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  • Traffic in China

    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in China were almost four times those in the U.S. last year, and the gap is expected to widen this year. The world's largest car market is engineering a massive shift over the next two decades away from cars with combustion engines toward battery-powered cars. It is a way for China to address hazardous air pollution in its major cities, reduce the carbon-dioxide emission that cause climate change, and push its battery and auto industries ahead of global competitors. CHECK OUT: China plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2017: almost 4 times those in the U.S. But...

  • Think City
    2012 Think City EV’s New Lithium-Ion Battery A Welcome Upgrade

    How fast, how far, and how long? These are the three most important questions asked of any electric car coming to market. Just like their gasoline counterparts, drivers want to know their first electric car won't leave them foundering at the lights, stranded on the freeway, or taking forever to...

  • Nissan LEAF
    Do EVs Need A Passing Gear? Nissan Says Yes, Chevy Disagrees

    One of the benefits of the electric vehicle experience is the near instantaneous torque at your disposal when you prod the right-hand pedal: no shifting, no "kickdown," just smooth power. So why exactly would the 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car have a "passing gear"? On any electric car, the torque...

  • 2010 Toyota Corolla sold in South Africa, shown in Die Waterkant, Cape Town
    A Tale of Two Toyota Corollas: U.S. Buyers Get More For Less

    When auto editors go on vacation, we rent cars too. Which is how a pair of very plain 2010 Toyota Corollas in South Africa taught us a few lessons about fuel economy, green value, and what other countries drive. The bottom line: U.S. buyers get a lot more car, for a lot less money, than elsewhere...

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    Micro-Bypass Filtration Can Reduce Oil Use by 66 Percent

    Micro-bypass filtration is not really all that new, but it's only now that it's finally catching on in the transportation industries.

  • Aptera 2e during Automotive X-Prize handling tests, from Consumer Reports video on YouTube
    Aptera Grits Its Teeth, Glosses Over Auto X-Prize 2e Handling Issue

    Optimism is a useful thing for a startup company, maybe even a requirement. But the April newsletter from Aptera Motors, which is struggling to launch its ultra-aerodynamic three-wheeled electric vehicle in the face of delays and funding constraints, smooths over some crucial handling issues with...

  • 2011 MINI Countryman

    MINI has announced that starting in February of next year buyers can opt for a pumped-up new model called the 2012 MINI Countryman. This ‘Super Mini’ of sorts is an SUV version of the cute little retro car that won our hearts in movies like The Italian Job. The Countryman will compete with the likes of the Honda CR-V and--believe it or not--the Land Rover LR2 as well. It will be the first four-door MINI ever made by the new company. Similar in size to the Clubman, a wagon version of the MINI, the new Countryman SUV boasts enough options to make your head spin, including an all-wheel drive...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    San Diego Region To Get 2500 Charging Stations

    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced it will work with Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (eTec) and others on the roll-out of 1,500 public and commercial and 1000 home base charging points across the county, starting in four to six months. The group's goal is to prepare...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive in New Zealand, Christchurch First

    The city of Christchurch, located on the southern of New Zealand's two large islands, is destined to become the first city to welcome the 2012 Nissan Leaf, its new electric car. According to the Christchurch City Council, 2012 will see the arrival of the highway-capable and affordable five-seat...

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    Are We Ready for a New Kind of Gas Tax?

    On Public Policy Day at the D.C. Auto Show this year, we got wind of some dire news. The Federal Highway Trust Fund is slowly depleting because gas taxes have not been raised in 17 years. While the federal gas tax has remained constant, the spending power of the 18 cents a gallon used for...

  • 2009 Suzuki SX4 Man AWD
    The 2010 Suzuki SX4: Do You Want to Crossover or Sportback?

    While there are numerous improvements for the 2010 model year Suzuki SX4, why did this Japanese automaker decide to confuse consumers with a nigh on indecipherable model and options list? This vehicle is already this countrys most underrated and under-purchased small car so why make it harder to...

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    U.S. and China Announce Joint Electric Vehicles Initiative

    President Obama and Chinese President, Hu Jintao, couldn't agree on everything when they met on Monday. In a town hall meeting, Obama pressed the Chinese to relax stringent government controls on their citizens' Internet usage. A Chinese blogger later claimed that a transcript of the meeting was...

  • Aptera 2e

    Recent news regarding a boardroom putsch of Aptera's founders further clouds the future of the three-wheeled EV maker. Those rumors have been denied by Aptera, but the company is one among many that are struggling to make ends meet. The Aptera 2e was about to reach production but the current CEO has decided to wait for financing from the Department of Energy and slash costs in the interim. Three-wheeled vehicles have a checkered history at best. The design, either a single wheel in front or single wheel at the rear, are inherently more unstable around corners than a four-wheeled vehicle. It...

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    2011 Ford Fiesta: Driving Impressions From the Orange County Auto Show

    Editor's note: High Gear Media wants you to write for us. Here's what happens when you do--you get published alongside the pros, if your post is smart, well-written, and (for GreenCarReports.com) has the goods on the greenest of wheels. Want to be our next contributor? Check us out, sign up, and...

  • Why Dogs Love the Third Door in the 2010 Mini Clubman

    Price: starting at $24,350 If you were wondering what the point of the third door in the Mini Clubman was exactly you aren't alone. The reason you couldn't figure it out is because the creatures it was designed for cant speak. Not English anyway. The third door in the Mini Clubman is the perfect...

  • Seat Leon Cupra R Facelift - Official News

    Seat has just released official information about the new Seat Leon Cupra R facelift, which has suffered extensive modifications. The most significant modification is represented by the new 2 liter engine which now outputs 265HP. The previous engine that was used on the Seat Leon Cupra R had a...

  • Tesla Roadster With Custom Interior and Audio Upgrades

    If you happen to own, or plan to own, a Tesla Roadster and feel the interior is a bit too bland, boring, and not sporty enough, well I present you with this gorgeous Roadster with a custom interior done up by Al & Eds Autosound of West Hollywood, CA. The owner of this particular Roadster wasn't...

  • the New Citroën C3: a Sneak Preview and Some Remarks on Design

    An european popular car is ready to renew itself. It was no easy work to keeping to the "philosophy" of the previous C3 but at the same time to up-to-date the design. The new Citroën C3 keeps the core of the actual model, with the same dimensions (3,94 m. length, 1,71 m. bright) and some assets of...

  • 2010 Mazda3

    -HOW IT LOOKS I always loved the design of the Mazda3 hatchback. And I also really like the new design. Sure, it is not as "pure" as the previous one. But I think it looks really good in real life. The sedan also looks much better and substantial than the previous rather boring design. I know lots of people have talked about the "smile" up front, but I don't mind it. And my test car came in a rather striking metallic red color. It wouldn't be my personal choice, but I actually loved it. -HOW IT IS INSIDE. I have to say, this is one of my favorite interiors. It looks great and feels very...

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    Finally, Obama To Announce 42-MPG-By-2016 Requirement As Single US Standard

    Fulfilling a campaign promise, the Obama Administration will harmonize national mileage rules with California's limits on greenhouse gas emissions

  • 1985 Buick Century, Gross Polluter, by Flickr user head36
    BREAKING: House Agrees on Cash-For-Clunkers Bill

    Cars to be turned in must get 18 mpg or less, and their replacements 22 mpg or better, under compromise legislation agreed to by the House

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