electric vehicles

  • Hertz To Offer Electric Vehicles By The Hour

    Hertz To Offer Electric Vehicles By The Hour

    Hertz Rent A Car is set to offer electric vehicles at an hourly rate starting December 15th in New York City, with expansion of the service to San Francisco, Washington D.C., London, up to 50 college campuses in North America, and markets in Texas and China by the end of 2011. For what it calls the ConnectByHertz “car sharing” service in Manhattan, the company aims to make 20… Read More

  • Tommykaira ZZ-EV: Japanese University Venture Shows New Electric Car

    Tommykaira ZZ-EV: Japanese University Venture Shows New Electric Car

    In April this year, a group of graduate school students at Kyoto University announced the launch of a venture called Green Lord Motors [JP]. As the name suggests, it’s a car company, and yesterday, it took the wraps off its first offering [JP, PDF]: a replica of the popular Tommykaira ZZ as an electric vehicle. Read More

  • Duke Energy And ITOCHU Testing New Uses For Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Duke Energy And ITOCHU Testing New Uses For Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Duke Energy and ITOCHU Corp. announced a partnership today through which they will evaluate and test new uses for old electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Once they are too spent for life on-the-road, EV batteries could store power and deliver a charge elsewhere, the companies reason. EV batteries falling below 80 percent of their original capacity when fully charged will be candidates for… Read More

  • NRG To Build Network Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Throughout Texas

    NRG To Build Network Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Throughout Texas

    NRG Energy— a wholesale generator and publicly traded company— announced plans to build a network of 150 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Houston starting in February 2011, then to expand this network throughout Texas and the United States. According to the most recent, annual Green Cities Index, 78% of Houston commuters drive alone, and the city ranked 38th, meaning it… Read More

  • Payback (And IPO) Time For GM As Chevy Volt Wins Industry Accolades

    Payback (And IPO) Time For GM As Chevy Volt Wins Industry Accolades

    The 102-year-old car company General Motors (GM) is set to go public on Thursday after a government-forced bankruptcy and bailout in November 2008. The bailout cost taxpayers about $50 billion. Analysts estimate the stock price would need to hit $53 dollars before the government can recoup its investment. GM plans to sell about half-a-billion shares for $33 each in its IPO. The company stands… Read More

  • GE To Buy 25,000 Electric Vehicles Including 12,000 Of The Chevy Volt

    GE To Buy 25,000 Electric Vehicles Including 12,000 Of The Chevy Volt

    Today, General Electric (GE) offered details about its committment to encourage the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles. The company plans to walk the walk with a purchase of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015, including an order for 12,000 Chevy Volt vehicles in 2011 from General Motors (GM), a GE business partner. Within the next three years, GE expects to generate up to $500 million… Read More

  • Believe It Or Not: Plug In America's Electric Vehicle Hype Campaign

    Believe It Or Not: Plug In America's Electric Vehicle Hype Campaign

    Here comes another spoof on the Mac vs. PC ad campaign, this one promoting electric vehicles over combustion engines. Plug In America, an advocacy organization that wants to reduce the United States’ dependence on petroleum, created the electric vehicle hype spots and calls them public service announcements. The first of the seven PSAs include talent from the film Who Killed The… Read More

  • Don't Tell Tesla: In 2020, Sales Of Electric Vehicles Will Be Less Than 8% Of The Global Market

    Don't Tell Tesla: In 2020, Sales Of Electric Vehicles Will Be Less Than 8% Of The Global Market

    Given all the apparent excitement surrounding electric vehicles and the billions invested by automakers, financial firms and government incentives, you would assume there was a groundswell of consumer support for hybrid and battery electric cars underlying this momentum. Unfortunately, according to a J.D. Power and Associates report released this morning, we may be on the electric car… Read More

  • ULV: Japan's Newest Electric Car Goes On Sale

    ULV: Japan's Newest Electric Car Goes On Sale

    Do you remember the ULV (“Ultra Lightweight Vehicle”), the one-person electric vehicle developed at Waseda Environmental Institute, a business started at Japan’s Waseda University? We showed you the cute mini car back in June, and now it’s officially going on sale. Read More

