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Its name in Japanese means “future,” and more than just another new car, Toyota says the 2016 Mirai is a symbolic first step toward a “Hydrogen Society” for the “next 100 years.” Whether the company’s first production fuel cell vehicle will be the future as Toyota has said suggesting an eventually prominent technology, or a […]

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced it has sold its 200,000th electric vehicle and has a 58 percent market share for zero-emission cars. Combined, Renault and Nissan’s electric vehicles have driven approximately 2.5 billion zero-emission miles (4 billion kilometers) says the company – enough to circle the earth 100,000 times. Renault-Nissan’s EVs represent 53 million gallons (200 […]

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Last week at the LA Auto Show, Honda introduced its versatile HR-V compact crossover to North America. Bridging the gap between the subcompact redesigned Fit, and also refreshed larger CR-V, Honda’s new “segment buster” is being made in Celaya, Mexico in non-hybrid configuration, although last year it launched a hybrid variant in Japan. The gasoline […]

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The pending 2016 Chevrolet Volt was previewed by a focus group in California this week, allowing impressions to leak out. Stylistically, the Volt now riding on the D2XX platform shared by the redesigned Cruze is wider, longer, probably improving potential road handling, and accommodating more back seat space. The top image is a photoshopped mirror […]

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The Toyota Mirai drives essentially like a normal car. Toyota has said it wants its first fuel cell vehicle to be an electric car with no perceptible compromises for consumers, so would you expect it do otherwise? During a brief local test drive today, we were able to at least get a feel, and can […]

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Toyota announced tonight it will work with Air Liquide toward planting 12 fuel cell vehicle refueling stations in five Northeastern states for its new pending fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. Timing for the launch which was announced tonight by CEO Jim Lentz for this “hydrogen highway” is not being disclosed, and details of the collaboration […]

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The documentary “Who Killed The Electric Car” pointing an accusatory finger at General Motors is actually a record of a second premature ending for EVs, and the first die-off of EVs happened in part because they were seen as positioned for women. This observation of early 20th century history was made during a brief video […]

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The many thousands of reservation holders for Tesla’s Model X had rumors and an analyst’s conjecture confirmed yesterday as production will be delayed until the third quarter of 2015. In 2012 we reported Tesla would begin deliveries the end of 2013, but then in March 2013 when Tesla repaid its $465 million loan early it […]

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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. The plug-in hybrid market experienced a very strong month, while the battery electric market declined somewhat relative to the overall passenger vehicle market. Hybrid and […]

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Now that gas prices are declining and automakers report they’re booking increased sales and profits for SUVs and pickups, fuel efficiency isn’t all that important anymore, right? Well, if you’re not one of the American consumers who make long-term financial decisions based on short-term information, or if you simply like the idea of saving fuel, […]

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