Weekly Green Car

Ford to install 200 charging stations at U.S., Canada facilities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Ford is installing electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its facilities in the United States and Canada, making it easier for employees to charge their plug-in vehicles while they're at work.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Nissan's bold move is risky but promises rewards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Carlos Ghosn's pledge that Nissan will have self-driving vehicles ready for sale by 2020 both challenges his employees and galvanizes a young and promising technology.... Read More »

 

Next Prius: Lower cost, higher mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
The next Toyota Prius hybrid will get "significantly better fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter-weight and lower-cost," the Prius' chief engineer said last week.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Stop EV subsidies for wealthy buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Most consumers lack the high annual income of those who buy EVs as luxury toys.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Now is the time to encourage EV acceptance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Prices of many electrified vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt have fallen rapidly over the past year.... Read More »

 

Akerson wants more Volt range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
General Motors, working on the next generation of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, is aiming to improve the electric-only range of the car by at least 20 percent, said CEO Dan Akerson.... Read More »

 

Must Tesla pay to play in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Chinese trademark troubles are making it difficult for Tesla Motors to market its electric cars in China.... Read More »

 

Errant EV turns out the lights in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Tesla's battery-powered Model S uses a lot of juice, but that's not why one of the high-performance sedans caused an energy crisis in Tennessee last week.... Read More »

 

N.A. output is key to Mitsubishi Electric's strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is boosting North American production and shipping fewer products from Asia, part of an effort by many Japanese companies to reduce the risk of currency fluctuations.... Read More »

 

Ford to alter software to lift hybrids' mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2013
Ford Motor Co. will make software tweaks to improve the real-world fuel economy of its 2013 hybrids.... Read More »

 

Lexus shuns lithium batteries, will wait for next-generation

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Lexus aims to make hybrid technology a hallmark of the brand, but it won't rush to adopt lithium ion power packs.... Read More »

 

Ford shifts installers of EV chargers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Ford Motor Co. has contracted with a new vendor to install home charging stations for electrified vehicles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

EVs should pay their fair share

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
A June 17 editorial asks: "Should EVs help pay for highway maintenance?" Yes, they should, at least in time. Perhaps we can regard their free ride on fuel taxes as a subsidy justified by the societal benefits of electric vehicles in the initial stages of the market.... Read More »

 

Certified-used Leafs coming -- but at what price?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Two years after Nissan started selling the Leaf electric vehicle, Nissan is puzzling over a new question: how to sell the car when it comes back used. Nissan hasn't offered the Leaf through its certified-used program because there weren't enough cars returning. But with the first two- and three-year leases starting to expire, Nissan plans to add the Leaf to its certified-used program this summer.... Read More »

 

Toyota recalls 242,000 hybrids, 86,500 in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 242,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 86,500 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids in the United States, to fix a braking glitch.... Read More »

 

Experts: Used Leaf prices expected to fall

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
Kelley Blue Book projects that the 2013 Nissan Leaf will retain 35 percent of its sticker price after 36 months. That is 5 percentage points below the 36-month projection Kelley set at the end of 2011 for the 2012 Leaf.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A smart idea for EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
Smart USA's plan to allow customers who buy or lease the electric-powered ForTwo to lease the car's lithium ion battery is a worthy experiment. It removes another obstacle to EV acceptance by taking the heavy cost of the battery out of the vehicle purchase price. And Smart says it also minimizes anxiety that the battery will give out before the car.... Read More »

 

Used-hybrid prices down from '12

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
A more crowded market of electrified and efficient gasoline-powered vehicles is pushing down prices of used hybrids. Moderating gasoline prices are hurting, too.... Read More »

 

Smart: Battery rental will ease consumers' EV anxiety

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Smart USA says it can ease consumer jitters about EVs by offering customers who buy or lease the electric-powered ForTwo that went on sale last week the option of renting the car's lithium ion battery.... Read More »

 

Small BMW team rethought electric cars for huge cities

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Nearly six years ago, BMW AG's Project i began to position the automaker for the future. In an interview with Automobilwoche, a German language sibling to Automotive News, Project i chief Ulrich Kranz explained how the idea of a carbon-body car for megacities emerged from his team.... Read More »

 

Nissan-Renault unlikely to hit 2016 EV target

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, said the companies are unlikely to reach their goal of selling a combined 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016. Nissan has sold just 62,000 Leafs since the EV's debut in late 2010, he said.... Read More »

 

Ailing EV maker Coda files Chapter 11

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
After selling just 100 all-electric sedans, Coda Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last week.... Read More »

 

Nissan pushes chargers to boost sales of Leaf EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
To attract a bigger audience to electric cars, Nissan officials say they must get more public EV chargers in place -- particularly the more powerful and expensive fast-charging stations. Nissan has assigned a five-person "infrastructure" team to spur charger-station installations.... Read More »

 

Chevy Spark gets 119-mpg rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
General Motors says its Chevrolet Spark EV will get the equivalent of 119 mpg in combined city and highway driving, the best efficiency of any U.S. car on sale to the public.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

How affordable is Tesla's Model S?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2013
Tesla Motors did its best last week to cast its Model S electric sedan, which starts at $71,070, including shipping and fees, as affordable. But some of its logic is, well, elusive.... Read More »

 

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