Fisker Automotive will lay off most of its staff, according to various media reports. Fisker faces an April 22 deadline for its next payment to the U.S. Department of Energy, but the company has virtually no income from ongoing operations because it hasn't built a single Karma electric car since last summer.
Marrying electric cars with solar panels is a good way of enticing people into buying electric cars, new research shows. Joint efforts from automakers and green energy providers could expand interest in electric cars, Ingram writes.
With all of the options available to drivers, and the multitude of fuel efficiency claims, finding the greenest option can be difficult. But Ford is offering prizes of $50,000 to software developers to come up with a smartphone app that helps people make sense of the barrage of information.
Researchers have found a way of using microorganisms to turn atmospheric carbon dioxide into energy, Ingram writes, essentially replicating the processes found in plant life. Fuel from carbon dioxide has promise, he adds, but isn't yet developed into something that can work on a large scale.
Tesla Motors is planning to open more quick-charge locations along its 'Supercharger' network in various locations over the next three to four months, Voelcker writes. The Supercharger network is meant to allow Tesla Motors Model S drivers to obtain rapid recharges every 100 to 200 miles.
Tax Day 2013 is a month away, and if you drive a plugin, your vehicle could qualify you for a wide range of federal, state, and local tax credits. Read on to see if you qualify, and get your paperwork together in plenty of time for Tax Day 2013.
Norway is one of the most electric car-friendly countries on the planet, Ingram writes. But how much is Norway's pro-electric car stance actually costing the country – and can any of the country's techniques really be used elsewhere?
Tesla Motors is delaying the Model X electric crossover launch to the end of next year rather than late 2013 as it had said when the Model X electric crossover was first shown, Voelcker writes.
One of the strangest concept cars at this year's Geneva Motor Show is the Toyota i-Road, Ingram writes. The i-Road is described by Toyota as "a new form of transport", designed as an easy-to-maneuver, zero-emissions form of inner-city transport.
At the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, Volkswagen took the wraps off the production version of the Volkswagen XL1, a turbodiesel plug-in hybrid two-seater, Voelcker writes. Fuel efficiency is quoted as 261 miles per gallon on the European test cycle, making the Volkswagen XL1 one of the most fuel-efficient cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
California is by far the largest single market for electric cars, Voelcker writes, and that means charging stations in public parking lots are now sometimes fully occupied, meaning they can't recharge their electric cars' batteries.
Estonia has just opened a network of 165 quick-charging stations – more than the U.S. has today – for its plug-in electric cars, Voelcker writes.
Tesla Motors will operate at a profit in the first quarter of 2013, the company said in a letter to shareholders this week. The prediction advances by almost a whole year the company's timeline for profitability, which had previously been set for the fourth quarter of 2013, Voelcker writes.
Nissan Leaf has become the highest-selling electric car of all time, moving 50,000 units across Japan, Europe, and the US. High customer satisfaction ratings, in part, are driving the Nissan Leaf's success.
Gas prices will increase faster than expected in 2013, according to the US Department of Energy. The slight rise in gas prices is due partly to an increase in the price of crude oil, Ingram writes, and refinery outages in January both in the US and Europe.
A new system could use solar power to both charge and protect your electric car at the same time, Ingram writes.
Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, being unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, is rated at 148 horsepower and puts out 248 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm, Voelcker writes. Chevy estimates the gas mileage from the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at 42 mpg highway.
Nissan Leaf sales will rise in 2013 thanks to a drop in sales price, Voelcker predicts. But the 2013 Nissan Leaf sales won't soar into the stratosphere.
As any politician (or plug-in hybrid car company) will tell you, you can always find a set of numbers to work in your favor, Ernst writes. The key to a wise plug-in hybrid purchase is doing your homework ahead of time, then basing your decision on the facts most relevant to you.
Green Car Reports shares its run-down of the 10 most efficient hybrid cars, rated by EPA combined mileage.