Is it possible to swap an electric drivetrain into an established gas-powered model and end up with an even better vehicle? It certainly helps when the company designing the car in question – in this case Kia – made sure to future-proof its compact Soul wagon by including battery-friendly features in its original design. The 2015 Kia Soul EV boasts
Wikipedia defines a “backronym” as “a specially constructed acronym created to fit an existing word. For example, NASA named its space station treadmill the Combined Operational Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT) after Stephen Colbert. The backronym was a lighthearted compromise in recognition of the comedian's ability to sway NAS
While the multitudes were waiting in the rain to throw their hard-earned $1,000 at a future Tesla Model 3 late last year, Chevrolet was quietly unwrapping its own 300-plus km electric vehicle for the masses: the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV .
Chevrolet’s Bolt then, is more than just a solid little runabout, it’s a properly fun little car.
The Chevrolet Bolt has been on sale for a little over a year now, and as awesome as it is, it can’t quite approach the sales some of the best-selling battery electric vehicles on the market. Okay, GM sold just over 2,100 Bolts last year and is on track for about 2,400 this year. But the Nissan Leaf, which has just two-thirds of the range the Bolt d
LOS ANGELES – Kia has unveiled its new Soul hatchback and it looks funkier than ever.
While interest in tiny Japanese boxes-on-wheels was fleeting at best (Nissan Cube, Scion xB, Honda Element are all long gone), North American buyers have embraced Korea’s version wholeheartedly; enough to warrant this third generation of the model.
While the m
Kelowna, BC – After cautiously dipping its toe into increasingly electrified cars with first hybrid and then plug-in hybrid versions of its Sonata sedan, Hyundai is finally making a more serious stab at the green car market with the all-new Ioniq Hybrid and no-gas-whatsoever Ioniq Electric hatchbacks.
Thus the Ioniq will be the Goldilocks of
Introduced to Canada for the 2014 model year, the unique-looking BMW i3 electric runabout is visually and mechanically unchanged for 2017, with the same pug-nosed collection of peculiar but eminently practical curves, the same modern eco-lounge interior, and the same 170 hp (130 kW) electric motor driving the rear wheels.
The only reason I ra
Chevrolet surprised with last week's announcement that the Bolt EV would have a near 400 km range , and today they have shown the price to go with it.
The Bolt EV in Canada will start with an MSRP of $42,795. If you're in Ontario, that price can drop to $31,434 with tax incentives. Current electric vehicle incentives for BC residents can lower
Passengers Are People, Too
Normally when the person you're driving with takes their hands off of the wheel at 130 km/h, it's cause for alarm. How, then, to explain the sensation that comes over you when the individual in the left hand seat has had their hands in their lap the entire time you've been travelling at speeds that would land you in tr
I am a fanatic for funky, odd-shaped, quirky little cars. I adore the Mini, I adore the Veloster, I adore the Soul. I just hadn’t driven one yet. So I decided to fix it. Like my love for the Nissan Juke, my adoration of the 2016 Kia Soul fell flat on the ears of my friends and colleagues. But I don’t care; it’s still a cool little bus. I think that
While a lot of our attention is turned towards the Toronto auto show, the Chicago auto show is stealing the show with notable American unveils. Kia has done a double unveil, both in Chicago and in Toronto, for the world premiere of the 2017 Niro Hybrid, their - you will have guessed - new hybrid crossover, or HUV for hybrid utility vehicle. The Chi
The Canadian Green Car Award has named the Chevrolet Volt its overall winner for 2016.
Today's announcement was made at Toronto's Green Living Show, where the Volt was named the victor over five other category winners.
In that initial round of awards, the Volt was named best plug-in hybrid; other winners, and contenders for the overall win, i
Kia got us all worked up earlier this year when it displayed the Sportspace concept at the Geneva auto show: we car folks tend to like wagons an awful lot, and this was just the right kind of wagon, with rakish lines and looks that suggested the mechanicals underneath meant business.
That the car was revealed in Geneva, however, pretty much laid
Update (July 12): Tesla Model 3 added; Tesla charge times adjusted.
Ready, set, plug in – and go. Electrified vehicles are still just a sliver of the market, but automakers facing ever-tightening fuel economy and emissions standards are adding battery power to help meet them.
Along with hybrid vehicles – which use combined gas/electricity a
The ground-breaking 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was announced as the 2017 Canadian Green Car Award winner today, with GM’s newest electric vehicle recognized for its unique combination of long distance (383 km) all-electric range, consumer-friendly pricing, and game-changing environmental impact.
The award was presented to the Bolt after a group