Here’s Why the Porsche Mission E Charges into the Future with 800-Volt Technology

The Porsche Mission E will charge its battery pack, Porsche promises, in half the time it takes present-day Tesla vehicles, which are the charge-rate champions now. Porsche certainly plans to deliver on the strong and silent straight-line performance that has been Tesla’s longtime YouTube party trick—and to add the sustained hot-lap capability that comes with […]

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Facelift Revealed

Hyundai Motor America unveiled its redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show. 2018 Sonata Hybrid/Plug-in Hybrid Highlights New front/rear fascia design, grille, hood, front…
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Kia Soul EV Now Offers up to 111 Miles of Range

The 2018 Kia Soul EV is virtually indistinguishable from the 2017 model except for one very important technical detail: a boost in driving range of nearly 20 percent, to 111 miles. It’s a distinction that is bound to increase the Soul EV’s appeal among commuters and those who see it as a potential second car. […]

What Happens When the Spark Goes Out? Auto Suppliers Look beyond Internal Combustion

If electric mobility replaces internal combustion, what will happen to the makers of spark plugs? That’s a major question for NGK Spark Plug, which has a plan for remaining relevant into the electric-vehicle era: solid-state vehicle batteries. The move by the Japanese company, the world’s largest spark-plug maker, is emblematic of a wave of change […]

BMW Ponders Batteries for 2021 EVs, Says Solid State Isn’t Ready

This week, Colorado company Solid Power announced that it will partner with BMW to develop solid-state battery technology that could bring increased driving range, longer battery life, and better temperature tolerance to electric cars. The German automaker will invest an undisclosed amount in Solid Power, intending “to advance its technology in order to achieve performance […]

Fisker Aims for Charging Innovation and Solid-State Batteries—Not Dealerships or Assembly Plants

Ten years after launching Fisker Automotive, a company that once sparred with Tesla for California electric-vehicle supremacy, its founder is back with a new company as well as a new electric car, the all-wheel-drive EMotion. It won’t be officially introduced until next month at CES in Las Vegas, but it’s already priced for pre-orders at $129,900. […]

2018 Nissan Leaf SL First Drive – Powering Back From Obsolescence

The previous-generation all-electric Nissan Leaf (technically “LEAF,” but that acronym sends my MacBook Air into a snit befitting Peter Frampton), with toenail clippings for headlights and a face only a mother could slug, has historically d…