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2016 Chevy Volt Range Extender, Tesla Hunger Games, Toyota Hybrid Sales: Today's Car News

2016 Chevy Volt Range Extender, Tesla Hunger Games, Toyota Hybrid Sales: Today's Car News

Today we have stories on three big green-car names. Find out why the 2016 Chevrolet Volt could get a 75-horsepower range extender, and why states may be stuck in a "Hunger Games" for the massive battery "Gigafactory." Meanwhile, Toyota continues to dominate global hybrid sales. All this and more on... read more

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2014 Toyota Prius C

Toyota Continues To Dominate Global Hybrid Sales (No Surprise There)

Hybrid sales might have been slow to take off in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but there are no such concerns these days. In the first half of 2014, Japanese automaker... read more 7 hours ago by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

'Tesla Hunger Games': Are States In 'Race To Bottom' For Gigafactory?

Electric-car makers don't normally draw comparisons with dystopian autocracies. But as five states compete to host Tesla Motors' massive battery "Gigafactory," some are... read more 7 hours ago by 


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Price, Tesla Battery Cost, Lighter Cars: Today's Car News

Today we look, both directly and indirectly, at Tesla's future. See why the Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell sedan could target the Model S, and how the electric-car maker's battery... read more August 28, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan at Aspen Ideas Festival  [photo: Riccardo Savi]

Will The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Target The Tesla Model S?

Imagine a smooth, quiet, comfortable largish sedan that emits nothing, with a range of 250 miles or more--one that pegs its driver as a person in the vanguard of advanced... read more August 28, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction

Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

There are many routes to improving fuel efficiency in modern cars, but one route in particular seems to be resonating with automakers, automotive engineers and designers... read more August 28, 2014 by 


 
BYD Qin plug-in hybrid in showroom in Costa Rica

BYD's Rising Electric-Car Sales Swamped By Falling Gas Models

Chinese automaker BYD was the first car company in the world to put a plug-in hybrid passenger car into production, a couple of years before the Chevrolet Volt range-extended... read more August 28, 2014 by 


 
Clean Energy Fuels natural gas refueling station Long Beach, California.

Why Aren't Natural Gas-Powered Long-Haul Semi Trucks Selling Better?

We will likely never see battery-electric trucks enter the long-haul freight mainstream, but other alternatives to diesel fuel exist today. One is natural gas, which comes... read more August 28, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings, 2016 Volvo XC90 Plug-In, Solid-State Batteries: Today's Car News

Today on Green Car Reports, we delve into some renderings of possible styling for the 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car, give you all of the details on the 2016 Volvo XC90... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
Excerpt of rendering by Auto Express of possible design for 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car

2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

It's long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90 Will Be Only Seven-Passenger Plug-In Hybrid

It is, as yet, not possible to buy a plug-in car with seating for seven passengers. That will all change when the 2016 Volvo XC90 hits the market, as the latest generation of... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Ad Shows Driver...Not Plugging In (Video)

Toyota has been quite upfront about its belief that plug-in electric cars are not the technology of the future. (It says hydrogen fuel-cell cars are.) And now this belief has... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
Electric car drivers in Helsinki. Image: electrictraffic.fi

Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely? A few cities encourageresidents to eschew car use for public transit... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

Sakti3 Claims Solid-State Battery Breakthrough For Electric Cars

A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 claims it has battery chemistry that doubles the energy density of today's best lithium-ion batteries. Speaking to Scientific American... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

A World Beyond Cars, Tesla Model X Expectations, Fisker Karma Spare Parts: Today's Car News

Today's news is very forward-looking. California looks forward to a world beyond cars while, in the nearer term, analysts predict success for the 2015 Tesla Model X, and... read more August 26, 2014 by 


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

It's almost inconceivable, the idea of a world without personally-owned automobiles. But that's the startling vision proposed by noted researcher Tom Turrentine and... read more August 26, 2014 by 


 
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