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    Report: Next Toyota Prius may get optional all-wheel drive
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    We've been hearing rumors about the next generation of the Toyota Prius for the last couple of years on a pretty regular basis. From the expectation of lithium-ion battery packs with more capacity for electric-only miles to wireless charging and more emotional styling, there's been no shortage of ...

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    By The Numbers: June 2014: The looks-can-be-deceiving edition
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    To paraphrase the classic villain line from the old Scooby Doo episodes, it would've been a good June if it wasn't for those meddling Volkswagen diesel and Chevy Malibu sales. Advanced-powertrain vehicle sales in the US halted their upward trajectory last month, and year-over-year demand fell for ...

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    Report: Ford not backing down on MPG-based marketing strategy
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    The Blue Oval may have to back off a bit from the green messaging. Ford has had to lower fuel-economy ratings on a number of 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles, namely its hybrids. And that may force the US automaker to rethink some of its marketing strategy, Automotive News reports. Ford has ...

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    Report: How Toyota's Le Mans racer may make its next Prius even better
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    The supercapacitor technology in the Toyota TS040 "offers great possibility for production car use." – Amanda Rice, Toyota Pop-culture junkies familiar with 1980s touchstone movies will hear the word "capacitor" and think Back to the Future. But the concept of supercapacitors being used ...

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    Exclusive: Ford made three big mistakes in calculating MPG for 2013 C-Max Hybrid
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    It's been a rough time for the official fuel economy figures for the Ford C-Max Hybrid. When the car was released in 2012, Ford made a huge deal about how it would beat the Toyota Prius V, which was rated at 42 combined miles per gallon, 44 city and 40 highway. The Ford? 47 mpg across the ...

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    Official: EVs, hybrids finding a home in Scottish Car Clubs
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    Car clubs in Scotland are getting some electric love from their government. The UK is putting £1,000,000 ($1.7 million US) of new funding toward electric vehicles, specifically encouraging the clean growth of car clubs Scotland. Those funds are expected to provide as many as 30 additional ...

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    Study: Here's where green cars are the most popular
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    As we've already learned, 2013 was a pretty big year for diesel and hybrid sales. According to registration data, there are now 7 million diesel passenger vehicles and 2.8 million hybrids on the roads in the US. Diesel registrations grew by 410,040 last year, and hybrids increased by 531,385. ...

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    Official: Old Toyota Camry Hybrid batteries find new life in Yellowstone
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    Beginning this fall, used hybrid batteries that would otherwise be recycled will get a second life in Yellowstone National Park. 208 nickel-metal hydride batteries are being retired from the Toyota Camry Hybrids they once helped power and will become part of an off-the-grid energy system at ...

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    Report: New Iranian law could boost EVs, hybrids
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    A change in Iranian trade law could help promote the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles. EVs and hybrids with engines 2.5-liters or smaller are no longer subject to import tariffs, reports the Tehran Times. Iran intends to completely eliminate car import tariffs within two years, according to ...

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    Report: Senate committee votes to ban solo driver hybrids from HOV lanes
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    Are hybrids officially swimming in the US mainstream? A recent federal government amendment appears to imply as much, since it says that hybrid drivers won't be able to count on getting solo access to high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes. And the Prius Nation sighs. A recently approved six-year ...

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    Official: Toyota finds 10% MPG improvement in hybrid PCU
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    Keeping up its from-all-angles approach to efficiency, Toyota has found yet another way to eke out up to ten percent more precious MPGs in its hybrid vehicles, this time electronically. The automaker has announced the development of new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for use in power ...

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    Report: US buyers show little interest in big hybrids
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    The idea of producing large, luxury-vehicle hybrids is turning into a "what were they thinking?" exercise in futility, USA Today reports. General Motors is discontinuing hybrid versions of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs, while Mercedes-Benz and Toyota's Lexus division ...

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    By The Numbers: April 2014: The ramping-up-for-summer edition
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    Americans appear to be gearing up for further increases in US gas prices, as green-car sales last month had their largest year-over-year gains of 2014. Domestic customers bought almost 56,000 hybrids, plug-ins and diesels in April, marking a 2.6 percent increase from April 2013. Plug-in sales ...

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    Study: EV buyers are younger, more affluent than hybrid shoppers
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    If you're a real estate broker and see someone pulling up to your listed property in a Nissan Leaf, you should probably pay attention, because there's a pretty good chance that the driver of the very quiet car will be able to score a mortgage. According to data from Experian Automotive, EV owners ...

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    Report: Local production could improve Toyota Prius' fortunes in China
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    The Toyota Prius is the world's most popular hybrid vehicle, but it may take domestic production capabilities for the model to achieve a high level of popularity in China. Japan-based Toyota is aiming to produce an increasing percentage of Prius components in China in order to bring down its ...

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    By The Numbers: March 2014: The 'Even Is The New Up' Edition
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    "Now and again, I get the feeling, well if I don't win, I'm gonna break even," Tom Petty sang on his 1994 nugget You Wreck Me. And while we're not out to wreck any hybrids or electric vehicles, it's safe to say that the sentiment of that lyric is an appropriate one when analyzing last month's ...

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    Report: Daimler exec hypothetically discusses 3-cylinder engines for small hybrids
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    Is three the magic number of cylinders for Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and its efforts to build smaller powertrains for its compact hybrids? Potentially, yes, the German automaker could see the need for three-cylinder mills, Automotive News reports. The company doesn't have any plans for them as ...

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    Official: Ford hit by lawsuit over hybrid technology from, surprise, Paice
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    The name Paice will be familiar to anyone who's been deep in the weeds of hybrid history, but it will probably be new to anyone who simply drives one. The key part of the story is something called "HyperDrive," which is the name given to a gas-electric powertrain technology developed by Alex ...

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    Report: Honda ending CR-Z, Insight sales in Europe
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    Death by diesel? That may be the epitaph of the Honda Insight and CR-Z in Europe, where the Japanese automaker will discontinue sales of the two hybrid models before to the 2015 model-year. A Honda spokesman confirmed the discontinuation to Automotive News, and information on those models has ...

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    Official: Qatar University women's team wins Hybrid-Electric Challenge in Abu Dhabi [w/video]
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    An energized student team from Qatar University has won the first-ever TAQA GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge, which was held in Abu Dhabi late last month. And, as race organizers took pains to point out, it was an all-female team that claimed the top spot. The squad, called Team Gernas 114, ...

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