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If money is the auto industry’s lifeblood, today Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn warned stricter European rules calling for steeper CO2 targets too soon could make it bleed. “Every gram of CO2 that we save in our European fleet costs our group almost 100 million euros — 100 million that we have to invest in […]

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Last month was a good month for car sales in general, plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) in particular, and regarding this latter category, Americans bought their 250,000th. This count includes all road-going U.S. plug-in passenger car sales since 2008 when Tesla’s Roadster was launched, to the present. Early this year, excluding commercial vehicles, we chronicled just […]

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Norway reported its best-ever sales in November for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) at an astonishing 11.9 percent of its total new car market. This is the first time the country topped 10 percent, and compares with 3.1 percent a year prior. While the actual number sold last month for the country of 5.1 million people […]

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As the year winds to a close, the U.S. alternative energy car market saw a number of mileposts passed last month, including a not-insignificant 150,000 plug-in cars sold since their inception. This cumulative multi-year total is comprised of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) including contribution from sales of the discontinued Tesla […]

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Electric vehicles are the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. auto market but sales numbers are still relatively miniscule. To overcome the often-described “chicken and egg” dilemma, on July 23, a petition was posted to Whitehouse.gov – the official site for Barack Obama’s present residence – asking for a radical increase in 480-volt DC quick charging […]

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My first look at the oil sands was in 1978 when I was still in high school. I was lucky enough to be part of a tour of the then-experimental and heavily subsidized Syncrude operation near Fort McMurry Alberta. Like most Canadians I have been cheering for years for the oil sands to be successful. […]

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