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    2016 Toyota Prius Spied?

    It appears that the 2016 Toyota Prius is undergoing testing in the U.S. PriusChat user Savior1974 spotted this heavily camouflaged prototype at a gas station in Baker, Calif. and while there’s no confirmation that this is a fourth-generation Prius, its body lines, tail lights and front end does resemble the world’s best-selling hybrid. Current Prius […]

    Technology

    Electric City Car Shrinks, Rolls Sideways, Pivots on its Own Footprint

    A team of German engineers has been showcasing an EV prototype that can drive sideways, shrink, and turning on a dime in order to tackle challenges of ever-shrinking parking spots and increasing urban congestion. The EO Smart Connecting Car 2 as it’s been dubbed, was developed in Bremen by DFKI Robotics Innovation Center. The creation team […]

    Porsche

    911 Could ‘Possibly’ Be Porsche’s Next Plug-in Hybrid

    Porsche will decide this year whether to apply its plug-in hybridization formula to its 911. This was according to CEO Matthias Mueller who told Automotive News the 911 could “possibly” be next and the company is “negotiating about that” regarding Porsche’s growing stable of EPA-friendly variants. The decision has obviously not been made at this […]

    Hybrid Car News

    New Evidence Implies Apple Is Creating A Car Battery

    With experts in both the automotive and the technology industries debating whether Apple is building a production-level vehicle or just creating a mock-up for research, new information suggests that the company is indeed creating a car-sized battery. A portion of this evidence emerged following a recently settled lawsuit between Apple and A123 Systems, a lithium-ion […]

    Tesla Loses A Second Time In Texas

    A twin set of bills that would have allowed Tesla Motors to sell vehicles in Texas have expired. Two years ago, a pro-Tesla bill was sent to Texas legislators that would permit the electric carmaker to sell directly to consumers. But the bill never received committee approval and expired at the end of the legislative […]

    Tennessee Announces $1,500-$2,500 Limited-Duration Plug-In Car Rebates

    Tennessee plug-in car buyers can get them while they are hot as the state has set up a 0.7 million fund to subsidize plug-in car purchases or leases with $1,500-$2,500 each on a first-come, first-served basis. This news came this last week on the two-tiered rebate program offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and […]

    2016 Volt Ordering Beings This Month for Fall Deliveries

    Chevrolet is gearing up to begin an ordering process for the second-generation 2016 Volt beginning first in states compliant with California Air Resources Board rules this month and the rest of the nation in October. Orders for California and states that follow its zero-emission vehicle regulations can be placed May 28 and production at the […]

    Oregon Set To Implement Per-Mile Road Usage Tax

    Oregon is aiming to become the first state in the nation with a per-mile usage tax. The state is currently preparing a program designed to help raise more revenue to support road and bridge projects. Across the country, gasoline taxes are declining as more vehicle owners turn to fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles, which […]

    China To Cut Annual Taxes On Hybrids And ZEVs

    As part of a countrywide initiative to promote more fuel-efficient transportation, China announced that it will stop charging annual taxes for some low- and zero-emission vehicles. The fee is part of China’s 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax (VVT). In addition to taxes for motorcycles, ships and commercial vehicles, the measure set an annual charge for […]