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Yes, an EV Can Have a Manual Transmission

There is a myth out there that says an electric vehicle will never have a manual transmission. It is a myth. It is true that few EVs have a manual transmission. But, that does not mean that a manual transmission will never be a part of the offerings from an EV manufacturer. In fact, some …

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Hybrids & Electrics

You Have to Give up Your Gas Car Sooner or Later

Hear that? It’s the winds of change. Across the globe, automakers like Toyota are making promises to have all hybrid or electric vehicles in their lineup within the next few years. Tesla has become a household name in terms of automobiles, even though they only sell electric vehicles. It’s coming. We are going to see …

The Electraline Lakester electric vehicle is in the foreground of the Bonneville Salt Flats, with the sunrise in the distance.
Hybrids & Electrics

Electric Speed Record Set at Bonneville Salt Flats

Competitive people push boundaries. For example, the four-minute mile was considered impossible at one time. Also, a three hundred mile-per-hour capable production car was also considered unheard of. Over time those records were shattered. Now comes word that EV West just broke an electric vehicle record. They shot for and surpassed the electric speed record for class E2 at the Bonneville …

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Trucks & SUVs

Switching From Diesel to Electric Will Seriously Affect the Grid

The age of the electric semi fleet is drawing near. However, we aren’t quite there yet. In fact, there are many details concerned with the adaption from the traditional diesel engine to electric trucking. It turns out that the transition from diesel to electric tractors for a cargo fleet is a massive undertaking. Switching from …

2020 Kona Electric is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Hybrids & Electrics

No Range Anxiety With a Hyundai Kona Electric Crossover

Range anxiety is often identified as a large contributor for a person not to get an electric vehicle. But, charging stations have been springing up across the nation quickly. Also, Hyundai has been working on a solution to the electric range worries. The company has a new Kona Electric crossover that achieves a significant milestone in range. Hyundai …

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Trucks & SUVs

Daimler Is Redefining Diesel Trucking

When it comes to trucking, pickup trucks, and semis, diesel engines and the fuel they use immediately comes to mind. There are a lot of regulations. Due to emissions laws, diesel trucks have become increasingly complicated in an effort to keep up with the limitations certain laws have put on diesel engines. But Daimler is …

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Hybrids & Electrics

New All-Electric Cadillac Revealed – The Lyriq

Cadillac was supposed to reveal a new, all-electric, SUV in April. But, the global COVID-19 pandemic scrambled many automaker’s vehicle debut schedules. So, Cadillac rescheduled the launch for today. At 7 PM, the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV broke cover. The Ultium electric battery technology The Cadillac Lyriq is General Motors’ first vehicle to debut using …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla’s Wiper Controls Are Now Illegal in Germany

The Tesla Model 3 is filled with all kinds of tech-savvy features including a dual-motor setup that can rocket the car to 60 in 3.2 seconds, an AutoPilot semi self-driving system, and automatic windshield wipers. However, that last feature was recently ruled as being illegal in Germany after a Model 3 owner was involved in …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Blackberry to Provide Operating System for Canoo EV

Who knew Blackberry was still around? Today’s news of the company in the automotive space may cause some to do a doubletake. Blackberry just announced it will provide the QNX technology and operating system for Canoo, an electric vehicle tied to a subscription service set to debut in 2021. Blackberry invading every element of the …

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Hybrids & Electrics

General Motors and EVgo to Triple Nationwide Charging Stations

Consumers have long been concerned about range capabilities of electric vehicles. To allay some of those fears, General Motors and EVgo want to add more than 2,700 fast chargers to the nation’s largest public fast-charging network. The move will be phased in over the next five years. New EV fast-charging stations to begin rolling out …

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Why Does Europe Get All the Cool Hondas?

We get some pretty cool Honda models here in the U.S. – especially since we finally have the Civic Type R – but Europe seems to get cooler ones that we’ve never even heard of. For example, they had the Civic Type R since the turn of the century and even had a couple of …

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Tesla Wants to Supply Batteries to Rivals

People often think of Tesla as an auto manufacturer. But the company does a lot more than produce vehicles. The company also makes solar roofing tiles, and was also recently in the news for applying to get a license as an energy provider. So, it should come as no surprise that Tesla also wants to get …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Electric SUV Manufacturer, Fisker to Go Racing

Henrik Fisker has been involved with many electric vehicle programs over the years. In 2016, he formed his own company called Fisker, Inc. Since then, he has been doing everything he can to champion the growth of the electric vehicle market, including designing the Fisker Ocean, which is an all-electric SUV that anticipated on the …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Electric Cars Are Better for Drive-Ins

Two popular topics during the global COVID-19 pandemic have been electric cars and the resurgence of the drive-in movie experience. VW says that electric cars are “more inevitable” and Walmart is converting many of its locations into drive-in movie spots. Interestingly, both of these topics go hand-in-hand.  Lockdown means time to learn about electric cars …

