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  • Kia K3 at 2019 Shanghai auto show

    The Shanghai auto show was full of new plug-in vehicles to meet that country's coming demand for electric cars. Two new plug-in models from mainstream automakers included the all-electric Honda X-NV SUV and the Kia K3 plug-in hybrid. While both of these models have U.S. counterparts—the Honda HR-V and Kia Forte—it's not likely we'll see either model in the U.S. The Dongfeng Honda X-NV is an all-electric SUV based on the HR-V and expected to go on sale in China in the latter half of the year. It is a parallel model to the GAC Honda Everus VE-1, another HR-V-based electric SUV the...

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    Plug-in cars and concepts at Geneva, Tesla Model Y and Superchargers: The Week in Reverse

    Which new electric car may be able to recharge 240 miles in less than five minutes? What is the bestselling electric car in the world, and what milestone did it pass this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 8...

  • Teaser for Honda Tomo concept debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show
    Honda Tomo updates Urban EV concept for active lifestyles, and the Geneva show

    The Tomo, a design-school update on the Honda Urban EV concept, with more rounded curves, is being displayed at the 2019 Geneva auto show. The new concept embraces time away from the big city a little more. It took form via a partnership with design students at the school of fashion and design in...

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    Audi Q4 e-tron, Honda electrifies Europe, Polestar and tariffs: Today's Car News

    Audi reveals its third electric SUV in Geneva. Honda announces plans to electrify its European lineup. A startup automaker with Porsche connections plans to introduce an electric car with even faster charging than Porsche. Plans for Volvo's Polestar brand could be in flux due to trade tariffs. And...

  • 2020 Honda E prototype
    Honda plans all-electrified lineup for Europe by 2025

    At the Geneva auto show on Tuesday, Honda announced plans to bring a fully-electrified lineup to Europe by 2025. That's different, of course, than selling only fully electric cars. The plan includes hybrids, such as the CR-V Hybrid that Honda sells in Europe now, as well as plug-in and fully...

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    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...

  • 2020 Honda E prototype

    One of Honda’s best-received concepts of recent memory was the car that it brought to the Frankfurt auto show in 2017—the Urban EV Concept, a model that reincarnated the automaker’s old City hatchback, with elements of retro Civic thrown in, all built as a modern electric car. Wednesday, Honda revealed its evolution of that concept for the Geneva Motor Show next week—the e Prototype, which previews a production model. The proportions of the Urban EV concept look to have been mostly held intact, and details such as the eye-like ring-shaped headlamps have been carried...

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    VW emissions, Honda Tomo, Ford Fusion Energi recall: Today's Car News

    Honda teamed with student designers for its latest EV concept. VW is cleaning up its emissions act, not just in cars, but in its factories. Ford is recalling 2019 Fusion Energis for an electric-shock hazard. And readers weigh in on the Green New Deal in our latest Twitter poll. All this and more on...

  • Rivian S1T, 2018 LA Auto Show
    Rivian deal, Corolla Hybrid, Tesla dog mode, charging tech: The Week in Reverse

    Which non-automotive company just made a big bet on electric vehicles? What car just got safer for dogs? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Feb. 15, 2019. This week's headlines had a lot to say about new (and potential)...

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    Tesla charging, Honda batteries, California buses, Green New Deal: Today's Car News

    As the first Tesla Model 3s land in European consumers' hands, reports show they may charge faster than those in the U.S. Honda signed a rare contract to procure electric-car batteries from a Chinese supplier. California passes a law requiring all buses in the state to go electric. And our latest...

  • Honda Clarity lineup at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    Honda battery deal could give it a new charge in China's EV market

    Thus far, Honda lags in the race to develop electric cars. Its most recent model still has only 89 miles of electric range, in an era when most new electric cars come with at least 235 miles of range, and many are approaching or exceed 300 miles. The company is aiming to change that with new...

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    Tesla and Mercedes batteries, less-affordable electrics, Twitter poll results: Today's Car News

    Mercedes-Benz is investing in battery production in Poland. Volkswagen's chairman says small electric cars won't be as affordable for low-income consumers as internal combustion models. And our readers weigh in on whether they'd buy an electric Cadillac. All this and more on Green Car Reports. For...

