Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model 3: better look at new midnight silver as more production units are spotted

After starting low volume production of the Model 3 with the very first unit just 2 weeks ago, Tesla has been increasing production in preparation for delivering the first few dozen units at an event on July 28th.<p>As a result, Model 3 sightings have also increased over the past week and now we can …

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Electric car sales reach 40% growth in the US and it’s about to blow up

Once seen as a fad by industry watchers and auto executives, most would now admit that the rise of electric cars seems inevitable. Countries like Norway, where electric cars recently reached 42% of total new car sales, show that it is the future.<p>The US is definitely trailing behind, but the growth …

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Luxury cars are the most likely to break down

The most expensive new cars on the market are the most likely to go wrong within three years, a survey by consumer group Which? has found.<p>As part of …

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Five things to know about the pure electric Chevrolet Bolt

We could go on for hours about Chevy's 238-mile EV, but here are five quick and electrify details to get you started.

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5 Reasons Everyone Is Going to Want a Tesla Model 3 This Year

Elon Musk's newest electric car promises to deliver the company's cutting-edge technology at a more affordable price than previous models.

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Mini's new plug-in hybrid packs thrills into a compact cruiser

From the moment it appeared at the LA Auto Show, the new Mini Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid seemed to run in a different pack than other affordable EVs. That's due in large part to the Mini's heritage. Driving a Mini always meant having a good time, and the argument for strapping into a Countryman …

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Why I remain optimistic about Tesla

Tesla’s stock price recently took a hit because of concerns about its delivery capabilities and about increasing competition from carmakers who are switching their product lines to electric. With a market cap still exceeding $50 billion, it can be easy to argue that Tesla’s price remains severely …

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GM won't really kill off the Chevy Volt and Cadillac CT6, will it?

General Motors is apparently considering killing off six slow-selling models by 2020, according to <i>Reuters</i>. But is that really likely? The news is mentioned in a story where UAW president Dennis Williams notes that slumping US car sales could threaten jobs at low-volume factories. Still, we're …

Trucks

Nissan ProPilot Assist to Make Highway Driving Easier in the U.S.

Automaker announces rollout of new driver assistant features<p>Moving one step closer to autonomous driving, Nissan’s ProPilot Assist reduces the stress of highway trips by controlling acceleration, braking, and steering within a single lane. The system has undergone more than 50,000 miles of testing …

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California Says Tesla Is Too Big to Fail

Even as Wall Street bulls tout Tesla’s stock, almost a conspiracy of silence has surrounded the most interesting questions. One of these concerns what happens when 300,000 customers who deposited $1,000 each for the forthcoming Tesla Model 3 learn that the $7,500 federal tax credit will expire …

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Koch-Funded Electric Car Video Debunked Again and Again

By Ben Jervey<p>Just last week, we fact-checked and debunked every line of <i>The Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars</i>, a video produced by Fueling U.S. Forward, …

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Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Bolt EV

View Comments<p>With 238 miles of range and a starting price under $30,000, Chevy's new compact electric vehicle is a game-changer<p>Automotive writers …

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2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 review of plug-in hybrid

The makers of the 2018 Mini Coooper S E Countryman All4, the unwieldy name for its first plug-in hybrid small crossover utility vehicle, aren't going …

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Panic Over For Europe's Diesel Makers As Mild-Hybrid Technology Comes To The Rescue

European auto makers look like riding out the current panic over diesel engine health risks, fighting off a clamour for action by politicians and environmentalists, and despite some worrying projections by investment bankers.<p>New “mild-hybrid” technology will quickly fill the gap left by diesel’s …

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Electric vehicles: watts up

Plug in, turn on, drop out of fossil fuels. Electrical vehicles seemed part of the counterculture once. Now they are heading for the mainstream.<p>For …

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Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

I like boxy, practical cars — as far back as my first vehicle, a beat-up ’51 Chevy panel truck.<p>I applauded the arrival of the Toyota Scion XB and the Honda Element when they were both introduced in 2003, and the Nissan Cube when it appeared in 2009.<p>But I didn’t always like the way those cars drove. …

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Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Bolt is a good car with great implications

People called it cool, cute, quick. The most talked-about feature was the 10.2-inch touch screen, the most divisive the plastic black-on-white …

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Recode Daily: Twitter’s anti-abuse actions are working — and they apply to the Tweeter in Chief, too

Plus, Tesla rival Lucid Motors faces a choice, corporate ethics are on trend, and Instagram is influencing restaurant design.<p><b>Twitter claims that its recent efforts to curb abuse are helping.</b> The company has launched several product updates to curb abusive behavior, including changes to its private …

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2017 BMW 530e iPerformance driven

Sales of BMW hybrid and electric cars doubled in the first quarter of 2017 to almost 20,000 units as the German brand sets its sights on selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017.<p>Its i3 and i8 might steal the headlines, but electrified versions of mainstream models such as the X5 xDrive40e SUV …

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Chrysler doesn’t want to call its Pacifica Hybrid a ‘plug-in’ electric van

When we say that the lack of awareness is surprisingly still the biggest problem for electric vehicle adoption, this is a good example.<p>Chrysler says that they don’t want to call their Pacifica Hybrid a ‘plug-in’ electric van because they think it has a bad connotation in most of the country.<p>After …

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BMW iPerformance plug-in hybrids - big in Malaysia

BMW’s iPerformance range of plug-in hybrids have been quite a hit with Malaysians shopping in the premium segment. BMW Group Malaysia delivered over …

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A Trick for Making Batteries Safer Could Also Make EVs Affordable - MIT Technology Review

Bulky and expensive batteries are the bane of electric vehicles. A new MIT spinoff company, SolidEnergy, says it has a solution: materials that can …

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California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

Over seven years, California has spent $430 million on low-emission vehicle subsidies to help lower the cost for car buyers.<p>Now the state Legislature is looking to extend that by another seven years, but with a price tag of $3 billion.<p>Assembly Bill 1184 is being slammed for leaving basic questions …

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How China Copies California's Electric Sins, One ZEV Credit At A Time

Recent Californian history repeats itself in China, on a, because China, much bigger scale. China has not quite enacted a harsh ZEV mandate intended to force the production of electric vehicles in huge, and many claim unrealistic, numbers, and already, China’s automakers have found ways around the …

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More diesel drama, Bolt EV plant info, whiskey for fuel, Volt crossover coming? Today's Car News

Today, our missing plug-in Mini review, some rumors on future Chevrolet Volts, a new Volvo crossover, and much more diesel drama. All this and more …

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The Bugatti Chiron's Successor Will Be a Hybrid

Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer says electrification is inevitable for the next Chiron, but it's still years away.<p>In developing the Chiron, Bugatti thought about turning to electrification to best the Veyron, which pumped out 1200 hp in its ultimate iteration, but decided it wasn't necessary. The …

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Are consumers ready to hit the gas on electric cars?

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> Now: Electric cars, are they the ride of the future?<p>Their potential to revolutionize the road is once again grabbing headlines, as …

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Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles

German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce …

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Automakers agree to clean up diesels to avoid ban in German cities

BERLIN -- Auto industry officials and politicians in Germany have agreed to clean up diesel vehicles through software updates as part of a rescue plan for avoiding diesel bans in cities, industry and government sources said on Friday.<p>The costs of the rescue plan amount to under 2 billion ($2.33 …

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Mercedes recalls 3 million diesel cars to tackle emissions

<b>Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is to start a voluntary recall of almost every new diesel car bought in the UK over the past six years,</b> …

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