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Electric Cars More Inevitable, VW Says

Tesla has done a lot to jumpstart the major auto manufacturers’ electrification efforts. The company has shown that electric cars for the masses are a possibility. Other manufacturers have taken notice and strengthened their own efforts to pursue creating more electric cars in their lineups. Volkswagen seems to be falling in line as well. Electric …

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Trucks & SUVs

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Might Be Priced Just Right

Electric SUVs are paving the future of electric vehicles. They are practical, sporty, and even sometimes a little intimidating. Because fully-electric cars are relatively new to the market, it’s hard to know where they should stand price-wise with their gasoline or plug-in hybrid counterparts. Pricing out electric SUVs doesn’t have to mean you’re blowing your …

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It’s Official: Tesla Chose Texas for a New Factory

Back in May, Tesla’s plant in California was in the middle of a shutdown due to regional restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team covered how that shutdown frustrated Elon Musk, Tesla’s head. He even went so far as to vent his frustrations about being in the state on Twitter. So, other states immediately started …

Twisted Automotive's electric Land Rover Defender restomod painted in Malibu Yellow against an orange background
Trucks & SUVs

There’s an Electric Land Rover Defender Made Just for the US

Classic off-road SUVs like the Land Rover Defender may have honest, rough-and-tumble capability, but they’re neither efficient nor fast. Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to swap out that old diesel or gasoline engine for an electric powertrain. In fact, several restomod shops now offer electric conversion options for their builds. UK-based Twisted Automotive, though, …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Hyundai and Samsung Team up on Electric Future

The electrification of the automotive industry is happening extremely fast. Some of the credit for that goes to Tesla. The company’s presence jump-started the electric car industry. Consequently, electric battery tech for the average consumer has become a lot more affordable and prevalent. Now, almost every automotive manufacturer is looking at electric options for their lineup, …

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Where is Ram’s All-Electric Pickup?

The electric pickup segment is set to become a hotbed of activity in the next two years. But, it might do it without representation from Ram, at least for the short-term. Some of the automotive industry giants, such as Ford and General Motors, will have their entries in the all-electric pickup segment very soon. There …

The rear of a white Tesla Roadster sits in a garage hooked up to a charging cable.
Hybrids & Electrics

The Last Tesla Roadster Built is For Sale

Some may not remember this, but Tesla did not always build their own vehicles. Instead, at first, Tesla would buy the Lotus Elise chassis and converted it for electric propulsion. Then, the completed new electric roadster was rebadged as a Tesla. That is how the first Tesla Roadster came into existence. One of those original …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Bugatti Delays More Affordable Model

Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann announced in November 2019 that the next vehicle it builds would be available between $550,000 and $1.1 million. That is not exactly inexpensive. But, for Bugatti, it is a far cry for their $18 million for La Voiture Noire. Today, however, the news is coming out that the anticipated entry-level Bugatti is delayed. …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Almost 30 Tesla Model 3s Ordered By Accident

A Reddit user by the name of Balloon Man recently recounted how an internet hiccup caused some trouble for his German father. An order for a single Tesla Model 3 ended up with the father’s order and deposit being multiplied. The original Tesla Model 3 with the Autopilot option was selected. But, when all was …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Volkswagen May Bring the Beetle Back as an Electric Car

While the ID Buzz, aka the electric Microbus, isn’t quite production-ready, it may not be the only iconic vehicle Volkswagen’s rebooting into an EV. 2019 saw the release of the final Volkswagen Beetle. Despite its styling and long history, consumer interest lagged, and VW discontinued it. But now, there’s rumors of a new Volkswagen Beetle—an …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Volkswagen Opens Next-Generation Electric Charging Station

Extreme heat and cold temperatures affect electric car battery life and usage. Volkswagen knows this. So, the company has opened the doors to an extensive charging station for electric vehicles at its Arizona proving grounds. The next generation charging facility will be used to evaluate battery charging and electric performance in extreme heat.  The new …

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Nissan Talks New Electric Crossover SUV Amid Internal Drama

Last year’s Tokyo Motor Show was filled with exciting new vehicle launches and concept car designs. One of the most notable concept designs from the 2019 event was Nissan’s highly anticipated Ariya electric crossover SUV. And fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer for the official reveal.   Nissan’s “magic flying carpet concept” Nissan threw …

MINI Electric or Mini Cooper SE compact all electric retro design car on display at Brussels Expo
Hybrids & Electrics

Is the Mini Cooper Electric Worth It?

It’s hard to find a city cruiser that’s as fun to drive as a Mini Cooper. Because of this, many enthusiasts agree that the Mini lineup is worth the higher price tag. However, some critics still aren’t convinced that the Mini Cooper SE electric model is worth buying. Here we will help you determine if …