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How Do You Make An Electric Car? Smart Shows You

How Do You Make An Electric Car? Smart Shows You

If you read our reviews a few months back, you'll be aware that the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is a much better car than its predecessors. In third-generation form, it's quicker and has a greater range, but is now available to buy as well as lease--and it's the cheapest electric car on sale... read more

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

Why Silicon Valley Won't Be Detroit For Green Carmakers

We don’t hear “death of Detroit” stories as often now as we did a year ago. When GM and Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy and the entire U.S. industry laid... read more April 13, 2011 by  12


 
Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Electric Car Factory: Think Sets Up Shop In Indiana, RV-Land

Quick, name the electric cars currently on sale. Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and ... ummmm ... oh, yeah, Smart Electric Drive. Now name the ones built in the States. Hmmmm... read more March 22, 2011 by  5


 
M. Allen Swift with his 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Picadilly Roadster

Cars That Last And Last: Driving The Same One For 77 Years

We've all heard the stories about people who hang onto their cars for decades. Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is one; he's got more than 2.6 million miles on it now, after... read more February 4, 2011 by  12


 
Ford Rouge Assembly Plant, Michigan, where Ford F-150 pickup trucks are built

Greening The Rouge: Ford's More Sustainable Pickup Plant

A green roof is not at its most photogenic in a Michigan winter. In fact, it's hardly green at all--more like gray and brown--though it still insulates the building below... read more January 18, 2011 by  3


 
Nissan Smyrna Tennessee

Nissan Will Build Leaf Electrics Among Altima, Maxima Gas Cars

It's one of the most radical cars ever to be built in this country, the first all-electric vehicle to go on sale in many decades. So you'd expect that when the Nissan Leaf... read more November 10, 2010 by 


 
2011 Buick Excelle for China and North America

2012 Buick Verano, Based on Cruze, Coming From Michigan

The new compact sedan from Buick is expected to be built in Michigan, and General Motors is preparing to announce the vehicle tomorrow at a press conference in its home... read more October 6, 2010 by 


 
2010 Ford Flex

Green Materials For Ford Flex: Renewable Canadian Wheat Straw

The overall carbon footprint of a vehicle is more than 90 percent composed of the fuel used to move it around, but manufacturing plays a role too. Many automakers are quietly... read more September 13, 2010 by  1


 
The 2010 Toyota Prius

Lemon Law: When Green Cars Turn Yellow

When it comes to lemons, are defective green cars different than traditional all gas or diesel engine vehicles? The simple answer is, no. The statistics of manufacturing... read more September 2, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Ford Explorer

Ford Saves Scrap Steel, Stamps Explorer Parts From Pickup Leftovers

A century ago, Henry Ford was known for insisting that parts be shipped to his factories in wooden crates whose slats were sized so they could be reused to build parts of the... read more August 25, 2010 by 


 
2011 Coda Sedan prototype - front

So What Exactly Is An American-Made Car? You May Be Surprised

We wrote about the 2011 Coda Sedan and Coda's EV cost calculator not too long ago, and described the cars as a "Chinese-built sedan" with a battery pack "containing... read more August 4, 2010 by  6


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

The 2011 Chevy Volt: Made Alongside GM's Gas-Guzzling V8s

Think of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and very little seems conventional about it. With a range of 40 miles per charge and a range-extending gasoline engine used to provide extra... read more August 4, 2010 by  12


 
First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

BREAKING: GM Boosts 2011 Chevrolet Volt Production 50 Percent

There's no better time to make a public announcement than when you have the President of the United States with you. Today,President Barack Obama visited the... read more July 30, 2010 by  2


 
2010 Toyota Prius

Next Toyota Prius To Be Built in U.S.--But Not Until 2016

The convoluted twists and turns of possible Prius production in the U.S. have taken another unexpected bend. A Toyota executive has now told Reuters that the company intends... read more July 27, 2010 by 


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Perry: Nissan Won't Lose Money on 2011 Leaf

Cutting-edge technology never comes cheaply. Automakers routinely subsidize it in new cars in new markets to gain a foothold, or even a competitive advantage--and still can... read more July 27, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Honda CR-Z

Honda To Launch Plug-In Hybrid Car in 2013, A Year After Toyota

It's been a time of turmoil for Honda lately, with the company doubling down on hybrids and pulling back on its clean-diesel efforts. Now, according to a Reuters report, the... read more July 19, 2010 by 


 
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