Jaguar I-Pace road trip, Subaru Forester hybrid, Porsche Taycan sold out: Today's Car News

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Porsche reveals that the first year’s production of its 2020 Taycan electric car is sold out. Subaru plans a sporty hybrid concept version of the Forester for the Tokyo auto show. And the city of Beverly Hills, California, which banned plug-in hybrids from its public chargers last spring will have to allow them back in the new year. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Read More

Plug-in hybrids to charge again in Beverly Hills

EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backup

Banning plug-in hybrids from public chargers is no good.

That’s the conclusion of a new California law signed in September, which forbids cities from restricting access to public chargers for any type of electric vehicles in the state. Read More

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, a city boy, and range anxiety

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Electric vehicles aren’t made for me. It’s not that I’m not for them. My circumstances just don’t fit with the realities of charging.

I live in Chicago, in a 100-year-old apartment building converted to condominiums 17 years ago. I have a spot in a parking lot behind the building, but no means of charging an electric car. So, when I took delivery of a 2019 Jaguar I-Pace test car recently, the range anxiety had already begun. Read More

Tesla Model 3 headlights, Porsche Taycan Turbo, expiring tax credits: Today's Car News

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Porsche may be planning electric “Turbos.” Expiring electric-car tax credits hit U.S. automakers and benefit imports in contrast to Trump policies. And our Twitter followers are not optimistic about climate talks. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

After Tesla updated the headlights on the Model 3, the IIHS retested them and gave the new versions a Good rating. That puts the Model 3 in line to earn the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ award—if the car also does well on its upcoming battery of crash tests. Read More

Opinion: Expiring tax credits hurt U.S. automakers, favor imports

Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure

President Trump campaigned on a promise to aid U.S. manufacturers and provide more incentives for them to produce products in the U.S.

Now the President, seemingly in opposition to that stance, has launched into a war of words with two of America’s largest automakers—its youngest and one of its oldest—over the tax credits that have allowed them to build advanced plug-in cars in the U.S. Read More

Would a Porsche Taycan Turbo confuse the Mission for sports-car brand's electric car?

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Porsche Taycan production

The Porsche Taycan—since way back in its early 2015 Mission E Concept days—has been discussed by Porsche in two distinct ways.

On one hand it’s a Tesla rival, capable of meeting higher standards of performance than the Model S or Model 3. And on the other hand it’s at the lead of a big part of Porsche’s future, as it sees all (or nearly all) of its cars eventually becoming electric. Read More

Will climate talks bring real progress? Twitter poll results

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Last month, world leaders met in Poland to agree on the next steps in measuring and limiting climate change.

Despite the U.S., Australia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and others meeting on the sidelines to promote burning coal, the leaders reached some agreements on how the Paris Climate Accords will be implemented when it goes into effect in 2020: Each signatory to the agreement (which President Trump says won’t include the U.S. by then) will report their emissions every two years, and for now they will abide by levels originally set in 2015 in Paris, despite a U.N. report that climate change is happening much faster than originally calculated. Read More

What are your hopes for plug-in cars in 2019?

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People wish for all kinds of things.

When it comes to electric cars, there are several types of things green car fans may wish for to get more such cars on the road, from easier charging to more tax credits, to more types of models.

Our Twitter poll for this annual time of reflection between Christmas and New Year’s asks respondents to weigh which of those would give them the most hope of getting more electric cars on the road—or at least what might be most useful to them. Read More

Forget big V-8s and diesels: Why electric trucks will be great for towing

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Tesla Model X towing

Pickups in the U.S. are often sold on the bragging rights of numbers—not the Olympic-sprinter acceleration times and top-speed numbers that sell performance cars, but in how high they can tip the scales in strongman-contest pulling and hauling tasks.

For that, the electric pickups on the way from Tesla, Rivian, and others, provided they can overcome the significant range and charging concerns, are likely to boast some seriously competitive numbers. Certainly not everyone with towing needs is going to be able to forget about diesels and V-8s; but for those with occasional weekend-towing needs, electric pickups could work very, very well.  Read More

Hackable home chargers, Tesla tax credits: Today's Car News

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With a short holiday week and both readers and editors working to focus more on family time than glowing screens, we have a smaller deck of news pieces this morning here on Green Car Reports.

In an announcement that should grab the attention of most electric-car owners, electronic security firm Kaspersky Labs released a report showing that the most popular networked home chargers could be vulnerable to hackers. Such a hack could infringe on privacy or damage an electrical system. Read More

Report: Home electric-car chargers vulnerable to hackers

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Connected home chargers can bring a higher level of convenience to the electric-car ownership experience, allowing more flexibility with remote access, charge scheduling, power-output adjustment, and even data displays. But according to the cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, they can also bring a higher level of vulnerability to your home. Read More

All-electric helicopter makes record flight

Guinness record-setting electric helicopter by Tier 1 Engineering

Electric transportation is about more than cars.

Trucks and buses are also moving toward electric propulsion. Planes, with their long ranges and high power demands seem to be harder. Where electric power does seem to be making progress in the skies is in helicopters.  Read More

A million electric cars sold in the U.S., led by California

EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backup

Drivers are buying electric cars, and advocates are keeping track.

