Tesla expects 200,000th U.S. sale this year, electric-car tax credits to start phaseout

Tesla expects 200,000th U.S. sale this year, electric-car tax credits to start phaseout

It's been a topic of discussion for years: What will happen when a carmaker reaches the cap on U.S. sales of electric cars that qualify for the full federal tax credit of $7,500? That number is 200,000; after the rest of that calendar quarter and the one following, the credit is halved for a...

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Mercedes-Benz GLS350d spotted testing near Denver

Mercedes-Benz gets its own diesel emission cheating questions now

Investigators probing U.S. models of Mercedes-Benz sold with diesel engines have found software, possibly illegal under EPA rules, that helped them pass emission tests. Such... read more February 23, 2018 by

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (European model), to debut at 2018 Geneva auto show

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV updates for Europe to debut in Geneva

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been a huge success in Europe, selling more than 100,000 copies there over several years. As the first and least expensive plug-in hybrid... read more February 23, 2018 by

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class stalls in Maryland flash flood

Planet at "very high risk" for extreme warming, per leaked UN report; every 5-year delay matters

The processes of climate change don't care about politics. Or economics. Or public sentiment about science. Last December, an analysis showed the most accurate... read more February 23, 2018 by

Tesla destination charging station in Bodie, California    [photo: George Parrott]

Tesla offers some employers at-work charging stations, for its cars only

Today, most people charge their electric cars at home, overnight. That's much harder for residents of multiple dwellings or those without dedicated off-street parking... read more February 23, 2018 by

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Nexo SUV, Rivian electric pickup in 2020, Nissan eyes end of EV tax credits: Today's Car News

Today, a bit of clarity on a mysterious auto startup, some verdicts on the Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell SUV, and a look at how Nissan and others may handle the end of electric-car... read more February 22, 2018 by

Image from "Introducing Rivian | Our Vision" video, January 2017

Electric pickup truck in 2020 to launch mysterious Rivian's "future mobility"

When a mysterious company called Rivian issued a mysterious video in January 2017, it promised to "reshape mobility." As is often the case, that has turned out to involve... read more February 22, 2018 by

Hyundai Nexo

Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell SUV verdicts: classy, zippier, still a "niche vehicle"

The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV that debuted last month at the Consumer Electronics Show won't be seen on California roads for many months yet. It is expected to go... read more February 22, 2018 by

2018 Tesla Model 3

What happens to electric-car sales when tax credits sunset? Each maker differs

Toward the end of last year, electric-car shoppers began to think about a U.S. market without the $7,500 federal tax credit for their purchases of plug-in vehicles. While the... read more February 22, 2018 by

2019 Volvo V60

Electric-car sales champ, more Zoe power, Lexus UX launch, hydrogen station density: Today's Car News

Today, we've got a more powerful Renault Zoe, a new hybrid crossover for Geneva, the same old electric-car global sales champ, and some analysis on hydrogen fueling station... read more February 21, 2018 by

BYD Yuan. Photo by Indian Autos Blog.

China's BYD tops global electric-car production for third year in a row

Try asking any electric-car owner or advocate, or for that matter any member of the public, which automaker sold the most electric cars last year. In North America, the... read more February 21, 2018 by

2018 Renault Zoe electric car in Purple Blackberry paint color

2018 Renault Zoe electric car: more powerful motor to go with last year's bigger battery

The subcompact Renault Zoe hatchback has been Europe's best-selling electric car for several years now. Last year, sales soared after it received a major upgrade to its... read more February 21, 2018 by

Hydrogen station in Nerima Ward, Japan

Germany's hydrogen stations exceed US; California beats Japan on density

As of today, there are 39 hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S., all but four of them in the state of California. They serve roughly 39 million Californians, whereas 284... read more February 21, 2018 by

2014 Tesla Model S in China

Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? Twitter poll results

Innovation can be a hard concept to define as it relates to electric cars. Sure, there are the powertrains and structural designs of the vehicles themselves—including... read more February 21, 2018 by

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

VW Vizzion concept; start-stop surge; Tesla, Nissan at 300K; Porsche diesels dead: Today's Car News

Today, we've got another electric concept car coming to Geneva in a couple of weeks, a surge in start-stop sales, a look at Nissan and Tesla sales landmark, and Porsche... read more February 20, 2018 by

2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

Porsche kills off its diesels, because customers no longer want them

Of the three brands caught up in the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal in the U.S., Porsche was by far the least affected. It had sold only one diesel model, a version of... read more February 20, 2018 by

Oslo street scene: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model S, July 2015

Nissan, Tesla surpass 300,000 electric cars; one started later, one did it with a single model

Only two automakers have built and sold more than 300,000 battery-electric cars to date. One is from Japan, the other from Silicon Valley. And each can claim a specific... read more February 20, 2018 by

2013 Ram 1500  -  engine start-stop system

Start-stop systems on U.S. light trucks doubled to one in five in a single year

Electric cars may be all the rage, but for now, all but a tiny fraction of the 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads burn gasoline or diesel fuel. One of the ways that new... read more February 20, 2018 by

Teaser for Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show

Volkswagen ID Vizzion large all-electric sedan teased before Geneva debut

Volkswagen's first dedicated battery-electric vehicle will roll off the production lines in 21 months, but we won't see the compact hatchback ID model in North America... read more February 20, 2018 by

Flooded car in parking lot. Photo via Flickr user waitscm/CC2.0

How much does it matter that top Trump officials deny climate science? Take our Twitter poll

Throughout the world, the accepted science of climate change is no longer in dispute. Every nation on earth has now signed the Paris Climate Treaty to develop plans to reduce... read more February 20, 2018 by

Opel Ampera-e

Opel to swap Ampera-e (aka Bolt EV) for all-electric Corsa model in 2020

It's been six months since General Motors completed the sale of its Opel division in Europe to PSA Group, the French parent of the Citroën, DS, and Peugeot brands. With... read more February 19, 2018 by


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