Tesla offers new solar rental program

Electric cars and solar panels are like chocolate and peanut butter: two great things that are even better together. On Monday, Tesla began offering a new solar rental program. Homeowners can choose among three system sizes, for small, medium, or large homes or corresponding electrical use. The company does not require homeowners to pay any…

For VW, focus groups highlight EV-adoption challenges beyond price

Volkswagen has been targeting affordability all along with its upcoming electric cars and the modular MEB platform they’re built on. Leading up to the launch of the first models to arrive, starting with the ID 3 at the start of 2020 for Europe and a crossover for the U.S. later in 2020, VW executives haven’t […]

Hyundai EV concept for Frankfurt show to highlight new design language

Hyundai will show a concept car “envisioning its future EV design direction” at next month’s Frankfurt auto show. According to an announcement from the company last week, the EV concept will follow a “Style Set Free” theme that extends an array of customization possibilities. Hyundai first presented ideas with the new…

World’s largest EV never has to be recharged

A quarry in Biel, Switzerland, is operating the world’s largest electric vehicle, a 110-ton dump truck, to haul lime and marl off the side of a mountain to a cement factory. Perhaps best of all, it consumes no energy doing it. How is that possible, you ask? The dump truck, at 45 tons, ascends the […]

Colorado adopts California electric vehicle mandate

For months, Colorado lawmakers and businesses have taken sides at a figurative continental divide—and not far from the real one—over whether (and how) the state might join California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle program and its corresponding electric-car mandate. We now have an answer. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission has…

VW ID Buggy driven, fuel-cell e-bike, charging vs. gas stations: Today’s Car News

Charging stations outnumber gas stations in Britain. A hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike goes farther. And we get U.S. seat time with Volkswagen’s MEB platform. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Volkswagen shipped its ID Buggy out to the annual Pebble Beach car weekend, around Monterey, California, and Green Car Reports was given some time […]

Hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike claiming longer range, quick refueling

Before the Toyota Mirai, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and the Hyundai Nexo faced off with the current crop of electric cars, there was a hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike—the Alpha, which also demonstrated that with hydrogen it could go farther than battery-boosted e-bikes. Now France’s Pragma Industries has introduced Alpha2.0, a new version…

Charging stations now outnumber gas stations in Britain

It’s not unusual to hear people wave off the change to fully electric to when EV chargers are as plentiful as gas stations, and when vehicle charging can be done, in a pinch, in nearly the same time. One side of that equation has already arrived—in the UK. According to Nissan UK, there are about […]

States, Cities sue EPA over Clean Power Plan rollback

The power grid that electric vehicles plug into will get cleaner over time. But depending on where you are, the rate at which it cleans up could have a lot to do with something that’s headed to the courts. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by 22 states and seven cities, in the United States Court of […]

2020 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid gets more electric range, XtraBoost performance

Three years ago BMW positioned the 330e as the plug-in you wouldn’t have to wait for—in one very memorable ad that showed an owner skipping past empty Superchargers for a 330e and zooming off on engine power. We know how that ended up. The Tesla Model 3 did arrive, and it’s outsold all versions of […]

2019 Audi E-tron is first EV to earn Top Safety Pick+ award

With results announced Wednesday, the 2019 Audi E-tron is the first fully electric vehicle to be named a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To be a Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must achieve top “Good” ratings in small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength, and head…

Domino’s expands e-bike deliveries with nationwide program

Delivering pizzas in big, aging passenger cars is the norm in many neighborhoods in the nation, and it’s wasteful. In most of those locales, there’s a solid fair-weather alternative to firing up the engine (or taking the electric car) for another delivery just a mile or two away: e-bikes. Domino’s tested the use of e-bikes […]

I-Pace’s Tesla incentive, Toyota recall, Rivian and Ford: Today’s Car News

Rivian could build a future Ford truck. Toyota recalls some hybrids for a braking issue. Electric semis start arriving. And will an incentive for Tesla owners help Jaguar I-Pace sales? All this and more on Green Car Reports Toyota is recalling some hybrid models—including the Prius, Prius Prime, RAV4 Hybrid, and others—from the 2019…

