Tag: EVs

Will The Internal Combustion Engine Really Take A Back Seat To EVs?

If the actions of global automakers are anything to go by, the internal combustion engine, which powered automobiles for over a century, could become obsolete within a few decades. But the shift to electric vehicles (EV), slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating on a global scale due to more stringent government emissions regulations, falling costs, an increasingly positive public attitude towards a growing number of EV choices and a societal reckoning about climate change.

California said this week it plans to phase out sales of conventional new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 in favor of zero-emission vehicles that run on electricity. Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order no doubt faces a

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The new EVs we’re most excited about


More and more electric cars are coming. Today, there may only be a baker’s dozen on sale, but over the next few years, the choices will grow tremendously. It’s a big switch from the traditional internal-combustion engine, but honestly, we’re excited for some great new cars that happen to run on battery power.

To prove it, in this list, each of our editors picks the electric car they’re most excited about and explains why. We left it open to EVs already announced but awaiting launch, EVs we know only slivers of info about and some that are already sale today that await new variants. Be sure to let us know what EVs get you excited in the comments, too.


Volkswagen ID Buzz

Yes, in spite of a slew of

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Tesla Supercharger glitch gives free charge to EVs in Europe

Super-fast charging for Tesla electric vehicles just arrived in new cities in Germany. The only problem? Any electric vehicle can take advantage of the new charging stations. For free. 

The V3 Supercharger stations were installed around Berlin and are in other parts of Europe after a 2019 launch of the fast-charging system in California. Tesla says the higher-level connection gives 75 miles of range in five minutes. Tesla drivers in Germany are charged 0.33 Euros per kWh and the Model 3 sedan has a 50 kWh battery, so a full battery charge would be about 16 Euros.

The charging network is supposed to be exclusive to Tesla owners, but the physical connector at the European stations fits into other electric vehicle ports. Normally, the software should require a Tesla account to allow the electrons to flow and a connected credit card to pay for the juice. But that’s not happening

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Lucid’s CEO wants his company’s technology to make EVs cheaper

  • Lucid CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson doesn’t think big batteries are the key to efficiency.
  • He has plans to mass-produce the tech behind the Lucid Air and wants to see it in other cars.
  • He also said that Lucid’s tech is “more advanced” than Tesla’s.
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Believe what you want about trickle-down as it applies to economics, but it’s a tried-and-true method in cars. Lucid Motors, the new EV startup on the scene, isn’t just bringing a new car to the market — it’s bringing technology, with the hope of that technology paving the way for more affordable EVs.

On Wednesday, Lucid launched the Air sedan, its first EV that’s aimed directly at the Tesla Model S. It boasts a 9.9-second quarter-mile time, super fast charging, and a 517-mile range. 

With prices starting at $80,000 ($72,500 after the US federal tax credit), it was

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Alibaba-Backed XPeng Founder Talks About Entrepreneurism, EVs

It’s no small feat to be the founder of any sort of successful business.  Chinese entrepreneur He Xiaopeng has founded or co-founded two whose valuations went on to top $1 billion: web browser UCWeb in 2004 and electric vehicle maker XPeng in 2014. XPeng attracted capital from the likes of Alibaba, IDG, Morningside, GGV, Xiaomi, Hillhouse Capital and Sequoia Capital China before it started trading at the New York Stock Exchange in August. Today, He’s worth $4.1 billion.

How’d he did so well?  He talked about entrepreneurism and success in an interview with Forbes China earlier this year.  “Many people say only a small percentage of success is connected to seeing a big trend, but I think that is actually the most important part,” he

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Cash Crunch Could Stymie Municipalities’ Switch to EVs | Emerging Tech

Municipalities throughout the United States have been switching from diesel- and natural gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs), to cut costs and reduce damage to the environment, but the COVID-19 pandemic might slow that trend.

EV sales for passenger and commercial light duty vehicles “will remain broadly at 2019 levels,” the International Energy Agency predicted in June. However, a second wave of the pandemic or slower-than-expected economic recovery could lead to different outcomes.

Electric vehicles are more expensive than their diesel- or natural gas-fueled counterparts; and building out the necessary infrastructure to support them is expensive.

Municipalities generally get funding from various federal and state government agencies to enable their purchases of EVs and set up the charging infrastructure. Those funds are drying up as governments grapple with falling income due to lower taxes and business activity, along with increased costs to deal with the pandemic.

“The cost of a

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