Electric Cars

Mercedes Stops Internal Combustion Development, Fully Commits to EVs

That headline? It isn’t clickbait– and it isn’t some hyped up version of a watered-down commitment to “electrification”, either. Mercedes-Benz, the oldest car company in the world and makers of some of the most powerful internal combustion engines to ever see production, has stopped developing new internal combustion engines, according to Daimler (Mercedes’ parent company) development chief, Markus Schaefer. In an interview with German magazine, Auto Motor Und Sport, Schaefer indicated that the newly released M256 inline six-cylinder internal combustion engine would be the company’s last new engine platform, and that the company’s future development efforts for passenger cars and light trucks (at least) would be focusing on the development of...

Best Place to Find Certified Pre-Owned EVs

We covered the pros and cons of buying a used Model S last week. While I’m pretty sure that 99 out of 100 people would prefer to buy a new car, the reality is that most of us can’t or don’t want to afford to. In addition to (most of the time) being a bad investment, buying a new car can be a stressful experience. If you’re okay with a certified pre-owned EVs, Carmax, EV-CPO.com, and Craigslist are three excellent ways to buy. Carmax I’m going to get flamed in the comments section for this but there are some major advantages to buying from Carmax. In addition to a rather pleasant, stress-free experience, Carmax does have an excellent selection of used EVs to choose from. They conduct a “125 point inspection” on every vehicle (that sounds impressive ...

Volkswagen ID.R Smashes Tianmen Mountain Record

“China Challenge” mastered – Volkswagen’s fully-electric prototype sets new benchmark on Tianmen Mountain Romain Dumas conquers the 99 hairpins on the 10.906-kilometre “Big Gate Road” in less than 8 minutes ID.R is the sportiest representative of the electric ID. family of products Another day, another motorsports speed record taken down by the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R and French driver Romain Dumas. And, believe me, I know that the story is starting to feel a little bit repetitive– but you haven’t taken a look at the scenery for this one. This particular record fell at Tianmen Mountain pass in China– a place that’s also been called “Heaven’s Gate“. “With the record set on the dramatic Tianmen road, we have mastered another challenge in o...

Out-Darwined by EVs, are Hybrids Going Extinct? Let’s Hope Not!

The progress electric cars have made in the last decade is, frankly, staggering. As recently as 2008, in fact, you could win engineering awards at SEMA for building a “hybrid” concept car that was basically a normal car with eight extra car batteries stuffed into the trunk. You can trust me on that, since building that very car is what got me started writing about “green speed”. Back then, the Toyota Prius– which was already several years old— was still considered fringe, but it worked in a time that getting Tesla off the ground seemed like an impossibility. That was then, though, and EVs have gotten so good that it kind of begs the question: are hybrids going extinct? The short answer seems to be: yes. More and more automakers seem to be skipping the &#...

Cheapest All-Electric Cars 2019

If you’re anything like me you’re well…broke. What are eco-warriors like me who want to save the environment but don’t have a lot of dough to do? Are we doomed to drive gas-guzzlers because we can’t afford to do otherwise? Absolutely not! Here are the cheapest all-electric vehicles (EVs) that can be purchased in the United States today. Please note that there may be cheaper models for sale in different markets. This article only covers base model, street-legal vehicles that are available today in the U.S. As we noted here, there are several Chinese companies such as Kiyun Motors who will be offering EXTREMELY affordable cars in the U.S. in the near future. We may revisit this topic when those cars hit the showroom floor. Smart EQ Fortwo – $26,740 MSRP Th...

5 New Cars that Really SHOULD Have Been Electric 2019

Battery technology has come a long way over the last decade, with mainstream electric products from General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla proving over and over again that EVs are more than capable of being, you know, real cars. As such, I feel like a lot of you are reading this and thinking, “All cars should be electric!” and that’s true– but that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I’m taking a look at the current crop of 2019 cars powered by internal combustion engines, thinking about what purpose and what customers they serve, and then picking the ones that I think would serve that same purpose and that same customer BETTER by being electric. Once I had my list, I narrowed it down to 5 New Cars that Really SHOULD Have Been Electric for the 2019 model ...

