Electric Cars

BMW Announces Wireless Inductive Charging System for the i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

BMW Announces Wireless Inductive Charging System for the i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are the future of personal transportation - but hooking your car up to a cable every time you stop can be a drag. Several automakers are working on wireless inductive technology that can

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Audi Announces Plans to Electrify its Vehicle Lineup by 2020

Audi Announces Plans to Electrify its Vehicle Lineup by 2020

Compared to BMW, Audi has received criticism for its lack of electric vehicles, but the automaker recently announced that it's working on a plan to offer a plug-in hybrid version of each of its key models

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Tesla Announces Plans to Deliver 100,000 Electric Cars in 2015

Tesla Announces Plans to Deliver 100,000 Electric Cars in 2015

Last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker will deliver 100,000 electric vehicles in 2015. The news sent Tesla's stock up five percent the morning after Musk released the statement.

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

It's happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company's manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric

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Porsche Announces Plans to Launch the First Production Plug-in Hybrid SUV

Porsche Announces Plans to Launch the First Production Plug-in Hybrid SUV

Porsche recently unveiled the updated 2015 Cayenne SUV, which will be the first plug-in hybrid SUV on the market when it arrives this fall. Tesla and BMW are also working on electrified SUVs, but Porsche

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Breakthrough Honeycomb Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Boost EV Range to 300 Miles

Breakthrough Honeycomb Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Boost EV Range to 300 Miles

A team from the Stanford School of Engineering has made a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery design that is expected to result in more stable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and significantly

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Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

Australian team Sunswift destroyed a 26-year old record for the world’s fastest long-range electric vehicle this week, traveling over 310 miles at an average of 62 mph. The previous record clocked in at

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Tesla’s $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range

Tesla’s $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the automaker's latest sedan will be called the Model III when it goes on sale in 2017. Both cheaper and smaller than the Model S, the Tesla Model III (or the

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Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Energy to Model S EVs in June

Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Energy to Model S EVs in June

Tesla Motors passed an important milestone in June as its rapidly expanding Supercharger network delivered more than one gigawatt hour of energy (GWh) to Model S electric vehicles - that's enough energy

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Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

For Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday on July 10, 2014, Elon Musk made a generous $1 million donation for a new museum at the site of the scientist's old laboratory on Long Island. The CEO of Tesla Motors

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All Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles Are Now Tax-Free in China

All Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles Are Now Tax-Free in China

In an effort to foster the adoption of more electric vehicles, China has announced that all electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles will be exempt from the purchase tax until 2017. Currently China's car

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Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France’s Smart City Car Sharing Program

Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France’s Smart City Car Sharing Program

Adorable EV alert! With its unique three wheel design and compact footprint, Toyota's i-ROAD electric vehicle represents the future of personal transport. And now drivers in Grenoble, France will have a

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Tesla’s First Service Center in New Jersey Gets the Green Light

Tesla’s First Service Center in New Jersey Gets the Green Light

Despite recent battles with the state of New Jersey, Tesla has just received approval to build its first service center in north New Jersey. Last week, the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the production

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Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Very First Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Very First Electric Motorcycle

Electric vehicles are known for being whisper quiet, but that wouldn't be right with a Harley-Davidson chopper. In place of gas explosions making a racket, the LiveWire produces a high-pitched whir with

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Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

Earlier this week we reported that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk was considering the possibility of opening some of the company’s patents in order to move the electric car industry forward. Today, the company

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Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and bulky, which limits EV range and cargo capacity. However that could change thanks to groundbreaking new research from the University of Central Florida.

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EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

You've surely heard about geodesic dome homes by now - but what about geodesic cars? Mauro Fragiotta and Mark Beccaloni drew upon the work of Buckminster Fuller to design EXO - the world's first

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Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Tesla has proven that it isn’t about doing things by the book. After building a revolutionary electric car from the ground up, the auto manufacturer is now considering something truly forward-thinking.

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BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

After years of development BMW recently announced the delivery of the very first i3 electric car in the U.S. The 2014 i3 has been on sale in Europe since late last year, but the first buyer, Charles Rabie

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Tesla Has Tweaked the Model X to Make it Look Better and Appeal to Women

Tesla Has Tweaked the Model X to Make it Look Better and Appeal to Women

This week Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke to a group of investors during its annual shareholder meeting, where he gave an update on everything from the Model X crossover to a replacement for the roadster, which

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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the

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Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

As more electrified vehicles hit the road, critics consistently wonder what we will do with all of the used battery packs that power these cars. Well, Toyota demonstrates how old nickel-metal hydride

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Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

We’ve been eagerly following the progress of Terrafugia’s flying car here at Inhabitat - and the latest news from the company has us more excited than ever. Terrafugia is seeking $30 million in

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Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by

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Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

Liberty Electric Cars just unveiled the Deliver electric delivery van. The development of vehicle was partially commissioned by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program, which brought together 10

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Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars?

Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars?

Carbon fiber is quickly becoming the material of choice for automakers as they seek to reduce the weight of their vehicles, but does bamboo have the potential to replace this material in the future?

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Google Unveils its First Pod-Like Self-driving Car

Google Unveils its First Pod-Like Self-driving Car

Google has made a major breakthrough in its self-driving car project. The tech giant has now started building its own prototype vehicles from scratch, rather than retro-fitting existing commercial models

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How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

Never one to be outplayed, Toyota is working on the next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due for release by 2016. With each new generation of Prius, the auto giant has made slight efficiency gains, but

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The Lightning LS-218 Electric SuperBike is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World

The Lightning LS-218 Electric SuperBike is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World

With a 200 horsepower electric motor and a top speed of 216 mph, the Lightning LS-218 SuperBike is not just the world's fastest production electric motorcycle - it also holds the world land speed record

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