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Is Interest in Electric Vehicles Stagnating?
While EV sales have risen significantly in the last two years, and the choices are better than ever, a recent study from Ipsos shows that consideration of electric cars is down. Potential buyers are having difficulty understanding the new tax credits, and have concerns about public charging.
Could an Ingredient From Toothpaste Extend EV Performance?
Next-generation lithium-metal batteries offer more range in a smaller package, but they can degrade faster than lithium-ion. But scientists have found a way to extend their life – and also improve safety and environmental protection.
New Thermal Management Tech Could Extend EV Range in Winter
Electric cars can lose some range in winter due to the need to heat the cabin with electricity instead of residual engine heat. A new thermal management system from German supplier ZF may help give EVs a third more range in cold weather. How does it work? Read on to find out.
Electrify America Will Add Tesla-Style Charging Ports to Its Network by 2025
Electrify America is one of the first major U.S. charging networks to commit to adding Tesla-style NACS charging ports to its high-speed charger network. The move provides drivers of all electric cars more options for public charging, making life with an EV more convenient.
Volvo Joins U.S. Manufacturers in Adopting Tesla Charging Standard
Volvo is just the latest manufacturer to commit to adopting the North American Charging Standard plug for future EVs. Volvo drivers will have access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers starting in the first half of 2024, and can search for and pay for charging within Volvo's app.
Rivian Models Adopting Tesla Charging Port in 2025
Hot on the heels of Ford and GM, startup EV maker Rivian has announced it will adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard port, opening up access to the company's network of Superchargers.
Public Charging Is Limiting Further Growth of EV Consideration: J.D. Power
J.D. Power's annual Electric Vehicle Consideration study shows that more Americans than ever are considering switching to electric. But many are still concerned about access to public charging, which is limiting the growth of EV sales.
Global Electric Car Sales Surge
The transition to electric driving is rapidly gaining steam globally. According to the International Energy Agency, 14 million Electric Cars could be sold around the world this year. What Electric Cars are the most popular? Where are they being sold? And will we have enough batteries for them?
Itselectric and Hyundai Launch Curbside Charging Pilot in NYC
A home charger makes owning an electric car easier and more convenient. But what about Americans who park on the street? Itselectric, a Brooklyn-based company, is piloting a new solution that could bring EV ownership within reach of many more drivers.
Nissan Unveils Pole to Pole Expedition Ariya
A modified Nissan Ariya is being prepared to tackle an epic 17,000-mile drive from the earth's magnetic North Pole to the South Pole. It has a stock battery and drivetrain, but a modified suspension, a towable renewable energy unit - and a built-in espresso machine.
Should You Charge Your EV at Home or at Work?
Whether you’re running your dishwasher or charging your EV, current electricity rates are lower late in the evening. A Stanford University study, however, suggest that this rate structure is outdated. Indeed, the study says that charging at work during the day would ease EVs' burden on the grid.
Demand for Electric Cars is Outstripping Availability
The Sierra Club has just released its latest electric vehicle shopping study. While demand and sales for EVs continues to grow quickly, it's actually hard to find EVs on dealer lots to buy or test drive. This suggests sales could be even greater if manufacturers can meet demand.
GM Installing 40,000 Charging Stations Across North America
Together with its dealers, General Motors is aiming to install 40,000 electric car chargers across North America. They'll be placed in urban and rural areas traditionally underserved by charging infrastructure, and should help make it easier for more drivers to switch to EV.
Your Leased Hybrid or EV Could Be Worth More
If you leased a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric car back in 2019 or 2020, you might be able to make some significant money when you turn it in at the end of the lease. Find out how.
Low-Voltage High-Speed Charging Helps Expand Infrastructure
Fast charging for electric cars might become much more accessible thanks to a new partnership between Shell and Volkswagen. The two companies have partnered on the Elli Flexpole, an inexpensive fast charger that doesn't require big electrical upgrades.
Silicon Anodes to Extend EV Range by 20 Percent
A new technology called silicon-based anodes will help increase the EV range of existing lithium-ion batteries by about 20 percent, while reducing dependence on Chinese-processed graphite. Expect silicon anodes to show up first on expensive electric cars, and become more common over time.
Wireless Battery Management Could Massively Increase EV Efficiency
EV battery management systems are large and heavy, and their cables are exposed to a lot of vibrations and harsh conditions. New wireless battery management technology will help EVs become lighter, offer better performance, more range, and reduced costs.
