Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Electric Vehicles

New Jersey is the latest state in the USA to outlaw sales of Tesla

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has been in discussions for some time with the New Jersey Government and Motor Vehicle Commission about the implementation of its direct dealership model. This week the Administration, following suit with Texas and Arizona, moved to block Tesla from selling cars in its own stores. So what's all the fuss about?  Read More

An electric car hire scheme has been announced in London, similar to Autolib in Paris (Pho...

London's "Boris Bike" cycle hire scheme has been a huge success since its launch in 2010. Now, a French billionaire has announced plans to roll out a hire scheme for electric cars in the capital.  Read More

AeroVironment's TurboCord works with 120-volt and 240-volt outlets

With the increasing popularity of electric and hybrid electric vehicles, some employers have come to the party and installed charging stations for their employees. Now AeroVironment has released its TurboCord, which allows businesses to provide faster EV charging by simply installing NEMA 6-20R 240-volt outlets, rather than going to the expense of providing dedicated charging units.  Read More

The Tomahawk kit-car features various items like dihedral doors, a T6 aluminum monocoque c...

While most of Canada seems content to let the rest of the world worry about designing exotic vehicles, some in Quebec see things slightly differently. Recently the francophone province has brought us such automotive morsels as the Felino cb7 and the MK5 track racer, and now Dubuc SLC’s Tomahawk, a multi-talented 2-seater kit-car, capable of supporting an electric drive train, or one pilfered from a gas-powered car or motorcycle, can be added to the list of boutique Quebecois offerings.  Read More

The Italdesign Giugiaro Clipper is all electric

It’s easy for a car that’s all sharp lines and flaring wings to catch the eye, but sometimes it’s the ones with the deceptively conservative styling that catch you by surprise. A case in point is Italdesign Giugiaro’s Clipper MPV concept car, which was unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheel drive, six-seater with fully independent all-electric drive sports a design that's based on a study of future cities, and is billed by the maker as a “veritable automotive research design lab.”  Read More

The Toyota i-Road in use at the Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project in Jap...

Toyota’s electric i-Road three wheeler is shaping up as the ideal combination of the best attributes of a motorcycle (maneuverability, lightweight, narrow track, small footprint, low energy consumption, fun) and a car (weather-proof, safe, stable, easy to use) and trials have now begun in Japan using the i-Road in Toyota’s Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project. The i-Road trials will be extended to France later this year when Toyota participates in a vehicle-sharing trial in Grenoble.  Read More

Nissan's e-NV200 borrow heavily from the Nissan LEAF

Nissan originally began testing of an all-electric version of its NV200 light commercial van back in mid-2010 before showcasing the e-NV200 concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2012. Now the automaker has unveiled the production version of the LEAF's bigger brother in Geneva, touting the vehicle as a practical and sustainable city delivery vehicle or people mover.  Read More

The respective presidents of Yamaha Motor and Gordon Murray Design at the launch of the MO...

More details have emerged on the development of the Yamaha MOTIV.e city car concept which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. The MOTIV.e will be offered with several drivetrains, including an electric version, and EV specialist Zytek will supply a purpose-built ultra-high-speed motor for the project. The 25 kW Zytek motor spins to 15,000 rpm and comes with advanced thermal management and control integration. The unit has been designed to cut cost, weight and size and this appears to have been achieved as the motor weighs just 13 kg, the gearbox just 11 kg and the inverter just 7.5 kg.  Read More

The MTT-136 (short for 'My Track Technology' and the 136 inch snowmobile tread) is capable...

Looking like a mix between a snowmobile, a dog sled and a miniature World War I tank, Yvon Martel’s electric creation is nothing if not versatile. With a top speed of 24 mph, the MTT-136 is capable of pulling passengers or hauling loads through snow, mud and grass with ease.  Read More

Volkswagen reports a range of 190 km (118 mi) on a single charge (depending on driving sty...

The most successful selling car in Europe has gone electric. Now available in Germany, Volkswagen’s all electric e-Golf, which premiered at the Frankfurt International Auto Show last September, joins the e-up! and eco-up! in the German manufacturer's all-electric line-up.  Read More

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