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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid: gas mileage review of mid-size sedan

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid: gas mileage review of mid-size sedan

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is one of a pair of hybrid mid-size sedans from the Korean maker Hyundai-Kia. It shares its underpinnings, though not a single body panel or styling flourish, with the higher-volume Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We found it to be a comfortable, stylish sedan that gave us good...

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2015 Nissan Leaf

Four of 10 drivers globally would consider an electric car

It’s been merely six years since the first modern electric car hit the streets, and the segment looks ready to take off. Over 43,000 people residing in 52 countries all... read more April 7, 2017 by


 
2018 Subaru Outback

Cruze Diesel first drive, Tesla loss, Mazda rotary, updated Outback: Today's Car News

Today, we have a popular updated crossover utility wagon, a defeat for Tesla, a first drive of the new Cruze Diesel, and a radical range extender for electric cars. All this... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla loses bid to sell cars in Utah, dealer lobbyists win

Tesla has once again been denied permission to sell its cars directly to buyers in the battleground state of Utah. Via a unanimous decision, the Utah Supreme Court handed... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel first drive

When the first Chevrolet Cruze Diesel was launched back in 2014, it made a lot of sense. Diesel was in vogue. German manufacturers were pushing diesel power in a huge way... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Green groups gird for battle with White House: is it 'war'?

Last Wednesday, a broad coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump Administration over an executive order that lifted a moratorium on issuing new leases for coal mining... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, March 2017: Chevy charges ahead

The Chevy Volt likely continued its winning ways atop the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales charts in March. Its 377 sales give it a comfortable margin over the Tesla... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
Mazda Demio EV test-fleet electric car in Japan (aka Mazda2)

Mazda's electric car gets patents for rotary range-extender engine

Recent patent filings suggest Mazda’s next Wankel engine will equip a battery-powered car, not a rear-wheel drive heir to emblematic sports coupes like its RX-7 and... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
2018 Buick Regal TourX

Electric bikes, plug-in sales update, self-driving Tesla perpsective, corporate carbon plans vs Trump: Today's Car News

Today, we have an update on our monthly electric-car sales report, then some perspective on those numbers, surprising news from Buick, and a shock for Tesla fans. All this... read more April 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

Putting plug-in electric car sales in perspective: they're still very low

Volume sales of plug-in cars, both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models, began more than six years ago. From a first-year total of about 17,000 in 2011, they rose... read more April 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime and 2017 Chevrolet Volt with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker

Plug-in electric car sales for Mar: Leaf beats Bolt EV, plug-in hybrids beat electrics (updated)

The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid again took the crown among plug-in electric cars whose makers report monthly sales. A total of 2,132 Volts were sold in March, bringing its... read more April 5, 2017 by


 
Walmart store sign (via Wikimedia)

Large corporations, manufacturers stick with climate pledges despite Trump

The new U.S. president, Donald Trump, is working to eradicate every Obama policy to limit the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Having variously called the... read more April 5, 2017 by


 
Smart ebike electric bicycle

Why electric bikes may deserve purchase incentives too

If plug-in electric cars and trucks receive purchase incentives from national and state governments, what about electric bicycles? That's just what a recent report from the... read more April 5, 2017 by


 
2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017 Geneva auto show

More Bolt EV charging, VW diesel costs, London emission fees, Mercedes vs hydrogen: Today's Car News

Today, we have a total of what the diesel scandal has cost VW, more details on Chevy Bolt EV fast-charging rates, an update on London's stiff charges for older, more... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell prototype

Did Mercedes turn its back on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles?

Large global automakers customarily pursue research into multiple types of technologies and future powertrains at the same time. Sometimes they pan out, sometimes they don't... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ

More details on fast-charging rate in 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car

For a few years now, Tesla has shown what a nationwide network of DC fast-charging sites for long-range electric cars should look like. Its Supercharger network now covers... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

London's $27 entry charge for pre-2016 diesel cars to start April 2019

For more than 13 years, London has collected a stiff charge from motor vehicles entering the congested core of the city during weekday business hours. Known as the congestion... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

When will it be unacceptable to drive a car with a tailpipe? Poll results

No vehicle on earth is entirely free of emissions; even electric cars charged on renewable energy have emissions associated with their manufacturing. Those emissions... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
First Tesla Model S delivered in Hong Kong

Hong Kong closed a tax loophole; is Tesla ancillary damage?

Government officials in Hong Kong have eliminated a popular tax exemption that made electric vehicles much cheaper to buy than comparable gasoline-powered models. Now Tesla... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]

Self-driving Leaf, electric-car sales, fuel-cell challenges, Tesla deliveries: Today's Car News

Today, we have Tesla quarterly deliveries, electric-car sales for March, a California road trip, and a fully autonomous Nissan Leaf. All this and more on Green Car Reports... read more April 3, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz integrated starter generator (ISG)

Don't start-stop systems wear out your car's starter?

Some are almost unnoticeable, others make the car shudder each time they activate—but start-stop systems are here to stay. First rolled out in Europe and Asia, where... read more April 3, 2017 by


 
 

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