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A front-wheel drive prototype Soul EV test car based on the 2014 Soul

Details were thin on the ground when Kia revealed plans for a Soul EV last month. The Korean carmaker has now shed a little more light on the first all-electric Kia that will be sold outside its home country.  Read More

Caterham’s Classic e-bike draws design inspiration from the track-board racers of the 1920...

For over fifty years Caterham has been known for its purpose-built sports cars and motorsports activities. This week, however, the company announced that it will be expanding its product offerings from four-wheeled machinery to that of the two-wheeled variety. Starting in 2014 Caterham Bikes will introduce three products: the Brutus 750, the Classic E-Bike and the Carbon E-Bike.  Read More

One of the new SST-e buses

No, an electric school bus isn't as exciting as an electric Porsche or Lotus, but in the grand scheme of things, it's probably a lot more important. Case in point – a fleet of such buses are scheduled to hit the road in California next year, with each vehicle saving its school district a claimed 16 gallons (60.5 L) of fuel per day, adding up to US$11,000 in fuel savings per year.  Read More

Tesla sent out two Model S to make the trip from San Diego to Vancouver using only the sup...

Elon Musk has given Model S owners living on the US/Canadian west coast an early Christmas present with the announcement that its fast-charging “Supercharger” network will now extend all the way from California right up into British Columbia.  Read More

Charging an electric vehicle on the street could be as easy as finding a HEVO charging sta...

Combine the convenience of a wireless electric vehicle charging station with the safety and inconspicuousness of a manhole cover. This is the vision of HEVO (Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Optimization), and it’s made the company a semifinalist for the SAFE Emerging Innovation Award. Noting the problems typically associated with EV charging, such as vandalism, faulty connectors, and the inconvenience of plugging in and paying, HEVO set out to make charging a car, or a fleet of cars, as simple as parking.  Read More

The InEco demonstrator vehicle was displayed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

One of the quieter debuts at last month's Frankfurt Motor Show was also one of the more interesting. The InEco electric car, developed at the Dresden University of Technology's Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology, combines an innovative mix of materials to keep its weight down to under a ton and allow it to get the most out of its small electric powertrain.  Read More

The ZEOD RC has received some design updates over the past few months

"From zero to ZEOD in 33 weeks" – that's how long it took Nissan to develop the newest version of its Zero Emissions on Demand race car. Following the debut of the initial prototype show car at June's 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nissan has revealed the latest evolution in Japan, reiterating its intentions of racing it at next year's Le Mans event.  Read More

Carbon fiber composite panels infused with nano-batteries and super capacitors could repla...

For automobile manufacturers, the electric elephant in the room continues to be bulky and weighty battery packs. This week, Volvo unveiled an innovative potential solution to the problem that it has been working on for the past three and a half years with other European partners; replace steel body panels with carbon fiber composite panels infused with nano-batteries and super capacitors.  Read More

Nuon Team preparing for business time (Photo: World Solar Challenge)

Delft University's Nuon Solar Team has won the Challenger class of the World Solar Challenge. Its solar-powered Nuna 7 vehicle arrived in Adelaide at 10:03 a.m. on the morning of the fifth day of the event, having led from the front for the full 3,021 km from Darwin, crossing Australia from north coast to south in a total of a little over 33 hours. That puts its average speed at an impressive 91 km/h (57 mph).  Read More

Toyota's i-Road is on the road to production

Toyota's i-Road three-wheeler concept is set to make it off the drawing board and onto the road. Toyota has announced that a limited production run of the fully enclosed, tilting EV will begin shortly, with initial units being transferred to Toyota's Ha:mo urban transport system trials in Toyota City.  Read More

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