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Perhaps no surprise to followers of alternative energy vehicles, the U.S. EPA recently rated Fiat-Chrysler last place among 11 automakers in its fleet fuel efficiency. According to the federal agency’s Trends report, fuel efficiency for automakers has risen 0.5 mpg to a record 24.1 mpg. Fiat-Chrysler was at 20.9 mpg for 2013 among all its […]

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Who says small cars don’t sell? Chevrolet just announced its Spark / Beat duo has surpassed sales of 1 million units worldwide. Of note, the Spark and the Beat are essentially the same car, offered with different trim levels and engines depending on the market. The Spark first went on sale as the Beat in […]

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Nissan is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States. This according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report. Nissan’s fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel […]

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Honda has renewed its partnership with SolarCity to help its vehicle owners have access to affordable solar power. The companies renewed their agreement October 8 at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, TX. SolarCity and Honda said they have renewed their partnership with a new fund expected to finance $50 million in solar projects. The […]

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Ford is finding success in California with its Fusion sedan. The Ford Fusion is continuing to gain market share in large part due to design-conscious buyers in California, stated the company. The Fusion sedan is available with various powertrains, including Ford’s EcoBoost engine, a Hybrid version and a plug-in. These have no doubt helped put […]

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Yesterday marked the start of availability of the 2015 version of Honda’s sport hybrid coupe, the 2015 CR-Z. The 2015 CR-Z went on-sale with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $20,1452. As it has been for 2014, the 2015 CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) […]

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When the Toyota fuel cell sedan arrives late next year, the first one will be given away to a Californian and a $100 fundraiser ticket buys a chance for the prize to be announced Oct. 18. The hydrogen car is being offered by its maker and the Environmental Media Association (EMA). Why only Californians? “As […]

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First Porsche launched a plug-in sports hybrid, then BMW, and now Audi confirmed next year its second-generation R8 will come in plug-in hybrid as well as previously reported all-electric form. “We are able to make the R8 a plug-in hybrid,” said Audi board member for R&D Ulrich Hackenberg to CAR in Paris. “The Lamborghini Asterion […]

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Launched in December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt fleet has driven more than 1 billion total miles, with close to two-thirds of this without using gasoline in all-electric mode. The Volt’s Web site ticker keeps track based on most, but not all, of the cars’ data via OnStar, and to date close to 33 million gallons […]

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The use of EV charging stations is growing in Canada’s westernmost province, British Columbia. Over 350 of the British Columbia’s (BC) 550 public charging stations are tracked by Powertech Labs, a BC Hydro subsidiary, and the data show that the number of vehicle charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014. […]

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