Revealed: Bollinger 4-Door Electric Sport Truck

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  If  start-up EV maker Bollinger Motors is successful in its fund-raising and starts production as planned in 2019, a Bollinger 4-door electric sport truck will join the original 2-door  in a new market segment – battery-electric trucks optimized for off-road work and play. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 15 seconds.] Company founder, CEO and … Read more »

First Look: 2018 Nissan Leaf; 150 Miles, $30K

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[Updated 8/6/17 with information re parking assist and availability of long-range model.] The  2018 Nissan Leaf EV made its debut this evening as Nissan took the wraps off a redesigned, re-engineered compact hatchback with several battery choices and, eventually, more than 200 miles of range. As you can see from the photo above, the redesign … Read more »

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: A Win for Minivan Fans

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Took a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan for several drives earlier this month. I understand the value of minivans and their appeal to families and those, including tradespeople, businesses, outdoor adventurers and the like, who have loads of stuff – or just a few big things – to haul around all the time. I believe … Read more »

Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet: EV For the 1%

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We don’t usually cover flights of fantasy, but once in a while something comes along that’s either so audacious, or so breathtaking, that we can’t ignore it. That’s the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet, a 750-horsepower, all-electric, two-seat ragtop concept car from Mercedes-Benz’ ne plus ultra nameplate. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 15 seconds.] The boatail … Read more »

VW: ID Buzz Electric Microbus Set for U.S.

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After teasing us with concept showings for months now, Volkswagen has finally confirmed that it will build a retail version of its I.D. Buzz all-electric miocrobus for the U.S. market. The Buzz will hit U.S. dealerships sometime in 2022, the automaker said in an announcement from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 … Read more »

Hyundai Green Car Plan: EVs, PHEVs, Fuel-Cells, Hybrids

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Plug-in and hybrid-electric cars and crossovers, including a “long-range” luxury EV intended to compete with the Tesla Model S, will form the backbone of the Hyundai green car strategy in coming years, South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group said this week. Hyundai is not giving up on fuel-cell electric technology it has helped pioneer, … Read more »

VW’s ID Crozz Coming to US?

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Volkswagen has been showing a number of concept electric vehicles using the “I.D.” model nomenclature. They include a crossover called the ID Crozz, an updated microbus called the ID Buzz and a subcompact simply called the ID. The automaker is hoping to recover from its disastrous diesel emissions scandal by jumping into the plug-in arena … Read more »

Honda Clarity EV Hits California, Oregon Showrooms

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The Honda Clarity EV, second of the  Clarity family of electrified vehicles, has begun arriving at select dealerships in California and Oregon. The five-seat sedan, whose relatively short 89-mile range is aimed at urbanites,  is available by lease only, The $269-per-month lease requires a $1,999 initial down and Clarity EV lease terms include 20,000 miles … Read more »

Roll Back CAFE Fuel Economy Goals? There’s No Good Reason

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Commentary The federal EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have reopened evaluation of the 2025 CAFE goals, fuel efficiency targets established during the Obama Administration, and a likely outcome is a rollback. But there seems little reason to do so. [Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 15 seconds.] As things now stand, the industry is … Read more »