ElectricCar

3 Reasons Why You're Not Buying an Electric Car

The electric car has arrived, but odds are that there isn't one in your driveway. Several factors have gotten in the way of the eco-friendly automotive revolution, but at least now we can ask conspiracy theorists -- who argue that oil companies and the government are blocking plug-in cars from the road -- to leave the room and take their tinfoil hats with them. The electric car is here; drivers simply don't want them yet.

How the Chevy Volt Became a Political Punching Bag

GM CEO Dan Akerson is charged up about the politically manufactured controversy surrounding the Chevy Volt. "We did not engineer the car to become a political punching bag," he said. Tough words -- but rescuing the Volt's reputation will be a tough fight.

Corvette Autumn: Will the Next New Vette Be the Last?

Last week, the auto paparazzi brought us pictures of the prototype 2013 Corvette, which will apparently reprise the classic Vette formula. But in an era of high gas prices and tightening environmental regulations, how much longer can GM's horsepower party last?

Will You Buy an Electric Car? Tesla Hopes So

Upstart automaker Tesla Motors confirmed this week that its groundbreaking Model S, an all-electric luxury-sports sedan, was on track to enter production by this summer. It already has pre-orders for more than 8,000. Is the moment coming soon when electric cars go mainstream?

Proterra Unveils Electric Bus

Proterra, a maker of electric vehicles, unveiled an all-electric bus that can charge in 10 minutes. The company unveiled its EcoRide BE35 at its plant in Greenville, S.C., on Dec. 16.

Enterprise to Buy 500 Electric Cars From Nissan

Enterprise Rent-A-Car plans to buy 500 electric cars from Nissan Motor Co (NSANY) as part of a strategy to make the vehicles more widely available to renters. Enterprise, which owns the brands Enterprise, Alamo and National, will include the Leaf vehicle in its rental fleets in eight cities: Seattle, Portland, Ore, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn. They will begin buying the cars in January, The Wall Street Journal reported.

As Toyota Joins With Tesla, Alternative Fuels a Major Focus

Toyota, maker of the popular Prius hybrid, is preparing to move into other alternative-fuel technologies such as hydrogen fuel-cells and biofuels. Its recent large investment in Tesla Motors is just the first such partnership the world's largest automaker is pursuing.

BMW Plans Electric Car With Lightweight Carbon Fiber Shell

BMW AG (BAMXF) plans to build a battery-powered city car with a lightweight shell made out of the same material used to protect Formula One drivers, Bloomberg News reported. The car will be cocooned in hardened carbon fiber supported by an aluminum frame, the company%u2019s development chief Klaus Draeger said. The carbon fibers will be made of 50,000 filaments that are each one-seventh the thickness of a human hair.