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    Survey Shows Consumers Want More Plug-in Electrified Vehicle Choices

    Data mined from a consumer survey yielded several take-away points regarding the upside potential of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs). The survey, conducted from April 1 to April 8 by Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned Scientists, was directed at 1,213 licensed and active drivers in nine states in the Northeast, deemed under-served with PEVs, […]

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    Tensions Expected to Follow Release of Federal Fuel Economy Report

    Automakers and U.S. environment regulators may begin clashing over the “54.5 mpg” fuel economy target. Federal regulators will soon be releasing a review of future mileage targets, with tougher standards scheduled to take effect in six years. It could spark more debate over U.S. car buyers’ willingness to pay for emissions-cutting technology such as plug-in electric […]

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    Toyota Sells Nine-Millionth Hybrid

    Yesterday Toyota announced that its cumulative global hybrid sales through April tallied to 9.014 million. The latest million took just nine months, and counted Lexus and Toyota vehicles from all markets dating back to the August 1997 Japanese launch of the original Prius. With the news, the carmaker observes its combined effect on saving fuel […]

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    Volkswagen’s Skoda Nameplate Could Come To North America

    Volkswagen could be planning to introduce the Skoda brand to North America. In a recent move, Skoda filed for a number of trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), protecting the names Skoda Superb, Superb, Octavia and Yeti for the very first time in North America. Patents are often filed simply to […]

    Volkswagen Mulls Modular EV Platform

    In a bid to make more relevant electric cars, Volkswagen is contemplating a new modular chassis architecture that could save cost and time in developing purpose-built EVs. Called “MEB,” the battery in-flat-floor architecture could serve as the underpinnings of a new all-electric Phaeton by 2020, but VW engineers say more is possible. The BUDD-e concept […]

    Google Patents ‘Sticky’ Hood For Pedestrian Accidents

    Google has patented a novel way to prevent pedestrian injuries, and time will tell whether this idea will stick. Ever trying new things, the Internet giant and autonomous car pioneer has received a patent for a design that adheres an impacted pedestrian to the hood of self-driving cars, preventing the person from being thrown back […]

    Academics and Motorsport Teams Challenge Pikes Peak’s ‘Race to the Clouds’

    An international collaboration will take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26 with an electric motorcycle. The high-tech two-wheeler is the result of an alliance between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Electric Vehicle Team, Zero Motorcycles, race companies Komatti (Isle of Man) and Mirai (Japan). Engineering support comes also from Sweden’s Royal […]

    True Zero Bringing 19 Hydrogen Stations to California

    The company that’s building True Zero hydrogen fueling stations says that it can hit its original target by early next year. Headed by former GM and Hyundai marketing guru Joel Ewanick, FirstElement Fuel, a startup that operates the True Zero stations, says that the company wants provide the needed fueling infrastructure to support increased sales […]

    Volkswagen Needs to Ramp Up EV Production and Sales to Hit Tough Global Targets

    Volkswagen Group says it will have to sell about one million battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles per year by 2025 to meet tough carbon dioxide emissions standards in major markets around the world. That one million vehicle figure comes from a forecast VW has made on regions of the world enacting more requirements, […]