Nissan Leaf battery tech, hydrogen shortages, and Tesla Twitter wars get real: Today’s Car News

‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ premiere: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on red carpet

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We take a deep look into two phenomenon: new technology in the Nissan Leaf’s 30-kwh battery, and the war of words online surrounding Tesla and its CEO. A hydrogen shortage strands fuel-cell drivers in Los Angeles, and a new study shows sales of electric cars surge when more models are available. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

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Hydrogen supply shortage leaves fuel cell cars gasping in California

2018 Toyota Mirai

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The biggest challenge to driving a fuel-cell car is finding fuel.

Automakers who sell fuel-cell models—Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai for now—have made progress in getting 33 hydrogen fueling stations built around Los Angeles and San Francisco.

It’s not helping drivers this week though. According to a photo tweeted by user Paolo NonVTEC Acoba, the hydrogen pumps around LA are out of fuel.

A large sign on a hydrogen pump in LA, dated last Thursday and Continue reading “Hydrogen supply shortage leaves fuel cell cars gasping in California”

Tesla and its fans lash out at critics: commentary

Tesla factory, Fremont, California

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One of the most vocal critics of electric-car maker Tesla appears to have been silenced.

Known as Montana Skeptic, he wrote 138 articles over three years on the stock-tip website Seeking Alpha.

On Tuesday, he published what he says will be his final article after he claims Elon Musk called his employer and threatened to sue Skeptic over his articles.

It’s worth noting that Seeking Alpha allows authors to publish anonymously, under Continue reading “Tesla and its fans lash out at critics: commentary”

Ford missed chance to stop sale of GT sold for $1.8M at auction

2017 Ford GT sold at Mecum auction for $1,815,000

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Buyers of the modern Ford GT supercar had to agree on not selling their cars for at least two years. This came after a stringent application process to even be allowed to buy the car.

Nevertheless, here we are after not one, but two GTs being sold before the two-year period with Ford’s blessing. (Ford previously OK’d a GT auction for charity.)

The biggest controversy surrounds a GT  sold at Mecum’s Indy auction in May for Continue reading “Ford missed chance to stop sale of GT sold for $1.8M at auction”

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Sergio Marchionne, Yenko/SC Corvette: The Week In Reverse

Sergio Marchionne

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Lamborghini set a new Nürburgring record; former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne died; and Specialty Vehicle Engineering unveiled a powerful Corvette. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at ‘Motor Authority.’

Lamborghini bested the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’s street-legal production car lap record at the Nürburgring with the new Aventador SVJ. Beating Porsche’s record by nearly three seconds, the Lamborghini tore around the ‘Ring in just 6:44.97.

Former Fiat Continue reading “Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Sergio Marchionne, Yenko/SC Corvette: The Week In Reverse”

Best low emissions green cars 2018

Low emissions and good fuel economy go hand-in-hand – here are 10 cars that deliver low everyday running costs

Green cars have never really caught on in terms of colours, but green is a very important shade if you’re talking about low emissions and the running costs that go with them. So here we’ve highlighted 10 of the best green cars currently on sale in the UK from a variety of categories.

For green cars, that translates into low polluting models, and if you’re environmentally Continue reading “Best low emissions green cars 2018”

New SEAT Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition unveiled

SEAT has revealed the limited Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition, with fewer than 50 units heading to the UK

SEAT has revealed a new special edition Leon ST Cupra, on sale in the UK now and priced from £35,575.

It’s called the Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition, and as the most expensive Leon to date – costing ever so slightly more than the limited edition Cupra R – fewer than 50 examples have been earmarked for Britain.

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New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon joins hatchback in line-up

The Mercedes A-Class Saloon adds a new saloon to the range, with Mercedes claiming it’s the most aerodynamically efficient car on sale

Mercedes has revealed the A-Class Saloon: a booted version of the fourth generation of the brand’s compact car. We’ve already seen a four-door variant of the latest model – the Chinese market A-Class L Sedan – but this one will be coming to the UK.

From the outside, the saloon looks near identical to the A-class hatchback right up until the Continue reading “New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon joins hatchback in line-up”

Study equates model selection, infrastructure with electric-car sales

BMW i3 electric car at EVgo DC fast-charging station

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A paucity of plug-in car models available across the United States is holding back electric-car adoption.

That’s a major conclusion of a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)—the organization that helped uncover Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal in the United States.

The latest ICCT study looked at plug-in car sales in 50 cities across the United States and tracked the percentage of Continue reading “Study equates model selection, infrastructure with electric-car sales”

2018 Nissan Leaf battery technology, a deep dive

2017 Nissan Leaf showing battery pack (Source: Nissan)

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When the first-generation Nissan Leaf debuted in 2011, it quickly became the best-selling electric car in history, with no real competition.

By the time the most recent version debuted in 2017, it was nearly outdated before it left dealers’ lots due to a shorter range than rivals from Tesla and Chevrolet.

The biggest issues with the first-generation Leaf involved low range and the lifespan of the battery pack. Continue reading “2018 Nissan Leaf battery technology, a deep dive”