BMW batteries, Toyota electrification plans, electric-car charging stations, Kia Niro Plug-In driven: Today's Car News

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2018 Fiat Punto fails Euro NCAP crash test

2018 Fiat Punto fails Euro NCAP crash test

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Today, we've got news about VW's Electrify America charging-station project, BMW's solid-state battery research, and a big pledge by Toyota, as well as our first drive of the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories.

What do you get when you blend a Tesla motor, a Kia Soul EV battery pack, and a reproduction AC Cobra body? It's something of a Frankencobra, but it's pretty stunning on the race track.

BMW announced a solid-state battery partnership with Solid Power, in hopes of bringing longer-range, more durable, and safer electric cars to market sometime during the 2020s.

The Ward's Top 10 Engines list is a fixture in the automotive world, but this year, four of the 10 "engines" are actually electrified—and two aren't engines at all.

Volkswagen's Electrify America charging-infrastructure company has contracted with Greenlots for 900 charging locations in metropolitan areas of the U.S.

Toyota plans to sell 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030; we analyze what this morning's announcement from Japan really means.

Singapore launched an electric car-sharing program, using a vehicle familiar to drivers in Paris ... and in Indianapolis.

You may never have heard of the carmaker Weltmeister, but it's supposedly funded at $1 billion. And it's not German, either.

We've now had our first drive in the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid compact wagon; you can read why 15 charging stops weren't enough.

You'll likely be thankful for North American safety standards when you see how a small Fiat failed new and more rigorous European crash tests.

Finally, a new small Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan may go on sale next fall, possibly at that same $30,000 mark that got its CLA predecessor so much attention.


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