Today, we take the advanced batteries that power electric vehicles for granted. Lithium-ion batteries, which followed advanced lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride, is mainstream. Many exotic EV battery technologies were tried over the years, including the sodium-sulfur battery in Ford’s Ecostar.
The auto industry is in transition. This is evidenced by the high-profile move toward electrification by nearly all international automakers, motivated by increasingly tighter government regulation, concern about market share, and the need to craft long-term carbon mitigation strategies.
Noted designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker’s first effort at being an automaker focused on a stunning electric car. That didn’t pan out as planned, but provided important insights into how to successfully bring a new brand and vehicle to market.
Pickups and electric vehicles are top of mind these days. So why not put the two together? That’s exactly what Ford, GM, and a growing list of startup companies are focusing on today, promising great choices for pickup buyers ahead.
Many feel that a ‘hydrogen economy’ is likely in our future. Whether it will include cars, SUVs, and light trucks remains an open question, since most automakers are focusing future efforts on EVs with longer driving range, rather than hydrogen.
Looking for luxury, performance, and sufficient battery electric range for short commutes or around-town driving? The BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance may pique your interest. This plug-in hybrid gets an updated look for 2020 along with a more powerful hybrid drivetrain.
It’s been years since the MINI E plied the roads as part of a lease-only, limited test fleet. The follow-up is the all-electric MINI Cooper S E. It’s packed with technology and promises a fun driving experience. Sign us up!
It’s a new day for Ranger Rover’s Evoque. The stylish crossover joins competitors by offering buyers an efficient, 48 volt mild-hybrid version as an option to increase fuel efficiency and decrease carbon emissions while also boosting overall acceleration and performance.
Part of Honda’s Clarity triple-play – along with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and more mainstream Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – the Clarity Electric is a model that clearly cuts its own path. It does not aim to be part of
There’s huge interest in electric SUVs and that’s not lost on automakers. Many see this as a huge opportunity, but not just the legacy giants. Newcomers also want in on the game, plus some recognizable names returning for another shot.
When you think ‘hydrogen’ it’s usually Honda and Toyota that come to mind. Hyundai? Not so much, but that would be a mistaken conclusion. The new Hyundai Nexo is built on a dedicated platform and is highly advanced. Kudos, Hyundai.
Audi is clearly committed to electrification. Proof of this is Audi’s all-new and eagerly awaited e-tron, the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle. This compact electric SUV boasts expected Audi styling, all the right stuff, and great 200+ mile range as well.