Category Archives: Hybrids/EVs

Honda reveals next-generation Fit, teases crossover and hybrid models

Honda has released first official images of the new 2015 Fit, set to begin production in Mexico next spring, along with information teasing an expanded model range. The new Honda Fit looks sportier and substantial, but it still appears to… Continue reading

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Ford to improve fuel economy of existing hybrids

Ford is launching a “customer satisfaction campaign” to address shortfalls in fuel economy that CR reported since we tested the company’s current hybrids. Ford will make software updates to new cars and send out letters to existing owners in late… Continue reading

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Is the carbon-fiber BMW i3 the car of the future?

Expect to hear a lot about the BMW i3 in the coming months. A four-seater about the size of a Nissan Juke, BMW’s first electric car for sale will combine several cutting-edge technologies, potentially making it one of the most… Continue reading

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Video: Chevrolet builds the best Spark yet – and it’s electric

General Motors has been building modern electric cars longer than anyone. It started developing EVs in earnest with the purpose-built, low-volume EV1 in the 1990s. Now its latest electric car is based on the tiny Chevrolet Spark. To be honest,… Continue reading

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Hybrids, small turbos often fall short of EPA mileage estimates

Hybrids get great mileage, but some leave their owners disappointed because their window stickers promise better fuel economy than the cars deliver. We analyzed more than 315 cars and compared the results of our own tests with EPA window stickers…. Continue reading

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Tesla swaps Model S battery faster than a gas fill-up

Tesla has long been coy in responding to rumors that the company’s Model S will support battery swapping. No more. Last night at a California event, the company demonstrated the ability to hot-swap batteries in a Model S in about… Continue reading

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First drive: The Chevrolet Spark EV shocks us

The latest Chevrolet Spark is the most recent EV to attempt to shatter electric cars’ reputation as anemic and inept. And it succeeds, being the best version of this small hatchback. Unlike the Mitsubishi i, this is no glorified golf… Continue reading

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Fuel economy event shows consumers have a wide variety of car choices

At the Consumer Reports “Fuel Economy: Now and in the Future” event last week, the theme was easy to spot: No matter what kind of car you want, you can find one today that gets good gas mileage. And tomorrow,… Continue reading

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How higher fuel economy standards will save you money

Consumers who buy the fuel-efficient new cars that will roll out to meet tough new fuel economy standards will save thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicles, according to a new report released today by Consumer Reports. Fuel… Continue reading

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Electric car lease deals are the best way to drive an EV

Over the long haul, leasing is usually not the most cost-effective way to put a car in your driveway. It may not be the best choice for most car shoppers, but there are exceptions. Notably, if you’re interested in driving… Continue reading

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