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Fast-Charging 'Standard Wars,' Kia e-AWD Concept, GM Doubles Down On CVTs: Today's Car News

Fast-Charging 'Standard Wars,' Kia e-AWD Concept, GM Doubles Down On CVTs: Today's Car News

We wrap up the week with stories on the potential end of the "standard war" between CHAdeMO and CCS electric-car fast charging, a Kia concept car with electric all-wheel drive set to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and General Motors' plan to put CVT automatic transmissions in more cars to...

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BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging

Did The DC Quick-Charging 'Standards War' Just Quietly End For Electric Cars?

Last week at the DC Auto Show, BMW, Volkswagen, and ChargePoint jointly announced they would install about 100 DC fast chargers for electric cars. Their goal is to create... read more January 30, 2015 by 


 
Subaru LinearTronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)

GM To Fit CVTs To Many Car Models For Higher Fuel Economy

Most car buyers don't think a lot about transmissions. In the U.S., more than 9 out of 10 of them opt for an automatic, and that's that. But transmission technology turns out... read more January 30, 2015 by 


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

Presuming you don't toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars... read more January 30, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Motor Trend 'Car of the Year' ceremony in New York City, Nov 2012

Tesla Transparency On Orders, Sales, Production Fades: Do Owners, Investors Care?

On February 11, electric-car maker Tesla Motors will release its 2014 earnings and hold a conference call for financial analysts to discuss them. If recent patterns hold, the... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
2014 BMW X5 xDrive30d

Tesla Transparency, Audi e-Quattro, BMW Diesel Sales: Today's Car News

There's a wide variety of stories today. We look at Tesla's lack of transparency, a possible electric all-wheel drive system from Audi, and why BMW is confident low gas... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
Diesel

Latest Diesel Engines As Clean As Expected Under EPA Rules, Study Shows

It's been roughly eight years since stricter Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diesel-engine emissions standards took effect. After a hiatus, significant numbers of... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

2016 BYD Tang: Plug-In Hybrid SUV Is First Of Four To Come

It's been more than six years since fabled investor Warren Buffet bought 10 percent of BYD Autos, one of the few independent Chinese automakers. At that time, the company had... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
2015 Audi A4

Famed Audi Quattro AWD System To Go Electric As e-Quattro

Back in the 1980s, Audi was one of the very first carmakers to promote all-wheel drive aggressively--first in rally cars, then in production sedans and coupes. Quattro... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2013 Wheego LiFe electric cars  [photo: Jen Danziger]

Driving Small Electric Cars: What It's Like In The Real World

Reader Jen Danziger explains what it's really like to drive a very small battery-electric car year-round in the Midwest. In the years following my participation in the... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
2014 BMW 328d

BMW Diesel Model Sales Unaffected By Lower Gas Prices, Exec Says

Gas prices are at their lowest level in years, and that's triggered a flurry of speculation from analysts that sales of hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles will suffer... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' mode acceleration  [frame capture from DragTimes video]

Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Fast It Really Is

Many Tesla fans and electric-car drivers now know about the Model S P85D, Tesla's all-wheel-drive electric car that's arguably the fastest four-door sedan on the market. What... read more January 28, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Toyota Exec Slams Tesla, First 2016 Chevy Volt Ad, Kansas City Charging Sites: Today's Car News

Today we witness the latest Toyota attack on electric cars, the first television ad for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and a new project in Kansas City encompassing 1,000... read more January 28, 2015 by 


 
Screen capture from first 2016 Chevrolet Volt video ad, Jan 2015

2016 Chevrolet Volt TV Ad Released 6 Months Before Car

One of the biggest concerns among electric-car advocates is GM's ability to create and sustain a smart, coherent, clever, and explanatory marketing campaign for its new 2016... read more January 28, 2015 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Is BMW i3 Electric Car Selling Better In U.S. Than Germany?

One of the notable features of last year's electric-car sales was the strong, and so far sustained, sales of the radical new BMW i3 electric car. The little plastic-bodied... read more January 28, 2015 by 


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

2011-2014 Chevrolet Volt Hatchbacks Struts To Be Replaced For 'Customer Satisfaction'

General Motors is recalling certain 2011 through 2014 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars, but only as a matter of "customer satisfaction." In the affected cars, the... read more January 28, 2015 by 


 
 

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