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

At Mercedes, B Is for Battery

At Mercedes, B Is for Battery

Richard Drew/Associated Press 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. Introduced on Wednesday, March 27: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive compact. 2013 New York Auto Show What is it? A fully electric version of the B-Class luxury compact. Is it real? Very definitely. What they said: “While others are still talking about electric cars, we are building them and selling them,” said Joachim Schmidt, executive vice president of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We are truly committed to emissions-free driving, and providing this in a ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
15th June 2013

A New Electric Car With an Old Name

Detroit Electric, via Associated Press Detroit Electric’s SP:01, a limited-edition electric sports car. The fledgling Detroit Electric car company introduced its first product, the fully electric SP:01 two-seat roadster, on Wednesday. Like the Tesla Roadster, the SP:01 will be built on a Lotus Elise chassis. Detroit Electric will handle only final assembly of an initial production run of 999 vehicles. The Detroit Electric name is familiar to automotive historians. The early 20th century electric-vehicle manufacturer produced about ...
14th June 2013

Electric Cars Rally on Connecticut’s Back Roads

Miggs Burroughs Gordon Joseloff, left, the first selectman of Westport, and Leo Cirino, the president of the Westport Electric Car Club, with the BMW ActiveE that won the club’s EV Road Rally on Saturday. WESTPORT, Conn. — “What a day, sparks all over the place,” said Leo Cirino, president of the Westport Electric Car Club, at the club’s EV Road Rally here, where on Saturday some 33 electric and plug-in hybrid cars took part in an ...