Check Out Hyundai’s EV Charging Robot
A prototype automated EV charging robot developed by Hyundai could not only make charging easier and more convenient for many EV drivers. Combined with autonomous parking and the ability to communicate with electric vehicles, the robot could sequentially charge multiple cars in shared environments.
More Workplace Charging Could Reduce Need for More Power Plants
With more and more Americans adopting electric vehicles, some regions' electric grids are reaching capacity. A new MIT study suggests that solar-powered workplace charging could reduce the need to upgrade infrastructure by harnessing "free" electricity during the day.
Home Charging Satisfaction Declines as Electricity Rates Rise
Everything - including electricity - has gotten more expensive. Electric car drivers are feeling the pinch, resulting in lower customer satisfaction even when charging at home. However, drivers aren't accessing all of the incentives available to them, which could lower purchase and charging costs.
Service Satisfaction is Down and EVs are to Blame
Electric vehicles are the reason customer satisfaction scores are declining among American drivers. More recalls, and poor knowledge in the service department, have resulted in the first decline in CSI scores in 28 years, according to J.D. Power.
Toyota Tests Liquid Hydrogen Race Car
Batteries aren't the only path to zero emissions. But hydrogen, a credible alternative, has been limited by the need to store the gas in large, pressurized tanks. A new experimental race car from Toyota running on liquid hydrogen may provide an interesting way forward for driving enthusiasts.
Nissan is Delivering Electric Cars with Electric Trucks
Electric cars produce no tailpipe emissions, but delivering them still uses a lot of heavy-duty diesel-powered machinery. Now, Nissan is delivering new Ariya EV crossovers to dealerships in the Los Angeles area with zero-emissions, battery-electric trucks.
Public Charging: More Stations, Less Reliable
While the public charging infrastructure in the U.S. is expanding rapidly, reliability of chargers can be an issue. According to market-research firm J.D. Power, over one in five EV drivers wasn't able to charge due to a public charger being inoperative. Read on to find out who had the best network.
Lucid Provides Drive Units for Formula E Race Cars
The Formula E racing series brings zero-emissions motorsport into city centers around the world, exposing racing to a whole new generation of fans. California-based Lucid is providing the front drive units for the single-seater race cars. The drive unit shares technology with the Lucid Air sedan.
Toyota Restomods Two Sports Cars with Hydrogen and Electric Power
If you love old sports cars, you might be worried about what a zero-emissions future might look like. Will you have to give up the sound and driving thrills of your old ride? With two new concept cars, Toyota's showing what may be possible by retrofitting hydrogen combustion or electric power.
Take Your EV Truck Overlanding With This New Camper
"Overlanding" - off-road exploration trips in the great outdoors - typically involves a heavy, gas-guzzling truck. But the latest EV pickups have made zero-emissions overloading a possibility. An Oregon-based company is developing a new slide-in camper specifically for those trucks.
Battery Passports: A Way to Report on Sustainability
One of the main reasons people buy electric cars is sustainability. A new proof of concept called a battery passport creates a framework for reporting on the sourcing and sustainability of materials and components in EV batteries - helping consumers make more informed decisions.
Electric Cars Still More Expensive Than Average: Study
The average transaction price for a new car in the U.S. hit a record high in 2022, according to Kelley Blue Book. Interestingly, the average transaction price for an electric vehicle dropped slightly, largely driven by Tesla price cuts. However, EVs still cost 25 percent more on average to purchase.
Study Shows Only 8% of U.S. Consumers Considering an EV
Electric vehicles have been getting a lot of attention as governments push automakers to zero-emissions solutions. However, a recent global survey by Deloitte shows that the majority of Americans aren't yet ready to go full-electric as EV costs remain a concern. Read on for full details.
Mercedes-Benz Will Launch a Global Charging Network, Starting in the U.S.
Luxury brand Mercedes-Benz has partnered with ChargePoint and MN8 Energy to open 400 charging hubs, with over 2,500 high-speed chargers, across North America by 2027. The new charging hubs will be accessible to all brands of EVs, and the first one will open by the end of 2023.
