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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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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.

BMW’s Plug-In X3 xDrive30e

Aiming to satisfy the needs of those seeking a fun and engaging compact SUV, the X3 xDrive 30e features a handsome design, all-weather driving confidence, and off-road functionality. Importantly, this plug-in BMW adds handy electric-only capability for zero-emission, around-town driving.