Major automakers have been selling all-electric vehicles for over half a decade in the U.S. and a fair number of people have turned to them as an alternative to traditional internal combustion powered transportation. At the same time, low gas prices have induced a spike in more gas-consuming truck and SUV sales, suggesting EVs are […]

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A team of graduate students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for the “Most Efficient Electric Vehicle.” On an Audi test track in Bavaria, the tiny project car toppled the previous Guinness record by chalking up 765.53 miles/kilowatt hours. That’s the equivalent of about 26,135 U.S. […]

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British auto journalist Jonny Smith owns the Flux Capacitor, an old Enfield 8000 electric city car that he converted into one of the quickest EVs out there. It’s unclear where this car ranks as the quickest EV in the world, because even though Ars Technica says it is, it doesn’t cite a specific records source […]

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If you talk to plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) drivers, many will tell you why they’re sure they did the right thing in acquiring their battery electric car or plug-in hybrid, but other consumers are on the fence. On the positive attributes checklist, PEV drivers may frequently bypass or altogether divorce themselves from the gas pump, […]

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On the heels of a U.S. EPA Technical Draft Assessment (TAR) report released today on how automakers are meeting federal fuel economy mandates, advocates weighed in urging the industry and regulators to stay the course. The main question is should federal authorities adjust mpg and greenhouse gas targets for 2022-2025 that stand to save – […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to jack up fines for automakers that aren’t meeting fuel economy requirements. The fines imposed on automakers for not meeting the corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) will more than double next month. NHTSA also told Automotive News that these larger fines will apply to 2015 […]

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After skipping a model year following the only just-released 2015 Accord Hybrid, Honda has returned to win the mid-size efficiency race with an EPA combined 48 mpg estimate. The front-wheel-drive sedan promises to vie well against others in this competitive mid-sized, five-passenger hybrid class, and sometimes the hare does beat the turtle. Here are 10 […]

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Tesla’s Autopilot system may be OK for CEO Elon Musk’s risk tolerance, but while people are suffering collisions and even dying with it engaged, changes are needed poste-haste. Changes Tesla needs to make now include: pull it until fixes are made, change the name of the “misleading and potentially dangerous” Autopilot system, test and validate […]

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A pivotal moment in U.S. automotive history may be coming to a head. At least, say electrified vehicle advocates, the potential is there if automakers swallow what their lobbyists see as a bitter pill, and pursue in earnest increasingly strict federal mpg and emission mandates under Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law. But first, there’s […]

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As the tally of states offering support for plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) has grown, so has the list of those now levying some form of tax or fee against them. Yes that’s right, in their wisdom, state legislators mirroring a nationwide thrust to defray PEVs’ extra expense have on one hand given, and on the […]

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