Bollinger electric off-road trucks head toward production with Detroit reveal

Bollinger B1 prototypeBollinger Motors has officially revealed what it calls “its next step toward production,” with “beta-prototype” versions of its B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup, in a Thursday evening event near its new Detroit-area headquarters, in Ferndale, Michigan. The prototypes presented are a completely new iteration of the truck’s…
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First drive review: 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo is the next step for EVs beyond Tesla

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo first driveThe hard work for Porsche was done before the first car hit the street. Before the 2020 Porsche Taycan turned its first all-electric mile not only had we all accepted that the legendary sports-car maker could build and sell an all-electric sedan—the only sedan they’ve ever made—but also that it was inevitable. In a blink, we…
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Toyota might soon use fuel-cell power to make hybrid and plug-in cars

2019 Toyota MiraiAlthough your next vehicle might not be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, the chances are looking far greater that your next vehicle will have been made with power from them. Toyota has announced that it’s using hydrogen fuel-cell stacks developed for its Mirai within a stationary generator system. The fuel-cell generator is undergoing testing…
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Commentary: Electric cars may spawn the next digital divide

BMW i3 charging at EVgo fast chargers at Chevron station, Menlo Park, CaliforniaNew technology is expensive. From cell phones and internet in the 1990s to simple electricity in the 1890s, new technologies have trickled down from the wealthy (or business) to middle class consumers. Increasingly, that’s looking to be true of electric cars as well, and as with electricity, phone service, cell phones, cable television, and…
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Could hydrogen fuel cells be seen as an upgrade in the future?

BMW i Hydrogen Next development vehicle (fuel-cell X5)Hydrogen cars are struggling to gain a foothold in the expansion of cleaner and greener electric cars. However they may still have a role to play alongside today’s booming EV market. Bentley, for example, revealed in an interview with British car magazine Autocar last spring that it is considering fuel cells to give its large SUVs greater…
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Amazon electric van order makes Rivian future a little more certain

Amazon electric vanThe e-commerce and logistics giant Amazon has announced that it will order 100,000 fully electric vans from the Michigan electric-truck hopeful Rivian. The Rivian vans are to be delivered starting in 2021, with 10,000 of them in service as early as 2022 and all 100,000 on the road by 2030. They’ll save 4 million metric tons of carbon per year by…
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Lightsaber or V-8 rumble? Electric cars could soon give you more sound choices

Volvo's Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system - image: VolvoSome who are new to electric cars might be a little tickled at first to hear their vehicle making space-age lightsaber sounds—a safety feature in the interest of making sure the blind and pedestrians don’t miss your vehicle approaching. The delight surrounding what’s initially perceived as something fun can quickly turn to dismay…
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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV shows strong in IIHS crash tests

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV  -  IIHS passenger-side small overlap front testWith the new results announced Thursday for one new IIHS crash test for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, all the evidence and test results are finally in for this compact electric car. And it’s so, so close. The Bolt is so close to an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+, that is. It actually has earned the TSP+ award in the past, although that…
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Review: The 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid makes perfect sense—for now

2020 Ford EscapeMy co-driver is lost in text messages as we buzz the Kentucky hills outside Louisville in the 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid. Somehow I’ve lulled him into complacency, or maybe it’s the full-size truck rolling slowly ahead, cresting each hill with a thump that threatens to toss some of its bed contents our way. I tap the…
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Tesla Model 3 adds IIHS Top Safety Pick+ to its safety accolades

2019 Tesla Model 3  -  IIHS side impact crash testThe Tesla Model 3 has been run through the full battery of crash tests from the IIHS, and there are some reassuring results to report. It’s earned a spot on the insurance-industry-funded group’s Top Safety Pick+ honor roll, and it’s now one of just a few sedans to achieve both that and a flush of five stars in federal tests. The…
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