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Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Smarter
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Electric, Connected, Autonomous Cars And You — Or Why You’re The Product For Automakers

In lieu of our usual Saturday roundup show (Nikki’s moving home next week and has been off for the past week) we hope you’ll enjoy today’s special edition vlog in which Kate Walton-Elliott explores the ways in which automakers are looking to use data a...

Life After GM: Meet The Grandland X PHEV, Opel’s First Plug-in Under PSA

Opel (and its UK sibling Vauxhall) haven’t had that much choice when it comes to plug-in vehicles. Under General Motors, the only plug-ins offered for sale in Europe by Opel were the Opel Ampera (a rebadged Chevrolet Volt that was sold for a few years)...

Want Tesla’s Entry-Level “Off-Menu” Model 3? It Just Got More Expensive (But Not By Much – Here’s Why)

Yesterday, Tesla increased the prices of its Model 3 range. This price increase also affected the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range, a car which Tesla has worked hard to bring to market at the promised $35,000 price tag. Now it’s more expensive — but don’t ...

Are We Holding Autonomous Vehicles To Impossibly High Standards?

Tesla — and (so we’re told) other automakers — have the technology needed to bring either partial or full autonomous vehicle operation to the marketplace. In Tesla’s case, it says it will be ‘feature complete’ for full autonomous driving by the end of ...

Tesla Could Run Out Of Batteries If It Makes Model Y Next Year, Says Panasonic. So What Now?

Tesla is known for continually pushing forward its evolution of electric vehicles from one model to the next. So far (including the original roadster), it has launched four models and, next year, that will become five when the Tesla Model Y enters prod...

Sunday Musing: Just How SHOULD Electric Car Owners Pay Towards Road Upkeep?

In the past week there’s been quite a lot of frustration and anger in the plug-in vehicle world after the news that the state of Illinois is considering a $1,000 annual vehicle registration fee for electric vehicles. (

VW ID.3 Gets 10k Orders in 1 Day, Battery Density Breakthrough, Tesla Porn – TEN 251

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: (00:51) In One Day – Volkswagen opens ID3 order books in Europe, gets 10,000 registrations in one day –

SUVs and Pickup Trucks are Helping Tesla’s Balance Sheet — Just Not How You Might Think

Gas guzzling SUVs and Pickup Trucks might be as far from the clean, zero emission world of Tesla as you might think it’s possible to get. And for the most part, you’d be right. But this week we learned that Tesla has just secured a deal with Fiat Chrys...

Volkswagen Opens Order Books For ID.3 Electric Car. Here’s What You Need To Know

Volkswagen has been promising us that it would be launching a whole slew of electric models for many years. And next year, the first all-new electric model to be launched based on its MEB electric vehicle platform — the ID.3 — enters into production. Y...

Who (Or What) Killed The Chevrolet Volt? And Could It Happen Again?

Earlier this year, the Chevrolet Volt, GM’s longest-running plug-in car to date, ended production. At the time, its cancellation was grouped together with the cancellation of many other GM sedans and hatchbacks which the company said weren’t selling in...

Bolt EV Owner Sues GM Over Winter Electric Car Range: Will They Win?

If you’ve watched this channel for any length of time, you’ll know that the range of an electric vehicle can drop in the winter due to increased rolling resistance and denser air, colder battery temperatures, poor road conditions, and use of the car’s ...

Trump V Tesla: The Impact Of US Chinese Trade War Is Hitting Tesla Hard

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is certainly a divisive topic. Some people support it, while others do not. But regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, one company is suffering at the hand of the trade war — and appears ...

Sunday Musing: What’s The Minimum Range A Plug-in Hybrid Should Offer?

We all know that plug-in hybrids are given a hard time by many hardened electric vehicle supporters, normally because they offer a far shorter range than a comparable electric model. But as we’ve said before, plug-n hybrids are a great choice for those...

Tesla Raises Funds, GM Promises Electric Pickup, Energica School – TEN 250

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: (00:32) Upgraded – Hyundai IONIQ EV gets a range boost for 2020 (01:09) Raising...

How Tesla’s Hacking Canada’s Incentive Program For EVs

The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla’s most popular car, helping it reach profitability in the third and fourth quarters of last year. And this year, it’s going on sale in more countries than before. You’ve been able to buy a Model 3 in Canada for a while now, b...

The Hyundai IONIQ EV Gets A Much-Needed Range Update — Just Not As Far As You Might Hope

Even when it launched in 2016, the Hyundai IONIQ EV has been seen as having a mediocre range. Sure, back in 2016 its official EPA-approved 124-mile range put it on par with the 2016 Nissan LEAF with 30 kWh battery pack. But these days, it’s looking rat...

Does Tesla Need More Money — And How Might It Get It?

