Electric Cars

Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Hatchback to Buy 2017
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Hatchback to Buy 2017

Chevrolet's ardent claims that its first mass-market electric car isn't a car at all—it's a small crossover, according to them—won't sway us. We know a hatchback when we see one, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the best hatchback for this year. Calling it The Car Connection's Best...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Electric Car to Buy 2017

The Chevrolet Bolt EV handily wins The Car Connection's Best Electric Car to Buy 2017. It rendered all other affordable electric vehicles outdated and nearly obsolete the minute it was unveiled. That's what happens in the tech world, which is just what the auto industry is starting to feel like...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
What will the auto industry look like under Trump?

New presidents bring new advisors, new staff, and of course, a host of new policies and priorities. That's true even if the new guy and the old guy belong to the same political party; when they come from different parties, as Trump and Obama do, the changes can be much more dramatic. ALSO SEE: 2018...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
How will you get around in the future? Here are 3 possible scenarios

Our cars have changed a lot over the past hundred years, but some things have remained stubbornly consistent. For example: Most of us still buy new cars in person, at dealerships. Most of our cars still run on gasoline. We still have to drive the damn things ourselves, despite being promised robot...Read More»

2015 Nissan Leaf, Denver, Colorado, Mar 2016  [photo: owner Andrew Ganz]
Nissan upgrades base Leaf S to 30 kwh battery, boosts price

Nissan quietly added the larger-capacity 30 kwh battery to all versions of its Leaf electric car a couple of weeks ago, a move that adds 23 miles of range to the entry-level S trim level. But it wasn't a free upgrade. Instead, Nissan has boosted the Leaf S base price from $29,860 to $33,300. Both...Read More»

2016 McLaren 570S
Why would Apple want to buy McLaren anyway?

Earlier this week, reports began circulating that Apple was in talks to buy McLaren Technology Group, the parent company of supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive and Formula One team McLaren Racing. The rumored price? Roughly £1.5 billion ($1.94 billion). Moments later, 99 percent of the...Read More»

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew
Ford announces new growth plan: here are 5 things to expect by 2020

Yesterday, Ford unveiled its new growth plan, which includes strategies for the next five to ten years. The document bears a handful of similarities to the updated business plan that Fiat Chrysler published in January, but in other ways, it's very, very different. What can we expect in the near...Read More»

Apple logo
Is Apple canning the electric car it never publicly discussed?

Project Titan may be the worst-kept secret in the automotive world. It is, of course, the hush-hush division of Apple tasked with building an autonomous, electric car. Or at least it was. A new series of layoffs suggest that the company may be having second thoughts, and it may instead follow the...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: owners opt for buybacks, not fixes & is a 3.0-liter fix coming?

Volkswagen has had another lousy week due to the ongoing Dieselgate scandal. Admittedly, there were a few bright spots thanks to Audi and Porsche, but those have been overshadowed by gloom and doom from the mass-market VW brand. Worst of all may be early data on the company's U.S. repair and...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen to unveil electric car with nearly 400-mile range

Shortly after the Dieselgate scandal broke, Volkswagen announced that it would focus less attention on diesels and more on electric vehicles--you know, like most automakers on the planet. Though we've occasionally questioned the automaker's commitment to its bold EV plan, Volkswagen appears to be...Read More»

2016 BMW i8 with BMW Home Charger Connect charging station
MIT: 87% of vehicles could be electric today with no problem

Skeptics sometimes doubt whether electric vehicles will catch on. They compare them to gas-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs, bemoaning the fact that EVs have shorter driving ranges and higher sticker prices. However, a new study shows that the biggest obstacle standing between EVs and mainstream...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)
Mercedes to take on BMW's i with new electric car sub brand

In order to better compete with brands like Tesla, Porsche and BMW's i division, Mercedes-Benz dealers will soon have a dedicated electric car brand to offer consumers. Mercedes may unveil a new electric car at the Paris Motor Show this fall. The automaker could use that venue to take the wraps off...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Troubles worsen abroad, but VW execs finally wise up

Volkswagen continues its efforts to leave the global Dieselgate scandal behind. Will the company's long, slow slog turn into a death march, or will it end in a victory parade? Check out these recent headlines, and judge for yourselves: 1. VW sales sink even further, but other brands keep rising: No...Read More»

BYD Qin EV300
7 Chinese companies that want to dominate the electric car market

If you've seen photos of Shanghai or Beijing engulfed in smog, you know that China has room for improvement on the environmental front. But change is coming quickly to the world's most populous country, and nowhere is that more visible than in the auto industry. Roughly 40 years ago, China began to...Read More»

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, unveiled at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
Faraday Future gets green light to test autonomous cars in California

The first all-electric cars from start-up automaker Faraday Future are expected to go on sale around 2018 (initially: 2017). In preparation for that event, the company has received approval from the state of California to begin testing its autonomous vehicles on public roads. Sources say that those...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline extended again, Muller promises 30+ electrics by 2025

Next Tuesday, June 21, is the big day: the day that Volkswagen has been ordered to reach an agreement with federal regulators regarding the company's plans to repair and/or buyback 2.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. Or rather, it should've been the big day. Unfortunately for 482,000 owners of...Read More»

Volkswagen Budd-e Concept
Volkswagen's 10-year plan doubles down on electric cars, cuts spending

Reeling from a scandal that has cost the automaker tens of billions already in sales and penalties, Volkswagen announced Thursday a 10-year plan staked heavily on electric cars to revive the automaker after illegally polluting diesels nearly killed it. In a statement, Volkswagen said it was the...Read More»

German Flag
Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030. That official is Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Speaking...Read More»

Porsche Mission E concept electric car
Have electric cars reached a tipping point? For Euro luxury brands, the answer is yes

A tipping point marks the moment in time where an idea steps out of a slim niche, and rockets to widespread acceptance. A reality for more than a hundred years, electric cars have only come close to mainstream success in the last five. Much of the credit goes to scions like the GM EV1 and the...Read More»

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