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Tesla ran two Model S's through the swap system in under 3.09

As part of Tesla's ongoing efforts to keep on Model S drivers on the road and away from the plug socket, the company has demonstrated a battery swapping service that takes a mere tick over 90 seconds – and is hands-free to boot.  Read More

The Rover electric scooter from Works Electric

Kick scooters like those from Razor can make first/last mile journeys a bit more fun, but they can also be hard work. If you've got a bit of time on your hands, and some technical know-how, you could funk it up a bit with an electric drive and chunky tires for both street and off-road action. For those who prefer to buy an e-scooter that's ready to roll without needing to hit the toolbox, news from Portland may well ignite a spark of interest. Having set out on a quest to build the world's greatest compact electric vehicle, the folks at Works Electric say they've succeeded with the Rover.  Read More

The Scrooser is an electric scooter that amplifies leg kicks delivered to the ground by it...

When you hear the term “electric scooter,” you probably picture something that’s essentially just a little electric motorcycle – you twist the throttle, and it goes. The Scrooser, however, is considerably closer in spirit to a child’s non-powered scooter. You stand up on it and kick at the ground with one leg to move it along, its motor amplifying the power of your kick ... oh yeah, and it’s also got cool fat tires.  Read More

The Plugless Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging System is the first commercially-available ...

Back in 2010, Virginia-based Evatran Group teased with the promise of a wireless charging system for electric vehicles in the United States. Three years later, thanks to a partnering arrangement with Bosch’ Automotive Solutions group, that vision is now a reality.  Read More

The Electromobile City Scooter demonstrator vehicle, on display in Hannover

While electric scooters are considerably cheaper and easier to park than electric cars, many people are still put off by the idea of having to balance on two wheels. Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering is addressing that problem, with its leaning three-wheeled Electromobile City Scooter.  Read More

Volvo's Richard Sebestyen with the current collector connected to the rear of the test tru...

While quick charging technology installed at strategic points along a planned route might be a good fit for inner city buses, it's not going to be of much use to electric vehicles that stop infrequently. Volvo sees our future long-haul trucks and buses drawing the juice they need from the road itself, making large onboard batteries a thing of the past.  Read More

Supercharger networks are strategically located near diners, cafes, malls, etc. so drivers...

Tesla Motors, makers of fine electric performance vehicles, recently surprised the mainstream with news its Model S performance sedan had surpassed Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7-series in sales for the first quarter in the US. For a company that only released the Model S last June, news of this exponential interest was not only surprising but worked to further validate consumer interest in a fully electric vehicle. On top of the surprising sales figures, media sources like Consumer Reports proclaimed Tesla’s Model S to be one of the “best cars they'd ever tested”. With positive feedback and increasing sales of the Model S, Tesla has identified an expansion of its Supercharger networks as a critical next step.  Read More

The Jonway Group's prototype version of the Aptera 2e, spied by Gizmag at Auto Shanghai 20...

Ever since it was first unveiled in 2007, many people were captivated with the sleek, futuristic looks of the Aptera. When Aptera Motors went out of business in 2011, not having commercially produced a single vehicle, those same people were understandably disappointed. Now, word comes that a new company may be manufacturing and selling Apteras as soon as next year.  Read More

The Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive sets a 'Ring record

The electrified version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG put some emphasis on the green side of Green Hell last week, circling Nürburgring's northernmost circuit in record time. According to Mercedes, its SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the first electrically-powered series production vehicle to shoot around the world's most famous piece of track in under eight minutes.  Read More

The University of Virginia solar-powered wheelchair

A solar-powered wheelchair designed by students at the University of Virginia has won first prize in a competition, Change My Life in One Minute, to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day. Entrants to the competition were asked to come up with an innovation that could make a significant difference to a person with a disability. The solar-powered wheelchair can run continuously powered only by the sun.  Read More

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