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There’s no question that there are lots of plug-in electric vehicles sold in China. That’s because it’s the world’s largest car market, so it makes sense that it’s also the world’s largest market for plug-in electric vehicles. What’s not as obvious is what Chinese consumers want, at least when it comes to EV offerings. SEE […]

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If you haven’t noticed, Toyota’s Prius Liftback and its “Prime” plug-in sibling have seen significant changes in their relative popularity. For this entire decade, Liftback sales dominated all hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars so completely that the term “800 pound gorilla” was often invoked, but today, while still ahead, it’s less of the heavyweight. […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for May were down from a year ago but up from April (the latter of which is a normal trend). Clearly, sales this […]

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The City of Montreal is adding electric transit buses to its fleet. The pilot project is taking advantage of Quebec’s cheap power, and the nearby Nova Bus factory to help make the project happen. The pilot project is a partnership between Montreal’s transit operator, the Société de transport de Montréal, and Volvo Group’s Nova Bus […]

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Nissan is in the process of finalizing the sale of its 51-percent stake in lithium-ion battery manufacturer Automotive Energy Supply Corp. (AESC). The majority stake is to be sold to Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital, which is backed by the government of China’s Hubei province. The two companies are expected to make in announcement in regards to […]

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The costs of purchasing and running an electric vehicle may shrink to become even with the cost of running a standard internal combustion vehicle by as early as next year. According to research conducted by Swiss investment bank UBS, an increase in consumer demand for electric vehicles could have a significant effect on the costs […]

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Qualcomm has debuted an evolutionary version of its “Halo” wireless charging system capable of providing charge to an electric vehicle while it’s travelling at highway speeds. The new dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system is currently being tested using a Renault Kangoo on a 100-meter test track at the Vedecom Institute in Satory just outside of […]

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Toyota is already criticized enough for being boring. Now its CEO is saying that a market shift toward EVs will be boring and expensive. This was said by CEO Akio Toyoda even as he leads a special project team that plans to build an EV by 2020, and as it works to catch up to […]

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Just because you want to drive an electrically propelled car doesn’t mean it has to be unattractive. Although we’ve seen frumpy little eco-mobiles come along in the name of ultra-green earth-hugging minimalist sensibility, most automakers – if they hope to sell their vehicles – are designing cars that will appeal to a broader audience. Of […]

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Today mainstream-priced plug-in hybrids are mostly compact and midsized front-wheel-drive cars while Americans are shifting toward larger cars, AWD trucks, and SUVs. Do you see a disconnect in this picture? Are automakers’ out of touch with what people would snap up in a heartbeat if only they were made available? Is the goal in electrifying […]

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