China is one of the most polluted countries in the world. The amount of pollution in the air in major cities is so bad that it can cause illness for people. Pollution in some major cities is bad enough that a fog often sits over the city, blocking out the sun.
Nissan-Renault has scaled back its electric car ambitions, pushing its 1.5m global goals for worldwide EV sales to 2020 after conceding that its original 2016 target was over-ambitious. A shortage of infrastructure development to support electric vehicles is one of the key factors hamstringing their success, CEO Carlos Ghosn suggested this week, though argued that the increasing number of rivals entering the eco-friendly segment was an indication that a change was close at hand.
Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new plug-in hybrid Golf GTE compact car. The GTE has an all-electric driving range of 31 miles. The car is rated for combined fuel economy of 157 mpg in the European Driving Cycle. In addition to being green, the car should offer nice performance as well.
Toyota will begin testing its wireless charging system for the Prius and other EVs and plug-in hybrids later the month, aiming to cut the number of times drivers of eco-friendly vehicles need to plug in. The technology, a ruggedized pad that sits in a parking space and can withstand being driven over by the careless, begins charging as soon as a compatible car is positioned on top, with Toyota's video demo - which you can see after the cut - showing a self-parking Prius automatically maneuvering itself into place.
The Tesla Model S is one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, despite its high price tag. The Model S also has one of the longest electric driving ranges of all EVs thanks to a large battery pack and an efficient drive system. Tesla CEO Elon musk recently tipped that a larger battery pack may find its way to the car.
Cadillac is throwing in a high-speed charger to sweeten the deal for 2014 ELR buyers, addressing range anxiety with a 240V home charging station that should get drivers of the luxury coupe back on the road in pure-EV mode quicker. As we found when we drove the ELR last November, the car can operate in either fully-electric or range-extended modes, with the latter kicking in the gas engine when the batteries get low. However, the higher voltage charger should mean drivers can spend more time without burning fuel.
Tesla is the most successful EV maker around with its Model S EV offering impressive performance and driving range that most competing products can’t match. Tesla has faced its share of challenges though. Not too long ago it issued a software update and sent out new power adapters to owners after issues with charging were reported.
The Porsche name is synonymous with sports cars and other performance vehicles. In recent years, the company has branched out to make SUVs and hybrid cars. One of the most high performance cars to roll out of the Porsche factory is the 918 Spyder, which is a hybrid car with incredible performance.
Nissan has announced that it is kicking off a special new collaborative test of its latest all-electric delivery van in cooperation with delivery service FedEx. The two firms will be working on the test of the new e-NV200 in Washington D.C. under real world operating conditions. The collaboration and test program were announced recently at the Washington Auto show.
Tesla has done very well for itself in the world of electric vehicles. The company has what many consider the best EV on the market in its Model S. The biggest issue with the Model S for many people is that the car is out of their reach price wise. The Model S starts at about $70,000 and fully equipped versions can go for much more than that.