Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new plug-in hybrid Golf GTE compact car. The GTE has an all-electric driving range of 31 miles. The car is rated for combined fuel economy of 157 mpg in the European Driving Cycle. In addition to being green, the car should offer nice performance as well.
Toyota will begin testing its wireless charging system for the Prius and other EVs and plug-in hybrids later the month, aiming to cut the number of times drivers of eco-friendly vehicles need to plug in. The technology, a ruggedized pad that sits in a parking space and can withstand being driven over by the careless, begins charging as soon as a compatible car is positioned on top, with Toyota's video demo - which you can see after the cut - showing a self-parking Prius automatically maneuvering itself into place.
The Tesla Model S is one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, despite its high price tag. The Model S also has one of the longest electric driving ranges of all EVs thanks to a large battery pack and an efficient drive system. Tesla CEO Elon musk recently tipped that a larger battery pack may find its way to the car.
Cadillac is throwing in a high-speed charger to sweeten the deal for 2014 ELR buyers, addressing range anxiety with a 240V home charging station that should get drivers of the luxury coupe back on the road in pure-EV mode quicker. As we found when we drove the ELR last November, the car can operate in either fully-electric or range-extended modes, with the latter kicking in the gas engine when the batteries get low. However, the higher voltage charger should mean drivers can spend more time without burning fuel.
Tesla is the most successful EV maker around with its Model S EV offering impressive performance and driving range that most competing products can’t match. Tesla has faced its share of challenges though. Not too long ago it issued a software update and sent out new power adapters to owners after issues with charging were reported.
The Porsche name is synonymous with sports cars and other performance vehicles. In recent years, the company has branched out to make SUVs and hybrid cars. One of the most high performance cars to roll out of the Porsche factory is the 918 Spyder, which is a hybrid car with incredible performance.
Nissan has announced that it is kicking off a special new collaborative test of its latest all-electric delivery van in cooperation with delivery service FedEx. The two firms will be working on the test of the new e-NV200 in Washington D.C. under real world operating conditions. The collaboration and test program were announced recently at the Washington Auto show.
Tesla has done very well for itself in the world of electric vehicles. The company has what many consider the best EV on the market in its Model S. The biggest issue with the Model S for many people is that the car is out of their reach price wise. The Model S starts at about $70,000 and fully equipped versions can go for much more than that.
Toyota has dismissed fuel-cell skepticism from rivals, with a senior exec calling out Tesla's Elon Musk and others by name and accusing them of myopia when it comes to eco-friendly car tech. "Personally, I don't care what Elon, Carlos, or Jonathan say about fuel cells" Toyota SVP Bob Carter said at the Automotive News World Congress this week, referring also to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and former VW America chief Jonathan Browning. "If they want to "plug in and tune out" other technologies, that's fine." Carter's outspoken comments come as Toyota announces another sales milestone for its hybrid fleet.
Toyota has been showing the i-Road three-wheel electric concept vehicle here at CES 2014. This may be the first time many have seen this concept, however it was actually introduced nearly a year earlier at the Geneva Auto Show in Tokyo, where SlashGear was first allowed to get behind the wheel. While it may only be a concept today, and one that's highly unlikely to make it to the US market, the technology and overall setup are still more than interesting as a leaning, all-EV approach to urban mobility. Read on for our full drive report!