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Honda to launch electric car in China next year too, joining Toyota, reluctantly

Honda to launch electric car in China next year too, joining Toyota, reluctantly

While corporate average fuel-economy standards through 2021 remain in place in the U.S., automakers are preparing their case to argue for delays in further tightening. Meanwhile, China is turning the policy screws on automakers operating in the country, telling them they must sell more electric...

April 24, 2017 by -
 
Chrome exhaust pipe

When will we see 'tailpipes' on cars as morally wrong? An Earth Day question

Economists call them "externalities." They're the costs of people's actions on other people or communities—though the people taking those actions don't have to pay for... read more April 22, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet FNR-X Concept for plug-in hybrid crossover, 2017 Shanghai auto show   [photo: Ronan Glon]

Tesla recall, Shanghai electric concepts, diesel VWs return, Model S changes : The Week in Reverse

Which makers showed plug-in electric concepts in Shanghai that were conspicuously absent from the New York auto show? What caused Tesla to recall more than 50,000 of its... read more April 22, 2017 by


 
Distracted driving

Tesla recall, high electric-car interest, future Genesis, Shanghai concepts: Today's Car News

Today, a Tesla recall, more cars with plugs from Shanghai, disarray on climate policy under Trump, and depressing data on distracted driving. All this and more on Green Car... read more April 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

AAA says interest in electric cars rivals pickups: so where are the sales?

Although fuel prices remain relatively cheap in most areas of the United States, it seems that interest in electric vehicles may be growing. According to a new survey from... read more April 21, 2017 by


 
Donald J. Trump in November 2016       [photo: The Trump Organization]

U.S. exit from Paris Climate Agreement unclear; Trump team clashes on policy

As the Trump Administration nears its 100th day, it seems fair to say that it is still emitting mixed messages on multiple issues, from foreign policy to climate change. On... read more April 21, 2017 by


 
Hyundai Vision G (HCD-16) concept

Genesis to offer high-end electric luxury coupe; so long, V-8

Tesla has made an unexpected success out of its pioneering luxury electric vehicles, which offer a healthy dose of performance for good measure. Hyundai's Genesis luxury... read more April 21, 2017 by


 
Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]

Jeep Yuntu Concept for Shanghai may have plug-in hybrid powertrain

The Jeep Yunto Concept made its debut Wednesday at the Shanghai auto show, and it appears to be a plug-in hybrid. The automaker has been tight-lipped about the concept's... read more April 21, 2017 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla recalls 53,000 Model S, Model X electric cars for parking-brake issue

Tesla has issued a voluntarily recall for roughly 53,000 of its Model S and Model X electric cars to address an issue in which the parking brake might stick in the engaged... read more April 21, 2017 by


 
2011 Nissan Leaf electric car after battery-pack replacement  [by owner Tim Jacobsen, Concord, CA]

How to negotiate for a new Nissan Leaf battery pack: electric-car owner advises

In designing, testing, and producing the Nissan Leaf, the first modern electric car sold in volume, Nissan made a design decision that some other companies didn't. It chose... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
Hybrid Kinetic K750 concept by Pininfarina, 2017 Shanghai auto show

Audi, Chevy, and more in Shanghai, Toyota electric car, Nissan Leaf battery advice: Today's Car News

Today, it's almost all about China and the Shanghai auto show, including live photos and details of electric and plug-in hybrid concept cars—and why China is making... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Why Toyota's 'agonizing' U-turn toward electric cars? Because China says so

Large auto companies are likely aircraft carriers: it takes a long time for them to change direction, and far longer yet to get them aligned on a new course. To various... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

Ending tax credits would kill electric-car market, Edmunds says

The electric-car market may be in for a serious downturn when current federal tax incentives end, assuming the Trump administration declines to extend them, according to a... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet FNR-X Concept for plug-in hybrid crossover, 2017 Shanghai auto show   [photo: Ronan Glon]

Chevrolet FNR-X plug-in hybrid crossover concept debuts in Shanghai: live photos

After being teased last week, the Chevrolet FNR-X Concept crossover made its debut yesterday at the Shanghai auto show. The new shape, which sports a plug-in hybrid... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Nancy Gioia

Most Fords will be hybrid or electric by 2025 ... in China

Ford has aggressive electrification plans for China. In a recent announcement, the U.S. automaker said that 70 percent of the vehicles it sells in the country by 2025 will be... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
Audi e-tron Sportback Concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo:Ronan Glon]

Audi e-tron Sportback Concept: full electic-car details, photos from Shanghai auto show

Audi has injected a dash of sporting character and a look at the future of electric-vehicle design into its latest e-tron concept car, which made its debut at the 2017... read more April 20, 2017 by


 
Honda CR-V Hybrid introduced at 2017 Shanghai auto show

2018 (?) Honda CR-V Hybrid all but confirmed for U.S. sale after Shanghai debut

It's one of the more frequently asked questions on consumer car sites: why aren't there any hybrid crossover utility vehicles? The Ford Escape Hybrid reigned alone in that... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model X

Hybrid Honda CR-V, VW diesel discounts, hydrogen heavy hauler, Model X updates: Today's Car News

Today, we've got more from the influential Shanghai auto show, more Tesla updates, the end of debate over climate science, and a huge heavy-duty hydrogen vehicle. All this... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA

Toyota 'Project Portal' hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty semi tractor as proof of concept

The challenges of building fueling infrastructure for passenger cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells are well known by now. Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai now lease low volumes of... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Is the science of climate change open to debate? Poll results

It's mixed news these days for those concerned about continuing manmade climate change. On the one hand, global carbon emissions were flat for the third year in a row... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

Modified 'new' 2015 Volkswagen TDI diesels come with big discounts

If you're itching to climb into a brand new, 2015 Volkswagen TDI, the german automaker wants to sweeten the deal for you. Volkswagen has begun selling its fixed, 2015 model... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
 

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