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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 [...]

Hyundai and Ford: ‘Top Secret’ Hybrid Plans?


Korea’s Hyundai is secretly developing a hybrid model that it hopes will be able to compete directly against the Toyota Prius. Various sources have reported seeing prototypes of the planned car on test runs at secret tracks. For its part, Japan’s Toyota will begin selling the fourth-generation of the venerable Prius hybrid by late 2015. [...]

Renovo Coupe EV Revealed at Last!


California-based electric carmaker Renovo Motors is displaying its first model, the Renovo Coupe, at the current Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. A reworked Shelby Daytona featuring all-electric drive, the Renovo EV is a sleek, 500-horsepower supercar that carries a lithium-ion battery 740 volts strong. Two motors that boast an output of 1,000 foot-pounds of torque [...]

‘Nat’l Drive Electric Week’ Set for Sept. 15-21


Organizers of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 15-21) are planning events in more than 113 North American cities to talk up the advantages of electric transportation. Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club helm the national EV love-fest that aims to get people to drive an EV for the first time. [...]

LA Auto Show 2014: Update


The 2014 LA Auto Show will open its doors to the public on Nov. 21, and is set to feature a record number of world and North American model debuts. Nearly 60 debuts in all will fill the venue, 25 of them vehicles that are being revealed for the first time anywhere. Global debut name [...]

Breaking News: 2016 Chevy Volt at NAIAS


Official word from GM is that the next-generation Chevy Volt will appear at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in Jan. 2015. The event will mark the model’s global debut. The company has also revealed that its fresh-faced EV will feature more technology than the car’s predecessor. Industry analysts think the new Volt will eventually be [...]

Volkswagen, SunPower Join Forces for Solar Driving


The second-biggest solar manufacturer in the U.S., SunPower Corp., is teaming with Germany’s Volkswagen AG to show consumers how to make driving a truly green experience. Volkswagen will soon begin promoting home-based solar systems through its dealerships. SunPower makes a set of rooftop panels that can collect and supply clean electricity for a plug-in car’s [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big


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 [...]

The Return of Fisker Karma


The new owners of Fisker Automotive, Wanxiang Corp., announced this week that the Chinese manufacturer would bring back the Karma and build the car at an assembly plant in Finland. Wanxiang, the biggest auto parts company in China, purchased all of Fisker’s assets in a bankruptcy sale and is also exclusive owner of former independent [...]

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