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 »

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 »

Several New Long-Range EVs Set to Debut by 2020

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Tesla already has given us a pair of pricey long-range EVs with the Tesla Model S sedan and Model X crossover, and General Motors has introduced the more-affordable Chevrolet Bolt. All three can deliver in excess of 200 miles of travel on a single charge, and all are about to be challenged. [Estimated Reading Time: … Read more »

Toyota Eyes Solid-State EV Battery by 2022

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Toyota Motor still loves its hydrogen fuel-cell technology but isn’t abandoning battery-electric cars: A new model with a long-range, quick-charging solid-state battery is being worked on. The automaker remains mum on the project except to say that it plans to commercialize the solid-state battery it has been developing and is aiming at the early 2020s. … Read more »

Volvo to Electrify Entire Lineup

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Every new model Volvo introduces starting in 2019 will be an electrified Volvo, the company said. That doesn’t mean Volvo’s doing away with internal combustion engines. Rather, all new models of Volvo cars, station wagons and SUVs introduced after the end of next year will have an electric motor – some to augment the internal … Read more »

600-Miles in Chevy’s 238-Mile 2017 Bolt EV

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Chevy’s 2017 Bolt EV is a nice car for a long trip. Period.  No EV ifs, ands or buts about it. [Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 40 seconds; 11 minutes with trip details in the “blow-by-blow” section.] As with any EV, the Bolt’s range limitation does require  some trip planning before you depart, and quick-charge … Read more »

Honda Clarity EV Lease – $269 a Month

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Honda says its 2017 Clarity EV, due to hit showrooms in California and Oregon August,  will lease for $269 a month. Clarity EV lease terms include allowance for 20,000 miles a year – generous for an EV lease – and 24/7 roadside assistance. [Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes.] The $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs … Read more »

Review: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and EV

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  The smartly styled, high-efficiency Hyundai Ioniq it isn’t just a single car, it’s a model lineup with three very different electrified powertrains: Conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric.  Fortunately, each looks to be a top contender in its segment. Unfortunately, that means Hyundai shoppers looking for a really efficient, roomy, fun-to-drive, value priced car … Read more »

Toyota OK With EVs

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Toyota Motor says it will continue developing battery-electric cars, EVs,  even as it pushes hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds.] The automaker, which told TheGreenCarGuy last month that it was considering  making all Prius models plug-in hybrids, says it still sees fuel-cell electrics as the “ultimate environmentally friendly vehicles.” Toyota … Read more »

Is Nissan’s Leaf Next? Renault Unveils 248-mile EV Battery

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Renault announced a 248-mile (400 km) battery pack for its Zoe electric car Thursday, validating rumors of a new long-range battery that have been circulating for weeks. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 40 seconds.] While the French automaker doesn’t sell cars in the U.S., its partner, Nissan, does. And Nissan desperately needs a long-range battery … Read more »