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AddNissan edges out Tesla for most ZEV credits sold in California

2014 Numbers Show New Companies On Top, Bottom Of List

When it comes to California zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) credits last year, Nissan was selling and Mercedes-Benz was buying. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the year that ended September 30, which is why we now know that Nissan, maker of the battery-electric Leaf, transferred 663.6 ZEV credits out of its account last year. That just edged out the 650.195 credits that Tesla sold. Chrysler's Fiat affiliate was a distant third, but its limited-productio

AddMichigan Gov. signs 'anti-Tesla' bill, but says rules could change *UPDATE

One More State Goes Against Tesla's Direct Sales Model

*UPDATE: GM has issued a statement in support of the governor's actions. We've added it below.

AddWatch Alta RedShift perform on the track, pose for our camera

Electric Motorcycle Speeds Around Dirt, Asphalt Tracks

If you've read our post about the newly revealed RedShift from newly renamed Alta Motors, you might have gotten the sense that some of us here at AutoblogGreen are a bit taken with this bike(s) – it comes in both motocross and supermoto flavors. If so, you'd be correct. So taken, in fact, that one of us spent some eight hours driving to the AIMExpo in Orlando, FL and back, to have a first-hand look. To be fair, there were some other electric motorcycles we hoped to see in the metal, and pe

AddEV buyers not exactly happy with dealership experience

UC Davis Finds Room For Improvement

If Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk was an I-told-you-so type of guy, here's his chance to do so. It turns out that plug-in vehicle buyers are generally less satisfied with their dealership experience than conventional-vehicle buyers. And the dealers themselves don't like the process much, either. So says a study from the University of California, Davis.

AddHow CARB's next meeting could dramatically change the EV landscape

Intermediate Automakers Could Get EV Reprieve

Will October 23 be a day of reckoning for some US automakers? Could be, since that's when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is meeting up and may tweak its mandates for zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) compliance for some of the world's largest carmakers. Green Car Reports says the news may be good.

AddBRD rebrands as Alta Motors, reveals new RedShift electric motocross bike

If you're wandering through the maze of booths this weekend at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando looking for the BRD display to check out the newly-revealed, production versions of its RedShift electric motocross and supermoto bikes, a warning. You might find yourself turning in circles, looking skyward for the numbered sign that the show guide gives as the proper location, and in doing so, resemble someone deep in their cups or, possibly, missing an ace and a pair of jacks. In fact, a security office

AddHow EVs changed, and didn't change, Elkhart, IN

Two stinking electric vehicles. That's what Elkhart, IN, has to show for the trio of electric-vehicle makers that were going to create thousands of jobs in town during the past decade but ultimately went bust, the Elkhart Truth reports. Of course, the real "truth" is a little more complicated than that.

AddRecharge Wrap-up: BYD unveils 60-ft electric bus, Honda sticking with hybrids in Europe

Pennsylvania Permits Per-kWh Pricing; UK Announces Hydrogen Funding; CARB Allows XL Hybrids Conversion; Sony Pictures Installs 60 Chargers In Culver City

BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel hub motors. BYD also displayed a 40-foot electric bus that drove the 1,500 miles to the show under its own power (recharging along the way, of course). Read more in the press release below.

AddEPA study proves plug-in vehicles making their mark

Talk about a report both green-car advocates and gearheads can celebrate. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put out its annual Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends report. And the 148-page study has something for everyone.

AddHow the Pentagon plans to deal with climate change

DOD Says Uncertain Cause 'Cannot Be An Excuse For Delaying Action'

In case the Pentagon didn't make it clear enough that climate change is a real and dangerous thing in its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) earlier this year, perhaps the new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (PDF) will drive the point home. Some of the content is roughly the same, but that title sure makes it sound more desperate.

