Flight of Fancy: Creating the Next Flying Car

MIX Aerospace has been working for the last four years to create a flying car. Now they're looking to turn those dreams and drawings into working prototypes, using Indiegogo to help raise funds and, more importantly, awareness.

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Tesla Model S 'Breakdown' On the PCH

This unidentified gentleman parked his Tesla Model S in the middle of California's Pacific Coast Highway northwest of Los Angeles and stripped nude, with police officials saying only that he was either on a controlled substance or had a psychotic breakdown.

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Joshua Levin

Joshua Levin

DOD SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIVE RESEARCH (SBIR) DUE JUNE 25

The U.S. Department of Defense has a program that pays small businesses to do research.  The current set of topics will be open for proposals from May 23 through the wee hours of Wednesday, June 25.  For those American readers of EVWorld who are engaged in such research, this is an opportunity to advance their activities.


Bill Moore

Bill Moore

AUTO CHINA CAR SHOW AND THE WINTER 'DRAGONS' OF 2014

Apparently there's a very tangible link between the industrial pollution blanketing much of China and a trio of 'dragons' that slithered across North America late last month.

Steve Stollman

Steve Stollman

MUSCLE POWER AS FUEL FOR OUR CREATIVE JUICES

We've shaped our society around cheap, but dirty and exhaustible energy. In the 21st century, it's time to start thinking creatively about healthful ways to re-power our lives, by burning caloric energy instead of hydrocarbons.

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Car Counting in Detroit

What was Detroit like before Henry Ford invented his Quadracycle, the forerunner of his Model T? These photographs of Detroit in 1900 are revealing. See how many cars you can count.

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41 Total Articles for Week of 20-Apr-14 to 26-Apr-14

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24-Apr-2014

Spy Photos Emerge of 2016 Chevrolet Volt
Reported photos of camouflaged second generation Chevrolet Volt suggests a sleeker looking design than current edition.

Tesla Electric Cars Charged in China Using Hanergy Thin-Film PV
Hanergy Solar Group's thin-film flexible PV technology were Tesla's first choice for the first PV Supercharger station in China.

RUMORED: Tesla to Use Better Place's Charging Infrastructure in Israel to Test Driverless Car
Tesla has partnered with Israel-based Mobileye to develop 'driverless' car and its speculated that the companies will make use of Better Place's charging infrastructure.

Tesla Model S Driver Completes 12,000 Mile Cross-Country Journey for the Record Book
Norman Hajjar' 24-day-long national tour took him for Washington State to Florida and back to California in an all-electric Tesla Model S.

Are EV Owners Really 'Souring' On Their Electric Cars?
Anton Wahlman thinks some EV owners may be souring on their purchases, though he seems to ignore all the owner satisfaction surveys that show the opposite.

Dealers, Sales Staff Not All That Interested in Selling Electric Cars
Consumer Reports survey finds that a lack of knowledge by sales staff is significant reasons why some customers are being encouraged to not buy a plug-in car, a finding that confirms Elon Musk's reason for not wanting to sell Tesla's through franchises.

New York Auto Show Finds Electrics 'Coming On Strong'
Bernard Shusman reviews the electric cars of the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Electric Cars At the 'Tipping Point'
James Roberts interviews some of the early adopters of the modern electric car, including Chris Paine and Paul Scott.

Electric Car Buyers Younger, More Affluent Than Hybrid Owners
Experian Automotive market analysis fins 55 percent of EV buyers are 36-55 and average $175,000 annually.

Fisker Could Relaunch by Mid-2015, Says Interim President
Interim Fisker President Roger Brown see a relaunch of the Karma in 2015, followed by the Surf, a shooting brake-like model and possibly the Atlantic by 2017.

Mahindra Experimenting with Innovative Ways to Boost e2o Electric Car Sales
Company has cut the price of the e2o electric car and is marketing the car with a battery rental scheme to make it more affordable to purchase in India.

Hybrids Perform More Efficiently in India, China, US Research Finds
US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that driving a hybrid would achieve fuel savings of about 47-48% over a conventional car in India and about 53-55% in China.

Volkswagen Announces Major Initiative to Spearhead Emission-free Driving in China
CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft announces plans, starting in 2016, for the 'biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history.'

Land Rover Introduces Hybrids at 2014 Auto China Show
Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase and Sport Hybrid will be the first hybrid cars from Land Rover and the first diesel hybrid model from any manufacturer in China.

BMW Debuts Plug-in Concept Car in Beijing
Vision Future Luxury concept car inculcates many of the technologies found in both the i3 and i3 electric cars.

23-Apr-2014

Are Electric Car Subsidies Really Needed?
John Goreham writes that if the objective is to sell affordable electric cars, then federal and state subsidies may be counter-productive.

