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Fisker Puts Super Sedan Plans on the Back Burner, Hops on the SUV Bandwagon

Everyone’s favourite Danish designer has put his plans for an electric performance sedan on hold, turning his attention instead to an affordable, mass-market electric SUV. Half a century ago, the foremost automotive trend was ordinary family cars stuffed to the gills with huge, fuel-sucking V8s. Today, if you’re not planning a bland, long-range EV with […] The post Fisker Puts Super Sedan Plans on the Back Burner, Hops on the SUV Bandwagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Henrik Fisker, EVs, SUVs, Fisker, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Fisker Inc


Marketing… or Messaging? Tabloid Says Bond’s Going Green in Next Film

British tabloid The Sun reported this week that the next James Bond movie will feature an all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E as 007’s featured ride in an effort to give the government-sanctioned killer a greener persona. While Bond films have featured countless vehicles, Astons are typically reserved for series’ titular hero — though he has driven a weird […] The post Marketing… or Messaging? Tabloid Says Bond’s Going Green in Next Film appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, The Sun, James Bond, Autos, EVs, Aston Martin, Bond, 007, Movie Cars, Aston Martin Rapide, News Blog, Film Cars, Aston Martin Rapide E


2020 Porsche Taycan Timidly Teased Via New Design Sketches

While Porsche has already confirmed its first-ever all-electric model for a September debut, parading it around in Mission E guise, the production Taycan remains a bit of a mystery. Most, including yours truly, are under the assumption that the finished model won’t look all that different from the prototype (probably with a dash of Panamera). But that’s […] The post 2020 Porsche Taycan Timidly Teased Via New Design Sketches appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Teasers, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, New Cars, Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche Mission E, News Blog, Taycan, Porsche Taycan


People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles

You can’t tell the masses that, if they can’t afford the latest and greatest green vehicle, they should get used to riding a bike or a bus. Volkswagen seems to realize that. As it prepares an even larger complement of electric vehicles than originally thought, the automaker isn’t forgetting the little guy. VW plans to […] The post People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, City Cars, Volkswagen I.D, Low-priced Cars


Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises

If the industry’s Magic 8 Ball worked with 100 percent accuracy, no vehicle would ever land with a disappointing thud. Sales projections would always be on target, and smooth sailing would be assured. Alas, predicting consumer appetite and market forces is never that easy, but Volkswagen feels confident it can beat its already ambitious electric […] The post Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Platforms, VW Group, Meb, News Blog, Product Planning


Speaking of Names, Add ‘Macan’ to the List of Dustbin Contenders

After creating ripples throughout the automotive community by announcing an all-electric next-generation Macan small crossover, Porsche might go a step further and ditch the model’s name altogether. Talk about severing links to the past… Speaking to Australia’s Wheels (h/t to Motor Trend), Blume laid out his brand’s electrification strategy — a product plan which must tread carefully, lest […] The post Speaking of Names, Add ‘Macan’ to the List of Dustbin Contenders appeared first on The Truth A...
Tags: Australia, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Blume, Macan, Porsche Macan, News Blog, Product Planning, Nameplates, Model Names


BMW Takes Its EVs-from-China Plan Off the Burner

Unlike another German automaker, BMW isn’t jumping into “electromobility” (gag) with both feet. There’s an element of restraint in the automaker’s electrification plans, unlike Volkswagen’s bid to put 1 billion EVs on the moon by next week. Thanks to this cautious blend of profit-mindedness and environmental consideration, we now have high-margin vehicles positioned above the […] The post BMW Takes Its EVs-from-China Plan Off the Burner appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Production, Electric Vehicles, Exports, Autos, Bmw, Volkswagen, EVs, News Blog, BMW iX3


As It Sheds Employees, Tesla Promises a Faster Charge

Tesla, the upstart electric automaker who reminds your author of that person you knew in high school who existed in a perpetual cloud of drama, wants Tesla owners to juice up their cars in a hurry. Recharging times are one factor behind the slow adoption of EVs in North America (cost, range, and recharging availability […] The post As It Sheds Employees, Tesla Promises a Faster Charge appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Tesla, Production, Infrastructure, Autos, North America, EVs, News Blog, Supercharger, Recharging, V3 Supercharging


The Future, by Kia: ‘Imagine by Kia’ EV Concept Bows in Geneva, Carries Familiar Baggage

