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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

    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 […]

    Volkswagen Looks to Build Its Own ‘Gigafactory’

    In an effort to make amends for its diesel emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen wants to make plug-in electrified vehicles in a big way, and for that, it needs batteries. According to the German publication Handelsblatt, the company is working toward a multi-billion euro plant enabling it to take control of its electrified car destiny, and […]

    Tesla Owner Sues Over Model X Doors But Still Happy with Roadster and Model S

    A Tesla fan has taken the electric carmaker to court in California due to allegedly malfunctioning Model X features and finishes that haven’t been repairable by the company. Plaintiff Barrett Lyons has been happy with his Roadster and Model S, but has found problems with his $162,000 Tesla Model X to be unacceptable. The wing […]