Former GM Product Czar Bob Lutz Asks: Is Tesla Doomed?

Former GM Product Czar Bob Lutz Asks: Is Tesla Doomed?

Former General Motors product czar Bob Lutz, now retired for a few years, is largely respected within the auto industry. He stopped flying his MIG fighter jet when he turned 80, as the story goes, but he remains a larger-than-life persona in an industry with fewer and fewer of them. He's still... read more

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Why Did Volkswagen Cheat On Diesel Emissions In Its TDI Cars?

The bad news for Volkswagen just keeps on coming. In the last week, the company has fired much of its upper management, eradicated all mention of its TDI diesels from its... read more September 26, 2015 by 

Automobile accident, Washington, D.C., 1923

Overall U.S. Fuel Economy: Higher Now Than In 1923, But Only A Little

The average fuel economy of new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. today is the subject of intense regulation, but what about over a much longer period of time? Has the... read more August 18, 2015 by 

2011 Nissan Leaf UK Launch

Plug-In Electric Car Sales Soar Globally Even As U.S. Is Flat This Year

Gasoline prices remain low and sales of plug-in electric cars this year are only about equal to last year's levels. That's led to a number of articles from general media... read more July 17, 2015 by 

2016 Mazda 6

Mazda To Lean On Toyota For Hybrid, Fuel-Cell Expertise

Mazda and Toyota will work together over the next few years in an arrangement that will see the two carmakers pool their green technologies. Japan's largest carmaker and one... read more May 14, 2015 by 

Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Oil Industry Will Begin To Vanish By 2030, Says New Book

What if electric cars and renewable energy became such common parts of our society that they made the oil industry obsolete? It's an environmentalist's dream, and it's also... read more February 13, 2015 by 

Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

How Many Tesla Model S Electric Cars Have Been Built So Far?

While Tesla likely won't reveal last year's total production of Model S electric cars until it releases year-end financial results, it has said it expected to build 33,000... read more January 16, 2015 by 

Gas pump

Could Gasoline Below $3 A Gallon Doom Rising Gas-Mileage Rules?

By most accounts, the world is pretty much awash in oil these days. Increases in North American shale-oil production have boosted supply to the point where there's now... read more November 7, 2014 by 

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive  -  First Drive, May 2014

Mercedes CEO: No One Will Make Money On Electric Cars In 'Reasonable Time'

With the first Mercedes-Benz electric car now on sale, its parent company Daimler joins the expanding ranks of global automakers offering plug-in electric vehicles in the... read more November 5, 2014 by 

2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Were Small Cars Exactly The Wrong Way To Launch Electric Cars?

Historically, most technology innovations in automobiles start at the high end and gradually work their way down the lineup until they've become standard features of even the... read more October 31, 2014 by 

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Elon Musk Vs Ward's: A Sales Battle Tesla Brought On Itself

It all started when stock analysts circulating an estimate from auto-industry trade journal Ward's Auto that Tesla's U.S. sales were down 26 percent for the first nine months... read more October 30, 2014 by 

Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California

Should GM Buy Tesla? What Would Be The Pros And Cons?

The suggestion hit the day before Christmas: Analyst Yra Harris of Praxis Trading predicted in a CNBC interview that General Motors might buy Tesla Motors sometime in 2014... read more January 7, 2014 by 

Better Place user David Rose w/keys to Renault Fluence ZE electric car in Israel [photo: David Rose]

Better Place Obit Asks: Has Tesla Done What Israel Couldn't?

This is a tale of two electric-car companies. One, Better Place, declared bankruptcy back in May, and doesn't appear to be getting back on its feet anytime soon. Last week... read more October 15, 2013 by 

2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Tiny Smart Cars Lose $5 Billion For Mercedes-Benz: Report

The very small Smart cars have apparently lost a very large amount of money for Mercedes-Benz. A new report from London's Bernstein Research names the Smart the biggest... read more October 10, 2013 by 

Venucia E30 (Chinese version of Nissan Leaf electric car), Guangzhou Auto Show [photo: ChinaAutoWeb]

Future Of Electric Cars Depends On China, Says Nissan CEO Ghosn

China is the future of the electric car. At least, that's what Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes. Speaking to the Associated Press at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, he... read more September 23, 2013 by 

2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

Why The 2013 Nissan Leaf Is Really A 2001 Toyota Prius

A lot of media discussion these days seems to focus overly on the low sales of plug-in electric cars (this piece from Friday, for instance). That despite the fact that... read more September 23, 2013 by 


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