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  • Consumer Reports Tesla Model 3 testing Navigate on Autopilot [CREDIT: Consumer Reports]

    Tesla says it has improved its self-driving Navigate on Autopilot system with its latest software update. Consumer Reports begs to differ. Last month, Tesla updated its Navigate on Autopilot software to allow its cars to change lanes automatically, without prompting or warning the driver. This gives the system the ability, for example, to navigate highway interchanges by choosing the appropriate lane. The system fulfills Tesla CEO Elon Musk's promise to develop a system that can drive itself from highway on-ramps to off-ramps without intervention (though several system warnings note that the...

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept
    Audi boosts plug-in plans to include 20 all-electric models by 2025

    Audi on Thursday announced a dramatic expansion of its plans to develop electric and plug-in cars. At its annual shareholders' meeting, the company told investors that it plans to release 20 new electric cars along with 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025 as part of its "four rings" plan to reduce its...

  • 2020 Karma Revero GT
    2020 Karma Revero GT breaks cover–with smaller mustache

    The 2020 Karma Revero GT will trim back its signature handlebar mustache for a bushier walrus variety. And when it goes on sale late this summer, buyers will be able to order it at a new $100 million custom design center adjacent to the Karma factory in Moreno Valley, California. "Our [Karma...

  • 2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
    2019 Audi E-tron road-trip review: Wait, range ratings aren’t everything?

    Not every electric-car first-drive event urges us to climb a mountain to get a good idea of driving range. Actually make that no other automaker, ever. But that’s what Audi had us do with its 2019 E-tron electric SUV: drive it on a prescribed route that took us nearly 195 miles from...

  • Piech Mark Zero concept
    Electric-car startup Piëch sketches out future models, including SUV

    Swiss startup Piëch wants to be more than a pretty face. The company showed a sleek new electric concept coupe at the Geneva auto show in March called the Mark Zero, which it plans to put into production in 2022, and recently released sketches of two models expected to follow the Mark Zero: a...

  • Rivian R1T Overlanding concept
    Rivian builds R1T Overland as cookout camping special

    Rivian hasn't even launched any vehicles, and it's already building special editions and devising expensive accessories for its R1T electric pickup. The latest is a camping special, not sized for a giant slide-in camper, but outfitted with a bed-top tent and an integrated slide-out kitchen for...

  • Canadian reader K's new Tesla Model 3

    Last week, after several states proposed new registration fees on electric cars, ostensibly to pay for road maintenance, we wondered what our readers thought would work best. We have nothing against electric-car drivers paying their fair share for road maintenance, but some state proposals seemed to go beyond mere fairness to actively discouraging people from buying electric cars. A new bill in the Illinois legislature, for example, would charge $1,000 for EV registrations, versus just $148 for other cars. Even factoring in the gas tax that EV drivers don't pay, it's prohibitively steep...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S
    2019 Tesla Model S Long Range vs. 2013 Model S 85: How do they compare in value?

    When I bought my first Tesla Model S back in 2013, it had already been named that year’s Green Car Reports’ Best Car to Buy, and Consumer Reports had just declared it the best-scoring car they’d ever tested, noting that it broke their rating scale. The Model S was an extraordinary...

  • Carpool lanes I-5, Seattle, Washington [Credit: SounderBruce-Wikimedia Commons]
    "What kinds of EV incentives are most effective?" Take our Twitter poll

    On Monday, we took a look at how electric cars have become the new norm in Norway. There, they've moved beyond early adopters and die-hards to the early mass market. In Norway, 31.2 percent of new-car buyers chose an electric car. It's like this not just because of new incentives for electric-car...

  • General Motors next-generation electrical platform
    GM builds new electric architecture for EVs, self-driving cars

    As future cars go electric, self-driving, and more connected with the outside world, they're going to faster connectivity inside the vehicle. To that end, General Motors just introduced a new electronic platform for its vehicles that it says can carry 4.5 terabytes of processing power per hour...

  • Cars queuing for DC fast charging  -  Ståle Frydelund/Norwegian EV Association
    Why Norway leads the world in electric vehicle adoption

    Norway has only 5.26 million people—about half the size of Los Angeles County in population, and with only about 35 percent of LA's vehicles on its roads. But there's one measure in which Norway trumps America's most saturated EV market. Per capita, Norway has more electric car owners and...

