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Decoding Toyota's Electric-Car Disdain: A Role For Fuel Cells

While unveiling its fuel-cell vehicle last month–priced to undercut the Tesla Model S ever so slightly–Toyota's Global R&D Chief Mitsuhisa Kato offered some dismissive thoughts on battery-electric vehicles. As quoted in Automotive News, the 39-year veteran of the Toyota Motor Company said: "The cruising distance is so sho ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports 1 day ago, 8:15am CDT

Quiet-Car Rules Must Be Delayed, Automakers Say: NHTSA Not Ready

The concern that very quiet hybrid and electric cars may pose a danger to unaware pedestrians has been around for a decade or more now. Back in 2010, Congress required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop rules for adding alert noises to cars running on silent electric power. The law wa ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports 3 days ago, 9:30am CDT

2015 VW e-Golf Vs. Golf TDI, Tesla Model X Prep, 2015 Ford F-150 Engine Details: Today's Car News

Today on Green Car Reports: We drive the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car and Golf TDI diesel back to back, Tesla halts Model S assembly to prepare for the Model X, and Ford details fuel-efficient engines for the 2015 F-150. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Electric or diesel? We compa ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports 5 days ago, 9:49am CDT

Ford Details Small Fuel-Saving Engine For Big F-150 Lineup

It's been a while since full-size trucks have used engines as small as 2.7 liters, but that's exactly what the 2015 Ford F-150 will use when you tick the Ecoboost box in the dealership. It's not just 2.7 liters, of course--you also get six cylinders and two turbochargers, and it's those that Ford says gives it capability and perform ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports 6 days ago, 6:30am CDT

2016 Smart ForTwo And ForFour: World Debut Live Photos

Daimler will be hoping that third time is the charm with the new third-generation 2016 Smart Fortwo and its four-seat counterpart. The all-new models have now been revealed in all their glory at the launch event in Berlin, and while several facets of the brand's values remain, a whole lot has changed too. ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports Jul 17 2014, 6:30am CDT

Tesla Model III Named, More 2015 Chevy Volt Details, Toyota Prius At Nurburgring: Today's Car News

Today on Green Car Reports: Tesla's next electric sedan will be called Model III, the next Chevrolet Volt will have the same electric range as the current car, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid laps the Nurburgring. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The new name for Tesla's "third-generation" electric car i ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports Jul 16 2014, 10:35am CDT

White House Responds To Tesla Direct-Sales Petition: Sorry, Talk To Congress

Fully a year ago, a Tesla supporter started a petition on asking president Barack Obama to let Tesla Motors sell its electric cars directly to consumers in all 50 states. While it got the necessary 100,000 signatures, it has taken the White House a year to respond--and its answer is a polite apology for no ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports Jul 16 2014, 8:00am CDT

BMW, Samsung To Share Electric-Car Battery Tech With Other Makers

BMW has announced that it's open to sharing the battery technology it uses in its i3 and i8 plug-in vehicles with other automakers. The company hopes that by sharing the technology, which it co-developed with Samsung SDI, it will benefit from improved economies of scale. According to Automotive News Europe ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports Jul 15 2014, 7:00am CDT

Could Upcoming 2016 Hyundai Tucson Get A Diesel Engine Option?

While the keys of the first Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell to be leased in the U.S. were handed over last month, the automaker is putting the final touches on the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson. It's expected to launch early next summer. Hyundai's chief U.S. designer, Chris Chapman, told us the next Tucso ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports Jul 14 2014, 9:30am CDT

2015 Toyota Prius: AWD Still Considered For Next-Gen Hybrid

With a new Toyota Prius on the horizon, rumors abound as to what the next-generation of the world's best-selling hybrid will offer. Some changes are a given: Better fuel efficiency, an improved interior, a revised yet familiar shape. Others, such as all-wheel drive, looked less likely--but Toyota engineers are still considering this addition. ...
Full article at: Diesel Reports Jul 14 2014, 6:00am CDT

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