Do-it-yourself: How to build your own electric car, hacker style

By day, David Brown is a security consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. But in his spare time, he’s one of a growing number of do-it-yourself electric vehicle creators. In the past couple of years, Brown retrofitted a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle into an electric car, and he talked about his “Voltswagon” project at the Defcon hacker conference on Saturday in Las Vegas.

U.S.-backed electric car maker Fisker misses early goals, delays production

Government-backed electric car company Fisker Automotive is delaying plans for production after missing its early manufacturing goals. According to a report by the Washington Post, the delays are being blamed on regulatory issues, and the company is brushing off any comparisons to Solyndra, another clean-energy company that received half a million in government loans, which filed for bankruptcy in September.

GM slashes Volt price tag

General Motors has cut the price of next year’s model of its plug-in hybrid electric car, the Chevy Volt, by around $1,000 to $39,995 — bringing the car’s price closer to its now rival, the pure plug-in electric Nissan Leaf.