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Renault Samsung SM3 ZE electric sedan: battery upgrade gives 130-mile range in Korean tests

Renault Samsung SM3 ZE electric sedan: battery upgrade gives 130-mile range in Korean tests

Frequently, cars withdrawn from one market live on in another, sometimes for years. Those vehicles may even be upgraded with newer technology in the older body. Consider that the first-generation Volkswagen Golf launched in 1974, for example, lived on in South Africa until 2009 as the VW CitiGolf...

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2018 Volvo XC90

2018 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV: bigger battery, slight range boost

It's a shock to realize that the Volvo XC90 large luxury SUV is now in its third model year. The first new Volvo in more than five years when it debuted in 2016, the... read more November 27, 2017 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf in front of Longfellow Bridge, Boston [photo: John Briggs]

Car dealers are woefully unprepared for electric vehicles: study

Yet another study has revealed that many dealerships across the United States still don't prioritize electric cars and haven't prepared for their growth. The latest report... read more November 27, 2017 by


 
Video review of 2017 Tesla Model 3 electric car by Matt Pressman, Evannex [frame from YouTube video]

Tesla Model 3 video review compares lower-priced electric car to Model S

There have been no full reviews of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 to date by automotive media outlets, meaning professional test drivers spend a few days with the car putting it... read more November 27, 2017 by


 
U.S. Postal Service Grumman "Long Life Vehicle"

U.S. Postal Service urged to choose electric delivery trucks

The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it's time to retire the... read more November 26, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Big Tesla battery, Prius Prime vs Volt, Ioniq Hybrid miles, China vs US electric cars: The Week in Reverse

What new hybrid and plug-in cars are coming from Ford, which has been notably silent on that front since 2013? How does fossil-fuel-loving EPA administrator Scott Pruitt... read more November 25, 2017 by


 
Tesla South Australia lithium-ion battery storage

Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the... read more November 24, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Effect of Trump's attempts to end U.S. climate-change efforts: Twitter poll results

By now it's clear that the Trump Administration is doing everything it can to end U.S. government efforts to address climate change. Climate-science deniers sit in powerful... read more November 24, 2017 by


 
Estimated U.S. energy consumption in 2016  [graphic: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory]

U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses. A 2012 California study, for instance, showed... read more November 23, 2017 by


 
Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco

Electric-car plugs, 'environmentalism' at today's EPA, Big Oil's future, EV penetration: Today's Car News

Today, a possible plug conflict for electric cars, a redefinition from the EPA chief, a study suggesting Big Oil will wane, and our latest Twitter poll. All this and more on... read more November 22, 2017 by


 
TurboCord Dual 120V and 240V adapter

Dual-voltage electric-car charging cords: plug confusion for 240 volts?

When the first few thousand electric cars went on sale in California in the mid- to late 1990s, they used various different charging methods, each with its own dedicated... read more November 22, 2017 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Big Oil will lose grip on global vehicle market in less than 25 years: study

The latest study on the future of transportation paints an increasingly dim picture for the oil industry, though it suggests that the industry is in no danger of collapse... read more November 22, 2017 by


 
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

EPA chief Scott Pruitt: 'environmentalism' is use rather than preservation

EPA head Scott Pruitt will likely go down as one of the most controversial agency chiefs in that agency's history of almost 50 years. The former Oklahoma attorney general... read more November 22, 2017 by


 
2018 Nissan Leaf

Where will EVs have the highest market share in 2025? Take our Twitter poll

China's announcement in early September that it planned to set a date to end sales of new vehicles with combustion engines should have rocked the global auto industry. The... read more November 22, 2017 by


 
Inflated airbag

Toyota electric cars, more Nissan EVs, Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid driven, Volt vs Prius Prime: Today's Car News

Today, we've got news on future electric cars from Nissan, Renault, and Toyota, some thoughts on more time in a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and a sales race between the Chevy Volt... read more November 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime and 2017 Chevrolet Volt with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker

Will Toyota Prius Prime outsell Chevy Volt this year?

Compared to the U.S. sales of, say, full-size pickup trucks, the monthly reports on deliveries of plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars contain some fairly low numbers... read more November 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2017

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: further thoughts on 50 mpg after 1,200 miles

We've now spent more than 1,200 miles in a variety of Hyundai Ioniqs, but the bulk of them were covered in the conventional hybrid version of the five-door compact hatchback... read more November 21, 2017 by


 
2018 Nissan Leaf

Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault all to 'target' electric cars in 2020, CEO Ghosn says

Carlos Ghosn has been an advocate of electric cars for years, but after initial disappointment, he's ready to take on the segment with even greater focus. The CEO of the... read more November 21, 2017 by


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Toyota to sell electric cars in China, use Suzuki EVs in India, from 2020: report

Toyota made its future battery-electric car project public this past April after an "agonizing" decision to depart from its sole focus on a future powered by hydrogen fuel... read more November 21, 2017 by


 
Self-driving Jaguar Land Rover prototypes testing on public roads

Future Ford Escape plug-in, China vs US, more solar power, electric semis on wires: Today's Car News

Today, we've got a different approach to electric trucks, a complicated combustion engine, more solar power, a plug-in future Ford, and some worries about U.S... read more November 20, 2017 by


 
Buick Velite 5, for sale in China, at 2017 Shanghai auto show   [photo: Ronan Glon]

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn... read more November 20, 2017 by


 
 

 
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