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  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

    When a completely new vehicle is introduced, it's generally around for five to seven years before an entirely redesigned generation of that vehicle is launched. By that measure, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus we reviewed earlier this week is ancient, with a basic structure in its ninth model year—though it received a very thorough restyling for 2018. In electric-car years, the Leaf is even older. But looking back at its humble beginnings underscores how fast battery-powered vehicles and our expectations for them have advanced. We dug out the briefing book from our first-ever drive of a...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019
    First drive review: The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus delivers more power, 226-mile range at last

    At the moment, there are more Nissan Leafs on the world’s roads than any other electric car in history—closing in on 400,000. As of Jan 1, Nissan had delivered 380,000 Leafs globally, 130,000 of them in the United States. Nissan is entirely aware that honor may not last long. It all...

  • Future Cadillac long-range electric large luxury utility vehicle (rendering), 2019 Detroit auto sho
    Long-range Cadillac SUV to lead GM's next electric-car push, in 3 years

    On Sunday night, General Motors showed renderings of a future long-range, all-electric SUV to be offered roughly three years hence by its Cadillac luxury brand. The look at the brand's first battery-electric vehicle came as part of the 2019 Detroit auto-show debut for the 2020 Cadillac XT6, a...

  • Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept
    Porsche adds wagon to upcoming Taycan electric lineup

    Porsche announced Friday that it will expand its high-powered upcoming electric-car lineup from one model to two, with a new stretched-roof crossover hatchback joining the standard Taycan liftback. The Taycan electric sedan is a Tesla Model S competitor scheduled to go into production in 2019. It...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, photographed outside Tesla Store, Mount Kisco, NY
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace gets official range, MPGe ratings

    Now that it has finally delivered the first retail example of its I-Pace, Jaguar has released official range and MPGe estimates for this new luxurious electric crossover. As we reported on Monday, the I-Pace is rated at 234 miles of range, a little short of the 240 that Jaguar indicated it was...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S in China
    Tesla secures site for Chinese factory

    In the midst of escalating trade wars, Tesla is moving ahead with its plans to build a factory in China. The company announced on Wednesday that it signed a "land transfer" agreement with the Shanghai government for a 212-acre plot to build its proposed Chinese factory. The land transfer agreement...

  • BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    BMW plans to launch perhaps its most mainstream electric car, the i4, in 2021, about a year after the iX3 electric crossover utility goes on sale. BMW chairman Harald Krüger told British auto magazine Auto Express that the long-awaited i4 will be treated as a variant of the company's 4-series Gran Coupe, a mid-size 4-door hatchback similar in size to the company's mainstay 3-series. Company insiders told Auto Express that the car may sit a little higher than the standard i4 to allow room for the large battery pack to sit above the axles as well as under the floor. DON'T MISS...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, photographed outside Tesla Store, Mount Kisco, NY
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace real-world review: 3 days with the sexy electric crossover

    To the world’s surprise, the first all-electric luxury utility vehicle to follow the Tesla Model X into production did not come from the German makes of Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz. Instead, it arrived from that trio’s smaller, scrappier British rival, Jaguar Land Rover. The 2019 Jaguar...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV
    Kia to build electric cars in India by late 2019

    Kia will spend $1 billion on a new assembly plant in southern India to build an electric car for that market by late 2019. The move comes just over a decade before India intends to ban the sale of fossil-fuel vehicles. Just what form an Indian-market electric Kia will take remains unknown...

  • Byton K-Byte concept
    Chinese electric-car startup Byton reveals its second concept: a Level 4 self-driving sedan

    Just months after debuting its first concept vehicle, Chinese electric-car startup Byton on Tuesday took the wraps off a second model that it says previews a production-intent self-driving electric sedan with a lightweight, aerodynamic body. The Byton K-Byte concept that the automaker showed off...

  • Chevy Bolt EV
    Automakers make plea to 9 state governors to help boost electric, zero-emissions car sales

    Seeking to kick-start electric car sales outside of California, the lobbying group that represents a dozen automakers said Monday that it sent letters to nine state governors urging them to help spur zero-emissions vehicle demand. In the letters, the automakers urge the state governors to boost...

