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Fatal G-Wiz Crash: Victim Was On Phone, Not Using Seatbelt

Fatal G-Wiz Crash: Victim Was On Phone, Not Using Seatbelt

We brought you news last year of a horrific accident, in which a woman was killed when her G-Wiz neighborhood electric vehicle, a model not sold in the United States, was struck by another vehicle. An inquest into the accident has now ended and the verdict has been given as accidental death. Last... read more

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Pump handle

What Would You Give Up For Higher Gas Mileage? Cash? Features? Safety?

It happens every time. Gas prices go up sharply, and new car buyers suddenly decide that gas mileage is important--and shop accordingly. With gas around $4 a gallon in many... read more June 10, 2011 by  14


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011

2011 Chevy Volt Gets Five Stars For Overall Safety From NHTSA

Well, log another notch in the bedpost: One more safety myth--that electric cars will be more dangerous than regular ones in a crash--has now been slain. Five weeks ago, the... read more June 3, 2011 by  3


 
2001 Toyota Prius

2001-2003 Toyota Prius Recall: Steering Nut On Early Hybrids

Toyota has issued a recall notice for its very earliest hybrids, the 2001 through 2003 Prius sedan models. The company will replace the pinion-shaft attachment nuts in the... read more June 1, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test

IIHS Changes View Of Small Cars With Six Top Safety Pick Awards

Twenty years ago small cars were generally seen as low cost transportation that would generally only get you from point A to point B. Small cars have come a long way from... read more May 27, 2011 by 


 
2011 Lexus CT 200h

40 MPG And Safe: IIHS Names Ten Top Picks

Good occupant safety can come in small packages—even those that get 40 mpg or more. That's one of the themes of the latest round of crash-test results and safety... read more May 25, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf electric car during IIHS crash testing

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Get Top IIHS Crash-Safety Ratings

Among the many things that confuse or worry potential buyers of plug-in electric cars is whether they'll be safe. One concern is car washes or even deep pools of water, but... read more April 25, 2011 by 


 
car batteries are highly recyclable - AAA

Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

A concern raised over upcoming electric-drive cars--the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--is what happens to... read more March 31, 2011 by  23


 
Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

2011 Think City Two-Seat Electric Car Faces Third Recall

Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems. Most pass unnoticed, except to the owners who get... read more February 28, 2011 by  1


 
Early Reva G-Wiz

EXCLUSIVE: What Killed The Electric Car? For G-Wiz, Other Electric Cars

It’s been a mainstay of British eco-chic for nearly a decade, but the little Indian four-wheel ‘car’ which can be found buzzing around the streets of London... read more February 16, 2011 by  7


 
Think City electric vehicle

Even Electric Cars Get Recalled: 2011 Think City Safety Notices

Recall notices are now a standard part of the automotive landscape. Last year's recall of almost 10 million Toyota and Lexus models only highlighted the fact that most... read more January 31, 2011 by 


 
Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture

Electric Cars And Safety: Crashing For Your Reassurance

Range is one of those recurring talking points with electric cars, used by EV critics whenever they want a cheap shot. Keen to make sure safety doesn't become another, the... read more January 21, 2011 by  2


 
Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture

Big Crash, Small Electric Car: 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Barrier Test

It's both true and not-so-true: Small cars are dangerous in a crash. It's true, in that the laws of physics indicate a heavier object will have more momentum than a lighter... read more January 18, 2011 by  1


 
SARTRE self-driving cars first real-world test

Video: Europe Looking To Curb Emissions With Self Driving Cars

Scientists in Europe are working closely with major industry and government as part of a new initiative called SARTRE (SAfe Road TRains for the Environment), which hopes to... read more January 17, 2011 by  4


 
Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Electric Car Crashes? Just As Safe As Any Other Volvo

Despite thousands of automotive gasoline fires in the U.S. every year, we've pretty much normalized the risks of the highly explosive liquid that we use to fuel our cars. But... read more January 11, 2011 by  3


 
Volvo C30 Electric crash test

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Volvo Shows Off Crashed Electric C30

You might think that having a twisted lump of metal on your auto show stand probably isn't the best way to promote your latest product. Most manufacturers would agree with... read more January 11, 2011 by  1


 
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