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Commentary

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

    Last week the Trump administration unveiled a broad drawdown of fuel-economy regulations that had been aimed at cutting emissions from passenger vehicles. In the 978-page proposal, administration officials argued those rules implemented by the Obama administration would create lighter, potentially more fuel-efficient vehicles that would be less safe and more expensive than today’s fleet. “Moreover, assuming that manufacturers try to pass the costs of those technologies on to consumers in the form of higher new vehicle prices, rather than absorbing them and hurting profitability...

  • Angry Driver with Road Rage
    Disqus now allows user blocking for individual commenters

    Comments are a major part of Green Car Reports, and we think they're one of the reasons we've attained a surprisingly large and diverse audience of readers. But to stay useful, all comments have to be moderated—which is something our tiny staff spends a great deal of time on. We respond to...

  • Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
    It's all coming together for electric cars, says Wall Street Journal columnist

    A few years ago, a huge amount of media criticism poured down on the new category of electric cars, often on the basis of outright misinformation or—more charitably—confusion. Then, the General Motors bankruptcy was still fresh in memory, electric cars were failing to meet ambitious...

  • Green Car Reports comments using new Disqus system
    How and why we moderate comments on Green Car Reports (updated)

    This site now gets several hundred comments a day on our accumulated total of more than 10,000 articles. The vast majority of them are thoughtful, from experienced owners and advocates who want to discuss a new item or vehicle test in more detail. And we're grateful to our many, many commenters...

  • Angry Driver with Road Rage
    Top 5 Ways To Get Flamed, Moderated, Or Banned In Comments On Green Car Reports

    Remember when your parents sat you down to have a little chat about how you should behave? It may be time for us to have one of those chats with a small fraction of our readers, just to point out this site's requests, customs, and no-nos. Here's our compilation of things that will see your comments...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    BMW, Tesla Are Only Electric-Car Makers 'To Build A Business': Really ??

    Sometimes we read things that just make us scratch our heads. Often, statements about the electric-car industry by (presumably) highly-paid analysts in the finance industry are among those things. Take, for example, a statement by one such analyst, contained an article published two weeks ago in...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011

    Few things seem to set off a certain part of the political spectrum like the Chevrolet Volt, the extended-range electric car from General Motors. It's been on sale exactly one year, so we think it's rather too early to deem the Volt a success or a failure, though that hasn't stopped its critics. When criticizing anything, however--the Volt included--it's usually incumbent on the critic to get the math right. Off by a factor of 10,000 Yesterday, The Street posted a lovely takedown of the math offered by a critic who claims Volts carry quarter-million-dollar subsidies. The Street's contributor...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    Matt Drudge's Idiotic, Uninformed War Against The Chevy Volt

    Recently named by Gizmodo as the second most viral person on the Internet (ahead of Ashton Kutcher!), Matt Drudge is the go-to guy for headlines guaranteed to feed red meat to the right-hand side of the U.S. political spectrum. And he hates electric cars. Boy, does that man hate anything with a...

  • New comment design for High Gear Media websites
    Test Out The New, Improved Comments We've Just Launched!

    This site has always enjoyed a vibrant, active discussion among our engaged readers--and we thank you all for it. Now, we're happy to have launched our new and revised Commenting system. Think of it as Comments 2.0. We wanted to make discussions and debates in our comments easier to understand, and...

  • New comment design for High Gear Media websites
    New And Improved Comments Debut On GreenCarReports Today!

    We thrive on comments, pro and con, agree and disagree, especially those that add information and richness to the discussion. And now, we proudly introduce (blare of trumpets, please): Comments 2.0! Our goal was to make it easier for both regular users and sporadic visitors to add your points of...

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