Tesla Model S and Kia Niro EV top electric vehicle ownership study

2021 Kia Niro EVJ.D. Power is known for its initial-quality rankings of new cars, but now the company has published a study specifically focusing on electric cars for the first time. The inaugural J.D. Power Electric Vehicle Experience Ownership Study ranked EV models based on ownership satisfaction, and looked at general customer attitudes toward electric cars...

Will BMW i4 outdo Model 3 in handling performance?

2022 BMW i4 testingThe BMW i4 is expected to be a close match to the Tesla Model 3 in size and price, and now the German automaker seems to be suggesting it plans to outdo Tesla in handling. In a press release, BMW said handling performance is a priority for the i4, which is scheduled to start production later this year. "All electric vehicles are capable of fast...

The vanlife electric: Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept

Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper conceptIf you're going to build a camper van, why not make it electric? The Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept shows how an electric van can be converted into a home away from home. The modified van is equipped with a 220-volt battery to power onboard accessories, which can be recharged using a roof-mounted solar panel. Inside, you get a refrigerator...

BP partner StoreDot produces cells with 5-minute fast-charging tech

StoreDot sample batteriesIsareli startup StoreDot has long promised a Holy Grail of battery technology: a battery that can recharge in about the same amount of time it takes to pump gasoline. Now the startup is delivering the first samples of its so-called "five-minute charge" lithium-ion battery cells. The sample cells were produced to show off the technology to...

Kia teases designs for 7 EVs due by 2027

Kia EV teaserKia plans to launch seven dedicated electric vehicles by 2027 as part of a wide-ranging electrification and re-branding effort. The seven new EVs were teased last week as part of a "brand showcase" that also included a new logo design, and the announcement that the Hyundai-owned company will henceforth be known simply as "Kia," rather than the...

Next Honda HR-V will be different for America, but likely all-hybrid

Honda HR-V Hybrid teaserHonda on Monday teased the next-generation HR-V subcompact crossover for the European market, but questions remain about what the next United States-market version will be like. The automaker confirmed that the European version, which will be unveiled February 18, will be hybrid only, using a version of the same two-motor hybrid system as other...