Honda’s new Insight hybrid – considered an affordable vehicle at $20,000 – has reportedly become a best seller in Japan. In the U.S., it recently received poor marks from Consumer Reports, which criticized its ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration and rear-seat access. Out of 22 current hatchbacks and small wagons rated by the magazine, the Insight ranked 21st.
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
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