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Hybrid Car Rankings for 2014 Surprise Experts


At least a dozen official and unofficial organizations have developed lists of the best hybrid vehicles for 2014, some reviewers focusing on value, others on price, and still others on overall environmental credentials. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the many lists is the fact that at least a dozen hybrid vehicles are included in [...]

Kia Reveals Pricing, Specs for Soul EV


Kia released pricing and other information about its new electric model, the Soul EV. The car will carry a base price of $33,700 before tax incentives, and boasts an EPA driving range of 93 miles per charge. For now, U.S. consumers will be able to purchase the car in California dealerships, with likely market expansions [...]

Tesla Wins Again: Lowest ‘Price-per-Range’ Ratio


According to a recent study by MojoMotors, the Tesla Model S offers the greatest range per dollar of price among all electric vehicles. The rankings were created by simply dividing each car’s list price by its miles-per-charge, or range. The Model S “costs” about $301 per mile of electric range, while the Chevy Spark EV [...]

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 [...]

Peugeot Exalt Concept: Ready for Paris Show


French automaker Peugeot will bring an updated version of its Exalt concept hybrid car to the Paris Motor Show in October. Having already appeared last April in Beijing for its official world debut, the car will arrive in Paris featuring different materials, a new color, and a fully functional electric scooter in its trunk. The [...]

Tesla Gigafactory Decision: It’s Reno!


Tesla Motors announced today that it would build its massive new battery facility in Reno, Nev. The state offered the carmaker at least $1.2 billion in financial incentives that will effectively allow Tesla to operate tax-free for an entire decade. Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted that, “This is not just about incentives,” and applauded Nevada [...]

Leaf, Volt Sales Strong in August


Nissan sold 3,186 units of it Leaf EV in August, while GM/Chevy sold 2,511 units of its Volt range-extended electric car. Both companies had something to cheer about, however. August 2014 was Leaf’s best month ever, and GM has not seen so strong a sales performance since this time last year. For 2014, Leaf also [...]

Mitsubishi Reveals Outlander Plug-In Concept


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 [...]

Breaking: Nissan Leaf Range 186 Miles by 2016


International media sources are reporting that Nissan will release a revamped Leaf electric automobile that features a fresh exterior design and a 186-mile range. When the new model goes on sale in late 2016, it will likely carry a sticker price of around $28,000. The longer range is due to Nissan’s recent efforts at making [...]

NEVS Unveils Saab 9-3 EV


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 [...]

Volkswagen XL2 on Drawing Board?


Volkswagen is reportedly designing a 4-seat, 4-door version of its super-mpg XL1 in an effort to compete with Japanese fuel-cell vehicles and high-efficiency cars from other makers. Sources claim the new model will weigh just over 2,000 pounds but will retain its 300-plus mpg rating (using European standards). The 300-Plus MPG XL1 {Video} For some [...]

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 [...]

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