Obama Commits To ‘Green-Only’ Government Auto Fleet by 2015

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Obama Commits To ‘Green-Only’ Government Auto Fleet by 2015
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An expected announcement today by President Barack Obama will outline the federal government’s commitment to buy only advanced technology vehicles by 2015. Only hybrids, plug-in electrics, and flex-fuel vehicles will be allowed into its present fleet of 600,000 vehicles. The government has already doubled its number of hybrids in keeping with existing mandates. Full-size SUVs… Continue Reading...

Study: Americans Don’t Know a Thing About Electric Vehicles

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Study: Americans Don’t Know a Thing About Electric Vehicles
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And they don’t know much more about hybrids, either. A study by London-based market research firm Synovate found that new vehicle buyers hardly knew that hybrids contained batteries, used gasoline, or couldn’t be plugged in. Only two-thirds of people surveyed knew that hybrids used both battery and gasoline power (hence the “hybrid” name), and only… Continue Reading...

Obama Cuts Funding To Clean-Diesel, Fuel-Cell Vehicles

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Obama Cuts Funding To Clean-Diesel, Fuel-Cell Vehicles
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Last year, the Obama Administration heavily backed Detroit’s automakers with a big helping of government funding. The bail-out money that was partly provided to General Motors and Chrysler, was for these companies to develop and sell hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. The end result was the hardly amazing Chevrolet Volt. However, the Obama… Continue Reading...

IRS Tax Credits For Electric Vehicles Backfired, Fraudulent Claims Abound

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IRS Tax Credits For Electric Vehicles Backfired, Fraudulent Claims Abound
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An estimated 14,000 taxpayers claimed $37 million in tax credits meant for buyers of plug-in or electric vehicles, while attempting to pass of vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro and “golf cart” as worthy of the credit. Among the most ignominous offenders were 88 prisoners and IRS employees who attempted to claim the credits…. Continue Reading...

Nissan Expresses Worries Over Limited Nature Of Electric Car Subsidies

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Nissan Expresses Worries Over Limited Nature Of Electric Car Subsidies
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As Nissan strives to sell the Leaf electric car at an affordable price point, the company is expressing concerns that the current subsidies offered by governments to encourage EV adoption will expire after three years, hurting sales and pushing the cost of electric vehicles back into unattainable territory. “My assumption is that they won’t be… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Blue-Will Concept

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Blue-Will Concept
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When it comes to hybrid and eco-friendly technology, it looks like blue is the new green. Both Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz have chosen the color blue to represent their environmentally friendly vehicles with their respective Blue Drive and Blue Efficiency brands. Hyundai’s latest hybrid concept, the Blue-Will, is a look into the future of eco-friendly vehicles…. Continue Reading...

Fisker to Show New Concept & Unveil Karma Production Model in Detroit

Fisker to Show New Concept & Unveil Karma Production Model in Detroit
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After unveiling the luxury plug-in hybrid Karma Concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last year, Fisker is set to show another concept as well as the production version of the Karma. The production Karma S, has been developed with Quantum Technologies and boasts a plug-in Hybrid system that allows drivers… Continue Reading...