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July 30, 2014

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets a Name - Mirai

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According to sources that spoke with Bloomberg, Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is going to be called the Mirai when it arrives next year.

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2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Special Edition Announced

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Toyota has announced a new special edition of the 2015 Prius, which it's calling the Prius Persona.

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July 21, 2014

Audi A8 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Year

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It's being reported that Audi is going to unveil a new plug-in hybrid version of its flagship A8 sedan next year.

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July 15, 2014

Tesla Model III to Take on the BMW 3 Series in 2017

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Tesla has confirmed that its Gen III car, which was originally called the Model E, has now been renamed the Model III. The Tesla Model III or Model 3 as some people will call it, is slated to arrive after the Model X, with an anticipated on sale date set for sometime in 2017.

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2016 Toyota Prius Will be Available with Lithium-Ion and Nickel Batteries, AWD Possible

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The next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius isn't expected to arrive until the end of 2015. When the 2016 Prius arrives we can expect it to be more fuel efficient with updated styling, but some other details have started to surface, including a report that two battery options will be available.

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July 8, 2014

2015 Volvo XC90 Powertrains Detailed, Top Version Packs 400-HP

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Volvo continues to slowly release the details about the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90. After teasing the XC90's interior, Volvo has now released some of the powertrain details, which includes a version with 400 horsepower.

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July 7, 2014

Next-Generation Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Not Coming Until 2016

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Although the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is already on sale, Hyundai has yet to unveil a new hybrid version. It's being reported that the next Sonata Hybrid is not going to arrive until 2016, which means the current model is going to stick around for another year.

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June 30, 2014

2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel Debuts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

2015 Ford Focus ST

This weekend Ford officially unveiled the updated 2015 Ford Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ford also used the event to debut the first ever diesel-powered Focus ST at the event.

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Next-Gen Toyota Prius Delayed Until the End of 2015

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The arrival of the next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius is being delayed until December 2015, which is six months later than originally planned. According to one source, the delay is because engineers need extra time to maximize the Prius's fuel economy.

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June 25, 2014

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Revealed as a Production Model in Japan [VIDEO]

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Toyota has taken the wraps off its new fuel cell sedan today in Japan. Toyota has yet to announce what the fuel sedan will be called, but Toyota has revealed that it will go on sale in Japan in April 2015 before it arrives in the U.S. and Europe by next summer.

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June 24, 2014

2015 Chrysler 200 and Jeep Grand Cherokee Get Stop-Start Technology

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Chrysler has announced that the 2015 Chrysler 200 and Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available with a new engine Stop-Start technology that can improve fuel-economy results by three percent and reduce emissions by up to three percent.

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June 20, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Rated at 38 MPG Highway, 32 MPG Combined

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Hyundai has announced the introduction of the third powertrain for the 2015 Sonata. With a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine the 2015 Sonata Eco gets up to 38 mpg on the highway and has a 32 mpg combined rating.

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June 17, 2014

2015 Acura ILX Starts at $27,050, Hybrid Model Dropped

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Acura has announced the changes to the 2015 Acura ILX, with the biggest change being the deletion of the ILX Hybrid. The ILX Hybrid was a slow seller with only 63 units sold in May of this year, which was off by 68 percent compared to May 2013.

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June 12, 2014

Ford Lowers Fuel Economy Ratings For Fiesta, C-MAX, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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Ford has announced that it is lowering the fuel economy ratings for its 2013- and 2014-model year hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as most 2014-model year Fiestas. Ford says that it found an error with fuel economy ratings through its internal testing and notified the EPA. Ford then worked with the EPA to retest the vehicles to determine the correct fuel economy ratings.

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Hyundai Delivers the First 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

Hyundai has delivered the first 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle to a customer in Tustin, California.

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June 10, 2014

Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle Could Arrive Late This Year

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Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle was expected to arrive early next year, but a new report claims that it could arrive by the end of 2014.

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May 28, 2014

Google Builds a Fully Autonomous Car with No Steering Wheel or Pedals [VIDEO]

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For years Google has been testing its autonomous driving technology with models like the Toyota Prius. Now Google has unveiled its own self-driving car, which has no steering wheel, brake pedal or gas pedal.

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May 19, 2014

Fisker is Back: CEO Lu Guanqui Hopes to Challenge Tesla

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Most of us probably don't know who Lu Guanqui is, but he is the chairman and founder of China's Wanxiang Group Corp. who also just bought Fisker at a bankruptcy auction. The Chinese billionaire has big plans for Fisker including being able to challenge Tesla.

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May 8, 2014

Tesla Model X Production Delayed Until the Second Quarter of 2015

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Production of the Tesla Model X crossover was supposed to begin later this year, but Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has announced that production has been delayed until the second quarter of 2015.

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BMW Develops an i Solar Carport Concept for the i3 and i8

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BMW has unveiled the new i Solar Carport concept in Los Angeles, which is designed as a greener way to recharge the i3 and i8 vehicles.

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May 7, 2014

Next-Gen Nissan Leaf Will Look More Mainstream with a Longer Driving Range

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The next-generation Nissan Leaf is still a few years away, with its arrival not expected until sometime in 2017, but early details have emerged about what we can expect. The biggest change will be that the next-generation Nissan Leaf will ditch its goofy EV styling, for an exterior that aligns more closely with the rest of Nissan's new lineup.

