Some leaders in Connecticut are so confident in the state’s new electrified vehicle rebate, they believe the state can sell them more effectively than California. “We’re a small state, but we have some big ideas, and maybe we can show California how to do this,” said Jim Fleming, president of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association. […]

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Building on its current momentum within the region, General Motors announced it will be part of a new venture to construct an electrified vehicle factory in China. GM is joining SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and Wuling Motors to build the $470 million plant. A GM representative said the factory will be dedicated to producing only […]

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A plug-in hybrid version of BMW’s X1 has been spotted testing, and is reportedly to go on sale in 2016. According to the UK’s Auto Express, it may be badged the X1 xDrive30e and be part of a line of PHEVs ranging from the 2 Series Active Tourer to a 7 Series luxury sedan. Electric […]

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Henrik Fisker may no longer be part of Fisker Automotive, but that doesn’t mean he’s done building cars. At last weekend’s Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif., Henrik hinted about his future. “I’m looking into starting a new company,” he said, as reported by USA Today. “There’s a whole new group of young people ready […]

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Fuel economy for on-road vehicles is slowly on the rise, but for the five decades prior to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and federal regulations that followed, the average actually decreased. Perversely, efforts to improve vehicle mpg have come largely after threats forced automakers to change, and even then, the industry has focused more on […]

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Plug-in hybrids were first introduced in late 2010, and several automakers have said we will be seeing several more over the next few years. To date the selection for sale in the U.S. tallies to nine but reasons why they are on the rise include they’re an excellent way for automakers to meet increasingly tough […]

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Over the next three model years, sibling automakers Hyundai and Kia are hedging their bets with seven new battery electrified models and at least one fuel cell vehicle. The strategy includes four hybrids, two plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV) for the U.S. market. All seven battery utilizing cars are scheduled to […]

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As orders are being taken now in California, Chevrolet hopes its 2016 Volt due in a couple months will prove to be a superior fuel and money saver for more people. Since the first-generation model was launched in December 2010, the Volt has had a polarizing effect on people – or ducked under the radar […]

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Electric cars are presented as a solution for society’s needs to curb emissions and reduce petroleum consumption, but are they really environmentally friendly? The way researchers try to answer this question is by a “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis. This normally takes into account three phases – 1) the manufacturing process, 2) a car’s life in […]

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Volvo announced that it has acquired 100 percent of Polestar, a high performance company that works exclusively with Volvo cars. Under the agreement, finalized with an undisclosed purchase price, Volvo will absorb all of Polestar’s employees and holdings (with the exception of the racing division). In turn, Volvo plans to tap into Polestar’s tuning expertise […]

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