Kia’s much-teased EV concept turned out to be less attractive and more serious than we initially assumed. Following an announcement suggesting the vehicle’s wild arrangement of 21 interior screens was a humorous jab at industry trends, the automaker officially debuted the car at the Geneva Motor Show. Styled at the company’s European design centre in […] The post The Future, by Kia: ‘Imagine by Kia’ EV Concept Bows in Geneva, Carries Familiar Baggage appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Kia, Geneva Motor Show, Geneva Auto Show, News Blog, Concept Vehicles, Imagine by Kia, Kia Imagine, Geneva Carries Familiar Baggage


Letter From The UK: Tech & Innovation Continue Despite Brexit

Could torque vectoring technology be the answer to range anxiety?  Despite the impact of Brexit, the automotive industry continues to innovate.  Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. Over the past few months, one recurring theme of ‘Letter from The UK’ has been Brexit; Great Britain leaving the horror show that is the European Union on the 29th March this year. Every man and his dog have an opinion. Neighbour has turned upon neighbour as the accusa...
Tags: Europe, Usa, UK, Sweden, America, Magazine, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Great Britain, Gkn, Honda Ridgeline, Car Talk, Geoff Maxted, Letter From the U.K, DriveWrite Automotive Magazine


VW’s futuristic all-electric dune buggy embraces its 1960s’ roots

Volkswagen has added another member to its ever-expanding I.D. line of concept electric vehicles that’s meant to showcase the automaker’s electric future. This time it’s the I.D. Buggy, an all-electric dune buggy with some 1960s California subculture flair. The I.D. Buggy, which made its global debut Monday at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show, is meant to show the versatility of the automaker’s modular electric drive toolkit chassis, or MEB. The MEB, which was introduced in 2016, is a fl...
Tags: Transportation, California, China, Germany, Cars, Tech, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Volkswagen, EVs, Chattanooga, Hanover, North American International Auto Show


The Cost of Future-proofing: German Auto Industry to Invest $68 Billion Into EVs, Mobility, Data Over Next Three Years

The German Association of the Automotive Industry, known in its native tongue as Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), says its members have formally committed themselves to investing 60 billion euros (roughly $68 billion USD) into electrification and vehicular autonomy over the next three years. The claim was made as part of a larger announcement serving as a […] The post The Cost of Future-proofing: German Auto Industry to Invest $68 Billion Into EVs, Mobility, Data Over Next Three Years appea...
Tags: Investments, Germany, Industry, Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Automotive Industry, EVs, Electrification, VDA, Verband der Automobilindustrie, German Association of the Automotive Industry


Tesla Model Y Headed for March 14th Unveiling

Hoping to start this week in better form than last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday to generate buzz ahead of the Model Y’s debut. The upcoming crossover, based on the Model 3 sedan, will see the light of day on March 14th at the company’s L.A. design studio, Musk said. As […] The post Tesla Model Y Headed for March 14th Unveiling appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, EVs, Musk, Model Y, News Blog, Future Models, Tesla Model Y


Tesla’s $35K Model 3 Arrives Fashionably Late

The $35,000 Model 3 is here. Fittingly, perhaps, it’s three years late. Tesla has promised a $35,000 version of the Model 3 since announcing the car in 2016, but the company focused on more-expensive variants at first to help get the model off the ground without tanking the company in the process. It needed the […] The post Tesla’s $35K Model 3 Arrives Fashionably Late appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, New Cars, Tesla Motors, Tesla Model 3, Model 3, News Blog


Kia’s Niro Hybrids Lose Some of Their Anonymity for 2019

While the Kia Niro has its faults, most are forgivable. The vehicle’s imperfect highway manners and lackadaisical acceleration are easily offset by its competence in an urban or backroad environment. We’ve collectively praised just about every version of the Niro offered within North America over the last two years simply because it does the livability thing […] The post Kia’s Niro Hybrids Lose Some of Their Anonymity for 2019 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, North America, EVs, Kia, PHEVs, Niro, Kia Niro, News Blog, Mid-cycle Refresh, 2019 Kia Niro Hybrid, 2019 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid


Polestar 2 Debut: China’s Response to the Tesla Model 3

Polestar, Volvo’s former performance division (which parent company Geely insisted be spun off as its own electric car brand), announced its second automobile on Wednesday. Whereas the Polestar 1 was a 600-horsepower hybrid coupe, Polestar 2 adds a set of rear doors and does away with internal combustion altogether. For all the “Tesla fighters” out there, […] The post Polestar 2 Debut: China’s Response to the Tesla Model 3 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Volvo, New Cars, Tesla Model 3, Geely, News Blog, Polestar, Future Models, Polestar Volvo, Polestar 2


SoftBank’s Vision Fund invests $1.5B in Chinese second-hand car startup Chehaoduo

SoftBank’s Vision Fund is taking a bet on China’s auto market after it agreed to pour $1.5 billion into online car trading group Chehaoduo, which literally means “many cars” in Chinese. The Beijing-based company operates two main sites — peer-to-peer online marketplace Guazi for used vehicles, and Maodou, which retails new sedans through direct sales and financial leasing. (These sub-brands are more subtly named, which translate to “sunflower seeds” and “edamame”, respectively.) Chehaoduo sai...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Softbank, Tech, Beijing, Tencent, Online Marketplace, EVs, Carsharing, Car Sales, Peer To Peer, Automobile Dealers Association, Didi, SoftBank Group


Elusive Prey: Honda’s e Prototype Temps From Afar

Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda has revealed the prototype of its upcoming “urban electric vehicle” in full, providing tasty yet bittersweet catnip for eco-conscious American drivers who have neither the funds nor patience to hop aboard the Tesla train. The e Prototype, a successor to the brand’s 2017 Urban EV […] The post Elusive Prey: Honda’s e Prototype Temps From Afar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Honda, EVs, Overseas, Afar, News Blog, Geneva Motor Show Honda, Future Models, Honda Urban Ev, Honda e Prototype


Elusive Prey: Honda’s e Prototype Tempts From Afar

Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda has revealed the prototype of its upcoming “urban electric vehicle” in full, providing tasty yet bittersweet catnip for eco-conscious American drivers who have neither the funds nor patience to hop aboard the Tesla train. The e Prototype, a successor to the brand’s 2017 Urban EV […] The post Elusive Prey: Honda’s e Prototype Tempts From Afar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Honda, EVs, Overseas, Afar, News Blog, Geneva Motor Show Honda, Future Models, Honda Urban Ev, Honda e Prototype


Porsche’s Cheapest Model to Go All-electric

So, perhaps not cheapest for long. Tuesday, the German automaker announced its next-generation Macan crossover will divest itself of internal combustion for its next generation. By adopting new architecture and dropping its gas powerplant, the Macan, refreshed for 2019 and currently starting at just a tick below $50k U.S., will become the company’s third electric […] The post Porsche’s Cheapest Model to Go All-electric appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, EVs, Macan, Porsche Macan, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models


Bill Ford: Ford’s Mustang-inspired EV to ‘Go Like Hell’

Ford’s upcoming EV is a contentious model, despite how little we know about it. Intended to help bring the automaker into the brave new world of electromobility, it also leans upon the brand’s heritage by being a “Mustang-inspired” performance crossover. Whether you’re totally behind the idea or want to stand directly in its path in a Tiananmen-style […] The post Bill Ford: Ford’s Mustang-inspired EV to ‘Go Like Hell’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bill Ford, EVs, Ford Motor Co, News Blog, Mach 1, Mach E, EV Crossover, Go Like Hell


What Did the World Buy in 2018? Plenty of SUVs, and 74 Percent More Electrics

Focusing primarily on the U.S. market sometimes leads to a skewed view of what the average global consumer demands in their driveway, but not always. Broader trends don’t respect geographical boundaries; interest in light trucks doesn’t stop at the border. As American buyers increasingly demand more additions to their high-riding vehicle buffet, the same call […] The post What Did the World Buy in 2018? Plenty of SUVs, and 74 Percent More Electrics appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Trucks, EVs, SUVs, Pickups, News Blog, Ford F-150, Global Auto Sales, 2018 Auto Sales


Consumer Reports Is All Out of Love for the Tesla Model 3

Less than a year after bestowing a coveted “Recommended” label on Tesla’s Model 3, Consumer Reports is taking is back. You can just imagine the outrage in the online Teslaverse. Consumer Reports’ secret ownership by shadowy oil execs and General Motors notwithstanding (this is clearly false, don’t sue us), the retraction of what amounts to […] The post Consumer Reports Is All Out of Love for the Tesla Model 3 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Consumer Reports, Tesla Model 3, News Blog