After a profitable second half to last year, Tesla’s started this year by making a pretty big loss. Granted, that loss can be explained (it had lower sales because of export issues and also had to pay off some money it had previously borrowed), but non...

EV Battery War Heads To Court – Here’s What Could Happen

With demand for electric vehicles at an all-time high, companies with the knowledge, skill, and resources to make high-capacity, long-life battery cells for electric vehicles stand to make a lot of money. And that means that companies are fiercely guar...

Nikola Wants To Revolutionize The Trucking World With These Two Hydrogen Electric/Battery Electric Trucks. Will It?

Just over a week ago, we headed off to Nikola World in Scottsdale, Arizona, where we  Nikola Motor Company showcased its vision for the future of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Originally, the company had intended to just sell hydrogen elect...

Sunday Musing: Is It Responsible To Have Kids? Should We Rethink Parenthood?

Our planet is getting put under increasingly tough strain as the effects of overpopulation and climate change become ever more apparent. Our homes are at risk more than ever before from extreme weather, entire cities are facing dissemination at the han...

Tesla Financials, Ford Invests in Rivian, Robotaxis – TEN 249

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: (00:38) Q1 – Tesla turns a loss in Q1 2019, caused by a perfect storm of situations – (01:23) $500 Mi...

Is Rivian Ford’s Secret Weapon In The Electric Pickup Revolution?

For several months now, we’ve heard multiple rumors suggesting luxury electric ‘adventure’ vehicle manufacturer Rivian was in talks with major automakers with a view to gaining some significant investment. These rumors came off the back of confirmation...

Tesla Q1 Earnings Call, More Vehicle Updates: What You Need To Know

Following on from its Investor Day on Monday this week, Tesla published its quarterly financials yesterday, showing a far tougher quarter for the company compared to the end of last year. With losses instead of profits, the company warned that profits ...

How Hard Is It To Make A Lithium-Ion Battery? This Hard

With demand for plug-in vehicles and the batteries they need to power themselves along increasing, we are most certainly at a point where demand outstrips supply. That’s leading to some battery manufacturers (like LG Chem, for example) pushing up the p...

Hyundai Kia’s Smartphone App For Performance Tweaks: Smart or Stupid?

Everyone knows that on-board connectivity and remote telematics make electric vehicle ownership fun and easy. These systems also bring with them some fun perks too — such as being able to defrost your car on a winter day without going outside to manual...

Elon Musk: Robotaxi Teslas Are Coming In A Year (If Regulators Say Yes)

Since 2016, Tesla has been hard at work developing its very own set of Autopilot hardware — and the software to run on it. Its goal? To develop full-autonomous electric vehicles that can not only be our personal forms of transport but also form a globa...

Sunday Musing: Are Clean Car, EV Advocates Wasting Time Attacking Each Other (When They Could Be Working Together?)

The world of cleaner, greener, safer and smarter vehicles is a very politically charged place (no pun intended). There’s always a lot of people with very strong opinions, and very often we see one group of advocates or plug-in fans go head to head with...

Nikola World, More Tesla Price Changes, Bolt EUV – TEN 248

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: (00:56) Nikola World – Nikola Motor showcases five future battery, hydrogen vehicles at Nikola World –

Shortages or Bubbles? Here’s Why Automakers Are Chasing The Latest Battery Breakthrough

As more and more automakers jump on the electric car bandwagon, we’re starting to see increasing demand for automotive-grade lithium-ion battery packs. While companies which thought ahead and either planned their own production facilities (Tesla) or si...

GM Isn’t Investing In Rivian, Say Sources. Here’s Why It’s Okay for Both Firms

Electric luxury electric vehicle company Rivian burst onto the scene last autumn after nearly a decade in stealth. And it’s high-end Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV have already gained a lot of attention, with customers all over the world putting d...

This Is The Tesla Model 3 That Tesla Doesn’t Want You To Buy

Ever since the Tesla Model 3 was unveiled, a great deal of attention has been given to the entry-level price of Tesla’s highly-coveted car. At $35,000 before incentives, the Model 3 Standard Range was to be the Tesla Model 3 for everyone. It was also s...

Sunday Musing: How Difficult Has It Been For You To Buy An Electric Car? Tell Us!

Earlier this week, our very own Kate Walton-Elliott shared her own story about trying to buy an electric car in the state of Washington. Since then, she’s had lots of people reach out with suggestions, and has actually put a deposit down on a Kia Niro ...

Breaking! Tesla Model 3 Now Gets Lease Option in The U.S.

We’re in Hong Kong waiting for our flight back to the U.S. — and Tesla just released some updates on its vehicles! This includes the announcement that Autopilot is now standard on all cars (at a lower cost than it used to be to have the option added), ...

V2G: Revolutionary? Smart? And Good For Your Electric Car Too?

