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Archives: 1998 Nissan Altra EV

We take today’s electric vehicle technology for granted. But it’s been a long road, with automakers fielding advanced technologies and concepts for decades on the way to an EV future. Here’s how the first lithium-ion battery powered EV came about.

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The Versatile AV TurboCord

With the growing market acceptance of electric vehicles in the U.S. comes an unprecedented auto industry focus on delivering these vehicles to consumers. Today nearly all major auto manufacturers and a handful of boutique automakers offer a growing lineup of electrified models. When considering the purchase of an electric vehicle, the task of home charging […]

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The Race to Disrupt Tesla

Tesla has been the undisputed champion of electric cars for years now, with legacy automakers scrambling to keep up. That’s all changing with a slew of new high-tech EVs now here or coming. Here’s a look at what’s happening.

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Volvo XC40 is High Tech

Looking for efficiency and functionality in a smaller crossover that also offers a high-end persona? Volvo’s new XC40 should be on your comparison list. This stylish model offers loads of on-board tech along with a respectable 33 highway mpg..

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Cadillac's Sharp XT4

The XT4 is Cadillac’s answer to the compact crossover SUV, and it’s one sharp looking model. While it isn’t exotic in the sense of integrating electrification, it achieves a thrifty 30 highway miles-per-gallon on its turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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Nissan’s Efficient and Fun-to-Drive 2019 Altima

Nissan's all-new, sixth-generation Altima has been extensively redesigned with greater refinement and efficiency, along with a more aerodynamic body...

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Mercedes-Benz’ Highly Functional Metris

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is this automaker’s offering for commercial vehicle buyers who like the Sprinter van, but desire something a bit smaller. They get it in the Metris mid-size van, a model first introduced to the U.S. in the 2016 model year that’s somewhat larger than compact competitors on the market. Because it’s smaller than […]

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Connected to the Road

Connected technology and advanced driver safety systems are all the rage. Once the domain of high-end cars, in growing numbers these systems are making their way to entry-level models. Their technology is advanced and capabilities amazing.

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Driven: Lexus ES 300h

The all-new 2019 ES 300h is a welcome evolution of Lexus’ approachable luxury sedan. It offers handsome style, a quiet and comfortable interior, and good performance. Importantly, this hybrid is less than a $2,000 step up from its gas counterpart.

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Driven: Honda Insight Hybrid

The third-generation Honda Insight features an all-new design that brings the model more into the mainstream and clearly carries the Honda DNA forward. It’s a significant departure from the quirky, wheel-skirted first-generation Insight hybrid that came to our shores in the 2000 model year and quite different from the second-generation Insight hatchback that looked way too […]

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RAM 1500 Mild Hybrid

RAM’s debut of its 2019 RAM 1500 has more than satisfied the expectations of pickup fans who have been awaiting this new-generation model. It’s tough. It’s handsome. And it boasts all the right specs for the segment…plus mild hybrid power.

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New Transit Connect a Great Fleet Vehicle

Ford's Transit Connect, named Green Car Journal's 2019 Commercial Green Car of the Year™ at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show, is available in both cargo van and wagon variations. This popular commercial vehicle emerges as an all-new generation in 2019, with changes in its overall appearance at both ends and inside, through changes were […]

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2019 Los Angeles Award Finalists

Green Car Journal has made a strategic expansion of its annual Green Car of the Year® program at the LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA this year, now including complementary awards for 2019 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ and 2019 Green SUV of the Year™. The magazine has also just announced finalists for the three […]

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San Antonio Award Finalists Revealed

Green Car Journal has revealed the finalists for its Green Truck of the Year™ and Commercial Green Car of the Year™ awards, part of the Green Car Awards™ program hosted annually by the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. Finalists for 2019 Green Truck of the Year™ include the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford […]

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New Cayenne E-Hybrid

Like the previous generation Cayenne, Porsche has included an electrified version to bring greater efficiency and performance to its 2019 crossover SUV. It features a completely re-engineered hybrid powertrain compared to its predecessor, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, using the third new hybrid powertrain from Porsche since just 2017. The 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid is distinguished from […]

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Range Rover Electrified

Jaguar Land Rover plans to offer an optional electrified powertrain for every one of its models by 2020. The Range Rover P400e, along with the Range Rover Sport P400e, represent the brand's first plug-in electric hybrids. Most significant about the Range Rover P400e is that it’s the first hybrid 4WD vehicle from any automaker that […]

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Chevy Silverado is Lighter, Higher Tech

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup is lighter, more tech-laden, and a bit more aggressively styled but doesn’t look radically different than the previous versions. There are four new grille designs depending on the model. It comes in eight trim levels that include the high value Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trailboss; the high-volume […]

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2019 Jetta Nets 40 Highway MPG on Gas

The all-new 2019 Jetta is a major step forward in the evolution of VW’s highly-popular sedan, the ninth generation for this high-quality, great driving compact. With smooth styling, a longer wheelbase, and standard LED lighting, the car emerges a model of elegance and efficiency. Of particular note is the model’s transferable bumper-to-bumper, 72,000 mile/6-year warranty. […]

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