Senate confirms coal lobbyist Wheeler as EPA head

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency.

Since Wheeler became the acting administrator last July, he has released plans to unwind rising emissions and attendant fuel economy standards enacted under President Obama, and to rescind California’s half-century-old authority to set tighter emissions standards than the federal government. He’s moved twice to loosen emissions standards on coal-fired Continue reading “Senate confirms coal lobbyist Wheeler as EPA head”

Nissan Leaf progress, fast electric motorcycle charging, Audi plug-ins: Today’s Car News

BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts

Audi plans to introduce four new plug-in hybrids at next week’s Geneva auto show. A drive in the Nissan Leaf Plus reveals how far electric cars have come in nine years. Electric motorcycle maker Zero has a novel way to get faster charging and longer trips on an electric bike. And German prosecutors fined BMW for its diesel emissions—but it may not be what you think. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

A look back at the first modern Continue reading “Nissan Leaf progress, fast electric motorcycle charging, Audi plug-ins: Today’s Car News”

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 takeaways over 8 years

2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

When a completely new vehicle is introduced, it’s generally around for five to seven years before an entirely redesigned generation of that vehicle is launched.

By that measure, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus we reviewed earlier this week is ancient, with a basic structure in its ninth model year—though it received a very thorough restyling for 2018.

In electric-car years, the Leaf is even older. But looking back at its humble beginnings Continue reading “2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 takeaways over 8 years”

Zero SR/F electric motorcycle charges in an hour—without the hunt for DC fast chargers

Zero SR/F electric motorcycle

If you already appreciate some of the remote connectivity features and quick charging of a modern electric car, the Zero SR/F electric motorcycle that was revealed earlier this week at last translates much of that to the motorcycle realm.

With 110 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, and a potential one-hour charge time (to 95 percent), this bike is, by the critical numbers, an improvement over the already powerful Zero SR.

The extra power will be Continue reading “Zero SR/F electric motorcycle charges in an hour—without the hunt for DC fast chargers”

Audi plans new plug-in hybrid Q5, A6, A7, and A8 for Geneva reveal

Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 plug-in hybrids

Audi’s future plans for plug-in vehicles involve more than the all-electric e-tron quattro scheduled to roll out later this year.

Now, with the previous plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, already in the rearview mirror, the company has announced plans to reboot its plug-in lineup with four more PHEVs: the Q5, A6, A7, and A8.

Going forward, the e-tron label will be reserved for Audi’s pure electric cars, and the new plug-in hybrids will wear Continue reading “Audi plans new plug-in hybrid Q5, A6, A7, and A8 for Geneva reveal”

Delays increase on motorways and A roads

Average delay on motorways and dual carriageways in England rose by 3.9 per cent to 9.4 seconds per vehicle per mile last year

Motorists suffered a 3.9 per cent increase in delays on motorways and major A roads in 2018, new figures have revealed.

The average delay to a journey on Highways England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) last year was 9.4 seconds per vehicle per mile – compared with 9.0 seconds in 2017 – if the vehicle was able to travel at the speed limit, according to the Continue reading “Delays increase on motorways and A roads”

Sporty new limited run Volkswagen Passat R-Line Estate revealed

Restricted to just 2,000 units, the Volkswagen Passat R-Line Estate gets a range of sporty styling tweaks and a 264bhp petrol engine

Volkswagen has announced that a new limited edition Passat R-Line estate will debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Production will be restricted to just 2,000 units when it reaches the European market in May, fielding a choice of two engines and a range of R-Line design tweaks and trims.

Buyers will be able to choose from either a 233bhp 2.0-litre Continue reading “Sporty new limited run Volkswagen Passat R-Line Estate revealed”

New 2020 Pininfarina Battista hypercar set for its Geneva debut

The Automobili Pininfarina Battista will be shown in three uniquely-specced versions at Geneva this year, previewing its options list

Automobili Pininfarina will debut its all-new electric Battista hypercar at Geneva in three unique specifications, the firm has announced. The Battista is the first from the Italian coachbuilder.

Pininfarina has its own stand at the show but also a platform on the Mahindra stand, its parent company. The main stand will display two Battista models with the Continue reading “New 2020 Pininfarina Battista hypercar set for its Geneva debut”

Aston Martin announces £30m Brexit contingency fund

British supercar manufacturer pledges £30m fund to ensure production and customer deliveries continue as normal

Aston Martin is creating a £30m Brexit fund to ensure its business is not interrupted by the UK’s imminent departure from the EU.

The British supercar maker’s board announced the plan in a presentation of the firm’s preliminary full-year financial results for 2018.

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A sum of “up to £30m of advanced Continue reading “Aston Martin announces £30m Brexit contingency fund”