I love my electric car — but finding and paying for public charging stations could be a lot easier.
Using a system that costs little over $7,000, researchers at the venerable University of Oxford have developed a modified Leaf that can drive itself — as long as it recognizes its surroundings.
At the Beijing Auto Show this week, Volkswagen is showing off its concept E-Bugster. But as our Green Overdrive watchers know, this isn’t the first electric Bug to hit the roads.
Updated: Electric car startup Fisker Automotive pushed its long-delayed inaugural electric car to market before it was market-ready in order to try to meet government milestones, according to a former Fisker employee that left the company.
Electric-car startup Coda officially drove its first ready-to-ship electric car off the assembly line at its plant in the Northern California city of Benicia, California, on Monday morning, saying that the move is the start of its customer sales. It’s been a long time coming.
Nissan’s got a new ad out that shows a world in which gas powers everything instead of electricity: Gas-powered hair dryers, gas-powered MP3 players, even gas-powered dentist drills (scary).
Cutting electric vehicle charging time from hours to minutes is a holy grail of the car charging industry. But plenty of bumps lie ahead for the dream of a gas station equivalent for the EV market.
A variety of auto makers are vying for the second car market for electric vehicles, so instead of competing head-to-head with traditional car makers for an internal combustion engine replacement, they’re offering EVs as second and even third cars.
I was going to title this post, “How Not to Launch an Electric Car,” but I thought that might be too harsh. Still, the launch of the two-seater LiFe electric car by the startup Wheego at the L.A. Auto Show last week was pretty unusual.
When it came time for Nissan to set specifications for the infotainment system in its electric LEAF sedan, the automaker wanted two things: more info, less “tainment.” Turns out Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Auto fit the bill. Might a Hohm-LEAF connection be in their future?
While the Google’s recently revealed robot car project is being looked at as an example of just how far outside of its core business Google has been reaching, the prospect of self-driving, computerized cars are compelling for their ability to make driving more sustainable. Here’s how:
AT&T has been quietly linking up the next-generation of energy technologies as part of its growing machine-to-machine division. That’s including providing a network connection for a novel energy storage tech based on ice from startup Ice Energy.
For electric vehicles to become truly mainstream, utilities and auto makers need to partner on a variety of details. Here’s 5 reasons why car companies and utilities should be besties.
Google has acquired the Israeli video tour start-up Quiksee, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Rumors of the sale first started this weekend, but were confirmed today by a post on the Quiksee site, making this Google’s 28th acquisition since last August.
The new Nissan LEAF ad has all the requirements that tug at the heart strings: cute animals, hugs, warm fuzzy feelings and an electric car.
YouTube is following up on the next phase of its ambitious Life In A Day project, making video submissions from around the globe available through a new gallery page that captures many different views of what life was like for users on July 24, 2010.
Nissan is reportedly taking its first official orders on Tuesday for the all-electric LEAF, which will basically be the first mass-produced mainstream-targeted electric vehicle on the market. Here’s what you need to know about the Nissan LEAF.
During our test drive of Nissan’s electric LEAF this week Nissan’s Mark Perry, told us that the car giant is working with AT&T to provide a connection for digital services for the car, like battery charge monitoring and finding the nearest charging station.
We took (arguably) the most affordable, mainstream, soon-to-be-released all-electric vehicle the Nissan LEAF out for a test drive for this week’s episode of Green Overdrive (where if it’s green we’ll drive it.)
How important will the design of some of the first charging stations be for the success of plug-in cars? Here’s how GE, Better Place, Ecotality, AeroVironment, and Coulomb Technologies stack up.
How long should you expect a plug-in car battery — the most expensive part of the vehicle — to last before dwindling storage capacity or other problems leave you longing for a replacement? This question opens a hornet’s nest of vehicle emission regulations.
Today Nissan popped the hood on five vehicle technologies set for deployment in the 2010 fiscal year, offering a glimpse of some of the oft-overlooked tools for reducing vehicle emissions long before electric cars go mainstream.
As we come within months of cars like the Nissan LEAF, Coda Sedan and others becoming available for sale and lease, will uncertainty about these models’ long-term value give cold feet to prospective buyers?
Want to know how the Nissan LEAF will look and feel on the road when it launches later this year? The first shots of a pre-production LEAF have been snapped in Arizona, and Nissan is kicking off a week of test drives.
Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says “production for 2010 is already sold out” for the electric LEAF. But while reservations for the car have rolled in at breakneck pace, it’s too early to know how many will make the leap to firm orders.
Nissan has previously described its upcoming LEAF electric car as being priced for profitability from the get-go. Now the automaker say it expects to initially lose money on the vehicle, at least until it fires up high volume production.
Check out this video interview from our Green:Net conference with Mark Perry, Nissan North America’s director of product planning and strategy. He details who’s signing up to buy the electric LEAF and why Nissan expects to make money on it from the get-go.
Nissan says it collected 6,635 reservations for its upcoming LEAF electric sedan in just one day — far more than companies like Tesla, Aptera and Ford have raked in during early reservation periods for some of their models.
For those of you keen on the Nissan LEAF electric sedan, you have one more day to wiggle into the first group of buyers. The automaker plans to begin accepting early reservations on Tuesday, while general reservations won’t open until May 15.
Nissan announced the sticker price for its upcoming LEAF electric sedan today, and at $32,780), it could be among the cheapest highway-capable electric vehicles on the road in coming years. Nissan also plans to lease the vehicle for $349 per month.
As Google (s GOOG) mulls pulling out of China, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is digging in. The French-Japanese auto duo has just detailed its first deal with a Chinese city to develop electric vehicles and infrastructure. Under the pilot program announced Thursday, Nissan will roll out 25 electric vehicles in Wuhan starting in 2011 with the Nissan LEAF sedan. The Wuhan government will build 250 electric vehicle chargers, and two additional “quick chargers,” for installation in the city. Both Wuhan and Nissan plan to work on marketing, collaborating on “education and awareness programs.”
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