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November 18, 2013 | Jerry Hirsch
For decades, hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the automotive technology of tomorrow: the big idea, for someday far in the future. No longer. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo this week, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. will introduce hydrogen-powered cars. Hyundai's will reach U.S. showrooms next year, while the other models will begin selling a year later. It amounts to “a coming out party for hydrogen,” said John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai Motor America.
December 14, 2011
A few loose wires Re " Back to an electric future ," Opinion, Dec. 11 Enough with articles about the electric car's rosy future. The electric car just transfers tailpipe emissions to the chimneys of the major electricity plants that must generate the power to charge them. These plants are predominantly coal or natural gas-fired and are potential environmental disasters that emit carbon dioxide. The energy loss in the transmission of this power over miles of high-tension lines to the electric outlet is also a factor in the loss of efficiency of these vehicles.
April 16, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Apparently, location, location, location is the latest twist on electric vehicles and the environment: Whether an electric car such as the Nissan Leaf protects the atmosphere from greenhouse gases depends on where it's charged, according to a new study.  Such a car is no better than a standard gasoline-powered subcompact such as a Hyundai Elantra in cities such as Denver and Wichita, but far exceeds even the best hybrids in Southern California....
June 6, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
If history dwells at all on President Obama's trip this week to California, it will probably be because of his Friday meeting in Rancho Mirage with President Xi Jinping of China. When the leaders of the globe's two great powers meet, scribblers pay attention. But for one middle-class constituent who almost landed on Obama's agenda, the quick Western swing will be forever remembered for the meeting that did not happen, a subsequent tumble into the politico-media mulcher and what Paul Scott now hopes will be a mostly happy ending.
July 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Since a new generation of electric cars went on sale 18 months ago, the results have been far from jolting. Sales of what are considered "pure" electric cars - they run off just a battery - have risen to slightly over 4,100 during the first six months of this year, up just 6% from the same period a year earlier, according to auto information company The gain, which amounts to just 234 cars, comes even though Ford, BMW, Honda and Mitsubishi all have joined pioneer Nissan in offering electric vehicles.
December 29, 2013 | By Evan Halper
NEWARK, Del. - The thick blue cables and white boxes alongside an industrial garage here look like those in any electric-car charging station. But they work in a way that could upend the relationship Americans have with energy. The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region's fragile power network, the car owner gets paid.
November 16, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
If you regard the annual L.A. Auto Show that opens to the public Friday as a key signpost of where the auto industry is heading ? and why not? ? then the declaration by its organizers that the event marks "the official arrival of the electric car era" raises the following question. Isn't this the same industry that told us a few years ago that there was no market for electric cars? I know: Times change. But the apparent enthusiasm with which the automakers are jumping into a technology that they once suggested might not be ready for prime time within our lifetimes should be scoured for hidden lessons.
May 20, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Tesla Motors Inc., bolstered by a $50-million investment from Toyota Motor Corp., will start making electric cars next year at a recently closed plant in Northern California. The move disappointed Downey officials who had been wooing the automaker, hoping the company would set up shop in a closed facility that had been used to manufacture the space shuttle. "We are shocked, upset and betrayed. We can see why the public is so upset with corporate America," said Downey City Councilman Mario Guerra, adding that Tesla had told the city it would sign the lease for the Downey plant on Friday.
June 1, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot, Los Angeles Times
What would it take to get you into an electric car today? Forced by state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, automakers are tripping over each other to offer consumers rock-bottom lease deals. For the first time, electric vehicles are penciling out cheaper than their gas-powered counterparts. Honda joined the price war this week by dropping the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a month. It threw in collision and vehicle theft coverage, maintenance, roadside assistance - even a charging station at your house.
July 6, 2000
Re "Democracy and the Electric Car Can Save Us," Commentary, June 30: Unless Ranan R. Lurie is talking fuel cells, he must not know that a huge percentage of the electricity available in the U.S. comes from the burning of (oh no!) fossil fuels. Upon rereading Lurie's piece, I also detect the faint aroma of--what--vendetta? Now, I don't like the Opeckers any better than the next American, but foisting phony "electric-powered" cars on us as the panacea for what seem to be his personal problems with "the Arab Middle East" is unacceptable.
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