The Vehicles

Chevrolet Bolt production to double?

The Chevy Bolt was supposed to be a game-changing vehicle, but so far, it’s followed the same old disappointing storyline. By all accounts, it’s an excellent EV, but GM will probably produce just enough to satisfy those pesky government regulations. Or will it? The company recently took out full-page ads in major newspapers for the… Read more »

BYD funds training programs, employs disadvantaged workers at California plant

Electric buses are appearing on the streets of US cities, and one of the leading vendors is the Chinese automaker BYD. This isn’t a case of American jobs being shipped overseas however – the buses are built at BYD’s plant in Lancaster, California. Now the company has made a further commitment to supporting the community,… Read more »

Mercedes-Benz factory transitions to producing batteries and electric powertrain components

The Mercedes-Benz plant at Untertürkheim, Germany, the home of Daimler headquarters, will make a transition from producing legacy engines, transmissions and axles to producing powertrain components for EVs. This will include new battery production, and the assembly of electric modules for front and rear axles. The Untertürkheim plant, which was built in 1904 and currently… Read more »

Musk tells governors half of new vehicles will be electric within 10 years

Elon Musk had a number of interesting things to say at the recent meeting of the National Governors Association – the video (Musk’s portion, that is) is worth watching in full. By now, most folks understand that vehicles are going electric. The big question is, how quickly will it happen? Musk told the governors that… Read more »

Tesla names two new “independent” members to board of directors

Tesla has added two new directors to its board. Linda Johnson Rice is the Chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Ebony Media Holdings. She has extensive experience serving on corporate boards across a wide variety of industries, including Bausch & Lomb, Quaker Oats, Dial and Kimberly-Clark. The other new director… Read more »

Electric GT Championship brings a modified Model S to the racetrack

Fans of electric racing have long wished for a chance to see what Tesla’s Model S can do on the track. In a few short months, they will get that chance, when the Electric GT (EGT) Championship kicks off with a double-header at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on November 25-26. The inaugural season is… Read more »

VW claims its upcoming EV will be $7,000 to $8,000 cheaper than Model 3

Volkswagen execs have been talking some smack about Tesla. “Anything Tesla can do, we can surpass,” CEO Herbert Diess said in May. VW is working on its first native EV (that is, the first one not adapted from an ICE vehicle), code-named the ID Concept, and it has released specs comparable to those of Tesla’s… Read more »

New survey finds Brits warming up to EVs 

Consumer awareness of EVs in the UK has grown significantly over the past few years. A 2014 government survey found little interest in going electric: 56 percent of those questioned hadn’t thought about buying an EV, 14 percent said they had decided against it, and 23 percent said nothing could ever convince them to buy… Read more »