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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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An unflattering end-of-year portrayal yesterday by Bloomberg Business of U.S. plug-in vehicle sales used lop-sided information to represent a case that’s worse than it is. In the piece titled “Plug-in Electric Autos Left Behind in Record Year,” the influential outlet cited data to support an assertion that while the U.S. car and truck market rose […]

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A new report from Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) states that average fuel economy is improving around the world, but not at the pace necessary to meet 2050’s global targets. “The technology is not the problem – it’s the policy commitment that is failing us,” said GFEI Executive Secretary Sheila Watson. “We have brought this […]

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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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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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Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said she is “delighted” by Volkswagen’s diesel scandal because of the possible implications it may have for electrified vehicles. Speaking at an event this week hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, Figueres commented on how the scandal may lead to positive […]

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Executives at Porsche say they had no idea the Cayenne Diesel used a defeat device, and have announced that they are discontinuing all sales immediately. “Late this morning, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. received a notice of violation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel,” the company said […]

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Hydrogen is an efficient energy source that can be used for both homes and cars, according to Toyota. “Clean generation of hydrogen from a wide range of primary energy sources will make local, self-sufficient power generation a global reality,” said the carmaker this week. “Fuel cell vehicles will take on a new role as power […]

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No doubt you’ve heard the saying “your mileage may vary” and for electrified vehicles, this caveat on efficiency can be especially true. This view comes straight from the U.S. EPA which says it is normal for hybrids to deviate by more than 30 percent from official window sticker ratings. SEE ALSO: Seven Ways To Save […]

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will be looking into complaints that Volkswagen AG engaged in deceptive advertising with its “clean diesel” marketing campaign. The print and television ads in question prominently describe VW’s powertrain as “TDI Clean Diesel.” Many of the commercials directly address perceptions that diesel is slower, louder and smellier than a gasoline-powered […]

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