4th September 2013

Wheelies: The Electro-Caddy Edition

Wheelies: The Electro-Caddy Edition

Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors Simona De Silvestro, a Team Chevy IndyCar driver, with the first 2014 Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicle to come off the assembly line. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Simona De Silvestro, one of Team Chevy’s IndyCar drivers, got some seat time in the all-new plug-in hybrid-electric Cadillac ELR this week in Michigan. General Motors said the ELR that Ms. De Silvestro introduced was the first to ...
17th August 2013

Henrik Fisker Resigns From Fisker Automotive

John Gress/Reuters Henrik Fisker, co-founder of Fisker Automotive. Fisker Automotive announced Wednesday that Henrik Fisker, its co-founder and executive chairman, had left the company because of disagreements with management. In a statement, the company said his departure was “not expected to impact the company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive’s continued progress.” The company declined requests for interviews. In an e-mail to Automotive News, the company attributed Mr. Fisker’s resignation to “several major ...
7th August 2013

How Do You Find the Best Green Cars?

Brad Berman for The New York Times Both KBB.com and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy chose the Ford Focus Electric a “Best Green Vehicle” list contender. Spring is in the air, and Earth Day is just behind us. Apparently, that means it’s green car choosing season, at least for the people who take the time to determine such things. But with the list of more environmentally friendly cars and trucks at an all-time high, ...
28th July 2013

Gentlemen, Start Your Calculators: Checking the Math of Tesla’s Lend-Lease Program

Noah Berger/Reuters Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk. The announcement on Tuesday by Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors, of a hybrid lease-purchase plan for its Model S electric luxury sedan, coupled with a guaranteed buyback program for three-year-old cars, generated a great deal of Internet buzz and a lot of armchair number-crunching. Until now, it has not been easy to lease a Model S, partly because it was not possible to claim alternative-vehicle tax incentives unless ...
22nd July 2013

Wheelies: The Fantasy Electric Truck Edition

Jack Plunkett/Associated Press Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who made an appearance in Austin, Texas last month, was back this week to ply state lawmakers. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • He just won a legal battle waged by New York car dealers, but Elon Musk still has his sights set on Texas, where he is trying to prepare the way for dealer-free Tesla to be able to sell more electric ...
21st July 2013

Tesla vs. Chrysler: Who’s on First?

Twitter Part of the Twitter battle between Elon Musk and Chrysler over which American company paid off its federal loans first. The Twitter messages are once again flying from Tesla Motors. In a Wednesday announcement, the Palo Alto, Calif., automaker said it had paid off the entire loan made to the company by the Energy Department — and added that it was “the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.” Within hours, Gualberto Ranieri, a ...
2nd July 2013

Epic EV Torq: Three Wheels + One Electric Motor = Interesting

Epic Electric Vehicles Epic Electric Vehicles said it expects to build 50 of the 2013 Torq E.V. Morgan Motor Company’s 1930s-retro 3-Wheelers are cool. Of that there’s little doubt. They’re light, fast and guaranteed conversation starters. But what if you took that same Morgan, made it look all futuristic and replaced its noisy V-twin motorcycle engine with a silent, powerful electric motor? You’d get Epic Electric Vehicles’ Torq Roadster, which resembles an escape pod from a ’90s ...
28th June 2013

Wheelies: The Change the Batteries Edition

Tesla Motors The Tesla Model S. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • If Consumer Reports’ recent review of the Tesla Model S is anything to go by, the electric carmaker has produced quite the phenomenal ride. But the big drawback with fully electric cars is, of course, the fact that drivers have to sit around and wait while the car charges. But that may change. Tesla Motors has revived discussion of ...
25th June 2013

Wheelies: The Best-Car-Ever Edition

Tesla Motors The Tesla Model S. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Tesla is back in the news again, this time as the subject of accolades from Consumer Reports. The magazine has declared the Tesla Model S the best car it has ever tested. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ head of vehicle testing, had plenty of good things to say about the electric luxury car, giving it a score of 99 out ...
15th June 2013

Wheelies: The Cheaper Used Cars Edition

Thomas R Machnitzki, via Wikimedia Commons Rising new-car sales have led to cheaper used-car prices. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • This year’s spike in new car sales is good news for used car buyers. As more people opt for new cars, more vehicles will become available on the used car market, lowering their prices. According to Kelley Blue Book, wholesale auction prices for used cars were at a three-year low ...