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By Brad Berman ·
December 03, 2008

Michelin Reinvents the Wheel, This Time with Motors

The Michelin tire company is getting closer to commercializing its electric wheel concept. The company has been showing versions of the “Active Wheel” since 2004. The system contains virtually all the components necessary for a vehicle to propel or stop. The only thing missing is the source of energy. Check out our gallery of motor-wheel vehicles, dating from 1900 to 2008.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 01, 2008

Exclusive: Miles Electric—The Startup Below The Radar

Electric cars get more than their share of press these days. Just consider the Tesla Roadster, or the Chevrolet Volt. But a quiet startup in California, Miles Electric, may bring the first fully electric sedan to the US market within 18 months—and it would be the first Chinese-made car sold here as well. In an exclusive two-hour interview, president and CEO Kevin Czinger discussed the company’s strategy, its market positioning, and the development of its Highway Speed model.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 26, 2008

Consulting Firm: Slow Growth for Electric Cars

Electric cars have garnered a lot of media attention in recent months. Some consumers might get the impression that gas-free vehicles will be ready to take global roads by storm in the next year or two. But according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, production of all-electric vehicles will take another eight to 10 years before reaching the level of today’s hybrid cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 23, 2008

Electric Cars in LA Limelight

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of both Nissan and French carmaker Renault, gave the keynote address to kick off the show’s media days. After nodding to the severe financial pressures facing all carmakers in the current market slowdown, he reiterated Nissan’s plans to offer an electric vehicle in the US and Japan in 2010 for commercial customers and large fleets, with showroom sales to consumers in 2012. Ghosn envisions as many as seven million pure electric vehicles being sold around the world by 2020.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 09, 2008

A New Deal for Green Cars

After accepting the position of White House chief of staff under Barack Obama, Rep. Rahm Emanuel said, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste. It’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.” Emanuel was speaking broadly about the economic crisis, but his statement holds even truer for the crisis facing Detroit automakers.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 03, 2008

Plug-In Hybrid Goes On Sale, In China Only

A Chinese carmaker claims it’s pulled off a coup: This month, BYD Auto will sell the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid. But it’s only offered in China, and will likely stay there until Chinese cars are ready for global primetime.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 31, 2008

Swapping Peak Oil for Peak Lithium?

The automotive world appears well on its way to a lithium-powered future. Yet, as the future of lithium continues to grow brighter, some skeptics are presenting concerns that might give pause to those who see this metal as the ideal path away from petroleum-fueled transportation.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 29, 2008

GM Cutting Product Development for Two Years

GM today downplayed a report in Automotive News, an industry publication, that it would be cutting off nearly all product development spending for the next two years in an effort to trim as much as $1.5 billion in spending. Several planned hybrids are also likely to be victims of the cuts. But the Chevrolet Volt has been spared at this time.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 28, 2008

Plugging In Your Volt: Not With Just Any Old Cord

When you imagine plugging an electric or plug-in hybrid car into the wall to recharge, what do you envision in your hand? A standard orange extension cord? Time to change that picture; production electric-drive vehicles will all use a special cord, with a plug and socket on the car end that’s unlike any you’ve seen before. (Photo by Zevotron via flickr creative commons.)

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By Brad Berman ·
October 28, 2008

Coming: Revenge of the Electric Car

The filmmakers that brought us the acclaimed documentary/murder mystery 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' are now gearing up for a film entitled, 'Revenge of the Electric Car.' Though it may sound like the title of a campy 1970s-style horror pic, it is rather the second documentary from director Chris Paine which centers on the idea of electric-only transportation for the mainstream market.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.