VW Diesel Emission Scandal: Five Possible Long-Range Effects

VW Diesel Emission Scandal: Five Possible Long-Range Effects

Thus far, it's a been a quiet start to the third week of the Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal. Eight years' worth of VW TDI models, both new and used, have been taken off sale at the company's North American dealerships. We surmise its engineers are working around the clock at their... read more

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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 

2012 Tesla Model S

Five Facts About Tesla & Electric Cars That May Surprise You

Tesla always tops the charts. Coverage of the feisty startup electric-car maker from Silicon Valley attracts huge attention any time it appears. Discussion boards, forums... read more September 19, 2013 by 

2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Could Google Buy Tesla? Should It?

Speculating on what will happen to Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] can be endlessly entertaining, and the discussions have taken up terabytes of server space already. But last week... read more September 13, 2013 by 

2012 Tesla Model S

Will Tesla Alone Double Global Demand For Its Battery Cells?

Tesla is on a roll right now, with 14,000 of its all-electric Model S luxury sedan on the road and its stock at record highs. If it achieves its planned production... read more September 3, 2013 by 


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