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On the heels of a U.S. EPA Technical Draft Assessment (TAR) report released today on how automakers are meeting federal fuel economy mandates, advocates weighed in urging the industry and regulators to stay the course. The main question is should federal authorities adjust mpg and greenhouse gas targets for 2022-2025 that stand to save – […]

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A pivotal moment in U.S. automotive history may be coming to a head. At least, say electrified vehicle advocates, the potential is there if automakers swallow what their lobbyists see as a bitter pill, and pursue in earnest increasingly strict federal mpg and emission mandates under Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law. But first, there’s […]

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Here’s a trick question: How much will you have to pay for a new Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla, or some other plug-in electrified vehicle? If you live in the U.S., the answer is it all depends on the state in which you live and/or register the car. Aside from a $2,500 […]

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If Nikola Motor Company’s plans come to pass, its Nikola One series hybrid electric truck threatens to do to trucking what Tesla’s Model S has done within the auto industry. Among a list of touted benefits, the natural-gas turbine powered rig could attack one of the biggest sore spots in the global transportation picture with […]

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For the fourth generation of its best-selling model line, Lexus sent its RX to the style salon for an extensive makeover. Actually, the longer, wider, taller, roomier and more powerful crossover only evolves the formula that let the automaker sell nearly 101,000 RX models last year, but it does get your attention. Dominating the front […]

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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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It’s ironic that though we live in a time when information was never more plentiful that misinformation, fallacies and myths persist. No doubt that lead-out sentence could launch a discussion on myriad subjects, but looking at a relatively benign one – vehicle fuel economy – people still entertain notions that are simply not true. And […]

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A new report from Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) states that average fuel economy is improving around the world, but not at the pace necessary to meet 2050’s global targets. “The technology is not the problem – it’s the policy commitment that is failing us,” said GFEI Executive Secretary Sheila Watson. “We have brought this […]

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Pickup trucks are the most popular segment in the U.S. this year, with truck models taking the top three slots for vehicle sales to date in 2015. Models like the Ford F-150 have become “as much of a status symbol as they are a tool,” according to Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue […]

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No doubt you’ve heard the saying “your mileage may vary” and for electrified vehicles, this caveat on efficiency can be especially true. This view comes straight from the U.S. EPA which says it is normal for hybrids to deviate by more than 30 percent from official window sticker ratings. SEE ALSO: Seven Ways To Save […]

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