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    Survey Shows Consumers Want More Plug-in Electrified Vehicle Choices

    Data mined from a consumer survey yielded several take-away points regarding the upside potential of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs). The survey, conducted from April 1 to April 8 by Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned Scientists, was directed at 1,213 licensed and active drivers in nine states in the Northeast, deemed under-served with PEVs, […]

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    Tensions Expected to Follow Release of Federal Fuel Economy Report

    Automakers and U.S. environment regulators may begin clashing over the “54.5 mpg” fuel economy target. Federal regulators will soon be releasing a review of future mileage targets, with tougher standards scheduled to take effect in six years. It could spark more debate over U.S. car buyers’ willingness to pay for emissions-cutting technology such as plug-in electric […]

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    Toyota Sells Nine-Millionth Hybrid

    Yesterday Toyota announced that its cumulative global hybrid sales through April tallied to 9.014 million. The latest million took just nine months, and counted Lexus and Toyota vehicles from all markets dating back to the August 1997 Japanese launch of the original Prius. With the news, the carmaker observes its combined effect on saving fuel […]

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    Tesla China Educating Kindergartners on Environmental Gains of EVs

    Tesla Motors is getting an early start educating Chinese consumers about electric cars through its “Tesla experience centers.” Tesla China has been inviting kindergarten-age students to visit its local service centers. They’re called “Tesla experience centers” where students are brought the facilities during field trips. Classes are being held at the centers, with the primary […]

    Michigan May Be First State Allowing Self-Driving Cars for Sale and Operation

    Michigan wants to be the first state to move beyond testing self-driving cars to allowing them to be sold and operated on its roads. Although driverless cars are perhaps years away, a package of bipartisan bills includes one that would update 2013 laws allowing for the operation of autonomous cars on public roads without anyone […]

    Volkswagen’s Skoda Nameplate Could Come To North America

    Volkswagen could be planning to introduce the Skoda brand to North America. In a recent move, Skoda filed for a number of trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), protecting the names Skoda Superb, Superb, Octavia and Yeti for the very first time in North America. Patents are often filed simply to […]

    Volkswagen Mulls Modular EV Platform

    In a bid to make more relevant electric cars, Volkswagen is contemplating a new modular chassis architecture that could save cost and time in developing purpose-built EVs. Called “MEB,” the battery in-flat-floor architecture could serve as the underpinnings of a new all-electric Phaeton by 2020, but VW engineers say more is possible. The BUDD-e concept […]

    Google Patents ‘Sticky’ Hood For Pedestrian Accidents

    Google has patented a novel way to prevent pedestrian injuries, and time will tell whether this idea will stick. Ever trying new things, the Internet giant and autonomous car pioneer has received a patent for a design that adheres an impacted pedestrian to the hood of self-driving cars, preventing the person from being thrown back […]

    Academics and Motorsport Teams Challenge Pikes Peak’s ‘Race to the Clouds’

    An international collaboration will take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26 with an electric motorcycle. The high-tech two-wheeler is the result of an alliance between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Electric Vehicle Team, Zero Motorcycles, race companies Komatti (Isle of Man) and Mirai (Japan). Engineering support comes also from Sweden’s Royal […]