6th September 2013

Electric Car Telsa: Looking for Money from Public with IPO

Reuters news service is reporting that Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric sports car manufacturer, will be offering stock to the public. It is said that the offerings will occur “any day.” The company was started six years ago with the help of investors that included Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. By Automotive Staff
1st September 2013

Extra $19,500 for Tesla Roadster Sport

Extra $19,500 for Tesla Roadster Sport

Way back in January of this year, Tesla announced a special Sport version of its core Roadster model. Seven months later, we finally have some new pictures of the car to show you, along with more details about what that extra $19,500 on the price tag gets you. Full ArticleBy Automotive Staff
1st September 2013

Why 300 Miles Will Be the Electric Range Benchmark

Within the past few years, the buzz-meter on electric cars has been cranked up to 11, it seems. The Chevy Volt showed up on the 2007 show curcuit, and gradually, almost agonizingly, is making its way to the showroom. Then along comes Tesla, with its six-figure roadster, and now slightly more moderately priced Model S sedan. Then Nissan pulls the wraps off ...
29th August 2013

Tesla recalls Roadsters due to Possible Cable Fire

Tesla announced it’s recalling approximately 439 2.0 and 2.5 Roadsters due to a problem one customer had with an auxiliary power cable. The cable is located just aft of the right headlight and under the right circumstances, can chafe on one of the carbon fiber panels and cause a short. This will cause smoke to issue from the general area and could ...
29th August 2013

California’s “Compliance” Electric Cars Unseen in Most of U.S. but Impact Felt Everywhere

If you live outside California, some of the state’s laws may seem dumbfounding. Take the “compliance car” laws recently enacted. According to the law, by 2025, all automakers selling at least 20,000 cars per year in the Golden State will have to have 15 percent of their fleet made up by zero-emissions vehicles. Fifteen percent is a lot, so much that automakers are ...
26th August 2013

Google Obtains License For Driverless Car, Johnny Cabs To Follow Soon

Watch out, citizens of Nevada. Just as it had threatened, Google has finally obtained a license for its driverless car. The Nevada DMV approved the nation’s first autonomous license, after its officials rode along with the self-driving Toyota Prius and discovered that it drove better on the Las Vegas Strip than your average hung-over, sleep-deprived Midwestern tourist. Nevada DMV director Bruce Breslow even went ...
13th August 2013

NHTSA Wants Hybrids, Electric Vehicles to Have Minimum Sound Requirement

Hybrid and electric vehicles have many positives, primarily fuel economy. An electric motor generates all the necessary power to get up and go, without the assistance of a noisy gasoline engine. But that lack of noise is one of the drawbacks: the absence of engine noise means pedestrians have a harder time hearing these vehicles coming. If the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
12th August 2013

Nissan Objects to New SAE Charging Standard

Not even a week ago, automakers from all over the globe agreed to a new standard for electric vehicle charging, called the Combined Charging System, or CCS. Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, and Porsche have been lobbying for the use of single-pug system (a.k.a. CCS) for rapid charging, and Chrysler joining the group as well. But somebody forgot to tell ...
11th August 2013

Tesla-Powered Toyota RAV4 EV to be Built in Canada

So, you want a Tesla-powered Toyota RAV4 EV, eh? Stand in line, but you’ll have to wait aboot a year for the electric RAV’s 2012 on sale date. Toyota announced today that its joint-RAV4 effort with Tesla Motors will be manufactured at the company’s Woodstock plant in Ontario, Canada, where it builds gasoline-powered RAV4′s. “The Tesla-Toyota joint development team has agreed that building the ...
2nd August 2013

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to Comprise Five Percent of U.S. Market by 2017

For the first time in about 100 years, hybrid and electric-powered vehicles appear to be gaining traction in the new car market. They’re selling so quickly that one research company says they will make up five percent of the U.S. market by 2017. The data comes from Pike Research, a technology consultation firm. With strong sales figures from cars like the 2012 Nissan ...