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    November 2016 Dashboard

    The monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for November were up 4 percent from a strong year-ago result and down 1 percent from October 2016. Through the first 11 months […]

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    8 Nations Following Paris Climate Change Agreement Commit To Cut CO2

    The world is running against a climate-change deadline and governments are making commitments to do something about it. Among many regulatory actions affecting the kinds of cars we drive – and will drive in years to come – various efforts are being made by agencies to themselves practice what is being mandated. On that note, […]


    Mazda, Subaru and Toyota Being Drawn To Electric Cars

    The days of building “compliance cars” in small numbers to look good in strict markets like California may be over for Japanese automakers and their peers. Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota, which had resisted manufacturing all-electric vehicles for years, are now ready to enter the game. Regulatory pressure is increasing in key global markets and competitors […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Automakers Distressed Over EPA’s Fuel Economy Announcement

    Automakers are feeling frustrated with the federal government for tightening the grip on reaching fuel economy and emissions targets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to shorten the midterm feedback and approval process of the 54.5 mpg mandate to the end of this year was shocking for several automakers. The midterm evaluation process, […]

    BMW Lays Out Ambitious Plans To Increase Electrified Vehicle Sales

    BMW is stepping up its autonomous and electrified vehicle strategy through opening a self-driving car test center in Germany, and remains committed to its i subbrand for hitting ambious plug-in sales targets. The German automaker expects to radically increase its sales volume to 100,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles next year. That benchmark took three […]

    Report: Electric Vehicles Could Take Big Chuck Out of Oil Demand

    A report recently released from oil industry consultant Wood Mackenzie predicts that a boom in electric vehicles could reduce global gasoline demand by as much as 10 percent by 2035. While battery-electric cars and trucks today represent less than one percent of total global vehicle sales, they are expected to take off after 2025 as […]

    Apple’s Letter To NHTSA Hints It Is Still Pursuing Autonomous Car Technology

    Apple has refused to confirm or deny it is developing an autonomous electric vehicle, but a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates it does have skin in the game. The Nov. 22 letter to NHTSA from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity said Apple “is investing heavily in the […]

    Porsche Aiming to Sell 20,000 Mission E Supercars After 2019 Launch

    Porsche’s chief has predicted the upcoming Mission E electric supercar will make up 10 percent of the company’s sales. After it launches in 2019, the 600-horsepower Mission E will make for one out 10 of its cars sold globally, said CEO Oliver Blume. “We have calculated a quantity in the order of about 20,000 for […]