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Electric-car range anxiety exists, but it's overblown, says MIT study

Electric-car range anxiety exists, but it's overblown, says MIT study

Range anxiety, the persistent worry about not having enough battery range to finish a journey, remains one of the major obstacles to widespread electric-car adoption. Many electric cars still have shorter ranges than comparable internal-combustion models, and that continues to spook some consumers...

August 29, 2016 by -
 
Tesla Model S on Australia's Northwest Coastal Highway  [photo: Robert & Robin]

Tesla 3,300-mile Australian camping trip, sans Superchargers

When modern electric cars first appeared in large numbers about five years ago, long road trips were often an adventure. The relatively sparse network of public charging... read more August 29, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

Labor Day deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and while many people use the holiday for relaxation, automakers hope some will be lured into showrooms as well. Carmakers are... read more August 28, 2016 by


 
Opel Ampera-e

Tesla 100D models, VW diesel owners, '1,000-MPG' BMW, CAFE denial: The Week in Reverse

Why did some analysts and commentators grumble about Tesla's new, even-faster, even-longer-range 100D models? And what horrible, awful, dreadful things do carmaker lobbyists... read more August 27, 2016 by


 
2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

VW 3.0-liter diesels, '1,000-MPG' BMW i3, NASA on Tesla Autopilot: Today's Car News

Today, a BMW i3 REx owner claims to have averaged the equivalent of roughly 1,000 mpg over 27 months of driving, a hearing on Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen 3.0-liter V-6... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen

VW diesel buyback: Here's what it's like to be an owner, so far

A Volkswagen TDI owner in Portland, Oregon, who's a good friend of this site is taking us along for the ride as he prepares to sell back his 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Spark, test drive outside Detroit, July 2016

2017 Chevrolet Spark first drive

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is both the smallest and the least expensive car sold by Chevy in North America. The Korean-made hatchback minicar isn't among the brand's top... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

Since news broke last month that the driver of a Tesla Model S running on the Autopilot driver-assistance system died in a crash, the technology has inspired intense debate... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
Semi trailer

When will the last diesel truck be sold in the U.S.? Our poll results

Diesel now has a dim future at best among U.S. passenger-car buyers, though its prospects continue to look strong for a minority of pickup truck buyers. Heavy-duty commercial... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
Proterra electric bus

Who makes electric buses? BYD, Mercedes, Proterra...and Tesla says it will

Electric cars get lots of attention from advocates and policymakers, but private passenger vehicles are hardly the only ones on the road. In most cities, for example, they... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2015 Audi Q7 TDI

Audi, VW, Porsche 3.0-liter diesel owners won't hear a thing until November

Owners of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche 3.0-liter V-6 TDI diesel models will remain in limbo for at least a few more months, it seems. While a settlement covering 2.0-liter... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015  [photo by owner Tom Moloughney]

The '1,000-MPG' BMW i3: 56,000 miles on 50 gallons of gas

The few available range-extended electric car models give drivers added flexibility by using gasoline engines as onboard backup generators. But using the range extender too... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW X5

2017 Opel Ampera-e, California carpool stickers, Kia Rio: Today's Car News

Today, we preview two new cars debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show: the 2017 Opel Ampera-e and Kia Rio. We also look at a vote to increase availability of carpool-lane... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat

How do you view Tesla's "beta" Autopilot system? Our poll results

So-called self-driving or autonomous cars still aren't on the market as of today, but you might not know that from a lot of the press coverage. One of the most prominent... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

Who leads, who lags in electric cars in U.S.? New survey names them

A major obstacle to widespread adoption of electric cars is that they're not offered for sale everywhere. Collectively, automakers offer a significant number of all-electric... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

Gas is cheap; U.S. drivers use it to log more miles than ever

With the summer travel season more than halfway over and gas prices still quite low, U.S drivers have already logged a record-breaking number of miles traveled. The nation's... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
 

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