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May 3, 2014

BMW Delivers the First i3 in the U.S.

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BMW has announced that the first 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been delivered in the U.S. Boston resident and Tufts University professor of practice, Charles Rabie took delivery of his i3 yesterday at the BMW of Boston dealership.

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April 29, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Starts at $41,450

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has released the pricing for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which starts at $41,450, only $100 more than the BMW i3.

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April 16, 2014

2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback Confirmed for Next Summer

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Audi has announced that the 2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback is going to arrive next summer. Audi says that the decision to bring the diesel-powered A3 Sportback to the U.S. followed an "outpouring of enthusiasts' support."

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April 15, 2014

Saleen Previews its Modified Tesla Model S

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Saleen has released a few teasers of its upcoming modified version of the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Saleen hasn't released a lot of details about the modified Model S, but it did unveil the design renderings this week at an event in Los Angeles.

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April 10, 2014

Toyota Announces New, More Efficient Engine Lineup

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Toyota has announced that it will soon release a new generation of gasoline engines that will be at least 10 percent more fuel efficient than today's engines. The new engines leverage combustion and loss-reduction technologies from Toyota's hybrid engines.

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive Updates Revealed

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BMW is updating its Concept X5 eDrive for next week's New York Auto Show. Even though the Concept X5 eDrive looks almost identical to the version we saw last year, BMW says that the concept has received "a series of detailed refinements."

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April 9, 2014

Bentley Hybrid Concept Revealed Ahead of its Beijing Debut

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Bentley has revealed a new hybrid concept that is going to debut this month in Beijing. The technology is being showcased in the the Bentley Mulsanne, but it will actually be offered in Bentley's new SUV in 2017.

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April 4, 2014

BMW Concept X5 eDrive Plug-in Hybrid Gets Updated for NY

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In addition to the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible, X4 crossover and the 4-Series Gran Coupe, BMW has announced that it is also going to unveil an updated version of the Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid at the New York Auto Show.

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April 2, 2014

Volkswagen to Offer Wireless Charging for its Electric Cars in 2017

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If you've ever had the chance to drive an electric car or plug-in hybrid you probably know how cumbersome the charging cables can be. In a few years wireless induction charging will hit the market and now it's being reported that Volkswagen will begin offering it as an option in 2017.

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March 30, 2014

BMW X7 and X5 Plug-in Hybrid Models Announced

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After several rumors, BMW has announced that it will be investing $1 billion in its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, which will produce a new larger X7 crossover in addition to a plug-in hybrid version of the X5.

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March 18, 2014

VW Confirms a New TDI Diesel Engine for the 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle

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Volkswagen has announced that when the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta start arriving in showrooms in the second half of 2014, they will be offered with a new TDI diesel engine. The new diesel engine is more powerful and more efficient than the current 2.0L TDI engine that is offered in several VW and Audi models.

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March 12, 2014

Kia to Begin Building the Soul EV Next Month

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Kia has announced that it will begin building the Kia Soul EV next month in Korea. The Kia Soul EV will be Hyundai-Kia's first EV exported to the United States and Europe.

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March 7, 2014

2016 Chevy Volt Arrives on a New Platform, but Its Styling Won't be Drastically Different

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GM is currently working on the second-generation Chevy Volt, which is going to arrive next year as a 2016 model. The 2016 Chevy Volt will switch to a new platform, but its styling will be more evolutionary, so don't expect it to be drastically different from today's Volt.

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March 3, 2014

Honda Commits to Expanding its Hybrid Lineup

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Following the confirmation that the Honda Insight hybrid is being discontinued, Honda has announced that it is committed to expanding its hybrid lineup. Honda hasn't revealed any details, but does say that it plans to expand its two-motor hybrid system that is currently offered in the 2014 Accord Hybrid.

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February 27, 2014

Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory Will Hire 6,500 Workers in the U.S.

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Tesla has revealed more details about its new battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, which will be "world's largest battery factory" when it powers up by 2017. Tesla estimates that the Gigafactory will cost about $5 billion and will employ up to 6,500 employees at a site that could be up to 1,000 acres.

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February 26, 2014

Honda Confirms Plans to Discontinue to the Insight Hybrid

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After several rumors and reports that the Honda Insight is being discontinued in Europe, Honda has now confirmed that the Insight hybrid will be leaving the U.S. market as well. The Insight has never been able to put even a small dent in Toyota Prius sales and slow sales means that it will be gone after the 2014 model year.

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February 24, 2014

Hyundai Intrado Fuel Cell Concept Unveiled Ahead of its Geneva Debut

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Hyundai has unveiled the new Intrado fuel cell concept, which is going to have its world debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Pegged as merely a design exercise, the Intrado concept presents a progressive interpretation of Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design language and is powered by Hyundai's next-generation fuel cell powertrain.

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February 20, 2014

BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid Prototype Unveiled, Can Travel Up to 18 Miles in EV Mode

BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid Prototype

Following the debut of the Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid, BMW has now unveiled a prototype of the upcoming X5 plug-in hybrid. BMW has announced that the X5 plug-in hybrid, which will likely be called X5 eDrive, will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder mated to an electric motor and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

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Volkswagen Golf GTE is a Plug-in Hybrid GTI

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Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Building on the sportier versions of the Golf lineup, the GTI and diesel-powered GTD, the Golf GTE combines the sportiness of the GTI with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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