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Tesla Model S

Tesla Smashes Consumer Reports Ratings System

The Tesla Model S P85D sedan has officially broken the Consumer Reports Rating System with the electric car performing better in the tests than any other car. Ever. According to Consumer Reports, the Tesla initially scored 103 — but the rating system doesn’t go past 100. So Consumer Reports had to … Read more »

Silicon Carbide to Displace Silicon in EV Batteries by 2020

Silicon Carbide to Displace Silicon in EV Batteries by 2020

Wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride are the best options to meet the growing battery demands of electric vehicles, and silicon carbide is expected to displace silicon in EVs by 2020, according to Lux Research. Economics are in favor of wide bandgap materials. For a Tesla … Read more »

BMW Unveils Fast, Light EV Charger

BMW of North America has announced the launch of the BMW i DC Fast Charger, which is compatible with multiple electric vehicles and can specifically charge the BMW i3 all-electric’s vehicle battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The charger was a joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota i-Road, Tesla, UPS, ROUSH

Toyota demonstrated its ultra-compact, all-electric i-Road vehicle at Toyota City, Japan, last week. The three-wheeled i-Roads (pictured), which weigh 300 kg and are less than 90 cm wide, was let loose on public roads at an event to mark its introduction into “Ha:mo”, Toyota’s optimized urban transport system. Soon, even more i-Roads will be zooming around … Read more »

Third Tesla Fire Sends Shares Plummeting

Stocks in electric car company Tesla tumbled last week as news broke of a third Model S fire in less than two months. The most recent electrical fire, which happened near Smyrne, Tenn., occurred after the driver ran over a trailer tow hitch that was in the road. Tesla share … Read more »

Prius 2013

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Boeing, Tesla, Envision Solar

Toyota will use an older coolant, R134a, for its Prius Plus, Lexus GT86 and Lexus GS in Europe instead of switching to the more environmentally friendly coolant, R1234yf, required by EU norms, Industry Week reports. In boycotting R1234yf, Toyota joins Daimler, which stopped using the newer refrigerant because it says in … Read more »