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    Wrightspeed Debuts New Turbine For Commercial Vehicles

    Wrightspeed, best known for manufacturing aftermarket hybrid powertrains for commercial trucks, is adding a new turbine generator to its product line. Named the Fulcrum, this 250-pound turbine generator will not be providing power directly to the vehicle’s wheels. Instead, the series hybrid system focuses solely on recharging the battery pack. Turbines, mot unlike a helicopter’s […]

    Hybrid Market Dashboard

    April 2015 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 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 […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Sparks Fly In April (Speaking of Chevrolet’s EV Off Dealer Lots)

    Last month was apparently a lightbulb moment for car shoppers in California and Oregon as Chevrolet saw a 509.3 percent sales increase for its Spark EV flying off of dealer lots. Its 920 sales crushed its previous best, May 2014′s 182 and until now the subcompact EV has more often cruised at at the sub […]

    April US Average Fuel Economy Dips 0.2-Percent To 25.2 mpg

    The average sales-weighted fuel economy of vehicles sold last month dropped slightly. According to data from researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during April was 25.2 mpg, a 0.2-mpg drop compared to March 2015. The drop […]

    Tesla Owner: Model S Running Strong After 120K Miles

    After turning over 120,000 miles on the odometer, Dante Richardson says his Model S is still running strong. “I don’t know if it’s the software updates or some of the other changes that have occurred with the car, but I find myself increasingly enamored and happy with the car as time has passed,” says Richardson. […]

    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 […]