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Electric Car Risk: Different, Not Worse, Says Top NHTSA Regulator

Electric Car Risk: Different, Not Worse, Says Top NHTSA Regulator

Are electric cars as safe as cars with internal-combustion engines? That's been the subject of much debate--not to mention inaccurate media coverage--but the truth may entail more than a simple "yes or "no." During an interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, National Highway Traffic Safety... read more

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Tesla Model S

Tesla To Upgrade Electric-Car Wall Chargers For Further Fire Protection

Tesla Motors is in the midst of another trial by fire. The company faced public scrutiny after three accident-related Model S fires last fall, and now it's upgrading... read more January 10, 2014 by 


 
2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, New York City, June 2013

2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Recall: Transmission Sensor Issue

Slightly more than 7,000 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years are being recalled for a potential problem that could allow the car to be shifted into... read more January 1, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S battery pack, from U.S. patent 8286743 for Vehicle Battery Pack Ballistic Shield

How Tesla May Beef Up Its Model S Battery Protection System

Unless your name is Brinks, you rarely hear the words "armor" and "car" mentioned in the same sentence. But two recent widely-publicized fires in the Tesla Model S electric... read more November 13, 2013 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla's Elon Musk: Model S Fires Overhyped, Car Is Safe

Recent fires of Tesla Model S electric cars aren't worrying the company's CEO, Elon Musk--at least publicly. In a recent CNBC interview (via Forbes), the Tesla Motors... read more November 13, 2013 by 


 
Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_

Tesla Fires: What We Know, And What We Need To Find Out

There have now been three separate fires among roughly 20,000 Tesla Model S electric luxury sedans on the world's highways. The most recent one, two days ago, seems to have... read more November 8, 2013 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford To Recall Focus Electrics For Potential Power Loss Issue

Ford has announced that it's to recall 2,600 Focus Electric models to rectify a fault that could lead to a loss of power while driving. According to The Detroit News, the... read more November 1, 2013 by 


 
2014 Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V Loses 'Recommended' Rating From Consumer Reports

Receiving a 'Recommended' rating from the journalists at Consumer Reports isn't the only automotive accolade to aim for, but it's certainly one of the biggest. Losing that... read more October 29, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Model S in flames near Kent, Washington [frame from YouTube video]

NHTSA: No Further Probe Of Tesla Model S Electric-Car Fire

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided not to investigate the first fire involving a Tesla Model S luxury electric car. The agency said it... read more October 28, 2013 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V Fails IIHS Automatic-Braking Safety Test, Owners Sue

Toyota is in hot water over a safety system that isn't performing as advertised. Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its ratings of... read more October 11, 2013 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S Signature

Owner Of Tesla Model S That Burned Still Loves Car, Will Buy Another

Since a Tesla Model S electric car caught fire in Washington State last week, Tesla Motors [NSDQ;TSLA] has been trying to put out a fire. It's working to contain any... read more October 7, 2013 by 


 
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Add Missing Door Chime

While hybrids and plug-in hybrids are known for silent running, in the case of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi, a certain kind of quietness is a bad thing. Ford is... read more October 7, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Model S in flames near Kent, Washington [frame from YouTube video]

First Tesla Model S Fire Caused By Collision With Road Debris

It had to happen sooner or later: a fire in a Tesla Model S. And indeed, as first covered by Jalopnik, Tuesday's fire in one example of the luxury electric sedan outside... read more October 3, 2013 by 


 
Subaru Outback in IIHS frontal crash prevention system test.

IIHS Unveils First Frontal-Crash Protection Ratings; 13 Of 74 High-Rated

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is now rating frontal-crash prevention systems. The IIHS says it decided to test these systems, which automatically... read more September 30, 2013 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric Drivers: Has Your Electric Car Suddenly Stalled?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating customer claims that the Ford Focus Electric can stall suddenly, completely shutting down while... read more September 12, 2013 by 


 
NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)

2013 Tesla Model S Crash Tests: What Cars To Compare It To?

Earlier this week, trumpets were blown for Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], whose Model S luxury electric sedan attained the highest-ever rating in the National Highway Traffic... read more August 24, 2013 by 


 
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