Watch out Chevy Bolt!? Hyundai dropped a bomb on us today with the announcement of the US price of the Kona Electric with 64kWh battery and 258 mile range. Are you sitting down?
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It’s the same price as the Chevy Bolt … for now
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The retro craze is making it to the electric vehicle space and Russian EV startup Aviar Motors is jumping on board with an all-electric 1967 Mustang fastback with a Tesla-inspired interior. more…
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Amazon offers a six-pack of its AmazonBasics 60W A19 LED Light Bulbs for $11.27 shipped. For comparison, today’s deal is 33% off and a new Amazon all-time low. Upgrade to LED light bulbs and enjoy all the perks that come with energy-efficient lighting. These bulbs are rated for 13-years of use and cost just $1.26 per year to operate. Rated 4.2/5 stars.
Porsche announced today that it is adding a new 32-tonne all-electric truck to its commercial fleet to be used for the preparation of the production of the Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle. more…
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Dec 14, 2018
Waymo self-driving car
Hyundai decides to bin its plans for a diesel-powered version of the new Santa Fe. Porsche ups the ante on fast charging speeds. A report reveals who’s really funding the campaign to unwind fuel-economy and emissions rules. And we check out the best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for the end of 2018. All this and more on Green Car Reports.
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
A new investigative report by the New York Times has revealed the puppeteer pulling the strings in the Trump administration’s efforts to undo fuel-economy and emissions improvements: no surprise, the oil industry.
INFINITI is long overdue in launching an all-electric vehicle considering the pioneering effort of its parent company, Nissan with the Leaf, but it’s finally happening.
The Japanese premium automaker is unveiling the first image of an upcoming all-electric crossover. more…
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2018 Nissan Leaf
The end of the year is almost always the best time to get a great deal on a car.
This December, our partners at CarsDirect have found some great deals on electric cars for as little as $219 a month.
For buyers who want an all-electric car, the best deal is on the Nissan Leaf, as it often is. The Leaf is available for $219 a month for 36 months with $2,929 due at signing.
FastCharge 450-kilowatt charging station prototype
The Porsche Taycan, when it arrives toward the end of 2019, will likely have the quickest, highest-power DC fast charging of any production vehicle.
But Porsche apparently is already setting its sights higher. Yesterday, as part of a research consortium that includes BMW, it presented a prototype for using CCS-standard charging hardware at up to 450 kw at 800 volts, which can also operate at 400 volts for cars that don’t have 800-volt systems. Porsche says that the new hardware promises charging rates three to nine times faster than what’s currently available.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel experiment is over before it began.
Brandon Ramirez, a spokesman for Hyundai, confirmed in Korea on Friday that the diesel-powered Santa Fe won’t come to the U.S. after all.
The move follows Kia’s lead earlier this year, when that automaker canceled the 2.2-liter turbodiesel for its Sorento.
Tesla’s prices in China have been on a rollercoaster this year due to Trump administration’s escalating trade war, but the automaker is a getting a reprieve as both sides seemingly agree to a cease-fire. more…
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VW is coming up with a highly anticipated Golf-size long-range all-electric hatchback that should cost less than $30,000 and be based on the MEB platform.
The vehicle has now been spotted testing in South Africa. more…
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For the past few years, Tesla has been facing a unionization effort at Fremont factory and now they are facing another one as workers at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo started a new campaign to unionize the solar factory. more…
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company is moving forward with some urgency with its Chicago transit system between the city’s downtown area and the O-Hare airport as Rahm Emanuel, who has been pushing for the project, is leaving city hall. more…
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I think it’s fair to say that Vespa has defined the classic scooter style that has lasted in one form or another for over half a century. Interestingly though, that design hasn’t only been limited to scooters. A Barcelona-based company has borrowed those classic looks for a totally new type of vehicle: an electric monowheel.
Amazon offers the ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat for $132.05 shipped when the on-page coupon is clipped. Regularly $169, today’s deal is $7 less than our Black Friday mention and the best price available. ecobee3 lite offers a slimmed down version of the more feature-laden ecobee4 (which is also on sale for $189). That said, it still delivers HomeKit control, automatic scheduling and more. It also works with popular services like Alexa, Assistant and SmartThings. Rated 4.2/5 stars.
