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Electric-car battery progress: incremental improvements, not revolutionary leaps

Electric-car battery progress: incremental improvements, not revolutionary leaps

The report that Toyota is planning an electric car with a solid-state battery for 2022 has led some fans and advocates to suggest huge new leaps in electric cars are imminent. The 2011 Nissan Leaf had an EPA-rated range of 75 miles combined; the comparable figure for a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is 238...

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2014 Audi A6 2.0 TDI Ultra

European commissioner warns against cities' diesel bans, fears market collapse

The warning came even before last week's plans for updates to 9 million European diesel cars by German luxury makers Audi and Mercedes-Benz were announced. In a letter sent... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

2022 Toyota electric car to use solid-state batteries: updated report

Toyota has long claimed battery-electric cars are suitable only for limited uses, and promoted hydrogen fuel cells as the best zero-emission vehicle technology. Pushed by... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
MINI E electric cars used in vehicle-to-grid test. Photo by University of Delaware/Evan Krape

Electric Mini, CAFE freeze, Model S back on top, electric cars and solar panels: Today's Car News

Today, an electric-car driver explains his decision to add solar panels to his house and runs through the math, we've got two stories on the future electric Mini Cooper, and... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
National Drive Electric Week 2014: Eyeing a Tesla in Ottawa. Photo by Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict.

National Drive Electric Week to be bigger than ever: 175 events so far

The White House's energy week may have been low on renewable and zero emission technology, but National Drive Electric Week is poised to make up for it. Each year, Plug In... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Next Mercedes-Benz small cars to get even tinier engines

Not so many years ago, a 1.2-liter engine would only have been found in the U.S. in the smallest and least impressive of subcompact cars. It might have been a 3-cylinder, and... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S climbs back to top of Consumer Reports safety ratings

The Tesla Model S has retaken its spot as the luxury sedan that gets the highest ratings from Consumer Reports after the electric car gained back automatic emergency braking... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
MINI E electric car used in vehicle-to-grid test. Photo by University of Delaware/Evan Krape

Electric Mini to be made in U.K., despite BMW's Brexit worries (updated)

Mini, despite being owned by BMW since 1994, has long been a decidedly British brand. But both employees and fans worried that its British roots might be overlooked as a... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota electric car in 2022, diesel updates, fast plug-in sales, EV owner attitudes: Today's Car News

Today, we have two separate articles on solid-state batteries for electric cars, updates to lower diesel emissions, and a rare house editorial piece. All this and more on... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
Owner Dawn Hall before 800-mile road trip in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car

Note to (a few) electric-car advocates: get off your high horses

Any movement produces passionate advocates and angry detractors, even as the vast mass of people pay it little or no attention. When that movement involves most people's... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

When will sales of of electric and gas cars be equal, globally? Poll results

It's now clear that much greater numbers of plug-in electric cars will be sold in coming years and decades than have found buyers to date. With battery costs falling faster... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
Teaser for Fisker EMotion debuting on August 17, 2017

Fisker: about those graphene electric-car batteries? Never mind

Fisker's promise to bring advanced, solid-state graphene cells to the battery pack of its upcoming Emotion electric car is officially dead. Automotive-grade graphene... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
2013 Audi TDI range

Audi, Mercedes now updating European diesels for emissions; more to come?

Both Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and Volkswagen Group have approved new plans to retrofit older diesel-powered vehicles with new software at no cost to owners. The largest... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
1946 Chevrolet pickup Toyota Prius conversion

VW electric cars, oldest Prius hybrid, California charging-station plans, diesel Jeep: Today's Car News

Today, we've updated our glossary of green-car terms, profiled the oldest Toyota Prius hybrid in the world, read through a 24-page report on VW's Electrify America plans for... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen I.D. lineup, Photo: Groenl7

Volkswagen's 5 electric cars start in 2019: what we know so far

As Volkswagen works to look toward the future, following its damaging diesel deceit, electric cars and plug-in vehicles will be front and center in its product publicity. The... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon, 2017 Chicago auto show

Jeep Wrangler Diesel already testing, before 2019 launch

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is a tough vehicle to make fuel-efficient. Its separate frame and body add weight, and it has all the wind-cheating grace of a small municipal... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

California should approve VW 'Electrify America' plan for electric-car charging: CARB analysis

This Thursday, the California Air Resources Board will meet to consider what action it will take on an important plan that could bring many more electric-car charging sites... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
1946 Chevrolet pickup Toyota Prius conversion

1946 Chevy pickup truck is world's oldest Prius hybrid. Really.

There are countless tales of classic cars and trucks receiving new life via parts from a completely different automobile. Whether it's an engine swap, a new platform, or a... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius

Green Car Glossary: vehicles, emissions, fuels, electric cars, powertrains energy (updated)

As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
2016/2017 Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E race car

Bolt EV shutdown, 2018 Leaf, dire diesel news, why electric-car racing matters: The Week in Reverse

What grim breaking news could make the expanding diesel emission scandal more painful for all German makers? And why did GM really extend the shutdown of the assembly plant... read more July 22, 2017 by


 
Audi Q7 e-Tron 3.0 TDI Quattro (European model), Madrid, Nov 2015

More diesel drama, Bolt EV plant info, whiskey for fuel, Volt crossover coming? Today's Car News

Today, our missing plug-in Mini review, some rumors on future Chevrolet Volts, a new Volvo crossover, and much more diesel drama. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We... read more July 21, 2017 by


 
 

 
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