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Fisker Karma Gets Lower-than-Expected EPA Fuel Economy Rating

When the Fisker Karma concept debuted, it was billed as a luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with the performance of a sports car. Last week, the EPA rated the Fisker Karma at 52 miles per gallon-equivalent (mpg-e) in combined driving, according to AutoblogGreen. This number combines both electric-only range and the fuel economy delivered by the Karma’s four-cylinder gasoline engine. Not only is this rating lower than other plug-in hybrids, but it falls short of Fisker’s 67.2 ... continue reading»

Tags: Fisker Karma, Model News, plug in hybrids, Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi to Build Plug-in Hybrid SUV

The hybrid and electric vehicle race is heating up, as more automakers announce plans to bring a plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle to market. Mitsubishi, whose i-MiEV electric car is scheduled to go on sale later this year, has plans to build a plug-in hybrid SUV. Motor Trend’s Truck Trend reports that Mitsubishi will produce a plug-in hybrid SUV “based on the automaker's PX-MiEV concept it debuted at the 2009 Tokyo auto show.” Reportedly, Mitsubishi’s hybrid SUV ... continue reading»

Tags: Mitsubishi i MiEV, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi, Hybrids, Model News, plug in hybrids

Hybrid, Electric Vehicle Sales Plummet in June

Last month, electric and hybrid vehicles had their lowest sales numbers in more than six years, Edmunds.com reports. Edmunds says that shoppers are still very interested in all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles because more consumers are researching green cars on their site, but it’s not translating into sales mainly due to a lack of inventory. Overall sales of hybrids and all-electric vehicles were down 30 percent in June compared to the same month a year ago and down 17 ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Nissan LEAF, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, electric cars

Does the Media Overhype Hybrids?

Edmunds.com held a press conference this week that detailed five myths about the automotive industry. While all the myths are interesting, we dove into myth number five, which says there will be one million electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015. The data Edmunds presents is pretty persuasive. Hybrids make up only about 1 percent of cars on the road. Hybrid market share has been slow to grow. In 2005, it was 0.1 percent of the ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, electric cars

Chevrolet Volt Now Available Nationwide With Lower Price

Shoppers can now place their order for the Chevrolet Volt at any Chevrolet dealership across the country. The plug-in electric hybrid was only available in seven states and the District of Columbia when the 2011 model first hit the market. The 2012 Volt starts at $39,995 before a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. This is about $1,000 less than the 2011. Kelley Blue Book recently reported the 2011 Volt will be worth $17,000 after ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Model News, plug in hybrids

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