Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is now offering a $500 “Clean Fuel Rebate” for its customers in Northern and Central California who own battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The credit comes via a provision in the state’s program called Low Carbon Fuel Standard that earns credits for PG&E itself, and the company then passes them […]

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In his first public appearance since the TDI scandal broke in September 2015, Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the Volkswagen Group, maintained that he had no knowledge of emissions cheating before the company admitted to it. According VW, the top brass were informed of diesel emissions manipulation in August of 2015, and told the world […]

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It’s no secret that Beetle sales are less than stellar and that’s led to rumors about the car’s future. Volkswagen doesn’t want to drop the idea of the Beetle altogether, because the nameplate holds such a special place in its history. Klaus Bischoff, head of VW design, called the current Beetle one of his favorite […]

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Mazda is coming out with a new high-tech engine that will cut fuel consumption by a third. The automaker is set to introduce a new engine at the end of 2018 that uses pressure instead of spark plugs to ignite fuel, a technology the Japanese automaker says will increase fuel economy by 30 percent. The […]

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Cadillac is developing an advanced semi-autonomous driving system dubbed Super Cruise, which is very different from any other system currently offered. When conditions allow, this advanced driver-assistance technology should be able to steer, brake and regulate vehicle speed automatically, making it ideal for long highway drives or slogging through rush-hour traffic. Unlike systems offered by […]

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Just in case you’re not tired of all the diesel news coming out this year, here’s one more oily tidbit: the upcoming diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze is rumored to net a 50 mpg rating by the EPA. The report comes from Automotive News, which cornered GM product development chief Mark Reuss and Chevrolet […]

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Toyota’s smallest hybrid has been updated for the 2017 model year. As one of the most affordable hybrid models available in today’s market, the Prius c now comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-C) driver-assistance suite on all model grades. The system was an option on two Prius c grades on the 2016 model […]

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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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Apparently nothing is sacred in the automotive world. Those high-horsepower, gasoline-inhaling engines that emit a ferocious growl from the performance divisions of BMW and Mercedes-Benz will enevitably be electrified. That is, “electrification” on the table includes hybridization, plug-in hybridization, and even all-electric versions of the enthusiast-oriented BMW “M” and Mercedes-Benz “AMG” cars. These revelations come […]

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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board issued notices of violation to Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles for alleged software that increases air pollution on certain Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles. The EPA and CARB accused the manufacturer of not disclosing emission control software that it is legally required to, saying the software adversely […]

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