Tag: electric vehicles

123 Posts

Woman with electric car, ca. 1900
Dec 18, 2017

What We Can Learn From Our Colorful Electric Car History

Jim Motavalli

Everything old is new again, and EVs are once again heading for world domination. But they were already there in 1900, when they also posted an amazing number of historical firsts. 

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Honda Clarity
Dec 07, 2017

Looking for Clarity: Honda's New Plug-In Hybrid

Jim Motavalli

Seventy-three percent of Americans don't understand how a plug-in hybrid works, but Honda plans to educate them about these nifty cars that solve the range anxiety problem.

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Jim Motavalli, blogger for Car Talk, talking about electric cars
Dec 06, 2017

Our Man at the UN: The Car Blogger Talks About Self-Driving Cars

Jim Motavalli

Given a chance to talk at the UN on my favorite subject, I told the diplomats that autonomous vehicles will also be electric, and that it's critical that they be shared--not privately owned.

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An electric delivery van in Brooklyn, NY
Nov 08, 2017

Here Comes the First Big Electric Truck Fleet!

Jim Motavalli

New EV player Chanje teams with Ryder to put 125 battery-powered cargo vans on American streets. And that's just the beginning.

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Aug 03, 2017

The Tesla Model 3 Arrives, With Elon's Superlatives

Jim Motavalli

The Tesla Model 3, just unveiled, will be the best car in its class by a mile, sport batteries made in the second-largest free-standing structure in the world, and built in a factory that will be pumping out 20,000 cars a month by the end of 2017. Or so says Mr. Musk.

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Formula e race car
Jul 21, 2017

Formula E Battery Car Racing Invades New York

Jim Motavalli

For the first time, electric car racing took place on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn. The event sold out, and the cars are coming back. Next step, electrifying the world's auto fleets.

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The Volvo SX90 Plug-In Hybrid
Jul 07, 2017

Volvo’s Bombshell: All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid by 2019

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is plugging in its entire fleet over the next two years, and France is banning gas/diesel cars by 2040.

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Chevy Bolt at a charging station
Jul 06, 2017

The Big Battery Breakthrough? It's Here (Maybe)

Jim Motavalli

Ninety-four-year-old John Bannister Goodenough, a Texas scientist with an impressive track record, says he's made low-cost solid-state batteries--with five to 10 times the energy storage of today's lithium-ion liquid cells--work in the lab. But is his technology for real?

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VW ID Buzz Concept Van
Jun 22, 2017

The VW Microbus is Happening (Maybe) --and it's Electric

Jim Motavalli

VW isn't confirming it, but there's growing evidence that a battery Microbus along the lines of the ID Buzz shown in Detroit in January is headed for production.

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May 02, 2017

If It Can Make It Here: The New Volkswagen e-Golf in Manhattan

Jim Motavalli

VW updated its electric e-Golf with more power and range. Since EVs are supposed to be city cars, I took it into the maelstrom that is Times Square.

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