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    Lucas di Grassi Handed Win At Inaugural Formula E ePrix

    As expected, the world’s first zero-emissions auto racing series began in Beijing Saturday, but unexpected was Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi gaining the Formula E ePrix win after two leaders crashed out. The drama took place at the last turn of the last lap of the 25-lap race around a 2.14-mile (3.44 km) circuit […]

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    Nevada Approves Tax Breaks For Tesla

    After three long days of special legislative sessions, the Nevada government finally approved the $1.3 billion bundle of tax breaks and other incentives needed to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the state. During a signing ceremony, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said that the deal “changed the trajectory of our state forever,” and that “We made […]

    Culture & Market

    Americans Buy Their 250,000th Plug-In Car

    Last month was a good month for car sales in general, plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) in particular, and regarding this latter category, Americans bought their 250,000th. This count includes all road-going U.S. plug-in passenger car sales since 2008 when Tesla’s Roadster was launched, to the present. Early this year, excluding commercial vehicles, we chronicled just […]

    Hybrid Car News

    HYbrid Air To Be Seen At Paris Show

    Peugeot will be showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two liters per 100 kilometers, equivalent to 141 imperial mpg, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-liter PureTech 82 horsepower 5-seater hatchback. To achieve such fuel economy, Peugeot said it, […]

    Chrysler FIAT Playing Catch-Up With Electrification

    While Chrysler Fiat gets plenty of deserved credit for its alternative fuel and gas-engine-efficiency offerings — like the small EcoDiesel-powered Ram 1500 and the Multi-Air family of four-cylinders — there hasn’t been much of anything relating to electricity. In fact, beyond the Fiat 500e compliance car, the cupboard appears quite bare. However, the company apparently […]

    2015 Kia Soul EV Starts At $33,700

    Pricing for the all-electric version of the Kia Soul has been revealed. The Soul EV will be offered initially in California in two trims, Base and + (Plus), with MSRPs of $33,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Base and $35,700 for the Plus (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500). Kia […]

    Mitsubishi Cargo Outlander PHEV Launched

    Mitsubishi is launching a commercial version of its Outlander PHEV. The new Outlander GX3h 4Work will make its first public appearance at CENEX 2014 Low Carbon Vehicle Event this week. Designed for commercial assignments, Mitsubishi said the Outlander GX3h 4Work inherits the high specification cabin refinement of the passenger Outlander PHEV and the same economy, […]

    Nevada Lawmakers Pulling All-Nighters Debating Tesla Tax-Breaks

    When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced that the company’s new battery Gigafactory would be built just outside Reno, the impression left was that there were few details left to discuss. Apparently not. Earlier this week, state legislators were called in for a special legislative session in order to hammer […]

    BMW, Nissan, Renault and VW Team Up For EV Charging Stations

    BMW, Nissan, Renault and VW have entered a partnership of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) manufacturers to strengthen EV infrastructure. The four manufacturers’ joint project is through the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program, and aims to create a multi-standard and interoperable EV charging network through the United Kingdom and Ireland. The consortium said it’s […]