Vehicle to grid technology — where an electric car can both take power from the electrical grid and then feed it back to the grid — has often been given a bad time. Critics say it is too costly, damages the car’s battery packs, and increases range anxi...

Want a Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV? It’s Harder Than It Looks

Here at Transport Evolved, we not only cover cleaner, greener, safer and smarter transportation, but we also live it too. Collectively, there are four plug-in vehicles on the Transport Evolved fleet — and we use them as our daily drivers. But up in Was...

The Audi e-Tron Has a Lower EPA Range Than Expected. Here’s Why

Last week, Audi announced that it had received official EPA range estimates for its upcoming 2019 e-tron SUV. With a 95-kWh battery pack, it was expected that Audi’s first long-range plug-in car would have an impressive range — but as the EPA figures s...

Sunday Musing: What’s Stopping You From Using CarShare, Bike Share, Shared Mobility Programs?

Most major cities around the world are now home to at least one shared mobility service, be it car share, bike share, scooter share or some other transportation charging scheme. Despite suffering teething problems in their earlier days, most of those s...

Audi e-tron Rated, Cheating German Automakers, Tesla Q1 Estimates – TEN 247

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: (00:47) Rated – Audi e-tron SUV gets rated by EPA – (01:28) Conspiracy – BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen accused of collusion to no...

Ford Unveils Plug-in Hybrids Ahead of All-Electric SUV Launch – Is This Its Game Plan?

Let’s be honest: Ford hasn’t (to date at least) been all that interested in electric vehicles. It’s ignored its Ford Focus electric, not really tried to sell any type of plug-in car, and focused instead on its ecoBoost branded engines for pickups, cars...

Tesla Q1 Estimates Show Reduced Production, Delivery Numbers. Why Is That?

yesterday, Tesla released its Q1 production and delivery estimates. Unlike Q4 last year — which continued Tesla’s upward trend in both departments — Q1 showed a marked drop in production and delivery figures. The resulting drop in Tesla shares has cert...

Security Researchers Hack, Trick Tesla’s Autopilot. What This Does (And Doesn’t) Tell Us About Autonomous Cars

At the start of the week, we heard reports that a Chinese security firm — Tencent Keen Security — had successfully hacked into a Tesla electric car yet again. In addition to leveraging a previous exploit to remotely control a Tesla’s autopilot system w...

Support Us Ahead of Fully Charged Live With These Awesome T-Shirts!

As we’re sure you know, the T.E. Team is heading to the UK in June to be part of the fantastic Fully Charged Live! (You can join us, and get your own tickets at ). Ahead of the big event, we th...

GM’s Promised Two New Electric Cars By Now. They’re Not Here. Why?

Back in October 2017, GM’s Mark Reuss told a small group of journalists that General Motors would be bringing two new electric cars to market in the next eighteen months — with a commitment to build twenty or more new electric models by 2023 around the...

Volvo XC40 Electric: What Can We Expect?

According to Automotive News Europe, Volvo is busy at work readying an all-electric version of the XC40 crossover for market. It will be the second all-electric model after the Polestar 2 to be built on Volvo’s reasonably-new CMA platform. But while Vo...

Why We Were Wrong About Tesla…

We’ve been running the TE Channel now for a pretty long time — and in that time we’ve seen some pretty big changes in the world of cleaner, greener, safer and smarter transportation. But while we once hoped that every automaker would bring out a new pl...

Who Should Take Responsibility For Combating Climate Change?

Today’s Sunday Musing is one that we know will spark quite a… debate… But regardless of your personal opinion on the cause of climate change, who’s responsibility should it be to try and mitigate the effects of a planet that very obviously seems to be ...

It’s Tyre Time (Hangout)

Nikki should be heading off to India tomorrow — but there’s been a change of plans and she’s now going a week later. So it’s time to take the winter tyres off the Nissan LEAF and put the summers back on (She did the Bolt EV mid-week) Come chat, ask que...

Coal Crossover, Model 3 Standard Range Pushed Back, Taycan Coast – TEN 246

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: (00:41) Less Than Coal – It’s official – it costs less to run new wind and solar plants than it does keeping coal fired stations running –

Tesla Says It’s Being Discriminated By New York’s Charging Infrastructure Policies For Electric Cars

Tesla’s Supercharger network is known around the world for being super-fast, super-reliable, and, if you’ve got a Tesla, the easiest way to refuel on a long-distance trip. But it also makes uses of Tesla’s own proprietary charging standard, something T...

The Five Most Common Questions Our Channel Gets — About Transport Evolved!

As our channel has grown, so too are the numbers of questions that viewers are asking us. Sometimes those questions revolve around particular cars or topics. Other times, they’re specific to the person asking them. Regardless, we like to try and answer...