Last Updated Oct 22, 2010 11:03 AM EDT The automobile press had only just begun to get real test drives of the Chevrolet Volt when a highly-charged argument broke out this week: Is the Volt a true electric car? Under the headline "GM Lied," a slightly overwrought reviewer at Edmunds Inside Line said the auto company was telling a fib by claiming in promotions that the Volt was an "all electrically driven vehicle." In fact, said the reviewer, the Volt (at right) is more like a plug-in hybrid. General Motors shot back that the Volt's gas engine has no direct mechanical connection to the wheels but conceded that the gas motor is in effect driving the wheels at times. GM said it had not fully explained the system earlier for competitive reasons while it had patents awaiting approval. Why should you care about this engineering altercation? Two reasons: First, the distinction means the car can go a lot farther before you need to plug it in (or fill it up). Second, because it can have a … [Read more...] about Electric Car Smackdown: The True Cost of Buying a Volt
Electric cars coming soon
Last Updated Dec 8, 2010 12:15 PM EST I am cruising through Times Square silently but very, very stylishly in a sleek electric Tesla roadster. Soon you will be able to rent a few of these and many more prosaic electric cars from Hertz at airports and in their car-sharing program in New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Electric cars are moving toward the mainstream as new models are announced and the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt reach their first buyers this month. The Tesla couldn't show its stuff in slow-mo city traffic. But just a brief clear space is enough to feel the breathtaking acceleration (0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds). Of course, the move toward electric cars is not about speed -- though most have excellent acceleration -- but about high mileage and low emissions. In that realm, the Environmental Protection Agency just announced the official gas-mileage equivalent numbers for the Leaf and the Volt. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with … [Read more...] about Electric Cars: New Models Coming; Volt and Leaf rated Nearly 100 MPG
First it was the mystery car. The Silicon Valley version of a yeti sighting. "Apple is testing a car on the streets of San Francisco!" they screamed -- a self-driving car, they conjectured. Then the rumors turned the corner, from autonomous to electric: Apple wants to "give Tesla a run for its money." And the lawsuit: Apple is poaching battery talent from Tesla. Now, Apple insiders are reportedly saying that yes, an Apple car is in the works, yes, it's going to be electric, and, yes, it's actually coming soon. Sooner than most would have guessed. According to Bloomberg, "people with knowledge of the matter" said that Apple is planning to have electric cars in production by 2020. The timeline is aggressive, especially for a company that has no foothold in the market to start with. But it's Apple, so, you know, rules shmules. The timing would put the company just behind the 2017 releases of the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt, both of which will offer consumers an electric option that … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple to release electric car within five years?
San Diego’s leading car sharing company will soon replace its all-electric vehicle fleet with gas-powered cars due to a lack of charging stations, a symbolic setback for the emission-reduction aspirations of the city’s ballyhooed climate action plan.Electric cars are key to the ambitious plan’s requirement to cut carbon emissions in half by 2035, and car sharing plays a major role because it can fill small gaps in commutes that feature mass transit or bicycling.City and environmental leaders said on Wednesday that the decision by Car2Go should be a call to action."It's a lesson to all of us that we have to work harder to build the infrastructure necessary to support electric vehicles and other transportation modes," City Councilman Todd Gloria said.Nicole Capretz, the primary author of the city’s climate plan and the executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, said the Car2Go decision is a frustrating step in the wrong direction."It's disappointing … [Read more...] about Car2Go switching electric cars to gas
Ready or not — the electric vehicle revolution is here. That’s the key takeaway from auto manufacturers, that — propelled in part by governmental pressure across the globe to boost fuel efficiency and cut back on pollution — are now investing heavily in electric drivetrains, with one foreign automaker, Volvo, planning to drop out of the gasoline-powered market entirely as soon as next year. One industry forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that electric cars could be as cheap as their traditional counterparts by 2025 — and could overtake them in sales by 2038. So whether Colorado has nearly 1 million electric cars by 2030, as Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed, or merely a few hundred thousand, electric vehicles are primed to multiply. And that’s going to change not only how we use our roads, but also how we pay for them. So far, though — even as lawmakers have named transportation a top priority for two years running … [Read more...] about Electric cars and technology are upending transportation as we know it. But is Colorado prepared?