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Electric : Car Reviews And News

SMART Electric Goes Off-Roading, Badly

SMART Electric Goes Off-Roading, Badly
At 95Octane, our goal is to feature cars that we would want to drive, either on the track, off road, or on a daily commute. As it turns out, we don’t think the SMART car falls into any of those categories.
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TE-Spyder 800 Hybrid Roadster Concept

TE-Spyder 800 Hybrid Roadster Concept
In an attempt to change minds about what it means to be a hybrid car, the skunkworks Toyota Engineering Society recently showed off this unusual concept vehicle, which combines the sporty elements of Toyota’s MR2 roadster with the eco-consciousness of the Toyota Prius.
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Saleen Planning EV Based on Tesla Model S

Saleen Planning EV Based on Tesla Model S
Saleen is well known for its powerful, high performance Mustang, Challenger and Camaro variants, but not every car they drive is a gas guzzler. In fact, they’re now working on a high-end pure electric vehicle which will be based on the already impressive Tesla Model S.
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2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE Plug-in Hybrid Review

2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE Plug-in Hybrid Review
The Ford Fusion is one of my favorite mid-size cars of the last few years. From the minute you lay your eyes on the car’s muscular exterior, you can tell that Ford really stepped up their game with the Fusion when they redesigned it last year.
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Off Road in an All-Electric Land Rover Defender

Off Road in an All-Electric Land Rover Defender
Robert Llewellyn is a British comedian and TV host who is also an electric car and alternative energy enthusiast. His YouTube program, Fully Charged, focuses on the world of electric cars and renewable energy. In this episode, Llewellyn discusses his love for the Land Rover Defender he drove for nearly 20 years while going for a drive in an all-electric Defender which he takes for a bit of off-road adventure.
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Rimac Concept_One, The Electric Supercar

Rimac Concept_One, The Electric Supercar
Mate Rimac is a 25-year-old Croatian engineer who may have created the world’s fastest electric car: the Rimac Concept_One. First seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, Rimac has continued improving the vehicle since its debut and the specs are impressive, to say the least.
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Electric Car Vending Machines Headed to China

Electric Car Vending Machines Headed to China
As many of you are probably aware, China faces significant challenges with air pollution and an expanding population. And with only a small percentage of the population currently owning cars, one can only imagine traffic and pollution getting worse as cars start to flood the country as the nation continues to develop.
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Top 5 Reveals at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit

Top 5 Reveals at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit
This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit gave us some terrific new cars, some that surprised us completely and some that we knew were going to be revealed at the show. We sat down and looked at all the vehicles that were unveiled at the show and chose our top five favorite cars that debuted at the show.
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Ford and the Future of the EV Energy Infrastructure

Ford and the Future of the EV Energy Infrastructure
We were recently provided the opportunity to speak with Ford about their partnerships and programs related to future energy technologies and the infrastructure required to support those technologies in our cities and towns and along our roadways. 
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Test Drive: BMW i3 Electric

Test Drive: BMW i3 Electric
During the recent 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I had the opportunity take BMW’s new i3 electric vehicle for a spin, and thought I’d share some of my experiences here. For starters, the BMW i3 looks like no other vehicle on the road.
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Toyota’s Fuel Cell Powered FCV to Go on Sale in 2015

Toyota’s Fuel Cell Powered FCV to Go on Sale in 2015
Toyota’s FCV Concept was first unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and, with its electric, hydrogen fuel cell powered engine and a range of 310 miles, it looks like a great alternative energy vehicle. At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota announced the four-door mid-size sedan will be available for purchase in the U.S.
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Zoox Boz Concept Would Be Fully Autonomous

Zoox Boz Concept Would Be Fully Autonomous
While its industrial design is reminiscent of the vehicles we saw in Minority Report, this futuristic vehicle has more in common with those cars than just its exterior styling. The folks behind Zoox are aiming to develop a new class of vehicles called “Level 4” – a classification taken from a NHTSA policy statement from March 2013, indicating a vehicle which is 100% autonomous.
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Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept

Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept
Ford continues to explore opportunities to power its vehicles using electricity. Now, the company is showing off a new variant of its C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid subcompact that can be charged using the power of the Sun, allowing it to operate completely off the grid.
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Renault Demonstrates Self-Driving Vehicles

Renault Demonstrates Self-Driving Vehicles
Renault is showing off what it has achieved with its autonomous vehicle technology, knows as “PAMU” (Advanced Urban Mobility Platform). In this video, we see the PAMU test vehicle, a Renault Fluence Z.E. all-electric car, summoned by a driver as it leaves its designated parking space and picks her up on the roadside.
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BMW i8: Design

BMW i8: Design
In this short video, BMW explains the design intentions behind its stunning i8 plug-in hybrid 2+2. From its high-tech front end, to its layered geometric body lines, to its amazingly designed scissor doors which take up no more space than a regular car door, the BMW i8 will definitely draw attention as it rolls swiftly and quietly down the road.
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