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    Report: So far in 2013, EVs beating plug-in hybrids in sales

    During the past two years, plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius Plug-In and Chevy Volt were beating battery electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV in sales volume. That changed for the first time in the first half of 2013, with battery ...

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    Report: Nissan pokes fun at 'clean' cars hit by stricter London Congestion Charge rules

    Nissan can see an upside to the tough new emissions rules in London and turn it into a great promotional opportunity. The London Congestion Charge has been tightened up so that the vehicles that are eligible for exemption from the hefty daily charge of 10 British pounds (a little more than $15 ...

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    Confirmed: KBB, ALG awards recognize hybrids with best resale value

    For car shoppers doing their math on lifecycle ownership costs, hybrid electric vehicles always present the challenge of being more expensive – maybe $5,000 more – than comparable non-hybrid models. High gasoline prices can help tip the scale in favor of gas-electrics, as do great ...

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    Plug In America releases first of seven electric vehicle PSAs, Fabio's star turn is yet to come

    Plug In America's electric vehicle PSAs – Click above to watch videoes after the jump
    Can ten years of promoting electric cars be boiled down to 30 seconds? Plug In America would like to suggest that they can, especially if you really mean cramming them into seven 30-second ads (or, to use ...

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    Fisker still planning for six plug-in hybrid models to hit the roads by 2013

    First Factory-Built Fisker Karma – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last week was a busy one for Fisker Automotive. The company rolled out its first factory-built Karma plug-in hybrid at the Paris Motor Show and followed that up with some ramblings regarding an initial public ...

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    Toyota: Prius Plug-In Hybrid won't compete with Leaf or Volt

    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Not all plug-in vehicles are created equal. As we finally start to see mainstream, commercially available plug-ins arrive, the market is developing into a continuum. At one extreme we have the pure battery electrics like ...

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    Toyota announces first details of U.S. plug-in Prius test program

    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The reason we just got to drive the new plug-in Prius hybrid in San Diego is because Toyota is introducing the vehicle to the U.S. during the company's second Sustainable Mobility Seminar (see our full coverage of the ...

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    A short history of recent plug-in vehicles, courtesy of CalCars

    We've been chronicling the world of more efficient vehicles for almost four years now, but we're still the new kind on the block compared to long-time organizations like CalCars and that group's leader, Felix Kramer. At a recent meeting of the Electric Auto Association (of which CalCar is also a ...

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    Chicago Preview: Kia teases plug-in hybrid concept called Ray

    Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept – Click above to enlarge
    Kia is hoping to step into the void of what may be another relatively quiet auto show in Chicago next month with a new plug-in hybrid concept dubbed the Ray. The teaser image sent out by Kia late yesterday shows off what looks like ...

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    Toyota's Koei Saga: "I think we will never abandon the internal-combustion engine"

    Koei Saga, the managing officer of the Toyota Motor Corporation, might say that his company is "very excited" to expand plug-in hybrid (PHEV) testing when that's the announcement of the day, but he's also quite willing to give plug-in vehicles a verbal smackdown at other times. For example, ...

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    Squaring off, again: plug-in advocates respond to anti-PHEV report

    Recently, a report came out of the National Academies of Science that declared the costs for plug-in hybrids were "likely to remain high" while the benefits would be "modest for decades." With such a tantalizing bit of contrarianism, how could it not make the pages of the New York Times? The ...

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    STUDY: Market share for plug ins, hybrids set for huge growth by 2013

    Reports that hybrid vehicles would continue to be popular are nothing new and seem to be coming true. But a new study by NextGen Research paints a picture that might be a bit too rosy. Maybe. Components used in electric and hybrid vehicles will see a huge growth spurt in the coming years, ...

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    Some say "No plug, no deal," but not everyone is gonna buy that

    This week, the Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers found that plug-in hybrids have to be "affordable" if automakers think that customers will want to buy them. People are interested, U of M says, but cost is paramount to people deciding to make a purchase. Speaking at the Business ...

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    Illinois, Colorado put money into plug-in infrastructure

    Converted plug-in Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery
    While there is no coherent national plug-in vehicle legislation aside from the PHEV tax credit bill, some states are moving forward with their own proposals to encourage more vehicles with plugs. Both Colorado and Illinois recently ...

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    Mitsubishi iMiEV price cut, plug-in hybrid version coming

    Mitsubishi i MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With incentives, Mitsubishi's all-electric i MiEV car will cost about $31,300 when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. That's a pile of cash for the zero-tailpipe emissions car. The good news is that Mitsubishi's president has ...

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    Toyota to lease 200 PHEV Priuses in Japan starting in late 2009

    They won't look like the second-generation Prius plug-in pictured above, but Toyota has announced the first of its non-European leasing programs for its new PHEV (see here). Starting late this year Toyota will start leasing 200 plug-capable Priuses to government and commercial fleets in Japan. A ...

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    Toyota questions demand for plug-ins, cost, range, durability concerns

    We all know that there is a hardcore group of you out there chanting the mantra of "No plug, no sale!" Okay, well, at least a few of you. The problem is that, like commenters on the internet, the loud fringe makes most of the noise, but actually represents a very small percentage of the total ...

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    Foreign Affairs Auto named as official Hymotion PHEV kit installer

    A123 Systems has named Foreign Affairs Auto of West Palm Beach Florida as an authorized installer for its Hymotion L5 plug-in conversion kits. The L5 kit consists of a battery pack containing A123 lithium iron phosphate cells designed to be installed in the second-generation Toyota Prius. The kit ...

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    SAE 2009: Yazaki's booth proudly displays J1772 connector

    J1772 connector - click above for more
    At the SAE World Congress last week, one of the more important technical discussions revolved around a new connector standard for plug-in vehicles called J1772. As we mentioned in our write-up of the progress made at the event, the Yazaki company was behind ...

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    Toyota: Plug-in Prius returning 65 mpg in testing

    According to Toyota, its plug-in Prius hybrids are averaging 65 miles per gallon in real world testing. This is an improvement of 15 mpg over the recently-unveiled 2010 Prius. The secret to the big fuel mileage increase is a battery with the capacity to store much more energy than the unit in the ...


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