Audi boosts plug-in plans to include 20 all-electric models by 2025

Audi Q4 e-tron conceptAudi on Thursday announced a dramatic expansion of its plans to develop electric and plug-in cars. At its annual shareholders' meeting, the company told investors that it plans to release 20 new electric cars along with 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025 as part of its "four rings" plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent (relative to 2015...

2020 Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid arrives in Europe

2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI eAudi released the 2020 Q5 55 TFSI e quattro—the first of its new range of plug-in hybrids—in Europe on Tuesday, with some impressive specs. The company says the crossover will have 25.9 miles (40 kilometers) of electric range on Europe's new WLTP driving cycle from its 14.1 kilowatt-hour battery, located under the floor. Using the...

Best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for May 2019

2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016With rising interest rates and falling federal plug-in vehicle tax credits on some models, the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and conventional hybrids are a little harder to find versus a few months ago. Our partners at CarsDirect.com still found some leases on plug in cars as low as $199 a month in May, and we've rounded up the...

Big deals arrive on 2019 Chevy Volt: Get one while you can

2019 Chevrolet VoltIn an effort to clear out the last of its inventory, General Motors has added the Chevrolet Volt to its list of models eligible for an 18 percent discount off sticker price this month. When it went on sale in December 2010, the Volt was the first mainstream-brand plug-in car of the modern era (beating the Nissan Leaf by a matter of days.) It...

Report says Fiat Chrysler emissions deal worth $2 billion to Tesla

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit in EuropeAnalysts should no longer be worried about whether Tesla has enough cash to meet its immediate needs. In addition to $2 billion it raised in stocks and convertible bonds last week, the company signed a deal with Fiat Chrysler last month to share its emissions credits in Europe with the Italian-American automaker, which is lagging in electric cars...

2020 Toyota Prius Prime gains seating for 5, Apple CarPlay, revamped lineup

2017 Toyota Prius Prime PremiumThe 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid gains some important functionality, even though some of the key specifications for range and efficiency haven't changed. The most important improvement, perhaps, is that the Prime now offers a third seat in the center-rear, making it a five-passenger car. Previous versions had only four seats. The second...

Karma presents its electric-car vision to China and vies for partners

Karma SC1 Vision Concept  -  2019 Shanghai auto showKarma Automotive doesn't have just one vision for its future. It has three. The Southern California automaker unveiled a trio of new vehicles at the Shanghai auto show this week, ranging from a near-production look of the next version of the Karma Revero to a fanciful concept called the SC1. The third, a design experiment done in partnership with...

Sales of electric cars droop so far this year, amid Tesla issues

2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceBy any measure, sales of plug-in cars had a bad first quarter. Even with the addition of a couple of compelling new models, total sales of cars with plugs, led by Tesla, dropped from 101,338 in the final quarter last year to 92,210 in the first quarter of 2019. In fairness, the fourth quarter of any year, with the holidays and end-of-year...

Best deals on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for April 2019

Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017Just because tax credits are winding down on some of the most popular plug-in cars doesn't mean there are no deals to be found. Green Car Reports' carbuying partners at CarsDirect.com scour automakers' rebates and incentives every month and have found some great lease and sales discounts on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for April, starting as...