DETROIT — As their company was swirling around the financial drain in the early 2000s, General Motors executives came up with an idea to counter its gas-guzzling image and point the way to transportation of the future: An electric car with a gas-engine backup that could travel anywhere. At Detroit’s auto show in 2007, they
The company is cutting 15 percent of its workforce and shuttering five plants. General Motors announced today that is planning to lay off 15 percent of its contract workers, shutter five plants in North America, and discontinue production on six vehicle models next year. The move comes as part of a major restructuring of the
Milton Keynes is the best place for EV spotting. It has so many electric cars that you get to see all sorts. Here’s an odd mix charging up at lunchtime today. At the left is a Vauxhall Ampera, essentially a rebadged GM Volt, and no longer made. In the middle is the ubiquitous Renault ZOE.
The 10 best ‘eco friendly’ cars of 2015 — as determined by the editors over at the noted vehicle valuation and information source Kelley Blue Book — were recently outlined in an interesting new list. The top spot for the year was (not completely surprisingly) nabbed by BMW’s all-electric i3 model — following on the
April this year, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) compiled a list of the most efficient stand-out cars of the year that are chosen based on efficiency, price, practicality and powertrain, just in time for Earth Day. KBB’s “Best Green Cars of 2015″ list includes 10 vehicles, 5 of which are plug-in electric cars. For 2015, the
Electric Cars Are City Cars? Not In U.S.: They’re Suburb Cars Here Automotive journalists who write about electric cars hear the phrase “city car” a lot. As in, “Battery-electric cars are perfect city cars, but [fill in different powertrain] is required for other uses.” There’s just one problem: No one in the U.S. has ever
Figures recently released show that the Nissan LEAF maintains its position as the most popular electric car or van in the UK, with at least 5,838 vehicles registered by the third quarter of 2014, representing over a third of all EV sales. The registration data also shows the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has made a
April 2014: Tiff, Jason, Vicki and Jonny test the Vauxhall Ampera.