Tesla Model 3 Performance awd built, 2019 Honda Insight, 2018 Kia Niro hybrid, another state joins California: The Week in Reverse

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

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Which state added its name to the list of those following California’s tighter emissions regulations?

What hybrid car aced the battery of crash tests inflicted by the IIHS?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending June 22, 2018. Read More

GM recalls 2013 Chevrolet Volts for battery software (Updated)

GM said Friday that it will recall 3,233 2013 model year Chevrolet Volts to remedy a problem with battery cell balancing that could cause the car to shut down in traffic.

The recall mirrors two service campaigns for the 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVs for similar behavior. Some 2017 Bolt EVs got new battery packs after some defective cells could cause the car to power down. Bolt EVs also got a software update to give drivers more advanced warning of the problem before that happens. Read More

Elon Musk considers crowdsourcing Tesla manufacturing by having owners ‘help build’ cars

Sorry for the clickbaity (yet somewhat still accurate) headline, but I couldn’t resist with the current hysteria around Tesla’s Model 3 production ramp up and the shorts/naysayers trying to turn anything into something negative.

That said, Elon Musk is actually thinking of having owners build parts of Tesla vehicles, but it’s for the experience – not to actually ramp up production. more… Read More

Tesla Solar City layoffs, Chevrolet Volt recall, and EPA staff levels: Today's Car News

Tesla’s recent layoffs have hit Solar City installers. Chevrolet issues a recall for the 2013 Volt. EPA staff levels are below legal levels. And an energy industry poll says Americans aren’t fond of the electric-car tax credit. All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

Last week, Tesla said it would lay off 9 percent of its workforce. New reports show the layoffs have affected about 20 percent of Solar City installation locations. Read More

Linky folding electric longboard review: four-wheeled EV fun that fits in a backpack

As someone who doesn’t own a car, and instead commutes by all manners of personal electric vehicles (e-bike, e-scooter, e-skateboard, basically e-anything), I was super excited to try out Linky’s new folding electric longboard.

Electric longboards are one of the most fun ways to commute around a city, in my opinion. I love feeling like I’m surfing down the street or bike lane and adding excitement to what would otherwise be a pretty mundane chore of grabbing some vegetables from the market. Read More

Trump's tariffs may kill the e-bike revolution

Just when the market for e-bikes was exploding, it gets blown up

The President of the United States is unhappy with the nation’s balance of trade with other countries. Fortunately, he has an easy solution.

When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy! Read More

LAPD brings the heat with new electric bicycle fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department is no stranger to incorporating electric vehicles into their motor pool. Back in 2015, they made a big deal out of announcing that they were using a Tesla Model S and leasing 100 additional battery electric vehicles (BEVs), mostly BMW i3s. They also announced that they had purchased 23 electric scooters and 3 electric motorcycles. And that was in addition to the Zero electric motorcycles already in the LAPD inventory which can travel 178 miles (286 km) and at speeds up to 98 mph (158 km/h). Read More

Volkswagen becomes latest automaker to invest in solid-state batteries for electric cars

Over the last few years, there has been an impressive amount of investment into solid-state batteries, which are believed by many to represent the next step in energy storage.

But a timeline for commercialization has never been clear.

Now Volkswagen has become the latest automaker to invest in solid-state batteries for electric cars as it takes a stake in a startup that hopes to bring the tech to market. more… Read More

Tesla sabotage/data theft scandal becomes even crazier

With leaked emails from Elon Musk on Monday, we first revealed that a Tesla employee had sabotaged software in the automaker manufacturing system and stolen data.

Now things have escalated as Tesla has sued the employee, Martin Tripp, and Tripp is attacking Tesla in the media in return.

As we reported yesterday, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Tripp after starting to get an understanding of the extent of his hacking and theft of documents discovered on Monday. Read More

Slovenian company makes drop-in in-wheel electric motors

Slovenian company Elaphe has created in-wheel electric motors that have been tested in the worst conditions winter could throw at them.

One of the main reasons we don’t see production electric cars with motors in the wheels has been that wheels take a lot of abuse, bumping over broken pavement, driveways, sometimes even curbs, and slamming into potholes. In-wheel electric motors haven’t been able to stand up to the abuse. Read More

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Xiaomi’s new $261 electric bicycle prepares to turn the ebike industry on its head

The Chinese company Xiaomi has an impressive line of affordable products, ranging from consumer electronics to sofas. They are no strangers to personal electric vehicles either, having produced a very popular electric bicycle as well as an equally popular electric scooter.

And now they are doubling down even further on affordability with their newest electric bicycle, the 1,699 yuan ($261) Himo electric bike. more… Read More

British Columbia opens first hydrogen filling station in Canada

First hydrogen filling station opens in Canada, in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Canada’s first retail hydrogen fueling station opened on Friday June 15 in Vancouver, part of a network of eight hydrogen stations expected in British Columbia in the next two years.

