Q&A: Charles Freese, GM’s Fuel-Cell Chief, Looks Ahead

Charles Freese, global head of fuel cell development for General Motors, sat down with TheGreenCarGuy recently to discuss the automaker’s fuel cell technology – and what the future might hold. Freese said that GM has invested more than $2.5 billion in fuel cell research and development in the past 20 years and isn’t slowing down. … Read more »

About That Hyundai Ioniq Commercial…

It’s always good advice to read the fine print, especially in automotive advertising, where hyperbole usually rules. In Hyundai’s new Ioniq commercial touting the Ioniq Hybrid as “the most fuel-efficient car in America,” the fine print says the claim excludes plug-in hybrid and electric cars. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 min., 45 seconds.] The TV commercial … Read more »

Auto Industry Giants Say EVs Here To Stay

Interested in electrified cars but still afraid EVs may not last in this era of cheap gasoline and apparent White House opposition to the idea that vehicle emissions need to be controlled?  Well, don’t be. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 min., 15 seconds.] If auto industry giants General Motors and Continental AG,  the world’s second-largest developer … Read more »

Some Clarity on the Clarity: Honda Provides PHEV, EV Details

Honda unveiled the other two members of it Clarity family at the New York Auto Show recently, providing some but not all of the info prospective buyers will want to know about the Clarity plug-in hybrid and all-electric models. [Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds.] The missing stuff: Equipment lists, trim levels and pricing … Read more »

Electric Pickups? BEVs, FCEVs in the Works

Hidden in Toyota’s announcement last week of a prototype Class 8 fuel-cell electric truck was word that the automaker also has been playing around with a hydrogen fuel-cell electric pickup; several companies, big and small, also are working on battery-electric pickups. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 min. 30 seconds.] Most automakers with pickups in their lineups … Read more »

Honda Clarity EV, PHEV Coming to NY Auto Show

Honda plans to introduce the world to its upcoming Clarity battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models at the New York Auto Show’s initial media day, April 12. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 15 seconds.] The models will complete the Honda Clarity family of fuel-cell electric, battery-electric  and plug-in hybrid sedans. The Clarity fuel cell (FCEV) was … Read more »

Volvo To Launch 2018 XC60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo will offer its T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain as one of three available engine choices with the new 2018 Volvo XC60 crossover, due in the U.S. later this year. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 10 seconds.] The T8 plug-in system, first introduced on the 2017 XC90, uses a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine coupled with … Read more »

Nissan’s New Leaf EV Coming By Year’s End

Nissan says it will introduce its redesigned new Leaf EV in September, with sales to start by the end of the year.  It is widely expected that at least one version of the next-generation Leaf will have more range that the present generation’s 107-miles. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 5 seconds.] Nissan has acknowledged developing … Read more »

New York Funds Plug-In Vehicle Rebate Program

The state of New York joins a dozen other states this year in offering cash plug-in-vehicle purchase incentives. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 20 seconds.] A state program approved last year is now slated to become operational in April, offering buyers of new plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles rebates of up to $2,000. The New … Read more »