Tesla's Model E could be revealed as soon as January 2015, chief designer Franz von Holzhauzen told AutoBild last week. The Model E is the rumored name for Tesla's EV for the masses in its all-electric vehicle product spread. Prices for the Model E range from $25,000 to $35,000, depending on your source and whether you apply a possible US government tax credit for green fuel.
The nation of Bhutan is seriously considering replacing all of its government-owned and -run fleet vehicles and taxis with electric vehicles. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is in ongoing discussions with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to import Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs) by the handful, as well as installing charging stations throughout the grid. Tobgay has also reportedly spoken with Tesla about the same topic.
Saleen Automotive is a name that is probably most closely tied to hopped up Ford Mustangs than anything else. That's not all the company is about, it has even built and sold its own supercar called the Saleen S7. Typically, the company focuses on selling aftermarket parts to make already fast cars faster.
Mitsubishi is trying to make its small electric car more appealing to consumers by adding new standard features and significantly cutting the price for 2014. Mitsubishi announced this week that it was chopping over $6000 from the MSRP of the i-MiEV. The new starting price for the vehicle is $22995.
Tesla has been fighting automotive dealer associations in several states around the US. One of the latest battles between Tesla and dealer associations is taking place in Ohio. An amendment in Ohio being pushed by the Ohio Auto Dealers Association that would have blocked Tesla's direct sales method was not taken up by the Ohio House committee.
A French motorcycle company called Voxan has unveiled what it claims to be the most powerful electric motorcycle in the world. The new electric motorcycle is called the Wattman and it packs 200 electric ponies under its sleek bodywork. Like electric cars, all 200hp is available as soon as the throttle is opened.
Plugging in an EV to recharge while you're at work is commonplace for electric car drivers, but Nissan wants to take things the opposite way with its Leaf, with a "Vehicle-To-Building" system that can turn a small fleet of cars into a power source for business infrastructure. The feature, currently in early field testing, sees up to six of Nissan's Leaf - which it's now calling the best-selling electric vehicle in history - connected to a building's power distribution board, and able to feed energy back in when peak supply rates make traditional sources inefficient.
Fisker, the company behind the Karma hybrid sports car, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this weekend. The company hasn't had very good luck these past few years. The company originally set out to make green cars sexy, but it has been floundering for the better part of two years due to car fires, faulty batteries, design flaws, missed milestones set by the US government, a terrible Consumer Reports Review, and Hurricane Sandy. See, no luck.
The Cadillac ELR is an important car for quite a few big reasons. Cadillac itself admits it has been playing catch-up in the luxury sedan market, pitching the ATS and CTS as more virile US alternatives to the typical options from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, but with the electrified ELR it's finally an opportunity to strike at a niche where the Germans aren't playing yet. Borrowing the torquey electric drive of GM's Volt but leaving behind any sort of hair-shirt eco sacrifice, it's an angular slab of luxury that, thanks to its own onboard generator, promises to be the headache-free EV discerning drivers have been waiting for. Then again, it really should be: with a sticker price just short of $76,000, the ELR is firmly in Tesla territory. We grabbed the keys of one of the very first production ELR off the line to see if Cadillac has a potential winner on its hands.