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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.

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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.

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.

Ron Cogan behind the wheel

Electric Vehicle Reality Check

After decades of high hopes and false starts, the age of the electric vehicle is materializing before our eyes. But it isn’t an entirely smooth road ahead as the transition to EVs faces an array of challenges large and small.

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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.

The Amazing Audi e-tron GT

We’ve known for a long time that legacy automakers would be gunning for Tesla, the maverick automaker that proved electric vehicles could be flashy, fun, and go the distance. Now Audi has entered the fray with its scintillating e-tron GT.

Ford Maverick Hybrid

Ford’s all-new Maverick speaks to drivers who want the utility of a pickup coupled with a smaller footprint and easy maneuverability, in a package about 10 inches shorter than a Ford Ranger with all the requisite functionality and advanced electronics.

Mazda’s Hydrogen RX-8 RE

Back to the future: Clean hydrogen power reaches beyond the fuel cell vehicles being explored today. Back in 2004, Mazda fielded its innovative RX-8 RE, a developmental rotary engine sports car that would drive on either hydrogen or gasoline fuel.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz ‘sport adventure vehicle’ joins the growing unibody pickup segment, offering a blend of truck and CUV features aimed at urban dwellers who seek outdoor adventures, easy maneuverability, and need an open bed for their gear.

Charging the EV Revolution

Electric vehicles are gathering momentum. To support their growing numbers, it’s imperative to dramatically expand the nation’s charging infrastructure and make ‘refueling’ convenient, Here are thoughts from Robert Barrosa, Senior Director of Sales, Business Development, and Marketing at Electrify America

Fisker on Foxconn, Ocean EV

Green Car Journal publisher Ron Cogan chatted with Henrik Fisker recently to explore what’s on this visionary entrepreneur’s mind, his journey from Fisker Automotive to the workings of his current Fisker Inc., and his high-profile deal with Foxconn.

Mazda’s All-Electric MX-30

Mazda is known for a lot of things, not the least of which is its historically driver-centric motoring experience. Focus has shifted over the years from its previous ‘zoom-zoom’ mantra to now offer more, with an all-electric crossover model coming.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Much has been said about coming electric models destined to be ‘Tesla Killers.’ That’s folly. But loads of buyers desiring luxury in a high-tech electric will surely say ‘pass’ to well-optioned Tesla models and gleefully buy a Mercedes-Benz EQS instead.

Maximizing Battery Cell CROI

We don’t think about the environmental implications and carbon return-on-investment (CROI) of every battery cell produced, but Toyota’s chief scientist sure does. Is the best application an electric vehicle, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fuel cell EV? Short answer: It depends.

All-Electric Kia EV6

A hot hatch with a fastback profile, the EV6 is shows Kia’s coming direction with electric vehicles. It rides on a dedicated global platform engineered specifically for electric drive and features various powertrain choices, including a blazing-fast EV6 GT variant.

Rome 500 Experience Tour

What’s the best part of Italy? That’s a question with no easy answer. There’s so much to experience, from the water world of Venice and art immersion in Florence to the waves of history that wash over you in Rome.

Lotus-Inspired Dodge EV

Dodge isn’t all about muscle and performance, though you wouldn’t know it. There was a time in the 1990s when this brand was big on electrification. Then, after a decade-long break, there was the Dodge EV prototype unveiled in 2008.

GMC Hummer Electric SUV

GMC will add a second vehicle to its Hummer all-electric truck lineup when it brings out a two-row, five-passenger SUV for the 2024 model year. While that’s still a few years down the road, it will be worth the wait.

Next-Gen Toyota Mirai FCEV

Toyota broke new ground with its quirky and futuristic-looking Mirai fuel cell vehicle in 2015. Segue to the model’s next generation and you have a sleek and sophisticated sedan with the latest in advanced hydrogen tech, along with mainstream appeal.

PHEVs: Electrics with Options

A recent study in Europe takes plug-in hybrids to task, claiming they are “fake electric cars built for lab tests and tax breaks, not real driving.” Our tens of thousands of miles behind the wheel of many PHEVs contradict this.

RAM 1500: High Efficiency

The pickup market is hot, motivating automakers to continually deliver new choices and enhancements in their truck offerings. RAM’s 1500 exemplifies this with its latest polar opposites – the mega-high-performance TRX and the 33 mpg high efficiency HFE EcoDiesel shown.

Pacifica Hybrid: Family Hauler

Chrysler introduced families to the all-new minivan category in 1984 with the Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, and Chrysler Town & Country models, selling 15 million copies over five generations along the way. The Chrysler Pacifica is this minivan’s worthy successor.

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