Fuel Efficiency

  • California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)

    The Trump Administration is expected to reveal more details about its revised vehicle fuel economy rules in upcoming days or weeks. These rules could still include what the EPA and DOT proposed last year—a coordinated attempt to strip California (and thus all the states that observe its rules) of its ability to regulate vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) on its own. In remarks Thursday at a meeting between the California Air Resources Board and the California Transportation Commission, CARB chair Mary Nichols was threatening to get creative with some measures that could affect...

  • 2018 GMC Sierra 1500
    2019 full-size pickup truck mpg champs: Ford vs. Chevy vs. Ram

    With electric pickup trucks from Ford, GM, and others—including newcomers like Rivian—looking likely to arrive in the next few years, the truck field could be on the verge of a clean, quiet, tailpipe-emissions-free shakeup. That said, you wouldn’t know this segment as being poised...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus  -  Driven, March 2019
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: Drive review of long-range electric car

    If more power, a 226-mile range, and a $39,405 base price—before considering the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit you can still get—collectively seems like the sweet spot for the Leaf, you probably have GM to thank. Nissan has admitted that it never planned to push the Leaf above a...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Forecast: In 2030, gasoline will still power 7 out of 10 new U.S. vehicles

    Given the daily churn of electric-car announcements, major manufacturing investments, and battery supply-chain news, it could be a little hard to understand one reality-check projection: that even in 2030, a solid majority of vehicles sold could still burn fossil fuel. Last week, LMC Automotive, a...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    EPA says fuel economy rose in 2017, but it may be falling again

    An EPA report released Wednesday shows that cars are getting better gas mileage in response to rising fuel economy standards. Yet a roaring economy and low gas prices have put Americans on a truck-buying spree, and the EPA is working to undermine those standards. According to its annual automotive...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV
    2020 Kia Soul EV rated for 243 miles, improved efficiency

    In just one model year, Kia has more than doubled the rated driving range for the Soul EV. The 2020 Kia Soul EV, which is expected to reach dealerships this spring, will go 243 miles on a charge—four more miles than the Kia Niro EV—according to the EPA, in ratings that were released...

  •  2019 Ram 1500 North Edition

    It turns out there's more than one way for automakers to meet fuel-economy targets. One is to develop and sell more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. The other—as demonstrated over the years by quite a few automakers—is to pay fuel economy fines to the U.S. Treasury as a course of doing business. That's the course Fiat Chrysler took for the 2016 model year, the company reported last week. According to compliance numbers released by the NHTSA in December, Fiat Chrysler was the only automaker that didn't reach its fleet-calculated fuel-economy targets for 2016. Consequently it will...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
    Toyota Corolla Hybrid rated 52 mpg: Why Toyota says it won't cannibalize Prius sales

    Last week the U.S. EPA released final fuel economy numbers for the 2020 Toyota Corolla lineup. They include a confirmation of what Toyota had claimed when it introduced the lineup last fall: that the Corolla Hybrid will carry an EPA combined rating of more than 50 mpg. The 2020 Toyota Corolla...

  • 2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept
    Green Car Reports is 10!

    Ten years ago this week, in February 2009, Green Car Reports published its first story—one packed with insight regarding the Chevrolet Volt, which was then still nearly two years away. Despite all that could have happened to the Volt in GM’s bankruptcy, it arrived on time and was...

  • 2019 Mazda 3 underhood
    Mazda rotary range-extended EV and diesel engine both coming, but no US hybrids for now

    A look under the hood of Mazda’s future includes a patchwork of “what if” possibilities and a series of juggled timelines. Mazda is in a tough spot right now with regulators and in finding its place across many global markets. Part of the issue is that Mazda is considered an...

  • Nissan Note e-Power hybrid
    Nissan e-Power hybrids for the US will aim for performance, not just mpg

    Considering how much of a commitment Nissan has made to electric vehicles over nearly a decade—mass-producing them on three continents—the lack of any parallel commitment to plug-in hybrid models, or even hybrids, has been baffling. Nissan finally remedied that in 2016, with the...

