Consumer Electronics Show / Las Vegas, Nevada Tucked away off to the side, on the upper floor of the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the booth seemed out of place. Instead of sprouting gadgets and accessories for cell phones as found in surrounding booths, it contained a solitary white car next to […]


Rising from the Ashes

In “Fisker Falling, Detroit Rising” – published in July of 2012 – I wrote about Fisker Automotive and the then undecided fate of the company. On October 29 Hurricane Sandy helped seal that fate with 6 to 8 feet of seawater. Fisker’s entire European shipment of 338 Karmas were destroyed at Port Newark, New Jersey. […]

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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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Build Your Dreams

A plug-in hybrid – an electric car with an onboard generator (aka “range extender”) – was available to the Chinese public eight months before the Chevy Volt could be purchased in America. In fact, the BYD F3DM had been available for purchase by Chinese government agencies and corporations since its official release in December, 2008 […]

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Electrovair II

In 1966, Chevrolet created the Electrovair II concept car. It was an all-electric car that would go 40-80 miles before recharging, and had a top speed of 80 mph. Note that a specialized  silver zinc battery pack was used. This promotional film details the engineering features and technological advancements of the Electrovair II, an electrically powered version of […]

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Bolt vs Volt

The Chevy Volt is inherently practical at this point in our journey. It’s a rare consumer who can survive with only a short range, all-electric vehicle. Not being able to make it from Portland to Salem (Oregon) or Burbank to Victorville (California) limits ownership to families with a second vehicle, urbanites with eclectic tastes and […]

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I am pretending to interview Neil Young, the socially conscious artist who moved a 15 year-old to sing “old man, look at my life, I’m a lot like you were…” I have to pretend, because I actually haven’t tried to interview the man who made such a great impression on me then, and who continues […]

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