At the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, Volkswagen took the wraps off the production version of the Volkswagen XL1, a turbodiesel plug-in hybrid two-seater, Voelcker writes. Fuel efficiency is quoted as 261 miles per gallon on the European test cycle, making the Volkswagen XL1 one of the most fuel-efficient cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
California is by far the largest single market for electric cars, Voelcker writes, and that means charging stations in public parking lots are now sometimes fully occupied, meaning they can't recharge their electric cars' batteries.
Estonia has just opened a network of 165 quick-charging stations – more than the U.S. has today – for its plug-in electric cars, Voelcker writes.
Tesla Motors will operate at a profit in the first quarter of 2013, the company said in a letter to shareholders this week. The prediction advances by almost a whole year the company's timeline for profitability, which had previously been set for the fourth quarter of 2013, Voelcker writes.
Nissan Leaf has become the highest-selling electric car of all time, moving 50,000 units across Japan, Europe, and the US. High customer satisfaction ratings, in part, are driving the Nissan Leaf's success.
Gas prices will increase faster than expected in 2013, according to the US Department of Energy. The slight rise in gas prices is due partly to an increase in the price of crude oil, Ingram writes, and refinery outages in January both in the US and Europe.
A new system could use solar power to both charge and protect your electric car at the same time, Ingram writes.
Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, being unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, is rated at 148 horsepower and puts out 248 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm, Voelcker writes. Chevy estimates the gas mileage from the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at 42 mpg highway.
Nissan Leaf sales will rise in 2013 thanks to a drop in sales price, Voelcker predicts. But the 2013 Nissan Leaf sales won't soar into the stratosphere.
As any politician (or plug-in hybrid car company) will tell you, you can always find a set of numbers to work in your favor, Ernst writes. The key to a wise plug-in hybrid purchase is doing your homework ahead of time, then basing your decision on the facts most relevant to you.
Green Car Reports shares its run-down of the 10 most efficient hybrid cars, rated by EPA combined mileage.
Nissan hopes to add another 500 new electric car quick-charging stations over the next 18 months, Voelcker writes.
Beijing is set to scrap 180,000 old vehicles from its roads in an effort to curb high air-pollution levels, Ingram writes.
Texas is the latest to consider an extra tax on electric cars to make up for lost gas revenue, Ingram writes, helping to raise money for road maintenance.
With GM using solar at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant and Volkswagen recently unveiling a huge solar array at its Chattanooga plant, Honda is next to display its green credentials--with wind turbines at its Ohio transmission factory, Ingram writes.
The possibility of using electric cars as backup energy sources is being explored by the Department of Defense, Ingram writes.
Electric car sales are increasing, Ingram writes, and the US could have the largest electric car market by 2020, according to a new study.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has proposed an increase in sales tax and a $100 annual fee for plug-in and hybrid cars in lieu of a gasoline tax, Ingram writes.
Hybrids, plug-in cars and gas-sipping small cars may save you money on fuel, but they also make a statement about your attitude towards the environment, Ingram writes. This is something younger buyers are becoming quite keen on.
Fuel economy is a chief concern for 15 percent of car buyers, outranking styling, reliability, and cost. But not by much.