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...

Lexus to reveal upcoming electric car at Tokyo auto show

Lexus LF-SA concept, 2015 Geneva Motor ShowLexus is reportedly working on a new electric model to unveil at the Tokyo motor show in October. The car will be a small city electric car, based on an updated version of the company's 2015 LF-SA concept, according to a report in British car magazine Autocar. Quoting Lexus chief Koji Sato, the report says the car will be a "tall, boxy...

Report: Tesla picks LG Chem to supply batteries in China

2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceIn a first for the automaker, Tesla has agreed to buy batteries from Korean battery supplier LG Chem for models produced at its new Chinese factory. The news was first reported by Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the negotiations. After buying batteries from Panasonic as its exclusive supplier Tesla has been casting about for new suppliers...