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AutoGuide ‘Green Car of the Year’ Surprises Many


AutoGuide, one of the largest publications in the industry, announced the results of its readers’ poll this week, revealing that the BMW i8 hybrid sports car was chosen as Green Car of the Year. Facing stiff competition from seven other entrants, the turbocharged sports hybrid prevailed with millions of voters who were no doubt impressed [...]

Chevy Volt Wins Again: KBB ‘Best Buys of 2015′


Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has chosen the Chevy Volt as its top selection in the ‘Best Buys of 2015: Electric/Hybrid’ category. Other finalists, BMW’s i3, Nissan’s Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius were trumped by Volt’s ability to adapt “to the needs of the driver,” as the KBB team put it. The evaluation team went on to [...]

Surprise! The Most Expensive States for Car Ownership


A new study from Bankrate ranks U.S. states based on how expensive it is to own a car in each location. Repairs, insurance and gasoline were the cost factors, and the results produced a few surprises. The four most expensive states in which to own a vehicle are Wyoming (number one on the list), followed [...]

‘Green Car of the Year’ 2015: Finalists Announced


Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for Green Car of the Year. The winner will be revealed at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 20. The finalists are a diverse bunch. The award recognizes not just a vehicle’s green credentials but its commercial availability as well. Each of the finalists is already in [...]

BMW Innovation: Streetlight Charging Stations


BMW took the wraps off a new kind of charging station this week, one that is built into a streetlight. Two working versions adorn the front of the company’s headquarters compound in Munich, but many more are on the way. A pilot program in the German city will connect standard streetlights with BMW’s ChargeNow EV [...]

Battery Breakthrough Could Triple EV Range


A battery expert from MIT and a fellow scientist have come up with an inexpensive battery pack that could be a game-changer for the electric vehicle market. Dr. Qichao Hu created the device with MIT’s Donald Sadoway. If the project is successful, the new battery could triple the range of a typical EV, and lower [...]

BMW X5 Wowed Hybrid Fans in Paris


The Paris Motor Show, which ended last Sunday, was the setting for BMW to show off its soon-to-be-available X5 eDrive Hybrid. The German automaker displayed an impressive green fleet of vehicles in Paris; alongside the X5 was its better-known cousins, the i3 and i8, though X5 received the lion’s share of media attention at the [...]

The Fastest Hybrids in the World


Guest Blogger: Daniel Solomou For: Toyota There is no denying that advancements made in hybrid technology, since it first appeared, are impressive. The reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared with standard-issue combustion engines are both significant and promising, and pave the way to a greener and more sustainable future for our roads. [...]

Experts: Sept. Auto Sales to Rise 10 Pct


Early word from multiple news outlets is that September car sales will post at least a 10 percent increase when compared to last year’s numbers. The entire span of 2014, so far, has demonstrated undeniably strong sales growth, with three of the industry’s big players, Nissan, Chrysler, and GM all looking at gains of 10 [...]

EV Sales Surge in Europe


European EV sales spiked up 91 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest data from JATO Dynamics. No single model dominates the statistics, though the leaders of the segment included Tesla Model S, BMW i3, and the venerable Nissan Leaf. Previously, the Renault Zoe had topped the EV leader board, but as the [...]

Summer Surprise: BMW i3 Sales Surging


BMW has announced that sales of its i3 electric car almost tripled since the vehicle went on sale in May 2014. According to the most recent data, the German carmaker’s diminutive EV, which offers a gasoline range-extender option, has posted sales figures that top Tesla’s Model S and Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid. Consumers purchased 1,025 [...]

EPA’s 5 Most Efficient Diesel Cars


Expert picks for the 2015 model year are out, and clean diesel vehicles are gaining momentum in sales volume and fuel efficiency. According to EPA data, more than a dozen diesel cars show ratings well above 35 mpg, with several reaching the 40 mpg threshold and beyond. The clear ‘winner’ is BMW’s 328d, posting a [...]

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