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Why Havelaar founder wanted an electric pickup truck: Japan's disaster

Why Havelaar founder wanted an electric pickup truck: Japan's disaster

A Canadian company by the name of Havelaar has tossed its hat into the electric pickup-truck ring with the reveal of its purpose-built Bison pickup. The launch underscores the potential many companies are trying to tap as the market for electric vehicles of various types continues to grow, slowly...

June 2, 2017 by -
 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric battery depleted

Hyundai Ioniq Electric: what happens when battery is run down to the end?

One owner has now run his 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric's battery down all the way to "empty" so other owners know what to expect. The Ioniq Electric is EPA-rated at 124 miles... read more June 1, 2017 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

So what happened to Tesla Model X electric SUV sales, anyway?

A few years ago, before the Tesla Model X electric SUV went into production, company CEO Elon Musk said he thought it could outsell the older Model S hatchback luxury sedan... read more June 1, 2017 by


 
2016 Ford Fiesta

Tesla vs VW poll, cleaner electric cars, CAFE-related jobs, electric work truck: Today's Car News

Today, our readers weigh in on Volkswagen's claim that it will outdo Tesla, we look at jobs created by fuel-economy rules, the EU gets serious about emission testing, and BMW... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
Havelaar Bison electric pickup

Havelaar Bison all-electric utility truck announced by Canadian company

The electric-vehicle market remains in infancy, but non-traditional automakers are beginning to explore and tap the potential market for multiple types of vehicles powered by... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
Electric cars dominate U.S. climate-friendly vehicles  [data: U.S. EIA; map: Climate Central]

Electric cars are cleaner than hybrids in most places: mapped once again for your convenience

The question is a reasonable one: electric cars may be zero-emission, but what about the electricity to recharge them? While renewable energy is growing globally, burning... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)

Lasting legacy of VW diesel scandal: EU gets serious about testing

The Volkswagen diesel scandal left lasting imprints on the entire automotive industry, and may have changed the way regulators look at vehicles using the fuel forever. That's... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

Fuel-efficiency rules create jobs too, contrary to industry plaints

Fuel economy and emission standards have been a contentious issue in recent months as the auto industry and government officials clash over regulations and their potential... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
2017 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T S Auto Grille

Will VW Group's electric cars "leapfrog" Tesla by 2025? Poll results

Looking back from the 2020s or 2030s, it's entirely likely that the unexpected arrival of Tesla Motors was a major force—along with legislation, perhaps the major... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016

A123 expands, BMW electric plans, fuel-economy battle, Kia Niro chatbot: Today's Car News

Today, BMW's electric-car plans may have changed, Tesla solar roof tiles can be preordered, A123 is bigger than you think, and VW plans even greater reductions in the... read more May 30, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Bill to give more CAFE credits to light-truck makers introduced in Congress

Under the new administration of President Donald Trump, the EPA has reopened comments on its decision to finalize emission rules for 2022 through 2025 vehicles. Meanwhile... read more May 30, 2017 by


 
Rendering of BMW i5 electric crossover utility vehicle, from patent drawings [Indian Autos Blog]

If BMW i5 is canceled, what does that mean for its electric cars?

When it launched in 2013, the BMW i3 electric car was arguably the most futuristic automobile in mass production anywhere in the world. Its all-electric powertrain could be... read more May 30, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen Golf uses 27.5 percent less water

VW to cut environmental impact of carmaking by 45 percent

In the wake of its diesel emission scandal, Volkswagen has done its best to portray itself as a cleaner, more thoughtful automaker. Part of the damage control plot includes a... read more May 30, 2017 by


 
A123 Systems manufacturing facility, Livonia, Michigan

Battery maker A123 quietly became a half-billion-dollar company

Ten years ago, lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems was a hot startup and a much-publicized company. This author, in fact, profiled the company for IEEE Spectrum in the... read more May 30, 2017 by


 
Tesla Solar Roof

Tesla solar roofs can now be preordered; CA installations start in June

Elon Musk, habitually behind schedule, announced on May 10 that anyone can now preorder a Tesla Solar Roof—a roof made of shingles with built-in solar cells. Musk had... read more May 29, 2017 by


 
2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017

Chatbot for Kia Niro hybrid vs driving the actual car

A chatbot would never lie to you, right? That’s what I wanted to find out when I tested a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the 2017 Kia Niro crossover, which recently won... read more May 28, 2017 by


 
2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015  [photo by owner Tom Moloughney]

BMW i3 over 3 years, Bolt EV for 6 months, Tesla happy days, electric-car sales soar: The Week in Reverse

What does an owner think after six full months of driving a Chevy Bolt EV electric car? Why can't the Trump Administration say two little words that mean a lot? This is our... read more May 27, 2017 by


 
Toyota Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015

Tesla drag racing, 6 months of Bolt EV, solar power soars, GM diesel suit: Today's Car News

Today, a newly happy Tesla owner, some unhappy good ol' boy drag racers, soaring growth for solar power generation, and a Bolt EV after six months. All this and more on Green... read more May 26, 2017 by


 
Tesla Model S P100D drag race

South's good ol' boy drag racers whupped by Tesla, not happy about it

For as long as there have been automobiles, drivers have had the itch to go faster than the guy in the next car. Throughout decades we've seen horsepower wars waged between... read more May 26, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar generation for electricity, numerous forecasts by internationally... read more May 26, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz EQ electric car concept  [photo: Axel Harries]

German electric-car industry centers in 'Silicon Saxony'

Silicon Valley seems to grab many of the tech headlines in the United States, especially when it comes to autonomous vehicles, cars that plug in, and the future of... read more May 26, 2017 by


 
 

 
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