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    Plug-In Car Sales Cross Global Half-Million Mark

    As various nations increase demand, and automakers increase plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) models and availability, their cumulative world-wide total sales has quietly crossed the half-million unit mark. This is counting highway legal plug-in hybrids and all-electric passenger vehicles, since PEVs began in the modern era around 2009. It excludes motorcycles, buses and trucks. The figures […]

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    June 2014 Dashboard

    The monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. June was a stellar month for the U.S. passenger vehicle market as a whole, and a strong albeit not stellar one for hybrid and electric […]

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    Fusion Energi Sets Sales Record; C-Max Energi Has Second-Best Month

    Last month Ford may have cut back the EPA rating of some of its cars including the plug-in Fusion Energi, but that did not hurt its sales one iota as the car trounced its previous best monthly sales with 1,939 units sold. By contrast, the Chevrolet Volt sold 1,777 units in June, and the Prius […]

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    Hack A Tesla, Win $10,000

    Attendees at the SyScan conference next week in Beijing are being offer $10,000 if they can hack Tesla’s Model S security. Of course Tesla Motors is not officially sanctioning the challenge for security experts, and the organizers have not said much about where the car will come from or the rules. One goal of trying […]

    Self-Cleaning Leaf

    How about combining a vehicle that doesn’t use any fuel with special paint technology that cleans itself? Nissan did so by creating a very special Nissan LEAF electric vehicle that could be considered the “world’s cleanest car.” Created to demonstrate its potential use in future production vehicles, this Nissan LEAF’s exterior was treated with a […]

    Formula 1 Tech Transferred To Mercedes-Benz Hybrids

    Mercedes-Benz’ involvement in Formula 1 translates into new hybrid and lightweight solutions for the brand’s road-going cars. “Technologies like direct fuel injection found their way in to series production via the Silver Arrows of the 1950s”, said Prof Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz […]

    2014 Mitsubishi Owner’s Day To Feature EVs And PHEVs

    Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. will host its biggest annual celebration for thousands of loyal Mitsubishi Motors brand enthusiasts at the 2014 Mitsubishi Owner’s Day (MOD), including EV and PHEV presence. The event will be held at the company’s North American headquarters located at 6400 Katella Avenue in Cypress, California 90630. The festivities kick off […]

    BMW And Daimler Working On Wireless Charging

    According to some in the industry, one of the next steps on the way to improve electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles is wireless charging. With this concept in mind, Daimler and BMW are jointly developing and implementing one common wireless charging technology. Wireless battery charging will make the handling of electric drive and plug-in […]

    Nissan Begins ‘No Charge to Charge’ For Leaf Buyers

    Nissan has launched its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for new Leaf buyers offering two years of free public charging access in 10 initial markets. The program gives customers an rfid-chipped EZ-Charge card which provides free access to charging at more than 2,600 public stations available in the initial program markets, including more than 200 […]