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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 […]

    Technology

    Second-Generation Volt Transmission Operation Explained

    Preface This article co-written by Jeff Nisewanger, Patrick Groeneveld and George Bower first appeared on GM-Volt.com. It’s more than a little bit technical, but for those who want more than a cursory explanation, it’s based on GM patent US 8,602,938, issued in December 2013, and presentations by GM at an SAE vehicle electrification conference on […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Tesla To Begin Selling Its Used Cars Online

    As of last week, Tesla Motors Inc. announced that it will begin selling used vehicles through its website. According to the Wall Street Journal, sales will be limited to a few cities in the United States and Canada for purchasing, but the vehicles will be coming with a 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty, as offered by other luxury […]

    NHTSA Expands Nissan Versa Investigation

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded an ongoing investigation into the Nissan Versa and Versa Note models. “In certain rare instances, due to the shape of the center console and a combination of driver foot position and shoe type, a driver’s shoe may contact the edge of the panel and give the […]

    Ford To Offer CNG, Propane For 2016 F-150

    Ford has announced a compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane prep kit for the 2016 F-150. The American automaker will offer a version of its 5.0-liter V8 that will run on either CNG or propane, making Ford the only manufacturer of a CNG-powered half-ton pickup truck. Towing capability will remain the same with the engine […]

    2016 Honda HR-V Will Start At Just Under $20,000

    Honda’s base 2016 HR-V will start at $19,115 in the U.S. for the LX 2wd with the six speed transmission. This base price includes as standard equipment 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora radio and Bluetooth. The HR-V is available in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, and in […]

    Four- and Six-Cylinder Diesel Engines Under Development By Cadillac

    Now that Cadillac has unleashed several new models, the American automaker is diverting its attention to powertrain development. The American automaker’s chief engineer, Dave Leone, has confirmed that Cadillac will launch new four- and six-cylinder diesel engines. As expected, the diesel engines are being designed with the European market in mind, but there is a […]

    Nissan Leaf Sales Slightly Down In April; Chevy Volt Sales Slightly Up

    April saw a bit of a turnabout with Nissan Leaf sales dropping month over month while Chevy Volt sales went up but the Leaf is still holding its lead as America’s best-selling plug-in car since launch. Last month Nissan reported 1,553 Leafs sold compared to 1,817 in March and Chevrolet delivered 905, a comparable numerical […]