Slideshow: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Captain Hybrid 3/6/2014 18 comments California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 2/21/2014 56 comments By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 10/16/2013 8 comments In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 10/7/2013 39 comments Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 10/3/2013 26 comments The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 10/2/2013 16 comments General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Captain Hybrid 9/24/2013 9 comments These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Captain Hybrid 9/20/2013 40 comments If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 9/4/2013 10 comments When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
Captain Hybrid 9/3/2013 42 comments Tesla's recent five-star sweep in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 7/16/2013 48 comments Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Captain Hybrid 7/15/2013 28 comments The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 6/11/2013 41 comments Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 5/17/2013 29 comments The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.