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Toyota Tests SiC Power Semiconductors

Toyota tests hybrids with silicon-carbide power semiconductors. The CCS and CHAdeMO rivalry could be over. Retired BMW i3 batteries to be recycled for grid storage.

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Ferrari has introduced its challenger for the 2015 F1 world championship, showing off an open-wheel racer with a far more attractive nose than last year's car.

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The NHTSA delays the final ruling of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, meaning it won't come into compliance until 2018. The move has upset the National Federation for the Blind, which has been lobbying for more than a decade for built-in automated alerts for EVs and hybrids moving at low speeds.

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Will A New World Record Be Set?

September 12-20 will be the fifth annual National Electric Drive Week. Now a global event, Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association work with local organizers to put on events that get the public hands-on with EVs, plug-in hybrids and electric motorcycles.

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The first commercial for the 2016 Chevy Volt is here and you should watch it... especially if you're suffering from insomnia.

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The price of the BMW i3 goes up by a total of $1,075 to account for more standard equipment and a slightly higher destination charge.

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Kia is teasing what looks to be a concept version of its Soul with e-AWD ahead its Chicago Auto Show debut. The pumped-up take on the hatchback gets an electric all-wheel drive system and slightly more rugged styling.

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Plug-In SUV Selling Like Gangbusters Everywhere Else

After multiple delays, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is being pushed back yet again for its US debut. The crossover is now set to launch on these shores in April 2016.

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Wirecutter Names Toyota Prius Best Hybrid; SAFE Seeks Energy Security Prize Applications

In-depth piece by The Wirecutter puts Toyota Prius on top of hybrid pile. BYD reveals electric coach with 190-mile range. SAFE accepting 2015 Energy Security Prize applications. New study looks at low-carbon gas for greenhouse gas reductions.

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Nissan recalling 470k previous-generation Rogues for a wiring harness connector that could short out, and another 170k Pathfinders (as well as their Infiniti counterparts) to fix the hood latch mechanism in two separate campaigns.

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Mitsubishi is teasing the world premiere of a new concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The company isn't even revealing the name for the vehicle yet but promises the crossover has a next-gen, two-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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PSA Peugeot Citroen is combating reports in the French media that its innovative Hybrid Air system is set to be shelved.

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Don't expect to see many Siennas on the road in Japan. Back at home, Toyota sells the Alphard and Vellfire, and now it's launched revised versions of both.

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Note The Quote Marks: This Is Not A Recall

Chevy is 'recalling' some Volt PHEVs to offer a free fix for the lift gate struts to stop people from bumping their heads.

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Top Gear magazine managed to get the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder together on the same stretch of road, and released this video clip previously reserved for digital subscribers.

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The engine in the coming Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be the heart of the turbocharged engines going into the 2016 911 range coming later this year. It will remain naturally-aspirated in the GT3 models, but get boosted help for every model below those. Elsewhere, the next Boxster and Cayman will get turbocharged four-cylinders, and a V8-powered mid-range Porsche supercar is still in the works.

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Chinese automaker BYD starts pre-orders for its Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, which will sell for the equivalent of about $48,000 before government incentives are factored in.

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Takes A Swipe At Ford For Aluminium F-150

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen says his company is going to add electric powertrains "across the spectrum of our portfolio," starting with stop/start tech and then more plug-in vehicles, thanks to GM's EV leadership.

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National Drive Electric Week Dates Announced

Volkswagen says it will use CCS Combo plugs for quick charging capability. Tesla Firmware update adds Trip Energy Prediction feature. National Drive Electric week set for September 12 through 20.

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Jeep's first hybrid vehicle in the US may be the 2017 model-year Wrangler, as parent Chrysler-Fiat looks to boost overall fuel economy.

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2015 Ram ProMaster City tested; 5 myths about Ford and the Model T; Hyundai's Prius fighter caught. Those are the top automotive headlines for Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

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