Rivian might build upcoming Ford electric SUV

Rivian will likely be entrusted to build an upcoming Ford electric SUV, due early within the next few years, at the startup’s former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. In an interview published this week with MotorTrend, Ford CEO Jim Hackett noted that Rivian may be given the task. “It would be counterproductive for us […]

Jaguar targets Tesla owners with I-Pace discounts

Jaguar’s widely available I-Pace electric luxury crossover needs some kind of boost here in the U.S. market, where it still isn’t selling well. For now, that’s arrived in the form of a series of special promotions, one of which looks directly to Tesla owners. The promotions include a $5,000 dealer discount plus a $7,000 Allowance…

Quiet launch: Daimler builds first electric heavy-duty semis for fleet test

Tesla might have been the first to generate a lot of fanfare over an all-electric Semi, but it’s not the first to actually place an electric Semi with customers for full-time use. That nod would go to Daimler Trucks North America. The initial two Freightliner eCascadia semis were built this week for its Electric Innovation […]

Some 2019-2020 Toyota and Lexus hybrids recalled for brake booster issue

Toyota will recall nearly 7,000 vehicles—including many hybrids—for a faulty brake booster that could malfunction and impair those cars’ brakes, the automaker announced last month. The recall affects mostly 2019 model year cars and includes the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, and RAV4 Hybrids built between late April and late May. A small…

Carbon offsets, silicon-wafer batteries, Porsche Turbo S plug-in: Today’s Car News

Porsche rolls out one very fast plug-in SUV, just after it outlined a carbon-offset program. And are silicon-wafer batteries a good idea? All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is the quickest, fastest SUV ever presented from the performance brand. Perhaps it wasn’t coincidence that Porsche also…

The fastest Porsche SUV ever is a plug-in hybrid

As Porsche ramps up for the launch of its Taycan electric sedan late this year, today it has a new cheerleader for the performance boost of electric motors at the top of its SUV lineup: the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. Although the Turbo S E-Hybrid has the same 14.1-kwh battery pack and 2.4-hour […]

Silicon wafer batteries promise lower cost, better stability

In an effort to make longer-lasting, safer, and more affordable batteries, Washington-based XNRGI aims to build lithium batteries on plentiful, off-the shelf silicon wafers. Last week, the company announced plans to bring new batteries based on its patented technology to market in 2020, in a new stationary storage battery. Most such batteries…

Could moss-covered, data-connected park benches help clear city air?

As countries from India to Ethiopia plant millions of trees to combat global warming, one German company has a much smaller idea. Berlin-based Green City Solutions plans to clean the air of local emissions from gasoline and diesel engines, by planting millions of tiny mossy trees in cities. Moss works similarly to trees in filtering […]

French EV conversions, BMW inductive charging, Nio update: Today’s Car News

Inductive charging is here—on a plug-in hybrid. A different twist for battery cooling could help performance and charging. Nio regroups in light of sagging sales in China. And a French company wants to do EV conversions on a budget. All this and more on Green Car Reports. BMW has announced that it will soon offer […]

Automotive supplier tests immersion-cooled batteries for EVs

The two biggest challenges for electric cars—battery life and charge times—come down to battery cooling. Now British auto parts supplier Ricardo is working with partners to come up with a new type of cooling technology that the company hopes will allow automakers to pack more energy into cars’ batteries and to charge them faster. The…

French company makes EV conversions easy for old clunkers

Off-the-shelf EV conversions aren’t just for classic cars like Prince Harry’s Jaguar anymore. French startup Transition One plans to make it easy to convert a wide variety of average old cars in the country to electric power by building a standard conversion kit. The company says the kit will fit several top-selling models in Europe, […]

Nio looks to shed other businesses to keep building cars

After laying off 70 workers and closing an office in the U.S., Chinese automaker Nio is searching its cupboards for cash. EV sales have foundered in China this year after generous subsidies expired. and several companies have delayed or abandoned expansion plans. Nio seems to be no exception, except that it has other resources it […]

BMW 5-Series plug-in hybrid gets wireless home charging deal

Americans soon will have a fully automaker-supported car that supports inductive wireless charging. BMW announced Friday that it will soon offer inductive charging in the 2019 BMW 530e iPerformance. In BMW’s current nomenclature, that’s the plug-in hybrid version of its 5-Series sedan. The catch: You’ll need to live in one of 13…