Ford has redesigned its F-150 pickup for the 2021 model year and it will be easy to spot thanks to a tougher, bolder look. Among its new design features are a power dome hood, higher front fenders, and wrap-around bumpers.
Pickups and electric vehicles are top of mind these days. So why not put the two together? That’s exactly what Ford, GM, and a growing list of startup companies are focusing on today, promising great choices for pickup buyers ahead.
Not that long ago, alternatives like biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane autogas (LPG) shared equal billing with electric and hybrid vehicles. Now these other green technologies get little media focus. What happened?
Driving electric is cheaper than driving on gasoline, but how much cheaper? Calculating the cost of ‘tanking up’ on electrons is no simple thing and depends on whether you’re charging at home or on the road. Let’s calculate the numbers.
Many feel that a ‘hydrogen economy’ is likely in our future. Whether it will include cars, SUVs, and light trucks remains an open question, since most automakers are focusing future efforts on EVs with longer driving range, rather than hydrogen.
The auto industry is in transition. This is evidenced by the high-profile move toward electrification by nearly all international automakers, motivated by increasingly tighter government regulation, concern about market share, and the need to craft long-term carbon mitigation strategies.
Today, we take the advanced batteries that power electric vehicles for granted. Lithium-ion batteries, which followed advanced lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride, is mainstream. Many exotic EV battery technologies were tried over the years, including the sodium-sulfur battery in Ford’s Ecostar.
Featuring an innovative series-parallel hybrid system, the plug-in Mitsubishi PHEV brings a host of advanced technologies to bear that distinguish the model amid its peers. It’s all-wheel drive, features Level 1, 2, and 3 charging, and offers seamless electric operation.
Noted designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker’s first effort at being an automaker focused on a stunning electric car. That didn’t pan out as planned, but provided important insights into how to successfully bring a new brand and vehicle to market.
Electric pickups are coming…but are we ready for them? A new generation of high-tech trucks promises to deliver all the functionality expected of modern pickups along with highly efficient and zero-emission electric drive. The challenge: Where to charge them all.
The Outlander PHEV is a hidden gem in a sea of crossovers and SUVs. It offers advanced features and capabilities found on plug-in hybrid competitors costing tens of thousands of dollars more, while offering a fun and family-friendly SUV experience.
The Karma Revero GT, Green Car Journal’s 2020 Luxury Green Car of the Year, represents the sophisticated evolution of the Revero series hybrid. Karma Automotive devoted significant resources in reworking every part of this grand touring sedan, with enormous success.
Porsche fans have waited patiently for this storied marque to rise to the Tesla challenge. That’s no easy thing, and it had to be done right or risk both reputation and future market share. The result is as expected. Spectacular!
SUV and crossover buyers are a pretty diverse bunch, especially these days as those accustomed to sedans are increasingly making their way to these more functional vehicles. Now, upscale buyers have a great new choice in the Lincoln Aviator PHEV.
You might not expect an entry-level sedan to offer surprising style, extremely high fuel efficiency, and an unexpected level of advanced electronics and driver assist systems. Yet, that’s what the new-generation Toyota Corolla brings to car buyers on a budget.
Looking for luxury, performance, and sufficient battery electric range for short commutes or around-town driving? The BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance may pique your interest. This plug-in hybrid gets an updated look for 2020 along with a more powerful hybrid drivetrain.
Contactless inductive charging via a paddle and chargeport was championed by GM’s EV1 in the 1990s. Now BMW is giving inductive charging a modern twist with its wireless charging system that simply requires parking over a ChargePad on the ground.
The Sonata has long offered a nice balance of style and value. With the all-new 2020 edition, the Sonata steps up its game with an appealing design, a satisfying driving experience, and welcome efficiency. A hybrid joins the lineup soon.
Lots of new technologies are being used by automakers to enhance the power and efficiency of their hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Innovations abound, like the compact and lightweight modular hybrid transmission now being used in Ford and Lincoln SUVs.
Who says you can’t get appealing style and desired functionality in a budget-minded sedan? The all-new 2020 Nissan Versa certainly proves otherwise with its exceptional fuel efficiency, improved looks, and an array of advanced driver-assist systems…all at an entry-level price.
Sleek and stylish, the redesigned Mazda3 is fun to drive and smarter than ever, with a host of advanced driver assist systems that are now standard. Plus, two distinct body styles provide an additional choice for fans of the marque.
The Highlander Hybrid has long been a family favorite. Now it’s even better with an all-new, very stylish design based on a new platform with more tech than before, and an updated hybrid drivetrain now offering front- or all-wheel drive.
Jeep fans have waited a long time for a rugged new pickup from this storied, adventured-focused brand. They have it in the 2020 Gladiator, a crew cab truck based on the Wrangler that’s at home on pavement or off-road trails.
It’s been years since the MINI E plied the roads as part of a lease-only, limited test fleet. The follow-up is the all-electric MINI Cooper S E. It’s packed with technology and promises a fun driving experience. Sign us up!
Buyers are increasingly looking to crossovers and SUVs as their primary mode of transportation. As these vehicles become more car-like in most respects, is it any surprise they also adopt sedan and hatchback design language? At Ford, apparently not.