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Motorsports

The car makes 680 horsepower from two electric motors

It seems that Volkswagen is rolling out a new I.D. concept every few months, all previewing a production car arriving next year. In just the past few months, we've seen the I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz and I.D. Vizzion. Today, there's a new high-performance version, the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak. As the name implies, this is made to tackle the world's most infamous hill climb.

Inline-six mild hybrid system, cleaner lines, solid tech move it forward

The inclusion of the 48-volt EQ Boost system is part of what makes this powertrain so satisfying to use.

Followup

Porsche answered crossover craze even while EVs were still in development

"We are big believers that pure electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids can be real Porsche cars like those with an internal-combustion engine."

Quick Spin

Great-driving hatchback that happens to have an electric motor

Just a smoother, quieter Golf.

Official

Cars under electric power will emit noise up to 18.5 mph.

At higher speeds, tire noise, wind resistance, and other factors eliminate the need for a separate alert sound, regulators say.

Quick Spin

Mini's plug-in crossover electrifies our hearts.

The biggest Mini is a relative term.

Featured

What comes after Skyactiv-X for Mazda? A bit of everything.

It's not the death of diesel, and other surprising facts.

Green

Tesla, Japanese and Germans use different protocols and are fighting for advantage

They're all fighting for a competitive advantage.

Opinion

Autonomous driving tech, electrification and Tesla reset auto industry expectations.

2017 was the year of Elon. What's next?

Report

Owners will be able to restore range lost to bringing the battery up to optimal temp via mobile app.

Owners will be able to restore range lost to bringing the battery up to optimal temp via mobile app.

Buying Guide

Making sense of these three high-tech powertrains.

If you're shopping for a new vehicle these days, there's a litany of acronyms, buzzwords, and technobabble to further complicate an already difficult decision. But if you're looking at a green powertrain, you have three basic choices to compare: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and "EV" or, electric vehicle.

Quick Spin

Nothing but tire noise.

Quick steering, a low center of gravity and instant torque are great on a cone course.

First Drive

It's an all-wheel-drive crossover. It plugs in. And it's coming to America at just the right time.

It's an all-wheel-drive crossover. It plugs in. And it's coming to America at just the right time.

Quick Spin

There's part of the Prius Prime experience worth loving.

It's a decent drive, for 25 miles.

Official

Two models with a range of between 800 miles to 1,200 miles.

Two models with a range of between 800 miles to 1,200 miles.

Report

Technology often is more effective in testing than in real-world use

Technology often is more effective in testing than in real-world use.

Official

It says half the miles driven there now by UberX are in greener cars

It says half the miles driven there now by UberX are in greener cars.

Opinion

In a world where the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt exist, can the Nissan Leaf continue its success?

Range isn't everything.