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2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive

Some plug-in hybrid models are easily distinguishable from the rest of the cars their maker sells. Others, like the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, are all but invisible. It takes a sharp eye to see the charging port door on the left-front fender or the trim and badging differences that distinguish...

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Greenlots electric-car charging mobile app for use at charging station

Electrify America contracts with Greenlots for electric-car charging sites, installations

The $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure program funded by Volkswagen as part of its diesel-emission scandal settlement has picked an installer to roll out some of the... read more 3 hours ago by


 
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Four of Wards' Top 10 Engines are actually electric or electrified powertrains

The industry trade journal WardsAuto has been giving out "Best Engine" awards for 24 years now, and this year's list includes some interesting choices. For starters, there... read more 4 hours ago by


 
2018 BMW i3, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW partners with Solid Power to develop solid-state cells for electric cars

While lithium-ion cells have powered all but a handful of plug-in electric cars since 2008, carmakers have looked further down the road toward solid-state battery cells with... read more 5 hours ago by


 
Tesla-powered EPower Racing Cobra

Tesla motor, Shelby Cobra body, Kia battery: watch electric Cobra stun a race crowd

In 1962, a 39-year-old Carroll Shelby stuffed a Ford V-8 into an AC Ace to create one of the most sought after performance cars ever made, the AC Cobra. Some 50 years later... read more December 17, 2017 by


 
2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]

Honda Clarity, BMW i3 REx driven; battery costs fall; electric car fight; tax credit lives: The Week in Reverse

Which country may wipe the floor with the U.S. in the global race among makers of electric cars? What car may pose a significant threat to the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid?... read more December 16, 2017 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Electric-car tax credit retained in Congressional tax reform bill: confirmed (update)

We'll likely never know whether it was the influence of auto lobbyists, pressure from the actual public, or a letter signed by two dozen mayors. But however the sausage was... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
Samson Switchblade flying car

Toyota batteries, Hyundai worries, bigger Nissan, electric-car production plants: Today's Car News

Today, we've got two different takes on electric-car batteries, some new oversight for the EU to prevent the next Dieselgate, and a small electric delivery van that got... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
Nissan-Voltia eNV200 MAXI operated by Gnewt Cargo

Voltia conversion expands Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van for London

As the United Kingdom joins other countries in committing to a future ban on fossil-fuel vehicles, commercial fleet operators that rely on diesel vehicles are left in a bit... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
First 2018 Nissan Leaf produced at assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, Dec 2017

Could Tennessee top Michigan in U.S. electric-car production (if not California)?

Today, battery-electric cars are built in volume at only three locations across the entire United States. Tesla builds its three different electric models in Fremont... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

Preventing the next Dieselgate: EU can now oversee, overrule new-car approval by member countries

With the exception of California's longstanding ability to set its own tougher emission standards, any car legal to sell in one state of the U.S. is legal to sell in all of... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Hyundai believes electric-car battery prices will stop falling by 2020

The automotive business is one that turns raw materials into highly complex finished goods. When the prices of key commodities—especially raw materials—rise... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota and Kazuhiro Tsuga, President, Panasonic

Toyota, Panasonic agree to study prismatic battery cells for electric cars

For the 20 years since the introduction of the Prius, Toyota has enjoyed the first-mover advantage in hybrid cars, and leveraged those green credentials to boost public... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
Teaser for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuting at 2018 Detroit auto show

EV tax credit, China vs US, hydrogen survival, Chevy vs Tesla, electric coal-hauling: Today's Car News

Today, a prediction China will wallop the U.S. in the electric-car battle, Congress may have saved the EV tax credit, an electric cargo ship that hauls coal, and thoughts on... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

Why China will beat U.S. in electric-car battle: urgency, regulations

As the electric-vehicle market matures and more global automakers commit to building battery-powered cars, one driving force has emerged to lead the pack. With apologies to... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
China’s all-electric cargo ship will deliver coal to powerplants. China News/Peng Yonggui

All-electric Chinese cargo ship will be used to haul coal

A shipyard in China has built what it says is the world's first all-electric cargo ship, capable of hauling 2,000 metric tons of lading some 50 miles on a single charge. The... read more December 14, 2017 by


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

Which alternative fuels will survive long-term? Twitter poll results

Building a fueling network turns out to be more of a challenge than many advocates, regulators, and drivers may have anticipated. The attempt to boost passenger vehicles... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
Tesla Model 3 found on Craigslist

Electric car buyers' struggle: practicality vs luxury, Chevy vs Tesla

Competition for the title of most popular electric car has sparked a long and highly charged race between Tesla and Chevrolet. Though these brands offer vastly different... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
nuTonomy self-driving prototype on the streets of Boston

More Tesla Semis, EV charging stations, electric-car tax credit, EPA easy on polluters: Today's Car News

Today, more orders for the Tesla Semi, an opinion on how many charging stations are enough, EPA laxity, biofuels unhappiness, and news on the plug-in electric car income-tax... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

22 mayors join letter urging electric-car tax credit retention by Congress

Two bills from the Senate and House of Representatives that would radically reform U.S. tax policy for the first time in three decades are now being reconciled by a joint... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Renewable-fuel mandate ruling leaves no one happy: the best compromise?

As they say, the best compromise is usually the one that leaves all parties equally dissatisfied. When it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable-fuel... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
 

 
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