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China to issue special green plates for electric cars to enforce preferential treatment

China to issue special green plates for electric cars to enforce preferential treatment

Thanks to aggressive government promotion, electric cars in China get not only purchase incentives, but also other types of incentives in many cases. In certain cities, they aren't subject to restrictions placed on internal-combustion cars that limit how many can be registered, and when they can be... read more

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Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

Oregon Debates EV Charging Stations: Cost Or Benefit For Utility Customers?

Electric-car ownership allows you to break free from petroleum dependence—and to instead plug in and spend your energy dollars locally and regionally, on energy from... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Dodge Dart

Will Tighter CAFE Rules Bring More Trucks, Fewer Small Cars?

The entire auto industry was startled when Fiat Chrysler said two weeks ago it would end production of its Dodge Dart compact car and its Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. The... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

Should Utility Customers Pay For Electric-Car Charging Stations They Don't Use?

California is by far the most advanced state in adopting plug-in electric cars. Fully 45.3 percent of the country's more than 400,000 plug-in cars were sold in California... read more February 5, 2016 by


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid

All Those Plug-In Hybrid Models? They're For China, More Than The U.S.

Between now and 2020, the three German luxury brands--Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz-- will collectively add more than a dozen plug-in hybrid models to their lineups. The goal... read more January 28, 2016 by


 
Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

NHTSA To Alter Vehicle Code To Prevent 3-Wheelers Like Elio

Elio Motors is still working to put its three-wheeled, "84-mpg," two-seat car into production, which is proving to be quite a task. The company turned to a "crowdfunding"... read more January 7, 2016 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

EU Regulators Gave In To VW, Exxon Demands For Easier Emission Rules

At first glance, new European Union emissions-testing rules might seem to make it tougher for carmakers to cheat in the same way Volkswagen did with its diesel engines. The... read more December 8, 2015 by


 
Smog check

EU Regulators Dilute New Emission Rules To Allow 2.1 Times The Legal Limits Until 2020

The official press release from the European Union sounds as though Wednesday's vote on new emission-testing rules makes it tougher for automakers to cheat as Volkswagen... read more October 30, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

VW: $50 Million In Tax Credits, Wanted Electric-Car Credits For Diesels Too

Buyers of various Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles took about $50 million in Federal income-tax credits in 2009 for the purchase of their supposedly green car. With Michael... read more October 8, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

European Makers: NOx Limits Must Rise For Real-World Emissions Tests

Carmakers in Europe, Asia, and North America have met exhaust emission limits for decades, as measured by strict standardized vehicle tests on dynamometers, or "rolling... read more October 5, 2015 by


 
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Why Did Volkswagen Cheat On Diesel Emissions In Its TDI Cars?

The bad news for Volkswagen just keeps on coming. In the last week, the company has fired much of its upper management, eradicated all mention of its TDI diesels from its... read more September 26, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

EPA Will 'Up Its Game' With New Tests For Emissions Cheating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will develop better ways to detect cheating on emissions testing in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the agency's... read more September 24, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI driven to all 48 contiguous states with just $300 of fuel

VW Emission Cheating Could Kill Diesel Passenger Cars In U.S., Even Globally

We're just four days into the Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal, but it's not too early to ask about its ultimate ramifications. The 482,000 VW and Audi cars being... read more September 23, 2015 by


 
2015 Mazda 3

Mazda Tests Hybrid Vs Electric To See Which Japanese Drivers Prefer

In large part, Mazda hasn't strayed far from the internal-combustion path while looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its vehicles. The Japanese carmaker has... read more September 22, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius auto-show debut, 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

2016 Toyota Prius: Official Auto Show Debut At Frankfurt Motor Show

It was actually introduced to the world last week, but the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid made its official auto-show debut yesterday at the huge Frankfurt Motor Show. A large... read more September 16, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 REx Electric Car: 'Coding' Unlocks Features Owners Want (And May Void Warranty)

The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission... read more August 28, 2015 by


 

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