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Toyota’s hybrid vehicle battery life tends to be a lengthy one and the automaker is stepping up its efforts to recycle them. The hybrid batteries used in Toyota and Lexus models can last longer the vehicles themselves, so often they are only recovered when the cars reach the end of their useful life, or if […]

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The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has been named the car with the most stable residual value in its class. This according to Auto Bild magazine and market research institute Schwacke, in Germany. The A3 e-tron stood out with the best residual value forecast among the compact cars, receiving the title “Wertmeister 2015.” Every year, Auto Bild […]

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The Secretary-General of OPEC predicted that oil prices have hit the bottom and will begin surging towards $200 a barrel, though he didn’t estimate a timeline for the price increase. The current prices of $45 to $55 a barrel denote the market’s bottom, said OPEC’s Secretary-General Abdulla al-Badri. The drop in oil prices have resulted […]

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In five years, Tesla will be building 500,000 vehicles a year said Panasonic President and CEO Joe Taylor. He talked about the company’s partnership with Tesla at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show. That prediction is based on the assumption that Tesla’s new Gigafactory battery manufacturing plant will be fully operational, enabling the electric carmaker to […]

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A new Navigant Research report says the global market of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric trucks and buses could grow from 16,000 units annually in 2014 to nearly 160,000 by 2023. Admittedly, sales today are relatively low for medium and heavy duty vehicles (MHDV) but the market is expanding from infancy to something more […]

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A new interior upgrade for the Tesla Model S gives consumers the option of replacing the rear bench seat with two executive-style seats. The $2,000 option adds a set of seats that are leather-wrapped and heated, with a center console in between. Included in the price is the $750 subzero weather package, mounting defrosters on […]

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We learned a little more about Kia’s e-AWD concept set to be shown in Chicago. Aimed to be a vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer, Kia Motors America said its e-AWD concept will be named Trail’ster. Kia will take the wraps off the rugged Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the […]

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The electric-powered Nissan Leaf is the only plug-in vehicle to be included in the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards. The IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards are presented annually to automakers and brands that demonstrate a manufacturer’s ability to retain owners over repeat buying cycles. The IHS states they are the only fact-based awards of their kind in […]

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Arizona is one of four states that currently bans Tesla sales, but some legislators are hoping to change that. Yesterday, Arizona’s House Commerce Committee voted in favor House Bill (HB) 2216, allowing it to advance to the next stage of approval. If it passes, the law will allow a manufacturer, such as Tesla, to sell […]

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Despite increased truck and SUV sales these days in the U.S., a University of Michigan report indicates last month newly purchased vehicles’ average fuel economy increased and greenhouse gases correspondingly decreased as part of a continuing trend. According to the report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), new vehicles sold last month […]

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