There aren’t many options in the US for an electric motorcycle, so any new US-based electric motorcycle company is a welcomed addition. We recently reported on Long Beach-based startup Fly Free Smart’s first design, the Smart Desert. Now, the company has unveiled their new Smart Classic electric motorcycle.
2019 Audi e-tron first drive – Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
We have a first chance to drive the new all-wheel-drive Prius AWD-e. Hyundai plans to build more fuel cells, but not necessarily for cars. Automakers face big fines for missing tight emissions targets for carbon dioxide in Europe. And our first experience driving with side-camera “mirrors” on real roads gives us pause. All this and more on Green Car Reports.
Ever since the launch of the Tesla Semi a year ago, we have usually only seen the same silver electric truck prototype, but now Tesla’s black semi prototype is back and it was spotted charging from 5 Superchargers at once. more…
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2019 Audi e-tron first drive – Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
Side-camera systems, replacing side mirrors, have been one of the de rigueur symbols of the future on auto-show concept cars for, well, pretty much this entire century so far.
While we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of such systems for nearly as long—they’re not allowed by U.S. FMVSS standards, though now permitted in other world regions—some recent time with the system during our 2019 Audi e-tron first drive report was eye-opening.
Hyundai Mobis fuel cell announcement
Hyundai sees a lot of potential in hydrogen fuel-cell technology. And it may find success with it by looking well past cars and SUVs—to other uses that could, as the company puts it, “transcend the transportation sector.”
With this week’s opening of a second plant making fuel-cell systems, in Chungju, South Korea, Hyundai’s Mobis unit will increase its annual production of fuel-cell systems from its current 3,000 annual units to 40,000 units by 2022.
Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese electric car startup that started after Tesla opened up its patents, officially launched its first vehicle, a ~$30,000 all-electric SUV. more…
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Smokestacks pollution air quality
As global leaders meet in Poland to hammer out details about how to meet Paris Climate Accord targets, a new study shows that European automakers aren’t introducing electric cars nearly fast enough to meet European standards—and the delay could cost them.
The European Union has set the strictest limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from cars anywhere on the planet: 95 grams of CO2 per 100 kilometers, which would require cars there to average the equivalent to about 57 miles per U.S. gallon.
But now Google is going even further to help put riders on Lime’s micro-mobility vehicles. Starting today, Google Maps will feature Lime’s electric scooters, e-bikes and pedal bikes as a transportation option in its transit tab.
Between the unexpectedly wild styling, the very wide model range, the Prius Prime plug-in, and now the all-wheel-drive 2019 Prius AWD-e, it seems that Toyota has opted for a mix-and-match philosophy for the current fourth generation of America’s favorite fuel-sipper.
The big news for 2019—and perhaps the biggest hope of all these tactics for slowing the Prius’ prolonged sales slide—is the addition of an all-wheel drive system, a feature that customers in cold-weather markets had sought. And it’s a feature we recently were able to test on snowy roads in Wisconsin.
A new Porsche electric car prototype has achieved a new record charge rate of 400 kW at a new upgraded ‘ultra-high-power’ station as part of the “FastCharge” consortium. more…
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With several new electric vehicles hitting the market, the production EV record at the Laguna Seca race track has changed hands quite a few times and now it’s again going to Cameron Rogers in a Tesla Model 3 Performance. more…
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Tesla is finally starting to move its charging standard to CCS compatibility and in Europe, it’s adapting its Supercharger stations.
We now take a first look at Tesla’s new dual connector CCS Supercharger. more…
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Due to Tesla being a new brand and the variables of EV battery loss unknowns and subsidies, there were some initial concerns about how the vehicles would hold their value over time, but a new study shows that Tesla vehicles still hold their values better than competition on the used market. more…
Volvo Trucks has a really extensive electrification program with several electric trucks currently being tested and developed.
They are teasing a new all-electric semi truck to be added to the list. more…
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Winsee (100% positive feedback) via Amazon offers a six-pack of Shine Hai Edison-style LED E26 Light Bulbs for $12 shipped when promo code PW4RUBPR is applied during checkout. That’s good for 40% off the regular going rate and the best offer that we can currently find. Aside from all of the usual LED benefits (long lifespans, lower energy use), these bulbs have an Edison-style design that are great for vintage homes. Each one is backed by a two-year warranty. Rated 4.2/5 stars.
