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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 […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    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 […]

    Hybrid Car News

    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, […]

    Tesla Model S P90D Does $100 ‘Ludicrous Challenge’

    After a number of races against supercars on public roads and on drag strips, the Tesla Model S was put to a new quickness test. Or, actually, a “test subject” – the son of Drag Times’ Brooks Weisblat – was offered by his dad a $100 bill if only he could grab it from its taped […]

    2017 Ford Fusion Energi Gets Improved EPA Scores

    The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid’s efficiency is incrementally improved over the 2016 model. With release today on the U.S. EPA’s website of the car’s numbers, the 2017 model get 42 mpg over 38 last year, and 97 MPGe over 88 last year, as well as 22 miles “Elec+Gas” range, over 20 miles for […]

    Surveys Show Challenges OEMs Face Selling Electric and Self-Driving Cars

    Two surveys are showing automakers have real challenges ahead in getting consumers to see the benefits of purchasing plug-in electric and self-driving vehicles. Harris has surveyed 1,052 U.S. residents to find that 67 percent of them didn’t know anyone who owned an all-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid-electric vehicle. Lack of knowledge over how the technologies […]

    Navigant Maps Out How Carsharing Could Grow Six-Fold by 2024

    Navigant Research predicts global carsharing revenue will grow six-fold by 2024 as one-way and plug-in carsharing take off. While carsharing services have been in place over the past 15 years, a new Navigant Research report analyzes significant market innovations that will likely drive market growth. As of 2014, carshare programs had reached five continents, over […]

    Tesla to Host Gigafactory Grand Opening on July 29

    Tesla is making good on its promise to host a special event to mark the opening of its gigafactory production facility in Nevada. The company even offered attendance at the battery-factory’s opening as one of the prizes given out during the second round of a referral program that aimed to get Model S owners to […]