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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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    Official: SsangYong arranges 7 seats into XLV diesel hybrid concept for Geneva
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    SsangYong has designed some vehicles that were not exactly 100 percent pleasing to the eye. Powered by a mild-hybrid drivetrain, does the company's new concept vehicle put a little more beauty in the eyes of green-car-enthusiast beholders? That's the question that the South Korean automaker's ...

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    Official: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid now available nationwide, CNG model in 37 states [UPDATE]
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    As promised, the 2014 Honda Civic is about to get a little green update. A hybrid gas-electric version will join the standard 2014 Civic in Honda showrooms nationwide tomorrow and a natural gas-powered model will join the party on February 15th, but only in 37 states. Both new models will get the ...

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    Report: Virginia will scrap illogical tax on hybrid vehicles
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    That sound you hear is the sound a few thousand Toyota Prius owners from the Old Dominion State clapping. That's because a tax on hybrids that Virginia enacted last year will most likely be eliminated. The Virginia Senate this week voted to repeal the tax, which hit hybrid drivers up for an ...

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    Report: Ford wants to double hybrid offerings by 2020
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    The Blue Oval is looking for folks on the other side of this Big Old Sphere to get on board with its hybrid offerings. Ford executive Raj Nair, speaking at the Detroit Auto Show this week, said the US automaker wants to double the number of hybrids models it offers by the end of the decade, ...

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    Official: Toyota sold a million hybrids in last nine months, 6M since 1997
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    Toyota's first hybrid model – the Prius – went on sale in 1997 in Japan. It took 14 years for the company to see a cumulative total of three million hybrids (a mark reached in March 2011). Today, Toyota announced that its global sales figures of all of its gas-electric models (and ...

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    Report: In Jamaica, it's not easy to sell or buy hybrid cars
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    Jamaica's mellow reputation and Rasta vibe contributes to an international reputation of an island nation that moves at a leisurely pace. And the term "leisurely" certainly applies to the rate of sales of hybrids there. And we thought Mitsubishi i sales in the US have been slow. The ...

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    By The Numbers: December 2013: Not quite time to panic yet
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    So, the good news in December for green-car advocates as that Nissan Leaf sales continued their gangbuster climb. And Honda picked up some proverbial steam. But that's about it. In all, Americans bought 48,553 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics and diesels last month. US green car ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius gets higher clearance, better suspension in Pakistan
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    It's been 16 years since the Toyota Prius launched in Japan. Finally, the world's most popular hybrid is becoming the first hybrid car to show up in Pakistan. This version of the Prius has been customized by Indus Motor Company (IMC) in order to deal with, well, let's just say some challenging ...

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