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  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019

    In a Tweet Sunday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will host an event on Thursday March 14 to reveal its long-planned Model Y SUV. The company will host a reveal event at its Hawthorne, California, design studios, as it has done with all previous models. The company said it will offer more detailed specs, as well as rides in the Model Y at the event. The long-awaited Model Y will be an SUV based on the Model 3, which Musk has promised will go into production in 2020 in China and the U.S. Model Y, being an SUV, is about 10% bigger than Model 3, so will cost about 10% more &...

  • 2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X
    Tesla cuts more than $10,000 off price of Model S and X

    Along with its announcement of a new base Model 3 Standard Range last week, Tesla also announced that it would cut prices across the board, including on its more expensive Model S and Model X vehicles. In addition to introducing new standard range Model S and X vehicles in late January, when it...

  • BMW i.FE18 Formula E racer, Ad Diriyah 2018
    Formula E signs on to complete battery recycling

    They say racing improves the breed. Usually that means learning to make cars go faster or handle or stop better. Electric-car racing series Formula E aims not just to improve the performance of electric cars but also to inspire the world to buy cleaner, more efficient cars. Formula E announced a...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2
    Base Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, Kandi cars, Volvo and Audi plug-in hybrids: The Week in Reverse

    Which two startup companies showed new ways to get more miles out of an electric vehicle? What Chinese automaker received approval to import new models to the U.S. this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 1, 2019...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus costs $37,445 to start

    When it arrives in dealers this month, the longer-range 2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus will cost $37,445, including destination, the automaker said Friday. That's in line with what we expected from documents leaked earlier this year, and drives the net price of the compact hatchback close to $30,000, if...

  • Smart Forease+ concept
    $35,000 Tesla Model 3, "Full Self-Driving" returns, BMW-Mercedes car sharing: Today's Car News

    Tesla announced it will sell the base $35,000 Model 3 this month, and will only sell cars online going forward. At the same time, CEO Elon Musk announced plans for the company's long-awaited Full Self-Driving system. The U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as permanent EPA Administrator. Daimler...

  • Mini from BMW and Smart from Mercedes join in Reach Now car sharing program

    Making electric cars accessible to more people requires developing an ecosystem that would help drivers charge, and occasionally get to destinations that might not yet be ideal for an electric car—like a long road trip. To bridge those gaps for buyers of its upcoming EQC and other electric cars to follow, Mercedes-Benz announced last week that it will team up with BMW to provide those services. DON'T MISS: Poll suggests more Americans might buy an EV—if only they had a place to charge BMW launched several such services under its X-Now umbrella when it first launched the BMW i3...

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]
    Tesla Full Self-Driving will still require drivers when it arrives later this year

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he expects Tesla vehicles to have "Full Self-Driving" capability by the end of 2019. In a media call Thursday night to announce the base, $35,000 Model 3, Musk for the first time gave a concrete explanation of what he means by that. He said that by the end of the...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Senate confirms coal lobbyist Wheeler as EPA head

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency. Since Wheeler became the acting administrator last July, he has released plans to unwind rising emissions and attendant fuel economy standards enacted under President Obama, and to rescind California's...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    Nissan Leaf progress, fast electric motorcycle charging, Audi plug-ins: Today's Car News

    Audi plans to introduce four new plug-in hybrids at next week's Geneva auto show. A drive in the Nissan Leaf Plus reveals how far electric cars have come in nine years. Electric motorcycle maker Zero has a novel way to get faster charging and longer trips on an electric bike. And German prosecutors...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 takeaways over 8 years

    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...

  • Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 plug-in hybrids
    Audi plans new plug-in hybrid Q5, A6, A7, and A8 for Geneva reveal

    Audi's future plans for plug-in vehicles involve more than the all-electric e-tron quattro scheduled to roll out later this year. Now, with the previous plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, already in the rearview mirror, the company has announced plans to reboot its plug-in lineup with four...

  • 2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d

    German automakers have been under a microscope when it comes to emissions from their diesel cars, which were formerly bestsellers in Europe. After Daimler, Volkswagen, and German supplier Bosch paid billions in fines and several Audi managers have been arrested over installing diesel-emissions cheat devices, German prosecutors have handed down a fine to BMW as well. BMW will pay $9.6 million (8.5 million euros) for installing "defective" engine software in diesel cars, German prosecutors announced on Monday. READ THIS: 300K bought-back VW diesels are decaying in 37 lots as it waits for ...

