A new Consumers Union survey shows that despite falling fuel prices, public support for increased fleet fuel economy is strong. The survey shows that 53 percent of Americans expect that fuel economy will be improved with their next vehicle purchase and that 84 percent believe carmakers should continue to work to improve fuel economy across […]

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Mitsubishi Motors is jumping on the PR bandwagon early. In a photo tease, the company announced it will take the wraps off a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept at the Paris Motor Show — that’s next September. Called the “Ground Tourer Concept,” the Japanese automaker provided few details about the concept. Billed as an upmarket SUV, […]

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With maybe four months to go before the 2017 Chevy Bolt begins rolling off the Orion, Mich. assembly line, important questions remain. The actual start of production is officially a mystery, but a document General Motors released online, then pulled so it could scrub disclosure of an October production start date, has added to insiders’ […]

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More details on Volkswagen’s $10 billion diesel scandal settlement have surfaced. The German automaker will reportedly pay between $1,000 and $7,000 to diesel vehicle owners, in addition to either fixing or buying back the affected cars. The settlement is still being negotiated for submission to a federal judge next week, and the payment amount will […]

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After receiving a license in Michigan to test self-diving vehicles earlier this month, the mysterious Faraday Future was approved for public road testing in California. Citing an industry source, an Automotive News report says the company plans to make use of the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s approval by the end of the year. “Faraday […]

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Nissan introduced a 30 kWh Leaf battery this year alongside the existing 24-kWh pack, and more of this practice will be employed in the next 200-plus mile model. “We have two battery options now, and will grow options, making it more accessible with a longer range and a price to match,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director […]

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In the U.S., Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) is better known for counterfeit car designs, and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway $230 million investment to buy a 10 percent stake in the company. In China, BYD is known for its cheap compact cars, trendy SUVs and insanely fast hybrids. The fastest is called the Tang, […]

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Arriving next summer, a refreshed 2017 Mercedes-Benz S 550e will be available with wireless battery charging. The technology being used works on a principal similar to wirelessly charging cell phones, and requires no cords or plugs to handle. British publication, Autocar, reported that the induction charging system will consist of two coils: one placed on […]

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The new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will gain additional electric driving range with a rooftop solar panel that helps recharge the battery. Stretching nearly the entire length of the roof, the solar cells can charge the lithium-ion battery pack when the car is parked, and can boost efficiency by as much as 10 percent, though […]

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Two California public fleets have overcome pricing and fueling hurdles and added Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedans to their operations. The City of Long Beach has one Mirai in its motor pool, and Sacramento County now has four with plans to add six more. With a sticker price of more than $57,000 how did […]

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