The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage tells the story of Mission Motors, a San Francisco-based company that started out making electric motorcycles, and went on to develop a number of proprietary battery, motor and software technologies which it licenses to the automotive and heavy equipment markets. Mission’s marketing chief David Salguero gives Jay the… Read more »
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Startup battery maker A123 Systems scored a potentially massive new contract Thursday, with a deal to supply lithium-ion battery packs to Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker, for hybrid commercial vehicles. A123’s lithium iron phosphate battery packs, featuring the company’s prismatic cell technology, are expected to be deployed on city buses during the second half of… Read more »
Lithium ion batteries – we EV boosters love ‘em (though we wish they could be a bit lighter and a lot cheaper). EV party-poopers hate ‘em, telling anyone who will listen that they’re bound to explode, stop working after a year or two, or maybe even channel mind-controlling signals from hippy Communist aliens. Everyone agrees… Read more »
Canadian lovers of low-carbon luxury will be pleased to hear that the Fisker Karma will soon be arriving at auto dealerships in three cities.
Those of us who do not believe that the electrification of the automobile should be a left/right partisan issue were delighted to read Bob Lutz’s editorial, “Chevy Volt And The Wrong-Headed Right,” which appeared Monday on Forbes.com. The endless fun that the Fox News/AM radio Axis of Ideotainment has been having with the so-called “Chevrolet… Read more »
Who does not want to relive their youth? Theoretically, driving one of the mid-70s muscle cars is a great idea: lots of leg room, big power, and of course nostalgia. In Ontario, Canada, you even have the advantage that such cars are, by necessity, exempt from the emission tests. Of course, that assumes you do… Read more »
Construction began Wednesday on a public EV charging station in Bellingham, Washington, the first in a network that the state plans to build along major highway corridors. The West Coast Electric Highway will provide EV drivers with fast chargers every 50 miles or so, all the way from Oregon to Canada. This in turn is… Read more »
As planned, the last Roadster rolled off the production line at Tesla Motors this month. The Silicon Valley startup built 2,600 of the all-electric two-seaters, installing a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor into a glider manufactured by Lotus. As reported by Autoblog, Tesla tricked out the last few units as a Final Edition – bright… Read more »
ALTe Powertrain Technologies and Coda Automotive are two of America’s Most Promising Companies, according to Forbes.
Ford is rushing into the 2012 EV space with the Focus Electric and C-Max Energi.