When Tesla announced the short list of possible locations for its lithium-ion cell 'gigafactory,' California wasn't on it. Now, California governor Jerry Brown's office is negotiating an incentive package for the Tesla gigafactory that would include waiving certain parts of a decades-old state environmental law.
Uber and Lyft have occupied a grey area between individual car ownership and more traditional forms of public transportation like buses, taxis, and subways. Now, Uber and Lyft are expanding into the carpool lane.
Toyota is recalling 2007 through 2011 model-year Camry Hybrid sedans to correct an issue with the cars' brake-fluid reservoirs. The Toyota recall affects about 177,000 hybrids.
SUV sales are on the rise: Jeep sold 41 percent more cars last month compared to June, and other automakers have seen similar increases in SUV sales. However, these SUVs have become more fuel efficient since the last generation had their SUVs.
Thanks to federal law, what drivers may consider as cars are actually legally trucks. How can drivers know if their new car is actually a truck?
Car dealers have been problematic for electric car sales. For example, plug-in electric cars typically require more explanation to buyers, which makes them less appealing for dealers to sell.
The auto industry is moving ahead in improving cars' fuel economy, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. About one in every three US vehicles on sale today already meet the fuel economy standards for 2016.
As electric cars become a bigger part of the US auto market, the electric vehicle market is also expanding in Canada. For example, Chevrolet Volt sales in Canada are expected to surpass previous records, but its monthly sales are still in the hundreds.
In the short and long term, newer cars tend to be greener than older cars. The reasons behind it include the environmental cost of manufacturing and how many miles per gallon a car gets.
Google is offering $1 million to anyone who can design a smaller, high power density inverter. The objective to Google's competition is to improve electric cars by reducing the size of inverters.
A Tesla owner in San Francisco calculated that using the ridesharing service UberX was $1,600 cheaper over the course of a year than owning an electric car. Telsa models and other electric cars are cheaper to operate per mile than internal-combustion models, but perhaps that doesn't take things far enough.
US plug-in electric car sales rose in July, but electric cars still make up for a tiny part of the auto market. Nissan sold more than 3,000 Leaf battery electric cars, while Chevy sold more than 2,000 Volt range-extended electric cars.
Tesla Motors has broken ground in Reno, Nev. for its $5 billion Gigafactory, according to their earnings report. But, Tesla Motors says it is a 'potential' location for the lithium-ion battery factory and the automaker is still looking at other possible sites.
London may be charging extra fees for drivers of higher-emitting, diesel cars by 2020. Drivers already pay a £11.50, or $19.50, fee to enter the city, but diesel drivers could pay an extra £10, or $17, if the plans go ahead.
About 2 billion vehicles are estimated to be on the roads by 2035, according to a report from Navigant Research. Currently, there are about 1.2 billion vehicles on the road.
Electric car owners today pay for electricity at equivalent of about 75 cents per gallon. 25 utilities in 14 states currently offer electricity rates tailored towards electric vehicle owners, according to a study by the Northeast Group.
Rules for quiet hybrid and electric cars to have alert noises aren't ready yet. Thus, automakers are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to delay the rules for quiet electric cars.
Light-duty vehicles' energy consumption is projected to decrease from 63 percent of the transportation sector in 2012 to 51 percent in 2040, according to a report from the US Energy Information Administration. The report cites improved fuel economy as a driving factor.
China will require 30 percent of all government cars to be electric cars. The plan will include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell cars, and it is set to be phased in over the next two years.
Electric cars have a valuable advocate in Tesla, whose Model S sedan is the gold standard in the growing industry. But in addition to the growth of electric cars, Tesla's success is vital to the US auto industry as a whole.