  • Ford Going With Active Cooling For Its Focus Electric

    Ford Going With Active Cooling For Its Focus Electric

    One of the big conflicts in battery tech right now is how to keep the things at the right temperature. Nissan and Mitsubishi are going with air cooling, while Tesla, Chevy, and as of today Ford are all opting for liquid temperature regulation. Since few electrics are really on the road, it seems there isn’t sufficient data to go with one over the other. Read More

  • Saab To Jump Into Electric Game With 2011 Test EVs

    Saab To Jump Into Electric Game With 2011 Test EVs


    Saab, not exactly the first company I think of when I think of cutting edge electric vehicles, is determined not to be left behind by the electric renaissance that’s starting… any time now, just wait for it. They’re rolling out a test fleet of EVs based on the upcoming 9-3 model, but wouldn’t give a date for actual production. Chances are it’ll be quite a… Read More

  • SolarCity Wins $21.5 Million Funding Round from Mayfield

    SolarCity Wins $21.5 Million Funding Round from Mayfield

    SolarCity today announced that it is taking a $21.5 million round of funding led by Mayfield Fund, and the company’s previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DBL Investors and Generation Capital. The company’s prior funding totaled approximately $134 million, and included investors First Solar, JP Morgan and Elon Musk. SolarCity helps businesses, home owners and government… Read More

  • New quick charger for electric cars is really quick

    New quick charger for electric cars is really quick

    One of the biggest hurdles on the road to make electric vehicles attractive for the mass market is the long time it usually takes to charge batteries. But a Japanese company called JFE Engineering now claims it has found a solution for that problem. According to JFE, even so-called “quick battery chargers” often take 30 minutes to charge a car’s battery to 80% of its capacity. Read More

  • Video: Next-generation electric mini vehicle ULV

    Video: Next-generation electric mini vehicle ULV

    It seems interest in the development of electric cars has really picked up steam in recent months, especially in Japan. A research team at Tokyo-based Waseda University has manufactured the ULV [JP], a one-person electric vehicle with a number of selling points: it’s cheap, it’s small and light (72.6kg), and it has a decent driving range (80km). Read More

  • Electric car runs over 1,000 km without recharge, shatters previous record

    Electric car runs over 1,000 km without recharge, shatters previous record

    One of the biggest problems that stands between electric vehicles and becoming mainstream is limited battery life. But there has been some progress in that area lately: the Japan Electric Vehicle Club [JP], a civic group based in Tokyo, announced today a Mira EV customized by the group traveled exactly 1,003.184 kilometers without a recharge. Read More

  • A few things to know about electric bikes

    A few things to know about electric bikes

    We like electric vehicles here at CrunchGear, from the Volt to the Leaf to the Eneloop to the U3-X. But fantasy electrics are one thing — what if you actually want to buy a real live electric bike? Read More

  • Charry: Outdoor charging box for electric vehicles

    Charry: Outdoor charging box for electric vehicles

    One critical factor that stands in the way of electric vehicles becoming mainstream is the lack of charging stations once you’re on the road with your e-bike or electric car. In the case of bicycles, 37km, for example (as seen in Panasonic’s newest models), isn’t a bad number for an assisted travel distance, but it’s not enough for those really long trips. Read More

  • New FedEx truck: it's electric!

    New FedEx truck: it's electric!

    Good on FedEx, for doing this. The USPS has been talking about going electric for their fleet, and it makes sense. After all, they put massive amounts of miles on their vehicles, and that’s got to make for a pretty serious carbon foot print. Read More

  • GM keeping it all in the country with electric engine manufacturing

    GM keeping it all in the country with electric engine manufacturing


    Good for GM. I don’t just congratulate them on a strict “buy American” level, but the decision to break off from the pack and both design and build the next generation of electric engines is a good one. Of course, there’s the question of whether they’ll be using Panasonic batteries and other Japanese parts. They’re still pretty much cornered in some of… Read More

  • BMW expanding its electric presence with Active-E leases

    BMW expanding its electric presence with Active-E leases

    You’ve probably heard about the BMW Mini E lease program — 500 or so of the little buggers were let into the wild to be given real-life, long-term testing by regular people. It seems like the program was a success, because BMW is doing it again, this time with their Active-E (Activeeee!) concept, a more practical car for most people, but also mighty expensive. Read More