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U.S. household energy costs hit 50-year low

U.S. household energy costs hit 50-year low

Substantial growth in U.S. renewable-energy capacity will undoubtedly have a positive environmental impact. But the reduction in carbon emissions renewable-energy advocates aim to achieve does not exclude potential benefits to consumers. Because as renewable-energy generating capacity has expanded... read more

February 19, 2017 by -
 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Kia Niro EV, subsidized fast charging, plug-in hybrid proliferation: Today's Car News

Today, we have confirmation of the all-electric Kia Niro EV, pros and cons of automaker subsidization of electric-car fast charging, and why Toyota thinks plug-in hybrids... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Diesel sales in Europe will fall close to zero within 10 years: prediction

In the U.S., the Volkswagen diesel scandal was a case of an automaker betraying the trust of more than half a million owners. But in the Europe, the issue of diesel emissions... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Solar power hits new U.S. heights: utility use exceeds home panels

No matter how you measure it, 2016 was a major year for solar energy. More solar-generating capacity was added last year than either natural gas or wind, according to the... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

More GM electric cars, Chevy Cruze Diesel lawsuit, KS electric-car charging: Today's Car News

Today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the Chevrolet Bolt EV will form the basis for a "huge range of electric cars," a Chevrolet Cruze Diesel lawsuit moves forward, and a... read more February 15, 2017 by


 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan

Chevy Cruze Diesel lawsuit to move into discovery phase

Shock waves from Volkswagen's admission that it had installed "defeat device" software on its so-called clean diesels to cheat on emission tests continue to reverberate... read more February 15, 2017 by


 
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Smart goes all-electric, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq prices, 'Greenest' and 'Meanest' cars: Today's Car News

Today, we have news that Smart may start selling only electric cars in the U.S., pricing information for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Electric, and rankings of the... read more February 14, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan

2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots, 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel mpg, carmakers & Trump: Today's Car News

Today, we have spy shots of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel sedan, and analyses of automakers' claims that current EPA... read more February 13, 2017 by


 
2014 Peterbilt 579

'Near-zero' diesel cheaper way to cut NOx than electric cars, says diesel lobbying group

A prominent lobbying group believes environmental remediation funds from Volkswagen diesel settlements should be spent on new "clean" diesel vehicles. The settlement for... read more February 13, 2017 by


 
John and Mimi Porter of San Diego, California, with their new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, in Feb 2017

Model 3 start, VW diesel drama, Subaru first drive, Bolt EV owner impressions: The Week in Reverse

What remarkable accusation did the Volkswagen board of directors make against its former CEO and scion of the family that founded the company? And what date does one rumor... read more February 11, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford C-Max Energi

Plug-in hybrid price guide, 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, Elio woes: Today's Car News

Today, we have an updated plug-in hybrid price guide, the debut of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback, and an update on Elio Motors and its "84 mpg" three-wheeled vehicle... read more February 10, 2017 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Tesla Model 3 pilot production, VW vs Piech, electric-car battery prices: Today's Car News

Today, we look at a report regarding the start of Tesla Model 3 pilot production, conflict between Volkswagen's board of directors and ex-CEO Ferdinand Piëch, and... read more February 9, 2017 by


 
Ferdinand Piech, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, at 2000 Paris Motor Show

VW Board vs ex-CEO Piech: rancor erupts over diesel cheating lies

Statements from the boards of directors of automakers are generally dry, dispassionate, and formal. So the language of a terse item issued yesterday by the board of... read more February 9, 2017 by


 
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016

Hybrid SUVs, Faraday downsizing, Tesla CA energy storage: Today's Car News

Today, we look at why more SUVs and crossovers don't offer hybrid powertrains, Faraday Future scales back production plans, and three battery energy-storage sites come online... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Tesla and SolarCity energy storage array on Ta'u, American Samoa

3 California battery storage sites come online, one from Tesla

Long a leader in the push to reduce vehicle emissions and switch to renewable energy, California marks another milestone this week. The last of three battery energy-storage... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Faraday Future FF 91

Faster electric-car charging, Faraday reservations, Tesla Model 3 cost speculation: Today's Car News

Today, we look at plans for faster electric-car charging, Faraday Future's tally of reservations for the FF 91 electric car, and the results of our poll asking how much a... read more February 7, 2017 by


 

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