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After 17 years of rising to utterly dominate the U.S. “green car” landscape, the Toyota Prius Liftback has hit a plateau and may actually finish 2017 as a second-best seller. An unthinkable prospect before this year, just one year ago, the car that’s come to symbolize the word “hybrid” still enjoyed two-and-a-half times the sales […]

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A plug-in hybrid version of the Bentley Bentayga SUV will arrive in 2018 with a zero-emissions electric drive mode. The Bentayga plug-in’s imminent arrival was signaled last week when spy shots surfaced of a Bentayga prototype testing with an additional ‘fuel door’ for the electrical socket. It was believed the hybrid SUV would arrive with […]

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If the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius are presented as solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it may be a toss-up which one wins. This is according to the U.S. EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website which lets consumers determine tailpipe plus upstream emissions, and the difference on a nationally averaged basis is negligible, while regional variations see […]

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There’s something to be said for Tesla’s Model S which for the second consecutive year led as the world’s best-selling plug-in passenger vehicle. Its estimated 50,931 global sales in 2016 – pending final confirmation from Tesla – beats those of battery electric and plug-in hybrid alternatives from major manufacturers costing less and aimed at an […]

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Last year plug-in vehicles sales jumped to an all-time high of more than three-quarters of a million units worldwide and individual countries likewise crested new peaks. The year 2016’s increase was substantially over 2015’s somewhat-over half a million, and helped accelerate the cumulative global tally of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles above 2 million by […]

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After starting from not-far-above zero at the start of this decade, the global count of plug-in electrified vehicles has crossed the two-million unit milestone. More specifically, the tally through the end of December 2016 was an estimated 2,032,000 highway-legal passenger vehicles including a smattering of European light-duty PEV vans. SEE ALSO: One Million Global Plug-In […]

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Announced a couple weeks early to coincide with this week’s start of the LA Auto Show, Californians are celebrating the 250,000th plug-in electrified vehicle sold in state. As a representative at the epicenter of the plug-in car movement, the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative projects more than a quarter million PEVs will have been sold […]

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Nearly two decades after the first Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, the cost of hybrid technology is now less than diesel, according to the original Prius lead engineer, Satoshi Ogiso. In an exclusive interview with Forbes’ contributor Bertel Schmitt, Ogiso said a cost advantage for the technology he was part of from the […]

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People wanting petroleum independence, cleaner air, and who’d like to see more automotive electrification may want to thank the state that is second only to China in cumulative plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) sales. That is, if California were its own country, only China would have purchased more PEVs within its borders. Alternately, if California was […]

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June witnessed the most plug-in electrified vehicles in one month yet sold in the United States. In all, 13,772 PEVs were sold comprised of 7,678 battery electric vehicles and 6,094 plug-in hybrids. The previous record was in December 2015, when 13,274 were sold. This is a count for passenger vehicles, and their combined percentage of […]

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