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Ford’s GT claimed first place in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the first of its four outright victories in the 1960s, and Porsche’s 919 Hybrid snatched a second consecutive Le Mans victory. The unheralded news of this year’s Le Mans race, however, is a hydrogen fuel […]

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In the U.S., Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) is better known for counterfeit car designs, and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway $230 million investment to buy a 10 percent stake in the company. In China, BYD is known for its cheap compact cars, trendy SUVs and insanely fast hybrids. The fastest is called the Tang, […]

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The new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will gain additional electric driving range with a rooftop solar panel that helps recharge the battery. Stretching nearly the entire length of the roof, the solar cells can charge the lithium-ion battery pack when the car is parked, and can boost efficiency by as much as 10 percent, though […]

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Volkswagen Group will be introducing more than “30 new pure electric vehicles” by 2025 while establishing a mobility solutions unit. As the embattled automaker seeks to emerge from the diesel emissions-cheating scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller projects the more than 30 EVs are expected to account for up to one-quarter of its sales – two to […]

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Facing mandates to reduce carbon emissions, Toyota’s chief engineer for the Prius line said this week that more battery power will be required. The hint therefore is at least more plug-in hybrids, and potentially battery electric vehicles are in the offing. No timeline was set, but to those who have seen Toyota as anti-EV, it […]

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Reports of premature suspension failures for the Tesla Model S have led to allegations of a “coverup,” and federal regulators are reportedly looking into it. At issue has been aluminum and steel control arms that have reportedly worn out much too soon, with potential to suddenly fail. According to a report by the Daily Kanban, […]

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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 U.S. passenger vehicle sales for May were down from a year ago – even taking into account the fact that there were two fewer […]

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Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan’s European electric vehicle division head, is forecasting that 20-percent of its vehicle sales will be electric by 2020. “We’re committed to zero emissions and I passionately believe that’s where [our lineup] is headed. We believe that by 2020, where the market conditions are right, we’ll be selling up to 20-percent of our […]

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Data mined from a consumer survey yielded several take-away points regarding the upside potential of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs). The survey, conducted from April 1 to April 8 by Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned Scientists, was directed at 1,213 licensed and active drivers in nine states in the Northeast, deemed under-served with PEVs, […]

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Automakers and U.S. environment regulators may begin clashing over the “54.5 mpg” fuel economy target. Federal regulators will soon be releasing a review of future mileage targets, with tougher standards scheduled to take effect in six years. It could spark more debate over U.S. car buyers’ willingness to pay for emissions-cutting technology such as plug-in electric […]

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