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More regions have recently reduced government-financed incentive programs for electric vehicles to save money, but many of these same areas are already paying far more to support the oil and gas industry. As much as $5.3 trillion is spent annually worldwide to subsidize fossil fuels, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund. […]

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Cameras captured Kia testing a prototype of its Niro Hybrid SUV on Germany’s Nurburgring racetrack this week. Kia first introduced the Niro Hybrid in September 2013, and then showed it once more at the Chicago Auto Show a year later. Nothing else has been heard on the Niro from the Korean carmaker in the past […]

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There are an even dozen electric vehicles (EVs) offered in the U.S. and their sales range from quite respectable to so little as to give fodder to critics. As a type of vehicle, EVs are a slim minority of the U.S. sales total at 0.40 percent but they have an outsized reputation and more EVs […]

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Toyota announced that its next Prius will be the most efficient yet, delivering up to 40 percent thermal efficiency. This news came during last week’s Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers where the automaker revealed more details about its class-leading gasoline Prius hybrid engine. “The efficiency will be realized by improving the […]

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A newly released biography gives a closer look into the upbringing and inner workings of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has sparked the interest – and sometimes the ire – of many. He’s known for sidestepping his publicity team to announce company updates through Twitter posts. And his interviews and shareholder […]

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Audi said that a new, all-electric SUV will be one of the key vehicles to help Audi grow, along with integrating more self-driving features into its vehicles. Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, discussed the carmaker’s strategy for the SUV segment at the company’s annual general meeting in Germany last week. “We intend to continue growing […]

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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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With experts in both the automotive and the technology industries debating whether Apple is building a production-level vehicle or just creating a mock-up for research, new information suggests that the company is indeed creating a car-sized battery. A portion of this evidence emerged following a recently settled lawsuit between Apple and A123 Systems, a lithium-ion […]

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A twin set of bills that would have allowed Tesla Motors to sell vehicles in Texas have expired. Two years ago, a pro-Tesla bill was sent to Texas legislators that would permit the electric carmaker to sell directly to consumers. But the bill never received committee approval and expired at the end of the legislative […]

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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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