Toyota’s electric car strategy hasn’t changed

Toyota has canceled plans for its eQ electric car. But that’s not a huge about-face: Toyota has always “taken a more conservative view of the market for battery-powered cars” than Nissan, General Motors, and other companies.

Tesla webcasting Supercharger quick-charge unveiling tonight

Tesla Motors will reveal not only the looks and details of the Supercharger but also its deployment plans in a webcast tonight from an event that starts at 7:30 Pacific (10:30 p.m. Eastern).

Mechanic worries that electric-car brakes will ruin his business

Talk to any independent auto-repair mechanic, and you’ll learn that the single most important item that keeps a shop in business is brakes. But hybrids and electric cars use their friction brakes far less aggressively than regular cars.

Tesla now building 10 Model S cars per week

On Thursday, Tesla Motors said that since June 22, when it started deliveries of its 2012 Model S, it has built 50 cars. Of those, 29 are destined for customer deliveries.

Electric-car maker Fisker recalling Karmas due to battery issue

Electric car maker Fisker Automotive has issued a recall for 239 of its Karma vehicles, fewer than 50 of which have been sold to customers. The $96,000 luxury electric sedans have an issue with a hose clip in their battery units that could result in a coolant leak and possibly a fire.

Tesla Model S Beta Front

First look at the new Tesla Model S Beta electric car

Electric car-maker Tesla’s second vehicle, the Model S, won’t be available until next summer, but the company is taking a version of its new electric sedan out for a little publicity spin with a North American tour.

Tesla’s sporty Model S will accelerate faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera

We already know a lot about the all-electric 2012 Tesla Model S sedan — but at a press event ahead of yesterday’s exclusive VIP event at the former Toyota NUMMI facility in Fremont, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla was making a faster Model S for those with a sporty side.

GM riles electric car advocates over charger sharing

Editor’s note: Automakers are making big bets on plug-in hybrids and range-extended electric vehicles, as VentureBeat’s Matthew Lynley recently wrote. There’s just one problem: In California, hybrids aren’t legally allowed to use public charging stations meant for electric cars. This post, by John Voelker of, explains how a bill meant to change that is pitting some electric car advocates against GM.

Ferrari Shows Biggest CO2 Cut Amongst Supercar Brands, But Is There More To The Numbers?

Governments around the world are bowing to public pressure to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases their respective countries produce, and more often than not, the first sector they look at is the auto industry. Here in the U.S. the government has imposed a tough 34.1 mpg fleet-wide fuel economy standard for 2016, while in Europe the government wants to put a limit on CO2 levels — something that could have disastrous effects for niche players like Ferrari.

Ultracapacitor maker Ioxus raises $21M

Capacitor maker Ioxus announced today that it has raised $21 million to ramp up development and production of ultracapacitors — a nascent battery space that could more useful than traditional batteries in electric cars.

BMW Hires Lead Electric-Car Engineer From Chevy Volt Team

Not so long ago, the notion of luxury German brand BMW hiring an engineer from General Motors might have been a stretch. The company prefers to promote engineers from within its Munich engineering headquarters.

Late-stage investments dominate cleantech sector in Q1

Investments in clean technology startups rose 13 percent in the first quarter this year in North America, Europe, China and India — to $2.57 billion from $2.28 billion in the first quarter of 2010 across 159 companies — according to a report by Cleantech Group.

Handbags at dawn: Tesla sues TopGear for libel

TopGear is a wildly popular motoring show made by the BBC. An episode in 2008 showed the show’s host Jeremy Clarkson test driving electric car maker Tesla’s roadster.

Would you pay $845K for this hybrid Porsche?

It’s official: the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder is available for order at $845,000, not including shipping and taxes. Deliveries begin November 2013, and Porsche only plans to build 918 of these supercars.

Will $4-a-gallon gas ignite an electric-vehicle frenzy?

As gas prices rise, electric cars look better and better. But any chances manufacturers had the last time gas hit $4 a gallon were extinguished thanks to the 2008 recession, which made electric vehicles’ high upfront costs unpalatable.

Nissan ups electric car production: every third car a Leaf

The Leaf may be the first full-scale, all-electric production car from a major automaker to be sold in the U.S., but Nissan hasn’t exactly been quick to get it into the hands of customers.