Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: A Win for Minivan Fans

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Took a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan for several drives earlier this month. I understand the value of minivans and their appeal to families and those, including tradespeople, businesses, outdoor adventurers and the like, who have loads of stuff – or just a few big things – to haul around all the time. I believe … Read more »

Point of Sale PEV Rebate Coming to Oregon?

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Oregon’s legislature has approved a measure that institutes a state PEV rebate for EV and plug-in hybrid purchasers – if the vehicle is sold new and is priced at $50,000 or less. While it could take the state up to 60 days to process a qualified rebate, the law was written to make it possible … Read more »

Some Clarity on the Clarity: Honda Provides PHEV, EV Details

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Article updated 6/20/17 and 10/25/17 to include Clarity EV lease price and EPA fuel efficiency and range ratings for EV and Clarity PHEV. New info is in italics. Honda unveiled the other two members of it Clarity family at the New York Auto Show recently, providing some but not all of the info prospective buyers … Read more »

Volvo To Launch 2018 XC60 Plug-In Hybrid

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Volvo will offer its T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain as one of three available engine choices with the new 2018 Volvo XC60 crossover, due in the U.S. later this year. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 10 seconds.] The T8 plug-in system, first introduced on the 2017 XC90, uses a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine coupled with … Read more »

Flurry of Electrified Honda Models Coming

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Honda said it will launch a new dedicated hybrid model, made-in-the-U.S.A., in 2018, as part of a move to make electrified Honda models account for half of all the new vehicles it launches in the U.S. in the next two years. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 20 seconds.] One of those will be a hybrid … Read more »

13 Electrified Ford Models Coming by 2021

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Mustang, F-150 and Autonomous Car Hybrids are in the Mix   Ford Motor Co. plans to add 13 new plug-in electric and hybrid models to its global lineup by 2021, including the first hybrid Mustang sports coupe and the best-selling F-150 pickup. A hybrid autonomous car for the commercial ride-hailing (think Lyft and Uber) or … Read more »

Next Prius: All Plug, All the Time?

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It’s early days yet, but Toyota is considering making every future Prius a Prius plug-in hybrid. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute 40 seconds.] That’s the word from Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the 2017 Prius Prime plug-in. He dropped that tidbit during a dinner conversation Tuesday at the press preview of the new Prius … Read more »

Prius Prime PHEV Boosts All-Electric Range and Top Speed

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  Toyota’s upcoming Prius Prime plug-in hybrid appears to be much that its predecessor, the original Prius Plug-In, wasn’t. [Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes.] The automaker gave a small group of U.S. journalists a look at a prototype in Japan recently and Sebastian Blanco at Autoblog Green reports that the the Prius Prime will deliver … Read more »

Calif. PEV Shoppers Missing Out on Rebates

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A recent survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that most California plug-in vehicle shoppers don’t know about state and federal rebates and tax credits. While ignorance may be bliss in some situations, in this case it is costing those shoppers thousands of dollars per car. [Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 20 seconds.] Separately, … Read more »

Finding Fuels for That New Green Car

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Locating Car Charging, Hydrogen and Other Alternative Fuels

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You’ve made the decision – or are close to it. That efficient, low or zero emissions alternative fuels vehicle you’ve been thinking about is going to be yours.

Then it hits you. It’s going to be great to have a car or truck that doesn’t need petroleum-based fuel, but where do I go to get fuel?

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