  • Ford crossover EV teaser photo
    Volvo's Polestar 2 electric car, plug-in Jeeps, Honda e Prototype: Today's Car News

    Honda showed off its e Prototype concept for the upcoming Geneva auto show. Volvo unveiled its first all-electric car, the Polestar 2, and we compared it with the Tesla Model 3 Fiat Chrysler announced a new $4.5 million investment to lay the groundwork to begin producing plug-in versions of all of...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance wireless charging
    Do you look forward to home wireless charging? Twitter poll results

    In a study released on Tuesday, Volvo and its Harris polling partners found that 29 percent of electric-car drivers wished for more wireless charging. That may or may not be what our readers think. After one of the biggest suppliers of wireless charging, Qualcomm, announced last week that it would...

  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler
    Fiat Chrysler lays groundwork to build electrified Jeep models

    With a $4.5 billion investment in manufacturing in Michigan announced Tuesday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will put some big plans in motion to electrify its entire future Jeep lineup. That is likely to include a new Jeep Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid, based on an all-new Grand Cherokee planned to...

  • 2019 Peugeot e-208
    Porsche Macan goes electric, Rivian auxiliary battery, more chargers needed: Today's Car News

    A Volvo/Harris poll reveals that three quarters of Americans see electric cars as the future—and they might buy one if more chargers were available. Porsche announced that its next Macan small SUV won't offer a gas engine. Our Twitter poll has some suggestions for other names for an upcoming...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    Rivian patent reveals removable battery for the truck bed

    Rivian is proving that there's more than one way to get more range out of an electric car. A new patent filing from the company reveals that its upcoming R1T electric pickup could have even more than 400 miles of range by using an auxiliary battery in the bed of the pickup. The filing was revealed...

  • Ford crossover EV teaser photo

    Ford has teased its planned 300-mile-electric performance SUV, but so far it's thin on details—other than the fact that it's supposed to be inspired by the performance of the Mustang (and, to some degree the F-150 Raptor off-road pickup.) Originally, the company said it might call the new electric SUV the Mach 1, in honor of one of the historically highest-performance street versions of the Mustang. After classic Mustang enthusiasts howled in protest, the company backed off that plan, suggesting it the most likely name might be the Mach E, though it has not confirmed any model name...

  • Polestar 2 teaser
    Poll suggests more Americans might buy an EV—if only they had a place to charge

    Almost three-quarters of Americans see electric cars as the future of transportation, according to a new Volvo/Harris poll released Tuesday. In the poll conducted last October, which surveyed 1,510 drivers in the U.S. during the middle of October, including 250 electric-car drivers, 74 percent of...

  • 2019 Porsche Macan
    Fully electric Porsche Macan due by 2022 will replace gasoline model entirely

    Porsche has somewhat publicly, for months if not years, been examining the possibility of producing an electric version of its top-selling model, the Macan. It turns out that may not have been the whole truth, and what's actually now confirmed is a huge step beyond just another version to satisfy...

  • Kandi EX3
    Chinese Kandi cars, longer-range Volvos, Nissan Leaf Plus review: Today's Car News

    A new car company from China gets approval to sell electric cars in the U.S. We have a first chance to drive the longer-range Nissan Leaf Plus. Volvo gives is plug-in hybrids additional battery range for 2020. And the last Volt rolls off the assembly line. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    GM rolls last Chevy Volt off Detroit assembly line

    With the end of Chevrolet Volt production last week, it looks more like pure electric cars are winning the race to transform driving over more complicated, if versatile plug-in hybrids. GM built the last 2019 Chevy Volt on February 15, and in a ceremony last Tuesday it rolled off the assembly line...

  • 2020 Volvo XC90
    Volvo XC90, XC60 T8 plug-in hybrids add electric miles for 2020

    Volvo announced on Friday that it is updating its lineup with two new "mild-hybrids" and more electric range for its existing T8 plug-in hybrid models. The XC60 and XC90 T8 plug-in hybrids will get up to 15 percent more range, according to Volvo's European announcement, which could boost their...