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California’s Air Resources Board has announced Tesla’s Model S will receive fewer ZEV credits under revised rules while fuel cell vehicles will be eligible for more than double. Under previous rules, the Model S was eligible for up to seven Zero Emission Vehicle credits, but this is being cut to four, and fuel cell vehicles […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction to this series, Part One, and Part Two, and Part Three. It has been suggested by both sides of Tesla’s challenge against the automotive franchising system that you, as a consumer, are being manipulated. But who, some have also asked, is the one doing […]

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Nissan’s Leaf hit a good stride again last month with 2,507 units sold, its second-best month since the EV was launched December 2010. This is up 12.1 percent over a respectable increase experienced a year prior in March 2013. “Leaf is continuing to see strong performance as our buyers become evangelists for the vehicle,” said […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction, Part One, and Part Two. A More Worthy Candidate? Late last September at a Baltimore conference with regulators and stakeholders from various states, a face-off between two high-level speakers for Tesla’s interests, and two representing auto dealer concerns talked turkey, but no one recorded […]

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Yesterday, according to “industry sources” speaking anonymously with Edmunds.com, it was reported the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt would be revealed in 2015. “It is different, but not drastically different,” said an anonymous person to Edmunds. “Just really a bit of a styling change to it.” The redesigned version will reportedly ride on a new front-wheel-drive […]

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While there is not as much to report about the carried-forth 2014 Nissan Leaf as there was in 2013, the big news is the electric car holds a number of distinctions and is carving out a niche in the American automotive landscape. Introduced in December 2010, it was refreshed last year with 11 more miles […]

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Today at the Chicago Auto Show Kia unveiled its 2015 Soul EV that’s due to begin selling in the third quarter of this year. Contrary to previous reports that it would get 120 miles range from its 27-kwh battery, the automaker is saying a more conservative 80-100 miles range may be had in “real world” […]

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In order to meet 2017-2025 fuel efficiency and emissions mandates imposed by federal CAFE and California rules, electrification in various forms will be vital, and that right there is one reason not to count General Motors out. Not that an honest, objective look would suggest anyone should dismiss GM, but questions as to how committed […]

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Three years after the December 2010 launch of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, the U.S. plug-in hybrid and all-electric market has grown to 16 vehicles, including two new models just ramping up, and several more due later this year. 2013 saw sales rise to over 96,000, a number of milestones crossed, but compared to […]

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In September we reported Mitsubishi’s Outlander Plug-In Hybrid was delayed by battery supply limitations, and this week the company reports it still is, but is attempting to get free as it attempts to revive its brand. The Outlander PHEV is one of a few cars considered pivotal to a multi-year expansion plan that includes plug-in […]

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