It's all about the numbers: If Tesla Motors intends to sell more of its electric cars, it'll need more batteries to power them. And while the company has ambitious plans for its own battery manufacturing plant, some of Tesla's backers aren't yet committed to the project.
Tesla Model S sales set the single-month record in Norway last month, breaking the mark set by Ford in 1986. Despite Norway's small population, Tesla Motors has set up four dealerships in the country, capitalizing on the heavy incentives offered to Norway's drivers to go electric.
Tesla has been absolved of blame in incidents where three of its Model S battery packs caught fire when hit with road debris. The NHTSA closed its investigation into Tesla after the car's safety was improved and no initial defect was found.
For a car that won't hit the streets until 2015, Tesla Motor's upcoming Model X reportedly has its share of attention, with as many as 13,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.
Tesla Model X reservations have crept over 13,000 units worldwide, which is impressive for a high-priced luxury vehicle. The Telsa Model X electric crossover began testing in California earlier this year.
Nissan is recalling thousands of vehicles for a defect involving airbag sensor software, including the 2013-2014 Leaf, Altima, Sentra and Pathfinder crossover; the 2013 NV200 van; as well as the 2013 Infinity JX35 and the 2014 Infinity Q50 and QX60.
Honda is showcasing its energy efficiency technology in a model house built around the electric car at the University of California at Davis. The structure includes provisions for the company's Fit EV sedan, LED lighting, plus uses solar and geothermal energy sources, according to the automaker.
The rechargeable batteries used in electric cars eventually fail with use -- and researchers are now searching for the reason. Meanwhile, development continues on technology that will allow batteries to hold bigger charges for longer periods of time.
A bill that would allow direct sales of cars serves as a "pre-emptive strike" against any measures to block automaker Tesla from selling its vehicles to consumers, according to an Arizona lawmaker. Meanwhile, Tesla reportedly named Arizona as a potential home for its planned battery factory.
Tesla recently announced plans for a lithium battery "gigafactory" and is considering four southwestern US states for its location. The city of Tucson has made a formal proposal to become the site of the Tesla giga plant.
With Tesla's network of chargers around the US growing quickly, a cross-country road trip may be in many Tesla owners' summer plans. But the dearth of electric car chargers in and around the nation's most popular national parks could pose a problem.
The Paris-based Autolib is reportedly rolling into London with the goal of mustering a fleet of 100 electric cars in its first year.
As more Americans move into cities and curb their driving habits over concerns of traffic and pollution, researchers say that mass transit use is higher than it has been in decades.
Honda has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its hybrid offerings in the U.S, despite halting production of the Honda Insight later this year. Honda's hybrid efforts will focus on larger models like the Accord and Civic.
Though the Nissan Altima was a staple of the car company's line up last year, at the Geneva Motor Show it looks like Nissan is all about the Juke for 2015.
Tesla Motors (TSLA) will reportedly build additional charging stations and service centers across Europe. By year's end, the company claims that its combined European and Asian sales will be almost double those it expects in North America.
Driver satisfaction with public facilities to charge electric cars is improving according to a recent survey from California's Center for Sustainable Energy.
Automakers and consumer electronics manufacturers increasingly turn to lithium-ion batteries to power their products. After Tesla Motors (TSLA) reportedly consumed a significant chunk of battery output produced in 2013, the company may begin working with other manufacturers to produce their own battery supply.
Facing lagging sales and stiffer competition from Toyota's Prius models, Honda reportedly has pulled the plug on its own Insight hybrid.