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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 [...]

Formula E Set for Sept. 13 Beijing Debut


Formula E racing is set to begin its debut season on Sept. 13 in Beijing, China. Race officials disclosed that BMW would utilize Qualcomm Halo wireless charging to replenish battery packs on the event’s pace cars. BMW will have four pace vehicles at the historic race, which features drivers in all-electric, single-seat vehicles. Ten teams [...]

BMW i3 Tops ‘Fueleconomy.Gov’ List


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ranking of the ten best cars for fuel economy puts the new BMW i3 EV at the top of its list. The EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality compiles combined mpg (or mpg-equivalent) data and ranks cars according to efficiency. The BMW i3 places first on the current listing [...]

BMW i8: Award for Golfer’s Hole-in-One


James Heath of Britain won a BMW i8 hybrid supercar for his efforts in Sunday’s final round of the BMW International Open golf tournament. One of the premier contests on the European tour for the past 26 years, the BMW pro tourney is famous for awarding pricey cars to any pro who scores a hole-in-one [...]

Pitt, Bullock, BMW i3: The ‘Green Dream Team’


Celebrity Sandra Bullock was front-and-center at Brad Pitt’s New Orleans charity gala this week, auctioning a BMW i3 electric car to raise funds for Pitt’s green non-profit, the Make It Right Foundation. MIR constructs environmentally-sound residential buildings in New Orleans, Los Angeles and elsewhere. The BMW i3 is called one of the greenest cars currently [...]

Shocker! Rolls Plug-In Coming


Britain’s Autocar news magazine is reporting an exclusive story that Rolls-Royce will bring a plug-in hybrid Phantom to market in 2017 or shortly thereafter. BMW, owner of the R-R nameplate, developed an all-electric Phantom in 2011, but due to its poor reception the first “green Phantom” will be a plug-in hybrid rather than a “pure” [...]

New MPG Rankings: Top Three Cars Are…


According to the latest EPA data, the most fuel efficient car in the U.S. market is the BMW i3, notching a 124 MPGe rating from the government agency responsible for such measurements, placing the i3 just above the Chevy Spark EV in the rankings. The Spark achieves 119 MPGe. Plug-in cars get MPG-equivalent numbers, allowing [...]

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