Toyota Reiterates EVs Aren’t the Only Way Forward
Toyota is one of the pioneers of electrification, having first introduced hybrid vehicles over 20 years ago. It continues to believe in offering a mix of carbon-reducing technologies such as hybrid, plug-in, and hydrogen in addition to battery-electric. Here's why.
Drivers Aren’t Plugging in Their Plug-In Hybrids
Plug-in hybrids combine the zero-emissions benefits of electric cars with the convenience and long-distance ability of gasoline vehicles. But a recent study shows many owners aren't plugging in their PHEVs - meaning that they're actually using more fuel and polluting more than a gasoline car.
Solid-State Batteries Get a Little Closer to Reality
Solid-state batteries have been touted as the next big thing for electric cars. They're lighter and smaller, and could deliver a lot of additional range. QuantumScape, one of the leaders in the solid-state space, has just shipped its first prototype cells to vehicle manufacturers for testing.
Your Mail Delivery May Soon Be Zero-Emissions
The United States Postal Service's mail delivery fleet is one of the oldest in the country. The Service has just announced plans to replace 66,000 of its 220,000 vehicles with battery-electric vehicles customized for postal delivery. The first ones will hit the road in late 2023.
California to Double EV Charger Network in 2023
If you live in California and were planning on switching to an electric or hydrogen vehicle in 2023, life just got a little bit easier. The state has announced plans to spend $2.9 billion to more than double the number of EV chargers in the state and expand its hydrogen fueling infrastructure.
Battery Prices Rise for the First Time Since 2010
The price of batteries - the most expensive component in any electric car - rose between 2021 and 2022. That's the first time it's happened since 2010, and is already having an impact on electric car prices. How will automakers address this increase, and when will batteries get less expensive?
Honda Will Build a Fuel Cell CR-V in 2024
Honda, one of the leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology, has announced it will start production of a new fuel cell-powered model based on the CR-V crossover in 2024. It will combine the fast refuelling of hydrogen fuel cells with plug-in capability for battery-electric driving in the city.
How 2,600 Stellantis Dealers are Preparing for Electrification
Car dealers are having to adapt quickly to prepare for an electrified future. Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat has rolled out a support program for over 2,600 dealerships nationwide to ensure they are ready with the necessary infrastructure and training.
Ford Has Built Over 150,000 Mustang Mach-Es
The Ford Mustang Mach-E, one of our favorite electric family cars, has proven to be a global sales success. The 150,000th Mach-E just rolled off the production line, and it's now being sold in 37 countries. Why is it so successful? Read on to find out.
Hybrids Praised in Consumer Reports Reliability Ratings
Great news for hybrids, but reliability ratings for plug-in hybrids and electric cars has dropped in 2022 according to industry watchdog Consumer Reports.
Domino’s Adds 800 EVs to Its Delivery Fleet
Your next pizza delivery may come emissions-free in less than 30 minutes. Domino's has announced it will be adding 800 Chevy Bolt electric cars to its delivery fleet. EVs offer numerous advantages including immunity to gas price fluctuations, and lower maintenance costs.
Nissan’s Custom EVs Provide Owners Design Inspiration
Switching to an EV doesn't mean you have to give up your personal style. At the recent SEMA show, Nissan displayed two highly-customized cars that provide inspiration for EV owners. One is a vintage pickup powered by a Leaf drivetrain; the second is an Ariya styled like a classic surf wagon.
Used EV Prices Plateaued in 2022
After a couple of years of high demand and high prices, the used EV market - along with the rest of the used-car market - is starting to settle down. Average prices for nine popular used EVs finally dropped between Q2 and Q3. And in 2023, used EV shoppers can look forward to a new tax credit.
Hyundai’s Next-Generation Cars are Software, Not Hardware
Hyundai’s plans for its next generation of electric vehicles signal a significant change. Built around an all-new architecture, they will be defined more by software than their hardware. Behaving more like a smart phone, these new long-range EVs will upgrade themselves over time.
Volkswagen’s Autonomous Research Vehicle
Volkswagen feels that the future of mobility is sustainable and digital – and might not involve individual ownership. The GEN.TRAVEL is a fully functional concept that features Level 5 autonomy and a cabin that can be configured for multiple purposes.
The Electric Evolution is Making Sedans Cool Again
With the entire automotive industry looking to more sustainable driving and zero emissions – and with electric-car buyers in particular most concerned about range and efficiency – the compromises inherent in tall, boxy SUVs and crossovers are pushing automakers back to sleeker sedans.
