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  • 2013 Tesla Model S, in July 2017   [photo: David Noland]

    Which new plug-in hybrid was introduced for Europe? What system did Consumer Reports test and find lacking? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending May 24, 2019. This week, the news seemed mostly about Tesla and Audi, which are shaping up to be two of the biggest rivals in the electric-car future. As Tesla stock slid, CEO Elon Musk said in a letter to employees that the $2.4 billion the company raised last month may not be enough to carry it beyond another 10 months if sales don't pick up. With cheaper stock, that led some...

  • 2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
    Tesla Autopilot gets bad marks, 2020 Karma Revero, Audi plug-ins: Today's Car News

    Audi ramps up the number of its future vehicles that will have charge ports. Karma opens a new luxury design center for its 2020 Revero. And BMW releases a new ad showing the retiring chairman of Mercedes going home to drive a BMW. Tesla Navigate on Autopilot makes drivers do the work in Consumer...

  • Consumer Reports Tesla Model 3 testing Navigate on Autopilot [CREDIT: Consumer Reports]
    Tesla Navigate on Autopilot drives itself poorly, Consumer Reports finds

    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...

  • 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...

  • BMW i8 ad  -  Dieter Zetsche lookalike
    BMW posts a smart sendoff for longtime Mercedes chief

    German humor, as is quite often pointed out, is no laughing matter. Which is precisely what makes this sendoff to Dieter Zetsche, who on Wednesday stepped down from his position as CEO of Daimler, so funny. In a BMW ad called “retirement is about exploring your wide open future,”...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept

    Rivian built an outdoor kitchen into its electric pickup. We took a road trip to assess the Audi E-tron's range in the real world. And EVgo is bringing fast chargers to gas stations. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Electric-truck hopeful Rivian is building all kinds of accessories for its upcoming pickup before the model even goes on sale. The latest is an integrated kitchen that slides out of the bed and runs on the truck's batteries. Swiss electric-car startup Piëch moved beyond plans to build an electric sports car with specs and drawings for two follow-up models, a four-seat...

  • 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...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV charging at EVgo fast chargers at Chevron station, Menlo Park, California
    Want to charge up? EVgo builds chargers at Chevron gas stations

    If electric cars need more public places to charge, maybe they could just go to gas stations. That seems to be the approach behind the latest installations of EVgo stations in California. CHECK OUT: Gas stations OK, electric-car chargers too ugly? The company, which bills itself as the largest...

  • 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...

  • Ford crossover EV teaser photo
    Audi Q5 plug-in, Apple and Tesla, Model S value then and now: Today's Car News

    Audi reveals details of its new 2020 A5 55 TFSI e quattro for Europe. Our readers weigh in on the fairest way for electric-car drivers to contribute to road maintenance in our latest Twitter poll. Yes, Apple tried to make a move for Tesla—years ago. And we take a look at the value of a 2013...

  • Tesla Model S Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]

    Tesla has long been called the Apple of automakers for its alternative approach, its rampant fan base, and its Silicon Valley roots. But the interest could go deeper. Financial analyst Craig Irwin of Roth Capital Partners revealed Tuesday that Apple tried to buy Tesla in 2013, but was rebuffed. He said that the tech company bid $240 a share for Tesla at the time, a price significantly higher than where Tesla stock has traded this week, after a recent slump since the beginning of the year. Tesla stock closed at $205.08 Tuesday. READ THIS: Apple will build electric cars by 2020: Tesla's Elon...

  • Canadian reader K's new Tesla Model 3
    "How should EV owners pay for road maintenance?" Twitter poll results

    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...

  • 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
    2020 Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid arrives in Europe

    Audi released the 2020 Q5 55 TFSI e quattro—the first of its new range of plug-in hybrids—in Europe on Tuesday, with some impressive specs. The company says the crossover will have 25.9 miles (40 kilometers) of electric range on Europe's new WLTP driving cycle from its 14.1...

  • 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...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    GM's over-the-air updates, EPA's new math, hydrogen from seawater: Today's Car News

    The EPA plans to stop counting potential lives saved from new pollution rules. GM reveals a platform that's connected to the future. Stanford scientists devise a way to use seawater to make hydrogen. And our latest Twitter poll asks what types of incentives work best to sell EVs. All this and more...

  • Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
    Report: EPA model will count fewer deaths to help favor coal plants

    The EPA is following through on plans to reduce the number of deaths it counts as attributable to air pollution, reportedly in an effort to support the Trump Administration's plans to shore up the coal industry. The plans were first discussed at a meeting of a key EPA air-quality standards board in...

  • Carpool lanes I-5, Seattle, Washington [Credit: SounderBruce-Wikimedia Commons]

    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 buyers, including as exemptions from sales, emissions, and road taxes. READ THIS: Why Norway leads the world in electric vehicle adoption That led us to wonder what types of incentives our readers see as most effective to sell larger numbers of electric cars. So our Twitter poll this week asks: "What...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    Seawater could bring breakthrough for hydrogen cars

    The biggest problem for hydrogen fuel-cell cars has been where to get a plentiful, affordable supply of hydrogen that doesn't contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Now scientists may have come up with what some have called the holy grail of clean transportation: a way to create hydrogen...

  • 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...

  • 2019 Hyundai Elantra
    Tesla cutbacks, Norway EVs, Hyundai filters, Hawaii beaches: Today's Car News

    Electric cars have become "normal" in Norway. Hyundai aims to keep particulates out of the cabin. Hawaii fights climate change with a sea wall. And CEO Elon Musk takes another razor blade to Tesla expenses. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Oil-rich Norway has become famous for how many of...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
    Big investment not enough for long term at Tesla, Musk says: report

    Tesla may have only enough money to survive another 10 months, CEO Elon Musk told employees in an email on Thursday. The email was first reported by Reuters, which was shown a copy. In response, Musk told employees he will review "all expenses of any kind anywhere in the world, including parts...

  • Island of O'ahu, Hawaii. Image: Wikimedia Commons
    Hawaii responds to global warming threat against Waikiki beach

    Climate scientists have issued frequent warning about the effects of rising sea levels from global warming on cities such as Miami and New York. But among the first places in the U.S. that may suffer the effects of climate change could be Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, according to a 2017 report by the...