CES 2018

EV HIGHLIGHTS FROM CES 2018 From plug-in hybrid supercars | AMG Concept One To little electric scooters | Ujet Cute concept cars | Smart VISION EQ To Self-driving rocket ships | Nissan IMX Electric drivetrains | NISSAN to another attempt at hydrogen power | Hyundai NEXO FROM CHINESE STARTUPS | XPENG TO HYBRID SUVS | […]

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CES 2018


Southern Oregon

Swan Song

An electric motorcycle built in Southern Oregon? It was the summer of 2009, and my wife and I had stopped at a local Best Buy store in Beaverton, Oregon. On the sidewalk outside was a display of electric bicycles, accompanied by a young Best Buy employee. “Cool,” I said to my wife. “If you think […]

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Swan Song


The Odyssey of Jaume Josa

Every year in June, driving their little Nissan EVs, four intrepid Catalan pioneers converge on the jagged mountains of Montserrat. This is the story of Jaume Josa, one of the first four Nissan Leaf owners in Spain. “Jein.” It’s a German word meaning both “yes and no.” And it’s the answer Jaume Josa gives me […]

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360 DAYS

“I’m here to prove what I’ve done the other 360 days of the year.” – Eva Håkansson Eva and her husband Bill Dubé built an electric sidecar streamliner motorcycle in their garage. The Road Electric followed them to the Bonneville Salt Flats to find out why. Watch the short video “360 DAYS” – exclusive content […]

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Around the world on wings of sunshine. When Icarus flew too high with wings made of wax and feathers, he quickly discovered the limits of his mythological technology. We all know what happened next. The sun melted the wax, the wings disintegrated and Icarus plummeted to his death into a sea that bears his name. […]

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Catalan Contender

Industrial engineer Marc Barceló couldn’t find an electric motorcycle he liked. So he decided to build one. Sure, his experience in the technical department at Tramontana (builder and developer of supercars) would come in handy. But even more helpful was the fortuitous nature of his place of birth: Catalonia, home of Spain’s motorcycle industry1. Bultaco, […]

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On October 8, 1899, Hawaii’s first automobile rolled through the streets of Honolulu. According to a report in the Hawaiian Gazette1 it achieved speeds of up to 14 miles per hour and was found to “excite no undue attention from horses.” Whether or not this was because of the vehicle’s lack of clattering gasoline engine […]

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The Double Wow

Electric scooter. Vintage styling. The double wow. In Barcelona, you can rent an electric scooter that looks like a vintage Vespa. It’s called YUGO. No, this retro-fun scooter isn’t named after a former Communist bloc nation like its defunct automotive cousin. It’s a straight-forward combination of YOU + GO. And yes, you really can GO. […]

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Chameau électrique

Jacques pressed the accelerator of the little plastic-bodied Citroën to the floor. The vehicle shot forward with a clattering roar, its 602 cc two-cylinder petrol engine straining under the weight of his clients. They had insisted on visiting the cliffs near the end of beach before sunset, and Jacques had the only vehicle in the […]

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Barton Park Adventure

To test the real-world range of AC/DC (my 2012 Nissan Leaf), I decided to drive it from my home in Beaverton, Oregon to Barton Park on the Clackamas River, where my company was shooting a commercial. According to Google Maps, this was 31.5 miles one way, requiring at least 63 miles of range to complete […]

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Rocket Sled

The inspiration for the world’s fastest electric scooter can trace its origins to a singular moment in Brad Baker’s life. After cresting a hill on his cross-country bicycle ride from Virginia to Oregon, while soaking in the beauty of the Teton Mountains for the very first time, he was suddenly overwhelmed by a vision: A […]

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Beyond The Zombie

“It’s the battery, stupid.” Everyone who designs and builds electric vehicles understands this axiom, John Wayland included. “It’s all about the battery.” But John isn’t just anyone involved with electric vehicles. He’s the man behind the legendary White Zombie, the all-electric Datsun 1200 that has been blowing the doors off of gas-powered competitors at the […]

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T • is for Torque

I have sinned, and it’s Elon Musk’s fault. I covet the Tesla Model S P85D. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Chevy Volt. I think the Zelectric Bug is the best thing on earth. But Tesla has hooked me with this two-motor model that makes me want to go out and race a Ferrari. […]

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The More Things Change

When I was a kid, building an electric vehicle that would go farther than a few miles seemed like such a simple thing: just put a generator on board. When the batteries needed charging, fire up the generator et voilà: just keep on driving. It was a simple-minded solution at the time. Weight, energy density, […]

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Et Tu Brutus?

References to Julius Caesar end. The story of the world’s most eclectic electric motorcycle brand begins. BIRTHPLACE: Henderson, Nevada. Salivate over these photos from BRUTUS – the V2 Rocket / the V9 / Brutus 2 / Brutus 2 Cafe ABOUT The Road Electric

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Electric Driving

in the Time of Trump

Politics aside, the question that should be asked is why would we continue to drive fossil-fueled powered vehicles if battery technology continues to improve? The price of gasoline has been “affordable” for some time now. But like any commodity, the price can be manipulated by producers and suppliers at will. If you’ve lived longer than […]

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Electric Driving

in the Time of Trump

What’s The Buzz?

The I.D. BUZZ concept “captures the spirit” of the classic VW bus we all know and love (unless you had to drive one up a long hill). Unlike its 52 horsepower fossil-fueled harbinger, the all-wheel drive I.D. BUZZ concept is rated at 369 hp with acceleration of 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds (compared to the […]

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Last year at CES 2016, Faraday Future unveiled its 1000HP FFZERO1 concept car. Guess what’s in store for CES 2017? The unveiling of a production model. In case you missed the FFZERO1 Video. Faraday Future Dragon Racing: Formula E. ABOUT The Road Electric 360 DAYS EVs in Paradise