RUMORED: 2016 Chevy Volt to Offer 60-Mile EV Range
Besides added battery range, industry sources tell Edmunds, that GM may also offer both a 4-cylinder and V6 gasoline engine options.

Car Industry Risking Extinction Unless It Takes Bigger Risks
Respected automotive executive speaks candidly about the industry Daniel Goeudevert in this interview with Swiss Info, saying it is 'digging its own grave.'

22-Apr-2014

NHTSA Investigating Bosch Home Charging Unit
Nissan LEAF owner filed complaint after finding Bosch Power Xpress 240V began emitting smoke during charging session.

Subaru Parent Considering Reintroduction of Electric Cars in USA
Tightening environmental regulations in the USA has management at Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. looking for electric vehicle options, including possible collaboration with Toyota on fuel cell vehicles.

Pricing Announced with Debut of Denza Electric Car in China
Pricing on the all-electric car starts at RMB 369,000 ($59,250 / €42,890) before incentives of up to RMB 120,000 ($19,270 / €13,950).

India to Offer Subsidies to Electric Vehicle Buyers
Subsidies would range from Rs 1.5 lakh for electric bicycles to Rs 12 lakh for electric cars.

Nissan Gives LEAF Buyers Another Reason to Go Electric: Free Charging
Nissan's No Charge to Charge initiative would save new LEAF buyers as much as $1,100 over a two year period based on gov't fuel cost estimates.

Canadian Drivers Set New Guinness World Record
As part of Quebec's 'Get Connected Day' or or Journée Branchez-Vous, 431 electric cars drivers and their vehicles gathered at Montreal’s Gilles Villeneuve Racetrack, setting a new Guinness World Record.

Telsa Motors: A Unusual Success Story, An Unusual Stock
Here's a company with a hot luxury automotive product that is cutting edge, whose stock has appreciated wildly and doesn't spend a dime on advertising.

Fusion Energi Driver Goes Year on One Tank of Gasoline
Driving a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Michael Combs of Denton, Texas averaged 222 mpg, using a single gallon of fuel over a one year period.

Hong Kong Battery Executive Jumps to His Death
64-year-old Andrew Ng Sung-on is said to have been despondent over company set-backs. The company was unsuccessful in reviving Vectrix, a US-based electric motor scooter company it had taken over.

Updated Electric Bike Report Worldwide Forecasts 35M E-Bikes in 2014
Sales of electric assist bicycles climbed 80% in the USA 2013, with Ford Motor Company partnering with Pedego and Dahon to create their own branded e-bike.

21-Apr-2014

Tesla Moves Forward on China Sales, Plans Local Production
Makers of luxury electric car sees production in China in next three to four years, allowing it offer cars at a lower price by avoiding 25% tariff.

Global, Local Carmakers Embracing New Energy Cars at Beijing Auto Show
Chinese and international auto companies will be displaying 79 new energy vehicles including hybrids, plug-in and battery electric cars.

China's Geely, Sweden's Volvo Discuss Electric Car R&D Joint Venture
Geely and Volvo will make large-scale investments in the research, development and manufacturing of electric drive system for automobiles.

Siemens, China's BAIC Form JV to Build Electric Car Motors
Beijing located factory will be capable of producing 100,000 electric drive motors for hybrids and battery electric cars by 2015.

BYD, Daimler Electric Car to Sell with Help of Gov't Subsidies
BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. DENZA electric car will have range of up to 300 km (190 mi), which means that it may need to be charged only twice a week, on average.

New Energy Vehicles Shine at Beijing Auto Show
Multiple Chinese and international auto companies are displaying hybrid, plug-in and all electric cars at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

Cadillac ELR Owners to Get Access to 16,500 Charging Stations
Alliance with ChargePoint will give luxury electric hybrid coupe owners immediate access to ChargePoint network.

Nissan to Offer Free Public Charging to LEAF Drivers
Two-year program will provide no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF in 25 markets.

Is Tesla's Giant Battery Plan Just A Clever Business Ploy?
Technology Review's Kevin Bullis talks with various industry experts about the prospects for Tesla actually building its 'Gigafactory.'

Tesla's Model S: Cheaper Than a Honda Odyssey?
Harvard-educated MBA runs the numbers and finds the Model S beats out the Honda Odyssey minivan... well almost.

Team Undertakes Longest Electric Car Journey to Date in Ireland
Team BATTERIE overcomes inoperable public charging stations to drive from Larne, County Antrim to renewable energy conference in Cork via Nissan LEAF.

RUMORED: GM Planning Less-Expensive Chevrolet Volt Variant
Motor Trends reports Chevrolet is planning on introducing a new Volt variant that will be equipped with a smaller battery and have shorter driving range to get the cost closer to $30,000.

Driving BYD's e6 Taxi in China
Byron Meinerth reports on taxi drivers' experiences in China with BYD's e6 electric taxi cab.

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