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Most People Buy PHEVs for Tax Credits, HOV Access, Lexus Executive Says

Lexus's Mark Templin isn't sold on plug-in hybrid powertrain technology as a viable way to reduce emissions.

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SUV Will Have 50-Mile All-Electric Range, 500-Mile Full-Tank Range

California-based Efficient Drivetrains touts plug-in hybrid SUV for Asian market.

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The new XC90 plug-in is way, way more popular than Volvo expected. Rather than accounting for a 3-5 percent take rate, UK preorders are sitting closer to 20 percent.

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Are Lower Gas Prices Still The Primary Culprit?

Lower demand for hybrids, EVs again push down US green-car sales from year-earlier numbers

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Bimmer's Germany Factory Will Make About 20 A Day

BMW will double production of the i8 plug-in hybrid because of high demand.

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In an executive order, President Obama is increasing the federal fleet to 50 percent plug-ins and EVs by 2025. All of the changes should reduce government greenhouse emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels.

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Mercedes-Benz is promising to bring a total of 10 plug-in hybrids to its lineup by 2017. Not all of them might arrive in the US, though.

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SUV Will Go Up To 13 Miles On Electricity Alone

BMW says its X5 xDrive40e will get the plug-in equivalent of 55 miles per gallon. The CUV PHEV is expected to arrive in Europe and the US this fall.

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SUV To Likely Pair a Turbocharged Gas Engine With Electric Motor

Audi will sell a gas-electric version of the plug-in hybrid Q7 E-Tron Quattro SUV in the US, following the diesel-electric model in Europe.

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Small SUVs, Pricey Sports Cars Dominate In Switzerland

Aside from a few concepts, we don't expect to see many electric cars at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Here's hoping for some surprises.

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Ford Looks To Unload 2014 Model-Year PHEV Inventory

All of the Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid discounts, tax credits and incentives can turn the $34,000 price tag into just $22,000.

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April 2016 Launch Date Also Nailed Down

Despite strong Outlander PHEV sales in Europe and Japan, Mitsubishi expects to sell only around 4,000 copies of the SUV in the US.

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Audi's Plug-In Hybrid Will Have the Best Resale Value Among Compacts

Audi's A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid will keep almost 60 percent of its residual value after four years, according to Auto Bild.

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Electric and Plug-in Vehicles Eligible for Tax Credit on IRS May Be Inaccurate

The IRS page detailing the plug-in vehicles that are eligible for tax credits really just adds confusion for American taxpayers.

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What do we need to have happen first? Have more people buy electric vehicles, or provide charging stations for EV drivers to plug into? Two researchers believe the government could stimulate the electric-car market by building more chargers. It might be even more worthwhile than offering tax credits.

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Mitsubishi is teasing the world premiere of a new concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The company isn't even revealing the name for the vehicle yet but promises the crossover has a next-gen, two-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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Chinese automaker BYD starts pre-orders for its Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, which will sell for the equivalent of about $48,000 before government incentives are factored in.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt makes its world debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with an all-new, more efficient powertrain and a serious evolution of the styling. It shows just how quickly the plug-in hybrid market is progressing.

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"Year Of The SUV" Will Also Showcase GLC, GLS Updates

Mercedes-Benz is calling 2015 its "Year of the SUV." This means, in addition to the debut of the GLE-Class Coupe in Detroit, we'll see the standard GLE-Class (which replaces the M-Class), the new GLC-Class, and the GLS-Class, with some featuring plug-in hybrid variants.

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The Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-in Hybrid, which will start US sales in the fall of 2015, will be able to go 20 miles in all-electric mode and will have 275 horsepower.

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Annual Totals: 18,805 Volts And 30,200 Leafs

To close out the year, sales of the two most-popular plug-in vehicles in the US kept going in the direction that they had been all year. The Chevy Volt dropped and the Nissan Leaf had another record month.

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