2020 Honda e
Cars

Why You Can’t Just Import the Honda e

There’s a running joke that the US never gets the cool stuff. Overseas, consumers got rides like the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Mega Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, and the last of the Celica GT4s. But before US customers can enjoy old-school Japanese vans or Hiluxes, they have to wait 25 years. And these waiting periods …

The grille of a GMC vehicle parked in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Automotive News

Did GMC Really Used to Build Electric Trucks?

Think electric vehicles are some new innovation? Well, think again. The truth is that in 1832, the first electric car was developed. These cars were not the luxury vehicles we think of today. However, innovators in the United States, as well as in Hungary and the Netherlands, were developing electric cars in the late 19th …

Porsche Taycan charging at Electrify America station
Hybrids & Electrics

Why Fast Charging an EV Costs More

Charging, arguably more so than battery capacity or chemistry, is one of the biggest limitations to widespread EV adoption. Supercapacitors could theoretically cut charge times, but they’re not production-ready. And although hydrogen fuel cells can refuel as quickly as ICE vehicles, the infrastructure isn’t there yet. New fast-charging stations, and fast-charging EVs like the Porsche …

Garage Italia electric Fiat Panda 4x4
Cars

This Fiat Panda is a Compact Electric 4×4

It’s not only celebrities that are going electric. Classic trucks and SUVs are now being converted to electric drive, keeping classic utility without problematic powertrains. Swapping the engine out for an electric motor also makes affordable importable off-road SUVs easier to live with—fewer obscure parts to break. But SUVs aren’t the only off-roaders. Both Lancia …

Rivian R1T tank turn
Hybrids & Electrics

Are These Electric Truck Features Actually Useful, or Just Gimmicks?

It’s easy, with how today’s media consumption, for an automaker to market any feature as something ground-breaking. Especially with electric pickup trucks, a segment where manufacturers need to differentiate themselves. Some, like Bollinger, let the truck’s capability and design do the talking. Others, such as Tesla, can sometimes lean on sensationalist methods. Is setting up …

Lamborghini Sian
Hybrids & Electrics

Supercapacitors May Revolutionize the Electric Truck, but Are They Ready for Production?

Electric pickup trucks like the Telsa Cybertruck, Bollinger B2, and Rivian R1T are just around the corner. But while they may be almost production-ready, potential buyers may hesitate over range and recharge time. Especially when towing gets involved. Hydrogen technology could help, but it comes with its own problems. However, there may be a different …

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 concept
Hybrids & Electrics

How Hydrogen Could Help the Electric Truck

As we’ve recently covered, electric pickup trucks still have to address several issues challenging their widespread use. And to be fair, these are similar to ones facing diesel and gasoline trucks: towing, torque, and most importantly, range. But while trucks like the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T have the torque and have the towing capability, …

Electric vehicle
Hybrids & Electrics

GM President Predicts The Future For Electric Vehicles

GM President Mark Reuss recently penned an article for CNN about the future of electric vehicles and the problems encompassing that change. If anyone can see down the road to where we are going with alternative propulsion and autonomous technology, it’s the head of GM. Here’s his predictions based on the industry making certain changes. For …

Stacks of car tires
Hybrids & Electrics

Best Tires for an Electric Vehicle

Your electric vehicle needs to be fitted with tires that will be durable and quiet to ensure an optimal driving experience while extending your car’s driving range. Low-rolling-resistance, green car, or eco tires are engineered to either help improve your car’s fuel economy, or for use in electric vehicles. When tire shopping for your EV, …

A BMW 530e iPerformance series lines up over an inductive charging station
Autos

BMW Launches Wireless Charging Pilot Program

BMW is introducing inductive charging through a new pilot program for its 530e iPerformance. Starting in Europe, BMW will then move on to other markets like the U.S. with the car from its EV 5-series. It’s a year later than originally planned, but BMW is finally ready to lead the way with its inductive charging system. …

Hybrids & Electrics

Electric Cars Are Mobility Future With Only 2% Sales?

Everything we see says electric car purchases are on the rise. Many hold that they will overtake conventional and hybrid cars in the not-too-distant future. From just a 0.14% share of the market in 2011, they’ve powered ahead to 2.1% in 2018. 2019 looks to break that record, even with the overall downturn in sales. …

2008 Hummer H2 off-roading on rocks
Hybrids & Electrics

GM May Bring Back the Hummer as an All-Electric SUV

When production on the Hummer ceased in 2010, the once popular brand’s image was tarnished due to concerns about its less-than-impressive fuel economy and the impact that this massive vehicle was having on the environment. In addition, rising gas prices also played a part in spelling the demise of the gas-guzzling Hummer but, with the …