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A charging station newly opened in one of China’s biggest cities is capable of rapidly recharging 30 electric buses, all at the same time. “Each new bus takes only 10-15 minutes to complete recharging the battery,” said a representative with the charging station. “Charging each bus takes place 2-3 times per day, during driver breaks, […]

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Toyota may have an all-new Prius, but it’s being realistic with its sales potential. With gas prices dropping worldwide, Toyota has lowered its sales target for the new Prius to global annual sales of 300,000 to 350,000 units. That’s the lower end of the spectrum compared to the 300,000 to 400,000 sales target for the […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is spending $40 million to convert its Detroit-based fleet of heavy-duty trucks from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). Steve Beahm, FCA’s senior vice president of supply chain management, said moving to natural gas-powered trucks will provide both economical and environmental benefits. “Our transition to CNG reflects the way FCA US […]

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South Korea plans to put over one million alternative-energy vehicles on its roads by the end of the decade. On Tuesday, South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MTIE) announced plans that would increase the number of traditional gasoline-electric hybrids, plug-in electric hybrids (PHEV), pure electric vehicles (EV), and hydrogen fuel cell cars to […]

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This January at the Consumer Electronics Show, Volkswagen’s new chairman will offer a keynote address announcing VW’s “new era in electric mobility” along with a new all-electric concept car. As the automaker grapples with a diesel emissions scandal that broke in September, Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman, board of management, Volkswagen Passenger Cars has already said […]

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A consumer advocacy group is asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to slow down, following NHTSA’s announcement that it will be updating its policy on self driving cars. John M. Simpson, the privacy project director for advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, addressed the issue in a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation […]

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This month the five-year anniversary of the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt mark the first half decade for mass-market plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs). PEVs had existed prior, including the Mitsubishi i-MiEV circa 2009, the limited-production Tesla Roadster from 2008, and others, but the Volt and Leaf began for major manufacturers what is now a growing […]

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Today along with other EV news, Nissan documented the Leaf has crossed the 200,000 unit milestone. The all-electric car sold worldwide is by far the cumulatively best-selling plug-in car, with notable followers being the Chevy Volt and Volt variants with close to 104,000, and the Tesla Model S at nearly 100,000. Launched in December 2010, […]

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During a recent speech at a French university, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made his case for why governments need to impose a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Removing hidden subsidies and imposing a fee on carbon, Musk told audience members at public research school Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, will hasten the switch from fossil fuels to […]

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The next-generation Subaru WRX STI could receive a turbocharged hybrid powertrain if this rumor proves to be true. Rumor has it that the next WRX STI will debut in 2017 and under the hood will be a revised version of the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will be aided by an electric motor for […]

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