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    August 2015 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 August continued at a high level, exceeding both July 2015 although slightly less than August 2014. The main reason for the decline […]


    2016 Volt First Drive Reviews Are Mostly Positive

    A limited-access 2016 Volt drive event held for a few publications in July and under media blackout until today saw a flurry of mostly positive first-drive reports. Nearly everything is reported as better about the first plug-in car to go through a complete redesign, and most reviews accentuated the positive while a couple critiqued it […]

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    Tesla Model X With Ludicrous Speed Will Be Even Quicker Than Some Thought

    While Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the quickest Model X P90D could sprint from to 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, Tesla is telling buyers of the crossover due soon its “Ludicrous” mode will do 3.2 seconds. Zero-to-60 mph in 3.2 seconds along with a manufacturer-estimated quarter mile time of 11.7 seconds will make the Model […]

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    Tesla Referral Program Expanded Because It ‘Seems To Be Working’

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk is extending the company’s referral program by removing a limit and adding an extra bonus. The program began earlier this year, rewarding Model S owners around the world for any referrals that resulted in a finalized sale. Under the program, if someone refers a buyer, they receive $1,000 to use towards […]

    Peugeot Fractal Concept EV To Debut In Frankfurt

    Peugeot plans to reveal its Fractal concept electric vehicle later this month at the Frankfurt auto show. As it sits now, this coupe has very little in common with the only battery electric Peugeot has in production right now, the iOn (which is sold in the U.S. as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV). Even though many of […]

    Renovo Runs ‘First All-Electric American Supercar’ At Laguna Seca

    Last weekend Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors demonstrated a prototype of its Coupe, the “first all-electric American supercar,” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, touting it as competitive against gas cars. Weighing in at a Corvette-like 3,250 pounds – 1,600 pounds less than a Tesla Model S P90D but 350 pounds heavier than a Tesla Roadster – the […]

    Mercedes Developing 300-Mile Range Tesla Competitor

    Mercedes-Benz isn’t letting Audi and BMW be the only German automakers getting ready to take on Tesla. The German automaker is reportedly working on an electric vehicle with a range up to 311 miles, targeting the Tesla Model S, according to development chief Thomas Weber. In an interview with German publication auto motor und sport, […]

    BMW To Show Four New Plug-In Hybrids At Frankfurt Auto Show

    BMW is bringing four new plug-in hybrids to the Frankfurt auto show later this month, with each vehicle building on a different brand segment. These will add to BMW’s alternatively powered lineup, which includes the battery electric i3 and the i8 plug-in sports car. These are powered by BMW’s eDrive technology, which will also transfer […]

    Why Bosch Buying Battery Developer Seeo Is Significant

    Last week, Bosch announced it is acquiring a California-based battery company that’s currently developing a solid-state lithium-ion battery. Bosch’s purchase of Seeo, set at an undisclosed price for the company’s intellectual property and research staff, was both groundbreaking and (to some) questionable. “It is the first instance of a major automotive player outright acquiring a […]