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Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy. The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture […]

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A new report says that almost every Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be exact, is still running strong. The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads. Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the […]

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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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Gasoline vehicles may be cheaper than their electrified counterparts right now, but that may change in the next 10 years. Rod Lache, an analyst with Deutsche Bank, wrote about the price shift in a letter to clients, according to Steve LeVine with global economy website Quartz. “Over the next decade, the cost of electric and […]

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For electric vehicles, the cost of replacing a worn-out battery can be quite significant. When weighing this into the decision to buy one – such as a Tesla Model S – two key questions arise: how long is the battery’s lifespan, and how much will it cost to replace? Launched in a slow roll-out June […]

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The electric-powered Nissan Leaf is the only plug-in vehicle to be included in the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards. The IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards are presented annually to automakers and brands that demonstrate a manufacturer’s ability to retain owners over repeat buying cycles. The IHS states they are the only fact-based awards of their kind in […]

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Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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Nissan has confirmed that its next-generation Leaf will have a battery range long enough to drive from New York City to Baltimore on a single charge. In light of the just-introduced Chevrolet Bolt concept, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said from the North American International Auto Show earlier this week that the next Leaf’s range may […]

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The BMW Group sold over two million vehicles in 2014, including 17,793 BMW i vehicles. 2014 was the best year ever for the BMW brand, said the company. Deliveries of BMW vehicles totaled 1,811,719, an increase of 9.5 percent on the previous year (1,655,138). Sales in December also achieved a new high, up 14.2 percent […]

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The U.S. President had something to say on the wave of inexpensive gasoline sweeping the country. “I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and […]

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