2020 BMW 7-Series plug-in hybrid rated just 16 electric miles

2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformanceAlthough the gigantic new twin-kidney grille might be the most eye-catching addition to BMW’s flagship luxury sedan, the 7-Series, the model in the lineup that’s gone through the most change might well be the one with a charge port: the 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid. The 2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance can go 16 all-electric miles...

Karma gets farther from FIsker with 2020 Revero GT, electric car concept

2020 Karma Revero GTChinese-owned, California-based Karma Automotive made clear several years ago that its aspirations go well beyond merely resurrecting production of the car originally known as the Fisker Karma. That car, now called the Karma Revero, is produced in very low volumes in Moreno Valley, California, is the automaker’s only product at present. And...

10 lessons from the short life of the Chevy Volt, 2011-2019

2019 Chevrolet VoltOn February 15, GM ended production of the innovative Chevrolet Volt with little fanfare. Over two generations and nine model years, the company sold more than 150,000 of the compact plug-in hybrid hatchbacks. In automotive time, nine model years isn’t that long. The best brand names live for decades: think Ford F-150, or Honda Civic, or...

Amazon hooks Kia owners up with easier home-charger installation

2019 Kia Niro EVThose just transitioning to an electric car, like the 2019 Kia Niro EV, face some potentially daunting decisions well beyond the vehicle itself—not just how they’re going to charge up the vehicle in their own garage or driveway, but how they’re going to charge it quickly enough. The 2019 Niro EV starts arriving to dealerships...

Mazda range-extended electric car may help the rotary live on

Mazda RX-Vision Fast and Furious liveryThe Wankel rotary, the peculiar pistonless internal combustion engine design that Mazda built so much of its heritage around, may see a resurgence after all. Earlier reports and remarks from Mazda executives have suggested that while the rotary will make a comeback, it will be relegated to what’s essentially an emergency generator—a...