This month the Netherlands became the sixth country to buy its 100,000th plug-in electrified passenger vehicle. The progressive nation of 17 million people recorded 99,945 units through October, and given its 800-1,500 monthly rate of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle sales, has by now crossed the milestone. A favorite market of Tesla – almost half […]

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Announced a couple weeks early to coincide with this week’s start of the LA Auto Show, Californians are celebrating the 250,000th plug-in electrified vehicle sold in state. As a representative at the epicenter of the plug-in car movement, the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative projects more than a quarter million PEVs will have been sold […]

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The first Toyota Prius Prime shipment has arrived in the U.S. en route to dealers as part of a nationwide “soft launch” rollout, and the all-new plug-in hybrid is more competitive than the model it replaces. Toyota’s 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrid caught heat from plug-in advocates for its diminutive 4.4-kWh battery, 11 miles EPA-rated “Elec […]

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Going against irony and long odds, there are presently at least eight startup companies trying to secure ground-floor footing within the nascent U.S. plug-in car market. If not immediately obvious, that’s a lot of companies who’ve decided to reach for what could be but a needle-in-a-haystack opportunity against now-waking-up incumbent automakers flush with cash and […]

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Plug-in electrified vehicle enthusiasts may want to keep an eye on Mitsubishi’s bold plans to proffer many more cars to their liking this decade into next. Mitsubishi has been uniquely one of the most bullish and early on purveyors of electrified cars having introduced the i-MiEV in 2009 ahead of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, while […]

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Next month Toyota’s 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid will go on sale in dealers as the premier product within the Prius line. Based on the Prius Liftback with 1.8-liter engine and Toyota’s “Hybrid Synergy Drive” along with 8.8-kWh battery and limited-range all-electric drive capability, the car is the follow-up improvement to the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in […]

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Today most major automakers say they’re eager to build electric cars, many have announced new models with more pending, but none would be doing this if they did not have to. To some observers this may be obvious, and to others just loosely aware of the facts and fancies surrounding the electrification of the automobile, […]

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As it looks to its 113-year history, Ford Motor Company is aggressively preparing for a fast ride into a future projected to see as much change over the next five years as there has been in the previous 50. On Sept. 12 and 13, to herald all it is generally up to, the company held […]

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It’s a neat experience driving a quiet, smooth, high-tech pure electric car, and Chevrolet’s 2017 Volt provides this with no range or refueling drawbacks. Uniquely, the car acts as a pure EV for all intents and purposes, but once its range – EPA-rated at 53 miles combined – runs out, it morphs into a 42 mpg hybrid […]

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Automakers are racing to achieve full-self driving autonomy and it looks like Ford wants to be the leader of the pack. To claim the top spot – and cars including those with no steering wheels or pedals by 2021 – it announced a $75 million investment in Velodyne, a leading light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors […]

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