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As 2014 winds down and with 2015 about to unfold, alternative-energy transportation had ups and downs this year, but the trend is generally upward and more progress is in sight. Looking at the most telling of markers – actual new car sales – hybrids fell back from 2013 levels while plug-ins climbed higher, and diesel […]

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For a couple of family cars that sell in comparatively modest volumes, Nissan’s Leaf and Chevrolet’s Volt have made an outsized splash into the automotive landscape. Now four years since the first production Leaf was delivered Dec. 11, 2010 in the U.S., and the first Volt was sold days later on Dec. 15, the two […]

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Ford’s Fusion Energi has entered its 2015 model year with only trim and feature updates, and since launching February 2013 has offered a solid balance among the growing crop of plug-in hybrids. It shares its powertrain with the C-Max Energi, and shares its five-passenger, mid-sized exterior and interior design with a stable of Fusion variants. […]

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Born and based in California, Tesla did not name the state in February as a contender for its “gigafactory,” but California politicians are scrambling to make it happen, and Tesla is thinking about it. Speculators wondered whether California was really fully ruled out, but Tesla has said better places to put its 10-million-square foot battery […]

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An online newspaper report from Puerto Rico indicates Nissan will begin sales today of its all-electric Leaf. From now through July 31 pre-orders are being accepted with first deliveries expected in August. Orders are being taken by Nissan dealer, Adriel Auto in the town of Toa Baja, which is west of San Juan. The entry […]

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As various nations increase demand, and automakers increase plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) models and availability, their cumulative world-wide total sales has quietly crossed the half-million unit mark. This is counting highway legal plug-in hybrids and all-electric passenger vehicles, since PEVs began in the modern era around 2009. It excludes motorcycles, buses and trucks. The figures […]

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Having started Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany, the world’s largest EV rally, WAVE (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) will run nine days through June 8. This is the fourth running of the big, long parade comprised of all sorts of electrically powered cars and bikes adding up to a new record, 507 electric vehicles. This beats last […]

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As we reported was pending, on Friday eight states added details to a “ZEV Action Plan” with intent to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025. This action to push for about 15 percent of all new vehicles to be zero emission is a further fleshing out of plans first announced […]

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Eight states comprising 28 percent of the U.S. passenger vehicle market are expected today to add more details to their 2013 announced plan for 3.3 million zero emission vehicles by 2025. The governors of these states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – last year signed a memorandum of […]

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What is a “green car” anyway? Is this a contrived term? Well, no, not necessarily, but in cases it may be if it doesn’t do much for the environment, but many cars now do offer significant improvements. This therefore is a clue to a working definition of “green” however we are not stuck on verbiage. […]

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