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    California Raises Green Car Rebates For Low-Income Buyers, Cuts Off Top Earners

    Yesterday the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted to increase state rebates to as high as $4,000 for plug-in electrified vehicles and $6,500 for fuel cell vehicles to better subsidize low-income earners, while also setting a limit on the highest earners. Those in a middle income range will see no changes to state rebates enabling […]

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    Chevy Bolt is Sharp End of the Spear For GM’s Push Toward Electrification

    Never mind those spy shots of quickly photographed camouflaged Chevy Bolts that circulated last week, this week General Motors put together a brief video and photos of the same with clear intent to stoke enthusiasts’ expectations. With 55 test mule Bolts and 1,000 engineers tasked, the Chevy Bolt is well underway in its development, and […]

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    Nissan Testing 250-Plus-Mile Range Leaf Mule With New Battery Chemistry

    Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told shareholders yesterday “in the near future” it will offer an electric car with range “comparative to today’s conventional vehicles.” To prove previous assertions that the next-generation Leaf could get more than “400 km” (250 miles) on Japan’s optimistic test cycle, a video was shown to shareholders of a Leaf driver […]

    Hybrid Car News

    European Automakers Ask To Delay 2025 Emissions Standards

    European automakers are asking for a five-year extension to meet new emissions guidelines, saying they don’t have the technology ready for 2025’s target goals. The request came through the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), which asked the governing European Commission for the delay, reported Automotive News Europe. “ACEA is arguing that the car industry needs […]

    Consumer Reports Targets 30 New Cars That Burn Excessive Oil

    Not to be confused with cars that guzzle fuel, Consumer Reports’ “Thirsty 30” list spotlights late model “oil-guzzling” cars that consume excessive oil too early in their lifecycles, but several automakers say these conditions are OK. According to the watchdog report, two percent of newer cars or more than 1.5-million 2010-2014 model year vehicles on […]

    Non-driving Replica of Porsche 919 Hybrid Sells For $106,000

    Porsche has sold a model car for $106,100. The German automaker auctioned off a Porsche 919 Hybrid 1:1 model car on eBay, a full-sized replica of the 919 Hybrid race car that competed in last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The model car is one of 13 replicas in the world to be privately […]

    Brand Loyalty Reaches 10-Year High For Car Buyers

    Customers are more loyal to automotive brands than they’ve been in 10 years. Brand loyalty has reached a 10-year high during the first quarter of 2015, IHS Automotive has revealed. According to the company, brand loyalty reached 52.8 percent with numerous automakers experiencing 10-year highs in loyalty rates including Chevrolet, GMC, Infiniti, Jeep, Land Rover, […]

    Volkswagen Says it’s Close to Having 186-mile-range Battery

    Volkswagen is looking to improve the battery technology for its electric vehicles. Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn has confirmed that the company is close to new battery technology that will bring “a quantum leap for the electric car.” Although that’s probably a bit of a hyperbole, the company is researching a […]

    Bugatti Chiron Will Be a Hybrid

    The Bugatti Veyron successor will officially go hybrid. This is the first time that VW Group boss Martin Winterkorn has confirmed the French automaker is working on a successor to the Veyron, despite spy photographers catching numerous mules during testing. Winterkorn also made it official that the successor will have a hybrid powertrain, although the […]