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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 […]


    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 […]

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    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

    Nissan Sponsoring National Drive Electric Week

    To celebrate National Drive Electric Week, held September 15 to 21, Nissan is sponsoring more than 130 grassroots events across the U.S. and abroad. National Drive Electric Week, formerly National Plug In Day, started in 2011 as a series of local events aimed at spreading the word about plug-in vehicles. The annual event, which is […]

    C-HR: Hybrid Compact Crossover From Toyota

    Toyota is jumping on the hybrid compact crossover bandwagon, coming with a competitor to Honda’s Vezel, the C-HR. The company said it will present its new C-HR concept vehicle at the Paris motor show, revealing on October 2 the company’s vision for a compact crossover model. Toyota stated the C-HR concept combines a powerful new […]

    Formula E’s Nelson Piquet, Jr Thrashes A BMW i8 – Video

    If anyone still wonders whether BMW’s 357-horsepower i8 plug-in hybrid has the high-performance goods, Formula E put on a video promo showing the car being pitched sideways and spun around at speed. The $137,000 BMW is equipped with FIA-required safety car gear but otherwise mainly stock. It doesn’t look too easy to flip, and China […]

    Mazda’s Diesel Engine Delayed Yet Again For North America

    Despite years of research and potentially billions of dollars, Mazda has yet to introduce its SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine on North American soil. And, according to a story at The Truth About Cars, it still won’t arrive anytime soon. According to an unnamed source close to the situation, it appears that the latest delay is so […]

    Nissan-Renault Has Huge Battery Overcapacity Problem

    After a full assault on the electric-vehicle market with the Leaf, it looks like Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will be making some seriously tough decisions about how the company, and its French partner Renault, will build or source its batteries. According to a report in Reuters, Ghosn “is preparing to cut battery manufacturing…in a new […]

    Cité lib by Ha:Mo’s EVs Available October 1

    Toyota is providing 70 ultra-compact electric vehicles for Cité lib by Ha:Mo, an urban mobility project to be launched in Grenoble, France Oct. 1. The automaker is providing a fleet of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles. The three and four-wheelers are set to prove how clean and easy urban motoring can be by […]