  • Uber self-driving car

    Samsung might be supplying Tesla's promised new Autopilot chips in the spring. Honda reveals a new battery that could have 10 times the range of today's lithium-ion cells. And the U.S. hit a milestone for electric car sales last month, reaching 1 million plug-ins across the country. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Rivian CEO R.J. Scaringe revealed to us that the company is building its upcoming electric pickup and SUV, and their battery packs, with an upgrade to faster-charging 800 volts in mind. The company is already testing the upgraded 800-volt batteries and preparing for the...

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    2019 Honda Insight recalled for rearview camera failure

    The 2019 Honda Insight hybrid hasn't been on sale for long; and yet Honda is already recalling more than 6,000 of them for a rearview camera failure. The problem affects another 226,000 vehicles—2018 Accord models, possibly including some Accord Hybrids. The screen may show up blank, with...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight review update: Putting the Civic on notice

    That sound you hear isn’t the 2019 Honda Insight’s hybrid powertrain whirring along. It’s the undertaker coming for the vaunted Honda Civic nameplate. The 2019 Insight isn’t just a better hybrid, it’s a better compact car. I spent a week moseying around in an Insight...

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    2019 Honda Insight hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

    In its latest round of safety tests, the IIHS has awarded the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid its Top Safety Pick+ award. The Top Safety Pick+ is the Institute's highest award, given to cars that perform well in a wide battery of crashes, headlight evaluations, and automatic emergency braking tests. The...

  • Frame from 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid "Beyond the Battery" ad
    The 2018 Honda Clarity real-world review: enough to challenge the Chevrolet Volt?

    I’ve owned two Chevrolet Volts, an early 2011 model and, currently, a second-generation 2017 version. I have loved them both. They’re sleek, sprightly, and have enough electric range to cover most driving. For longer trips, the gas engine kicks in when the charge runs out. The Volt, to...

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    Spy photographer captures Honda Pilot Plug-in Hybrid

    Honda has been something of a laggard in the race for electric cars. It looks like that's about to change, if recent spy photos are anything to go by. A shot by spy photographer Brian Williams in Automotive News (subscription required), shows an updated Pilot with both a reconfigured fuel filler...

  • 2019 Honda Insight

    Last week, we drove the new 2019 Honda Insight sedan and found Honda's newest compact hybrid roomy and comfortable. During our drive around Minneapolis, its exurbs, and into Wisconsin, we wanted to put to the test Honda's claims that its 1.5-liter inline-4 and 96-kw electric motor combination could return an EPA-rated 52 mpg combined (48 mpg combined in Touring trim). In base and EX trims, the Insight is rated at 55 mpg city, 49 highway, 52 combined (51/45/48 mpg in Touring trim). The Insight's 1.1-kwh battery is enough to achieve those competitive mileage figures, but it's clear that the...

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    2019 Honda Insight video review

    You could be forgiven for not remembering the two Honda vehicles that have worn an Insight badge before. The first was a quirky hatchback two-seater that struggled for acceptance with mainstream buyers. The second was a Prius-like Prius fighter, egg shape and all. This 2019 Honda Insight is the...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    Honda starts production of new Insight hybrid in Indiana

    Honda announced that it began building its third-generation Insight hybrid at its factory in Indiana this week. The company first introduced a concept version of the car at the Detroit auto show in January, and showed the production version in New York in March. This is the third generation of the...

  • Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    2018 Honda Clarity Electric hits dealerships in California and Oregon with $199 lease deal

    The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric car rolled into California and Oregon dealerships this week, but nobody can buy it. It's only available for lease for $199 a month for 36 months with $1,499 due at signing. That figure reflects the $7,500 federal tax credit, which Honda finance will keep as part of...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Plugged into L1 in Corte Madera, Calif.
    2018 Honda Clarity PHEV revisited: is this the car Bill Clinton wanted built?

    With new stewardship comes new perspective—sometimes on old things. Here at Green Car Reports, we have driven the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid a couple of times. New reviewers sometimes bring new context and background to subjects we've covered before. And that's the case with the...

  • Honda Everus EV concept
    Honda debuts Everus electric car for China, based on the HR-V

    Honda announced that the Everus will go into production by the end of the year and will lead off a new line of electric cars in China.

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