It’s been over a year since the seventh-generation 2015 Sonata was unveiled but the wait for the second-generation 2016 Sonata Hybrid version and Hyundai’s first-ever Sonata Plug-in Hybrid may have been worth it. Hyundai seems to think so and last week made their first media drive a special affair by inviting successive waves of journalists […]

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Tennessee plug-in car buyers can get them while they are hot as the state has set up a $0.7 million fund to subsidize plug-in car purchases or leases with $1,500-$2,500 each on a first-come, first-served basis. This news came this last week on the two-tiered rebate program offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and […]

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As part of a countrywide initiative to promote more fuel-efficient transportation, China announced that it will stop charging annual taxes for some low- and zero-emission vehicles. The fee is part of China’s 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax (VVT). In addition to taxes for motorcycles, ships and commercial vehicles, the measure set an annual charge for […]

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When released this fall, Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will raise the bar where it counts the most among in-class competitors with 25-percent more all-electric range. The PHEV will also uniquely come with what is tantamount to having its own built-in quick charger – a function enabling the gas engine to replenish the battery on […]

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This past Tuesday, Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy announced the state will be giving up to $3,000 rebates to those who purchase electric, fuel cell, or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Rebates, which will be applied during the point of sale, are available to residents, municipalities, and businesses of Connecticut and can range from $750 to $3,000 depending […]

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What happens when a Chevy Volt’s or Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s battery catches fire? A team which recently presented data pertaining to multiple types of plug-in car fires at the 2015 SAE World Congress found out first hand. One finding was lithium-ion battery packs can reach temperatures as high as 750 degrees Fahrenheit when ignited, […]

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What we absolutely know for certain about the i5 is that it is a potential future car to be made by BMW. OK, we can say a few more things than only that, but will try to avoid blurring the distinction about what “will” be and what could be. Market Position The i5 was reported […]

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Toyota and Mazda are in the final stages of a new agreement to collaborate on eco-oriented technology. More restrictive fuel economy and emissions regulations, along with increased pressure from the competition, led to this partnership, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. “Toyota intends to supply fuel cell and plug-in-hybrid technology … Mazda, which has lagged […]

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In the “near future,” Volkswagen plans a fleet of more than 20 electrified vehicle models for the Chinese market. As part of Volkswagen’s recent sustainability report, Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann wrote about the different requirements for the Chinese market and how Volkswagen plans to address them. Heizmann, a member of Volkswagen’s group board of management […]

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Peugeot-Citroen is close to finalizing development of a plug-in hybrid, as well as release by 2020 of its second-generation electric vehicle in European markets. The news was announced by PSA CEO Carlos Tavares during an April 29 annual shareholders’ meeting and he added the French automaker is forming a new division which will focus solely […]

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