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UK Green Car Awards Revealed


The UK-based publication, Next Green Car, announced its annual awards this week. The prestigious City Car Award went to the Volkswagen e-up! electric car. The judges noted that, “With the e-up!, Volkswagen has produced a high quality, practical and affordable electric city car which is perfect for zero-emission urban driving where space is a premium.” [...]

AutoGuide ‘Green Car of the Year’ Surprises Many


AutoGuide, one of the largest publications in the industry, announced the results of its readers’ poll this week, revealing that the BMW i8 hybrid sports car was chosen as Green Car of the Year. Facing stiff competition from seven other entrants, the turbocharged sports hybrid prevailed with millions of voters who were no doubt impressed [...]

Chevy Volt Wins Again: KBB ‘Best Buys of 2015′


Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has chosen the Chevy Volt as its top selection in the ‘Best Buys of 2015: Electric/Hybrid’ category. Other finalists, BMW’s i3, Nissan’s Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius were trumped by Volt’s ability to adapt “to the needs of the driver,” as the KBB team put it. The evaluation team went on to [...]

Cadillac to Debut New ELR at LA Auto Show


GM will show off a fresh version of its popular Cadillac ELR at the upcoming LA Auto Show. The 2014 event will open its doors to the public on Nov. 21 and run until Nov. 30. Organizers have already confirmed that this year’s confab will present dozens of global and national debuts. Concepts, production vehicles, [...]

Kia Soul EV: The Long-Awaited Test Drive


Now that it is finally on sale, the Kia Soul EV is getting consistently positive reviews from car experts and test-drivers. Though only available in California for now, Soul EV will appear in more U.S. markets soon. The new model travels about 100 miles per charge, and features a starting price of $34,500. Boasting a [...]

‘Best Car to Buy’ for 2015? It’s a VW


The editors at Green Car Reports have chosen the Volkswagen Golf lineup as this year’s Best Car to Buy, an honor that went to Honda Accord Hybrid for the 2014 model year. Coincidentally, the magazine’s readers also chose the Golf in a separate poll. Take a Spin in e-Golf {Video} Take a test spin in [...]

‘Green Car of the Year’ 2015: Finalists Announced


Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for Green Car of the Year. The winner will be revealed at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 20. The finalists are a diverse bunch. The award recognizes not just a vehicle’s green credentials but its commercial availability as well. Each of the finalists is already in [...]

BMW Innovation: Streetlight Charging Stations


BMW took the wraps off a new kind of charging station this week, one that is built into a streetlight. Two working versions adorn the front of the company’s headquarters compound in Munich, but many more are on the way. A pilot program in the German city will connect standard streetlights with BMW’s ChargeNow EV [...]

Battery Breakthrough Could Triple EV Range


A battery expert from MIT and a fellow scientist have come up with an inexpensive battery pack that could be a game-changer for the electric vehicle market. Dr. Qichao Hu created the device with MIT’s Donald Sadoway. If the project is successful, the new battery could triple the range of a typical EV, and lower [...]

New Hyundai Hybrid to Challenge Prius?


Hyundai Motor Company executives announced this week that the Korean auto giant would soon introduce a hybrid vehicle to compete directly with the successful Toyota Prius. Until now, Hyundai has been one of the industry’s biggest backers of fuel-cell cars, and will soon offer its first all-electric vehicle. The EV is expected to arrive in [...]

Nissan Leaf Smashes Sales Record


Nissan Motor Company has broken its own record for the number of Leaf electric vehicles sold in a year. With two full months remaining in 2014, the Japanese carmaker announced this week it has already surpassed its previous record of 22,610 Leafs sold in a single year. That record was set in 2013. A Nissan [...]

EV Owners Opting for Solar Homes


More than a half-million businesses and homes now have solar power installations that gather energy from the sun. Owners of electric and other types of plug-in vehicles are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems on their rooftops. In most cases, the systems employ large panels, but newer options include solar roof shingles. Home solar [...]

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