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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Mercedes-Benz has already laid out its plans for a portfolio of electric and electrified vehicles, and now parent company Daimler has announced further strategy refinements for Mercedes-Benz and its other brands. The Smart brand will become all-elect
Wards Auto has unveiled its annual 10 Best Engines for 2018 picks, with four of the ten winners featuring an electric motor in an overall impressive showing by mainstream automakers. The winners are the Chevrolet Bolt 150-kW Electric Propulsion Syste
Toyota can’t be blamed for a lack of effort: The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is dripping with it. From the creased hood and cascading brow to the Modernist center console enclosed by flickers of chrome, the mid-size stalwart is anything but la
Chinese retail giant Alibaba and Ford have reached an agreement to market electric cars, in part through massive, futuristic looking vending machines. The process involves Alibabas shopping app, Taobao, which would be used to scan a car, choose a col
With an evolving shift to electrified and plug-in electric cars, the changes that will bring to the auto industry are far from limited to the powertrains. The entire mass-production and vehicle assembly process the industry pioneered a century ago wi
Jim Chanos, president and founder of Kynikos Associates, and a short seller with a notable track record of being right has again fired shots across Teslas bow. “We think the equity is worthless,” he said in the interview on CNBCs
Auto-industry CEOs virtually never admit that the new product that could make or break the company is "in production hell," but that's now obviously the case for the Tesla Model 3. Deliveries last months totaled just 220 units, far below Tesla CEO El
Its an oft-told story of plug-in cars suffering lower than hoped-for resale values, and thats usually not so good for original buyers, but great for second buyers. A case in point is General Motors 2014 Cadillac ELR that has been spotted as starting
Coming in mid-October, Canadian Thanksgiving roughly coincides with the return of ice hockey. This year, the country’s plug-in electric vehicle fans have their own reasons for giving thanks—and not just because the National Hockey
The $7,500 federal EV tax credit appears to have survived a close call in Congress this week. According to Bloomberg, using statements by an unnamed Republican, the original proposal to scrap the credit, passed by the House of Representatives, was re
Today, the three finalists for our annual Best Car To Buy award, a powerful plug-in hybrid coupe from Volvo's Polestar, the importance of wireless charging, and the Netherlands takes the lead. All this and more on Green Car Reports. First, the Dutch
New self-driving car testing ground, the $135 million American Center for Mobility, is now open for business. Located in Ypsilanti, Mich, the first inaugural test runs have belonged to Toyota and Visteon, an auto electronics and connected car solutio
The announcements by BMW and Mercedes-Benz that they would offer wireless charging as an option next year raise a question for electric-car advocates. How important is the ability to recharge a vehicle without plugging in a cord? On the pro side, wir
Audi Sport is going to be giving electrified performance, starting from 2020. The branch that puts the R in RS will be doing more crossovers too. Stephan Winkelmann, head of Audi Sport shared the news to Autocar. From 2020 onwards, the start of the i
Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuning division, was recently separated from the Swedish brand; Volvo plans to turn it into a standalone brand. Polestar has now announced plans to build electric and electrified performance cars in the near future
General Motors has recently filed a patent which could point to the future of the companys high-performance offerings, including the C8 Corvette. After 18 months in review by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, documents published on Oct.
Fans of green cars have spent much of the past year eagerly waiting for a pair of electric cars to be revealed to the public and then to go on sale. By far the most attention and hype has been focused on the Tesla Model 3, the Silicon Valley carmaker
Count Pepsi as the latest entrant into the Tesla semi truck bull market. This time, the soda giant has reserved 100 semi trucks, one of the largest reservations reported so far. They will join Pepsis U.S. fleet of approximately 10,000 big rigs as par
European countries continue to implement aggressive policies to move away from fossil fuels for transportation and favor zero-emission solutions in renewable energy and vehicles. Last year, the Netherlands joined Norway to ban the sale of new cars po
Volvo is now engaging Swedish families to participate as beta testers for its public autonomous driving program, Drive Me. In a partnership between Volvo, the Swedish Transport Administration, a separate transport agency, and smaller entities, Volvo
Today, hundreds of jobs go on the chopping block at Tesla over "performance" with the Model 3, VW lets loose its electric truck and bus plans, and Ikea gets in on the hybrid truck game. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla said that it's let
The first episode of the second season of The Grand Tour aired last week to the delight of millions of former Top Gear fans. The second season of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammonds motoring show got off to a dramatic start, with the open
With the early months of Tesla Model 3 sales remaining at numbers lower than those promised by CEO Elon Musk, owners and advocates eagerly consume any news about electric-car maker Tesla to figure out what's happening. Musk reaffirmed that the Model
Today from Japan, Toyota and Panasonic announced a joint feasibility study into advanced prismatic batteries. High-falutin intentions characteristic of such big-level corporate undertakings were uttered concerning societal issues such as global warmi
Volkswagen Group has now detailed its aggressive electrification timeline for every part of its vehicle operations, including heavy trucks, setting lofty goals for zero-emission vehicles in the future. While Volkswagen works on the passenger car side
