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German RV maker builds electric camping trailer

Eric C. Evarts Aug 29, 2018 Dethleffs e.Home Coco electric camping trailer Electric cars are great for efficiency. They're less adept at pulling heavy loads at highway speeds and the extra power needed to pull a trailer can quickly drain batteries. That means more charging, more travel time, and less vacation time. Now German RV maker Dethleffs has a solution for those who want to make a commitment to the environment by driving electric, but don't want to give up the ability to get

How often do you encounter a public electric-car charger that is out of order? Take our Twitter poll

Eric C. Evarts Aug 6, 2018 BMW i3 electric car charging in 'EV Charging Only' space, Santa Clarita, CA [photo: Steve J. Myung] Enlarge PhotoSpreading electric car chargers will do little good if they don't work. Studies repeatedly show that one of the most important things needed to spread adoption of electric cars is to install more public chargers for them. Expanding public charging infrastructure makes it more convenient to own an electric car, makes it possible for electric-car drivers to make longer trips with

Toyota Prius C, Tesla Autopilot compared, and a guide to electric-car credits: Today’s Car News

Sean Szymkowski Aug 10, 2018 2018 Toyota Prius c The 2019 Toyota Prius C gets a price increase. The IIHS compares Tesla's Autopilot to other “self-driving” systems. We provide a guide to electric-car incentives and tax credits by state. And how Superchargers may defend Tesla against oncoming competition. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. For 2019, the Prius C will cost $900 more and has fewer options. The tiny hybrid includes just two trims now. The IIHS said self-driving systems are not

The 7 best plug-in cars for students going back to school

Eric C. Evarts Aug 7, 2018 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, Dec 2017 Enlarge PhotoToday's environmentally conscious students are thinking more about the environment in the choices they make. They still need to get around, but they may be less likely to accept the price of doing so in a car with a tailpipe spewing pollution and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Many may need to make long trips back and forth to school that will leave them carrying

Multi-speed transmissions and turbochargers don’t save much fuel–oh, really? Analysis

Eric C. Evarts Aug 7, 2018 Teen driver – busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Enlarge PhotoIn President Trump's plan to freeze fuel economy standards last week, the EPA and NHTSA made a strange statement. They said that two of the main technologies used to improve fuel economy standards—turbocharging and multi-speed transmissions—were not as effective as had been expected. Having studied fuel economy standards from their inception, and especially their 2012 update under the Obama administration, that assumption strikes us as bizarre. EPA Acting Administrator

Plug-in cars for students, new Land Rover plug-in, and analysis on turbos and MPGs: Today’s Car News

Sean Szymkowski Aug 7, 2018 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Enlarge PhotoWe round up the best plug-in electric cars for students going back to school. Land Rover plans for a new Evoque plug-in SUV. The EPA says turbochargers and multi-speed transmissions don't save much fuel, but we analyze the claim. And the results are in for our latest Twitter poll. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. It's nearly time for students to head back to school and we have a list

Tesla builds Supercharging “moat” to keep out competition: analysis

Eric C. Evarts Aug 10, 2018 Tesla Supercharger site in Rocklin, California, before expansion [photo: George Parrott] Competitors are coming for Tesla. Just as the young company begins to ramp up production of its bread-and-butter Model 3 to what CEO Elon Musk has called sustainable levels, Tesla's European rivals are beginning to roll out their own electric cars. That has some investors worried about whether the upstart automaker can survive the onslaught from more experienced manufacturers. Early versions of Tesla's cars have had problems