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If hybrid vehicles continue improving at their current pace, a new study said manufacturing costs will “be cut in half before 2025,” positioning hybrids to compete directly with non-hybrids for sales. John German’s technical paper, published by The International Council on Clean Transportation, named advances through the learning process, increases in vehicle production and development […]

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For those questioning the lifespan of a Toyota Prius battery, one taxi driver has 621,000 reasons why there’s no cause for concern. That’s approximately how many miles one man has logged in his Prius taxi. Manfred Dvorak, a cab driver in Austria, tells the story of his 621,000-mile (one-million kilometer) Prius in a series of […]

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Three new changes are coming for the Tesla Model S, including a new “ludicrous mode.” If the P85D’s “insane” mode was not enough for you, when this setting is engaged, the now-quicker Model S will reach 60 mph in a reported 2.8 seconds making the previous P85D’s 3.2 seconds seem sluggish. Top speed is 155 […]

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Even with a more expensive sticker price, a new analysis shows diesel vehicles can save their owners thousands of dollars over several years when compared side-by-side with a similar gasoline-powered model. Bruce Belzowski, the managing director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) Automotive Futures group, studied the total cost of diesel vehicle […]

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For some, the Chevy Volt has been a slippery fish to define with regards to whether it will really save them in energy costs. Does it get just 37 mpg like the window sticker says? Does it return an astronomical, if not confusing and questionable “98 MPGe” like a pure electric car? While critics have […]

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They say they don’t make them like they used to, and while that may be debatable, American drivers have voted up older vehicles as the most fuel efficient. Does this mean your next car might not be found at a dealer, but maybe instead somewhere like Craigslist? Not sure on that either, but these scores […]

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After one year, the trade-in value of many used electrified vehicles is comparable to the mainstream used car market, according to a new report by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Within three years, says NADA, some models can slip to as low 20 percent of their original purchase price. It is first ever Electric […]

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If you want to save money at the pump, the best diesel cars can save you hundreds of dollars a year over their gasoline counterparts. The reason extends beyond which fuel hose is selected at the gas station. For starters, the internal architecture of the engines is significantly different. “When it comes to traversing great […]

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Tesla Motors isn’t allowing a lack of retail locations or laws that ban factory-direct sales to impede the installation of its Supercharger stations. More than 100 Superchargers – the name for Tesla’s rapid charging stations – are located in states that don’t sell any Tesla vehicles. A recent tally by Autoblog counted 87 Superchargers installed […]

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Ed. Note: At this stage of electrified vehicle development, while some consumers do purchase, a large proportion also lease for various reasons including to avoid liability of ownership for cars that are rapidly changing. This does not necessarily mean leasing is purely better, and following is one retired engineer’s account of his experience. My 2012 […]

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