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    Official: California could give lower-income EV buyers a financial boost

    One California state senator wants to make sure electric vehicles aren't just for the jewelry-rattlers anymore. California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) proposed a bill last month that is designed to put plug-in vehicles within reach of those with more moderate incomes than your ...

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    Report: China decrees 30 percent of new government vehicles will plug in

    Maybe Warren Buffett's bet on Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD will pay off after all. That's because the Chinese government just made a commitment to buy lots of advanced-powertrain vehicles through its government-vehicle system in an effort to address the notorious pollution problem in ...

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    Study: IHS: EVs sales are better than you might think

    Plug-in vehicles are getting a lot more done during their proverbial senior year than hybrids ever did. IHS Automotive is poking holes into the theory that plug-in vehicles aren't selling as well by comparing them to hybrids at the same stage the technology's evolution. Turns out, the plug-ins ...

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    Official: CT incentivizing dealers instead of buyers to sell more EVs

    Maybe we've been going about this all wrong. Navigant Research says a recently introduced program in Connecticut that incentivizes dealers instead of EV customers could be effective because it changes the pressure points for electric vehicles. Navigant (formerly Pike) Research notes that the ...

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    Official: Coastal states will lead plug-in vehicle adoption through 2022

    Aloha, indeed. While California will unsurprisingly add the most plug-in vehicles out of any state over the next decade, Hawaii will have the highest number of plug-ins as a percentage of overall vehicle sales. That's the one-sentence summary of a recent study from Navigant Research (formerly ...

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    Official: Recargo, Xatori merge in one giant assist for plug-in vehicle drivers

    Two companies have announced a merger that should assist plug-in electric vehicle drivers around the US. EV mobile application developer Recargo, Inc., is merging with Xatori, Inc., creator of the popular PlugShare charging station finder. Both companies have seen membership double this year, as ...

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    Report: BMW exec: Germans should shrug off 'angst' and just buy electric vehicles

    Honda once told Americans to "respect the van" in its effort to sell its Odyssey minivans. Now, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer is telling his fellow Germans to "embrace the plug." Reithofer cited "German angst" to explain a potential sales roadblock for the German automaker's new "i" sub-brand, ...

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    Official: BMW offers guilt-free EV charging with Solarwatt; runs EV hackathon this weekend

    BMW, which last year struck up an agreement with a Colorado company to facilitate solar-powered charging for its upcoming plug-in vehicles, has done the same with a company from its homeland. Dresden, Germany-based Solarwatt is working with Bimmer on a partnership for providing solar-panel ...

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    Report: BYD may go all-green with vehicle production, eliminating gas-only powertrains

    It's not quite Elon Musk's vision of a purely electric-vehicle company, but BYD may move away from purely gas-powered cars in an attempt to reverse lagging sales. Yes, you read that right. The China-based automaker could stop making gas-powered cars within two years and may go solely with ...

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    Report: GM's Opel may add electric side to diesel engines

    General Motors' Opel division is confident that its slate of diesel engines will allow it to meet stricter European emissions standards set for 2020. As for the even stricter ones expected in 2025? Not so much. Stop us if you've heard this before, but that's why Opel says it will consider adding ...

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    Official: Amp brings ex-energy secretary Bill Richardson on board

    While extended-range plug-in truck maker Amp is based in Cincinnati, the company appears to be making more of an impact west of the Rockies, as the company just brought on former New Mexico governor and ex-US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson on to its advisory board. Richardson was governor ...

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    Study: Global lithium-ion battery sales will jump sixfold by 2019

    Add UK-based Frost & Sullivan as the latest research firm to forecast a big jump in lithium-ion battery sales, implying that a jump in plug-in vehicle sales is in the making. Frost & Sullivan says global li-on battery sales will jump sixfold to $12.84 billion in 2019, up from $2.13 ...

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    Report: Toyota offers incentives on Prius Plug-in up to $5,000

    Toyota is looking to play catch-up with its Prius Plug-in by sweetening the pot for prospective buyers. The Japanese automaker is offering as much as $5,000 in financing funds for some versions of the model, according to Green Car Reports. Toyota is also offering as much as $4,000 for the ...

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    Report: California has HOV lane stickers for plug-in vehicles, but not many takers

    Those new green stickers in the Golden State haven't exactly been golden. A California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) program that distributes special high-occupancy-vehicle-lane (HOV) stickers to owners of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in has started slower than ...

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    Official: German Olympic team gets decked-out Audi A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid

    The German Olympic team may be trailing the Chinese and Americans in London when it comes to medal count, but at least it has a cool ride. Audi has presented the team with an A1 e-tron decked out in German colors, to promote the automaker's plug-in vehicles. The 102-horsepower extended-range ...

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    Spy Shots: 2013 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid snapped almost completely exposed

    Look what our spies stumbled upon the other evening in Los Angeles: It's the 2013 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, sans cladding. While these night shots aren't the best quality, we have yet to see any more revealing images of the next-generation Honda family sedan. Forget for a minute that this ...

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    Video: Translogic examines the power of plug-in hybrids for commercial fleets

    The crew at Translogic took the time to stop by and see the the team at ALTe Powertrain Technologies. Founded by a group of former Tesla Motors executives, the company focuses on building plug-in hybrid conversions for fleet vehicles. From creations like a Ford F-150 with a 2.0-liter gasoline ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius Plug-In third fastest-selling car in America

    The good people at have slogged their way through sales data from April and found something interesting. The Toyota Prius Plug-In managed to walk away as the third quickest-selling car in the U.S., spending just five days on dealer lots. That figure was good enough to land it behind the ...

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    Official: BMW, Daimler will work together on Visio.M urban EV project

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG are among a group of more than a dozen private and public entities that are working together on a project designed to speed up the development of urban electric vehicles. The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 10.8 ...

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    Beijing: Audi tries hand at luxury PHEVs with A6 L e-tron concept

    Audi has finally spread its plug-in hybrid technology to the A6 L. The German automaker unveiled the A6 L e-Tron technology study on Monday at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, complete with an all-electric driving range of nearly 50 miles at 37 mph. Liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries power the ...


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