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

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 excepted, if you want to buy a new car, you have to go to a dealership over which the carmaker has only limited control. Horror...

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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


 
Waymo self-driving car prototype

GM electric-car goals, EPA test worries, 5-minute battery recharge, Google vs Uber: Today's Car News

Today, uncertainty over EPA emission testing, GM's electric-car goal, concern over the fate of more capable start-stop systems, and a 5-minute battery recharge? All this and... read more May 16, 2017 by


 
StoreDot shows fast-charging battery cell, Cube Tech Fair, Berlin [via Periscope: Gruendermetropole]

Israeli firm StoreDot claims battery with 5-minute charging time

It's one of the Holy Grails for battery researchers and electric-car advocates alike: a battery that could recharge in the same amount of time as it takes to stop for... read more May 16, 2017 by


 
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid debuts at 2017 New York auto show

Would weaker EPA rules kill advanced start-stop hybrid systems for U.S.?

Today's political climate has made for fluid motion in regulations, and corporate average fuel economy targets haven't been left out. Suppliers and automakers have already... read more May 16, 2017 by


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

GM goal: profitable, affordable electric cars built in big numbers

Automotive innovation rolls out over many years, usually decades, and usually only a few companies lead. Others hang back, waiting to see if buyers will accept new features... read more May 16, 2017 by


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

EPA's Ann Arbor test lab threatened; emission tests in the balance

The 436 scientists who spend their days testing new vehicles and enforcing environmental rules at the National Fuel Emissions Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, face a very... read more May 16, 2017 by


 
Cash for Clunkers banner with Mercury Sable, Albany, New York

Romania doubles electric-car subsidies, adds 'cash for clunkers' program

In recent years, governments have increasingly worked to encourage the sales of plug-in electric vehicles. Incentive programs for the purchase of a low-emission vehicle have... read more May 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test

Trump vs California, Honda Clarity explained, Tesla Roadster redux, VW diesel V-6 pact: Today's Car News

Today, a Lotus powered by Tesla that recalls the legendary Roadster, another VW diesel settlement, a look at California's emission status and whether it'll stay that way, and... read more May 15, 2017 by


 
 

 
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