With Its Mystery Concept, Kia Hopes to Cast a Sexy Glow Over Its EV Stable

Let’s face it — with the possible exception of the Stinger, Kia’s vehicle lineup is hardly the automotive equivalent of Britt Ekland, circa 1971. Few are. Still, the automaker has made great strides in terms of design, as well as quality. Also on the march is the brand’s technological prowess, and it’s this knowledge that […] The post With Its Mystery Concept, Kia Hopes to Cast a Sexy Glow Over Its EV Stable appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Concept Cars, EVs, Kia, Kia Motors, Britt Ekland, News Blog, Product Planning


Amazon's investment in an electric truck company could spell doom for Tesla's dominance, a widely followed Wall Street analyst says (AMZN, TSLA)

Rivian, an electric truck startup, announced last week that Amazon was leading a $700 million fundraising round Morgan Stanley says its the most significant event for electric vehicles since Tesla's 2010 IPO What's more, the bank's widely followed autos analyst, says it could be the most important event for the industry this year. It's only February, but Morgan Stanley thinks we've already seen the most important milestone to hit the automotive industry all year. Adam Jonas, the Wall Street ...
Tags: Amazon, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Morgan Stanley, EVs, Jonas, Adam Jonas, Amazon Join, Rivian, AMZN TSLA


Honda Pulls Back the Veil on a Less-retro Urban EV

We’ve gone from concept vehicle to prototype, but Honda’s upcoming Urban EV — a pint-sized commuter that’s arguably the first mainstream electric to garner legitimate youth enthusiasm — is no closer to coming to North America. It’s also less retro than its show car predecessor, but no one expected that trillion-inch flatscreen to make it […] The post Honda Pulls Back the Veil on a Less-retro Urban EV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Honda, North America, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Honda Urban Ev


GM Looking to Invest in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian: Report

Rivian Automotive made a big splash at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with its fully electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV, and General Motors apparently liked what it saw. According to sources who spoke to Reuters and Bloomberg, GM is interested in acquiring a piece of Rivian’s action. The Detroit automaker, which recently expressed […] The post GM Looking to Invest in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Los Angeles Auto Show, Trucks, Detroit, EVs, Reuters, News Blog, Product Planning, Bloomberg GM, Rivian, Rivian Automotive


Cadillac Boss Not Outwardly Terrified of Brand’s Transition

Were it not for his Canadian place of birth, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle might make an ideal centrist presidential candidate. On paper, anyway. Mild-mannered and cautiously optimistic, not prone to exaggerated doomsaying, Carlisle would either be triumphantly swept into power, or creamed like a bushel of Iowa corn. Well, he’s not running, though he is couching […] The post Cadillac Boss Not Outwardly Terrified of Brand’s Transition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Iowa, Gm, Autos, EVs, Carlisle, Cadillac, News Blog, Product Planning, Steve Carlisle, Cadillac Boss Not Outwardly Terrified of Brand


Casting a Wider Net: Audi’s EV Push Won’t Ignore the Entry-level Crowd

Audi plans to make a green new deal with premium-minded buyers of limited means. With the brand’s Volkswagen Group parent going all-in on electric vehicles, Audi has access to whatever it needs from mama’s parts bin. This will come in handy. It seems a cheaper, smaller EV is Audi’s next big reveal, with the Golf-sized […] The post Casting a Wider Net: Audi’s EV Push Won’t Ignore the Entry-level Crowd appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Audi, EVs, Platforms, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning


AAA Research Lays Out How Temperature Affects EV Range

While we all know extreme temperatures influence the performance of electric vehicles, there isn’t a wealth of comprehensive studies on the matter. Hoping to impart some knowledge on the subject, the American Automobile Association released a report on Thursday that examines how climate impacts EVs. AAA offered an abridged version in 2014, when it claimed data from […] The post AAA Research Lays Out How Temperature Affects EV Range appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Studies, Autos, EVs, AAA, Reports, Arc, American Automobile Association, News Blog, Car Batteries, Automotive Research Center, Battery Powered Vehicles, Cold Weather Driving, AAA Research Lays