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Critics of plug-in vehicle subsidization observe consumers and manufacturers get favorable treatment over the conventional vehicle space and while arguably true, one might also ask how things compare to what the oil industry receives year after year. More pointedly, one could also ask whether accusations against alternative energy subsidization are a byproduct of vitriolic politics […]

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More than just America’s most ardent plug-in electrified vehicle adopters by a wide margin, last year Californians bought enough PEVs to rank their state second among all nations of the world. That’s right, if California were its own country, its purchases of 29,935 plug-in hybrids, 29,536 battery electric cars (59,471 total) in 2014 would place […]

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Yes gas at the moment is cheap, conventional car sales are up, regular hybrid sales are down, but … in the U.S. last year, sales of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) including all-electric and plug-in hybrids rose by 23 percent. To date, Americans have purchased close to a third of one-million PEVs, globally around three-quarters of […]

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For our second-annual list of 10 alternative-energy cars most anticipated for the upcoming year, the watchword for the market may be onward and upward. A year ago at this time, our U.S. sales Dashboard tracked 78 alternative energy cars for sale. Today we count 90 and while this is several cars fewer than had been […]

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GM has been teasing us with one tiny detail after another for the 2016 Chevy Volt as it gears up for the car’s official release next month in Detroit. Its latest revealed tidbit doesn’t highlight the car’s new regen on demand system or electric range, but focuses on a different talent. This video shows the […]

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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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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. While the overall passenger vehicle market experienced exceptional results, shares of hybrid and electric vehicles maintained their pace from recent months – albeit in the […]

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If you’ve read that plug-in hybrids are the new shining technological stars, and regular hybrids are no longer so special, that’s not quite fair. One could forgive mainstream journalists from saying so if on deadline and reaching for something pithy to say, and in any case, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are more prominent in […]

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One Achilles’ heel endured by the Chevrolet Volt’s otherwise exceptional powertrain has been it is not a complete home run in the eyes of would-be buyers. Sure it can go months between fill-ups if kept within its 35-40 mile electric range – twice that of the next-nearest plug-in hybrid – but it gets 37 mpg on […]

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The autonomous automotive future may be coming, but it’s been a long time coming as shown by a 9-minute 1956 General Motors feature film that gives a glimpse of a peak period for American optimism. GM put together the post-World War II musical “GM – Key To The Future” to showcase its gas turbine Firebird […]

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