2020 Volvo plug-in hybrids: Bigger battery boosts EPA range, mpg

2020 Volvo XC90Volvo earlier this year announced that it was adding a little more spark to its plug-in hybrid systems in its XC60 and XC90 T8 plug-in hybrids: by boosting their electric range. Both models step up to an 11.6-kwh battery pack, from the previous 10.4 kwh pack (and 9.2 kwh just a couple of years prior). With recently released EPA ratings, that...

Green group nudges Ford to put some “eco” in its Ecosport

2019 Ford EcosportOne watchdog group argues that Ford isn't doing enough to make its smallest vehicle for the U.S., the Ecosport, as "eco" as it could be—and that holds true whether the name nods to efficient or economical. The Union of Concerned Scientists is trying to light a fire under Ford, calling out its Ecosport for being a little light on that first...

GM reveals the Chevy Menlo electric car to China

2020 Chevrolet MenloGeneral Motors officially unveiled its new Menlo EV Friday, giving the Chinese market its first real look at the car that will spearhead the company's local electrification efforts. The Chevrolet Menlo likely would weigh in at 200 miles or less by EPA estimates (410 km NEDC). It will also feature MyLink infotainment with smart-enabled features...

Volvo turns to blockchain tech to keep track of cobalt sources

Volvo cobalt blockchain ledgerAs sourcing battery materials becomes more and more challenging, automakers and their suppliers are being forced to take extra precautions to ensure the integrity of their supply chains. In a global market, this means an abundance of caution and scrutiny. For that, Volvo is turning to a chain of a different kind: blockchain. "Traceability of raw...

Daimler CEO points to future electric Mercedes G-Wagen

2019 Mercedes-Benz G Class, 2018 Detroit auto showThe Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen might be seen as the dinosaur of the lineup to those with environmental leanings; but with it now due to go electric, that might not be the case for long. Speaking at Germany's Automobilwoche Kongress, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius revealed that the G is slated for electrification, likely making it one of the 10 electric...