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Tesla Model S Tops AAA's 2014 Green Car Guide

2013 Tesla Model S AAA’s Automotive Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center revealed this week that the 2013 Tesla Model S earned top scores in its 2014 Green Car Guide. Behind the Tesla Model S, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, 2014 Audi A7 TDI, 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid and 2013 Nissan Leaf round out the top five on the list. “The Tesla Model S is an incredible car,” says Steve Mazor, Automotive Research Center manager and chief engineer, in a statement ... continue reading»

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Kia to Bring All-Electric Soul EV to US in 2014

Fans of electric cars are about to have one more model to choose from. Kia announced yesterday that it is bringing an electric Kia Soul to the U.S. market in 2014. Based on the second-generation Soul, which was launched in 2013 for the 2014 model year, Kia says the electric Soul will have a range of more than 120 miles. Charging times will range from five hours for a totally depleted battery with the car plugged into a 240-volt ... continue reading»

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Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Cars Getting Cheaper to Buy

If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric or plug-in hybrid car but have delayed the purchase because of the high list price of these vehicles, there is some good news for you: automakers have been slashing the prices of hybrids and EVs, making the price of entry a little easier to swallow. Early this year, Nissan announced a price reduction for the all-electric Leaf, which now starts at $28,800. For 2014, Chevrolet announced a price drop for ... continue reading»

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GM Promises To Make More Vehicles That Get 40 MPG By 2017

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Eight General Motors models will get 40 mpg or higher by 2017, according to a GM press release regarding the 2012 Sustainability Report. The company plans on doubling the amount of vehicles that receive those ratings by 2017 along with other objectives including increasing the number of electrified vehicles out on the road and decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicles. Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors, says, “Our long-term approach to sustainability enables us ... continue reading»

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Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Owners Could Pay Additional Taxes

2013 Nissan Leaf If you live in a state that charges gasoline tax and you drive an electric or hybrid vehicle, you may have to start paying extra fees. ABC News reports that North Carolina, along with some other states, is considering legislation that would charge fees to electric and hybrid car drivers. Many states depend on a gas tax to fund road maintenance. With more fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles on the road, state governments who charge this tax aren’t receiving ... continue reading»

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