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Tesla Targeted By Rivals, Fuel-Economy Rule Review, Millennials And Cars: Today's Car News

Tesla Targeted By Rivals, Fuel-Economy Rule Review, Millennials And Cars: Today's Car News

We're back from the long holiday weekend with plenty of green-car news, including a report on how Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are targeting Tesla with their own plug-in cars, possible outcomes of an upcoming midterm review of Federal fuel-economy rules, and how Millennials are approaching...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

German Electric-Car Charging Station Plans Accelerate As Grid Gets Greener

After some initial hesitation, Germany is moving ahead with more aggressive plans to encourage its companies and citizens to drive electric cars. The country currently offers... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
2009 Hummer H2

Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
EV Institute Plug-In Around the World charging-connector poster (top portion)

All The Electric-Car Charging Connectors In One Great Big Poster

Charging an electric car is virtually always greener than pumping gasoline, but it can also be more complicated. Among standardized AC charging (in North America), multiple... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
Minneapolis, by Flickr user Dustin Gaffke (Used under CC License)

Millennials Own Fewer Cars, Seek Other Ways To Get Around: Report

Instead of switching to more-efficient cars, what would happen if a large number of people simply gave up driving altogether? That seems to be what many Millennials--the... read more December 28, 2014 by 


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Roadster 3.0: 70-kWh Battery, Aero Kit, New Tires, For 400-Mile Range

Tesla Motors announced today that it has prototyped a "Roadster 3.0" package, which Roadster owners will be able to purchase in the future to update the battery pack... read more December 26, 2014 by 


 
BMW ActiveE electric car in front of old gas pumps, Belvidere, NJ   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Gas Stations: Hazardous To Your Health In Many Ways

It turns out that--in addition to their environmental benefit--electric cars can help improve the health of the people who drive them. A few weeks ago, we posted an anecdote... read more December 26, 2014 by 


 
EV parking sign, Portland OR

Gas Cars Parked In One Electric-Car Spot Earn Raleigh $27,000 A Year

The problem of gasoline cars parking in spaces reserved for plug-in electric cars to recharge at is nothing new. It's known as "ICE-ing," referring to cars with internal... read more December 25, 2014 by 


 
2015 Lexus LS 600h L

Lexus To Launch Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered LS Sedan: Report

Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand share underlying architectures, powertrain, and numerous other components across a number of their models. That's why there have been... read more December 24, 2014 by 


 
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

2014 Tesla Model S P85D Driven, Fuel-Cell Tax Credit, 2016 Toyota Prius Styling: Today's Car News

Today we've got a first drive of the 2014 Tesla Model S P85D electric car, news that the Federal income-tax credit for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be allowed to expire... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
2015 Toyota Prius V

2016 Toyota Prius Was Delayed Due To Redesign For Sportier Style

Since his arrival about five years ago, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has pushed for more exciting styling and better driving dynamics in the carmaker's products. So with an... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Roadster Battery Upgrade Details: Coming This Week, Musk Says

Say what you will about Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk, he's one of the very few global automaker CEOs who personally responds to owner questions via Twitter. And... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Tax Credit For Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Expires As Congress Adjourns

Tax incentives have proven to be an important way to encourage adoption of new green vehicles, offsetting some of the typically-higher purchase costs compared to conventional... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In One State

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
LC Super Hybrid lead-carbon battery technology

Lead Batteries Likely To Be With Us A Long, Long Time: European Study

Lead is terrible stuff: damaging to humans in even small quantities, and persistent if it's improperly disposed of. Nonetheless, it's a central element of technology that has... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014  [photo: David Noland]

2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive Of All-Electric AWD Performance Sedan

As a long-time Tesla Model S owner—almost two years now—I was naturally eager to get behind the wheel of the new dual-motor P85D. I’d had a couple of brief... read more December 22, 2014 by 


 
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