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In February, Leaf Sales Were 1,198, Volt Down To 693

With the just-released February numbers, we discover that cumulative sales for the Nissan Leaf are 74,590 and the Chevy Volt has 74,592 since 2010.

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We take a walk about the Washington Auto Show with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz – and are then told we can't film him. So, instead, we just go look at the mostly empty displays on the first (and only) media day and made a little video.

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Automaker Asks Feds To Bring Back H2 Incentives

The $8,000 federal tax credit has expired and may not return, but Toyota is still advertising the 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as if it's available.

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Secretary Moniz Announces New $55 Million Funding Program

Five years after Tesla got off to a good start with its ATVM loan deal, Energy Secretary Moniz says the DOE is offering two new programs – one for $55 million and one for $35 million – to help advanced vehicles.

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Questions Need Answering With GM's New Electric Concept

When you talk to GM representatives, you learn that the company seems serious about building the Bolt EV Concept, but this is still a concept. And that $30,000 price tag is also a big question mark.

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At some point in 2015, most likely in the first three months, cumulative sales of the Nissan Leaf will finally reach a higher number than those for the Chevy Volt.

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California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier

Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.

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Ad Says H2 Car Has 'Smaller Carbon Footprint' Than EVs

"Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver's needs with an even smaller carbon footprint."

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Football, Rachel Maddow Fans Among Most Engaged By 'Kick Gas'

With 22 months of record Leaf sales under its zero-emission belt, Nissan has started two big ad campaigns for the battery-powered Leaf. On TV, there's the Kick Gas campaign (it's a popular name) and on social media, Nissan is promoting the EV as the "world's cleanest car" (it's a paint thing). We don't know how much the paint prank is costing, but we do have some estimated numbers for the TV ads.

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One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It

There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility of the future." Does that even have a meaning?

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Five Kg Of Hydrogen And 300-Mile Range Leads To Simple Outcome, We Think

Toyota isn't talking about the Mirai's fuel economy just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't make an educated guess. And we do so by looking at the competition and knowing that the DOE says that "One kg of hydrogen is roughly equivalent to one gallon of gasoline."

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Autonomous Vehicle Could Be Programmed To Make Sure You're Never Late

Decked out in stark black and white, the Akka Link And Go is making an appearance at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week. It's a fitting color scheme in the home of captive pandas in China, but we think the neon green and orange version we saw in 2013 made a better statement. That statement? This is one crazy autonomous "car."

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Pat Cox Explains Europe's Current Hydrogen Infrastructure Situation

Pat Cox does not work for Toyota and we don't think he has any secret inside information. Still, he's the former President of the European Parliament and the current high level coordinator for TransEuropean Network, so when he says Toyota is likely going to lose between 50,000 and 100,000 euros ($66,000 and $133,000) on each of the hydrogen-powered FCV sedans it will sell next year, it's worth noting.

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Display In Chengdu 2014 Gives Us A Clue

Despite a recent setback in the UK, Daimler's carsharing company Car2go remains in expansion mode. The company is currently studying the scene in China (and other countries) to see where the next batch of blue-and-white Smart Fortwo cars will land.

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Current Owners Told GM To Change Pricey Requirement

Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old regular.

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New 1.5-Liter Engine Also Used In Chinese Cruze

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Is It Now Ready To Compete With Top Seller Nissan Leaf?

In early 2013, the Nissan Leaf shed a massive $6,500 from its $35,200 base price to offer a new starting price of $28,800. Since then, we have seen numerous other plug-in vehicles get smaller price tags, from the Honda Fit EV (lower lease price) to the Chevrolet Volt (around $5,000 lower) to the Mitsubishi i (a $6,130 drop). Last year, Ford lowered the $39,200 price of the Focus Electric by around $4,000, but that hasn't been enough to get the Ford EV to really compete, saleswise, with other plu

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ARCA Racer Says NASCAR Fans Are Ready For Green Message

Leilani Münter is putting a red, white and blue spin on green at the Kansas Speedway tonight. That's where the eco-minded racer is debuting her Energy Freedom car with the message that people should be able to choose how clean they want their energy to be.

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Nissan Didn't Design It That Way

Is it a feature or a bug? According to AutoblogGreen reader Francois Viau, the locking mechanism that holds the 110V trickle charge cable to his Nissan Leaf is too weak, and that's a problem. That's because while he thought the cable was locked to his car during a charge session at work, someone stole the cable, and it cost him $2,200 to replace it (in Canadian dollars, from the Nissan dealer). To see just how easy it is to unlock the mechanism, Viau had a "small assistant" jimmy it open with a

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All Of Us Want Cleaner Cars, But How Many Of Us Are Willing To Pay For Them?

It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't – or won't – pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's green cars demand. We're not all "cashed-up greenies."

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No One At The Federal Agency Seems To Know What's Going On

The IRS has set up a page to help track individual automaker sales figures, but it's a complete mess.

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