2019 Ford Ranger
Audi will build an upscale car on VW’s affordable electric-car platform. Ford is taking orders from police departments for its more efficient hybrid police cruisers. Tesla will refund the full amount if it doesn’t deliver cars in time for the full federal tax credit. And how do our readers see the future of the Chevy Volt’s plug-in hybrid tech? All this and more on Green Car Reports.
Electric vehicles, especially Tesla’s vehicles, are not being left out when it comes to armored vehicles.
After a Model S earlier this year, we’ve now got a look at what could be the first Tesla Model X armored vehicle. more…
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2017 Tesla Model 3, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
As we’ve covered here before, Tesla buyers are facing the expiration of the full federal plug-in vehicle tax credit that the cars are currently eligible for through Dec. 31.
Twice, Tesla has set deadlines for buyers to order their cars if they want to receive the full credit. Now Tesla is offering a carrot alongside the IRS’s stick.
2019 Chevrolet Volt
When General Motors announced in November that it would stop production of the Chevrolet Volt, it was a shock to many green car fans’ systems.
The Volt was one of the first two modern electrically powered cars to go on sale in 2010, and is still the longest-range plug-in hybrid on the market.
Almost a decade after the introduction of the BMW i3, the German automaker is expected to bring to production the new BMW i4 electric car. It is now starting a $225 million investment at its Munich factory to produce the vehicle. more…
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Audi has recently released several hints that we’ll soon see a first concept tease of its smaller, more affordable electric vehicle, to be built on Volkswagen’s modular electric-vehicle architecture, termed MEB.
And on the other hand, Volkswagen’s luxury brand Audi is soon expected to give a first look of how far upscale it can go with MEB.
Electric cars have been finding their way into racing success the last few years, and the biggest game in town is Formula E, the FIA’s all-electric open-wheel racing series. The series’ 5th season starts this weekend with the Ad Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia.
The new season brings new tracks, new teams, new drivers, new rules, and most importantly: a new car which is capable of much more than last season’s.
2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pursuit-rated police car
Ford is in the process of applying hybrid technology to a vehicle type that seems like a natural fit for it: police cars.
It’s about time. Ford claims to have the industry’s first pursuit-related hybrid police car with the Responder that will soon be delivered to departments around the nation, including to the New York Police Department.
Tesla plans to be shipping around 3,000 Model 3 vehicles per week in Europe starting in February, according to the port handling company that is preparing to receive them in Belgium. more…
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Tesla is now reportedly seeking a ridiculous amount of damages from Martin Tripp in the form of $167 million, the self-proclaimed Tesla whistleblower who Tesla CEO Elon Musk has described as a “saboteur”. more…
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Tesla is now in full end-of-the-year/end-of-the-quarter push with several initiatives to finish strong, including a referral program extension, a cancellation waitlist, and more. more…
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Neon Mart (99% positive feedback) via Amazon offers a two-pack of LE 44 LED Outdoor Solar Lights for $21.27 shipped when promo code 5YLIXSEM is applied during checkout. That’s good for $6 off the regular going rate and the best price that we can find. These simple LED lights are perfect for illuminating outdoor spaces. Equipped with 44 LEDs and best of all, no batteries to fool around with. These solar LED lights are generally well-rated at Amazon. more…
Electric scooter sharing may feel like a fairly new fad, especially if your city was only recently invaded by the convenient little EVs. But believe it or not, it’s been over a year since Santa Monica-based Bird first launched its rentable electric scooters in the US and started the e-scooter craze. While Bird might have seemed original at the time, there have since been over a dozen other companies that have attempted to join the nascent electric scooter sharing industry.
2019 Hyundai Nexo, Topanga Canyon, CA, Oct 2018
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company’s Autopilot system will allow Tesla owners to commute with no driver input “soon.” Speaking of Autopilot, our Twitter poll asks readers how often they use Tesla’s new on-ramp to off-ramp Navigate on Autopilot system. Pricing is out for the Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell car. And Rivian says it intends to develop an off-road rally car. All this and more on Green Car Reports.
Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch its first next-generation electric vehicle, the EQC electric SUV, and it is already releasing some internal crash test results. more…
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2017 Tesla Model S testing at Consumer Reports
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out a tweet over the weekend imploring Tesla drivers to try the company’s new Navigate on Autopilot system.
“If you have a Tesla built in past 2 years, definitely try Navigate on Autopilot. It will blow your mind. Automatically passes slow cars & takes highway interchanges & off-ramps,” he tweeted on Sunday.