Ford to electrify most SUVs, promises to pass Toyota in hybrids Hybrids March 15, 2018

Ford to electrify most SUVs, promises to pass Toyota in hybrids

Ford hasn’t given up on hybrids and electric cars, despite letting its existing models languish since 2013. That was the message conveyed by various executives at an event Thursday morning at...

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Why the future of electric cars depends on China's war on pollution

Roughly half of everyone alive in the U.S. today has never experienced really bad smog. Those over, say, age 45—big-city residents and Angelenos especially—may... read more March 15, 2018 by

Mitsubishi eX Concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

In what segments will electric cars do best by 2025? Take our Twitter poll

Over the last several years, U.S. sales of utility vehicles, from small crossovers to hulking truck-based SUVs, have surged. Meanwhile, passenger cars—sedans... read more March 15, 2018 by

View from inside Waymo self-driving car

German electric cars, VW battery buys, Pruitt's EPA vs California, future Escape Hybrid? Today's Car News

Today, we've got electric-car news from VW Group, war brewing between the EPA and California, the reason Germany electric-car sales are rising rapidly, and some thoughts on... read more March 14, 2018 by

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

Will 2021 Ford Escape bring back hybrid model (or plug-in hybrid)?

Tomorrow, Ford is hosting journalists at an unusual event called "Ford Uncovered," at which it may discuss some of its future products for 2020 and beyond. Key among the... read more March 14, 2018 by

2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X

Electric car sales in Germany finally start to soar: Tesla leads

It's starting to look like China will lead the world in adoption of plug-in electric cars, but which carmaking nations will follow it? While electric cars were launched... read more March 14, 2018 by

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Pruitt won't let California set emission standards; EPA not looking at post-2025 rules

Now, it's war, in the words of California's lead emission regulator. In what Bloomberg News called a "wide-ranging interview" with EPA chief Scott Pruitt, he indicated the... read more March 14, 2018 by

Volkswagen ID electric car concept, 2016 Paris auto show

VW Group has nailed down $25 billion of batteries for electric cars, it said today

For a company that has only two battery-electric models in production, both several years old, VW Group spends a great deal of time talking about electric cars. The company... read more March 13, 2018 by

2019 Volvo XC40

Plug-in hybrid truck costs, where dirty diesels go to rest, emissions from what now? Today's Car News

Today, we visited the place where old, non-compliant VW diesels go to rest, we have some surprisingly good news on auto emissions, and the cost of plug-in delivery trucks is... read more March 13, 2018 by

1970s Los Angeles smog depicted in the Honda short film "Never Ending Race."

Cars now clean enough that household products rival them for air pollution

The first major emission controls on motor vehicles were introduced in 1975 with the advent of the catalytic converter. Today's cars emit less than 1 percent of the three... read more March 13, 2018 by

Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs

In pictures: Volkswagen TDI diesels await their fate in Pike's Peak shadow

It might be the world’s largest single-company junkyard and pick-a-part business, if not for the prominent "No Trespassing" and "Drone-Free Zone" signs. Instead... read more March 13, 2018 by

Prototype plug-in electric delivery van with fuel-cell range extender to be tested by UPS in 2017

UPS says 50 Workhorse plug-in hybrid trucks cost no more than regular delivery vans

For almost a decade, commercial-fleet managers have acknowledged that electric truck are much cheaper to run per mile than the diesel equivalents they now use. But justifying... read more March 13, 2018 by

The Boring Company concept

2019 VW Jetta gas mileage, India's electric cars, Accord Hybrid MPG, Smart EQ: Today's Car News

Today, we're still cleaning up our list of stories from last week's Geneva auto show, including an electric-car admission and a disappointing debut, along with fuel-economy... read more March 12, 2018 by

2018 Fiat 500e

Underestimating electric cars was a mistake (in China), says FCA's Marchionne

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has large challenges, even nine years after it was formed when the Italian company Fiat took over the bankrupt U.S. maker Chrysler. While its Jeep... read more March 12, 2018 by

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid rated by EPA at 47 mpg combined

The EPA has now released the fuel-efficiency ratings for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, and they came in 1 mpg below the combined number the company had hoped to reach. At a... read more March 12, 2018 by

Smog in Delhi, India (by Flickr user Mfield)

India plan for converting to electric cars by 2030 may get trimmed, a lot

Two years ago, the government of India proposed a remarkable and ambitious goal: make every new vehicle coming onto its roads electric by 2030. The plan was largely a... read more March 12, 2018 by


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