Rise of EV Sales Reduces Public Charging Satisfaction
As more EVs than ever hit American roads, EV owners are now feeling there is not enough public charging infrastructure – and are also being frustrated with non-functioning charging stations. Learn more about what consumers are saying about public charging right here on GreenCars.
Volkswagen to Overtake Tesla
Volkswagen plans to overtake Tesla in terms of global electric car sales by 2025. Learn what Volkswagen Group’s CEO Herbert Diess has to share about the company's vision right here on GreenCars.
Buick's Wildcat Heralds an All-Electric Future
Buick's first production electric vehicle will hit the road in 2024, with the entire lineup fully electric by 2030. The Wildcat EV is a concept car that previews what those vehicles will look and feel like - right down to the new Buick badge.
Hyundai Builds EVs in the U.S.
Hyundai Motors will begin producing electric cars in America, starting with the Genesis GV70. The company is planning to invest $7.4 billion in electric car development and manufacturing by 2025 in the United States.
Hertz Buys 65,000 EVs from Polestar
Hertz Rental Car will add the Polestar 2 to its battery electric vehicle stable later this year by purchasing 65,000 vehicles directly from the automaker. This follows its purchase of 100,000 Tesla Model 3s.
Convert Your Classic MINI to Electric at the Factory
The Mini Recharged project is an opportunity for owners to bring their classic Mini Coopers into the 21st century, in a sustainable way. The conversion of classic Minis to electric drive combines traditional ideas with technology from the future.
Volkswagen's EV Charging Robots
Retrofitting large numbers of electric car chargers into large under-ground and above-ground parking structures can require big investments owners and developers, but is there a better solution? Volkswagen thinks robotic chargers might be the answer.
Automakers Craft More Sustainable Interiors
In the push for more sustainable driving, automakers aren't just looking at reducing tailpipe emissions; they're looking at the rest of the car as well. That includes the materials used for interiors. Here's a look at the latest innovations.
Build Your Dream EV!
In today's market, if you want a new electric car, you'll likely have to order one. But that means you can have some fun and specify exactly the vehicle you want – from the paint color to the choice of wheels, interior trim, and specific options.
Are Fast-Swap EV Batteries the Answer?
Battery swap stations introduced by Nio in China promise the replacement of a battery in less than five minutes – about the same amount of time as filling your gasoline vehicle – and the process is fully automated. Are they a viable solution?
Toyota's EVs to Last Longer
How long do EV batteries last? For Toyota, their new EV battery packs will retain more than 90 percent of their capacity after a decade and will increase range while reducing charging time.
Wireless Charging for Electric Cars
If you have a mobile phone made in the last couple of years, it probably has the ability to charge wirelessly. Soon, you might be able to do the same with your car. Here's how wireless charging works.
Behind the Scenes at Rivian
Electric vehicle startup Rivian has become the second most valuable automaker on Wall Street. From Rivian's R1T, R1S to Amazon delivery vans, the fast-growing electric car company has big plans. Learn more about Rivian here as we go behind the scenes.
Ford Doubles EV Production
Ford Motor Company is setting its sights on becoming the largest U.S. manufacturer of electric vehicles. To achieve this target, Ford's CEO Jim Farley has announced their plan to double the production capacity of its all-electric vehicle lines in just two years.
BMW Solid-State Batteries Eliminate "Range Anxiety"
Ford Motor Company and BMW are investing $130 million in solid-state battery startup company Solid Power in a push to reduce the cost and increase the range of future electric vehicles.
Hyundai Stops Developing Gas Powertrains
Hyundai is headed towards an all-electric future. And as such, it's announced plans to cease development of gasoline powertrains - although it will continue to offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid models alongside new electric vehicles.
Honda Goes All in for EVs
Honda Motor Co. is the first Japanese automaker to publicly promise that it will phase out its sales of gasoline-powered cars completely and transition to all electric by 2040.
America's Expanding EV Charging Network
As the reality of an all-electric future continues to evolve, today’s electric car owners have found that any initial “range anxiety” they had experienced has vanished. This has come about for several reasons discussed in this article.
VW Changes Engine Factories into Battery Plants
Volkswagen (VW) is changing the way it is building and supplying vehicles to the world in a big way. The German automaker is investing in all-electric vehicles faster and more heavily than other car makers in America.