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Electric cars in Geneva, Tesla Model 3 quality, new Toyota hybrids, EVs get cleaner: The Week in Reverse

John Voelcker Mar 10, 2018 Follow John Add to circle 2018 Tesla Model 3 Enlarge Photo What new electric cars were unveiled at this week's Geneva auto show, and which one appeared only in camouflage? How did we assess the build quality of the Tesla Model 3 we finally got to drive? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, March 9, 2018. Friday, we published the latest map showing that, as they've now done for five

Model 3 quality (bad), more Bolt EVs (good!), diesel debate, Audi e-tron: Today’s Car News (yesterday’s too)

John Voelcker Mar 8, 2018 Follow John Add to circle Tata E-Vision concept Enlarge PhotoToday, we've got a double dose of news to make up for not sending one yesterday. Stories include more Chevy Bolt EV production, dreadful Tesla Model 3 quality, and continuing debate over diesel amid more bans of the oldest, dirtiest diesel cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Our apologies for not publishing a “Today's Car News” yesterday. Chalk it up to the press of news, and the intersection of

If you own an electric car, what’s your at-home charging from? Twitter poll results

John Voelcker Mar 8, 2018 Follow John Add to circle Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee Enlarge PhotoOver the years, we've noted the paucity of solid data on the intersection of home solar energy and driving plug-in electric cars. A California-only study from 2012 still gets quoted occasionally, and we continue to seek more recent and more comprehensive data. Out of a mix of curiosity and desperation, we turned to our (far from unscientific) weekly Twitter polls to get some (possibly very unrepresentative)

Tesla Model 3 quality is terrible, but will it matter to buyers?

John Voelcker Mar 8, 2018 Follow John Add to circle 2017 Tesla Model 3 “first production” car, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017 Enlarge PhotoSo we've finally had the chance to spend time with a 2018 Tesla Model 3, courtesy of a generous and devoted Green Car Reports reader. We'll have our first-drive report and a full review of the car within a day or two—but that's not what this article is about. The build quality of the early Model 3 we tested

GM CEO Mary Barra: Chevrolet to expand Bolt EV production, push for unified fuel-economy standards

Aaron Cole Mar 7, 2018 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production Enlarge PhotoGeneral Motors CEO Mary Barra told energy conference attendees in Houston on Wednesday the automaker would increase production of its newest electric vehicle, push for a single fuel-economy standard nationwide, and support expanding tax credits for electrified vehicles. “The good news is that our generation has the ambition, the talent and the technology to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” she said, according to prepared remarks made available

Audi e-tron electric SUV appears in camouflage at Geneva show, on city roads

John Voelcker Mar 7, 2018 Follow John Add to circle Camouflaged 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV on stage at 2018 Geneva auto show Enlarge PhotoThe Geneva auto show was expected to offer the first head-to-head comparison between the first two all-electric SUVs models from European luxury brands, both starting deliveries later this year. It didn't quite work out that way. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace did indeed debut last Friday, before media days at the show, but the 2019 Audi e-tron didn't. DON'T MISS: 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, Feb 2018: turning over new Leafs

Matthew Klippenstein Mar 7, 2018 2018 Nissan Leaf with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Molly Pitcher travel plaza, Feb 2018 Enlarge PhotoCumulative Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales surpassed 50,000 units in February, aided by the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf, which sold 179 units in its “rookie” month. Unfortunately for the world’s best-selling plug-in electric vehicle (and third-best in Canada), its tally was beaten by both the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which notched 180 units apiece. The e-Golf enjoyed its best-ever monthly

Which electric car is your favorite? Take our Twitter poll

John Voelcker Mar 6, 2018 Follow John Add to circle 2018 Nissan Leaf Enlarge PhotoThis week's Geneva auto show has seen lots of news about new electric cars, but almost all of them come from luxury brands. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace has made its debut, Aston Martin announced its Lagonda brand would be dedicated to all-electric vehicles, and so forth. That's all very nice, but what about affordable electric cars for mass-market buyers? DON'T MISS: Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? Twitter poll results This week's Twitter

Harley invests in Alta Motors, makes progress on electric motorcycle

Ben Rich Mar 5, 2018 Follow Ben Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle concept at 2014 New York Internatoinal Motorcycle Show Enlarge PhotoHarley-Davidson said on Thursday that it had “made an equity investment in Alta Motors and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.” The announcement comes on the heels of the news that Harley-Davidson has applied for a trademark on the name “H-D Revelation”. Harley recently announced it will make its first production electric motorcycle in 2019, after it

EVgo simplifies, cuts electric-car fast charging prices nationwide

John Voelcker Mar 1, 2018 Follow John Add to circle Nissan Leaf electric car at EVgo DC fast-charging station Enlarge PhotoOver the next three years, numerous long-range electric cars will come to market at prices below $40,000. That will expand the pool of potential buyers to those interested in plug-in vehicles but unwilling to consider one rated at less than 200 miles. Those new owners will learn the DC fast charging along highways to enable longer road trips remains badly signposted, operated by multiple entities … and