With headlight tweak, Chevy Bolt EV is a Top Safety Pick

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV  -  IIHS passenger-side small overlap front testThe 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV has just been given a significantly better assessment of its safety from the IIHS. On Wednesday it was named an IIHS Top Safety pick, with a retest of its headlamps, which had previously been rated “poor.” GM reported to IIHS in September that it had adjusted the Bolt EV’s headlight aim, versus what had…
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Volkswagen breaks ground on plant expansion for US-made electric cars

Volkswagen Chattanooga EV expansionVolkswagen has broken ground on an $800 million expansion of its Tennessee production facility that will eventually house assembly lines for electric vehicles. The Wednesday announcement marks the beginning of a shift toward battery-electric vehicles for the U.S. market. While Americans will not see this generation of VW’s new ID 3…
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Ford electric SUV gets a pony-car name: Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E logoThe fully electric Ford Mustang concocted for the annual SEMA show and revealed last week turned out to be quite the harbinger. With an announcement this morning, a fully electric Ford Mustang will be available at dealerships by the end of 2020. Hold your horses. It’s not quite that Mustang…but one that definitely bears the Mustang badge…
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At $79 a month, Is the best electric-car lease deal of 2019?

2019 Hyundai Ioniq ElectricAlthough upmarket electric-vehicle startups seem to think that there will be an unlimited market for luxury EVs, it pays to remember that going electric isn’t reserved for the rich. It might actually dramatically reduce your commuting costs. Such is the case if you’re in certain Northeast or Mid-Atlantic markets. You could land a lease…
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Hyundai develops world's first cabin active noise control aimed at road noise

Hyundai Road Noise Active Noise ControlNoise cancellation has become commonplace in modern cars, especially hybrids and vehicles with internal combustion engines that utilize unconventional firing sequences, but Hyundai is looking to tackle yet another form of unwanted noise: the type that comes from outside. Preventing the intrusion of road and wind noise into the cabin has been a…
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Green group nudges Ford to put some "eco" in its Ecosport

2019 Ford EcosportOne watchdog group argues that Ford isn’t doing enough to make its smallest vehicle for the U.S., the Ecosport, as “eco” as it could be—and that holds true whether the name nods to efficient or economical. The Union of Concerned Scientists is trying to light a fire under Ford, calling out its Ecosport for being a little light on that first…
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Volvo turns to blockchain tech to keep track of cobalt sources

Volvo cobalt blockchain ledgerAs sourcing battery materials becomes more and more challenging, automakers and their suppliers are being forced to take extra precautions to ensure the integrity of their supply chains. In a global market, this means an abundance of caution and scrutiny. For that, Volvo is turning to a chain of a different kind: blockchain. “Traceability of raw…
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Costly retrofits, state rules keeping E15 gas from making it to many stations

Pump with multiple ethanol/gasoline blends.Despite a heavy push from the Trump administration, the proliferation of fuel blends containing greater quantities of ethanol has hit a wall. In some areas, stations are even adding dedicated E0 fuel pumps due to increased demand for ethanol-free gasoline. E15 gasoline blends are widely available in states such as Iowa and Minnesota, but virtually…
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Daimler CEO points to future electric Mercedes G-Wagen

2019 Mercedes-Benz G Class, 2018 Detroit auto showThe Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen might be seen as the dinosaur of the lineup to those with environmental leanings; but with it now due to go electric, that might not be the case for long. Speaking at Germany’s Automobilwoche Kongress, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius revealed that the G is slated for electrification, likely making it one of the 10 electric…
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Lucid readies site of Arizona factory for Air electric sedan

Lucid AirThe Lucid Air moved one step closer to production last week, as Lucid announced Wednesday via Twitter that preliminary work is underway in the construction of its assembly plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. The EV startup, which is far more reserved about its ambitions compared to other startups, has also begun accepting employment applications for…
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