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    2015 Cadillac ELR Expected To Get More Electric Range

    Cadillac has struggled to sell the 2014 ELR this year, is now quietly offering around $12,500 in rebates, and discounting, and its 16.5-kwh battery will be replaced with a 17.1-kwh pack like the Chevy Volt just got. It’s believed this should net an incremental range increase, and might even help MPGe as a similar increase […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    2015 Volt Gets Larger 17.1-kWh Battery

    Updates to the 2015 Chevy Volt include minor things like interior and exterior color choices, WiFi connectivity, and … an unannounced upgrade to the propulsion battery to 17.1 kilowatt-hours – up from 16.5. The extended-range electric Volt was launched December 2010 as a 2011 model with a 16.0-kwh pack rated at 35 miles electric range, […]

    Politics, Incentives & Laws

    HOV Access Is Key For California Plug-in Car Purchases

    A UC Davis study published in April showed that a good third to almost 60 percent of California plug-in vehicle (PEV) purchases are primarily motivated by solo access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – which can become congested at times. California is the leader in PEV acceptance, and policymakers adopting a carrot-and-stick approach of […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Nissan’s Free Public Charging With a New Leaf Promo Now Includes LA

    Today Nissan added Los Angeles its “No Charge to Charge” promo making this its 11th market to receive free public charger access with purchase of a new Leaf. The package gets those who lease or buy the all-electric mid-sized hatchback an RFID chip enabled EZ-Charge card, and access to hundreds of potential chargers in the […]

    Ford Details New V6 Engine Options For 2015 F-150

    Given that the Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in both the United States and Canada for what feels like forever, it’s no surprise that the company’s upcoming 2015 model has caused plenty of concern. Both the unproven aluminum-intensive construction meant to drastically decrease weight and Ford’s increased reliance on its turbocharged EcoBoost engines […]

    Lexus CT 200h Named Northwest’s Favorite Hybrid

    The 2014 Lexus CT 200h was named Favorite Hybrid at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Drive Revolution event last week in Portland. During NWAPA’s annual summer event, journalists assessed the green vehicle market, learned and engaged about upcoming technology and shared what’s worked in the Pacific Northwest with the rest of the nation. NWAPA […]

    Start/Stop Tech Proves Popular In Chevy Malibu

    General Motors revealed 97 percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. This 97 percent of Malibu sold in the U.S. represents about 83,000 vehicles, added GM. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an […]

    Tesla Gears Up For Model X Production, Idles Plant For Retooling

    Tesla will be doing something new to the company in the coming months: producing more than one type of vehicle at a time. The company started with just the hand-built Roadster in 2008, then ceased that and switched over in 2012 exclusively producing the Model S. Now in order to add the pending Model X […]

    Student-Built Solar Car Will Attempt Record-Breaking Average Speed Run

    A team of students from the University of New South Wales in Australia is hoping to add another record to their mantel tomorrow. 23. The Sunswift team, which is comprised of about 60 engineering, business and support members, had previously set a Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle in 2011 after it reached […]