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    Wrightspeed Debuts New Turbine For Commercial Vehicles

    Wrightspeed, best known for manufacturing aftermarket hybrid powertrains for commercial trucks, is adding a new turbine generator to its product line. Named the Fulcrum, this 250-pound turbine generator will not be providing power directly to the vehicle’s wheels. Instead, the series hybrid system focuses solely on recharging the battery pack. Turbines, mot unlike a helicopter’s […]

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    April 2015 Dashboard

    The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for April were strong and the industry showed continuing improvement from one year ago, as most automakers showed gains. Battery electric vehicles had […]

    Politics, Incentives & Laws

    Congress-Commissioned Study Recommends PEV Tax Credit Become Point Of Sale Rebate

    A comprehensive study commissioned by Congress surveying adoption and growth of the plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market recommends the federal tax credit become a point-of-sale rebate. This recommendation has been politically dead on arrival as endorsed by President Barack Obama for the past four years or more, but the 205-page exhaustive and throughly vetted non-partisan […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Autonomous Freightliner 18-Wheeler Takes First Drive In Las Vegas

    Yesterday Daimler and the governor of Nevada celebrated the first running demonstration of an 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailer driven autonomously on its public roads. In fact, Gov. Brian Sandoval and Daimler AG board member Wolfgang Bernhard were in the vehicle driven on Las Vegas’ U.S. Highway 15. Called the Freightliner Inspiration truck, that much kinetic energy […]

    Porsche Developing Fuel Cell Vehicle

    Porsche has been going green with electrification and now it’s adding a new trick to its arsenal. According to Autocar, the German automaker is preparing a BMW 5 Series competitor that will be available with electric and hydrogen fuel cell variants. Through a series of patent applications filed in Germany, China and the U.S., details […]

    Pre-Existing Fisker Owners Offered Free Maintenance by The ‘New Fisker’

    Fisker’s new corporate parents are providing support for current Karma owners. The “new Fisker” has announced that it has appointed authorized CSP (customer support program) providers to assist current owners with service and parts needs. According to the automaker, current Karma owners will get parts and labor for covered repairs free of charge up to […]

    Can Compressed Air Drive The Next City Car?

    A carmaker with plans to build a subcompact car powered by compressed air has just receive a big boost towards building its first U.S. factory. Pat Boone, a 1950′s musician best known for rock ‘n’ roll hits like “Ain’t That a Shame,” teamed up with Ethan Tucker from Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) to pitch the […]

    Premier 2016 Chevy Volt LTZ Priced From $38,345

    During a recent Chevrolet-sponsored Facebook discussion for the 2016 Chevy Volt it was learned the premier “LTZ” version will have a starting price of $38,345 including $825 destination and this has since been confirmed. There is no press release to go with the news, but the media rep for the $33,995 price announcement for the […]

    Study Finds Millennials Like Cars, Tend To Dislike EVs

    A couple of the findings from the 2015 Continental Mobility Study include that contrary to widely held beliefs, millennials think driving is important, but they don’t see electric vehicles as viable transportation options in the medium term. Unknown is whether these findings shall continue on ad infinitum or prove as transitory as the latest fashion. […]