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    Lucas di Grassi Handed Win At Inaugural Formula E ePrix

    As expected, the world’s first zero-emissions auto racing series began in Beijing Saturday, but unexpected was Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi gaining the Formula E ePrix win after two leaders crashed out. The drama took place at the last turn of the last lap of the 25-lap race around a 2.14-mile (3.44 km) circuit […]

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    Nevada Approves Tax Breaks For Tesla

    After three long days of special legislative sessions, the Nevada government finally approved the $1.3 billion bundle of tax breaks and other incentives needed to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the state. During a signing ceremony, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said that the deal “changed the trajectory of our state forever,” and that “We made […]

    Culture & Market

    Americans Buy Their 250,000th Plug-In Car

    Last month was a good month for car sales in general, plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) in particular, and regarding this latter category, Americans bought their 250,000th. This count includes all road-going U.S. plug-in passenger car sales since 2008 when Tesla’s Roadster was launched, to the present. Early this year, excluding commercial vehicles, we chronicled just […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Formula E’s Nelson Piquet, Jr Thrashes A BMW i8 – Video

    If anyone still wonders whether BMW’s 357-horsepower i8 plug-in hybrid has the high-performance goods, Formula E put on a video promo showing the car being pitched sideways and spun around at speed. The $137,000 BMW is equipped with FIA-required safety car gear but otherwise mainly stock. It doesn’t look too easy to flip, and China […]

    Mazda’s Diesel Engine Delayed Yet Again For North America

    Despite years of research and potentially billions of dollars, Mazda has yet to introduce its SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine on North American soil. And, according to a story at The Truth About Cars, it still won’t arrive anytime soon. According to an unnamed source close to the situation, it appears that the latest delay is so […]

    Nissan-Renault Has Huge Battery Overcapacity Problem

    After a full assault on the electric-vehicle market with the Leaf, it looks like Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will be making some seriously tough decisions about how the company, and its French partner Renault, will build or source its batteries. According to a report in Reuters, Ghosn “is preparing to cut battery manufacturing…in a new […]

    Cité lib by Ha:Mo’s EVs Available October 1

    Toyota is providing 70 ultra-compact electric vehicles for Cité lib by Ha:Mo, an urban mobility project to be launched in Grenoble, France Oct. 1. The automaker is providing a fleet of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles. The three and four-wheelers are set to prove how clean and easy urban motoring can be by […]

    HYbrid Air To Be Seen At Paris Show

    Peugeot will be showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two liters per 100 kilometers, equivalent to 141 imperial mpg, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-liter PureTech 82 horsepower 5-seater hatchback. To achieve such fuel economy, Peugeot said it, […]

    Chrysler FIAT Playing Catch-Up With Electrification

    While Chrysler Fiat gets plenty of deserved credit for its alternative fuel and gas-engine-efficiency offerings — like the small EcoDiesel-powered Ram 1500 and the Multi-Air family of four-cylinders — there hasn’t been much of anything relating to electricity. In fact, beyond the Fiat 500e compliance car, the cupboard appears quite bare. However, the company apparently […]