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Tear-down expert Munro & Associates analyzes BMW i3 plug-in and finds enough there to call it the best-engineered car in decades. Since the Ford Model T, in fact.

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Without getting into specifics, Porsche's marketing chief has indicated that more plug-in hybrids are in store for the German automaker. But just which model or models will be the next to plug into the grid?

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Forget Dueling Banjos. Audi is proposing "Dueling Motors" for its Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro concept vehicle. All in the name of appropriate pickup, of course.

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We all know that the letters GT stand for Gran Turismo, but tacking on another letter can evoke a different meaning altogether. GTO for Ferraris (or Pontiacs), GT-R for Nissan supercars, GTA for high-performance Alfa Romeos (or car-theft video games, or metropolitan Toronto)... The list goes on and on, but few are as familiar with the idea as Volkswagen, which uses the letters GTI for hot hatches, GTD for their diesel counterparts, and most recently, GTE for plug-in hybrids.

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One California state senator wants to make sure electric vehicles aren't just for the jewelry-rattlers anymore. California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) proposed a bill last month that is designed to put plug-in vehicles within reach of those with more moderate incomes than your typical Tesla buyer. It's called the Charge Ahead California Initiative and the bill may cross Governor Jerry Brown's desk as soon as next month.

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Maybe Warren Buffett's bet on Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD will pay off after all. That's because the Chinese government just made a commitment to buy lots of advanced-powertrain vehicles through its government-vehicle system in an effort to address the notorious pollution problem in China's largest cities, the Associated Press says, citing China's Xinhua News Agency.

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Plug-in vehicles are getting a lot more done during their proverbial senior year than hybrids ever did. IHS Automotive is poking holes into the theory that plug-in vehicles aren't selling as well by comparing them to hybrids at the same stage the technology's evolution. Turns out, the plug-ins come out substantially ahead.

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Maybe we've been going about this all wrong. Navigant Research says a recently introduced program in Connecticut that incentivizes dealers instead of EV customers could be effective because it changes the pressure points for electric vehicles. Navigant (formerly Pike) Research notes that the policy could push dealers to put a little more effort into marketing plug-in vehicles that have, in many cases, taken a back seat to more conventional vehicles largely because explaining the technology behin

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Aloha, indeed. While California will unsurprisingly add the most plug-in vehicles out of any state over the next decade, Hawaii will have the highest number of plug-ins as a percentage of overall vehicle sales. That's the one-sentence summary of a recent study from Navigant Research (formerly Pike Research), which estimates that plug-in sales will increase by about 19 percent a year through 2022. And, while such a pace represents a slowdown of sorts (plug-in sales through August jumped 89 percen

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Honda once told Americans to "respect the van" in its effort to sell its Odyssey minivans. Now, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer is telling his fellow Germans to "embrace the plug."

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It's not quite Elon Musk's vision of a purely electric-vehicle company, but BYD may move away from purely gas-powered cars in an attempt to reverse lagging sales. Yes, you read that right.

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General Motors' Opel division is confident that its slate of diesel engines will allow it to meet stricter European emissions standards set for 2020. As for the even stricter ones expected in 2025? Not so much.

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While extended-range plug-in truck maker Amp is based in Cincinnati, the company appears to be making more of an impact west of the Rockies, as the company just brought on former New Mexico governor and ex-US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson on to its advisory board.

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Audi officially unveiled the A3 Sportback E-Tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. While not a production model, the plug-in hybrid gives us a good glimpse at what the German automaker has in store for future products. The five-door gets around thanks to parallel hybrid drivetrain comprised of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor integrated into the vehicle's six-speed dual-clutch transmission. While the four-cylinder churns up 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet o

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We've seen plenty of three-wheeled creations in our day, but none quite like the Toyota i-Road Concept. The "personal mobility vehicle" offers seating for two with driver and passenger positioned in a tandem position. While that may sound more like a motorcycle than a car, the closed cockpit means riders don't need a helmet. The design also takes a page from the 2008 Peugeot HyMotion3 Concept with an articulating front suspension that allows the driver to lean through corners thanks to "Active L

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Add UK-based Frost & Sullivan as the latest research firm to forecast a big jump in lithium-ion battery sales, implying that a jump in plug-in vehicle sales is in the making.

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In addition to achieving an EPA-rated 21 miles of electric range, Ford now has another thing to celebrate about its new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. California customers of the new compact MPV will get full rights to use carpool lanes with or without an additional passenger.

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It ain't easy creating a brand-new automaker from scratch. The fact that Elon Musk and Tesla have actually been able to bring not one, but two cars to market is in itself quite impressive. That said, the road has not been without its bumps, and Tesla is feeling some of the setbacks that come with being a fledgling automaker.

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