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EV Sales Growing Exponentially

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According to the latest data, global sales of electric cars have doubled each of the last three years, with more than 400,000 of the vehicles on roadways around the world. Scholars at a German think tank predict that the total could surpass the 1 million mark within two years. The Center for Solar Energy and [...]

EVs to Rev Up Stock Market, Experts Say

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Wall Street gurus have recently been opining all over the Internet and print media about the near-term future of automotive technology. The collective wisdom of the financial media sees the rest of this decade as a booming time for hybrid-drive cars and trucks. As for pure-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, pundits and experts look [...]

What Nation is Most ‘EV Friendly’?

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South Korea is now the official world leader in electric vehicle subsidies, with its government announcing a national incentive amounting to $13,900 on the purchase of electric cars. Much like the U.S. market, regional jurisdictions in South Korea add their own monetary enticements to the mix, with some provinces chipping in between $3,000 and $7,400 [...]

Breaking News: March Plug-in Car Sales Up

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Electric car sales rose 30 percent in March, with total sales for the month standing at about 9,000 units, compared to 6,900 electric vehicles sold in February. Nissan in particular was a big winner among plug-in carmakers, notching a 12 percent increase in Leaf sales for March compared to the same month in 2012. Chevrolet [...]

Car Sales Surge in Europe

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The Association of European Carmakers (ACEA) reported this week that new car sales in Europe went up for the sixth month in a row, posting a 7.6 percent gain compared to February 2013. Measured by the number of car registrations filed, new cars sold in the EU this past February stood at 894,730 compared to [...]

Chevy Volt Mystery: ‘Top Secret’ Redesign for 2016?

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In what is shaping up as one of the most secretive ‘top secret’ stories in the U.S. auto market this year, word is that General Motors is aiming to do a significant redesign of its flagship alt-fuel vehicle, the Volt. When the car was first brought to consumer showrooms in 2010 (for the 2011 model [...]

Feb. Car Sales: Nissan Leaf Surprises Analysts

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February 2014 sales of the Nissan Leaf electric car rose more than 100 percent compared to Feb. 2013 sales. This continues the company’s trend of increased sales figures each year. Sales of the mainstream EV were 67 units for Feb. 2011, the first year the car was offered to the public. Then, in Feb. of [...]

‘Most Loved Cars’: Surprising Winners

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Strategic Vision, a research-consulting firm, announced results of its extensive vehicle loyalty survey this week, naming “Most Loved” vehicles in a number of categories. The overall winner, for the entire auto industry, was the Tesla Model S, posting a score of 852 out of a possible 1,000 points. Winner in the Mid-Size APT (alternative powertrain) [...]

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid Snag Major Awards

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U.S. News & World Report this week released its “Best Cars for the Money” listing, which named the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevy Volt, and Lexus RX Hybrid among the winners in their respective categories. Volt reigned supreme in the Upscale Midsize Cars category, while the Ford Fusion won the Hybrid Cars segment. The Lexus RX [...]

Car Sales Wars! 2014′s Best Sellers So Far

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Early data for 2014 car sales are in, and the top ten-bestselling vehicles include a few venerable champs, two new contenders, and an assortment of other foreign and American favorites. Half of the top ten offer hybrid versions, which speaks volumes about the so-called “mainstreaming” trend among manufacturers to sell hybrids alongside household brands. Ford, [...]

Awards: ‘Most Affordable’ Hybrids and EVs Are…

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Kelley Blue Book (KBB) handed out its affordability awards this week, choosing winners in more than 22 vehicle categories. Top picks were selected based upon a 5-year cost to own rather than MSRP. Toyota’s Prius C and the Lexus RX 450h were winners in the hybrid and hybrid SUV categories, respectively. Chevy’s Spark EV won [...]

Plug-in Sales Wars: Surprising Winner for 2013

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What some call the “super bowl of green cars” has finally posted results for the 2013 sales year, with Chevrolet’s Volt edging out the Nissan Leaf by just 484 units. The venerable Volt tallied 23,094 sales against Leaf’s 22,610. Many analysts say the Tesla Model S was actually the big winner. Though the S carries [...]

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