Electric Vehicles | Rpmgo.com – Part 2

SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) has just presented a new type of electric vehicle, dubbed the E1, which boasts that its battery pack can be recharged up to 80% in just 30 minutes. The SAIC E1 owes this impressive feat to the new lithium iron phosphate battery pack. It allows the car, a three-door four-seater, to have a range of 88 miles,… …read the full post

Volkswagen is aiming to surprise those who will attend the Hanover Trade Show this week, in Germany, by presenting the Milano Taxi electric vehicle concept. Those with a sharp memory can easily spot the fact that the Milano Taxi is based on the older Space Up! plug-in hybrid concept that was shown off at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. It seems that… …read the full post

Nissan is continuing the push for what it thinks will be the biggest money maker in its history, the Leaf electric vehicle. A new step has now been made, as the Japanese company announced it will begin taking reservations for those who registered on its website today, while general public reservations will begin in May. After customizing their own… …read the full post

Renault has been doing a lot of things in order to promote its future electric vehicle lineup, including the reveal of the production-ready Fluence and Kangoo Z.E. (zero emission) models. Now, its endeavors take a virtual route, as players will be able to drive the Twizy Z.E. concept electric vehicle in the virtual world of The Sims 3. For those of… …read the full post

Renault is marching forward with its electric vehicle plans, and wants to be the first European carmaker to offer such models on a large scale by 2011. The main weapon helping the French company in this endeavor will be the Fluence Z.E. After being presented in concept form at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the car has now been pictured in… …read the full post

The Beijing Motor Show is rapidly approaching its start, and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has already revealed its main center piece, the Leaf concept. Now before you jump to any conclusions, as you can see above, it has nothing to do with the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, except that it shares the same power source. But where… …read the full post

The Hummer saga isn’t over just yet, as new reports are hinting that a buyer might still be interested in the SUV brand, which is scheduled to be closed down by General Motors. The company in question, Raser Technologies, already has a decent amount of experience working with Hummer models, as the company made an electric conversion kit for the… …read the full post

Even though it is focusing on the upcoming Chevrolet Volt launch in its native USA, General Motors hasn’t forgotten about Europe, where the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera is going to appear around the middle of 2011. But even though it is placing big money on the launch of the Extended Range Electric Vehicle, GM believes the Ampera isn’t enough,… …read the full post

As with practically everyone around us, the US federal government wants to “green up” its fleet of vehicles, with the major focus being on decreasing petrol use by 30% until 2020. As such, you can be sure that it is looking into new plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrid models, which offer improved fuel efficiency. Now that’s not… …read the full post

General Motors, alongside its Asian partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC), are getting ready for the World Expo, which will begin in the Chinese city this May. What will they bring to the famous conference? Three futuristic urban concepts, of course! The three EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicles) are called Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and… …read the full post

After going through a very rough patch, Chrysler is slowly on the road to recovery, largely with the help of its new owner, the Fiat group. But while we’ve talked about how Fiat will be helping the US carmaker, now Chrysler has revealed how it will be aiding Fiat in the development of an all-electric Fiat 500EV. We’ve already seen the 500EV… …read the full post

Audi has some big plans for the next few years, and not surprisingly, these include increasing efficiency and slowly offering viable alternatives to the gasoline and diesel engines it currently offers with its models. We’ve already seen the attractive Audi e-Tron roadster concept, its little brother the A1 e-tron and the big A8 hybrid, but according… …read the full post

The electric vehicle market is still a young one, but with many new models, be them purely plug-in ones or extended-range vehicles, being announced left and right, the competition is going to get extremely intense. Who will come out on top? Well at least according to Nissan’s boss, Carlos Ghosn, he is (how modest!). He recently talked about his… …read the full post

A few years ago, when General Motors announced its Voltec extended range electric vehicle drivetrain, it showcased it on the Chevrolet Volt and on the Cadillac Converj. But while the Volt, coupled with its Opel-badged brother, the Ampera, blazed through development as beacons of revival for the old GM, the Cadillac Converj only stayed alive through… …read the full post

Audi blew everyone away at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year with the e-tron concept. Its impressive power figures, coupled with the aggressive design made everyone admire the electric sportscar. But don’t go thinking it’s just a concept with all show and no go, as Audi has just released a video with the e-tron cruising on the famous Pacific… …read the full post