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The BMW i8 has been one of the most anticipated performance cars in years, both for its faithful concept-to-production design and its radical hybrid-electric powertrain that strikes an excellent balance between conservation and outright performance. Power comes from a radical turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a pair of electric motors to deliver a combined 357 horsepower […]

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If automakers want to stay in business they will have to significantly clean up their fleets, and electrification, they know, is an ideal way to do that. When it gets to be crunch time later this decade and next, they will have to introduce more hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars. The less gasoline they […]

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The EcoCAR competition is starting its third iteration later this year, and will challenge 16 North American universities to showcase their vision of the future of transportation. The event, the latest in the US Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, is once again partnering with General Motors to supply the vehicles and other […]

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What is it with Ford and its factory roofs? First in 2010, a 500-kw solar panel system was installed on the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. where — coincidentally of course — the company’s range of electrified compact vehicles are assembled. Next, a living roof was installed on the World HQ building in 2012 […]

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In 1908, the Model T sparked an explosion for Ford’s sales with a boom heard around the world. After the U.S. was introduced to hybrids before 2000, noises were heard, but advocates still look forward to a “game changer.” One big reason for hybrid and plug-in vehicles has been to reduce emissions and petroleum consumption, […]

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The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf are in the critics’ spotlights yet again, and this time it’s how little value is left after only a few years of ownership. First, Wired looked specifically at the Leaf, which can be leased for a ridiculously small amount: $2,400 down and $199 a month for 36 months. The […]

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Consumer Reports has released an update on its long-term Tesla Model S tester, and while the organization still enjoys its revolutionary nature, driving performance and good safety scores, its example has suffered a decent string of issues. Having covered nearly 16,000 miles in CR’s care, the Model S – which CR purchased to eliminate ostensible […]

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It isn’t often that Toyota shows a self-aware sense of humor in its press releases. The latest example, listing three reasons why hybrids should be in everyone’s driveway, starts like this: “You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.” The pious Prius driver […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. July was a good sales month for the market as a whole, although there was a modest decline from recent months. Electric and hybrid electric […]

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Audi may be lagging behind with EVs at the moment, but it’s reportedly working on two long-range electric SUVs to go head to head against the BMW i3 and Tesla Model X respectively. According to Autobild, the A2Q small SUV concept (pictured) is an answer to BMW’s first i-series city car and aiming for an […]

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