Workhorse Group Inc. has announced the first operator to participate in its new FedEx Ground vehicle program. Now on deck is Colonial Routes, Inc., a Farmington, New York-based company who has agreed to introduce Workhorse’s electric vehicl
Volkswagen Group has now detailed its aggressive electrification timeline for every part of its vehicle operations, including heavy trucks, setting lofty goals for zero-emission vehicles in the future. While Volkswagen works on the passenger car side
Toyota is in the middle of its new marketing initiative, Start Your Impossible which aims to showcase its philosophy for a more inclusive and sustainable society through its mobility vision. In collaboration with mega ad agency Saatchi & Saat
XL Hybrids carved its niche in the vehicle-electrfication segment by offering hybrid conversion kits for regular gasoline-powered vans, commercial trucks, and pickups. Thus far, the Boston-based start-up has found success and a recent round of ventur
Honda and Chinese A.I. startup, SenseTime, have entered an agreement to accelerate joint research and development of automated driving technologies and robotics. Specifically, the partnership will integrate SenseTimes AI hardware into Hondas vehicle
Even oil companies have begun to realize the future will not be nearly as reliant on fossil fuels, and Royal Dutch Shell is moving to safeguard its future business. The Dutch oil company acquired NewMotion, an electric-car charging station firm, for
Honda has rolled outits newest salvo in the effort to wean drivers off gasoline. In a three-pronged approach, a team simultaneously deploys multiple solutions to solve a particular problem. We see this tactic at work when your humble authortries to a
Which European cities are rapidly putting the brakes on gasoline and diesel cars? It's an increasingly long list. What Obama-era energy initiative does the EPA (not exactly living up to the P in its name) intend to axe? This is our look back at the W
Although the long-delayed Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was supposed to be displayed at the LA Auto Show but wasnt, Mitsubishis U.S. website now has a dedicated page for it, and its dealers are being told it will be available by February or March 2018. W
General Motors announced Friday that it would promote Pamela Fletcher to a newly created role to lead the automaker's global electric vehicle program. Fletcher most recently oversaw development of the Chevy Bolt EV and Super Cruise programs. The newl
Research into batteries with innovative lithium metal negative electrodes are being touted as having potential to triple the energy density of electric cars in coming years. This could mean three-times the EV range from a battery of the same size as
Today, it's your chance to buy a Tesla Model 3 (for three times its list price), Nissan gets the A-OK to expand its Tennessee battery plant, and Paris is ready to kick internal combustion engines to the curb. All this and more on Green Car Reports. B
While bears and bulls incessantly churn the information mill with their considered opinions of Tesla, one fact to bear in mind is the Model S outsells the vast majority of hybrids sold in the U.S. and leads the board in plug-in sales as well. Of 31 m
Nissan has received local government approval to add more than 26,000 square feet of floor space to the Smyrna, Tennessee, plant where it produces batteries used in the Leaf electric car. Smryna's Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 4-0 in favor o
Saying the U.S. EPA wants the fox to guard the henhouse, Consumers Union today chastened the federal agency for what it says is a “clear conflict of interest.” The alarm was sounded following testimony yesterday before the House E
One of the mere handful of Tesla Model 3 electric cars on the road made its way to Craigslist—very briefly—on Wednesday. But it wasn't the fact that the Model 3 was the only one on the open market at the time. It was its eye-poppi
Tesla appears to have acknowledged the development of its own custom AI chip for its self-driving technology. According to an attendees report from the event, as reported by the Register, the admission was made in a fireside chat alongside Tesla lumi
France followed two other European countries—Norway and the Nethelands—with a plan to ban the sale of new cars powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040. While the country will stick to the 2040 timeline, France's capital city of Par
Count Anheuser-Busch of Budweiser and Lime-A-Ritas fame as one of the newest companies placing pre-orders for Teslas semi-trucks. The Belgium-based company has placed an order of 40 Tesla semi-trucks in an effort to increase the use of low-emissions
Whether car buyers are ready or not, many future cars will boast some sort of electrification. The numerous announcements from automakers declare their brands will begin electrifying all vehicles post a certain date; to be clear, that does not mean c
Weve all seen Hollywood robots like the Terminator intent on living up to their name, but Honda sees robotics in a different light. Next month at CES (AKA Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, the Japanese company will be showcasing experimental r
Norway is likely the friendliest place on Earth for electric cars. The government's generous incentives and perks have led to an electric-car boom, and the country is now Silicon Valley automaker Tesla's third-largest market. However, Norway's latest
Intent by Porsche to produce the Mission E as a Model S competitor has been well publicized, and recently the German automaker has been spied in Scandinavia doing cold-weather testing. Introduced as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mis
Electric car builder Tesla is calling back 11,000 examples of its Model X crossover to rectify a folding rear-seat issue. The California company says that the recall affects Model Xs fitted with a flat-folding second row that were built between Octob
A California lawmaker wants to set a date on banning fossil-fuel cars in the state that started car culture. According to a report from Bloomberg, California Assemblymember Phil Ting is planning to introduce a bill that would start the ban in 2040. I