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    Never Minding Tesla’s Delayed Semi, Toyota Calls Its FCV Big Rig ‘The Future’

    While the world awaits Tesla’s delayed Semi due this fall, the Japanese company that brought you the Prius, Mirai FCV, and other nifty electrified vehicles is drumming up interest in an electric semi of its own. This one however happens to be a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and starting Oct. 23 Toyota’s “Project Portal” will […]

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    September 2017 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 sales for September were exceptionally strong, as fleet sales and replacement demand from Harvey and to a lesser extent, Irma, led to the highest […]

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    Chevy Bolt Raises The Bar Again With Best Sales Month Ever in September

    Chevrolet’s Bolt EV has again raised its monthly sales total to a new level with 2,632 sales in September. Among all plug-ins, the Bolt was third place, with Tesla’s Model S doing an estimated 4,500, the Model X, selling 3,400 ahead of it. In August it had sold 2,107 in the U.S. and led all […]

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    Volkswagen Working on an Electric Semi-Truck

    Volkswagen Truck & Bus has debuted the e-Delivery, which will be produced in Brazil starting in 2020. According to Volkswagen, the e-Delivery is an all-new platform developed in Brazil with the aim of offering new mobility alternatives to large cities. The platform is versatile enough to also underpin electric buses, which is what the automaker […]

    Hundreds of Workers Fired at Tesla

    Tesla has drastically thinned the ranks of its workforce, shedding hundreds of employees even as production of the Model 3 is ramping up. Usually when we report on job losses at an automaker, they are layoffs due to excess plant capacity. In this case, however, Tesla has taken the unusual step of firing several hundred […]

    Paris Wants Gas and Diesel Cars Out by 2030

    Paris City Hall wants internal combustion engines off its roads, and the city wants it to happen sooner rather than later. Officials in Paris have announced plans to remove internal combustion engines from the city completely, as soon as 2030. The bold move was announced by Mayor Anne Hidalgo yesterday. Hidalgo has previously announced plans […]

    Bosch Announces New 48-Volt Battery Pack

    Bosch is launching a new 48-volt battery it hopes will make it a market leader in the micro hybrid segment. The 48-volt lithium-ion battery is designed for micro hybrids. It would also be well suited for Audi’s upcoming 48V whole-car electrical system, and a new generation of similar 48V cars and trucks. Micro hybrids use […]

    Tesla Recalls 11,000 Model X Over Seat Issue

    Tesla is recalling 11,000 Model X SUVs over an issue with the second row of seats. The automaker said that it discovered the issue during internal testing. The problem is that the cable that controls the recline of the rear seats is too tight. What that means is that when you raise the seatbacks from […]

    GM to Idle Volt Production

    Citing demand and oversupply issues, General Motors is idling the factory making four different car models, including the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will experience a reduction in vehicle output starting next Friday, Oct. 20. This will lead into a month-long wind down of production, culminating in a full shutdown on Nov. […]