Series hybrids were the next big thing 100 years ago: Are they any more likely today?

1916 Owen Magnetic Tourer – Bonhams Tupelo Automobile Museum Auction (2019)

The 1916 Owen Magnetic Tourer that crossed the Bonhams auction block last month was more than a beautiful snapshot from an obscure moment in American automotive history.

As one of the technological wonders of its time, the Magnetic Tourer didn’t have any mechanical connection between its big 374-cubic-inch (6.1-liter) inline-6 engine and the drive wheels. And it could store energy through regenerative braking, Continue reading “Series hybrids were the next big thing 100 years ago: Are they any more likely today?”

‘We need a British motor show to inspire the next generation’

A British motor show is needed to help educate and inspire the future generations interested in the car industry, says Mike Rutherford

The car event season is upon us again in balmy Britain. And that has to be a good thing, doesn’t it?

Search hard enough and you can still enjoy and exploit freebie permanent or temporary exhibitions – often in or near holiday destinations (for example, the Whitstable Classic Motor Show in Kent on 14 July). 

• Best car museums and events this Continue reading “‘We need a British motor show to inspire the next generation’”

Battery supplies, Mercedes-Benz EQC review, CARB’s potential pushback: The Week in Reverse

Volkswagen California Ocean Red

What U.S. state wants to charge $1,000 per year for registering an electric vehicle?

Which vehicle brand said no to a future that retires the internal combustion engine?

And what might California’s regulatory agency be considering in response to upcoming Trump Administration moves?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending May 17, 2019.

We finished up the week wondering about Continue reading “Battery supplies, Mercedes-Benz EQC review, CARB’s potential pushback: The Week in Reverse”

Part-worn tyres putting motorists’ lives at risk, councils warn

Nearly half of part-worn tyres being sold in some areas are illegal, putting drivers’ lives at risk, councils have warned

Drivers are putting their lives at risk by buying part-worn tyres, with nearly half of the ones being sold in some areas not meeting legal standards, councils have warned.

Local authorities cracking down on rogue retailers have seen part-worn tyres being sold with serious defects, unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling, with some of the ones on sale turning out to be Continue reading “Part-worn tyres putting motorists’ lives at risk, councils warn”

2018 BMW i3 recalled for circuit-board issue causing sudden shutdowns

2018 BMW i3

Some BMW i3 models from the 2018 model year are being recalled for an issue that could cause sudden power loss and shutdown.

At root of the issue is a printed circuit board, part of the Electric Motor Electronics (EME) module, that may not have been made to specifications. The issue could cause the lack of electrical contact, causing the EME module to shut down high-voltage electrical power after detecting the condition.

The issue affects 134 BMW i3 REx vehicles and just 25 Continue reading “2018 BMW i3 recalled for circuit-board issue causing sudden shutdowns”

Renewable energy growth falters as carbon dioxide hits record levels

Offshore wind farm

The past couple of weeks have seen the convergence of two troubling trends.

Perhaps most troubling, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography released data last week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere have reached record levels unseen not just in human history, but in the scientific record of the world.

At the same time, the International Energy Agency released a report on Monday showing that for the Continue reading “Renewable energy growth falters as carbon dioxide hits record levels”

Renewable growth slows, CARB weighs its options, BMW i3 recalled: Today’s Car News

2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

California considers some extreme options as the federal government prepares to reveal new fuel economy rules. Carbon dioxide levels are climbing while growth in renewables has slowed. And BMW deals with an issue that can shut down the i3. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

CARB is bracing for the Trump administration’s revamped emissions and fuel economy rules with some extreme options on how it could keep its air clean if it’s stripped of Continue reading “Renewable growth slows, CARB weighs its options, BMW i3 recalled: Today’s Car News”

California braces for Trump mpg rules with extreme options—like a ban on tailpipes?

California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)

The Trump Administration is expected to reveal more details about its revised vehicle fuel economy rules in upcoming days or weeks.

These rules could still include what the EPA and DOT proposed last year—a coordinated attempt to strip California (and thus all the states that observe its rules) of its ability to regulate vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) on its own.

In remarks Thursday at a meeting between the Continue reading “California braces for Trump mpg rules with extreme options—like a ban on tailpipes?”

Best car museums and events: UK summer attractions for car fans

We take a look at Britain's car museum highlights and pick the best days out for motoring lovers in summer 2019

UK car fans are spoilt for choice over the summer as Britain has some of the best museums and motoring attractions in the world. There is a wonderful variety of things to see and activities to take part in, covering the full spectrum of cars and motoring, from top tier racing in the BTCC and Formula One down to car meets and hillclimbs.

We’ve put together a list of the Continue reading “Best car museums and events: UK summer attractions for car fans”