Infiniti has promised to build electric cars in fits and starts since 2012—but we're still waiting. At the 2012 Detroit auto show, the upscale brand showed the Infiniti LE, a dressed up Nissan Leaf with a trunk, but it backed away from the model two years later and we didn't hear anything else about electrics from Infiniti for years. Until now. This past January,the company announced that most new models coming from Infiniti would be electric starting in 2021. To go along with the announcement, the company rolled out its Q Inspiration concept sedan, showing what an Infiniti would look like on an electric-car platform. Now, at the Beijing Auto Show taking place this week, the company has announced that a sedan based on the Q Inspiration will go into production by 2023, and that its platform will spawn a whole new line of Infiniti electric cars. The design of the Q Inspiration is because electric cars done right require a different shape than gas-powered cars. Instead of an engine … [Read more...] about Infiniti announces new electric car lineup based on Q Inspiration
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2013 Tesla Model S on ferry to Horseshoe Bay, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]Enlarge Photo Today, we dug up an interesting legal commitment by Volkswagen, added detail to our explanation of California's revised clean-car carpool-lane permits, consider the intersection of pricey Teslas and electric-car rebates in Canada, and offer some good news on battery recycling. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Electric cars are rarely called "evil" or "disasters," but those are the words of a prominent executive in the South Korean auto industry with a very specific worry about cars with plugs. "What happens to old electric-car batteries?" is a frequent question. A new plant in Japan opened by Nissan and Sumitomo will repurpose, repair, and recycle those old batteries from Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models. Changes to California's single-occupancy carpool-lane sticker system are a popular topic among Golden State readers; we've added some further detail to our explanation of how the … [Read more...] about EV battery recycling, VW’s next electric cars, CA carpool stickers, Teslas and rebates: Today’s Car News
The Volkswagen diesel emission scandal has now largely vanished from U.S. media coverage, much to VW's relief. Tens of thousands of bought-back TDI diesel vehicles still sit in fields awaiting modification and resale, or some other disposition. But among the thousands of pages of legal documents to settle dozens of civil and criminal charges in the case within the U.S., there's an interesting provision. DON'T MISS: In pictures: Volkswagen TDI diesels await their fate in Pike's Peak shadow That's the one that requires VW Group to offer two new battery-electric vehicles for sale in California before December 31, 2019—in addition to the Volkswagen e-Golf already on sale. The language of the requirement can be found in the Proposed Order for Second Partial Consent Decree, dated December 2016, between VW Group and the powerful California Air Resources Board. The relevant language is found in Section IV (11) starting on page 7, as follows (with the vehicle requirements specified in a, … [Read more...] about VW committed to sell 2 new electric cars in California by Dec 2019: what are they?
SelfDrive, an online car rental company in Dubai, has begun offering customers the chance to drive an electric car for less than $1.50 an hour. Yes, a minimum 24 hour rental is required, but that still works out to about $30 for a day’s worth of use. The rental plan is for the all-electric Renault Zoe, a car slightly smaller than the Nissan LEAF that happens to be the highest selling electric car in Europe. Consider the ZOE the little sister of the Samsung SM3 electric car sold in South Korea. Notably, the longer-range ZOE just arrived into the UAE a few weeks ago. Soham Shah, founder and director at Pinewoods Technology Services Dubai, tells Gulf News: “We are thankful to the Road Transport Authority and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority for collaborating to incentivize electric cars by allowing free charging across all Dewa car charging stations, free parking and Salik tags.” Dewa has a network of 90 charging stations in Dubai and all of them will be … [Read more...] about Rent An Electric Car In Dubai For Under $1.50 An Hour
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson aims to bring three electric cars to market, the Financial Times reported.The first model, due by 2021, will be produced in just a few thousand examples as the company explores the market and establishes a supply chain, the FT said, quoting sources.Two models will follow that will be more conventional and designed to sell in larger numbers, the paper said. These will use Dyson's solid state battery technology that should be able to store more energy for a longer driving range and faster charging time than lithium ion batteries, the report said.The solid state batteries may not be ready when the first EV goes into production, so that model might use lithium ion batteries instead, the FT said. Vacuum-maker Dyson is building a new...electric car? Sir James Dyson, head of the vacuum company bearing his name, told the BBC his outfit will produce an electric car, due to be launched in 2020.Dyson says about 400 people have been working in secret … [Read more...] about Dyson: 3 electric cars coming, the first in 2021