Icona Neo concept on display in Paris

Icona Neo concept on display in Paris

Icona is an automotive design house based in Shanghai, China but with roots in Italy. It has close links to Italian firm Cecomp, which has been building concepts and pre-production models for major automakers for three decades. Last year, Icona developed a concept city car called the Neo. At the 2016 Festival International Automobile Paris last month, it released a few details about the car. It is

Adding a LEAF battery pack to a Chevy S-10 pickup truck (Video)

Adding a LEAF battery pack to a Chevy S-10 pickup truck (Video)

Swapping out an old internal combustion engine for an electric motor is all the rage these days. Dedicated tinkerer Jay Summet had already converted his Chevy S10 pickup truck to electric power using 20 lead acid golf cart batteries when he got a chance to buy a complete 2013 Nissan LEAF that had been wrecked. Out came the old batteries and in went the lithium

Hyundai debuts new hybrid transmission in Ioniq EV

Hyundai debuts new hybrid transmission in Ioniq EV

The Hyundai Ioniq will feature a 6 speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with a built-in electric motor. Hyundai says its engineers were able to make the new transmission significantly less expensive to manufacture by employing just one electric motor. Many other hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt use more costly dual motor systems. Hybrid cars typically use a constantly variable transmission

Will it ever be possible to charge an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas?

Will it ever be possible to charge an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas?

The amount of time it takes to charge an electric car today is one of the main obstacles to wider-spread consumer adoption. Even the quickest DC fast-charging stations generally take around half an hour for an 80-percent charge, which is still much longer than it takes to pump a tankful of gasoline. Will that ever change? Researchers at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL,

Tesla sues German supplier over Model X door failure

Tesla sues German supplier over Model X door failure

Why does the Tesla Model X have those seriously fantastic falcon wing doors? Because Elon Musk hates the sliding side doors typically found on most passenger vans. He wanted something different. At Tesla, what Elon wants, Elon gets. The concept was brilliant. Making the doors go up and down reliably was a challenge, though. After hosting a design competition among several suppliers, Tesla chose Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort

How Tesla designs its electric motors

How Tesla designs its electric motors

Tesla’s focus on electric cars has given it the rare opportunity to design vehicles from a completely clean sheet of paper, but that also creates a steep engineering learning curve. While other carmakers can rely on existing components and lessons learned from similar projects, Tesla has largely had to figure things out on its own. Konstantinos Laskaris, the company’s head of electric-motor design, offered some