  • MWI microwave ignition module
    Former Porsche CEO backing company with TDI-like emissions claim

    Former Porsche AG CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, who waged a failed takeover of the Volkswagen Group ten years ago, is reportedly one of the backers of a new venture that, at face value, is making claims that sound very much like those made of what was then the favored tech for VW and Audi: TDI diesel...

  • 2019 Mazda 3, 2018 LA Auto Show

    Mazda has revealed its 2019 Mazda 3 compact car, in new-generation form, at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It’s not surprising, given the brand’s go-it-alone strategy this decade, that the new ‘3’ appears to take a different path than key global compact-car rivals in nearly every respect, ranging from design to driving traits to what’s under the hood. While that’s left the brand’s products very distinctive from the driver’s seat, it’s left the efficiency-focused automaker with a number of predicaments regarding how to meet impending zero-emission...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
    2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: At 39 mpg, the highest-mileage SUV without a charge port

    Yesterday, when we brought you our 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first drive review, we missed one very important point. At 39 mpg, the RAV4 Hybrid is now the highest-mileage sport-utility vehicle (as the EPA lists them) without a charge port. All the more impressive is that it’s not a low...

  • Hyundai Motor Group solar charging system
    Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof tech for electric cars—or gasoline ones

    As solar cells get more efficient, powerful panels can fit on smaller areas. For those looking to use renewable energy for transportation, that means solar panels can now move from home rooftops used to power car chargers to cars themselves. In Korea on Wednesday, Hyundai and Kia revealed some...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production
    Sources: GM manufacturing revamp could signal faster lane-change to EVs

    Less than a week after speaking out in favor of a national electric vehicle mandate, and in the shadow of Tesla reporting a profitable quarter, General Motors might be on the verge of announcing a radical change to its plans for future electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the U.S. The automaker...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017
    Honda joins GM, others in heated opposition to Trump's EPA fuel-economy freeze

    Honda joined General Motors on Friday and called on the EPA to abandon its proposed fuel-economy rollback, asking federal officials to negotiate with states like California to offer a single, comprehensive update to federal fuel-economy standards. Honda filed its comment Friday, the last day for...

  • 2015 Volkswagen XL1  -  Silverstone Auctions sale, November 10, 2018
    Volkswagen XL1 eco halo already a sound investment?

    It’s been less than five years since Volkswagen produced its limited run of just 250 XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid coupes, of which only 200 were sold to retail buyers. The Volkswagen XL1 has all the makings of an instant collectible, with its combination of low production volume, advanced...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    The term “hail Mary” might be appropriate for what General Motors, led by chief executive officer Mary Barra, is attempting at this stage of the federal government’s dialog on fuel efficiency and electric vehicles. GM is launching an effort to propose a 50-state solution for electric vehicles, including a national version of California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate. It’s doing so in the final day of an extended period for public comment on what the Trump Administration is calling the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla Model 3 range-efficiency edge is a serious market strength

    Although Tesla may still sometimes be finding its way in terms of how to build cars themselves, it retains a distinct advantage over pretty much every other automaker in one respect: superb power management. Buried in the company’s third-quarter 2018 financial results—hailing a...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday

    Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in. The EPA proposed in early August to undo Obama-era rules requiring cars to reach increasingly stringent fuel-economy targets...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Commentary: How to make your voice heard on fuel economy freeze

    Drivers are not helpless in the face of government plans to roll back fuel economy standards. A joint August proposal from the EPA and NHTSA to freeze planned increases in fuel economy standards is out for public comments until Oct. 23. Public comments can make a difference. DON'T MISS: Trump...

  • 2017 Ford Focus Electric window sticker showing 115-mile range rating
    Americans still want better fuel economy, survey says

    Just as the Trump administration moves to roll back fuel economy standards, a new survey shows that Americans are dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars already get. The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey for cars was released Tuesday, and among the 10 attributes the survey studied...

  • Teaser for Pininfarina Battista debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show
    Best deals on green cars, Tesla scrutiny, Swiss stop diesels, EPA pushback: Today's Car News

    The SEC issues subpoenas to Tesla over CEO Elon Musk's plan to take the company private. Switzerland halts registrations of some diesels from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. New records show internal pushback at the EPA over freezing fuel-economy regulations. And we run down the best deals on green cars...