October 16, 2013 |
Cadillac had announced just how much juice you'll need to buy its upcoming ELR plug-in. The all-new, two-door coupe will start at $75,995 when it goes on sale in January. The front-wheel-drive model is largely based on the four-door Chevy Volt, which General Motors put on sale in 2011. Like the Volt, the ELR uses an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The Cadillac has an electric-only range of 35 miles, which is three less than the Volt. Once the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine kicks in to act as a generator for the battery.
October 4, 2013 |
Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk moved Friday to put out the financial fire that resulted from when one of the electric car company's expensive Model S hatchbacks burned up on a roadway near Seattle this week. Writing on Tesla's website , Musk explained how a big chunk of metal that fell from a semi-trailer impaled the undercarriage of the car and started a fire that was contained to the front battery module. “Had a conventional gasoline car encountered the same object on the highway, the result could have been far worse,” Musk wrote.
September 30, 2013 |
The new Toyota Corolla has barely hit car dealers but Toyota is already saying it plans to export the U.S.-built version of the compact sedan to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. Toyota said about 7,500 of the cars, which will be built at the Toyota factory in Tupelo, Miss., will be exported next year. “These shipments are expected to build upon Toyota's all-time record export of more than 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles to 21 global markets in 2012, an increase of 45% over the prior year,” the automaker said in a statement.
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September 28, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved a four-year extension of carpool lane access for electric cars and low-emission vehicles, but vetoed a bill that would have allowed solo motorists in regular cars access to those lanes on two Los Angeles County freeways during off-peak hours. All together, the governor signed 20 pieces of legislation Saturday, including six bills promoting the use of low- and zero-emission cars. “Today, we reaffirm our commitment in California to an electric vehicle future,” Brown said in a statement.
September 27, 2013 |
Formula E, a proposed racing series featuring electric-powered cars, unveiled a provisional 10-race schedule Friday that includes a race in Los Angeles in February 2015. The series previously had said Los Angeles would be included in its global schedule of street races, and it held a press conference with city officials in April to promote the sport. The cars would be true race cars, roughly similar in size and shape to those in the IndyCar series. Formula E also is sanctioned by the FIA, the governing body of the Formula One racing series.
September 16, 2013 |
The trade group for California's new car dealers wants the state Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors' advertising practices, alleging that the upstart automaker is violating various state and federal laws in marketing its electric cars. The California New Car Dealers Assn. claims that Tesla inflates the savings customers accrue from various federal and state incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars and from other perquisites, such as a permit to drive solo in most California carpool lanes.