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GM is touting linear higher speed power for the Chevrolet Bolt EV – and Opel Ampera-e sibling – and they could prove quite satisfying for drivers wanting more on the highway. While not quite in “Ludicrous” league, in a recent press announcement, Opel of Europe said the Ampera-e will accelerate from 50-75 mph (80-120 km/h) […]

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Today Tesla announced the Model S with Ludicrous mode and new 100-kWh battery can provide either 315 miles EV range, or 0-60 times to rival 1000cc superbikes. “The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced,” said the company in its blog post of an upgrade also available […]

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Contrary to any rumor anyone may have heard, there are no plans for a Chevy Volt EV, or the Bolt EV being sold in Korea, or even that the Korean co-engineered Bolt should be called the “LG Bolt.” No, while GM is otherwise still mum on key details like the U.S. EPA-rated range for the […]

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Media reports have seen hybrid-electric vehicles playing second fiddle to plug-ins, their U.S. sales have certainly declined, but the global market is on the rise. The source of this report is the automaker with the most to gain or lose – Toyota, which owns more than 80 percent of the global market share, and 73 […]

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Harley- Davidson has accepted a $12-million slap on the wrist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over purported “defeat device” sales for its motorcycles. The news comes as the much-bigger dust cloud is settling from the Volkswagen diesel scandal which has cost VW AG billions with global recalls, and which has prompted regulators around the […]

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Although media reports periodically focus on relatively low sales for plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs), a few standout models are selling in numbers respectable even next to much-better established non-plug-in hybrids. The regular, non-plug-in hybrid market has had 16 years in the U.S. to get underway and today the two top sellers – the Toyota Prius […]

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Korean battery and EV component supplier LG Electronics is gearing up its assembly line this month to provide components for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt which is believed due to start regular U.S. production in October. LG’s move is its part of a contract it announced last month that was signed October 2015 with General Motors […]

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Depending on who is spinning the news, plug-in hybrids may be the recipient of high praise, deep criticism, or to the dismay of advocates, they may completely fly under consumers’ radar – but sometimes even good new ideas take a while to sink in. Presented as a solution to radically cut petroleum and emissions just […]

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Imagine if automakers equipped cars with a gauge showing exactly how much money people were spending per second in direct response to their driving habits. And think if such a gauge could be calibrated to also show dollars per day, per week, month and year. Do you suspect that would get peoples’ attention more than […]

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The U.S. EPA has posted the 2017 BMW i3 with updated 94-amp-hour battery as being rated in the U.S. with 114 miles range – a 33-mile increase over the 2016 model’s 81-mile rating. It has been known this was coming, but the ratings posted to the U.S. EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov, show the updated battery electric car’s […]

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