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With experts in both the automotive and the technology industries debating whether Apple is building a production-level vehicle or just creating a mock-up for research, new information suggests that the company is indeed creating a car-sized battery. A portion of this evidence emerged following a recently settled lawsuit between Apple and A123 Systems, a lithium-ion […]

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A twin set of bills that would have allowed Tesla Motors to sell vehicles in Texas have expired. Two years ago, a pro-Tesla bill was sent to Texas legislators that would permit the electric carmaker to sell directly to consumers. But the bill never received committee approval and expired at the end of the legislative […]

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Tennessee plug-in car buyers can get them while they are hot as the state has set up a 0.7 million fund to subsidize plug-in car purchases or leases with $1,500-$2,500 each on a first-come, first-served basis. This news came this last week on the two-tiered rebate program offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and […]

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Chevrolet is gearing up to begin an ordering process for the second-generation 2016 Volt beginning first in states compliant with California Air Resources Board rules this month and the rest of the nation in October. Orders for California and states that follow its zero-emission vehicle regulations can be placed May 28 and production at the […]

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Oregon is aiming to become the first state in the nation with a per-mile usage tax. The state is currently preparing a program designed to help raise more revenue to support road and bridge projects. Across the country, gasoline taxes are declining as more vehicle owners turn to fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles, which […]

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As part of a countrywide initiative to promote more fuel-efficient transportation, China announced that it will stop charging annual taxes for some low- and zero-emission vehicles. The fee is part of China’s 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax (VVT). In addition to taxes for motorcycles, ships and commercial vehicles, the measure set an annual charge for […]

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Authorities are reporting a sharp increase in Toyota Prius break-ins as a wave of battery thefts hits California. Many of these thefts are centered around San Francisco and Sacramento, and so far the Prius has been listed as the hybrid targeted most often. Used Prius batteries, some possibly obtained illegally, have been listed on sites […]

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Tesla has released a response to Consumer Reports’ statement that its Model S P85D is “undriveable.” The publication ran into issues with the Model S P85D’s door handles not automatically extending like they are supposed to, a problem that has been reported among numerous Tesla Model S owners. Consumer Reports said because the car sensed […]

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Hybrid and electric vehicle sales are feeling the impact of cheap gas. According to a recent report by Edmunds.com, 55 percent of hybrid and electric vehicle owners are switching back to standard gasoline vehicles at trade-in time, marking the lowest level of hybrid loyalty since the company began tracking transactions in 2011. Over 20 percent […]

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This past Tuesday, Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy announced the state will be giving up to $3,000 rebates to those who purchase electric, fuel cell, or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Rebates, which will be applied during the point of sale, are available to residents, municipalities, and businesses of Connecticut and can range from $750 to $3,000 depending […]

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