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Kia To Launch EV Soul In Summer Of 2015

Kia will be launching the EV Soul this summer — most likely in California and Oregon first, then in some eastern states such as New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. Here are some quick facts about the coming electric vehicle: air-cooled 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack 81-kilowatt (109-horsepower) liquid-cooled electric motor top speed — 90 mph 0-60 […]

March 25th

Tesla Models Current & Future — A to Z

Think you can predict Tesla’s next 23 models or so? One for each letter of the alphabet? Well, you couldn’t do much worse than this attempt from Jalopnik from 2012. Of course, you’re attempt probably wouldn’t be as funny either. 😀 Check it out, via EV Obsession: Chart of Potential Tesla Models (A to Z) […]

March 22nd

VW Electric Golf Hits UK Market, Price = £25,845

The Volkswagen e-Golf, the electric version of the extremely popular VW Golf, has now hit the UK market. After the government’s £5000 Plug-In Car Grant (PICG), the price comes to £25,845. That’s still a bit higher than the Nissan Leaf, which sells for £20,990, but may not be too far off for those who prefer VW and the […]

March 16th

Billionaire To Support Electric Carsharing Network In London

Billionaire Vincent Bollore will back an electric carsharing network in London. The system will have thousands of electric vehicle charging stations and should be operating in late 2014 or early 2015. Bollore heads the Bollore Group, which is a family business focused on maritime freight and international trade. He took over the corporation that employs […]

March 14th

Toyota iRoad Testing In Japan

I love the Toyota iRoad. It’s one of my favorite electric vehicles. I’m not sure why. I’m sure it’s partly because the vehicle is 100% electric, partly because of the awesome way that it looks when it turns, and partly because of its cozy-looking interior and cool views. But it also seems to be a […]

March 11th

Tesla to Expand Presence in Europe

Everything at Tesla seems to be full steam ahead, and its European front is no exception. Recently at the Geneva Motor Show it announced that it will open over 30 new service centers and stores throughout the continent. Elon Musk noted that they want their Tesla customers to be supported by Superchargers wherever they are […]

March 6th

BMW i3 Has Creative Financing Option

The BMW i3 is a five-door all-electric urban vehicle with an appealing design, sporty performance, and zero tailpipe emissions. It has a typical range of 80 to 100 miles but can achieve another 20 when in efficiency mode. (A small gas engine is available as an add-on as well, to function as a range extender, […]

March 5th

Nissan Gathering EV Intelligence from Tesla Owners

Apparently, Nissan is gathering information from drivers about their wants and needs regarding electric vehicles. This is good news because it indicates they care about their customers and prospective customers enough to actually inquire. (Not all companies engage directly with their customers to seek feedback about products and services.) Doing so is a smart strategy […]

February 27th

EU's New Renewable Energy Targets Explained (VIDEO)

The EU Commission recently proposed new renewable energy and carbon targets. This is great news for Europe. (Well, it would be better if they were a bit more aggressive, but….) The new video above from DG Clima gives a good overview of the new targets and some reasons why such targets rock. For example, it […]

February 25th

This Chevy Volt Commercial Nails It

Warning: the commercial below is a locally produced commercial that doesn’t benefit from the high-quality graphics and production quality of nationwide commercials. Nonetheless, the commercial nails a few things in the messaging (better than many national-level commercials). One of the biggest benefits of electric cars for most consumers is surely the convenience of charging at […]

February 22nd

Kenguru EV: The Wheelchair-Friendly Neighborhood Car

President Obama meets with Kenguru CEO Stacy Zoern (photo: kenguru.com). More than three million Americans can celebrate when they hear this story. Made in the USA but in demand worldwide, the Kenguru—a driver-only electric vehicle with no seats—promises mobility-challenged people unprecedented access to the everyday world the rest of us take for granted. Imagine you […]

February 13th

Chevy Spark EV Cost Compared To Chevy Spark Gas Cost

Originally posted on EV Obsession. I was decided I would finally perform and write up a cost comparison of the Chevy Spark EV and the Chevy Spark gas drinker. Notably, reviewers such as those at Consumer Reports have concluded that the Chevy Spark EV is a nicer car overall. But let’s look at some lifetime […]

January 30th

BYD Officially Launches Qin PHEV In China

BYD Auto’s Qin model PHEV has finally hit the Chinese market — the performance-based hybrid possesses a number of notable specs, and should generate some good sales for the noted EV manufacturer. Among the model’s notable qualities, are: a rapid acceleration of from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds; a top speed […]

January 29th

Is It Time For An Open Source DIY Electric Car?

To usher in the era of the electric car, it might be necessary to take the concept of electric vehicles out from under the umbrella of car manufacturers and put it in the garages and backyards of DIY and open source enthusiasts. While there are some really great electric cars on the market, such as […]

January 9th

Top Electric Vehicle Stories Of 2013 (Part 2)

Following up on the top 33 electric vehicle stories of the first half (or so) of 2013, below are the top electric vehicle stories from the rest of 2013. This was a huge year for electric vehicles, but it’s clear that the industry is growing so fast that 2014 is going to be even that […]

December 30th

Electric Car Charging Station Etiquette (Video)

So you’ve made the big move from a gas-powered vehicle to an electric car, and congratulations are in order! You’re helping to reduce our dependence on oil, decrease the amount of pollution from transportation, and you’re saving money on fuel at the same time. Now, instead of waiting in line at the pump, following the […]

December 18th

What Makes A Town An "EV Town" — Normal & Others Show Leadership

How come Normal, Illinois–about 150 miles south of Chicago–has ten times as many electric vehicles per capita than the U.S. average? (You’re right; it’s not just coincidence.) A coalition of business, industry, nonprofits, all levels of government, and farsighted individuals has converged to transform Normal into an EV town. And it’s not an exclusive community. […]

December 16th

Nissan Leafs Coming To Shangri-La

No big surprise that Bhutan, the happiest country in Asia, plans to hold onto its title by converting most of its fossil-fueled vehicles to electric cars. The democratic constitutional monarchy of 725,000 in Bhutan rates high on the recently contrived global happiness index. In recent years, it has consciously pledged itself to sustainability and a […]

December 12th