May 6, 2015 - 08:18 am

All EV drivers could wish for.

And a little more. That seems to be the idea behind BMW’s i Collection. Made from recycled materials, it includes everything from clothing to accessories like the solar-powered bluetooth speaker. The colour of the EV season: blue!

May 5, 2015 - 08:20 am

Wild and free.

A golf cart gave police at the Loyola University campus quite the chase, as the unmanned vehicle would erratically turn around itself and backwards away from the officers. Whether we will see more of this as cars get more autonomous is doubtful, but still fun to watch.

May 4, 2015 - 07:58 am

The right to charge.

In disbelief, we have been watching racial tension in the U.S. escalate. And this story is just as inexplicable. An African-American man was charging his EV in the dark, when police told him to stop since the station was closed. He refused and the officers responded by using pepper spray and tackling him – all for charging his electric vehicle!

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Apr 30, 2015 - 08:24 am

Topsy-turvy world.

The Tesla Club Sweden wondered what the heck this hype on gasoline driven cars was all about and decided to test one for themselves. Slight irritation occurred at the garage – after all, who would like to buy a car at a place you hope to see as rarely as possible afterwards – and got only stronger when they discovered that they could not refuel the vehicle at home and were asked to pay for petrol. What a brave new world!

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Apr 29, 2015 - 08:23 am

Free Tesla cars for everyone.

Last weekend, Elon Musk and Tesla followers on Twitter were surprised by a rather unusual offer: call this number and get a Model S for free. Obviously, even Elon’s EV love does not go this far – the accounts had been hacked.,

Apr 28, 2015 - 08:02 am

Enjoy the silence.

This new Ford Focus Electric sure makes some noise! It almost sounds like a V8. Thank God the passenger runs out of breath at times and needs to stop adding fake motor sounds. (video)


Apr 27, 2015 - 09:28 am

Intentional Irony.

Soon there will be a new species populating the South Pole – not due to global warming, but to tackle it. The Zero South mission has taken it upon itself to take central Antarctica with mega vehicles converted into plug-in hybrids running on electricity and bio fuel. Recharging with solar power is obviously out of the question.

Apr 24, 2015 - 08:09 am


Audi together with Amazon and DHL will test a new service starting this May. When ordering, Audi drivers can state their car’s trunk as delivery address. Just be careful not to re-park while DHL is on the way. You know how they schedule arrival between 9am and 6pm sometimes.

Apr 23, 2015 - 08:25 am

Fueled by Bullsh*t.

It looks like anything goes when promoting the Mirai. Toyota now launched a new video campaign that shows all the different sources one could make hydrogen from. Episode 1: bullsh*t, in the most literal sense.,


Apr 22, 2015 - 08:25 am

Swabian showdown.

Bosch Mobility Solutions has issued a video to present its vision of future autonomous driving. Tellingly, the German supplier does not use a model of its neighbours like Daimler or Porsche to showcase its vision but a Tesla Model S instead.

Apr 21, 2015 - 08:26 am

Electric copycats.

Shanghai is also a place to see the latest “adaptations” by Chinese manufacturers of rather well-known models. Take the Changan Raeton CC which is undoubtedly inspired by Tesla. The Suzhou Eagle appears to have taken the best of luxury when crossing a Ferrari and a Porsche. At least, they do not copy the love of SUVs and strong motors from the west. Changan, Suzhou Eagle

Apr 20, 2015 - 08:06 am

The truth is out there.

At least that is the direction you think this video might be going, judging by the first 20 or so seconds. A very, let’s say hyper Romanian woman test drove the Renault Twizy. Well, actually, she hung out of the window or sang into its charging cable, but the main facts about the EV did come across. via


Apr 17, 2015 - 08:24 am

Great idea.

Polish bank Idea has come up with a truly mobile banking service. Four BMW i3 have been converted into ATMs. Business customers can order them via app and pay in any cash left over from their dealings. We wish you a splendid weekend.; (in Polish)

Apr 16, 2015 - 08:20 am

EV disorientation.

The British Lib-Dems are having a hard time to decide on their EV policy. Once they want to ban all gas-guzzlers before then claiming EVs do not suit all family needs. Now their latest election spots shows a BMW i3. Wise choice one might think until the sound of a gas engine come in. Obviously overlaid and helplessly pathetic. (with video)

Apr 15, 2015 - 08:37 am

Ice cold.

Venturi has gone to the Alps to tests its new prototype Antarctica, a new all-electric, all-terrain and joystick-controlled vehicle. The Antarctica was named after its future place of deployment as antarctic researchers will use it to collect and transport samples at -40° C.,


Apr 14, 2015 - 08:25 am

Mysterious conversion.

Scottish national Tom Evan has equipped an old bumper car with side mirrors and turn signals to make it street legal. Just why he chose to then fit the electrically powered vehicle with a stinking petrol motor remains a well-kept mystery (at least to us).

