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VW diesel negotiations, Ford Model E, Subaru electric crossover: Today's Car News

VW diesel negotiations, Ford Model E, Subaru electric crossover: Today's Car News

Today, the Justice Department begins negotiating with Volkswagen after concluding that company actions related to the use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars qualify as illegal, and reports point to two forthcoming electric crossovers—one from Ford, the other from Subaru. All this and...

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Renault Zoe electric car on the Outer Hebrides

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-June 2016

In the first six months of 2016, only two vehicles are in serious contention for the title of best-selling electric car in Europe. The Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe traded the... read more August 16, 2016 by


 
Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

EU proposes deep cuts to vehicle emissions, ignores ships, airplanes

European automakers have attacked proposed emissions standards that would place greater restrictions on cars, as well as large commercial vehicles like heavy-duty trucks and... read more August 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

How can automakers sell more electric cars? Sierra Club report has suggestions

The Sierra Club recently released what it says is the "first-ever multi-state study on electric vehicle shopping experience," and the results weren't encouraging. A report... read more August 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S P90D and Boeing 737 drag race

Tesla P100D battery coming for Model S, Model X, EU site shows

The Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan has had a dizzying array of battery offerings over its four-year life, and the Model X has had quite a few over less than a year. Now... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

Electric-car battery updates, Tesla flagship store, Audi regenerative shock absorbers: Today's Car News

Today, we look at why automakers don't offer battery upgrades for electric cars, Tesla opens a new flagship store in San Francisco, and Audi demonstrates shock absorbers that... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S and 2014 BMW i3, Hudson Valley, NY, Nov 2014

Why carmakers don't offer electric-car battery updates: costs don't pencil out

It's a litany you hear often from the most ardent electric-car owners and advocates. "Old car companies don't get it; they won't offer electric-car battery upgrades with... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
Tesla store under construction, Van Ness Ave, San Francisco [photo: BlueStarE3 on Tesla Motors Club]

Tesla opens new electric-car store in San Francisco, to serve as flagship

California is not just the home state of Tesla Motors, it's also the biggest single U.S. market for electric cars. So perhaps it's not surprising that Tesla recently opened a... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
Audi eROT electromechanical rotary damping technology

Audi regenerative shock absorber recaptures energy

Regenerative braking is commonly used in hybrids and electric cars to recover energy normally lost as heat during braking. But that isn't the only potential source of energy... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric-car shopping far too hard; dealers, carmakers can improve, says report

Greater electric-car adoption requires both dealers and carmakers to be strongly committed to selling plug-in vehicles. Years of anecdotal evidence from shoppers shows such... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

U.S. states agreed to keep Exxon climate-deception probe secret: here's why

As far back as the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change—and that burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But the... read more August 14, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla lifesaver, 'urban' Chevy Bolt, BMW vs Tesla, VW buyback amounts: The Week in Reverse

Why would an electric car be as bad as a refrigerator? Or as coffee? And what did the FTC specifically warn Volkswagen dealers not to do? This is our look back at the Week In... read more August 13, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW 740e xDrive i Performance

FTC warns VW dealers, 2017 BMW 740e plug-in hybrid, Tesla manufacturing impact: Today's Car News

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns Volkswagen dealers not to mislead customers about diesel buybacks, the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive i Performance plug-in hybrid makes... read more August 12, 2016 by


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

U.K. businesses slowly moving away from diesel cars: survey

Europe has been loyal to diesel cars for decades, but it seems that loyalty is now starting to fade. Diesels have been popular because of their high fuel economy, but as the... read more August 12, 2016 by


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla now 'driving force' behind San Francisco area manufacturing

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has had many interesting and unexpected effects in its decade of existence. It's launched a series of electric cars with 200 miles or more of... read more August 12, 2016 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

FTC warns VW dealers not to mislead owners about buybacks

Volkswagen diesel owners are still waiting for final approval of the proposed settlement that will allow VW to buy back their cars. But on Tuesday, the Federal Trade... read more August 12, 2016 by


 
 

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