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Month: April 2024

First Drive: 2024 Fiat 500e

First Drive: 2024 Fiat 500e

For the second time, Fiat is offering an electric version of its iconic Cinquecento. It’s far easier to justify purchasing given its longer range, while its price makes it somewhat affordable. Whereas buying an EV once meant settling for a Tesla of some kind, consumer...

Showdown in Tennessee: VW Workers to Vote on the UAW

Showdown in Tennessee: VW Workers to Vote on the UAW

Barely a week from now the 4,000 workers at the Volkswagen of America plant in Chattanooga will begin voting on whether they want to join the United Auto Workers in the first test of the UAW’s effort to sign up workers at the foreign-owned automotive plants that have popped up across the United States over the last four decades.

Breathe Easy, San Francisco: Study Finds EVs are Cleaning the City’s Air

Breathe Easy, San Francisco: Study Finds EVs are Cleaning the City’s Air

When the EPA locked down new vehicle emissions standards last month regulators promised it would yield significant improvements in air quality by requiring a significant increase in sales of battery-electric vehicles. That’s been a matter of debate – but a new study shows that, at least in San Francisco, with some of the highest EV adoption rates in the U.S., air quality already is improving.

Q&A: Toyota Brand Boss David Christ Talks the Future of Hybrids, Plug-Ins and BEVs

Q&A: Toyota Brand Boss David Christ Talks the Future of Hybrids, Plug-Ins and BEVs

A quarter-century after launching the first Prius, Toyota Tuesday introduced its 19th hybrid, the 2025 4Runner. The automaker’s “portfolio approach,” offering a mix of hybrids, PHEVs, EVs and fuel-cell vehicles has become controversial — but may be vindicated by slowing growth in the EV market. In this Q&A, Toyota’s U.S. brand boss David Christ talks about why giving customers a choice makes sense — while also laying out plans for even more electrified models in the near future.