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What if car buyers aren't ready for electric cars, even in California?

What if car buyers aren't ready for electric cars, even in California?

It's accepted wisdom among electric-car fans and advocates that within a few years, mass-market car buyers will start snapping up battery-electric cars. First, battery prices have to come down to the point that electric vehicles aren't much pricier than comparable models with gasoline engines. But... read more

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CAFE proposal coming March 30: automakers hope national rules survive

It's been hanging out there in limbo for more than six months: the answer to the question of what happens to gas-mileage rules under Trump. Given the daily political turmoil... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
Mike Jackson standing in front of Ford F-150 Raptor at NAIAS 2015, Credit: AutoNation

Electric cars are 'historic opportunity' for US carmakers: Autonation CEO

Unlike many auto dealers and dealership groups that see selling electric vehicles as a necessary burden, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson believes electric vehicles offer a... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

GM promises it can make money on all-electric cars by 2021

Radically new powertrains are widely assumed to lose money for the companies that launch them. Toyota's hybrid-electric system, launched in Japan in 1997, likely didn't break... read more January 15, 2018 by


 
Tesla Supercharger for city centers

Electric cars will fail, but we'll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global... read more January 12, 2018 by


 
On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2015 (Sivak and Schoettle)

Automaker push to delay, modify, or kill CAFE is nothing new

As automakers yet again lobby Washington to roll back planned fuel-economy targets for 2025, they've employed some familiar tactics to drive the point home to lawmakers. It... read more January 3, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

2017's most important green car story: internal-combustion engine ban in China

The most important green-car story of 2017 came on September 10, in a report by the Associated Press that covered articles in two Chinese state media outlets on a statement... read more December 31, 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


 
Tesla Semi

Tesla Semi, new Roadster distract from Model 3 production problems

Never let it be said that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his event producers are not masters of showmanship. Last night's launch of the Tesla Semi heavy-duty commercial truck... read more November 17, 2017 by


 
Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California

Odds for auto startups are incredibly high; can Tesla beat them?

Much of the energy and growth in the U.S. economy comes not from large corporations but from small startup companies, as economic data shows. By now, the model of a young... read more November 9, 2017 by


 
2018 Hyundai Ioniq

Could automotive subscription services boost electric-car use?

As automakers commit to more electric and electrified cars in the near future, many hurdles remain that can make owning an electric car more difficult than a conventional... read more October 31, 2017 by


 
Oslo street scene: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model S, July 2015

VW targets Tesla with both barrels, views electric-car maker as important rival

The list of people and companies who want to be or want to make the "Tesla Fighter" is long and storied. Volkswagen has had some good things to say about the California-based... read more October 27, 2017 by


 
Jim Hackett

Ford to cut engine funding by one third, invest in electrics, autonomy

When Ford fired Mark Fields in May, it was widely seen as a rebuke to the CEO's inability to offer a convincing argument about how Ford would handle the future. Every car... read more October 4, 2017 by


 
2014 BMW i3 and 2014 Tesla Model S   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Will Tesla steamroller German luxury makers? Perhaps not

It has become an article of faith among some Tesla fans and owners that the company will inevitably rise to compete with and ultimately defeat the titans of the global auto... read more September 29, 2017 by


 
Beijing smog

China electric-car rules to start in 2019; aggressive totals are world's highest

You may not have heard it happen, but the global automotive industry changed forever on Thursday. China released its plan to require substantial sales of plug-in electric... read more September 29, 2017 by


 
Venucia E30 (Chinese version of Nissan Leaf electric car), Guangzhou Auto Show [photo: ChinaAutoWeb]

Foreign makers might build electric cars in China, but rumored rule change has a catch

China's announcement 10 days ago that it was assessing a timetable for ending sales of new cars with gasoline or diesel engines continues to reverberate. The country intends... read more September 20, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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