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Toyota Mirai seeks to reclaim green image from Tesla, sans Supercharger network

Toyota Mirai seeks to reclaim green image from Tesla, sans Supercharger network

Since launching in Japan in 1997, the Toyota Prius hybrid has imbued its maker with a strong green image. The Prius has become Toyota's signature model, and helped the company become by far the world's largest seller of green cars. But after nearly two decades on sale, hybrid powertrains no longer... read more

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2016 Nissan Leaf

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for January-March 2016

European sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids were up 29 percent between January and March over the same period last year. The total of 23,160 sales pushed plug-in cars... read more May 16, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3

Tesla hires Audi veteran as new vehicle-production VP; predecessor took leave of absence

Following the departure of two top manufacturing executives, electric-car maker Tesla Motors has hired a manufacturing executive from German luxury maker Audi. The company... read more May 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla deadlines, VW’s V-6 TDI fix, Chevy Bolt EV predictions: The Week In Reverse

At least one analyst thinks GM’s massively underestimating interest in the Chevy Bolt EV. And is it really a surprise that to hear that Elon Musk uses some wishful... read more May 14, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

French oil company Total agrees to buy battery maker Saft

Energy storage has never been the subject of more research, capital investment, and business interest than it's experiencing in this decade. With lithium-ion cells at the... read more May 12, 2016 by


 
Audi e-tron Quattro concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

Audi CEO pledges one electric (or electrified) car each year

Audi is a little behind fellow German automaker BMW in the area of electrified autos, but it has a plan in place to address this shortcoming. Speaking during Audi’s... read more May 12, 2016 by


 
Genesis New York Concept

Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand will offer plug-in hybrids, then fuel cells

Hyundai's ambitious green-car plans will apparently be extended to its new Genesis luxury brand. After selling the Genesis and Equus luxury sedans under its own brand name... read more May 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevy Bolt EV sales could go as high as 80,000, says analyst

The question of how many electric cars can be sold in a single year remains a topic of hot debate as the U.S. market awaits the launch of the 200-mile Chevy Bolt EV at the... read more May 12, 2016 by


 
Nissan prototype 60-kWh battery pack  -  Nissan Technical Center, October 2015

Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

With no tailpipe emissions, electric cars have a clear advantage over their gasoline and diesel counterparts when it comes to carbon emissions. Studies have found that even... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
2014 Audi Q5 TDI, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2013

Fix for Audi, VW, Porsche V-6 diesels closer to approval: report

Last November, the EPA announced that nearly 100,000 cars and SUVs fitted with VW Group's 3-liter V-6 diesel engines violated the Clean Air Act. The agency said at the time... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

Buying an electric car can increase fuel use allowed by CAFE rules

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say incentives to sell alternative-fuel vehicle in federal laws could potentially create a short-term rise in fuel consumption and... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Liquid-cooled Tesla Supercharger cable

Tesla to promote Chinese national electric-car charging standard

To date, Tesla Motors has offered its buyers the company's Supercharger DC fast-charging standard, which presently charges more quickly than the CHAdeMO or Combined Charging... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry

Tesla 500k goal, new-car fuel economy, FCA turbo 4-cylinder: Today's Car News

Today, Tesla aims to produce 500,000 cars per year by 2018, rather than 2020 was originally stated. Also, new-car average fuel economy fell in April, and Fiat Chrysler... read more May 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Jeep Wrangler

Fiat Chrysler to offer turbo-4 to boost fuel economy in next Jeep Wrangler

You'd expect an engine named Hurricane to be fairly powerful. And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has dropped hints that it would launch a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine... read more May 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford Focus Electric 5dr HB Grille

Ford CEO Mark Fields confirms 200-mile electric car coming (updated)

What a difference a week makes. In late April, Ford's director of electrification programs and engineering, Kevin Layden, said the 100-mile range of the 2017 Ford Focus... read more May 10, 2016 by


 

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