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Hydrogen cars celebrate half a century; have they made a difference?

Hydrogen cars celebrate half a century; have they made a difference?

Electric cars are virtually as old as the auto industry, but hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are not. In fact, exactly fifty years ago this month, GM showed off the first one, which it called the Electrovan. This remarkable and innovative prototype for a zero-emission vehicle used the body of an... read more

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Record-breaking electric-car parade in Cupertino, California. Photo courtesy of Plug In America.

California bought more electric cars than rest of U.S. combined in June

Sales of plug-in electric cars are not evenly distributed across the U.S. by any means. California, with its pioneering zero-emission vehicle sales requirements, has always... read more July 27, 2016 by

Tesla Model S undergoing assembly

California may cap ZEV-credit sales; why it matters to Tesla, and for electric cars

Changes to California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules could soon cut a major source of income for Tesla. California emission rules require high-volume automakers to sell... read more July 12, 2016 by

2012 Nissan Leaf in the autumn outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [photo: Ricardo Borba]

Electric cars a key part of climate-action plans in Ontario, Quebec

In the past two months, the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec announced aggressive climate-change policies, both featuring strong plug-in electric vehicle support... read more June 23, 2016 by

Riversimple Rasa

Riversimple Rasa: New Details On Super-Light Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

U.K.-based startup Riversimple first showed its hydrogen fuel-cell Urban Car prototype in 2009, but since then there has been little apparent activity from the company. Now... read more February 19, 2016 by

2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Mandates: Can't Meet 'Em, Makers Say, While Buyers 'Shrug' At Efficiency

With the approaching midterm review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules coming up in the next two years, automakers and advocates are positioning themselves to lobby... read more August 10, 2015 by

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid, Spain, Feb 2015

Plug-In Hybrids OK For Smaller Makers To Meet CA Zero-Emission Vehicle Rules

California's Zero-Emission Vehicle sales rules have been a major reason the state's drivers can now choose among two dozen different plug-in electric vehicles on sale today... read more June 15, 2015 by

National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Why Electric Cars Are Rare Outside CA: Arcane 'Travel Provision' Rule

The sparsity of cars with plugs has been one of the biggest frustrations for Northeastern electric-car shoppers and advocates. While California buyers can choose among... read more June 1, 2015 by

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Washington State Loves Electric Cars, But Gets Very Few: Here's Why

When it comes to states friendly to electric cars, Washington is pretty close to the top. It has one of the highest percentages of registered plug-in electric cars in the... read more April 29, 2015 by

Honda FCV Concept

Honda Fuel-Cell Vehicle U.S. Sales Date Gets A Little Fuzzier

Honda is expected to join Toyota and Hyundai in offering hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the U.S., but the timeline for that may have become a bit fuzzier. The Japanese... read more March 5, 2015 by

Fiat 500X development test car in camouflage near Fiat Chrysler HQ, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Jan 2015

Is The Next Chrysler Compliance Car An Electric Fiat 500X?

For those not familiar with the term, a "compliance car" is a zero-emission vehicle built in small numbers and sold largely or exclusively in California. Its sole purpose is... read more February 10, 2015 by

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

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car: A Few Things We Noticed

The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car hasn't yet gone on sale--it'll arrive in limited regions of California in the second half of this year--but already it's been the... read more February 6, 2015 by

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Hydrogen Stations In California: How Many Needed As Fuel-Cell Cars Arrive?

Wiithin two years, some Californians will be able to lease or buy a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle from at least three well-known carmakers: Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota. Their... read more January 15, 2015 by

Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda, at Tesla stand, 2011 Detroit Auto Show

What Does 'Getting Rid Of Gasoline' Mean? To Toyota, It's Hydrogen

Toyota president Akio Toyoda is on the cover of this week's Bloomberg Businessweek, along with a provocative blurb. It says Toyoda has a dream for his family's company--and... read more December 19, 2014 by

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Fuel-Cell Fan Bites Back At Electric-Car Advocates, Asks 10 Questions Of His Own

Last week's Los Angeles Auto Show brought more news about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles than we've seen in a very long time. The 2016 Toyota Mirai was unveiled--we drove it... read more November 24, 2014 by

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

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car: First Photos From Test Drive

The 2016 Toyota Mirai is getting a major launch just before this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. It's clear Toyota considers this a vehicle every bit as seminal as its very... read more November 18, 2014 by


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