Hybrids and plug-ins together took 3.71 percent of the US auto market last month, Voelcker writes, just 0.01 percent below their all-time high share of 3.72 percent last December. The more hybrids and plug-ins that are sold, the more economies of scale can kick in to lower their component costs, from lithium-ion cells to electric traction motors.
A new law passed by the North Carolina state Senate would apparently make it illegal for Tesla Motors to e-mail its customers, Voelcker writes. The law is an effort to prevent what the North Carolina Automobile Dealers' Association terms 'unfair competition' by Tesla Motors.
Tesla Motors announced Wednesday it would issue up to 2.7 million to 3.1 million more shares of its common stock, Voelcker writes. Tesla Motors plans to use the proceeds of the offering to prepay the remainder of its $465 million low-interest loan from the US Department of Energy.
Tesla Motors has discussed battery swapping as part of the Model S electric car design at least since 2009, Fisher writes. Last week, Tesla Motors the company was planning to introduce features that allow for the rapid replacement of depleted battery packs.
Major disparities in the listed MPG and the actual performance of two Ford hybrids have put the EPA's mileage tests under scrutiny. With most vehicles, the EPA is essentially on target, but changes might be on the horizon.
Both state and federal gas-tax revenues are plummeting, and electric cars are emerging as a culprit. Is that fair?
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, is considering the potential of driverless technology for Tesla Motors vehicles, Ingram writes, and has even spoken with Google about it.
In the Ride The Future Tour, a collection of electric vehicle enthusiasts aim to travel almost 3,000 miles east to west across the US, Ingram writes. Several Guinness World Records are up for the taking, including "longest journey on an electric scooter," "longest journey on an electric motorcycle," and "longest journey in an electric car."
Which plug-in electric car is best for tall people? Green Car Reports offers the best and the worst of plug-in electric cars for very tall drivers.
The Obama administration plans to add an additional 10,000 hybrid vehicles to its fleet of roughly 200,000 cars and trucks, Voelcker writes. Currently hybrids make up 5 percent of the government fleet.
Natural gas is already becoming a major power source across the US, Ingram writes, and the trucking industry is quickly turning to the two major benefits of natural gas: cleaner running and lower pricing.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg joined with Nissan officials Monday to announce that six Nissan Leaf taxis would go into service this spring. Nissan Leaf taxis already operate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Osaka, Japan,
Hybrid car sales grew 40.9 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a recent study. It's a stark indication of the hybrid car's relentless transformation from eco-themed curiosity to mainstream car choice, Ingram writes.
To coincide with Earth Day and Earth Week, charging station network ChargePoint is giving away free charging cards for simply filling in a form.
Imagine a battery so small it could feature in a credit card-sized cellphone, charge in mere seconds, with enough power to jump-start a car, Ingram writes. Now imagine it scaled up for use in an electric vehicle.
Toyota has been refining its hybrid mtoro technology for a decade and a half, becoming an industry leader in the process. Now, Toyota has announced that its hybrid sales have surpassed the 5 million mar worldwide.
Compact SUVs and Crossovers have struck a chord with buyers in recent years, and sales have grown at a faster rate than the rest of the industry in the first part of the year.
President Obama would like to boost the Department of Energy's research budget to develop more efficient cars, as well as increase the maximum tax credit for electric car buyers. Will it help more drivers make the switch?
Ford Focus has overtaken its Japanese rival, the Toyota Corolla, at the top of the global sales charts. The company sold over one million units of its Ford focus last year.
That's one way to go green: Americans have been steadily driving less since 2005. RIsing gas prices, the recent recession, and a disinterest among younger people all play a part.