Chinese automaker BYD announced a plan this week to build its North American headquarters in Los Angeles--the latest in a series of moves that are slowly turning California into the new electric vehicle hotspot.
The sleek electric cars made by startups like Tesla and Fisker are prized for their good looks and high speeds. But the EVs made by the tiny Japanese company Takeoka Jidosha Kogei are coveted for a different reason: They're handmade.
The collapse of the auto industry has done a number on Detroit. Laid-off workers seem to continuously multiply. Abandoned houses line many city blocks. But with the destruction of one industry comes the opportunity for another one to grow in its ashes: farming.
What will happen to the Chevy Volt now that CEO Fritz Henderson has been ousted? Apparently, not too much. The electric vehicle is set to be released in a 100-vehicle rollout in California next year in a partnership with three local utilities.
We've gotten excited about Fisker'sKarma electric car before--it's dashingly attractive for an eco-friendly vehicle. But Fisker will only make a big dent in carbon emissions if it makes a family car. Which it will now do in Delaware.
Sci-fi film makers have for years had to solve a tricky problem: How should electric cars sound? Nissan's facing a similar problem for its real e-car, and turned back to Sci-fi--its Leaf EV will sound like those in Blade Runner.