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    2015 Cadillac ELR Expected To Get More Electric Range

    Cadillac has struggled to sell the 2014 ELR this year, is now quietly offering around $12,500 in rebates, and discounting, and its 16.5-kwh battery will be replaced with a 17.1-kwh pack like the Chevy Volt just got. It’s believed this should net an incremental range increase, and might even help MPGe as a similar increase […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    2015 Volt Gets Larger 17.1-kWh Battery

    Updates to the 2015 Chevy Volt include minor things like interior and exterior color choices, WiFi connectivity, and … an unannounced upgrade to the propulsion battery to 17.1 kilowatt-hours – up from 16.5. The extended-range electric Volt was launched December 2010 as a 2011 model with a 16.0-kwh pack rated at 35 miles electric range, […]

    Politics, Incentives & Laws

    HOV Access Is Key For California Plug-in Car Purchases

    A UC Davis study published in April showed that a good third to almost 60 percent of California plug-in vehicle (PEV) purchases are primarily motivated by solo access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – which can become congested at times. California is the leader in PEV acceptance, and policymakers adopting a carrot-and-stick approach of […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Tesla Model S Crosses America in 67 Hours, 21 minutes

    Traversing the United States in an EV in a short time is possible and’s team has proven it at the wheel of a Tesla. A team from broke the cross-country speed record in an electric vehicle when driving from Redondo Beach, Calif. to New York, NY in a 2013 Tesla Model S. The […]

    2015 Buenos Aires Formula E Track Unveiled

    The circuit layout and location for Formula E’s 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix has been revealed. Buenos Aires will host round four of the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. Taking place on January 10, 2015, the 2.44 kilometers (1.516 miles) track will run counter-clockwise and lies in the popular and modern Puerto Madero district to […]

    Video: Smart Runs Head First Into S-Class

    Thinking about a new $13,000-and-up Smart car but wondering about that all-important safety aspect? Daimler made a point by running the diminutive redesigned city car head-on into the head-of-state worthy S-Class weighing double, and with much less doubt of its crashworthiness. The in-house test actually kind of emulated the tough small-overlap test the U.S. Insurance […]

    Opel Ampera Getting The Axe

    A report has it that Opel will cease offering the Ampera after next year’s redesign of the Chevrolet Volt upon which the Ampera is based. Following abysmal sales, the word given by two “people familiar with the matter” to Automotive News Europe confirms again 2016 is the year for the next-gen Volt, but the Ampera […]

    Audi Will Introduce Electrified A8 Plug-In Hybrid For 2015

    Audi will reportedly introduce an e-tron version of its flagship A8 limousine, set to debut sometime next year as a 2016 model. According to Auto Express, the A8 e-tron will be a full plug-in hybrid that uses Audi’s new 3.0-liter diesel V6 as its heart, rather than the gasoline V6 currently used in the regular […]

    Clean Diesel Vehicle Sales Up 25 Percent This Year

    While still only a small fraction of overall passenger vehicle sales in the United States, clean diesel power is becoming an increasingly popular choice among consumers. Sales in the first half of 2014 jumped by 25 percent over the same period last year — against an overall increase of only four percent — and some […]