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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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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.

Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In

The RAV4 compact SUV is one of Toyota's all-time best sellers and continues to evolve and improve with every generation. Since its debut in 1994, over 10 million RAV4 examples have been sold worldwide, a tribute to this enduring model.

Applauding ‘Green’ Leadership

Interest in ‘green’ cars of all types is growing. Automakers recognize this and now offer an increasing number of models that speak to greater efficiency, lower tailpipe and carbon emissions, and electrification. The Green Car Awards celebrate these laudable efforts.

Lincoln Corsair PHEV

Automakers have long embraced hybrid technology to improve driving efficiency, with many also offering plug-in hybrid capability that delivers zero-emission driving solely on batteries. Lincoln is joining in with its second luxury plug-in SUV model, the 2021 Corsair Grand Touring.

Mustang Mach-E: Electrified!

Ford introduced the Mustang brand to an eager and enthusiastic market over 55 years ago, offering something truly distinctive with enduring appeal. Now a new and uniquely different Mustang model has joined the lineup that promises to stir things up.

Audi e-Tron Sportback

Audi’s e-tron electric car broke new ground when it was introduced two years ago. There’s something to be said for branching out, though, and that’s what the 2021 e-tron Sportback model does with its sleeker fastback styling and compelling persona.

Toyota Sienna Hybrid

Toyota’s new 2021 Sienna hybrid minivan targets sales leaders Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Kia Sedona with a fresh and dynamic design, much improved drive characteristics and cabin environment, an array of important technology innovations, and arguably best-in-segment convenience features.

Four-by-Fun! Jeep's Electrified Wrangler 4xe

Electrification is spreading rapidly across the automotive spectrum in ways that are, if not surprising, pleasantly quicker than expected. One example is Jeep’s Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid, a model that enables zero-emission on- and off-roading as part of everyday life.

Kia Seltos: A ‘Right Sized’ CUV

‘Right-sized’ crossover SUVs are clearly a hot trend these days, as evidenced by the many downsized models that proliferate on our highways. Happily, gone are the days when legions of massive SUVs with single drivers jammed roadways and parking lots.

BMW’s Impressive 330e PHEV

BMW’s second-generation 330e plug-in hybrid sport sedan is better, faster, and goes farther on battery power than its predecessor of just a few years back, delivering the benefits of electrification while remaining true to the racing heritage of the brand.

Stylish 2021 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s Elantra sedan has been an important model for the automaker since its introduction. Now, an all-new generation is poised to hit the streets featuring Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ Parametric Design directive, which comes screaming through with a compelling coupe-like profile.

Polestar 2 Makes a Statement

Polestar 2 features an excellent combination of high-performance horsepower and torque without carbon emissions. This electric hatchback brings mainstream good looks, Swedish engineering sensibilities, and Volvo style to a segment crying for quality, choice, and a broadened vehicle service network.

2021 Ford F-150 Adds a Hybrid

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.

Toyota's All-New Venza Hybrid

The crossover SUV market is hot, to the point where these highly-functional vehicles have become one of the most desired of all models on the highway. Joining the ranks is Toyota’s stylish and new Venza Hybrid that definitely rates consideration.

Czinger's 3D Printed Hypercar

Can you build cars with advanced 3D printing? A demonstration 3D printed car was created at the SEMA Show, then students at NTU in Singapore created a race car. Now a California company is building a production hybrid supercar. Wow!

Ford Ecostars on the Highway

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.

A New Day for Electric Pickups

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.

The Cost of Public Charging

Public charging has been provided for free at many retail locations and parking garages as a way to encourage buying an EV, or to enhance an establishment’s environmental image. Now, pay-per-use chargers are increasingly the norm. But at what cost?