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EVs to Rev Up Stock Market, Experts Say


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’?


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


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


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


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


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


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 [...]

Update: Cadillac ELR Facts, Raves, and Myths


Reviews from experts and owners about the new Cadillac ELR are nearly unanimous in several areas; everyone agrees that GM “got it right” when producing an elegant, comfortable and drop-dead gorgeous range-extended EV. In fact, it is difficult to find a serious review, from amateur or pro, that has anything negative to say about the [...]

China’s New EV Surprises Market Analysts


Official sources in China are reporting that BYD Auto Company’s Qin is the top-selling plug-in car in the nation. Qin (pronounced like the English word “chin”) is a dual-mode EV that features a turbo 1.5-liter gasoline range-extender engine with 300 horsepower. Analysts believe the car will continue to sell briskly throughout the rest of this [...]

Tesla’s Massive Battery Plant Might Land in Arizona


The Arizona State Legislature has begun working on a bill that would allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars without using a dealership network. The Sunbelt state also happens to be one of the final four locations under consideration as the home of the carmaker’s massive new battery facility. Though officials who are sponsoring [...]

HOV Stickers in Calif.: Going, Going, Gone


The state of California is running out of green HOV stickers, and many people are wondering what will happen to hybrid owners who apply for one after the limit is reached. California issues green stickers for hybrids and white stickers for all-electric vehicles, but the state limits the green HOV passes to just 40,000 car [...]

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