The Vehicles

EV West unveils Tesla crate motor for EV conversion projects

EV conversion one-stop shop EV West has announced a new Tesla crate motor kit designed to convert V8 muscle cars to EVs. The drop-in package consists of a complete Tesla drive unit, including inverter and mounting brackets. “Our new Revolt Tesla crate motor mounts to your small block motor mounts and attaches directly to your… Read more »

Will New Jersey be the next state to propose an ICE vehicle ban?

California has long been an e-mobility trendsetter. Will the state’s recent move to set a date for the end of ICE sales spur other US states to do the same? New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released an official “road map” to achieve the state’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by… Read more »

New book tells the story of Tesla from its founding to the present

Tesla constantly works to make its products better, and the fertile mind of Elon Musk is constantly coming up with ideas for new products, new features and sometime even whole new companies. Furthermore, it sometimes seems that marketing-savvy Tesla shuffles things around just to keep its name in the headlines. All this makes the California… Read more »

Lordstown finalizes SPAC deal, starts trading on NASDAQ

Lordstown Motors has completed its business combination with DiamondPeak Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). For those of you who haven’t been following the EV “stock market frenzy,” a merger with a SPAC is the currently fashionable way for a startup company to go public—it’s quicker and involves less paperwork than the traditional IPO…. Read more »

The monster that wouldn’t die—varied reactions to GM’s electric Hummer unveil

EV fans tend to be divided into two groups: Greenies and Car Guys, and reaction to GM’s upcoming Hummer EV has, unsurprisingly, been divided along those lines. Hummer good Most of the media is ecstatic over the new machine. Many are praising its “bad-ass” looks (GM says it wanted to make it look “less military”… Read more »

Xpeng’s G3 electric SUV is on its way to Norway

Chinese automakers have long dreamed of the day they would start exporting vehicles to Europe (and North America) in volume. Thanks to the Continent’s burgeoning interest in EVs, that day may be at hand. As Tom Moloughney reports in InsideEVs, the first 100 Xpeng G3s are now aboard a ship, en route to Norway, the… Read more »

Renault unveils Mégane eVision e-hatchback and budget-priced Dacia Spring Electric

At a recent press event (virtual of course), Renault unveiled a sleek new electric hatchback and an inexpensive new EV under the Dacia brand. The Renault Mégane eVision, built on the new modular CMF-EV platform, will serve as the basis of a production EV to be launched next year. Its front-wheel drive powertrain features a… Read more »

GM’s renamed Factory ZERO to be retooled for all-EV production

GM has given its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center a new role and a new name. The plant will henceforth be known as Factory ZERO, and will be retooled for the exclusive production of battery-electric vehicles. The new title is meant to evoke a future automotive world with zero emissions, zero crashes and zero congestion. There may… Read more »

BYD to deliver 106 electric buses to Finland

Electric bus maker BYD has secured its first order from Finland. Nobina, a bus transport group that operates throughout the Nordic region, has ordered 64 BYD e-buses for service in Helsinki and 42 for service in Turku. Nobina’s order for its Helsinki fleet includes 20 of BYD’s 40-foot low-floor models and 44 60-foot articulated models…. Read more »

Tesla Model 3 refresh adds more range and a few handy features

Continuous improvement is the name of the game at Tesla, so the appearance of a new and improved version of Model 3 is welcome news, but no great surprise. After days of rumors and sneak peeks, Tesla has officially added the refreshed Model 3 to its online configurator. The new version includes several innovations that… Read more »