Stephen Edelstein, Contributing Writer
A major contributor to electric-car sales is the program under which buyers of new electric cars qualify for a federal income-tax credit of up to $7,500.
But these tax credits are not unlimited.
Lexus UX small crossover utility still being studied for U.S. (update)
The Lexus UX concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016 represented the Toyota luxury brand's probe of the subcompact crossover segment.
It previewed a possible new model that...Stephen Edelstein
What was the most important green-car story of 2017? Take our Twitter poll
Lists, news roundups, and general reflections are the usual order of business as a calendar year comes to a close.
We've published more than 1,600 green-car news stories so far during 2017, and it's...Stephen Edelstein
2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range (updated)
In the seven years since modern electric cars first went on sale in large numbers, the field has matured significantly.
There are now several models that offer at least 100 miles of range, and many...Stephen Edelstein
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, 125-mile electric car, starts at $31,315
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car gets a number of notable updates this year, including considerably increased range and a more powerful electric motor.
Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto...Stephen Edelstein
How to curb climate change yourself: drive a more efficient car
Given the current political landscape in Washington, it's not unreasonable to worry about the future of U.S. efforts to combat climate change.
The Trump Administration has embarked on an explicit...Stephen Edelstein
Natural-gas plants cut carbon, but methane emissions can be 100 times higher than expected Stephen Edelstein
While renewable energy gets significant press as an alternative to coal in electricity generation, it isn't the main factor in decreasing the use of that carbon-intensive fuel.
Thanks to its...
Germany, Austria electric-car charging networks improve, fast
Two adjacent European countries are stepping up efforts to improve their public electric-car charging infrastructure.
Initiatives in Germany and Austria should see major improvements to charging...Stephen Edelstein
2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots, BMW electric-car confidence, Honda charging experiment: Today's Car News
Today, we have more spy shots of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, BMW's CEO expresses an optimistic opinion about the future of electric cars, and Honda experiments with an unorthodox charging system. All this...Stephen Edelstein
Honda researches high-power electric-car charging, at highway speeds
Even with recent efforts to expand it, electric-car charging infrastructure is nowhere near rivaling the ubiquity of gas stations.
But what if electric cars didn't need to stop to charge?
Toyota Mirai billboards scrub nitrogen oxides while touting hydrogen fuel-cell sedan
If green cars can reduce emissions, why shouldn't their advertising do the same?
That's the theory behind a series of billboards in relevant California markets that advertise the Toyota Mirai...Stephen Edelstein
Soon, 'electric-car range will no longer be a factor,' BMW chief says
Among German luxury brands, BMW was the first to show significant interest in electric cars.
It launched its "i" sub-brand in Europe in 2013, and its plans have evolved to include adding all-electric...Stephen Edelstein
Electric Aston Martin Rapide, CARB reaffirms emissions standards, E15 battle: Today's Car News Stephen Edelstein
Today, the Aston Martin Rapide is expected to go all-electric in 2018, the California Air Resources Board reaffirms 2025 emissions standards, and state and federal bills look to ban E15 ethanol fuel....
California reaffirms state emission, electric-car rules for 2025
The California Air Resources Board voted Friday to confirm its stricter emissions standards for 2025, setting up a potential clash with the Trump Administration.
The CARB vote reaffirms a decision by...Stephen Edelstein
Aston Martin Rapide luxury sedan to go all-electric; cheerio, V-12!
Many luxury automakers are planning new electric cars, both to meet future emissions standards and as a response to the success of Tesla.
So far, though, no established automaker has discussed...Stephen Edelstein
E15 gasoline faces stronger headwinds as more states move to ban it
While political control in Washington has changed, the debate over a mandate to blend specific volumes of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply has not.
Since its passage in 2007 as part of the Energy...Stephen Edelstein
All-electric personal watercraft launch for quieter lake journeys
Not all electric vehicles have wheels.
Electric boats have actually been around for quite awhile, and now a California startup is trying to expand use of electric powertrains to another type of...Stephen Edelstein
Europe's emission limits, small cars far from global mainstream: is this why GM sold Opel?
At the 2017 Geneva auto show, General Motors announced the sale of its entire European operations—comprising factories and the Opel and Vauxhall brands—to PSA Peugeot Citroën.
French prosecutors to investigate Fiat Chrysler for 'aggravated cheating' on diesel emissions Stephen Edelstein
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to be dogged by allegations that it cheated on various diesel-emissions tests.
In the U.S., the company faces two lawsuits alleging that diesel vehicles use...
Faster electric-car fast charging: test site in Fremont, VW plans 300 kw-plus
Charging infrastructure projects for electric cars have mostly focused on expanding the number of charging sites available to the public over the last six years.
But now significant effort is also...Stephen Edelstein
Fuel-economy rules & jobs, Tesla quality issues, high-volume VW electric car: Today's Car News
Today, we look at why looser fuel-economy rules won't create more jobs, why Tesla owners love their electric cars despite significant documented quality issues, and when the first high-volume...Stephen Edelstein
Plug-in hybrid London taxi plant opens in U.K., owned by Chinese firm Geely
Few vehicles are as iconic as the London black cab, known the world over for its upright shape and ubiquity (although many of them aren't black any more).
But under the stewardship of Chinese...Stephen Edelstein
Tesla electric cars have quality issues, but owners love them regardless
Tesla electric cars have many notable and pioneering qualities. Faultless reliability has not necessarily been one of them.
Since the Model S launched in 2012, multiple quality issues have been...Stephen Edelstein
Ignore politicians: lower fuel-economy rules don't create jobs, analyst says
A common refrain among critics of current and future fuel-economy standards is that the need to comply with them produces job cuts in the auto industry.
It's a theme picked up by President Donald...Stephen Edelstein