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Trump names vocal renewable-energy critic to oversee...renewable energy

Trump names vocal renewable-energy critic to oversee...renewable energy

While the news headlines on President Donald Trump mostly address potential scandals, his administration has also lagged significantly in appointing top-level officials to run government agencies. Those that have been appointed often have an adversarial relationship to the missions of the agencies...

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

Chevy Bolt EV costs $28,700 to build, Tesla Model 3 a bit higher: analysis

The costs and prices of electric cars are endlessly debated, not only among owners and advocates but within the industry itself. The cost per kilowatt-hour of electric-car... read more May 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Mini Cooper

New Mini E, GM electric-car goal, 2018 Leaf, Clarity lineup, diesel emission study: The Week in Reverse

Why won't the EPA target California's waiver to set its own emission rules—yet—according to one source? How bad are the real-world NOx emissions from diesel... read more May 20, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen Up! GTI concept, 2017 Wörthersee Tour

New Leaf detail, electric-car advice, Tesla vs UAW, Volvo dials down on diesels: Today's Car News

Today, a hot-rod version of a favorite minicar, Tesla CEO Elon Musk goes after the media, we get a tiny bit of detail on the eagerly awaited 2018 Nissan Leaf, and Mercedes... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
2017 BMW i3

Car Dealer 101: electric cars that aren't charged won't sell

Electric-car owners and advocates have a tenuous relationship with the franchised independent car dealers who are the only legal way to buy a new vehicle in the U.S. Tesla... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz Energy Battery

Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla

As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units. Now, a Daimler company will go up against... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
2018 Volvo XC60

Volvo's current diesels may be its last: CEO

Diesel has had an increasing rough ride during the current decade—scandals, emission crackdowns, a push for electric vehicles—and it's becoming clear that some... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Tesla factory, Fremont, California

Tesla moans about media as it fights workers' union efforts

Tesla's position is clear: the California electric-car maker doesn't feel a union is needed to protect its factory workers from what it claims are only anecdotal stories... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Could California climate-change rules raise gas price enough to backfire?

California has by far the most aggressive climate-change policies in the nation, and the state is a global leader in plans to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. It's also the... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting in 2017

2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: first teaser photo (headlights!) emerges

Sometime within the next few months, the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car will be unveiled to the world's media. The second generation of a pioneering plug-in vehicle that... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Nio EP9

Tesla vs Uber, Toyota electric cars, Ioniqs compared: Today's Car News

Today, an electric car smashes a lap record, Toyota's CEO worries about passion, the EPA gets feedback on eliminating pollution regulations, and Tesla turns down Uber. All... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
Smog obscures George Washington Bridge, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

EPA gets 29,000 comments on proposed elimination of environmental rules

Much of the news out of Washington, D.C., these days has to do with the possibility of political scandal. But the wheels of government keep turning, and significant changes... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
Elon Musk plugs a Tesla Model S into a Supercharger (Image: deanslavnich on Twitter)

Musk fires head of automation firm key to Tesla Model 3 factory

Tesla and Klaus Grohmann have parted ways. Reuters reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk ousted Grohmann over the executives concerns over how his company's legacy clients, including... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Hyundai Ioniqs: pitting hybrid vs electric on video

Road trips have been a staple of automobile culture for decades, but with the rise of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure has thrown them a curve ball. Unlike... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda, at Tesla stand, 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Shift to electric cars will cost money, may lack excitement: Toyota CEO

Every automaker is now working on one or many electric cars, but some are at the head of the pack and others lag behind. General Motors already sells the 238-mile Chevrolet... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
2017 Karma Revero deliveries start on May 12, 2017

Mini E to return, Mercedes electric SUV driven, diesel NOx emissions bad, Karma redux: Today's Car News

Today, two cars with plugs return—one luxury plug-in hybrid, and one all-electric minicar in a couple of years—plus grim news about diesel emissions, an ambitious... read more May 17, 2017 by


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

British magazine gets ride in all-electric Mercedes EQ Concept

Mercedes-Benz has big plans for electric vehicles in the future, but its main nod to what those plans will bring thus far is the EQ Concept. Shown at the Paris Motor Show... read more May 17, 2017 by


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

New all-electric Mini E to launch in 2019 as halo for brand

The first Mini E, cobbled together by putting a battery pack where the rear seat used to be, was BMW's very first attempt at building a modern electric car. Only a few... read more May 17, 2017 by


 
Chargie chargepoint service

Chargie app connects electric-car drivers, UK homeowners; 'AirBnB' for charging?

The internet has transformed how many perceive property, allowing the rental of other peoples' personal vehicles, apartments, and other spaces when owners are not using them... read more May 17, 2017 by


 
Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept

Real-world diesel emission study shows latest standards must be applied to heavy trucks

When a major lobbying group issues a statement replying to an academic study the same day that study first hits the media, you know it's major. On Monday, the Diesel... read more May 17, 2017 by


 
Lightning LS218 electric motorcycle

San Francisco to LA on one charge? Lightning Motorcycles to give it a go

Lightning Motorcycles is known for pushing the boundaries of electric motorcycles. In 2013, it set the record for the fastest production electric motorcycle, at an... read more May 17, 2017 by


 
 

 
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