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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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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The global plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market is picking up steam, beginning to fire on all cylinders … or, rather, scratch those legacy tech metaphors. Let’s just say it’s beginning to tap into the instant torque, humming forward now with increasing speed, and the top-10 best sellers are leading the way. When last we checked […]

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Wildly ambitious Tesla promises very favorable long-term numbers but its second quarter earnings report released today had figures that did not meet analysts’ expectations. The company is not yet profitable, is not expected to be at this stage of burning cash to build and unify its businesses of vehicles, solar power and energy storage, but […]

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Some people have had a hard time getting their minds wrapped around the notion of plug-in hybrids, but one way to think of them is like a hybrid on steroids. A non-plug-in hybrid, such as a Toyota Prius, always needs gas and its electric motor drive is only a part-time helper. A plug-in hybrid however […]

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Last Friday, hundreds of Tesla vehicle owners and their invited guests celebrated the official opening of the company’s first Gigafactory battery plant in the Nevada desert. The new facility at the edge of the town of Sparks, east of Reno, will build Tesla’s future battery cells and packs for all of its products. In addition […]

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Today Chevrolet announced its 100,000th Chevy Volt has been sold in the United States. As reported last week by HybridCars.com, the tally is for all Volts sold since the extended-range EV’s launch in December 2010. For its part, Chevrolet took opportunity to tout the car’s 53-mile EV range, according to EPA estimation, and total 420-mile […]

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There have been significant way markers on the road toward an electrified automotive future, and 2016 has seen more than its fair share. The U.S. plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market was essentially kicked off in 2008 with Tesla’s Roadster if one discounts prior attempts including GM’s late-90s EV1. To make up for abandoning that project, […]

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In a case of reality nearly imitating art, a Florida man armed with a pink handgun attempted to evade police in a stolen Toyota Prius, but the police had little trouble apprehending the perpetrator when he crashed attempting a high-speed escape. Perhaps if 19-year-old Jean Sugri had the new better handling 2016 Prius, as Toyota […]

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