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Renault Zoe Gets New Motor, More Range

Originally posted on EV Obsession France may not have been as quick to adopt electric cars as some had hoped, but things seem to be slowly changing for the better. Just in time to appeal to a new wave of potential EV buyers is a refreshed Renault Zoe Z.E., which gets a 20% boost in […]

March 11th

Weird Ride Wednesday: Old School Gyro-X Prototype Being Restored

The 1950s and 60s were a wild time in America where bold new ideas were regularly trotted out for the masses to gorge on. While this was the heyday for the American automobile, there were always those looking to make personal transportation smaller, lighter, and more practical. Alex Tremulis was just such a fellow, and his self-balancing gyroscopic motorcycle concept is undergoing restoration thanks to a dedicated team.

April 10th

French Automaker PGO Debuts Hybrid e-Hemera Sports Coupe

You’ve probably never heard of PGO, a small French automaker who makes niche vehicles for those-in-the-know. This small-volume automaker made waves a few years ago when it debuted the Hemera, a Porsche Speedster ripoff that weighed in at just over 2,100 pounds and was powered by a natural gas four-cylinder engine. And now PGO has debuted a range-extended hybrid that can go over 60 miles before the gas-powered generator kicks in.

Pint-size Electric Motor Packs Super-size Power

Mitsubishi’s little electric cars have a lot of fans here at Gas 2, and they’re sure to win a few more with the introduction of a new EV motor that incorporates something called a silicon-carbide inverter. That’s fancy-talk for cutting-edge technology that will allow Mitsubishi to build EVs with smaller motors that deliver just as […]

March 18th

Mercedes' Electric SLS Revealed

Mercedes finally unveiled the powertrain of its upcoming SLS eCell electric, gullwing supercar … and it is all kinds of high-tech, carbon fiber awesome. The new AMG-developed, aluminum-bodied coupe features a pushrod front suspension to minimize unsprung weight (handling’s mortal enemy) in a bid to offset the weight penalties of carrying an electric motor in […]

March 10th

Meidensha's Tiny Electric Motors Pave the Way for Miniature EVs

Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, well-known in Japan, is a super cute little EV reaching the American market this year. Meidensha, the heavy electrical equipment manufacturer that’s responsible for the i-MiEV’s power controller, isn’t satisfied to rest on the laurels of the work it’s done for Mitsubishi, though – they announced their next generation electric motor and inverter […]

January 20th

Suzie Q, Baby I Love You … in Tokyo!

I can’t prove it, but I just know that Suzuki’s marketers were listening to Creedence when they christened the company’s Renault Twizy-fighter they’re set to debut in Tokyo at this year’s 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.  Like the Twizy (and VW’s Nils, for that matter), Suzuki’s Q seats 2 in tandem, with an adjustable rear seating […]

November 12th

EVCCON 2011: Electric Opel GT

It’s not easy to make a 1973 Opel GT sexier than it already is – but ripping out the engine to install an electric motor is a pretty good start, and that’s exactly what Texans Charlie and Tamara did! The married couple bought the Opel three years ago, and have been working to make the 70’s coupe into a forward-looking EV ever since.

September 24th

Gazoo Racing Teams with Toyota on Sporty "GRMN" Hybrid

Toyota and Gazoo Racing trotted out this hot little hybrid number just before this weekend’s Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race (which, incidentally, was won by Porsche). The GRMN ii takes up where Gazoo’s first hybrid concept (based on the 3-rd generation Toyota MR2) leaves off, with slinky new bodywork that plays off Toyota’s MR2 design heritage […]

June 27th

Hyundai Unveils Fuel-cell EV in Seoul

Hyundai unveiled its new Blue2 fuel-cell electric sedan at this week’s Seoul Motor Show, further establishing the brand as a serious rival to “traditional” green-tech leaders Honda and Toyota. The Blue2 concept itself is powered by a 120 hp electric motor that Hyundai promises will deliver fuel efficiency equivalent to more than 80 mpg. Seriously […]

April 8th

Audi A1 e-tron Gets UQM Power

The Autoblog is reporting that Audi’s eagerly-anticipated A1 e-tron extended-range hybrid will finally start hitting roads in Europe later this year, and UQM PowerPhase motors (charged by the Audi’s on-board, 254 cc Wankel rotary generator, of course) will be what’s pushing them. UQM’s PowerPhase motors – seen here previously, driving Saab’s new 9-3 ePower EV […]

February 14th