As promised last week, Mercedes-Benz is introducing a plug-in version of its SUV GLE. Billed as the GLE550e 4MATIC, this marks the first hybrid SUV from the German car company. It will be on display at the New York International Auto Show next month alongside its siblings, the diesel GLE300d and the high-performance AMG GLE63 […]

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In Illinois last week, Green Fleets announced that it has suspended its Alternative Fuel Rebate program. Those who purchased alternative-fuel vehicles during or after 2014 will not receive a $4,000 rebate from the state that they might otherwise have expected. Under the rebate program which begun in 1998, plug-in hybrid car buyers were able to attain rebates […]

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According to an official statement released recently, the Shenzhen city government plans to contribute up to $800 million (5 billion yuan) to stimulate increased green vehicles sales. The Shenzhen government plans to use the fund to increase green energy infrastructure throughout the city. By creating charging stations and financially assisting purchasers of green vehicles Shenzhen hopes to […]

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Last January Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said FCA has a “massive” program to develop a plug-in hybrid minivan and he’s now emphasized FCA wants to be first as the company arguably has before. What many consider one of the first modern conventional “minivans” launched in 1984 as the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager and these […]

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A revised Mitsubishi Outlander will show up for the 2016 model-year, in time for the expected North American introduction of the PHEV version. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) announced it will make the world premiere of the 2016 Outlander at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Thursday, April 2. MMNA explained the 2016 […]

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Mercedes’ C 350 e plug-in hybrid has been certified as being environmental compatible. The German plug-in hybrid satisfies all criteria of an environmentally responsible product development pursuant to ISO standard TR 14062, as confirmed by the auditors of the TÜV Süd authorities. Mercedes-Benz explained it analyzes the environmental compatibility of its models throughout their entire […]

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A new study suggests that the accessibility of home-based chargers advances the popularity of plug-in vehicles more than the availability of public charging stations. The study was conducted by Joseph Bailey, Amy Miele and Jonn Axsen, all affiliated with Canadian-based Simon Fraser University (SFU). “When we account for the relevant factors, our analysis suggests that […]

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More than just America’s most ardent plug-in electrified vehicle adopters by a wide margin, last year Californians bought enough PEVs to rank their state second among all nations of the world. That’s right, if California were its own country, its purchases of 29,935 plug-in hybrids, 29,536 battery electric cars (59,471 total) in 2014 would place […]

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BMW is getting ready to launch a plug-in hybrid SUV, the BMW X5 xDrive40e. This BMW PHEV will produce a total system horsepower of 313 through the use of a four-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor which is integrated in the vehicle’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission. According to BMW, […]

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Hyundai presented two hybrid concepts at the Geneva Auto Show, both based on the brand’s compact SUV platform. Similar to Audi’s Q7 SUV, Hyundai will use a diesel engine to create its plug-in electric (PHEV) Tucson. The SUV will feature a 1.7-liter diesel paired with one electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 10.7 […]

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