Tesla Model S recognized, Hyundai Sonata PHEV pricing, and electric car feature poll: Today’s Car News

2017 Tesla Model S

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The Tesla Model S is named car of the decade. The price dropped on the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In. We ask what readers wish their electric car could do. And what changes are coming for California’s carpool lane stickers? All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

Classic-car insurer Hagerty recognized the Tesla Model S as the car of the decade. The Model S is credited with showing drivers that electric cars can be desirable and fun to drive.

The Hyundai Continue reading “Tesla Model S recognized, Hyundai Sonata PHEV pricing, and electric car feature poll: Today’s Car News”

2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid price drops by $1,350

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid may cost car shoppers less, the company announced last week.

The price drop on base models will save buyers $1,350 on 2018 models, which should help the car attract more customers.

It comes in the same two trim levels as before. Base models will start at $33,350, including destination. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited will start at $39,735, which is an increase of $250, but adds active safety features that Continue reading “2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid price drops by $1,350”

Is there anything you wish your electric car could do that it can’t? Take our Twitter poll

2017 Tesla Model X

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Electric cars prove their capability every day.

So far, however, not every class of car includes an electric option, and there are still some things that most electric cars can’t do.

Only the Tesla Model X, for example, can carry more than five passengers or tow a trailer.

No electric pickups have hit the market.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace S

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As trailer owners and electric car fans who don’t qualify for a Model X car loan, that led us Continue reading “Is there anything you wish your electric car could do that it can’t? Take our Twitter poll”

Tesla Model S named car of the decade

2018 Tesla Model S

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Tesla is known as the car of the future. Now the collector-car community that venerates cars of the past has also taken notice.

Collector-car insurer Hagerty Insurance named the Tesla Model S the greatest car of the 2010s.

DON’T MISS: South’s good ol’ boy drag racers whupped by Tesla, not happy about it

That may have been obvious for some Green Car Reports readers, but it represents a breakthrough in mainstream thinking evidenced by Teslas Continue reading “Tesla Model S named car of the decade”

Tesla Model 3 profits, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review, electric car battery reuse: The Week in Reverse

EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backup

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Which country demanded repayment of electric car incentives from owners?

What car may turn a bigger profit than expected?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending June 20, 2018.

Friday, we covered a report saying that a long-anticipated EPA plan to roll back emissions and fuel-economy standards could come as early as next week. Continue reading “Tesla Model 3 profits, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review, electric car battery reuse: The Week in Reverse”

Filing may uncover plans for hybrid VW Beetle coming soon

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Hybrid concept, New York City, May 2015

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Just a few months ago, we heard that Volkswagen was not planning to develop a successor to the current Beetle but a recent filing shows that it might have one last hurrah for 2019.

A June filing by supplier Magneti Marelli shows an instrument cluster that appears almost identical to the current Beetle cluster, but with an all new tachometer window that shows an electric charge gauge similar to the e-Golf’s Continue reading “Filing may uncover plans for hybrid VW Beetle coming soon”

Report: Trump administration set to roll back emissions regulations as early as next week

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

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The rollback of federal emissions and fuel economy standards that President Donald Trump promised during his campaign could be released as early as next week, according to a new Bloomberg report.

A person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the administration will roll out proposals from the EPA and NHTSA, which jointly govern fuel-economy standards, to freeze standards through 2026.

Under President Barack Obama, the Continue reading “Report: Trump administration set to roll back emissions regulations as early as next week”

European electric-car sales, VW charging network heads to Canada, and Tesla police cars: Today’s Car News

Ionity multi-brand European charging network

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Electric-car sales stall in Europe. Volkswagen’s charging network expands to Canada. And Luxembourg adds Tesla Model S police cars to its fleet. All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

A new report shows electric-car sales in Europe haven’t grown as quickly as they did in 2017 and growth tumbled 33 percent in the first half of 2018.

VW’s electric-car charging network, called Electrify America in the United States, is heading Continue reading “European electric-car sales, VW charging network heads to Canada, and Tesla police cars: Today’s Car News”

To nab speeders, Luxembourg deploys faster Teslas

Simulation of Tesla Model S as a police cruiser

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Speeders beware! If you’re traveling in Luxembourg, those blue lights in your mirror could be on top of an electric Tesla Model S.

The Luxembourg police bought the two Teslas last September, but has had trouble getting them approved by the Grand Duchy’s transportation department due in part to problems with the blue police lights.

Now the Model Ses are going on patrol, according to a Reuters report.

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Electric-car sales growth flattens in Europe with dearth of public chargers

Shell charging station in Britain (higher res)

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Electric-car sales aren’t growing as fast in Europe as they did last year.

So concludes the latest report from business consultancy EY, according to a report published by Bloomberg.

EY reports that sales growth dropped to 33 percent over the first six months of 2018, versus 54 percent in the first six months of last year.

DON’T MISS: Electric-car sales in Germany finally start to soar: Tesla leads

The consulting Continue reading “Electric-car sales growth flattens in Europe with dearth of public chargers”