  • Byton SUV concept
    Chinese electric-car builder Byton says it raised $500 million

    A $500 million infusion from investors including an automaker and a major battery supplier could help Chinese electric-car startup Byton put its cars on the road by the end of next year, the company said Monday. Byton said that its big investors—Chinese state-owned automaker FAW Group...

  • 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

    Volvo says it is going all-in on electric cars in an effort to turn the company into something of a Tesla alternative. To that end, the company has announced that half its cars will be battery electric models by 2024, according to a report in Road & Track earlier this year. It has also dedicated its high-performance Polestar brand to selling all-electric cars. As if to underline that statement, Volvo announced Thursday that it would introduce no new cars with diesel engines after 2019. Currently, Volvo sells diesels only outside the United States. The Swedish company also told Road &...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf SL electric car, owned by Shiva of Fremont, California, Oct 2017
    Nissan begins offering rebuilt Leaf battery packs

    Starting this month, Nissan has begun offering rebuilt battery packs for the older Leafs, filling a gap for drivers of older cars whose packs have begun to run down. The company built a new facility in Japan to rebuild the packs, and will sell them for about $2,850 (based on the price in Japan)...

  • 2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color
    Tesla Model S Electric Car: Software Changes Since 2012 (UPDATED)

    Even though the Tesla Model S has retained its same basic shape since it went on sale in 2012, what's going on under the hood has been anything but stagnant. The automaker's over-the-air updates for the electric car have put the old guard on notice: People expect their cars to act like the...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    7 things we learned in 9 years, and where green cars are headed

    More than four years ago, this site looked back at its first five years of coverage to assess what had changed—and what we'd learned. Now, we're repeating the exercise. By February 2014, Green Car Reports had published about 9,800 news articles. The number is now up to more than 16,800. Much...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Some Chevrolet Bolt EVs get new battery pack for sudden loss of power: here's why

    It's every electric car owner's nightmare: the car indicates that remaining range has suddenly plummeted to zero, the battery pack stops providing current, and the car won't run. For some 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV drivers, that scenario has happened in real life. The problem has resulted in a program...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Some Tesla Model 3 cars haunted by "phantom touch" and "vampire draw" (updated)

    At this point, the variable build quality of early Tesla Model 3 electric cars has been well documented. One of the main issues is the "phantom touch" on the car's all-important central display. The phantom touch is what Green Car Reports reader Jeff Southern of Atlanta suffered in his car before...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf

    British magazine Auto Express has conducted a full, head-to-head comparison test of the new Leaf with its most direct competitors: the Volkswagen eGolf, BMW i3s, and the European Renault Zoe

  • Tesla Model 3 Driving on a Public Road
    When will Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive, lower-range models be available?

    Musk says the problem is that adding additional configurations with all-wheel drive would make production so much more complicated that it would jeopardize the company's ability to build up Model 3 production to levels that would bring in the revenue the company needs to stay afloat.

  • 2018 Tesla Model S
    Audi, BMW, Mercedes large electric luxury sedans to aim above Tesla Model S?

    The Tesla Model S occupies an interesting position among "luxury" sedans and hatchbacks. It's far from the best-equipped vehicle compared to mid-size and full-size competitors from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz, but that doesn't seem to matter to its 200,000 or so buyers to date. The good...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in Maven car-sharing fleet, Los Angeles [photo: Dan MacMedan fo
    GM, EVgo to build Chevy Bolt EV fast-charging network, for Maven drivers only

    General Motors has consistently declined to fund public charging stations that increase the utility and long-distance potential of the electric cars it sells. The company said firmly two years ago it had no intention of spending money on a charging network, a stance that distinguished GM from BMW...

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Tesla Model Y production to start Nov 2019 (also, Musk doesn't have time to shower): reports

    Amidst nine months of "production hell" for the Tesla Model 3 electric car, the company's next vehicle has somewhat fallen off the radar. According to a report Wednesday by Reuters, Tesla has now put out requests to suppliers for initial bids on parts for the Tesla Model Y, its high-volume...

  • Buick Velite concept, 2016 Guangzhou auto show
    Buick to launch new electric, plug-in hybrid models in China; what about US?

    For 15 years now, Buick has been a far more important brand in China than it is in North America: four out of five Buicks sold globally are purchased by Chinese buyers. The brand has a wider range and variety of vehicles in that country, along with numerous models U.S. buyers never lay eyes on. So...

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