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    This Month America Will Be 30-Percent of the Way To Obama’s 1-Million Plug-in Goal

    Now four years since the advent of the mainstream plug-in car, and several years beyond earlier plug-ins that came and went besides, hindsight reveals good intentions haven’t all gone as planned, but the journey is now well underway. Last week the U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz conceded what everyone already knew: the Obama Administration’s 2011 […]

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    Why Now Is A Good Time to Buy a Hybrid or Plug-in Car

    Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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    What Price Should Chevrolet Ask For the 2016 Volt?

    Now that General Motors has made its big splash with the 2016 Volt currently on display at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, questions remain, including what the all-new 50-mile-range plug-in car with gas backup will sell for. When the 2011 Volt was first launched, GM had high costs baked into the advanced vehicle it […]

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    Tesla Battery Swap Station Still Not Open

    Tesla’s maiden battery-swapping station was slated to open weeks ago. But it doesn’t appear that the facility is quite ready for business. According to a tweet Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted, the station was operating mid-December in “limited Beta mode.” Swapping a battery at the station was to be by invitation and appointment only, with […]

    P85D Gets 0.1 Second Quicker For ‘Insane’ Snow Traction Mode

    In a series of tweets, Tesla chief Elon Musk is sharing details on the Model S P85D including that it will get a tad quicker to 60 thanks to a free over the air software update. SEE ALSO: Tesla P85D Dyno Test Produces 864 Pounds-Feet of Torque The updates have been a part of owning […]

    Toyota Hybrid Tested With SiC Power Semiconductors

    Toyota launched in Japan a program to test silicon carbide power semiconductors in hybrid vehicles. Using a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation said the tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which it believes could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles […]

    e-AWD For Kia’s Chicago Concept

    An electric AWD vehicle will wear the Kia badge in Chicago. Kia Motors America said it will unveil an electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The company added this off-roader, said to be bold by Kia, was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers seeking […]

    Chevrolet Offers No-Charge Fix For Faulty Volt Hatch Struts

    Chevrolet has notified Volt owners that it will replace the struts on the rear liftgate as part of a recent customer service recall. Chevrolet issued the notice for 2011 to 2015 Volts and 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX after a number of customers complained that the rear hatch didn’t raise completely, especially in cold weather. Some also […]

    Tesla Gets Planning Commission Approval for San Antonio Store

    Tesla may be barred from sales activity in Texas, but it wants to build a new store in San Antonio, and has just received approval from the city’s planning commission. The request now moves to the city council which will decide if it should rezone the land for Tesla’s proposed store. Tesla isn’t applying for […]