Fisker gets new funding and talent for development of Ocean EV

Teaser for Fisker Ocean electric SUVElectric-car startup Fisker Inc. announced Thursday that it had hired several new executives, and secured $50 million in funding for development of its Ocean SUV, due in 2022. The financing came through a Series C funding round led by Moore Strategic Ventures LLC, the private investment vehicle of Louis M. Bacon, according to a Fisker press...

London black cab spawns range-extended electric delivery van

LEVC VN5The company that made London's iconic black cab greener is now doing the same with delivery vans. London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is using its extended-range electric taxi as the basis for a new van. Called the VN5, it's currently available to order, with deliveries of right-hand drive vehicles for the United Kingdom scheduled to begin...

2021 Audi A7 plug-in hybrid fastback: US details confirmed

2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI e plug-in hybridAudi is adding a third plug-in hybrid model to its United States lineup. The 2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI e will join the Q5 55 TFSI e crossover and A8 60 TFSI e sedan in U.S. showrooms this fall, the automaker announced Wednesday. The A7 plug-in hybrid uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, with an...

Former Smart plant was headed all-electric, now might make diesel SUVs

Daimler Hambach factoryHere's a textbook case of taking two steps forward, and one step back. The former Smart factory in Hambach, France, became all-electric when the brand dropped its gasoline models, and was initially planned to continue making electric cars for fellow Daimler division Mercedes-Benz. Instead, the factory may build gasoline and diesel SUVs. That's...

Report: Audi A9 EV due in 2024 could be a high-efficiency flagship

2019 Audi E-tronThe "highly efficient electric car" Audi said was being developed by its new Artemis team for 2024 won't be a compact vehicle as originally expected, but a large flagship sedan, Autocar reported Monday. The new model has the internal codename E6, but could take on the A9 E-Tron name for production, the magazine reported, citing anonymous sources...

Jay Leno drives Canoo’s subscription-only electric van

Canoo electric car on Jay Leno's GarageCanoo won't put its subscription-only electric van on the road for customers until sometime next year, if all goes well, but Jay Leno already got to drive it for a recent episode of his "Jay Leno's Garage" YouTube show. Leno also toured Canoo's Torrance, California headquarters. Founded as Evelozcity, and including some Faraday Future veterans...

Jay Leno drives Canoo’s subscription-only electric van

Canoo electric car on Jay Leno's GarageCanoo won't put its subscription-only electric van on the road for customers until sometime next year, if all goes well, but Jay Leno already got to drive it for a recent episode of his "Jay Leno's Garage" YouTube show. Leno also toured Canoo's Torrance, California headquarters. Founded as Evelozcity, and including some Faraday Future veterans...

2013-2017 Toyota Prius models recalled for potential hybrid-system defect

2013 Toyota Prius liftbackToyota is expanding a recall of Prius hybrid models over a hybrid-system defect that could cause a sudden loss of propulsion. The fault lies with the inverter in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM), a part of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Repeated driving under high-load conditions, such as hard acceleration from a stop, can cause high...

Study: Over 15 years Americans save big with an EV, but costs vary widely

2020 Nissan LeafAmericans can save a lot of money by switching to an electric car, but the amount of potential savings seen over the long run varies widely depending on many factors, a study released last month highlights. Car buyers can save between $3,000 and $10,500 on fuel costs alone over 15 years, according to the Department of Energy study (via Axios)...