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Honda, which started the modern hybrid segment in 1999, now possesses “world-class” hybrid technology but for those wondering when it means to assert its theoretical superiority in new Toyota-beating products, it’s still steady as she goes. Today Honda has three up-and-coming hybrid technologies – in general terms, a 1-motor, 2-motor, and 3-motor system. These all […]

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Already enjoying success, at the ongoing 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen has announced a huge commitment to increase China’s budding electrified vehicle presence. “We are launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history,” said CEO Martin Winterkorn. The German automaker’s e-mobility campaign will dedicate 18 billion euros ($24.9 billion) to bring a new […]

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Last Friday in Montréal, an event billed as “the biggest EV rally” qualified for the Guinness Book of World Record after 438 plug-in vehicles showed up to surpass the 305 that amassed in Zurich last year. The event drew drivers from Canada and the U.S. to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal. It has alternately been […]

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In order to build the absolute best performance car it was capable of turning out, McLaren said it chose a hybrid powertrain for its $1.15 million – and already sold-out – P1. In previous reports we’ve heard that European and U.S. CO2 and mpg mandates were driving such supercar efforts – Ferrari’s La Ferrari and […]

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Although tiny Tesla is not even present at the New York auto show this week, automakers could not avoid hearing questions about Tesla, and its name came up with the head of Mercedes-Benz USA when asked whether it would include more plug-in hybrids. Tesla has “no network” and “little shops that don’t have service capacity,” […]

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Citing many customer requests via e-mail and social media, Audi today said it has decided to introduce its A3 TDI Sportback to the U.S. in the summer of 2015. The clean diesel version of its A3 sedan will join the A3 e-tron Sportback as part of Audi’s electrified and diesel alternative energy portfolio. Audi has […]

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With now almost 50,000 Leafs sold in the U.S., Nissan is working to accelerate sales with a free 2-year charging program in its 10 top markets with at least 15 more to follow next year. The program for 2014 Leaf buyers is an expansion of Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” pilot program started last summer […]

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Honda’s stellar but priced-higher Accord Hybrid has only sold at monthly levels of around a quarter to a third of the Camry Hybrid this year, but part of this may be due to a backlog. According to Wards Auto, intenders for the $30,000-$36,000 car are having to be put on a waiting list. The car […]

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Beyond consumers, other stakeholders in Tesla’s challenge to state franchise laws are the car sellers – car dealers, automakers, and Tesla. This is the second of a set of articles in this series examining what these stakeholders stand to gain or lose. See also the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and […]

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Is Tesla being poached by an attorney capitalizing on its reputation and pumping up claims in order to make his case? That was the implication made yesterday by Tesla Motors about the “King of Lemon Laws” Vince Megna who’s suing the EV maker over an allegedly defective Model S. In a post titled, “When Life […]

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