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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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Yesterday Toyota announced that its cumulative global hybrid sales through April tallied to 9.014 million. The latest million took just nine months, and counted Lexus and Toyota vehicles from all markets dating back to the August 1997 Japanese launch of the original Prius. With the news, the carmaker observes its combined effect on saving fuel […]

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Former GM vice chair and Chevrolet Volt protagonist Bob Lutz had more statements to make about the future of Tesla Motors and its products to CBS MoneyWatch. “I’m certainly a great fan of the Model S. The Model X isn’t working too well because it doesn’t have enough roof structure, so those doors are never […]

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While Japanese automakers have been advocating leadership in hydrogen-powered cars, the country has taken a lead in electric vehicle charging stations. Japan now has more charging stations than gasoline stations, according to a recent study by Nissan. The Japanese automaker reports that there are more than 40,000 charging ports nationwide compared to fewer than 35,000 […]

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While massive pre-orders for the pending Tesla Model 3 have seemingly eclipsed the 2017 Chevy Bolt, one analyst predicts GM’s 200-plus-mile EV could sell as many cars as Tesla sells globally this year. In an interview with Barrons, Kelly Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer estimated a broad potential range of sales for the 2017 Bolt […]

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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 passenger vehicle sales for April were up from a year ago although down modestly from March. For April and for year-to-date, hybrids were down […]

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With safety being the biggest concern for the viability of self-driving cars, taxis could be the ideal testing ground over the next five years. Jeff Owens, chief technology officer and executive VP at Delphi Automotive, says that the largest barrier for self-driving cars will be legal issues. City governments can quickly adopt the legal framework […]

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Following admission of more than two decades of misreported mpg data to Japanese authorities, the U.S. EPA says the company’s cars sold stateside are being scrutinized. “EPA has instructed Mitsubishi to provide additional information regarding their U.S. vehicles,” said the agency today in response to a query by HybridCars.com. “The agency will also be directing […]

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A report in the Telegraph says that Apple is developing an electric car in a German research lab. If the report is true, Apple is working with a level of secrecy usually reserved for military projects. The Telegraph picked up a German newspaper report that the company has hired 20 automotive industry employees and brought […]

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