Apr 13, 2015 - 08:17 am

Electric Beast.

Green Car Reports speculates what a new limousine for the U.S. president could look like, if Tesla would provide it, silencing the current car known as “The Beast.” Who knows, maybe there will one day also be a PoTUS Hyperloop for a quick meeting on the West Coast.

Apr 10, 2015 - 08:57 am

Cycle camper.

The Wide Path Camper is a super compact caravan to be toiled along by a bicycle. It is said to sleep two, if you squeeze on a 97 x 200 cm bunk, and is ready to pre-order. If you do consider a weekend trip with it, we strongly recommend you to use an electric bike to tow your 45-kg tiny home away from home along.

Apr 9, 2015 - 08:32 am

Food on wheels.

“Le Bistro du Lion” is a project of the Peugeot Design Lab. It is a custom van with a trailer that opens up into a pop-up French-style restaurant, complete with mobile kitchen, standing tables for 30 people and a sound system. Bon appetit!

Apr 8, 2015 - 08:58 am

Too good to be true.

Tesla introduces the “ticket avoidance mode” for the Model S. The EV now detects an approaching meter maid from far and immediately starts counter measures like windshield wiping or self-driving around the block before safely parking falsely again. Mind the date of the announcement! (video)

Apr 7, 2015 - 09:05 am

Tesla's April Fools' joke.

On April 1st, Elon Musk announced the launch of the Model W, a watch that not only tells time but also the date! You will therefore never have to check your mobile for the time again. Clearly, the joke was intended to poke a little fun at the colleagues at Apple.

Apr 2, 2015 - 09:16 am

April's fools.

Apparently, not even journalists always double-check their facts and so our dear colleagues have spread a few false news – some deliberately so. Here is the best of April Fool’s day.

++ In Japan, the BMW i3 can now be ordered via Amazon and boasts 300 km range all of a sudden. The media was in a fool’s frenzy. ++ The RoamR stove is a wood-powered range extender for PHEVs that comes with a carefully controlled burn-rate. ++ Renault fooled folks with a new side-by-side seating configuration for the Twizy. ++ Lastly, the Guardian reports on a purified Jeremy Clarkson as the fired Top Gear presenter became the new face of the Divest Fossil Fuels campaign. “This is Planet Everybloodybody,” right?! ++

With hearty laughter we set the start to a long Easter weekend. The next edition of is due on Tuesday, 7th April. Happy Easter!

Apr 1, 2015 - 08:44 am


Or should we say “enjoy your coffee!” Either way, this is not something you see every day. Formula E driver Nico Prost parked his electric racecar on a street in Paris, while he sits in a café, enjoying the sun. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Mar 31, 2015 - 09:04 am

Parallel parking.

The car is yet so small and the spot twice its size, still, this poor lady cannot seem to parallel park her car. While it’s already amusing watching her try, she really did save the best for last – just watch what (different) parking spot she decides on in the end. (video)

Mar 30, 2015 - 07:34 am

No point of sale.

In general, car salesman are not really known for pushing EVs nor talking you into buying one. But in this case one Canadian Kia dealer had actually tried to talk a potential Soul EV buyer out of purchasing one. Even though the manager was not as bad-mouthing when he tried to apologize afterwards – one thing gets clear: no EVs at this dealership!

Mar 27, 2015 - 09:41 am


Star Engines uses a BMW i8 to demonstrate its portable range extender JERR.E which in turn is powered by a petrol rotary engine. A more pleasant sight however, is a video in which a BMW i3 tows a stranded gas guzzler. We wish you a flawless weekend! (range extender), (electric tow car)

Mar 25, 2015 - 09:53 am

Teenage fantasy fuelled.

France now allows 14-year olds to drive. Given the teens possess a BSR road safety certificate, they are allowed to handle light quads like…voilà, the Renault Twizy 45 that does not go faster than 45 kph. Nevertheless, vive la France!,

Mar 24, 2015 - 09:36 am

Chinese Copycat.

Once in a while in the far east, products arise which strongly resemble some in the west. The latest such copy is the Jinma JMW2200, a micro EV that looks a lot like BMW’s i3. It is smaller though, a lot less expensive and way slower. Latest when you get inside, any “danger” of a mix-up evaporates.

Mar 23, 2015 - 09:46 am

True legacy.

For fans of “Tron: legacy” a dream might come true as a fully functioning replica of the motorbike featured in the movie has gone up for auction. The two-wheeler by the Andrews Collection is electric and glows almost as much as the original.

Mar 20, 2015 - 09:47 am

Scoop on climate change.

Ice cream maker Ben&Jerry’s will be driving a Tesla Model S on its “Save our Swirled” campaign to raise awareness about climate change and hand out scoops of ice cream along the way. If the flavour will be named after Tesla CEO Elon Musk was not announced.,

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