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Tesla Door-Handle Update, Ford Patents, Fiat Vs BMW: Today's Car News

Tesla Door-Handle Update, Ford Patents, Fiat Vs BMW: Today's Car News

We look at why used electric cars are becoming a thing, Ford's intellectual-property announcement, and 40 years of artistic BMWs. All this and more today on Green Car Reports. Three years and more have passed since modern electric cars went on sale, meaning used electric cars are about to get big...

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2015 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Opens Electrified-Vehicle Patents, Adds 200 Engineers To Work On Hybrids, Electrics

Ford Motor Company announced this morning that it would open its portfolio of patents related to electrified vehicles--meaning both hybrids and electric cars--to competitive... read more 15 hours ago by 


 
Nissan LEAF

Used Electric Cars: About To Get Big, What You Need To Know

Think electric-car ownership is priced out of your league? It’s simply not. Even if leasing isn’t for you, or you don’t have the stellar credit required to... read more 17 hours ago by 


 
2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

New Smaller Commercial Vans Do Well Due To Fuel Efficiency

You can save a lot of money by improving the fuel economy of larger and thirstier vehicles, especially if they cover lots of miles each year. That's why business owners are... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

Tesla Pops Up, State Electric-Car Fees, Obama Delayed: Today's Car News

We look at vacation car-rental dilemmas, state electric-car fees, and yet another innovation from California carmaker Tesla Motors. All this and more today on Green Car... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging

Electric-Car Future Is Coming, Just More Slowly Than Predicted: Consensus

It's been no secret that President Obama's goal of 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads won't be met by the end of this year. That's the goal he announced on the... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
Scenes from Yellowstone National Park, May 2015   [photo: John C. Briggs]

Ford Fusion Or Toyota Prius: Environmentalist's Vacation Dilemma

Carbon guilt weighed heavily on my mind as I approached the car rental counter at the Salt Lake City Airport. The book I was reading on the plane (Sustainable Energy, by... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: FURTHER UPDATE

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, by Flickr user MJM Photographie (Used under CC License)

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors 'popup store' to display electric cars, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2015

Tesla Brings Electric-Car Popup Stores To Summer Resorts: Santa Barbara, Hamptons

So-called popup stores are an increasingly common way for retail brands to get media attention and attract new customers, without the expense of building and staffing a... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
Audi R8 e-tron Piloted Driving concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show Asia

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids, BMW And Mirai Showrooms, Germy Gas Pumps: Today's Car News

We look at the latest hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans from Hyundai, consider two standalone showrooms for advanced green vehicles, and ask if a gas pump may be the single... read more May 26, 2015 by 


 
Hover H7 by Great Wall

LG Chem Adds Chinese Great Wall Motors Plug-In Hybrids To Its Battery Clients

South Korean battery maker LG Chem continues to be on a roll, signing up automakers left and right that plan to use its lithium-ion cells in new electric cars. The latest to... read more May 26, 2015 by 


 
Toyota Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015

Tokyo's Toyota Mirai Dealer & Hydrogen Fueling Site: Photo Gallery

The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan will go on sale in limited regions of California later this year, but it's already available in Japan. On a recent trip to... read more May 26, 2015 by 


 
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Supercars Recalled For Fan Wiring

Porsche is recalling every 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar to fix potentially faulty radiator-fan wiring. The carmaker says the wiring harness for the radiator fans in... read more May 26, 2015 by 


 
Gas pump

A Gas Pump Is The 'Germiest Thing' You Touch: Did You Know?

While owners of electric cars may not want to touch a gas pump because of what comes out of it, there may be a reason for everyone else to be concerned too. Objects that are... read more May 26, 2015 by 


 
Stevens Creek BMW i Center, Santa Clara, California, May 2015 opening

First Standalone BMW Electric-Car Sales Facility Opens--In CA, Of Course

Electric cars are still a rarity in most of North America, and for that matter most of the world. But California, which has led automotive trends pretty much since the Second... read more May 26, 2015 by 


 
 

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