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    February 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. Like January, February is difficult to evaluate sales trends since it is typically a modest sales month because automakers sought in December to bring consumers […]

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    Koenigsegg Builds Exotic Insanely Fast Regera Plug-in Hybrid

    At the Geneva car show, Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg is giving the world a look at is new supercar: the 2016 Regera. The Regera is the latest addition to the current hypercar trend: insanely potent exotics driven by a hybrid powertrain. It’s a class that caters to the fortunate and affluent few that want unrestrained muscle […]

    Fuel Efficiency & Emissions

    Would The 2016 Volt’s Transaxle Be Ideal For An Extended-Range Truck?

    In revising the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, General Motors re-designed its electrical/mechanical transaxle, and one might now pose the question whether this same design would be ideal to use in a super fuel-saving truck such as VIA Motors now makes. VIA builds pure series plug-in hybrid trucks based on the Chevrolet Silverado and other light-duty GM […]

    Hybrid Car News

    2015 VW e-Golf Limited Edition Is $2,000 Less Than Standard Model

    Volkswagen is releasing a Limited Edition version of its battery electric e-Golf, with a $2,000 price break for the new model. To bring the price down, VW has swapped out the leatherette seats for cloth, downgraded the LED headlights to halogens and is running 16-inch steel wheels instead of aluminum alloys. Pricing for the e-Golf […]

    Nissan: EVs And Autonomous Tech Are Key To Growth In US, Europe

    Nissan wants to grow its market share in the U.S. and Europe, naming electric vehicles and autonomous tech as two segments key to its expansion. In the U.S. last year, Nissan and its luxury division, Infiniti, claimed 8.4-percent of the auto market. Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz announced previously that he wants to raise […]

    Kia Expands Soul EV Market After Relatively Strong Sales in California

    After the success of the Soul EV in California surprised Kia’s executives, the company announced it will be changing – and expanding – which markets the vehicle will be available in next. “We were kind of shocked how well it was received. It’s been a huge hit,” Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at […]

    Nissan Leaf To Return Electricity To Grid

    Nissan announced at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show its involvement in a mass-market vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system. Teaming-up with Endesa, an Enel Group subsidiary, for this initiative, Nissan will participate in a full demonstration of the market-ready and low cost system in Madrid on March 12, 2015. The automaker stated it is now releasing the […]

    Kia’s Sportspace Wagon Concept Is A Diesel Hybrid

    Kia unveiled the Sportspace at the 85th Annual Geneva Motor Show, a sleek wagon-like concept that is powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain. The Sportspace concept is powered by the latest evolution of Kia’s diesel-electric T-Hybrid system, previously seen on the Optima T-Hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Kia explained the 1.7-liter diesel engine […]

    Oregon Launches First Mileage-Based Fee Program For U.S.

    With its new program debuting this July, Oregon will become the first state to collect road use fees through mileage instead of fuel. The program will charge drivers a road use fee based on how many miles they drive, instead of using a state tax built into gas prices. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), […]