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Electric Drive, Renault Engines, CVT All Part Of Smart Five-Year Outlook
Electric Drive, Renault Engines, CVT All Part Of Smart Five-Year Outlook

Business isn’t exactly strong for Smart in the U.S. The niche minicar brand sold 24,000 vehicles in 2008, then just 14,000 units last year. The reason for the decline, insists Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak, isn't so much that demand for the smart has been exhausted, or that the smart has lost...Read More»

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Automakers Request More Subsidies For Plug-Ins, EVs, And Infrastructure

And here we are: Tax Day. The day that Uncle Sam kindly requests the presence of your cash in his coffers so that he can continue running programs -- some good, some less so -- that, put together, make the U.S. our country of choice. What more appropriate time of year for automakers to pay a visit...Read More»

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Poll: Electric-Vehicle Range, Price Expectations Vary Wildly

Relative to the number of plug-in market choices available now or in the near future, the portion of consumers saying that they would give purchase consideration to EVs is surprisingly high. But responses are also showing that expectations about driving range and purchase price vary wildly. These...Read More»

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Even Big Oil Execs Think We're Headed To An Electric Future

Within the auto industry, we can attest that attitudes about electric vehicles are radically different than they were just a decade ago. But finding out that a Big Oil executive has predicted electric vehicles (EVs) will become a huge future chunk of the world vehicle market? That still has our...Read More»

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Nissan CEO: EVs Not A Competitor To Gasoline-Engine Cars

Renault-Nissan CEO and president Carlos Ghosn is standing behind his prediction that ten percent of all the vehicles sold worldwide will be electric. And contrary to how some people are seeing it now, he says that electric power for cars isn't at all a competitor to the gasoline engine in the...Read More»

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BYD To Bring e6 EV, Maybe Battery Production And R&D, To U.S.

Hardly modest about its astronomical growth rate or its plans for the future, China’s BYD hopes to top of its phenomenal growth in its home China with an expansion into the U.S.—bringing its e6 electric crossover into the U.S. and Canada as soon as late this year, setting plans in motion for...Read More»

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2011 Nissan LEAF: Smartphone Integration, Coming At Launch

Just a few weeks ago, we reported that smartphone vehicle control isn't as far away as you might think. Five to seven years ago, more than a quarter of all new vehicles are anticipated to have some remote capabilities. Now it's looking like Nissan might be one of the first automakers to offer it in...Read More»

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Preview Drive: 2011 Nissan LEAF EV Prototype

High Gear Media has at last driven the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car. Okay, admittedly it's a stretch to say that we actually drove the LEAF, but we did take a quick spin in a vehicle that demonstrates, according to Nissan, how the LEAF will perform and feel behind the wheel. In an unusual—and...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Green-Car Disconnect: Unrealistic Expectations, Tight Wallets

If you've been following news about the latest green cars—either here at TheCarConnection.com or at our companion site http://www.greencarreports.com/—you're likely aware that the technology doesn't come cheap. Plug-in electric vehicles, EVs, and even clean-diesel vehicles are all likely to...Read More»

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Mitsubishi, Best Buy Test MiEV; U.S. Electric Car Due In 2011

Mitsubishi today announced a new partnership with electronics retailing giant Best Buy, to place four vehicles initially with Best Buy’s Geek Squad computer-tech team. Through the agreement, the companies hope to study real-life vehicle range and any issues that might arise in a hard-use fleet...Read More»

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Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi MiEV

Over the past year, the little Mitsubishi MiEV electric minicar has been making the rounds in the U.S. and abroad, with test fleets in the works in a number of countries. And although Mitsubishi hasn't yet announced how the MiEV might be sold or leased to the public in the U.S., it hasn't hesitated...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Thefts Down, But LoJack Looks Ahead To Hybrids and Electrics

In any normal vehicle, a slight drain on the battery is no big deal. But if you have a hybrid—or, for that matter, if you have a finicky old British roadster in the garage that needs to be hooked up to a trickle charger all the time—you want to minimize what's tapping into your power. That's...Read More»

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For 2010, Toyota Prius Again Tops EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

The 2010 Toyota Prius is again the most fuel-efficient performer in the U.S. market, at 50 mpg Combined, while runners-up include the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid (42 mpg), Honda Insight (41), Ford Fusion Hybrid (39), and Mercury Milan Hybrid (39). That's the official word from the 2010 EPA Fuel Economy...Read More»

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Volvo Listens Carefully In New NVH Lab

As the editors of TheCarConnection.com have experienced time and time again, an unsatisfying sound or some stray creaks and rattles can ruin an otherwise perfectly good new-car driving impression. Likewise, sometimes a vehicle that is very capable and sporty just doesn't feel the part because you...Read More»

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Prius Owners Beware: CA Carpool Lane Stickers Expire In 2011

No, it's not just because there are too many hybrids in the carpool lane. New hybrid owners have already been denied those coveted yellow carpool stickers for some time but those with the stickers continue to enjoy driving solo in the carpool lane—for another 15 months, that is. California's...Read More»

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Smaller Than Small: Some Clarity On When To Consider NEVs

Unless you’ve been living on a ranch or tucked away in an especially isolated small town, you’ve no doubt encountered a so-called neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV). They’re the little vehicles that you’re likely to find at resorts, theme parks, large retirement communities, in eco-fringe...Read More»

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'Saudi Arabia of Lithium' To Produce Batteries By 2016

Whether you’re concerned about national security or have green motivations as well, you might be eagerly awaiting electric cars and plug-ins in hopes of escaping your reliance on OPEC and foreign oil, but as of late there’s been plenty of coverage suggesting that future battery supply could be...Read More»

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As Others Focus On EVs, Honda Sticks With Hydrogen

Earlier this year we got the chance to drive the production 2009 Honda FCX Clarity, which is the first publicly available hydrogen sedan. The FCX can't yet be considered a mass-produced vehicle. Looking at our test vehicle and its rough edges underneath, it was clear that the FCX is hand-fettled...Read More»

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Charging Stations Part Of The Deal For 2012 Nissan LEAF EV

Listen up, early adopters and EV fans. If you're one of the first 5,000 buyers of the 2012 Nissan LEAF that was just announced this week, it looks like you'll get a home-based charger as part of the deal. Arizona-based eTec has been selected for a $99.8 million grant and will exclusively supply the...Read More»

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