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Green Car Preview: Los Angeles Auto Show Concepts, Production Cars

Green Car Preview: Los Angeles Auto Show Concepts, Production Cars

The Los Angeles Auto Show held every November has the reputation of being a showplace for green cars. From design exercises to "concept cars" that are thinly future disguised production models to actual new models appearing at dealers, the cars in LA are expected to have a strong green tinge. And...

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Beijing smog

Beijing's Privileged Electric-Car Registrations Fail To Attract Interest

China's air-pollution problem is apparent to anyone watching coverage of this week's summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group. Or, for that matter, any... read more November 14, 2014 by 


 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014

Hyundai And Kia Target # 2 Slot In Green Vehicles By 2020

While they had to backpedal on misstated gas-mileage figures over the last couple of years, Hyundai and Kia are moving forward with ambitious green-car plans regardless. The... read more November 14, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S and 2011 Chevrolet Volt in garage; photo by George Parrott

Indiana Utility: Electric-Car Owners Recharge FREE, At Night

Electric-car owners know that home recharging is virtually always cheaper, on a per-mile basis, than driving on gasoline. In some cases, it's considerably cheaper. We... read more November 14, 2014 by 


 
Lexus CT 200h "Dad-chelor Party" ad screencap

Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Ad Slams Electric BMW i3: Gloves Come Off: FURTHER UPDATE

Is Toyota feeling more than a little threatened by electric and diesel alternatives to the hybrid segment it dominates? Its luxury Lexus brand has continued with a series of... read more November 14, 2014 by 


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at Hyundai headquarters, Fountain Valley, CA

Tesla Model S Ownership Costs, Fuel-Cell Car Questions Answered, Cheap Solar Power: Today's Car News

We start off today with some Tesla Model S ownership-cost calculations, move on to carmakers' answer to our 10 questions on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and finish with a... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan at Aspen Ideas Festival  [photo: Riccardo Savi]

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car Questions: Toyota, Honda & Hyundai Respond (Part 1)

Next week, the Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan will be introduced in detail at the Los Angeles Auto Show, possibly with a new model name (rumored to be Mirai). Small numbers of... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor electric ATV by Caddyshack Golf Cars

All-Electric Ford SVT Raptor Pickup Truck Hits (Some) Dealers (Sort Of)

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup wasn't designed for fuel economy. It's a souped up version of the outgoing version of the Ford full-size truck, created solely to cover tough... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]

Do Auto Emissions Kill As Many People As Car Crashes?

Carbon-dioxide emissions have documented negative effects at a planetary level--but could the other gases coming out of vehicle tailpipes be as hazardous to overall public... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S in winter, Hudson Valley, NY  [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Tires Cost Me More Than My 'Fuel' Does

I always knew electric cars were cheap to run, but this is ridiculous. After I bought the first set of replacement tires for my 2013 Tesla Model S (at 26,000 miles), I... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
Scion iM Concept to be shown at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia Soul EV Drive, 2016 Volt Sales, Scion iM Concept: Today's Car News

Readers have asked about our impressions of the new 2015 Kia Soul EV, and now we've answered with a full drive report and lots of photos. We also used the Prius past to... read more November 12, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf at eVgo Freedom Station Daly City, California

Clean Tech Could Generate More Growth Than Fossil Fuels: Study

Clean tech has obvious environmental benefits, but could it have economic benefits as well? The push by world governments to lower carbon emissions is viewed by some as... read more November 12, 2014 by 


 
2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Self-Driving Porsche Not Only More Fuel-Efficient, But Faster Than Humans Too

Self-driving cars are expected to increase road safety, and free up at least some time for their occupants during the morning commute. Machines will never get... read more November 12, 2014 by 


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt teaser image, with GM marketing chief Tim Mahoney, Aug 2014

Why New 2016 Chevy Volt Might Sell 50,000 Units Its First Year

Launching entirely new types of cars is expensive, time-consuming, and challenging--as Toyota could have told Chevrolet and Nissan during 2010. Toyota's sales of its early... read more November 12, 2014 by 


 
Barack Obama speaking Detroit Economic Club

U.S. And China Agree To Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Presidents Say

For the first time ever, China has agreed to limit its greenhouse-gas emissions, under a deal announced this morning between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. president... read more November 12, 2014 by 


 
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