Both of them power their front wheels all or mostly with an electric motor. Both of them plug into a wall socket or charging station to recharge their lithium-ion battery packs. And now in their fifth year on the market, the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf are the two best-selling plug-in cars in the U.S.
Across much of America, it's cold today. Newscasters explain that by pointing to a blast of icy air swooping in from the North Pole, but others might think that the chill is coming from beneath their feet.
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for nearly 150,000 vehicles from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a number of vehicles from the luxury automaker's E-Class and CLS-Class lines suffer from a design flaw that could create a fire hazard in the engine compartment.
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal
The whole world seems to be going turbo. That’s mostly a good thing. In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it’s a very good thing.
We often take all of the technological gizmos fitted to modern cars for granted. It only becomes apparent when you hop behind the wheel of a classic that you realize life wasn’t always so convenient. Fortunately for owners of older Porsche 911 models, the men and women at the Porsche Classic department have come up with a retrofit GPS and radio unit that fits perfectly into the DIN-1 slot found on the dash of some Porsche models dating back several decades.
Remember Briton Paul Bailey who used a McLaren P1 to first pick up a Ferrari LaFerrari and then, together with his wife, drive over to pick up a Porsche 918 Spyder as well, completing the hypercar Trifecta in the process.
Venucia E30 (Chinese version of Nissan Leaf electric car), Guangzhou Auto Show [photo: ChinaAutoWeb]
Modern plug-in electric cars have been on sale in the U.S. since December 2010, and in China even longer. The BYD F3DM, a compact plug-in hybrid sedan, went into very limited production in 2008, though early deliveries were strictly to fleets and government agencies.
The recent drop in gas prices has led many analysts to believe that sales of fuel-efficient gasoline models, hybrids, and even plug-in electric cars will take a nosedive. It's assumed that as potential savings decrease, consumers become less interested in green cars.
It's no secret that environmental demands and regulations pose an inconvenience for large corporations--but what if the problem is more fundamental than that? Beyond corporations worried about profits, could the global economic system itself be the main obstacle to the world collectively addressing climate change?