Author: Steve Hanley

Toyota Releases Thousands of Hybrid Patents

In a complete reversal of its longstanding policy, Toyota has decided to stop suing every manufacturer that dares to offer a hybrid vehicle to the public in an effort to protect its more than 24,000 patents on the technology. It says everyone is free to use those patents without paying royalties from now until 2030. Why? Because it thinks there is more money to be made consulting with others than ...

EPA Rolls Back Harley Davidson Emissions Cheating Fines

Trump's new EPA is planning to Roll Back Harley Davidson Emissions Cheating Fines, saving the company millions of dollars.

Mazda Says New SkyActive 3 Engines Will Be As Clean As Electric Cars

Mazda is working on new internal combustion technology that will equal electric cars in well to wheel carbon emissions. It will be called SkyActive 3 and will follow close on the heels of the SkyActive X engine that has just been unveiled.

Thor’s Electric Semi May Beat Tesla Truck to Market

A southern California start up called Thor Trucks plans to bring an electric Class 8 truck to market ahead of the Tesla Semi. It specializes in building customer trucks fitted to the specific needs of each customer.

Plug-In Hybrid Emissions Same As Battery Electric Car — Sometimes

Some people claim plug-in hybrids are not real electric cars. But new research shows that plug-ins with at least 36 miles of range are just as good at keeping carbon emissions out of the atmosphere as pure electric vehicles.

Jeep Wrangler PHEV Coming In 2020

The next generation Jeep Wrangler will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain based on the components developed for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Look for it in showrooms in 2020.

Tesla Roadster Versus Mercedes Project One –Who Wins?

In a head to head comparison between the $2.7 million Mercedes Project One and the new $250,000 Tesla Roadster, which car wins? In this case, it's no contest

Electric Cars Shine At The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Our man Nicholas Zart escorts you through the many electric car offerings on display at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

New Samsung SM3 ZE Electric Car — Double The Range, No Increase In Weight

The Samsung SM3 ZE -- a twin to the Renault Fluence ZE -- now has a 36 kWh battery for 57% longer range. The new battery weighs the same as the battery previously used.

Not All Truckers Are As Impressed With The Tesla Semi As Elon Is

A truck driver has a few issues with the Tesla Semi. We invite your comments as well.

The Plug-In Hybrids Are Coming! The Plug-In Hybrids Are Coming!

Honda, Volvo, and Lync & Co had announcements about plug-in hybrid models this week. The Honda Clarity PHEV will begin at $33,400. And Chevrolet may have a plug-in cute ute on the market within the next few years.

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Will Amaze And Astound You

Scheduled for production in 2020, the second generation Tesla Roadster will be the quickest production car ever made. It will start at $200,000.