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National Drive Electric Week is Biggest Ever

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Thanks to a well-organized sponsorship by Nissan Motors, the ongoing National Drive Electric Week is proving to be a huge success, featuring more than 125 local events all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Running from Sept 15-21, and previously called National Plug In Day, the event works to inform the world’s drivers about the [...]

Has Technology Wiped Out Car Theft?

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Experts say high tech devices such as GPS and Smartphone apps have cut car theft rates by as much as 90 percent in some states. In fact, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the vast majority of stolen vehicles in the U.S. are 1990s models, which offered low- or no-tech anti-theft devices, and whose [...]

Natural Gas Chevy Impala a ‘Game Changer’

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Corporate decision makers at both Chevrolet and Honda have recently decided to devote more research and funding to the development of natural gas technology. Before year’s end, Chevy will begin selling a dual-fuel Impala that runs on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). Honda already sells a CNG car, the Civic Natural Gas, which [...]

Mitsubishi Reveals Outlander Plug-In Concept

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Mitsubishi Motors will unveil a concept version of its popular Outlander Plug-In Hybrid at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The SUV sells briskly in markets where it is available, and it set to come to the U.S. in late 2015. Mitsubishi released a pair of artist sketches of the concept this week, a [...]

Experts Shocked: 2014 ‘Least Stolen Car’ an EV Sedan

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New data from law enforcement sources has revealed that the Tesla Model S, an all-electric sedan, is the nation’s least stolen car. In 2013, the trendy EV was unranked, even in a year when there was an 8-way tie for the top spot. Experts attribute the car’s 2014 ranking to its theft-deterrent system, which allows [...]

NEVS Unveils Saab 9-3 EV

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden, formerly known as Saab, this week unveiled a prototype of its new EV, the Saab 9-3. The company’s facility in Trollhattan is in full production mode now, and the model being shown is actually an earlier, test version. The fresh-faced EV resembles the classic Aero 9-3 in many ways. Cargo space [...]

Experts Reveal ‘Biggest Maintenance Mistakes’

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With summer coming to an end, it is a good time to see what industry experts have to say about seasonal maintenance. Most of the nation’s major insurers warn about “maintenance mistakes” that drivers typically make. In no particular order, here is the list of maintenance-related tasks that tend to get overlooked: Wiper Blade Replacement: [...]

GM Finally ‘Commits’ to Diesel

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GM executives announced this week that they would bring out several more clean diesel models in the near future, noting that the clean burning fuel could power 10 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2020. Steve Kiefer, VP of Global Powertrain for GM, told a recent industry audience, “The Chevrolet Cruze [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big

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GM’s plug-in, extended-range EV, Chevy Volt, was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in Canada during the month of July with 132 units sold. That edged out archrival Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, by just 15 units. Leaf Canada sales totaled 104 in June and 117 in July. With a full five months left in the year, Chevy [...]

Prius News: ‘Special Edition’ and Wireless Charging

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Toyota announced this week that the company would offer a new version of the very popular Prius hybrid in 2015. Officially called Prius Persona Series Special Edition, the sleek Prius has an upgraded exterior and additional equipment. Expected to land in U.S. showrooms this September, it carries a starting sticker price of $27,810. Elegant touches [...]

Porsche: “Cayenne Plug-In Ready by Nov. 1″

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Officials for Porsche have announced that the company’s new plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid crossover will carry a starting price of $77,395 and will arrive in U.S. showrooms in November. The car replaces the Cayenne S Hybrid, which is being discontinued. The V6 reaches 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds and features a top speed of [...]

Classic VW Bug Goes Electric

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A California man has become the state’s self-appointed expert for converting classic Volkswagen Beetles into snazzy-looking electric cars. David Bernardo specializes in models that came off the assembly line between 1958 and 1966. After removing the original motors and substituting electric ones, he places battery packs in two separate locations on each vehicle. To retain [...]

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