Tesla One Deal Away from EV Critical Mass?

Tesla Supercharger

I seem to be talking a lot about Tesla Motors lately. Not without reason, mind you. The company repaid their Department of Energy loan a whole nine years early. They are beating production estimates, selling more cars than they thought they would, and they turned a profit for the first time ever. They have even announced […]

Detroit Electric SP:01 Brings the Electricity Back to Detroit

Detroit Electric SP:01

People often forget that electric propulsion for automobiles is not a new concept. Anderson Carriage Company in the early 1900s produced The Detroit Electric, a popular electric vehicle for the time. Now the name is back with a Detroit company producing the SP:01. The $135,000 SP:01 is Detroit Electric’s first foray into the electric sports car, and […]

Tesla Outselling Similarly Priced German Sedans

Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors’ Model S all-electric sedan is starting to become a bit of a sales sensation. In the past few weeks Tesla has announced the the Model S exceeded sales estimates. Then Tesla announced that they were the plug-in car sales leader in the United States, by beating the Chevrolet Volt in sales. Finally, Tesla then […]

Spotify’s Ford AppLink Support Is Now Live

Spotify Logo

At Mobile World Congress, Spotify and Ford announced that they would be partnering to bring a new Spotify app which would support AppLink. AppLink support will allow Ford drivers to access their playlists, move forward and back through songs, and everything else that they can do natively on the phone through the steering wheel or […]

Tesla Motors Announces Country-wide Free Supercharger Network

Tesla Model S Supercharger

Tesla Motors announced today a dramatic increase in the number of available Superchargers for drivers of the Tesla Model S and future vehicles. According to Musk, “You will be able to drive all the way from Los Angeles to New York using the Supercharger network.” The company will be increasing the number of metro areas […]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Chimes In on Self-Driving Cars

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk recently discussed the idea of autonomous, self-driving cars. He actually does not like the term “self-driving” because that implies that the vehicle is going to do all the work. Like an autopilot system in an airplane, Musk believes autonomous vehicle systems should function the same way. He actually prefers to […]

Consumers Want More Autonomous Vehicles

Google Self-Driving Car

Cisco recently released the results of the Cisco Customer Experience Report, which focused on automobile purchasing and the experience of driving. It was a global study that featured 1,500 respondents across 10 countries. Some of the results are not surprising: 83 percent start their purchasing research for a new vehicle online. Other results are surprising: 46 percent of respondents […]

Car Makers Aim Advertising at Generation Y

Arrive in Style

Generation Y: they are the children of the Baby Boomer era. They are a large and growing population connected to the latest smartphone and technology pieces. They do not drive. They do not want to drive. Car culture, the freedom of the open road, and the camaraderie that comes from being an automobile enthusiast is lost on […]

Google Wants to Sell You a Car

Google logo

Google has launched a test program in California that allows people to search for cars at dealerships without having to leave the Google search page. Similar to services offered from Autotrader.com and Cars.com, the Google car search would allow people to find a vehicle, view the price, play around with configuration and be directed to […]

Tesla Repays Government Loan 9 Years Early

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Tesla is the first US automaker to pay back its loan from the government in its entirety, a full 9 years before it is due. If you are paying attention, not too long ago Tesla made a loan payment and announced that it would have the loan paid off in half the amount of time required. […]

iOS 7 is Apple’s Chance to Cut Down on Distracted Driving

iOS Siri Eyes Free

Distracted driving is an issue facing every person and every local government nationwide. Presently, there are solutions for Android phones and from automobile manufacturers that attempt to curb distracted driving. Apple does provide Siri as a way to curb distracted phone use, but Apple markets it as a personal assistant rather than a driving aid. […]

Tesla Adds Range Enhancing Sport Option

Tesla Model S

Typically, when a person orders a “Performance Plus” package on their vehicle, they are not used to getting better range or fuel economy. But that’s exactly what you get with the Tesla Model S “Performance Plus” package. For an additional $6,500 over the price of a normal Model S, drivers can purchase a vehicle with wider rear […]

Very Light Car from Edison2 Breaks Cover

Edison2 VLC

The Very Light Car is a product from Edison2, the company that won the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize for mainstream vehicles back in 2010. It has decided to show off the next-generation prototype made from the $5 million it obtained from winning the X-Prize. The Very Light Car is a prototype that combines space-aged production techniques, […]

OTTER Blocks Notifications and Texts While Driving

Otter

OTTER (One Touch Text Response System) is software developed to prevent distracted driving. The Otter App is available for Android, Blackberry and Nokia, and allows the user to create a set of rules to make it easier to stay in touch while driving. The software offers a “manual mode” that allows the user to select from three different […]

500e from Fiat Leases at $199/month, or $32,500 to Purchase

Fiat 500e

Buying a Fiat 500e will cost you (in California) $199/month for 36 months with $999 due at signing for a lease. For those who do not lease, the purchase price (before tax credits and incentives) is $32,500. The 500e is an all-electric version of the Italian mini-car that provides an inexpensive alternative for people who prefer style […]

Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving Now Illegal in California

California Texting Ban

A court in the State of California ruled that using a smartphone to check map apps while driving was illegal. As a result, som people are concerned about how this will affect their experience behind the wheel. But while it seems like this law would ban all smartphone usage while driving, phone manufacturers already have […]

Nokia Pairs NFC App to Wireless Car Charging Dock

lumdock

Nokia had introduced a wireless car charging dock before, and now the company is making the dock a bit smarter thanks to built-in NFC functionality. With the wireless charging dock, users can simply attach their compatible Lumia smartphones into the car dock and not need to plug in a micro USB cable to charge. The […]

How to Connect Spotify for iPhone to Ford AppLink

Spotify Logo

Last month Ford and Spotify announced that the Spotify app would be compatible with Ford’s AppLink interface for SYNC. Recently, that app went live and you may be wondering how to take advantage of this functionality in your Ford vehicle. Here is how you do it! Pair Your Phone to Sync Via Bluetooth We previously covered how […]

Chrysler Loses $10,000 per Fiat 500e Sold

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

The Fiat 500e is Chrysler’s first all-electric vehicle. The Fiat 500e is gearing up to go on sale, and last week Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne dropped a small bombshell when speaking at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress: Chrysler will lose approximately $10,000 on every 500e sold. Available only in California, the 500e serves Chrysler […]