AddRecharge Wrap-up: VW exec predicts EVs with 375-mile range

BMW Incentives Favor All-Electric i3 Over REx, Honda Revamps R&D After Fit Hybrid Recalls

Volkswagen says EV ranges over 300 miles aren't too far in the future. Plug-in hybrids are merely a bridge to all-electric mobility becoming more practical for people who need to travel longer distances, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. Energy density is increasing rapidly in new batteries. Speaking about the e-Golf, Neusser says, "I expect the next generation in 2015-17 will increase to around 300 km [186 miles] and the following step will be ar

AddEPA says 24.1-mpg new car average is best-ever

2013 Model Year Was Half-Gallon MPG More Efficient Than 2012

Well done, America. Through some combination of market forces and government regulations and advancing technology, you've managed to buy enough fuel efficient vehicles to raise the overall average for the 2013 model year to 24.1 miles per gallon – that's 0.5 mpg higher than model year 2012. It's also an all time record high.

AddSurprise, letting solo drivers in HOV lanes causes problems

Anyone who gets steamed at a Toyota Prius driver trying to hypermile in front of them now has another reason to dislike hybrid-vehicle drivers. They're not earning their right to drive solo in high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes for free, according to a report from Cornell University's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. In fact, they're costing the US economy millions of dollars per year.

AddSeptember 2014: A tiny-step-in-the-right-direction edition

Fans of small victories will appreciate the "progress" that Americans made with their purchases of green-car vehicles last month. Automakers and everyone else, though, will scratch their heads. That's because green-car sales had their fourth straight down month in September, as Americans purchased about 42,000 hybrids, plug-ins and diesels last month. And while the deficit compared to last year wasn't as steep as August's 11 percent year-over-year decline, sales were still down 9.6 percent and c

AddRecharge Wrap-up: New "2-in-1" electric motor increases range, Gulf offers isobutanol blends

Elon Musk Wins Eurostar Award; GreenTech Automotive Secures $47 Million In Funding

A new electric motor with integrated air-conditioning compressor increases the range of EVs in hot climates, where much of the battery power is used to keep the car cool. Developed by scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the German Aerospace Centre, the "2-in-1" motor uses regenerative braking to help operate the AC compressor, and could increase range by 15 to 20 percent with some modifications. "By integrating the refrigerant compressor directly into the electric mot

AddTesla now has 200 Superchargers open around the world

Oxnard, California. That's where electric-vehicle enthusiasts can find Tesla Motors' 200th Supercharger station. And they should be able to find some pretty good surf nearby, too.

Add2014 Zero S and SR

A First Ride In Every Sense

I recently learned how to summon the ultimate power of the universe. Perhaps surprisingly, it didn't come about by bending a knee or popping a potion, but rather, through twisting my wrist. I'll tell you more about this revelation, but first, a confession.

AddTotaled Tesla Model S is a case of buyer beware *UPDATE

*UPDATE: AutoblogGreen reader Dan F. sent us a link to a somewhat similar story, which you can find here.

AddRecharge Wrap-up: Reverse graffiti powered by Nissan Leaf; BMW introduces Wallbox Pro

Local Motors 3D Printed Car A Success

BMW has a new, faster version of the Wallbox home EV charger. The Wallbox Pro offers 7.4 kilowatts, and can charge the BMW i3 to 80 percent in under three hours. It features a seven-inch touchscreen and proximity sensor, plus an 11.5-foot cord. The Wallbox Pro can also be used with smart home systems such as lighting and heating. The Wallbox Pro is available in Europe, and will come to the US later in the year. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

AddUS households spent average of $2,600 on gas last year

The good news, for the domestic fossil fuel types, is that US oil production went up. The better news is that more people bought hybrids, plug-ins and high-fuel-economy vehicles, theoretically cutting their gasoline purchases as a result. And yet there remains some bad news for the domestic economy, as average US household spending on gasoline neared record highs last year.

AddRecharge Wrap-up: Fiat 500e on sale in Oregon, Germany to offer EVs free parking

Natural Gas Powers Cars Best When Converted To Electricity First; Gold And Wind Make Electricity

The 2015 Fiat 500e is now available in Oregon. The new 500e features an updated center console, as well as two new exterior colors: Luce Blu (which Fiat describes as light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue). The 2015 500e is available for lease in California and Oregon for $199 a month for 36 months, plus $999 down. Fiat offers 500e owners and lessees 12 days of free rental per year through Enterprise in the first three years of ownership for days when the driver needs something

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