American Idol: Drako GTE Packs 6491 Lb-ft of TQ

Perception lags reality. It’s one of those ideas that, once understood, seems like it should be obvious. A thing happens in reality, and it takes a little while before we (the observers of reality) perceive it. The fireworks explode overhead, and a second later we hear the boom. Electric cars blow past internal combustion engines, and it takes a while to hear the– whirr? Hum? Whatever it is, it’s here. This is the Quad Motor Drako GTE. It is 100% electric, and 100% the most powerful series built vehicle ever to hit public roads. Yeah, I know about the new Lotus. I know about the new Ferrari, too. Heck, I even know about the new electric Freightliner semi truck– and it’s not even close. The Drako GTE’s electric motors are pushing an unbelievable 6,491 lb-...

Forbidden Fruit: 5 Great EVs You Can’t Buy in the US

Enrg.io is largely based in the United States. As such, we have access to some of the best electric cars in the world from Tesla, Nissan, and others– but we don’t have access to ALL of the awesome electric cars out there. Markets like China, Russia, and Europe get cars we probably won’t see here for years– if at all! That fact– and the fact that we all want things that we can’t have!– inspired us to put together a quick list of “forbidden fruit”. So, here they are: 5 Great EVs You Can’t Buy in the US. Enjoy!   Volkswagen e-Up The Volkswagen e-Up! (yes, the “!” is part of the name) is all-new for 2019, and it is everything you’d expect in a modern electric hot hatch that was built by the people who invented t...

Do Electric Vehicles Pay Road Tax?

It’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: taxes! Okay, so taxes are probably everyone’s least favorite subject, but we all have to deal with them. As the old saying goes, only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. While policies may vary from country to country, this article will only focus on the United States. It is possible that we may revisit the subject for other countries if our readers are interested. What is a Road Tax? A road tax is typically defined as a tax placed on a vehicle that needs to be paid so that it can be used on a public road. In the United States there is no federal road tax. Each individual state is responsible for determining what taxes to levy on new and used vehicle purchases. States also can and do impose yearly registrat...

10 Celebrities Who Have Gone All-Electric

As much as we may hate to admit it, celebrities are interesting. Whether they be stars of stage, screen, or sport, celebs are often at the forefront of the national discourse surrounding politics and culture. While we may not always agree with their positions, we can recognize and appreciate it when celebrities make positive contributions to society. To show our appreciation for purchasing all-electric vehicles (EVs), we would like to thank these ten celebs who have gone green. 1.  Jay Leno In addition to owning about a billion other cars, this former Tonight Show host is the proud owner of a Tesla Model S. In a recent interview on CNBC, Leno explained to the host why he loves his car. “I have a Tesla. I’ve had it for three years. I’ve never done anything. There’s no fluids to change. Ther...

1000HP Hispano Suiza Carmen is One Pricey EV

If you’re a fan of the sort of steampunk, art-deco styling seen in Metropolis or the old Ayn Rand novels, you are going to love the car I’m going to introduce today. Meet the Hispano Suiza Carmen– a car with a century-old name that’s steeped in gear head heritage with styling that wouldn’t seem totally out of place in a 1930s Grand Prix race car, the Carmen promises to be unlike any of the other supercars in the parking lot of you condo in Monaco. I’m just assuming you live in Monaco, because, in addition to the heavy name, the car carries a hefty 1.5 million Euro price tag. I guess you could live in Dubai, too. Maybe central London. In any event, 1.5 million Euros is a whole lot of money. That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that the ne...

5 Sports Stars Who Drive Electric Vehicles

So…I’m (allegedly) a man. As a man I’m naturally drawn to certain things. Two of the best and most entertaining things in life for me are sports and cars. This got me thinking: has the all-electric (EV) car craze managed to hit the sports world? Are there any professional athletes out there driving EVs today? As it turns out, the answer to this question is a resounding YES! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite sports stars and what EVs they can be seen around town in. 1. Steve Nash – Tesla Model S This cool Canadian played 18 seasons in the NBA and was an eight-time all star. In addition to being recognized for his various philanthropic efforts, Nash is also a conservationist. His purchase of a Tesla Model S is an outward display of his concern for the en...

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