’ Brian Chow came away a fan of the new Hyundai Kona Electric. On the interior there is a lot to like with heated and ventilated seats and plenty of cargo room. In the back seat, headroom is good although a bit more leg room would be ideal.

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Skeptical Tesla Bull Drives Model 3 Performance And Changes Tune

This Tesla bull, while increasingly skeptical, is now on board due to a Tesla Model 3 Performance test drive.

We’ve talked much about Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas in the past. However, lately, he’s been more and more skeptical about Tesla. Though he’s still known as a bull, it’s been hard to gather exactly how he feels about the Silicon Valley automaker. However, most often, he’s been relaying his increasing doubts. Read More

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