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Is Mazda working on an extended range electric vehicle?

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Mazda While both General Motors and Ford have shown extended range electric vehicle concepts, only the former has committed to producing such a vehicle. We have written endlessly here about the Chevrolet Volt, but now there may be a new challenger on the horizon from an unexpected corner. The Zoom-Zoom factory at […] […]

Hafei Saibao EV passes crash test; good news for Miles’ XS500

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Miles EV Sometimes a tiny nugget of information with sizable implications can slip by in the truckloads of news we sift through everyday. Just yesterday, for instance, there was a small mention in the China Real News of an “high-speed Hafei Saibao electric car” passing an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash […] […]

Lutz says a Volt battery supplier selected, won’t say who

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Chevrolet, GM At a preview of GM’s 2009 model year lineup yesterday in Jolliet IL, Bob Lutz revealed that the production supplier for the Chevy Volt battery has been selected. Unfortunately, the GM Vice Chairman would not say which of the development suppliers had been selected. Two partnerships have been supplying prototype batteries […] […]

Financial Times confirms Tesla to supply batteries for electric Smart

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, SMART, Tesla Motors A few weeks back I did some informed but utterly unconfirmed speculation about the nature of the deal that Tesla Motors had struck with Daimler. Of the two scenarios that I posited, the more likely was that Tesla would be supplying lithium ion battery packs to Daimler for use in […] […]

BREAKING: Is this the production Chevy Volt in Transformers 2?

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Chevrolet, GM Click to enlarge Is the vehicle pictured above the production Chevy Volt? It sure looks like it. It has the right greenhouse profile and judging from the head and tail-lights it looks an awful lot like the teaser shots that GM has been releasing lately. Perhaps the most telling […] […]

NICE: big automakers won’t bring us electric cars

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle), UK The London-based NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) car company has issued a statement going full-throttle at the big automakers. The statement says that customers will have to “expect a long wait if they think that mainstream manufacturers” are going to start selling electric cars any soon. “It’s easy […] […]

VIDEO: Mitsubishi boss talks about electric car plans

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Mitsubishi The Wall Street Journal talked to Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko ahead of this week’s Moscow Motor Show about some of the company’s recovery, its involvement in the Russian market and its plans for marketing electric vehicles. Masuko reiterated earlier announcements that the the iMiEV would go on sale in Japan next […] […]

Electric car from Audi to be a Volkswagen up!?

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Audi, Volkswagen It was only last April that Audi was saying that it had no plans for an electric car (EV) in the immediate future. It’s possible they’re operating under a different definition of “immediate future” than us or maybe they have just changed their minds because, according to Car Magazine Online, Audi […] […]