US climate action requires electric cars; utilities doing their part already

US climate action requires electric cars; utilities doing their part already

The subject of carbon dioxide emissions is hardly a simple one, especially when it comes to electric cars. They may not have tailpipes, but the electricity generated in order to keep them going has to come from somewhere. Electric utilities, it turns out, are doing their bit to reduce carbon...

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2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition

What percent of US full-size pickup trucks will plug in by 2025? Twitter poll results

If the U.S. is serious about reducing carbon emissions from road vehicles—under the current administration, the jury remains out—pickup trucks are key. More than... read more January 30, 2018 by

Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

GM suggests Congress fund EV charging, Toyota asks for hydrogen fueling support

It's now abundantly clear that Tesla has created the roadmap on how to build a widespread DC fast-charging network that lets electric-car drivers travel long distances, even... read more January 30, 2018 by

Coal trains by Flickr user Kimon Berlin (Used under CC License)

Trump promised to save the coal industry; it hasn't happened

You may recall that President Donald Trump made some ambitious and audacious campaign promises about his plans to revive America's dwindling coal industry. Two weeks ago, The... read more January 30, 2018 by

National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

CA needs 5 million zero-emission cars by 2030; will it reach 1.5 million by 2025?

Last Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown said in his annual State of the State address that California would need 5 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2030 to meet its... read more January 30, 2018 by

Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Porsche "Turbo Charging," 2018 Leaf leases and range, Georgia electric-car credit redux: Today's Car News

Today, weekend news on the 2018 Nissan Leaf, more on ultra-fast charging from Porsche, carbon capture to come (maybe), and new solar-panel tariffs from Trump. All this and... read more January 29, 2018 by

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)

Here's how California's carpool (HOV-lane) stickers work now

For years, green-car buyers in California have enjoyed a special perk: access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes that can whiz past gridlock, even with just a single occupant... read more January 29, 2018 by

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Effect of Trump solar-panel import tariffs on clean-power growth debated

A majority of the photovoltaic solar panels used in the U.S. are imported from such countries as China, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Now, environmentalists... read more January 29, 2018 by

Porsche Mission E Concept  -  2015 Frankfurt Auto Show live photos

Porsche Mission E electric sedan buyers want, expect fast "Turbo Charging"

Possibly no German carmaker was more shocked by the emergence of the Tesla Model S in 2012 than Porsche. Each of Porsche's models was a top performer in its segment for... read more January 29, 2018 by

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

Trump administration to work with Saudis on carbon capture for fossil fuels

Last month, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry signed an agreement with Saudi Arabian officials to research "carbon capture" technology for fossil fuels, the Department of... read more January 29, 2018 by

Georgia state capitol (pic by Andre M. via Wikimedia)

Georgia to take second try at electric-car tax credit after killing first one

Several years ago, Georgia offered a generous state-tax credit for purchase of a zero-emission vehicle, and its sales of electric cars boomed. When state politics interceded... read more January 29, 2018 by

2018 Nissan Leaf

Looking at leases on 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: how do they stack up?

This past Tuesday, the 2018 Nissan Leaf—an entirely redesigned second generation of the pioneering electric car—officially went on sale in the U.S. It's quicker... read more January 28, 2018 by

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf electric car gets 151-mile EPA range rating

When the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car was unveiled last fall, the company said it would have a range of "140 miles or more." That had risen to "150 miles or more" by the end... read more January 27, 2018 by

Byton concept first ride

Byton electric SUV, Tesla keeps Musk, BMW EV plans, lease vs buy, LAPD's fail: The Week in Reverse

Which legendary British luxury sedan intends to tackle the Tesla Model S head-on? How much of a role is there for radically more-efficient combustion engines in making future... read more January 27, 2018 by

BMW's wireless Apple CarPlay integration

Electric cars: lease or buy? LAPD's BMWs, Tesla Autopilot crash, Exxon climate suits: Today's Car News

Today, we've got the old and the new, from Ford Model T gas mileage to advanced electric cars that the LAPD isn't using. Also, why plug-in vehicle owners usually lease rather... read more January 26, 2018 by

Tesla Autopilot

NHTSA to investigate Tesla Model S on Autopilot that hit parked fire truck on freeway

Investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are scheduled to examine the crash of a Tesla Model S that hit a fire truck parked on a California... read more January 26, 2018 by

ExxonMobil oil refinery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by WClarke [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Exxon and climate change: two lawsuits, in opposite directions, on same grounds

One of the world's largest oil producers is about to enter a tit-for-tat battle over climate change with government officials from multiple states. New York, Massachusetts... read more January 26, 2018 by

Footage from June 2016 LAPD announcement of lease for 100 BMW i3 electric cars [CBS Channel 2, LA]

LAPD's unused electric cars gather dust sitting in garage, but why?

Anyone who remembers the epic, metallic-tasting, technicolor smog in the Los Angeles Basin found into the 1990s understands why air quality matters there. While the worst of... read more January 26, 2018 by

Frame from Sierra Club video, 'Tell Ford to Put Clean Cars in the Fast Lane,' Jan 2018

Ford Model T: what was its fuel economy, really?

In a recent video posted to YouTube, environmental advocacy group The Sierra Club dialed up production values to call out Ford's lobbying efforts to roll back fuel-economy... read more January 26, 2018 by

2018 Nissan Leaf electric car, test-driven by Shiva of Fremont, California, Oct 2017

Why everyone leases electric cars rather than buying (and maybe you should too)

Leases are a minority of overall car sales in the U.S., though the numbers soar for pricier luxury vehicles versus the less expensive, plain-Jane vehicles that serve as daily... read more January 26, 2018 by

Armormax Armored Tesla Model S

Bolt EV tires, BMW electric-car platforms, California vs Feds, Colorado charging sites: Today's Car News

Today, we interviewed BMW's electric-car powertrain head, looked at tire swaps for Chevy Bolt EVs, covered some state news on emission limits and charging stations, and... read more January 25, 2018 by


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