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A recent comment by General Motors CEO Mary Barra this week has sent EV fans to speculating, as she said a “huge range of vehicles” will be spun off from the Bolt EV platform. How one defines a huge range of vehicles, how soon these will be, and what really to expect at all were […]

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When asked whether electric cars stickering in the 30s are more expensive to own than a conventional $20,500 gasoline vehicle, people whose kneejerk response would be “yes” may be in for a surprise. According to a peer-reviewed analysis by Drive Electric Car New England, the cost difference between a $20,500 Honda Civic versus a $30,680 […]

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Six years ago this week, a new era in transportation began with the launch of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The East-versus-West cars represented two different approaches to offset petroleum consumption along with attendant tailpipe emissions by substituting lithium-ion batteries and electric motors to propel them. The extended-range electric Volt with gasoline backup and […]

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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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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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Want to drive tailpipe emission free in an electric vehicle? Chevrolet has the car for you – the Volt. Or, rather, the Bolt. OK, either one could work, but which is a better way to go? Aside from the names that are confusingly similar even for well-spoken Americans, and which can give speakers of other […]

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Now one year since the second-generation Volt was launched, 2,191 sales were reported in October. Unlike September 2016, in which year-over-year sales were up a big 114 percent, October 2016’s sales for the extended-range EV are up a modest 7.7 percent compared to October 2015’s 2,035. Those 2015 sales mostly in California and states following […]

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The latest car reliability survey from Consumer Reports sees it recommending and not recommending certain models, including some of the most popular green cars sold. Data for the broad survey of all vehicle types came from over half a million vehicles from model year 2000-2016, with some 2017s as well. “With that much information, Consumer […]

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Today most major automakers say they’re eager to build electric cars, many have announced new models with more pending, but none would be doing this if they did not have to. To some observers this may be obvious, and to others just loosely aware of the facts and fancies surrounding the electrification of the automobile, […]

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally tested the second-generation Chevrolet Volt. Although the Chevrolet Volt was redesigned for the 2016 model year, IIHS didn’t test it until now as part of a testing program of electric vehicles. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt earned good ratings across-the-board for crashworthiness, and its performance in the […]

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