Google is offering $1 million to anyone who can design a smaller, high power density inverter. The objective to Google's competition is to improve electric cars by reducing the size of inverters.
A Tesla owner in San Francisco calculated that using the ridesharing service UberX was $1,600 cheaper over the course of a year than owning an electric car. Telsa models and other electric cars are cheaper to operate per mile than internal-combustion models, but perhaps that doesn't take things far enough.
US plug-in electric car sales rose in July, but electric cars still make up for a tiny part of the auto market. Nissan sold more than 3,000 Leaf battery electric cars, while Chevy sold more than 2,000 Volt range-extended electric cars.
Tesla Motors has broken ground in Reno, Nev. for its $5 billion Gigafactory, according to their earnings report. But, Tesla Motors says it is a 'potential' location for the lithium-ion battery factory and the automaker is still looking at other possible sites.
London may be charging extra fees for drivers of higher-emitting, diesel cars by 2020. Drivers already pay a £11.50, or $19.50, fee to enter the city, but diesel drivers could pay an extra £10, or $17, if the plans go ahead.
About 2 billion vehicles are estimated to be on the roads by 2035, according to a report from Navigant Research. Currently, there are about 1.2 billion vehicles on the road.
Electric car owners today pay for electricity at equivalent of about 75 cents per gallon. 25 utilities in 14 states currently offer electricity rates tailored towards electric vehicle owners, according to a study by the Northeast Group.
Rules for quiet hybrid and electric cars to have alert noises aren't ready yet. Thus, automakers are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to delay the rules for quiet electric cars.
Light-duty vehicles' energy consumption is projected to decrease from 63 percent of the transportation sector in 2012 to 51 percent in 2040, according to a report from the US Energy Information Administration. The report cites improved fuel economy as a driving factor.
China will require 30 percent of all government cars to be electric cars. The plan will include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell cars, and it is set to be phased in over the next two years.
Electric cars have a valuable advocate in Tesla, whose Model S sedan is the gold standard in the growing industry. But in addition to the growth of electric cars, Tesla's success is vital to the US auto industry as a whole.
Tesla Motors may become a leading employer of US military veterans. Out of Tesla Motors' 6,000 employees, 300 of them are veterans, and Tesla Motors plans to hire 600 more.
China has decided to wait its 10 percent purchase tax on electric cars. Electric car sales haven't been stellar recently, but this waiver is the country's policymakers' latest effort to address China's energy independence issues.
Can you hack a Tesla Model S? Organizers at the SyScan computer security conference in Beijing will give someone $10,000 if they can hack into Tesla Motors' Model S electric car.
Tesla Motors is facing a copyright lawsuit from Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng over the trademark of the automaker's name, according to Bloomberg. Tesla Motors had copyright issues with Baosheng before, when he trademarked the Tesla name in 2006, three years after Tesla Motors formed in the US.
Tesla Motors Model S earned the highest score for the annual Total Quality Index study. Tesla Motors earlier won the recognition for the Model S being the 'most-loved car' in the US.
Madrid is using 'smart' parking meters in which drivers enter their license plate number to verify the model and make of the car. If someone drives a diesel or a less fuel efficient car in Madrid, then the driver is charged 20 percent extra to park.
Nissan's June sales for its electric car Leaf slightly dipped in June, but Nissan is still up 5.5 percent since June 2013. Tesla Motors didn't report monthly sales for the Tesla Motors Model S electric car, but it is estimated that Tesla Motors sold about 1,200 cars.
Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing Tesla Motors to sell through its first-party retail store model. That said, Tesla Motors will probably face a cap of five stores.
Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell electric car faces a safety regulation that would prevent people from driving the car even after a small fender-bender. Toyota is seeking exemption for the fuel-cell vehicle.