EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants Electric Cars December 10, 2018

EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants

On Thursday, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law...

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Rivian R1T electric pickup concept

Electric upstart Rivian plans for dealers, but not to sell trucks

Electric cars worry traditional car dealerships. Tesla sells cars nationwide without dealers—even if buyers have to drive over state lines to get them in some cases... read more December 7, 2018 by


 
Smokestacks [CREDIT: Global Climate Budget 2018]

Report: Global CO2 emissions at record levels in 2018

Blame China—and India. Global carbon emissions are on the rise, and hit record levels in 2018, after remaining flat in 2016 and experiencing a small gain last year, a... read more December 7, 2018 by


 
2019 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius AWD-e: Going light on the rear motor helps it hit 50 mpg

The all-wheel drive version of the Toyota Prius introduced last week at the LA Auto Show earns an astoundingly good EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg combined—nearly as... read more December 7, 2018 by


 
Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts

VW's last engines, Toyota batteries, Ford names: Today's Car News

VW announced that it is now designing the last combustion engines it will sell. Ford trademarks two possible names that could go on its upcoming electric SUV. Toyota explains... read more December 6, 2018 by


 
2018 Toyota Prius

Lithium-ion vs. nickel-metal hydride: Toyota still likes both for its hybrids

Toyota continues to stay the course with nickel-metal hydride battery cells for many of its hybrid vehicles, even though most other hybrid vehicles from other brands have... read more December 6, 2018 by


 
2020 Ford electric SUV teaser

Trademark filings show Ford may call electric SUV the "Mach E"

Fans of the Ford Mustang didn't take it well earlier this year when Ford suggested it might call its upcoming 300-mile electric SUV the Mach 1. Now new trademark filings... read more December 6, 2018 by


 
Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

Electric cars cheaper than gas ones by 2020, says Chinese battery supplier

Envision Energy, a Chinese company that bought Nissan's former AESC battery business, says it will be able to make battery packs for less than $100 per kilowatt-hour in the... read more December 6, 2018 by


 
VW MEB platform

VW says it is now developing its last generation of gas, diesel engines

Our readers speculate a lot on this site about how long it will be until gas and diesel engines fade out, and the transition to electric cars is complete. Volkswagen may just... read more December 6, 2018 by


 
2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Toyota Prius AWD price, more VW electrics, French protests: Today's Car News

Toyota announced pricing for the new 2019 Prius AWD-e. In trade talks with the Trump administration, VW's CEO revealed the company could use Ford factories in the U.S. to... read more December 5, 2018 by


 
VW ID family

VW could use US Ford factories to build its upcoming electric cars

In trade talks in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess revealed the automaker is talking with Ford about using its factories in the U.S., and possibly... read more December 5, 2018 by


 
Rivian R1T electric pickup concept

What electric car are you most excited to hear about from the LA Auto Show? Twitter poll results

Pickups and electric cars. Two opposites that haven't been attracted to each other—until now. Our readers, though, seem excited about the possibility of combining the... read more December 5, 2018 by


 
Gasoline prices in California, August 2012 [photo: Brenda Priddy]

Rioting protesters win delay of new French carbon tax

Rioting in the streets is the sword of Damocles hanging over every decision a politician makes—especially when those streets happen to be French. And rioting in the... read more December 5, 2018 by


 
2019 Toyota Prius

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e priced at $27,300

Toyota has released pricing for the new all-wheel-drive version of the Prius that it revealed at the LA auto show last week. The base version of the all-wheel drive model... read more December 5, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Volt

Tesla Model 3, long-range Nissan Leaf, cutting tax credits: Today's Car News

The Trump administration plans to end tax credits for plug-in cars. The EPA released official range and efficiency estimates for the Tesla Model 3 Mid Range. The long range... read more December 4, 2018 by


 
2018 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Mid Range goes an EPA-official 260 miles

EPA range ratings are funny things—they're never official until they're official. Tesla released its Model 3 Mid Range in early November, in an effort to offer a... read more December 4, 2018 by


 

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