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VW’s Original Electric Microbus

Volkswagen’s coming ID Buzz electric microbus is generating loads of interest. The idea of an electrified reincarnation of the iconic VW bus isn’t new, though, as Volkswagen showed its intentions back in 2007 with its Space Up! Blue microbus concept.

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Two Tickets to Paradise

Rocker Eddie Money’s 1978 hit song, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise,” was playing in my head as I worked on logistics for our almost-post-pandemic travels. Hawaii was on our mind, as it has been during many trips there over the years.

Green Car Awards: Best of 2022

Every year, there are new vehicle models that stand out with their exceptional efficiency and attention to environmental performance. You need to know about them. Green Car Journal’s Green Car Awards honor the best-of-the-best to keep you up to speed.

Driver Assist Systems 101

A growing array of driver assist systems are offered by automakers to help make driving a safer experience. Many provide audible and visual warnings, while some do this and also take control to avoid a collision. Here’s a closer look.

BrightDrop EV600

The need for zero-emission delivery vans is epic considering the sheer number of last-mile deliveries taking place these days. GM’s BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van – Green Car Journal’s 2022 Commercial Green Car of the Year – aims to fill that need.

Electric Vehicle Reality Check

After decades of high hopes and false starts, there’s positive electric vehicle news to share as the age of the EV is materializing before our eyes. But the transition to electric vehicles faces an array of challenges large and small.

Ron Cogan behind the wheel

Electric Delivery Vans are on a Roll

Electrification is picking up speed, but it isn’t just electric cars and pickups that matter. Delivery vans represent an important part of the evolving electric vehicle space, offering an outsized environmental return for the investment since they’re constantly in motion.

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Making It Easy to Go Electric

There’s an urgent need to greatly expand convenient charging opportunities to facilitate the millions of plug-in vehicles expected on our highways. This requires an ‘all-in’ approach by companies and governments at all levels. Charge Enterprises aims to streamline the process.

Canoo’s Cool Electric Pickup

Those looking for something different in an electric pickup might cast an eye toward Canoo, an emerging new automaker based in the U.S. All three of Canoo’s announced models feature a unique design and ride on an innovative skateboard chassis.

Subaru B9 SC Scrambler

Subaru is not one of the brands that springs to mind when talking electrification in the auto industry. That’s now changing as the marque seeks to embrace an electrified future. Here’s a look back at Subaru’s efforts 17 years ago.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

The all-new 2021 IONIQ 5 midsize crossover shows a new direction for Hyundai. Built on the automaker’s Electric-Global Modular Platform created specifically for its future battery electric vehicles, the model is handsomely aggressive, feature-packed, and offers several electric drivetrain options.

Lucid Air Elevates Luxury

Plenty of start-ups have announced intentions to compete with Tesla, but so many have found the way fraught with challenges. A high-profile exception is the Lucid Air from Lucid Motors, Green Car Journal’s 2022 Luxury Green Car of the Year.

Porsche Taycan Gran Turismo

Featuring a sleek and slightly beefier take on the well-received Porsche Taycan electric sport sedan, Porsche’s 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo delivers a handsome package that adds even more functionality and roominess to its original counterpart, while delivering eye-opening performance.

VW ID.4: More Power & AWD

VW’s popular ID.4 hit a sweet spot at its introduction with a thoughtful blend of functionality, good looks, and zero-emission electric drive. Now this crossover has evolved with greater power and all-weather capability thanks to the availability of all-wheel drive.

A Red Flag for Battery Safety

Battery safety is a serious concern for makers of electric vehicles today because of potential battery fires. But in earlier years, one of the most serious incidents wasn’t a fire, but a toxic chemical cloud from an EV’s experimental battery.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Jeep has taken another step towards its future of ‘Zero Emission Freedom’ with the introduction of a plug-in hybrid version of the all-new, fifth-generation 2022 Grand Cherokee, which is available in Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trim levels.

Hyundai Updates Kona EV

First appearing as a 2019 model, Hyundai’s Kona Electric morphed from a popular crossover to deliver a new all-electric option with zero emissions. With a significant redesign for 2022, this electrified model now offers even more for the EV enthusiast.

Toyota Rocks New Tundra

A new generation Tundra has been a long time coming from Toyota, but it’s finally here and poised to get a lot of attention. This popular pickup gains a more aggressive and contemporary design and an exciting new hybrid option.

Tesla Model S Plaid

Elon Musk has never been shy about the capabilities of his vehicles, so it comes as no surprise that Tesla positions the all-wheel-drive Model S Plaid as ‘the best car to drive, and the best car to be driven in.’

Karma GS-6: Luxury for Less

The four-door, four-passenger Karma GS-6 is a new option within Karma’s extended-range electric vehicle lineup, built with the intent to make ‘luxury electric vehicles more accessible.’ Pricing starts at $83,900, a significant $40,100 less than the company’s original Karma Revero.

All-Electric BMW i4

BMW calls its next generation of electric vehicles – the 2022 i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 – “zero emissions BMWs worthy of the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker.” Considering their power and driving capabilities, especially in the higher performance M50, we believe it.

High MPG Honda Civic

Since the earliest days of the ‘green car’ movement, one example that’s stood true to its original intentions is Honda’s Civic, a model that has exemplified a fresh approach to the small and economical car from the very first model.

Audi’s Electric Q4 e-tron

Audi intends to electrify 30 percent of its U.S. model lineup by 2025, and the next step in that strategy is the introduction of the fully electric Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron, available in rear-wheel-drive and AWD quattro versions.

Electric Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo took another step in its ambitious electrification plan with the introduction of the fully-electric C40 Recharge. Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform, the same as used for the conventionally-powered XC40.

Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV

Hyundai’s family-friendly 2022 Santa Fe is a popular sport-utility choice with ample interior room for both people and cargo, well-suited for everything from daily carpool duty to weekend adventures. A new-for-2022 plug-in hybrid option makes the model even more attractive.

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