The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid is set to hit a new sales record in Japan from the looks of it — with 2016’s cumulative sales set to eclipse 2015’s.
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The Ford Fusion Energi hybrid outsold the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius PHEVs for the first time in June – is this the shape of hybrid car sales to come?
The Department of Energy released its Strategic Plan 2014 early this week, which promises to increase government funding for clean vehicle improvements.
In a world with rapidly rising sea levels, you want to be sure your car can still, work in the event that you wake up and there’s 3 feet of water on them.
This year’s Chicago Auto Show marked the first time I got to poke around one of Ford’s still rare electric Focus models. These EVs have been on the market since 2011, but haven’t had the same kind of success that other, better EVs have.
GM’s EV1 is something of an automotive legend these days, with stories of unrestricted cars accelerating to nearly 300 km/h coming fast and hard from the mouths of the true believers. Most of the cars were crushed, however, in a move that many believe was motivated by corrupt government officials colluding with crooked oil company […]
From a sporty, V12 S Class to a be-winged Smart car, Mercedes brought everything (and a little in-between) to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and parked it right across from Cadillac. If you don’t think that’s Mercedes making a deliberate statement, then you don’t know enough Germans, kids. Case in point: parked right across the […]
Two years ago, BMW selected 700 customers to test drive its BMW 1 Series-based Active E electric cars. The test was supposed to collect real-world data and establish whether or not electric power was appropriate for “the Ultimate Driving Machine”. The tests guided the development of the hot-selling BMW i3 EV and i8 electric supercar, […]
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is determined to make good on his promise of putting 1.5 million plug-in cars on the road by 2020, and the next phase of his company’s plans should take shape at the 2014 Geneva Auto Salon, where a new, 141 MPG PHEV is expected to debut. That car will reportedly be […]
For just $39.95, the Fuel Shark promises that you’ll get 10% better fuel economy, better emissions, more horsepower, and a longer battery life- just by plugging a little dongle into your car’s 12V power outlet. Having spent more than few years, by now, working with heavily intelligent people who spent hours, weeks, and months hacking […]
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is shaping up to be one of the most impressive new car launches of the brand’s history, with 140+ MPG fuel economy and an advanced, all-wheel drive system collaborating to earn the room crossover the RJC’s Technology of the Year award. Mitsubishi didn’t stop at class-leading technology, though- the brand […]
You’re reading this blog, so we know you care about the environment. But, have you ever wanted more? Have you ever wanted to apply a geometric, Marcel DuChamp sort of design aesthetic to a $76,000 jellybean and use it to troll Miami Beach for GILF phone numbers? If you have, Cadillac has built their Chevy […]
A few weeks ago, Yamaha rolled out a fully electric motorcycle “ecosystem” that could, in theory, take a motorcycle rider “from the cradle to the grave” without burning a single drop of oil. Among the scooters, pee-wees, and dirtbikes, however, there was one critical question that Yamaha had to answer before said ecosystem could really […]
One of the presenters at EVS27* was Jack Broadbent of the Bay Area Quality Management District. I actually missed his presentation, but Jack indicated to me in a follow-up Q&A session that he could get me results from US EV owner surveys. I emailed…
The Automotive Researchers and Journalists Conference (RJC) recently met in Japan to award the upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV with its ultimate clean tech award, the RJC “technology of the year” award for 2014. The Mitsubishi Outlander’s hybrid EV System features a high-capacity battery that sends juice to separate front and rear motors, and […]
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to alternative fuels and give American consumers more fuel options that save money and reduce harmful carbon emissions, the US Department of Energy has launched a new mobile app to help drivers find ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, LPG, and quick-charging EV stations to keep their alt-fuel […]