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EV Owners Opting for Solar Homes


More than a half-million businesses and homes now have solar power installations that gather energy from the sun. Owners of electric and other types of plug-in vehicles are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems on their rooftops. In most cases, the systems employ large panels, but newer options include solar roof shingles. Home solar [...]

GM Spills Details on Next-Gen Chevy Volt


GM executives have revealed significant details about the upcoming second-generation Chevy Volt. The fresh-faced Volt will carry a larger engine, a bigger battery, and offer better all-electric range, compared with the first-generation model. Since the vehicle made its world debut in 2010, GM has tweaked it in several ways, but this new issue will be [...]

Tesla News: Low Lease Price for S, Wagon in Future?


Tesla Motors announced a new lease deal for consumers this week. Partnering with US Bank, the electric carmaker will offer a 25 percent discount off its standard lease rates for drivers who are still undecided about owning a Model S. Right now, consumers can lease a Tesla in 38 states, with monthly rates between $800 [...]

Tesla ‘Model D’ Still a Mystery


Just days ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has created huge speculation about his California-based company’s newest model. At Hawthorne Airport in LA, on Oct. 9, the intrepid executive will take the wraps off what he calls the Model D. The shocking news came via a tweet from the CEO, [...]

The Fastest Hybrids in the World


Guest Blogger: Daniel Solomou For: Toyota There is no denying that advancements made in hybrid technology, since it first appeared, are impressive. The reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared with standard-issue combustion engines are both significant and promising, and pave the way to a greener and more sustainable future for our roads. [...]

GM Reveals ‘Secret’ Chevy Volt


Chevrolet issued a press release this week about its “secret,” next-generation Volt. As engineers sent the extended-range EV out to the test field, they made it known to the world that the new car is ready for its 2015 debut in Detroit, but officials left the camouflage in place during testing. See the video clip [...]

‘Refreshed’ Cadillac ELR Will Debut in LA


Officials at Cadillac announced this week that an updated version of the range-extended EV would be unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show, which is open to the public from Nov. 21 to Nov. 30. In addition to exterior and interior changes, the 2016 ELR will offer new engineering as well. Industry insiders say the [...]

Experts: Sept. Auto Sales to Rise 10 Pct


Early word from multiple news outlets is that September car sales will post at least a 10 percent increase when compared to last year’s numbers. The entire span of 2014, so far, has demonstrated undeniably strong sales growth, with three of the industry’s big players, Nissan, Chrysler, and GM all looking at gains of 10 [...]

New Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: Ready for its Debut


Porsche representatives announced this week that the company would debut its new Cayenne S E-Hybrid at the Paris Motor Show next week. The vehicle will become the first-ever plug-in SUV in the luxury segment. The new car’s appearance means that Porsche now produces more plug-in hybrid automobiles than any other company. In addition to the [...]

EV Sales Surge in Europe


European EV sales spiked up 91 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest data from JATO Dynamics. No single model dominates the statistics, though the leaders of the segment included Tesla Model S, BMW i3, and the venerable Nissan Leaf. Previously, the Renault Zoe had topped the EV leader board, but as the [...]

New Fiat 500e Now Available in Ore., Calif.


Fiat announced this week that its new 2015 electric car, the 500e, would be available in both California and Oregon. Prices begin at $31,800 and lease rates are set at $199 per month with $999 due at signing, for a 36-month agreement. Fiat initially built the EV in order to meet California smog laws, as [...]

DiCaprio, Bieber Happy Now? Fisker Karma Returns!


Wanxiang Group of China will relaunch the Fisker Karma luxury hybrid-electric car, possibly in time for the 2016 model year. The fresh-faced version will be largely based on the final model made by the former owners, namely the 2012 Karma. Reuters reported that an unnamed source within Wanxiang said the new car will be almost [...]

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