Fuel-cell vehicles poised to take drivers beyond batteries

Combining the best of both internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery electric (BEV) technology

Fuel-cell vehicles poised to take drivers beyond batteriesJust when you think you’ve settled on the perfect mate for your daily commute, a new love interest shows up. Canadians have slowly started to accept that electric vehicles (EV) will replace good old fashioned gasoline-powered cars as their daily driver. But industry leaders say EVs could eventually be eclipsed by a more convenient technology:…

Hyundai Kona Electric puts old fears to rest

This all-electric car offers range, jump, comfort and practicality – but it’s not cheap

Hyundai Kona Electric puts old fears to restThe first thing that occurred to me when I picked up the all-electric 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric were the two words: range anxiety. It’s the paranoia of driving more than a block or two for fear of running out of battery power and being stranded. Part of the reason for this is that most electric…

After a flicker of buyer’s remorse, these drivers embrace their EV

A buyer makes the leap into an all-electric vehicle world and discovers that the obstacles are relatively easy to overcome

After a flicker of buyer’s remorse, these drivers embrace their EVThe EcoRun test of the Bolt that never happened PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Each year, automotive journalists from across Canada assemble to road test the latest in ultra-efficient vehicles on the market. This year’s Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) EcoRun was held in Alberta and one of the featured vehicles was the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV.…

Honda Insight wants to be in charge of the driving experience

Driver input these days, it seems, is decreasing incrementally

Honda Insight wants to be in charge of the driving experienceIt all started with cruise control. It was, arguably, the first modern automotive convenience readily available to buyers that didn’t fundamentally involve the operation of the vehicle. When it became readily available – in the 1970s, initially in the RV industry – it was something of a sensation: a feature that allowed you to drive…

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybrids

The 2019 model can be plugged in overnight and then travel up to 40 km on battery power

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybridsThe federal government recently announced funding in this year’s budget for incentives of up to $5,000 for Canadian buyers of zero-emissions vehicles. That’s good, but why not extend the funding to hybrid cars? Given the current technology, a hybrid car makes much more sense than a fully electric one. And if the hybrid is a…

Buying a hybrid on the cheap, while you can

The Toyota Prius C is small and basic, but it's also relatively cheap. However, it just may disappear from the market shortly

Buying a hybrid on the cheap, while you canOne the problems with being environmentally responsible is that, for carmakers and consumers, it doesn’t come cheap. Electric and hybrid cars, for the most part, are more expensive than their internal combustion-propelled counterparts. Mitsubishi and Nissan, for example, are both actively immersed in electric/hybrid vehicle technology. They also sell affordable, non-hybrid econoboxes priced in the…

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stations

Construction on more than 50 stations in coast-to-coast fast-charging network to begin this spring

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stationsA network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations is being launched across the country by Petro-Canada, which is part of Calgary-based energy giant Suncor. The company announced on Wednesday that more than 50 of these stations will be located along the Trans-Canada Highway at Petro-Canada stations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. It said construction is…

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfort

The 2019 model has great safety features, plenty of space, good performance – and it’s fun to drive

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfortHonda’s 2019 Accord Hybrid is another example of the evolving gasoline/electric power vehicles that are changing the automotive scene for the better. It was a pleasure to drive, with plenty of power and roomy comfort inside. One of the surprising features I discovered in the Accord (and a few other test vehicles recently) is the…

Buying used: the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nimble and luxurious

It may be a contradiction in terms, but this hybrid offers a certain value with its performance

Buying used: the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nimble and luxuriousThe Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a four-wheeled contradiction in terms. Introduced in 2009 at a Florida auto show, appropriately enough, it was the only full-size luxury hybrid in General Motors’ stable. If ever there was a vehicle that demonstrated how going green is mainly for the rich, this is it. Still, if you can find…

Buying used: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands test of time

Owners tend to keep them forever, given their reliable and economic performance

Buying used: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands test of timeFord Fusion Hybrids of the 2010 vintage can be in short supply. Owners tend to keep them forever. Introduced in 2010, the Fusion Hybrid was powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas engine mated to a pair of electric motors and a constantly variable transmission. The engine featured Atkinson technology, which basically lowers the compression and…

Toyota Prius Prime leads the pack to an electric future

You could run exclusively on battery power, with long-range gasoline support

Toyota Prius Prime leads the pack to an electric futureI’m the proud owner of a 2017 Toyota Prius C, a car I love to drive. It handles well and it gets great mileage. So I was looking forward to driving the new Prius Prime for a week. Since most of my driving is on the highway from Hamilton to Toronto, I routinely average less than…

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban families

Built in Ontario, it offers comfort, versatility, plenty of storage and economy

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban familiesThe 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Canada’s only hybrid minivan, is a great choice for families whose parents commute to a job where they can recharge at their place of employment. It has plenty of seating and storage room, which makes it perfect for parents who haul around soccer or hockey players with all their equipment.…

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV kicks hybrid technology up a notch

It’s surprisingly lively and judicious use of the various modes will help extend battery power

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV kicks hybrid technology up a notchMost car companies are run by accountants – bean-counters. That’s probably the way it has to be: bottom line, profit and loss, mollifying the stock-holders and so on. But there are a few where the engineers still have sway and where management actually listens to them. Saab was one (and look where it got them,…

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybrid

The 2010 Ford Fusion, 2007 Honda Civic and 2004 Toyota Prius all have much to recommend them

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybridOne of the pleasant bonuses of owning a hybrid vehicle is that it will probably be reliable. Indeed, according to Consumer Reports, most hybrids are more dependable than their garden variety non-hybrid counterparts. The Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids, for example, generally top the list for most reliable cars, period, from this organization and elsewhere.…