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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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Consumer Reports  recently wrote that three years after Tesla first began having door handle issues, it’s still struggling to eradicate them all, and in the worst case the car can be “undriveable.” The publication found door handles on its $127,000 Model S to be faulty, as its editors were unable to enter the car through […]

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BMW has approved production for a new crossover that will target the Range Rover Evoque. The new BMW X2, according to Autocar, will slot in between the X1 and X3 as a coupe-styled small crossover. It will be available in the UK starting in 2017 with no word yet on whether or not it will […]

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Last week, Tesla Motors Inc. posted about 30 new job openings for positions over at its $5 billion currently under construction lithium-ion battery plant just outside of Reno. The jobs posted range anywhere from engineers to analysts, managerial to technical, with the full searchable list on Tesla’s website. While the site does not include wage information […]

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Porsche will offer a four-cylinder engine in its base models starting next year in the U.S. CEO Matthias Mueller says that the Porsche Boxster and Cayman four-cylinder models will be available in the U.S. starting midway through 2016. The cars are expected to offer two different four-cylinder choices, either a 2.0-liter unit or a larger […]

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After Georgia officials removed a tax credit for zero emission vehicles, replacing it with a road-use fee and a luxury car tax break, some residents said they are considering a lawsuit. Previously, Georgia had presented itself as one of the bigger supporters of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs), offering residents a $5,000 tax credit for qualifying […]

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