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Tesla Motors yesterday notched a victory to open a store in Richmond, Va,, the state’s capitol city. Reversing his 2012 ruling that denied a Tesla dealer license, Richard Holcomb, commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, cited overwhelming public support, as well as unique sales and service requirements as reasons to approve a dealer license. […]

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Toyota is looking to develop a more-advanced electric-car battery in the near future. The battery, which the company hopes to have to market “in a few years,” will provide 15-percent better range and battery life than current ones, according to Toyota. “Lithium-ion battery is a key technology for electrifying cars, and there is a clear […]

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The Tesla Model S topped Strategic Vision’s Consumer Love index for 2016. After capturing the title in the index’s inaugural award in 2014, the Tesla Model S was missing last year for sampling reasons. This allowed the Porsche Macan to be named America’s Most Loved Car in 2015, but now the Model S is back […]

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Faraday Future made a splash earlier this year with its FFZERO1 concept, but the shadowy, China-backed American automaker has lately been seen testing a camouflaged minivan-like vehicle that looks awfully similar to the Tesla Model X. A recent patent publication reveals that the similarities don’t stop there, as Faraday Future is considering replicating many of […]

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The first Toyota Prius Prime shipment has arrived in the U.S. en route to dealers as part of a nationwide “soft launch” rollout, and the all-new plug-in hybrid is more competitive than the model it replaces. Toyota’s 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrid caught heat from plug-in advocates for its diminutive 4.4-kWh battery, 11 miles EPA-rated “Elec […]

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It appears Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode can go even quicker. The American automaker’s CEO, Elon Musk, is teasing a “Ludicrous Easter egg” that will uncork the full performance of Tesla P100D vehicles with Ludicrous Mode. In a series of tweets, Musk gave small clues on what the Easter egg will be, suggesting that it will improve […]

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Without the help of the U.S. or European markets, China’s BYD has now surpassed Mitsubishi with the third highest cumulative global total of plug-in cars sold. This is true despite a very slow start late last decade into this decade, but the carmaker is on a roll now, and could very likely have passed Tesla’s […]

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Tesla says that a new battery cell will the cheapest and most energy dense in the world. The 2170 battery cell, which Tesla will make in tandem with Panasonic at the company’s gigafactory in Nevada, is expected to go into production by the end of the year. SEE ALSO: Tesla Model S Owners Share Data […]

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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 October were down 6 percent from a strong year-ago result and down 5 percent from September 2016. Through the first […]

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Bob Lutz compared Tesla Motors supporters to “members of a religious cult” during a CNBC television interview yesterday. Hours before its quarterly earnings report, Lutz, a former General Motors vice chairman and promoter of the Chevy Volt, presented a scathing sound-bite-sized analysis of Tesla’s financial future and gave Tesla CEO Elon Musk a thumbs down […]

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