Commentary: Electric cars may spawn the next digital divide

BMW i3 charging at EVgo fast chargers at Chevron station, Menlo Park, CaliforniaNew technology is expensive. From cell phones and internet in the 1990s to simple electricity in the 1890s, new technologies have trickled down from the wealthy (or business) to middle class consumers. Increasingly, that’s looking to be true of electric cars as well, and as with electricity, phone service, cell phones, cable television, and...

Could hydrogen fuel cells be seen as an upgrade in the future?

BMW i Hydrogen Next development vehicle (fuel-cell X5)Hydrogen cars are struggling to gain a foothold in the expansion of cleaner and greener electric cars. However they may still have a role to play alongside today’s booming EV market. Bentley, for example, revealed in an interview with British car magazine Autocar last spring that it is considering fuel cells to give its large SUVs greater...

New Faraday Future CEO co-founded Byton and led the BMW i8 program

Faraday Future FF91Faraday Future announced last week that it hired Byton co-founder Carsten Breitfeld as its global CEO, replacing the company’s controversial founder, Jia Yueting. Jia ran into conflict with investors after a separate e-commerce company he owned in China, LeEco, allegedly defaulted on debts and failed to return to China to pay them when the...

Ads from Ford tackle EV misconceptions, amid electric push

Ford F-Series electric truck prototypeFord executives this earlier this week stepped up the anticipated timeline for the upcoming electric Ford F-150 pickup. It’s now due in 2021, according to several reports. And it coincides with a concerted effort from Ford to promote electric cars. That includes a series of ads, coming soon—spending level undisclosed—based on an...

Big yellow school buses go green with electric power

Blue Bird electric school busSchool buses may be the perfect application for electric vehicles. They run short delivery routes, sit for hours in between, and deliver the most environmentally precious cargo of all. School districts who want to get on board don’t have to wait. Blue Bird, perhaps the best known coachbuilder with vast vats of yellow paint, now offers three...

World’s largest electric ferry completes maiden voyage

All-electric passenger and car ferry, in DenmarkElectric transportation technology is spreading beyond cars to heavy equipment, airplanes, helicopters, and now, boats. The Danish ferry boat Ellen, which made its maiden voyage earlier this month between the Danish islands of Aero and Als, claims to be the world’s largest all-electric ferry. While electric technology is still a challenge...

Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid caught testing and towing by spy photographers

2019 Toyota RAV4 HybridToyota may be planning to soon add a plug-in hybrid version of the new RAV4. Spy photographers for our sister site, MotorAuthority, recently caught a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 out testing on public roads overseas. The company has long been a laggard in the movement to sell plug-in vehicles. The only plug-in model it currently sells in the...

GM wins US grant to develop solid-state batteries

Lithium-ion battery cellsGeneral Motors is the latest automaker reported to be working on solid-state lithium batteries, thanks to a $2 million grant from Uncle Sam. The money is part of a larger grant to develop more fuel-efficient powertrains, the fan site GM Authority reports. The company is expected to use the rest of the money to develop a lighter-weight, more...