Would solar cells add value to your EV? Take our Twitter poll

Toyota Prius Prime PHV test vehicle with solar panels in JapanSeveral companies have recently proposed placing solar panels on top of electric cars to give them extra range. First, there was German startup Sono Motors, which the company says can get up to 21 extra miles from 330 solar cells, making up a 1.21 kilowatt array spread over its roof, hood, and doors. Then came World Solar Challenge team Solar Team...

Should Hummer return, all-electric? Twitter poll results

2008 HUMMER H2 SUVFor those of us who remember what General Motors’ Hummer brand symbolized—especially around 2006, when sales peaked—it’s a little hard to fathom the idea that it might have any future as way for GM to green its reputation. Although GM hasn’t officially confirmed any such thing yet, a top executive earlier this month...

How can rural drivers go electric? Twitter poll results

Tesla Model S electric-car road trip, Route 66 Museum, Elk City, Oklahoma  [photo: David Noland]Are we at the point in time when electric cars will work for everyone? When we brought you an account, earlier this month, of how an electric car wouldn’t work in the rural Midwest—in the winter, for a medical emergency—our comment system went into thermal runaway. In short, there were a whole lot of criticisms, and some crying...

Should GM bring back Hummer, all-electric? Take our Twitter poll

2009 Hummer H2General Motors’ Hummer brand was officially retired in 2010, at a time when a new GM was emerging from bankruptcy, the recession pulled ostentatious guzzlers out of vogue, and there was more awareness about fuel efficiency. And without getting into details, gas mileage was abhorrent for pretty much the entire Hummer lineup. The Hummer brand...