China knows it has big emissions problems and has upped the ante yet more toward mandating EVs to the point now it is projected to significantly move the market for aluminum. According to Bloomberg, the nation is now calling for no fewer than 30 percent of all government vehicles to be powered by alternative energy […]

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Automakers located in the U.S. will try to have vehicles talk to utility companies during a special field test this week. Eight global automakers are joining forces for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use […]

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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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Audi scores awards with its plug-in hybrid strategy. The German automaker scored first place with the A3 Sportback e-tron and the TT offroad concept car at the eCar Awards by Auto Bild and Auto Test magazines. The Audi A3 Sportback e‑tron was the winner in the “Best Plug-In Hybrid – Production Vehicles” category while the Audi TT offroad concept made the best […]

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Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-Max is being showcased in another KB Home energy efficient house to showcase a net-zero lifestyle. KB Home’s Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora is said to be designed to achieve net-zero energy usage — the result of a whole-home approach to first reduce the energy load of the home by incorporating advanced […]

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When counting the number of automakers that currently offer plug-in hybrids for sale in the U.S., one could view the glass as half empty or half full. Half-empty portrayals have said progress has come slower than some anticipated since 2011 when the new powertrain type began with one model – the extended-range Chevrolet Volt. The […]

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Volkswagen is preparing a PHEV derivative of its new European Passat. The eighth-generation Passat is currently being launched in Europe, and Volkswagen already announced it will show the Passat GTE in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show – the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system. VW announced it as a zero-emission […]

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Every vehicle involves compromises, and the one that meets your needs ideally has the least. For those of you wondering whether a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) would be a better choice, this will compile in one place a number of the more prominent pros and cons for each. It […]

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has developed for the 2014 Paris Motor Show the Outlander PHEV Concept-S, based on its Outlander PHEV. The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a described by MMC as a concept presenting a special design package for the production Outlander PHEV. The exterior and interior design are said to be created under “Sporty […]

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Looks like Peugeot wants to hit the green hard at the Paris show as the company has announced a second concept with green credentials, the Peugeot Quartz PHEV concept. The company announced earlier this week an hybrid-air concept. The French manufacturer said its Quartz concept uses a plug-in hybrid drive train integrating a 1.6-liter THP […]

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