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    Toyota Hybrid Sales Pass 10 Million Worldwide

    Toyota has just passed the 10-million mark for hybrid sales worldwide. The Prius is Toyota’s most well-known hybrid, and of course the world’s first mass-market hybrid, but the company now sells much more than just the Prius. Toyota offers 33 different hybrid models across the world, covering 90 countries and regions. The brand is aiming […]

    Toyota

    ‘Father of the Prius’ Has High Hopes Plug-in Prius Will See Strong Sales

    Toyota’s “father of the Prius” is confident the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid will sell much faster than the original hybrid Prius. Speaking at a media event launching the Prius Prime in Japan, Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada said he expects Prius plug-in hybrids to pass the one million unit sales mark in less than 10 years; […]

    Mercedes

    Smart Transitioning Over to Electric-Only Vehicles in North America

    Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA hope to revive Smart cars by making it an electric-vehicle only brand. For the U.S. and Canada markets only, the parent company will stop selling the gasoline-powered Smart ForTwo coupe and convertible later this year. The Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the all-electric Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio. Low-priced […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Automakers to New EPA Chief: Drop Obama’s CO2 Rules

    The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked Tuesday to have the EPA’s new Administrator Scott Pruitt withdraw the Obama Administration’s decision to lock in vehicle emissions rules through 2025. Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the industry group representing 77 percent of U.S. auto manufacturers, wrote to Pruitt the decision was “the product of egregious procedural and substantive […]

    VW Earns 50 Percent Range Increase EPA Estimate for 2017 e-Golf

    Volkswagen of America has gained a 50 percent increase in estimated range by the Environmental Protection Agency for the 2017 e-Golf. The revised e-Golf now has the ability to go 125 miles on a single charge, up from 83 miles previously. A new lithium battery has added longer range – at 35.8 kWh in the […]

    Future Mobility Confident Over Gaining China’s Approval For 2019 EV Launch

    China-based electric carmaker Future Mobility Corp. is sticking to its plan to launch an electric SUV by late 2019, even if government approval gets dragged out longer. The startup founded by former BMW and Nissan executives has courted enough financial backers to start building a $1.7 billion factory in Nanjing, but the regulatory process needed […]

    Hyundai Launches Electric Carsharing Service in Korea

    Hyundai and its captive finance unit will be launching an electric carsharing unit in April. Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Capital will make their vehicles, including electric cars, available through a carsharing service in South Korea. Hyundai Motor launched a carsharing test drive in Korea last December. Users could try out a Hyundai Ioniq electric sedan […]

    BMW and Mobileye Sharing Sensor Data To Support Autonomous Driving

    BMW and Mobileye are partnering to share real-time sensor data from BMW vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s mapping system supporting autonomous driving. Mobileye’s Road Experience Management data generation technology will be added to BMW models entering the market in 2018. This will “crowd-source” real-time data with vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s camera-based Advanced Driver Assist System technology. […]

    Shell and Toyota Opening Seven Hydrogen Stations in California

    Shell and Toyota are partnering to add seven new hydrogen fueling stations in California as both companies bet petroleum will be fading away in the future. It’s part of California’s zero emission vehicles and greenhouse gas reduction campaign, with an expected 100 retail hydrogen stations to be in place by 2024. Green Car Congress reported […]