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Blending part-time electric drive and posh performance, Porsche’s 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the greenest car yet offered by the automaker from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Last fall as the proud brand launched this, its first plug-in sedan, it had dug out the history book to remind all that its e-pedigree dates to Nikola Tesla’s day, when […]

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If you’ve noticed the U.S. now has more than 75 alternative-energy vehicles, and gone are the days when “fuel efficient” and “eco-friendly” need be synonymous with “unexciting.” To rank seven sporty green cars, we’ve sifted through our sales Dashboard which tracks the entire U.S. market, and picked the ones we think few people who like […]

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The effort first publicized last April to resurrect the Detroit Electric nameplate is still underway and its promoters say their SP:01 is nearing production. If you recall, this exclusive sports car will be a lightweight sub-2,400 pounds, built with carbon-fiber and other advanced materials. Zero-to-60 mph takes around 3.7 seconds, top speed is 155 mph, […]

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Not to be confused with Volkswagen’s “GTI,” the German automaker gave early billing ahead of the Geneva motor show today of its Euro-market GTE plug-in hybrid. It’s a “GT” – like the “GTI” or ”GTD” hatchbacks – but with an “E” standing for “electric” – and this adds one more variant to the automaker’s nomenclature, […]

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No word yet on price, but Audi now says it will update its all-electric R8 e-tron and fit it with Tesla-like performance. Formerly shelved while still a prototype due to a short-ish 134 mile range, the R8 e-tron is said now to have better li-ion batteries pushing range to 248.5 miles. The car will reportedly […]

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If performance car enthusiasts think the Nissan Leaf is a bit tame for their likes, within three years Nissan intends to produce a “fearless vision of the EV future,” the delta-bodied BladeGlider electric sports car based on the ZEOD electric race car. Tech details are few at this point, but a concept version – accentuating […]

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Porsche’s plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid zips to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, adroitly carves corners like the four-door 911 it essentially is – and it can travel sans gasoline for around 22 miles or return Prius-surpassing mpg on average-distance commutes. U.S. EPA numbers are still pending, but expect it to beat the outgoing non-plug-in S […]

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