Bob Lutz, “one of the great car guys of all time,” showed up at Jay Leno’s Garage this week, and he brought some cool toys to play with (they’d have to be pretty darn cool to impress Leno) – VIA Motors’ electrified full-size van, SUV and crew cab pickup truck. Ex-Marine Bob Lutz… Read more »
China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the “new energy vehicle” industry, which includes EVs, PHEVs and fuel cell vehicles.
Mazda will begin leasing its new Demio EV in October, beginning with 100 units that will go to local governments and corporate customers near the company’s Japanese headquarters. The electric version of Mazda’s Demio hatchback (known outside of Japan as the Mazda2) features a 20 kWh, 346 V Li-ion battery pack and a 75 kW… Read more »
Zee News reported that the Indian government plans to invest 13,000 crore rupees (about $2.4 billion) over a period of eight years to promote electric and hybrid vehicles in the country. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises is drafting a National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (NMHEV) in consultation with various automakers,… Read more »
BMW has announced that it will recall its electric ActiveE (as well as certain models of the 2012 BMW Z4), because of a problem with the power steering
The company sold 89 Focus Electrics in the US in June, bringing the total sold year-to-date to 97.
Last week, Bill Ford told an eclectic crowd of writers and bloggers how he was an environmentalist back in the 1970s, when environmentalism wasn’t cool, at least not in the automotive industry.
Cars are cool again – last month’s US auto sales were up 22% compared to June 2011. Inexplicably, the majority of sales are still old-fashioned gas burners, but plug-in vehicles are coming on strong. It’s becoming clear that buyers are favoring PHEVs over pure EVs. June’s big winner is the Chevrolet Volt – it was… Read more »
Nissan has introduced a pair of services that will provide LEAF drivers with much more precise state of battery information.
With a maximum system output of 329 hp, the XJ_e can go from zero to 62 mph in under 6.5 seconds, and has a Top speed of 150 mph, and all-electric range of 25 miles.