Last month, Veloz, an electric car advocacy organization consisting of regulators, automakers, charging manufacturers and networks, utilities and others, announced that the U.S. had surpassed 1 million electric car sales. That’s still less than 1 percent of the approximately 270 million cars registered in the U.S. Read More

Nissan muscles up electric marketing, VW ID testing, Tesla fire: Today's Car News

Boring Company opens first test tunnel in LA, Dec. 2018

A new Chinese electric carmaker plans to sell electric cars in the U.S. via the owner of the defunct automaker Coda. A new Tesla Model S unexpectedly caught fire—twice—after getting a flat tire in California. And Volkswagen teased a video and images of its new I.D. electric hatchbacks testing in South Africa. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Read More

Tesla Model S catches fire–twice–after flat tire in California

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A day after Tesla claimed it found a bullet hole, shot from inside the car, in the battery of a Tesla that caught fire in 2014, another brand new Tesla Model S caught fire in California.

The owner told local news crews that he was driving on Highway 17, which runs from San Jose to Santa Cruz, California when the low tire pressure warning suddenly went off. He pulled off the highway and waited for a tow. Read More

Chinese electric sports car Qiantu K50 might be made in U.S., with Coda connection

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There’s quite a list of Chinese automakers that are relatively unknown outside China yet have grand plans to enter the U.S. market. The latest is China’s Qiantu Motor, which is developing an all-electric luxury sports car called the K50,

The K50 will be sold through California’s Mullen, which claims to be “the affordable electric car company”—although at a price tag that’s the equivalent of more than $100,000 in China, this vehicle may serve as something of a flagship. Read More

GM battery facility discharge suggests no immediate successor for Chevy Volt

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2019 Chevrolet Volt

Will the Chevrolet Volt get an immediate successor, or will any other model soon carry on with the potential of its brilliant Voltec plug-in hybrid system?

Considering what General Motors announced yesterday, both of those possibilities are now looking less likely.

GM said that it will cut 50 jobs at the Brownstown facility that assembled battery packs for the Volt, as well as a few other models, including the Buick LaCrosse and its eAssist system. Read More

Study finds what Trump is missing about fuel economy: Poor people don't buy new cars

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership [photo: Patrick Reid]

Rising fuel economy standards make driving more affordable for low-income households, not less as the Trump administration argues, according to a new study by the Consumer Federation of America.

In their proposal to freeze fuel-economy increases, the EPA and NHTSA argued that increasing fuel economy standards compromised safety by making new cars with more modern safety features less affordable. Read More

Trump on electric cars, tailpipe tests, tech to clean up engines: Today's Car News

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EVgo launches its first ultra-fast charger in the desert. Microwave ignition claims to clean up internal combustion. And a group proposes publishing its own independent emissions tests. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

All-electric is not going to work,” President Trump said in an interview with Fox News, in lashing out against GM for announcing factory closings that will kill the Chevy Volt next spring. Read More

Electric cars “not going to work,” Trump says of GM's plan

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In an interview with Fox News last week, President Trump revealed his inner thoughts about electric cars—not that many had any doubts.

“All-electric is not going to work,” he said, referring to General Motors’ stated goal to transition to “a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” The company announced last year that it will launch 20 new hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars by 2023 to meet more stringent emissions standards in China, Europe, California, and elsewhere. Read More

EVgo launches first public 350-kw fast charger

EVgo 350-kw DC fast-charge station, Baker, Calif.

The desert is full of apparitions. The latest is a high-powered DC fast charger for electric cars that don’t yet exist.

This apparition is an EVgo charging station in Baker, California, the “Gateway to Death Valley” on Interstate 40, halfway between L.A. and Las Vegas, installed last week. Read More

Independent group aims to be for emissions what NCAP or IIHS is for crash safety

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Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

A newly formed organization called Allow Independent Road-testing (AIR) wants to make impartial emissions ratings available to vehicle shoppers.

Using a simple rating from A (best) to H (worst), they would tell you, at a quick glance, how much you’re endangering the health of your family with tailpipe pollutants. Read More

Will climate talks bring real progress? Take our Twitter poll

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Last weekend, climate talks in Poland wrapped up by scraping a length of thorns off the Paris-agreement rose stem.

Global leaders de-thorned issues as sharp as how nations will measure progress toward reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, whether planting more forests should count, for example, how countries will report on progress, and how those reports will be verified. Read More

Electric Infiniti, Hyundai Kona Electric price, Nio ES6, German batteries: Today's Car News

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Infiniti plans to introduce a concept version of its first production electric car at the Detroit auto show next month. Hyundai announces pricing for its upcoming Kona Electric. Chinese electric startup automaker Nio reveals its second production model. And German automakers announce big investments in batteries. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Read More

Nio ES6 makes appearance in China, on sale June

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Chinese electric automaker Nio introduced its second, most mainstream, model at an event in China on Saturday.

The Nio ES6 is a small-to-midsize crossover vehicle, which, according to Nio’s optimistic specs, could deliver 258 miles range from its standard 70-kilowatt-hour battery, or 289 miles from a bigger 84-kwh battery, on the most-optimistic, outdated, NEDC European driving cycle.  Read More

German automakers commit to massive battery purchases, sidestep some hard realities

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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, last week revealed that it will be buying $23 billion in battery cells by 2030.

What it didn’t fully reveal—its sources for those cells—says as much, if not more about a point of unease among German automakers.

Battery packs—and specifically the cells inside—are the single most expensive component in an electric car, often costing as much as an engine, transmission, fuel, and exhaust systems combined for the gasoline-powered vehicles they replace, much of which is traditionally made by the German automakers directly or by entrenched suppliers. And there’s a lot of pressure, in the EU and elsewhere, to keep that manufacturing base at home. Read More

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