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    April 2016 Dashboard

    The monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall passenger vehicle sales for April were up from a year ago although down modestly from March. For April and for year-to-date, hybrids were down […]


    Taxis Could Be Ideal for Bringing Self-Driving Cars to Streets

    With safety being the biggest concern for the viability of self-driving cars, taxis could be the ideal testing ground over the next five years. Jeff Owens, chief technology officer and executive VP at Delphi Automotive, says that the largest barrier for self-driving cars will be legal issues. City governments can quickly adopt the legal framework […]

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    As MPG Cheating Scandal Unfolds in Japan, US EPA Increases Vigilance On Mitsubishi

    Following admission of more than two decades of misreported mpg data to Japanese authorities, the U.S. EPA says the company’s cars sold stateside are being scrutinized. “EPA has instructed Mitsubishi to provide additional information regarding their U.S. vehicles,” said the agency today in response to a query by “The agency will also be directing […]

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    Could the Mini Rocketman Come to Market as an EV?

    Two Mini concepts – the Rocketman and the Superleggera – still have a shot at production, and the Rocketman could be an EV. The Superleggera roadster faces longer odds of being built, as explained by Mini product chief Ralph Mahler in an interview with Autocar. “[The] roadster segment is small and demand is going down, […]

    Sadly, Chevy Jolt EV Website is Fake

    Someone created a convincing, yet fake website for a fake car: The Chevrolet Jolt EV. With the Chevrolet Bolt on the horizon, it’s hard to believe the American automaker already has another electric vehicle up its sleeves. Well, it doesn’t and the Chevrolet Jolt EV is a creation by Matt Teske, who went above and […]

    Analysts Think Germany Offering EV Incentives in Response to ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

    Automotive analysts think that Germany may be increasing electric vehicle incentives to create a large EV market and to move beyond Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal. Frost & Sullivan analysts say that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s agreement last week to invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) of taxpayers’ money into promoting EVs is connected to the VW […]

    Bentley Planning Electric Car Launches for Compliance and Market Demand

    British luxury carmaker Bentley is adding to its electric car product planning in the next few years. While a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga has been set to launch in 2017 or early 2018, Bentley is seriously considering adding a fully electric drivetrain package. It’s being driven by compliance with stricter global emissions and […]

    Tesla Powerwall Energy Storage Units Installed in Homes

    One year after introducing the Powerwall energy storage product, Tesla Energy has started its first wave of home installations in the U.S. The 6.4-kilowatt-hour unit stores electricity from home solar systems and provides backup in the case of a power outage. Weighing 214 pounds and standing about 4-feet tall, it retails for around $3,000. Tesla’s […]