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KBB Reveals ‘Top Green Cars’ for 2014

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Kelley Blue Book has announced its listing of the top ten green cars for 2014. Electric, hybrid, natural gas, and extended-range EV cars are all represented on the roster, with the top three spots occupied by BMW’s i3, the Nissan Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius. Rounding out the tally: The Honda Accord hybrid came in at [...]

Denza EV Unveiled at Beijing Show

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Boasting a range of 186-miles-per-charge, the Daimler-BYD Denza EV made its debut at Auto China (Beijing Auto Show) today. BYD is known for its battery engineering expertise, while Daimler is a car manufacturer with more than a century of experience. The partnership is manufacturing the cars through its joint venture entity, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New [...]

Cadillac ELR, ChargePoint Join Forces

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Cadillac and ChargePoint announced this week that the carmaker and electric charging station company would join forces. The fresh partnership will allow owners of the Cadillac ELR extended-range EV to use any charging station in the vast ChargePoint network. The network boasts 16,500 locations where ELR owners can replenish their lithium-ion batteries on 2014-‘15 models. [...]

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 [...]

Finalists for World Car Awards at NY Auto Show

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Finalists have been announced for all categories of the World Car Awards. Winners will be revealed at the upcoming New York Auto Show, with all eyes on the World Green Car segment. In that category, the three finalists are Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, BMW i3, and the Volkswagen XL1. Close Up: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron [...]

Tesla’s Big Win in the Big Apple

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Tesla Motors has scored a huge victory in the state of New York. The EV maker has received the legislative green light to keep its five stores open, and new laws will seal the deal for the longer term. In what looks like a “battle of the governors” between New York and New Jersey, Tesla [...]

Tesla Model X Reservations at Record Level

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Tesla Motors announced this week that reservations for its upcoming Model X sedan are coming in at a brisk pace, currently numbering 12,133 unit orders. Reservations for the Signature model require a $40,000 down payment, while those for the standard model cost $5,000. For more about the “most popular car that has not yet been [...]

EV, Hybrid Cash-Back Offers Tops in Industry

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As carmakers pull out all the stops to boost the final month of first quarter sales, cash-back offers on hybrids and electric cars are among the best in the industry. Indeed, three of the top five biggest cash-back deals are on electric cars, and a luxury hybrid ranks in the top ten. Mitsubishi’s 2012 i-MiEV [...]

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 [...]

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