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European Buyers To Skip Over Hybrids, Go Straight To Plug-Ins

European Buyers To Skip Over Hybrids, Go Straight To Plug-Ins

While hybrid cars have had a good 10-year run in North America as the most fuel-efficient alternative, Europe never warmed to hybrid-electric powertrains. With roughly half the passenger cars sold in the European Union being powered by more efficient diesel engines, the difference between hybrid...

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54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

Let's Be Clear: Real 2025 Gas-Mileage Goal Is 40 MPG--Or So--Not 54.5 MPG

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require carmakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025, but the current average for new vehicles isn't even close to... read more April 29, 2015 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Washington State Loves Electric Cars, But Gets Very Few: Here's Why

When it comes to states friendly to electric cars, Washington is pretty close to the top. It has one of the highest percentages of registered plug-in electric cars in the... read more April 29, 2015 by 


 
Large switch at photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clean-Energy Growth, Oil Industry Stagnation, Toyota Electric Cars In China: Today's Car News

Today, we have reports on growth in clean energy for electricity generation, and encouraging signs of electric-car adoption. Also, see why Toyota may have to build the... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

China To Force Toyota To Build Electric Cars It Loathes

Toyota has been more than abundantly clear in its belief that the best approach to reducing fuel consumption and offering zero-emission vehicles lies in a combination of its... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
Vauxhall Ampera

Big Oil To 'Lose Control Of Auto Industry': Energy Conference

It's not uncommon for media commenters to look at electric-car sales numbers, only to conclude that the segment is teetering on the brink of death. Electric cars will never... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
BYD Yuan. Photo by Indian Autos Blog.

China's BYD Yuan Plug-In Hybrid Mini-SUV: Styling Stolen From Ford?

China is now the world's largest car market, and when it comes to the country's domestic auto industry, quantity often seems to trump quality. Chinese cars generally don't... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
Purported Audi Q6 electric crossover teaser image

Audi Q6 Electric 'SUV Coupe' Arrives In 2018 Or 2019: CEO

It's now clear that we'll see a slew of all-electric luxury vehicles with ranges of 200 miles or more from German makers Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz starting in 2017 or... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Club, 2015 New York Auto Show

Tesla Model 3 Status, Audi Q6 Electric SUV, 2016 Mazda Miata Gas Mileage: Today's Car News

Today, we check in on the Tesla Model 3 electric car and the Audi Q6 electric SUV "coupe," and report on the fuel-economy figures for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Despite Quick Charging, Toyota Exec Says Electric Cars Won't Work For Long Ranges

Toyota does not like battery-electric cars, and the world's largest carmaker isn't shy about that sentiment. Through numerous ads and statements from its executives, the... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
Buick and GMC dealership

More Informed Car Buyers Don't Need Salesmen, But 'Facilitators'

Car buyers today have far more information than they did just 15 years ago, and they're using it. Google says that three-quarters of all auto shoppers now do hours of... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Will Tesla Model 3 Electric Car Hit 2017 Production Date?

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has done many remarkable things in its short decade of existence--including a few the auto industry viewed as impossible. But the company has... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Club

2016 Mazda Miata: At 30 MPG Combined, Gas Mileage 25 Percent Higher

Nearly eight months after the car was first unveiled, we now have fuel-economy figures for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car. The Miata will achieve 30 mpg combined (27... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
"Do Not Unplug" hanger sign by Take Charge and Go.

Electric Car 'Do Not Unplug' Notices: Public Education At Its Best

The arrival of modern electric cars and public charging infrastructure has brought a whole range of etiquette issues to the fore. Electric cars' long charging times, and the... read more April 27, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors website hacked, Apr 2015

Tesla Website, Twitter Account, Musk Twitter Briefly Hacked

Electric-car maker Tesla sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, a place where software security is--or should be--a constant focus of attention. Still, corporate websites... read more April 26, 2015 by 


 
 

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