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Nissan Leaf Vs The Volcano: The Silent Ascent

Nissan Leaf Vs The Volcano: The Silent Ascent

Electric cars may inspire "range anxiety" among the unfamiliar, but a single battery charge can take you to some amazing places. The top of a volcano, for example. As part of a recent public-relations campaign centered around Leaf electric-car owners and their experiences, Nissan highlighted Neil... read more

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2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

Ford: Regenerative Braking Has Saved 100 Million Gallons Of Gas

It's pretty easy to take regenerative braking for granted, these days--virtually every electric and hybrid car on sale uses it to some extent. Maybe we should be a little... read more June 17, 2013 by  2


 
2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR: Variable Electric Regen Via Paddle Shifters

Paddle shifters on an electric vehicle might seem like a bit of an engineering oversight. After all, what use is manual control over gears if there are no gears to control?... read more April 15, 2013 by  5


 
Nissan Serena

Nissan’s New Japanese Minivan Uses Brakes To Power Electronics

In hybrid and electric cars, regenerative braking systems are used to convert kinetic energy into electrical energy under braking, slowing the car down and improving gas... read more August 20, 2012 by  1


 
2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype – Copyright High Gear Media

Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion: Prototype Drive Report (Video)

Driving pre-production prototypes of new electric cars is part of life here at GreenCarReports, as it enables us to give you the best possible evaluation of an up-coming new... read more July 25, 2012 by  9


 
Nissan Leaf Wheel

Drive An Electric Car? Remember To Exercise Your Car’s Brakes!

If you drive a plug-in car or a hybrid, the chance are you’ll be familiar with the concept of regenerative braking. But although regenerative braking might be the... read more March 8, 2012 by  5


 
Mazda i-ELOOP regenerative braking system with capacitor storage

Mazda Improves Fuel-Saving Start-Stop System With Capacitors

Do start-stop systems, which smartly switch off the gasoline (or diesel) engine at stoplights and restart it as soon as you lift off the brake pedal, produce significant... read more November 28, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt on test in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 2011

2011 Chevrolet Volt's Extra 'Free' Electric Miles In Gas Mode

Once its initial battery charge is exhausted, the 2011 Chevy Volt seamlessly switches on its internal combustion engine to generate electricity. But it turns out that the... read more July 19, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

How To Make Your 2011 Chevy Volt Drive Like a Tesla Roadster

Pretty much anyone who's driven one loves the performance of the Tesla Roadster, the first modern electric car with a lithium-ion battery pack. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a... read more October 18, 2010 by  5


 
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

New Hybrid Braking Issue: First Prius, Now Ford Fusion Hybrid

Another day, another hybrid braking problem. Only this time, it's not Toyota. It's Ford. Late yesterday, Ford announced a "customer satisfaction program" that will ask that... read more February 5, 2010 by  11


 
2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View

UPDATE: Braking Issue In 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid, Recall TBD

UPDATE: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal inquiry into the brakes of the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. It has now received 124... read more February 4, 2010 by  7


 
2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Grille

UPDATE: Toyota Admits Braking Problems, On 2010 Prius Only

Things are moving fast in the land of Toyota safety issues and recalls. Yesterday, we told you that the 2010 Toyota Prius was being investigated for braking problems in... read more February 4, 2010 by 


 
2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius Investigated In Japan For Braking Problems

Citing allegations of braking loss or slippage, Japan's Ministry of Transportation ordered Toyota to launch an investigation into possible brake problems in the new 2010... read more February 3, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt - testing on Pike's Peak, October 2009

Electric Cars Are Real Cars: 2011 Chevy Volt Climbs Pike's Peak

We've written before about some of the misconceptions around high-mileage and electric cars, among them that they're essentially glorified golf carts. Now the test engineers... read more October 7, 2009 by  2


 
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