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Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-Max is being showcased in another KB Home energy efficient house to showcase a net-zero lifestyle. KB Home’s Double ZeroHouse 3.0 at Fiora is said to be designed to achieve net-zero energy usage — the result of a whole-home approach to first reduce the energy load of the home by incorporating advanced […]

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As a testament to the company’s ambitions, Tesla’s Model S has been available in Japan since early September. This new market availability follows the introduction in June of the Model S in right-hand drive configuration to the UK market. Japan, like the UK, requires drivers to be on the right side of the cockpit, as […]

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Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

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Mitsubishi’s Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle PHEV is proving to be at the top of the safety scale. Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) announced that its Outlander PHEV received the 2013 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) Five Star Award, adding on to its five-star rating from Euro NCAP in December 2013. Mitsubishi added the Outlander PHEV […]

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Still a comparatively small part of the automotive landscape, electric cars and plug-in gas-electric cars often elicit questions such as, “What about the battery?” or “How long will the battery last?” The implication may be first adapters are sort of like the crew of Star Trek: “Boldly going where no man has gone before.” Critics […]

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While a few bold pioneers are pushing the hardest for alternative energy, and everyone at least has advanced initiatives underway, industry stakeholders are also hunkering down to streamline conventional technologies into the indefinite future. At this year’s FISITA 2014 World Automotive Congress in the Netherlands – a country that ranks among EV capitals of the […]

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Availability of Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV will expand to UK showrooms in May. Mitsubishi said the Outlander PHEV is the most practical vehicle that qualifies for the UK Government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant (P-iCG) with 5 seats, 4WD capability and a very large trunk. With CO2 emissions of 44 g/km, the Outlander PHEV is free […]

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General Motors’ Cadillac ELR may not be as perceptibly “disruptive” as the Tesla Model S, but its last commercial sure ruffled some tail feathers while the latest is decidedly more benign. Posted by the automaker last Thursday, the new ad explains the Cadillac with slightly modified Chevy Volt powertrain with serene visuals and a simple […]

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Toyota’s Prius has loomed above the U.S. hybrid sales landscape ever since it and Honda’s Insight ushered in the hybrid era in 2000, but of late, the Prius has been losing some of its lion’s share. Redesigned in 2009, and launched in the U.S. in 2010, for the past few years the third-generation Prius – […]

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Three years after the December 2010 launch of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, the U.S. plug-in hybrid and all-electric market has grown to 16 vehicles, including two new models just ramping up, and several more due later this year. 2013 saw sales rise to over 96,000, a number of milestones crossed, but compared to […]

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