By 2020, the program will add hydrogen dispensers at five retail stations in Metro Vancouver and one station in the provincial capital of Victoria. A seventh station will be built on the campus of the University of British Columbia. The eighth has been operating for several years at the Powertech campus of the provincial utility, BC Hydro. Read More

Uber starts paying drivers to buy electric

Electric cars and fleets go hand-in-hand.

That’s the message Uber is trying to send to its drivers with a new program it calls EV Champions, which will pay some drivers higher rates if they drive an electric car.

The pilot program starts this week and will run for a year in seven cities: Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, California; Montreal; and Seattle. Read More

Audi teams up with Hyundai to build fuel-cell vehicles

Automakers are teaming up all over the world to prepare for the next big game in clean transportation, fuel cells.

The latest partnership is between Audi and Hyundai, which announced yesterday that they will share resources to develop fuel-cell vehicles.

The two said that the first fruit of this partnership will be a full-size Audi crossover SUV planned to go into production in small numbers “in the beginning of the next decade,” perhaps as early as two years from now. Reading between the lines, it could be a fuel-cell version of the upcoming electric Audi e-tron SUV. Read More

Nasa’s electric X-plane soars closer to its first flight

Despite once appearing to be a far off dream, electric transportation is largely commonplace today. Sales of Tesla cars are already surpassing that of their gas powered competitors, electric boats are sailing the seas and even electric buses are displacing traditional gas powered mass transit.

While the land and seas have already seen a influx of electric alternatives, the skies are still largely the domain of fossil fuel-based aircraft. Sure, there are a few promising electric aircraft out there performing maiden flights, though they are still a mere drop in the bucket. But with the work that NASA is performing on their electric X-57 plane, that may not be the case for much longer. Electric flight for the masses could be right around the corner. more… Read More

Tesla sues alleged saboteur engineer who also apparently leaked false reports to media

Things are never dull in Tesla-land. After we heard on Monday that Tesla’s Production line was sabotaged, today the automaker filed a lawsuit against Martin Tripp. The Gigafactory Process Engineer was accused of not only writing software that extracted data from Tesla’s Manufacturing Operating System which sent gigabytes of proprietary data to outside entities but also making false negative statements to the media. Read More

Colorado moves to follow California’s low-emissions air-quality rules

Chalk up one more state in California’s column.

Colorado has added its name to the list of 12 states that follow California’s tighter emissions standards.

Governor John Hickenlooper directed Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to begin the legal process of bringing the state into the coalition of those that follow California’s air quality rules, rather than the federal EPA’s. Read More

Colorado moves to follow California’s low-emissions air-quality rules

Chalk up one more state in California’s column.

Colorado has added its name to the list of 12 states that follow California’s tighter emissions standards.

Governor John Hickenlooper directed Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to begin the legal process of bringing the state into the coalition of those that follow California’s air quality rules, rather than the federal EPA’s. Read More

2019 Honda Insight first drive mpg review: 55 mpg from hybrid sedan

Last week, we drove the new 2019 Honda Insight sedan and found Honda’s newest compact hybrid roomy and comfortable.

During our drive around Minneapolis, its exurbs, and into Wisconsin, we wanted to put to the test Honda’s claims that its 1.5-liter inline-4 and 96-kw electric motor combination could return an EPA-rated 52 mpg combined (48 mpg combined in Touring trim). In base and EX trims, the Insight is rated at 55 mpg city, 49 highway, 52 combined (51/45/48 mpg in Touring trim). Read More

The War on Tesla, Musk, and the Fight for the Future

Upfront: If you think that anything is justified against a person simply because that person is wealthy, this is not an article for you. If you think it’s okay to lie, mislead, or otherwise attack a person simply because of their financial status, consequences be damned, then you should probably look elsewhere. You won’t have far to look. Read More

2019 Honda Insight video review

You could be forgiven for not remembering the two Honda vehicles that have worn an Insight badge before.

The first was a quirky hatchback two-seater that struggled for acceptance with mainstream buyers. The second was a Prius-like Prius fighter, egg shape and all.

This 2019 Honda Insight is the third Honda to wear the name and perhaps it’s remarkable in its anonymity. Read More

Colorado punches back against EPA, will require higher standards like California

Today, in response to the EPA’s recent rollback of agreed-upon 2022-2025 fuel efficiency standards, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado issued an executive order for his state to develop a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard similar to California’s current standard.  The executive order explicitly calls out California as a model, and notes the twelve other US states which have adopted similar programs. Read More

NHTSA orders Autopilot Buddy off market, calling it a danger to road users

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday ordered the Autopilot Buddy’s maker to pull it off the market in the U.S. Green Car Reports reported last week that the device tricked Tesla’s Autopilot system into eliminating safety warnings.

Roadshow originally reported on the device, which is a small weight that attaches on one side of the steering wheel to mimic the weight of a driver’s hands on the wheel. Read More

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