  • 2020 Honda E prototype
    "Honda e" becomes official name of Urban EV, more hybrids to come

    Honda last week confirmed a new name for the Urban EV concept that it has showed twice at European auto shows recently. The car will be dubbed the Honda e when it goes on sale in Europe, though the company did not specify any time frame. The company said it has already received 6,500 "expressions...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 first drive  -  Norway, May 2019

    Norway has a lot of electric cars—so many that it can make anyone driving a new vehicle with an internal combustion engine look like a Luddite. Mercedes-Benz brought us there to experience the EQC—and possibly to normalize it in a sea of EVs that makes California look like a land of late adopters. Outside Oslo, where cars were larger and more upscale than in other parts of Europe, and Tesla vehicles (S and X) are a more common sight than around Los Angeles or the Bay Area, the EQC fit right in. DON'T MISS: Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886 electric SUV kicks off a new era After a...

  • EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backup
    How should EV owners pay for road maintenance? Take our Twitter poll

    States around the US are imposing new fees on electric-car owners to make them contribute to state highway maintenance funds. Some can be quite onerous, such as the $1,000 fee for electric-car registration proposed last week in the Illinois legislature, compared to a $148 fee for other cars. CHECK...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Volkswagen plans $1.1 billion battery partnership in Germany

    Volkswagen announced plans on Tuesday to build a large new battery factory—with an unspecified partner or partners—in its home state of Lower Saxony in Germany. Volkswagen has announced plans to build 22 million new electric cars by 2029, and has announced battery contracts for up to 50...

  • Tesla Model Y
    Tesla Model Y batteries, Aston Martin Rapide E, $1,000 EV fees: Today's Car News

    Panasonic says it won't have enough batteries to supply the Tesla Model Y. The Aston Martin Rapide E shows up for hot laps in Monaco. States consider new fees on EVs. And readers weigh in on which classic EVs they'd like to buy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Amid an industry-wide shortage...

  • Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada [CREDIT - YouTube user California Phantom]
    Tesla Model Y production will strain battery supplies: Panasonic

    Tesla's main battery supplier, Panasonic, says the two companies won't have enough battery-building capacity to support production of the Model Y. In a conference announcing the company's annual earnings last Thursday, Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters that "batteries will run out if...

  • National Drive Electric Week 2018, Boulder, Colorado [CREDIT: NDEW, Diego Lopez]
    $1,000 Illinois fee? State fees, credits can make or break EV sales

    Among states, incentives for electric cars vary wildly—from Colorado, which offers a $5,000 tax credit for EV buyers, to Illinois, where the legislature just proposed a $1,000 annual registration fee for electric cars. As states implement—or discontinue—various EV incentives, the...

  • GM EV1 NiMH

    Oddball classic electric cars turn up on internet classifieds from time to time. Last week, we may have pointed to the ultimate example—the first of 43 1960 Henney Kilowatts, made by an upstate-New York limousine and ambulance company that had fallen on hard times. It made us wonder what types of classic electric cars our readers might be most interested in restoring or owning themselves as icons of progressive EV milestones. Our Twitter poll last week asked, "Which classic electric car (or truck) would you like to restore?" We came up with four possibilities from different electric-car...

  • Teaser for Maserati Alfieri sports car
    Maserati joins ranks of EV holdouts among exotic automakers

    Although it announced the end of using Ferrari engines in its cars last week, Italian luxury-carmaker Maserati won't be going all-electric any time soon. "This is a brand that needs combustion engines,” Maserati's North American chief, Al Gardner, told Motor Trend in an interview earlier this...

  • Patent drawing for Dyson electric car due in 2021
    Dyson patents show possible Tesla Model X competitor

    Dyson, the maker of snazzy, high-tech vacuum cleaners, has said for two years that it will build electric cars starting in 2020. Now the company has released patent drawings that give a hint of what at least the first one may look like. READ THIS: Dyson plans to build its electric car in Singapore...

  • 2019 Honda Clarity Electric
    VW ID 3 Deposits; Porsche diesel fines; best deals; Colorado EV pushback: Today's Car News

    Volkswagen gathered 10,000 deposits for its new ID 3 electric car. Germany fined Porsche $600 million over diesel-emissions cheating. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers headed to Colorado to head off the state's effort to mandate electric vehicle sales there. And we rounded up all the best...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016
    Best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for May 2019

    With rising interest rates and falling federal plug-in vehicle tax credits on some models, the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and conventional hybrids are a little harder to find versus a few months ago. Our partners at CarsDirect.com still found some leases on plug in cars as low as...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots
    VW ID 3 racks up 10,000 deposits in first day

    Three years after Tesla started taking $1,000 reservations for its Model 3, Volkswagen is racking up similar orders for its upcoming ID 3 hatchback in Europe. Perhaps not to the degree, sure. Tesla amassed 180,000 orders for its "affordable" long-range electric car in one day in the US, while VW...