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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.

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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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Mazda3: Smart Looks, Two Choices

Sleek and stylish, the redesigned Mazda3 is fun to drive and smarter than ever, with a host of advanced driver assist systems that are now standard. Plus, two distinct body styles provide an additional choice for fans of the marque.

Toyota’s New Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander Hybrid has long been a family favorite. Now it’s even better with a new, very stylish design based on an all-new platform with more tech than before, and an updated hybrid drivetrain now offering front- or all-wheel drive.

Jeep Gladiator Rocks!

Jeep fans waited a long time for a rugged new pickup from this storied, adventured-focused brand. They got it in the Jeep Gladiator, a crew cab truck based on the Wrangler that’s equally at home on pavement or off-road trails.

Escape to the Future

Buyers are increasingly looking to crossovers and SUVs as their primary mode of transportation. As these vehicles become more car-like in most respects, is it any surprise they also adopt sedan and hatchback design language? At Ford, apparently not.

Hyundai’s Affordable Venue

Venue features a Driver Attention Warning system that monitors if a driver is fatigued or exhibits careless driving. Perhaps such a system would be appropriate for Teslas that are increasingly seen on Autopilot with a driver asleep at the wheel?

The Future of Plug-In SUVs

What’s in the pipeline for plug-in SUVs? Plenty. It’s no secret that buyers are embracing crossovers and SUVs in ever-greater numbers. They’re functional, fun, and a favorite of families and sports enthusiasts alike. Increasingly, more will be offering a plug.

Aston Martin's Rapide Transit

Aston Martin debuted its production-ready Rapide E at the Shanghai Auto Show, put on a demonstration ahead of the Formula E Monaco ePrix, and showed it at Fully Charged Live in the UK. This exotic electric is on its way.

Rivian's Cool Electric Pickup

Launching a new car company is no easy thing. Doing so while focusing on the fiercely-competitive truck and SUV segment of the industry against entrenched legacy automakers seems nuts and fraught with peril. But upstart Rivian knows what it’s doing.

A Redesign Good for the Soul

The iconic, box-like Kia Soul gets a redesign for 2020, sporting styling changes that include a more aggressive front end with horizontal strips containing daytime running lights. Headlamps are integrated in the bumper while taillights now practically encircle the rear window. The third-generation model rides on a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase and is 2.2 inches longer, and […]

Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In

The SF90 Stradale represents many firsts for Ferrari. It’s the legendary automaker’s first plug-in hybrid electric model, the marque’s first all-wheel-drive supercar, and the most powerful Ferrari production car ever sold. The SF90 boasts the highest output ever for a Ferrari V-8 and, in fact, this is the first time a V-8 has powered a […]

2020 Range Rover Evoque

It’s a new day for Ranger Rover’s Evoque. The stylish crossover joins competitors by offering buyers an efficient, 48 volt mild-hybrid version as an option to increase fuel efficiency and decrease carbon emissions while also boosting overall acceleration and performance.

Monterey Road Trip in a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

There are countless reasons to visit California’s picturesque Monterey Peninsula, home of historic Monterey with its Cannery Row of Steinbeck lore, Fisherman’s Wharf, and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

All-New Explorer Hybrid

Better in so many ways with improved off-road capabilities and greater towing capacity, the ever-popular Explorer presents yet another choice for SUV buyers. Plus, a pair of EcoBoost engines and a new hybrid variant deliver desired performance and efficiency.

Hyundai Kona Two Ways

The Kona, Hyundai’s newest and smallest crossover, serves up a pleasing design and welcome functionality. It is offered with a choice two gasoline engines that net up to 33 highway mpg, and also as a battery electric vehicle. Styling cues are a bit different on the Kona Electric, but subtle except for its distinctive closed […]

Honda Clarity Electric

Part of Honda’s Clarity triple-play – along with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and more mainstream Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – the Clarity Electric is a model that clearly cuts its own path. It does not aim to be part of the ‘200 mile club,’ the latest generation of uber-electrics that claim a battery electric driving […]

Enduring Internal Combustion

Many consider the internal combustion engine a thing of the past. After all, we have zero-emission electric cars and a growing number of hybrids. But conventional engines keep getting better and will power most cars and trucks for some time.

Pininfarina's Karma GT

Karma Automotive continues to evolve as it works to expand its product line and build on the success of its Revero plug-in. What’s next? How about a Grand Touring version with exceptional styling touches by the renowned designers at Pininfarina?

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru’s Crosstrek Hybrid – actually a plug-in hybrid – is what fans of the marque have been waiting for. It features all the functionality expected of a Subaru along with 17 miles of all-electric driving and a total 480 mile driving range.