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First Toyota RAV4 EV for Consumers

September 7, 2022

Will we see an all-electric RAV4 from Toyota? We expect so since a RAV4 EV has been offered before. Here’s a report on the original 20 years ago.

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Toyota’s Volta Electric Supercar

August 21, 2022

The electric supercar is now becoming part of the automotive landscape. Toyota was on it with the amazing Alessandro Volta concept 18 years ago.

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Look Back: Honda’s Civic Natural Gas

July 16, 2022

Clean-running natural gas vehicles played an important part in the alternative fuels arena before electric cars captured all the attention, especially at Honda.

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History Proves the Value of California’s ZEV Mandate

June 9, 2022

In 1994, we published this special report on the attempts to overturn California’s ZEV Mandate. Momentum in those early years led us to the EVs of today.

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Electric Minivans Were on Chrysler’s Menu in the 1990s

April 30, 2022

Electric minivans have always seemed a logical application of zero-emission technology. Chrysler explored this in the 1990s with its EPIC minivan.

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Clean Hydrogen Powers this Prius

February 14, 2022

Energy Conversion Devices believed that hydrogen and solar could one day power the world. Its hydrogen Prius provided a high-profile example of its vision.

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Radical Technology: Volvo’s Turbine-Hybrid ECC

January 31, 2022

Volvo offered a strategically different take on electric vehicles with its series hybrid Environmental Concept Car that used a turbine-hybrid powerplant.

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This is VW’s First Electric Microbus

January 7, 2022

The idea of an electric microbus isn’t new with the VW’s I.D. Buzz. Volkswagen showed its intentions back in 2007 with its Space Up! Blue electric concept.

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Subaru B9 SC Scrambler

November 11, 2021

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.

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A Red Flag for Battery Safety

October 9, 2021

Battery safety is a big concern today. In earlier years, one of the most serious incidents wasn’t a fire, but a toxic chemical cloud from an EV’s battery.

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Mazda’s Hydrogen RX-8 RE

August 27, 2021

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.

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Lotus-Inspired Dodge EV

April 17, 2021

There was a time in the 1990s when Dodge was big on electrification. After a decade-long break, there was this surprising Dodge EV prototype unveiled in 2008.

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Pininfarina Ethos Goes ‘Green’

January 29, 2021

The circa-1990s Pininfarina Ethos working concept aimed to demonstrate how an efficient two-stroke powered sports car could achieve near-zero emissions.

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Lee Iacocca on Green Cars

November 9, 2020

In 2004, one of the auto industry’s most storied leaders, Lee Iacocca, sat with Green Car Journal to discuss electrification, boomers, and Detroit vs. Japan.

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Electric Ford Ecostar

July 25, 2020

Many exotic electric vehicle battery technologies were tried over the years, including the ’hot’ sodium-sulfur battery in the Ford Ecostar.

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Hughes Inductive Charging

January 4, 2020

Inductive charging is being explored today as a convenient way to energize EV batteries. It has its beginnings more than 28 years ago at GM’s Hughes Aircraft.

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Tokyo R&D IZA Electric Car

July 17, 2019

The GM Impact’s 1990 L.A. debut was a tough act to follow. Tokyo R&D offered its own answer with the IZA electric car shown at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show.

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Nissan Altra EV Blazed the Way for Lithium-Ion Power

March 18, 2019

The Nissan Altra EV introduced the first use of advanced lithium-ion automotive batteries in 2008, setting a new direction for modern EVs.

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