Seeing as we don't yet have ultracapacitors in our electric cars that can recharge themselves in seconds or minutes that would make refueling comparable to gasoline, the only reliable way to get a hot n' fresh stack of batts looks to be these robotic battery swapping stations.
With its massive centralized government, the European Union often thinks really big, and few proposals are quite a big as a just released plan that would ban all fossil fuel powered vehicles in cities by 2050.
Most of you probably thought you were safe from Washington State's proposed mileage tax targeting hybrid and electric cars that pay less in gas taxes, but the federal government is now considering the same thing, complete with wireless mileage monitoring devices for every car in the country.
Next time you find yourself stranded out in the middle of suburbia with a low battery in your electric car, you can just whip out the PlugShare app and find a total stranger to hit up for a charge.
We all think that electric cars are great because they don't run on gas. Unfortunately, not needing gas means that those cars never end up paying any gas taxes, and Washington State wants to implement a fee to make up the difference.
Next time you swing by your local electric car dealer, you may want to make sure your warranty covers damage by rodent. Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder didn't have that kind of coverage for his Chevy Volt (who would?), and it ended up costing him $600.
Named after an ancient Japanese queen, Mitsuoka Motor's Himiko electric car strives to mesh the elegance of a classic style vehicle with the sportiness of a modern Mazda NC MX-5 sports car. The Himiko is proof that electric cars can look sexy and be green.
Electric cars are going to suck in the immediate future for one big reason: you have to charge them, which usually takes hours. A New Zealand company wants to solve that with inductive chargers built into roads that'll keep your car topped off, while you drive.
With electric cars looking to become more and more common in coming years, all those plug-in vehicles are going to need places to juice up. And Best Buy wants to be one of those places, which is why the big electronics retailer is installing Blink EV charging stations at 12 of its stores.
If you're going to be driving an electric car, there'd better be plenty of charging stations available along the way. That's why our parent company GE (technically our parent's parent) hired designer Yves Behar to create WattStation, a powerful charger that'll be able to top off your batteries in four to eight hours.