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The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2019
The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2019

Fuel efficiency is so last century. This year, we learned that energy efficiency is the new fuel efficiency, and not all electric cars are equal—even if they’re all zero emissions vehicles. Credit for that falls squarely on the Jaguar I-Pace’s broad shoulders because, although...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Study: Consumers have more confidence in self-driving cars than electric vehicles

American consumers have more confidence in self-driving car technology than electric vehicles, according to the results of a survey conducted by the AAA. Results of the study released last week show that Americans are more likely to think that most cars will be able to drive themselves come 2029...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Illinois electric car owners may face $1,000 annual fee

Electric car owners in Illinois may soon face an annual $1,000 registration fee to offset uncollected fuel taxes. The Chicago Tribune last week reported on the proposed registration fee, which would be 60 times more expensive than registration for a standard vehicle with an internal-combustion...Read More»

R.J. Scaringe (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
Ford pumps $500M into electric-car startup Rivian

Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million into Rivian in exchange for use of the startup's electric-car underpinnings, the two companies said Wednesday. Just what Ford would build on Rivian's advanced truck-like electric-vehicle architecture is unclear. Ford has said that it plans to build an...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla to hike price for "Full Self-Driving" driver-assistance tech

Tesla's advanced driver-assistance technology, which isn't even fully operational yet, will cost a lot more next month. "Full Self-Driving," as Tesla calls tech that allows its vehicles to drive themselves from an on-ramp to an off-ramp on limited-access roads with no driver intervention, will cost...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
GM electric car federal tax credit cut in half Monday, Chevy Bolt EV price won't change

On April 1, General Motors' federal electric car tax credit will be cut in half from up to $7,500 to $3,750. It leaves the Chevy Bolt EV without full federal incentives against rival electric cars. The automaker said Thursday that it will not reduce the electric car's price due to the tax credit...Read More»

Tesla Model Y
2020 Tesla Model Y: $48,200 electric crossover SUV debuts

The 2020 Tesla Model Y that debuted Thursday night is the electric-car builder's most mainstream model yet. With up to three rows of seats, room for seven passengers, and 66 cubic feet of cargo space, the $41,200 2020 Model Y is more in line with crossover SUVs popular with consumers than the less...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Trump's proposed 2020 budget would end electric-car tax credits

The federal electric-car tax credits survived the most recent tax overhaul legislation in 2018, but they're back in the crosshairs. U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year includes the end of the tax credits for consumers who purchase a qualifying electric vehicle...Read More»

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]
Tesla to raise prices, keep more stores open

Tesla on Sunday walked back its previous decision to close its retail outlets and move to an online-only model, but it's not business as usual for the electric-car builder's showrooms. In a statement posted to its website, Tesla indicated that some stores with high foot traffic that had already...Read More»

Flock of pelicans flying over 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019
2019 Nissan Leaf Plus boasts 226-mile range, costs $37,445

The new longer-range 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus is predictably more expensive than the standard electric car, Nissan said Friday. The 2019 Leaf S Plus costs $37,445, which puts it at about $6,500 more than the base Leaf. However, the Leaf Plus' 226-mile range leapfrogs the 150-mile rating for the...Read More»

Tesla Model 3  -  Portland, OR  -  January 2019
$35,000 Tesla Model 3 arrives with 220-mile range, and a $1,200 asterisk

The long-promised $35,000 Tesla Model 3 electric car was unveiled Thursday, albeit with a host of asterisks attached to that number. Additionally, the automaker said that it will switch to online-only sales. The California-based automaker said that the least-expensive Tesla will have a 220-mile...Read More»

Polestar 2
Volvo takes on Tesla Model 3 with new Polestar 2 electric car

Numerically speaking, the Polestar 2 electric car that was unveiled Wednesday is one behind the Tesla Model 3. But the new small car from Polestar, which is owned by Volvo, has a lot of catching up to do. According to Volvo, the 78-kwh lithium-ion battery and 408-horsepower electric motor will...Read More»

Colorado license plates
Colorado moves to become 11th state to adopt zero-emissions vehicle standards

Colorado moved toward becoming the 11th state last week to require automakers to sell electric cars in the state to meet a specific quota tied to overall sales. Colorado would be the second non-coastal state to adopt the policy, after Vermont. The 10 other states that mandate zero-emission vehicle...Read More»

2019 Ford F-150
Charging ahead: Ford F-150 electric pickup truck on its way

Ford on Wednesday confirmed that it has plans to eventually introduce a fully electric F-150 pickup truck, which could rival entries in the budding EV truck space such as Rivian and Tesla. Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, told attendees of the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference...Read More»

2019 Nissan Leaf
More powerful, 226-mile range 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus electric car unveiled at CES

At the beginning of the decade, the Nissan Leaf was the first widely available electric vehicle on sale in the U.S. from a mainstream automaker. Since then, the hatchback has seemingly been left behind due to limited range, low power, quirky styling—or all of the above. Now, the 2019 Nissan...Read More»

2019 Jaguar I-Pace S
2019 Jaguar I-Pace trails Tesla with 234-mile electric range

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric car won't go as far on a full charge as a Tesla Model X. Jaguar last week said that the 2019 I-Pace is rated at 234 miles of electric range, a drop of 6 miles its initial estimate for the I-Pace's maximum traveling distance. By comparison, the base Tesla Model X is...Read More»

2018 BMW i3s
Fire risk prompts BMW to recall 3,500 electrified cars

BMW announced Friday that it will recall about 3,500 electrified models to inspect charging cables that may lead to shocks or fires. The recall covers a wide range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric 2018 and 2019 BMW and Mini models. In government filings, BMW said that incorrect electrical...Read More»

VW Electric for All
VW looks back to TDI for pricing on upcoming electric vehicles

Volkswagen, as it develops several vehicles on its new modular electric platform (MEB) and plans dozens more, is looking past Tesla and aiming to go “Electric for All.” The affordability that once made the automaker famous with the original Beetle, the Type 2 "Microbus," and tens of...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric nearly matches Tesla with its 258-mile range

The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will go almost as far on a charge as a Tesla Model S—and for a lot less money. The EPA said Tuesday that the 2019 Kona Electric will boast a 258-mile range, which gives it the longest electric range of cars offered by full-line automakers. The 2018 Chevrolet...Read More»

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